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Monopolizing alcohol sales hasn't worked. Monopolizing marijuana sales won't, either. Why go down that road when we can avoid it in the first place?
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New industry could help communities hit hard by decline in manufacturing.
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Women occupy only 5 per cent of the seats on marijuana company boards.
The Liberals hope to make marijuana legal by the summer of 2018.
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The federal government's goal is to have a legalized system in place by June 2018.
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Booze sales will take a $70-million hit in the first year of legal weed, Anderson Economic Group says.
Jurisdictions that legalized marijuana experienced sales booms as the trade shifted to stores from the black market.
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Anne McLellan said most people don't understand what legalizing marijuana actually means.
Health Canada did not say how much the proposed system would cost.
Those 18 and over will be able to buy the drug legally in 2018.
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The government is poised to introduce legislation in April to legalize pot.
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After at least one effective marijuana-detecting method has been identified, legislative changes must be made and a scheme will need to be developed. The scheme will need to balance the liberties of citizens with the need for public safety.
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The LCBO is hoping to cash in on marijuana sales. The dubious reasoning being that they, and only they, are capable of handling the burdensome task of quenching the insatiable thirst of millions of Ontarian adults -- so obviously they and only they are responsible enough to distribute marijuana. Too bad Ontarians don't view it this way.
Pot dispensaries, cannabis cafes, medical marijuana clinics, smoke shops, vapour lounges -- cannabis culture has gained a foothold in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods have had little to no infiltration, but many have had a staggering number of pot dispensaries open along the main street, out in the open.