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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:39:49 -0700

Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:10:02 GMT


CN ON: City Committee Endorses Province's Pot Plans

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Sun, 19 Sep 2017 - Mayor: No rush to OK lounges A Toronto committee has endorsed the provincial government's plan for recreational marijuana despite pleas from the pot industry to support private dispensaries and cannabis lounges within the city limits.

CN ON: OPED: Already Thinking About Son And Legalized Pot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Sun Times, 19 Sep 2017 - When it comes to my son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response. I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's many potentially addicting substances and behaviours -- alcohol, prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving, pornography, sugar, etc. -- because I know the kind of world we live in today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table. Even when those values feel like a fruitless cause that might better have been taken up in a cloistered community, I try not to give in to pessimism. There's what happens out there, in the world, and there's what happens in here, within the walls of my home, and I am happy to do my part to contribute to a climate of uncomfortable difference between the two.

CN BC: Column: An Update On Nelson's Short Term Rental And Cannabis

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Nelson Star, 20 Sep 2017 - With one year left in this term, council recently took the opportunity to reflect, refresh, and reset strategic priorities that were established at the beginning of our term. The pace we keep leaves little time for reflection and this was an important day. A portion of the day was spent discussing change: what was anticipated, what was not, and how council responded to emerging issues. Council regulates. What this means is that council sets the framework on a number of issues for community through bylaws. Bylaws are constructed with the unique needs of community in mind. When council considers adopting new bylaws, it is done with the goal of developing balance between diverse community values and opinions.

US FL: Florida Moves Toward More Medical Marijuana Licenses

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 20 Sep 2017 - TALLAHASSEE -- Seemingly learning from past mistakes, state health officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses in two weeks. The new rule, published Wednesday and going into effect immediately, outsources the evaluation of the applications to "subject matter experts," requires "blind testing" of the applications, and includes a detailed application form --- all departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges.

CN ON: City's Licensing Committee Endorses Ontario's Pot Plan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - A city committee has endorsed the province's highly regulated approach to marijuanalegislation, despite pleas from dispensary operators and pot users. The licensing committee voted 4-1 Monday in favour of city staff recommendations endorsing Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to sell marijuana only in government run, LCBO-type shops across Ontario after federal legalization takes effect next year.

CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot Penalties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.

CN ON: Zero Tolerance Province

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2017 - Pot legalization brings tougher penalties for all impaired drivers The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.

CN ON: Driving High Will Net Stiff Penalties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - Ontario modelled new laws on U.S. drunk-driving fines Ontario will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday said those 21 and under, commercial drivers and novice motorists will face stiffer penalties if caught behind the wheel while under the influence of cannabis or booze.

CN ON: Drive High, Pay Up To $450 Under New Law

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 19 Sep 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for young people aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.