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Revenues will be divided evenly between Ottawa and the provinces.
Here's my take: dispensary owners have tirelessly fought for many years for more liberalized cannabis laws. They've even racked up hefty legal bills while pleading their case to the highest court in the land. Ultimately, they've helped pave the way for the mainstreaming of medical marijuana, which has mainly benefitted "Big Business", a.k.a. LPs. So dispensaries also deserve to be accommodated when legalization finally arrives -- but with conditions.
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Considering this justice system crisis, cannabis should obviously be the lowest priority for police and the courts, but it's not. Not only are police launching more raids against dispensaries than ever before, but ridiculous charges for small-scale "cannabis crimes" are continuing from coast to coast.
Bill Blair says the Liberal government won't rush legalization.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has embarked on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians -- or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private. At three times his going rate, the prime minister would still be a bargain compared to Christy Clark.
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Trudeau’s comments come as his government is set to introduce legislation regulating the sale of marijuana this spring.
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"In Colorado... there was a 32 per cent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths."
The current debate and coverage focuses on legalization and regulation combining the interests of everyone from recreational users to growers to government. Without the interests of patients represented in this debate, we run the risk of establishing a future framework that is set up to fail and will require further modification.
Experts in health, law, and substance abuse are part of the group.
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The man tasked with coming up with Canada's marijuana law has a proposal for dealing with one of the biggest issues facing legalization: prevention of driving under the influence of pot. While police...
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In Nunavut and the North West Territories, about one per cent of the population gets arrested for a cannabis offence every year. That is an astoundingly high rate of arrests, especially when compared with cities like Vancouver, where such arrests are very rare. So, why continue to criminalize possession in some parts of the country and not others?
Liberals are accused of sending 'mixed signals.'
Bill Blair is a former Toronto police chief.
Jodie Emery is the wife of Canada's self-styled "prince of pot."
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Mayor John Tory says former Toronto police chief Bill Blair is the "ideal person" to oversee the Liberal government's plan to legalize marijuana. Tory's comments on Friday come after sources told CBC...
Retired Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie is not in Trudeau's inner circle.
Some fascinating people are set to make their mark in the next session of Parliament.
"Will Justin Trudeau answer for the conduct of his 'star' candidate?"
"Actually, Tom was the first one to come to me."
Toronto's former police chief will run for the Liberals in the next federal election, after winning the nomination for the riding of Scarborough Southwest. Bill Blair won the nomination on Satur...
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