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From street prices to how often people light up, the government hopes the collected data helps it fight the black market.
Don't be scared to have this conversation.
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Anne McLellan said most people don't understand what legalizing marijuana actually means.
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They tend to be more educated, too.
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Health Canada did not say how much the proposed system would cost.
There's a lot of doubt in the bill's ability to achieve the government's key goals.
Last week, legislation was tabled by our government, seeking to end the 94-year prohibition against the drug. But with it came with some unexpected proposal that are likely to be in conflict with our charter rights. These are the ones aimed at curbing impaired driving.
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The prospect of plain packaging has pot producers warning the federal government that they won't be able to compete with the black market without some form of branding.
Reasonable taxation, responsible branding and in-store marketing are the most powerful tools the federal government has to eliminate the black market. Professional companies must be allowed to explain to consumers why their products are superior to those offered by their illegal competitors.
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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.
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Bill Blair says the Liberal government won't rush legalization.
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Since the Task Force announced their recommendations for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada last week, the focus has predominantly been on age restrictions, suggested in the report at 18 years old with provincial autonomy to mirror drinking ages. While the media frames this as "Trudeau OK with Canadians as young as 18 accessing cannabis", I find myself questioning why we continue to speak about young adults who are 18 and 19 as if they are children.
Times they are a changing.