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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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CN AB: Editorial: A Pot Revolution Comes To Canada

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 22 Apr 2017 - The right prices and levels of taxation must be set. If they're too low, people might be tempted to overindulge. If they're too high, criminals will provide cheaper alternatives. In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada.

CN BC: Is This Pot Prohibition 2.0?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 21 Apr 2017 - Nelson-Creston candidate calls federal legislation announcement 'draconian' The stakes are high. Members of the Kootenay craft cannabis community are worried federal legalization will leave them out in the cold, and are concerned the new laws will be invasive and draconian - leading some to dub the Cannabis Act "Prohibition 2.0."

CN ON: Oped: Safety Top Priority In New Cannabis Laws

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
The Tribune, 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. From the very beginning, health and safety objectives have been in the forefront of our approach to cannabis. The new legislation we introduced last week reflects that - to do a better job of protecting our kids and fighting crime.

CN MB: OPED: Take Public-Health Approach To Pot

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Apr 2017 - This time next year will be the last 4/20 - the unofficial cannabis holiday known by its numeric calendar date - when possessing weed for personal use will be a crime. Legalization is coming to Canada in the summer of 2018. So far, reactions to legalized cannabis have ranged from healthy concern to outright fearmongering. Some people have claimed it will lead the youth astray, make our roads less safe and harm our overall health.

CN MB: From Protest To Party

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Apr 2017 - With legalization on the horizon, today's 4/20 gathering will be a celebration For as long as anyone can remember, the annual 4/20 gathering at the Manitoba legislature grounds was about protesting the country's harsh marijuana laws. Police would be out in force to keep an eye on a rag-tag group of stoners, rarely arresting anyone unless things got out of hand.

CN BC: Column: Is Marijuana The Miracle Drug Pot Pushers Claim?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Apr 2017 - There are some pretty substantial medicinal claims around marijuana. Children who no longer have seizures thanks to cannabis oil, symptoms of multiple sclerosis stalled or in some cases reversed thanks to the drug. I've spoken with many people who say marijuana has drastically changed their lives for the better and that they would not be functioning at anywhere near the level they are today without it.

CN SN: Letter: Goodale Writes About Marijuana Legalization

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 19 Apr 2017 - Dear editor, 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.

CN ON: 4-20 Needed More Than Ever: Activists

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 20 Apr 2017 - Weed community isn't fully behind legalization plans With marijuana legalization tabled - and ahead of April 20, as promised by the governing Liberals - some Ottawa activists say they aren't confident the new laws will reflect the concerns of the cannabis community.

CN BC: Editorial: 4/20 A Headache For Trudeau

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 20 Apr 2017 - April 20 is 4/20 on the calendar, the numerical slang long used by marijuana enthusiasts to signify lighting up. This year's 4/20 has major significance because this will be the last year the current laws of the land apply. By this day next year, recreational use of marijuana by Canadian citizens 19 years and older will be legal. More than any other, this election promise made by Justin Trudeau's Liberals shows that Team Sunny Ways didn't really believe they'd win the 2015 federal election.

CN QU: Editorial: Legal Pot? Are We Tripping, Or What?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - "Far out, man!" That's likely what teenaged me would have said if a visitor from the future had said Prime Minister Trudeau had legalized marijuana in 2018. Then I might have said "What? Trudeau is still prime minister?" Then, "Wow, this is some boss weed if I'm talking to some dude from the future." I might have added "Hey, visitor, when did the Leafs win their next Cup?" Truth be told, your scribe was not much of stoner in his youth, though he effected some of the look and lifestyle. Long hair. Check. Tie-dyed shirts. Check. Bare-foot summers. Check. But a regular consumer of marijuana products? Pas a mon gout. Didn't really have the mental constitution for it. In fact, it's always been a mystery, and the subject of mountains of research, how people react differently when tetrahydrocannabinol hits their bloodstream.

Canada: Public Safety Minister Says Ottawa Has No Plan For Blanket

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 18 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Newly tabled legislation would allow people 18 and older to publicly possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis, or its equivalent in non-dried form.

CN NS: Halifax Landlords' Concern Growing Over Legalization

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 18 Apr 2017 - Property owners plan around issues like ventilation, insurance Landlords' main concerns with marijuana legalization in Nova Scotia are around protecting tenant's health and possible damage to buildings, says one advocacy group.

CN ON: OPED: The stone cold truth: Marijuana Clouds Reality

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - There's something quasi quaint about the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana. News reporting on the budding bill has generously employed terrible puns to create a sense of giggling excitement about it. A Canadian Press story advised that all of Ottawa is "buzzing" at the audacity that dope represents.

CN ON: Editorial: A Pot Revolution Comes To Canada

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada. Last Thursday, just before the Easter long weekend started, the Liberals tabled legislation that will legalize and regulate the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana in this country starting in the summer of 2018.

Canada: Oped: As The Legalization Of Marijuana Looms, How Will

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - When recreational marijuana users gather on April 20 for Cannabis Day, they will have something else to celebrate: much anticipated legislation which decriminalizes marijuana in Canada. Last Thursday, the federal Liberal government tabled the Cannabis Act. While this legislation sets out the path forward for legalizing recreational marijuana, the responsibility for more detailed laws relating to distribution and sale will rest with the provinces. All of these moving parts are expected to come together by July, 2018. In the meantime, Canadian employers have questions about how to respond to this changing legal landscape. This uncertainty also extends, to a somewhat lesser degree, to the Canadian judicial system. Coincidentally, on April 3, 2017, an Ontario Superior Court judge declined to grant an injunction striking down a random drug testing policy sought by the union representing employees of the Toronto Transit Commission.

CN MB: Column: Trudeau's Pot Law Makes It Open Season On All Drivers

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Apr 2017 - Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when all three are put in play. On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CN ON: London 420 Rally To Fete Budding Legalization

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 18 Apr 2017 - The vibe at this year's 420 rally in London will be more celebration than demonstration. Hundreds of marijuana activists plan to gather Thursday at Victoria Park for the yearly event that champions cannabis culture and pushes for the drug's legalization.

Canada: Column: What Was Justin Smoking?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises. It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's time to make it legal.

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