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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTThe Daily Courier, 24 Apr 2017 - Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act. First let me state that the Liberals clearly campaigned on legalizing marijuana and I have heard from several citizens who indicated this was one of the primary reasons they voted Liberal in the last election. I mention this point as I believe the Liberal government does have a democratic mandate to move forward with this legislation.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTWinnipeg Sun, 23 Apr 2017 - The federal government's proposed bill for legalizing marijuana expands police powers, sets new mandatory penalties for illegal possession, and boosts prison sentences for lawbreakers. That all sounds pretty tough. But the legislation also downloads some difficult decision-making on to provincial authorities, and from there on to municipalities and local police. That part's going to be tougher.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTLondon Free Press, 21 Apr 2017 - As legalization looms, Raymond David recalls how pot possession charge changed his life For more than four decades, a drug possession conviction has put limits on Raymond David's life. David, 58, said he was charged with possession of marijuana when he was 17 after he was caught with around 15 grams of pot.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTEdmonton Sun, 21 Apr 2017 - Industry bracing for time bomb of buzzed drivers The image of a toked-up Cheech or Chong rolling down the highway hauling an 18-wheeler loaded with a cargo of toxic chemicals or flammable liquids has the trucking industry bracing for the worst.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTMoose Jaw Times-Herald, 22 Apr 2017 - It's been a long time coming and it's not here yet, but like the rest of the country, Moose Jaw is getting ready for the rollout of legalized marijuana. "We were invited to provide input and participate in discussions," said Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa, who has been representing Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan on committees in Ottawa on this issue.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTThe Tribune, 22 Apr 2017 - I have to admit, I felt less than enthusiastic a few weeks ago when I heard the Canadian government was going to follow through on its promise to legalize cannabis. We knew this was an election promise the Liberals were destined to keep. And yet, I did not share the enthusiasm of the activists blowing smoke on camera as the dates for introducing the legislation and the July 2018 implementation were announced. I am pretty much a law and order kind of citizen. My exposure to cannabis has mainly been limited to the times when I encountered teens smoking in parks, behind high schools or occasionally in high school washrooms. My only addiction, at least what I am willing to admit publicly, is dark roast coffee.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTSudbury Star, 22 Apr 2017 - Far from putting Canadians at higher risk, the national legalization of cannabis will provide a much safer society, as well as innumerable other benefits. The experience of jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis suggests there is little change in consumption rates post-legalization. Generally speaking, anyone wishing access to cannabis in a pre-legalization landscape can easily obtain it today. All we are changing is from whom it is purchased.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTSudbury Star, 22 Apr 2017 - If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime - then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure. Law enforcement agencies in Canada spend an estimated $2 billion-$3 billion a year trying to fight pot, yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world. And criminals walk away with $7-$8 billion every year in illicit proceeds. We have to do better.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMTNorthumberland Today, 20 Apr 2017 - If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime - then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure. Law enforcement agencies in Canada spend an estimated $2-3 billion a year trying to fight pot, yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world. And criminals walk away with $7-8 billion every year in illicit proceeds. We have to do better.