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Booze sales will take a $70-million hit in the first year of legal weed, Anderson Economic Group says.
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Jurisdictions that legalized marijuana experienced sales booms as the trade shifted to stores from the black market.
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On April 13, the Liberal government unveiled a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in Canada by July 2018. If passed, the legislation would allow people over the age of 18 to buy marijuana. What does this mean for your job (and career prospects)?
If Trudeau says something shouldn't be criminal in a year, then people shouldn't be getting criminal records for it now - especially when most of those people are folks who don't enjoy his family's privileges of being white and wealthy. A criminal record traps people in the country and traps them in poverty. Almost every job does background checks, even volunteer organizations. It deeply impacts lives and when that record is due to nonviolent pot possession, it amounts to cruel and usual punishment.
Trudeau admitted to smoking pot as a sitting MP and faced no consequences, he said.
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Medical cannabis users can buy online from federally licensed producers.
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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.
Think-tank urged move to free up resources for legalization.
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Those 18 and over will be able to buy the drug legally in 2018.
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Is Canada "about to become the stoner living in America's attic?''
With so much left to provinces, the industry is uncertain about its future.
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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.
Ottawa and the provinces stand to make $675 million on sales taxes from marijuana, C.D. Howe says.
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The Liberals say the current system of prohibition does not stop young people from using marijuana.
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If we are concerned about public safety we need to make it more attractive for people to grow, distribute and consume cannabis legally than illegally so that there is engagement with public safety mechanisms. Right now it is far more attractive for people to grow and consume illegally.
Having a retail system operational in every province by July 1, 2018 is incredibly ambitious. One way that the government might intend on meeting this timeframe is a phased-in approach to the sale of recreational cannabis, for example allowing initial delivery by mail only, while the storefront model works itself out.
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We often create policies that are meant to protect youth, particularly around drug use. But what we actually end up doing is criminalizing and victimizing them further. With regulation we'll actually be able to start to undo some of the harms caused by prohibition - harms a lot worse than the use of cannabis itself.
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Contenders faced off in their second debate.
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This time around, the penalties Marc faces are so high that he will finally get the jury trial he has long desired. Let's hope the jury recognizes the injustice of being asked to impose life imprisonment on a man whose only "crime" has been to openly do something the government has agreed should be legalized.
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Out of 1,230 drivers tested last fall, 124 tested positive for some sort of drug.
Bill Blair says the Liberal government won't rush legalization.
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The PM said legalizing marijuana will take money away from gangs.
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While to some extent, I believe homeowners should have some say in what happens in their rental properties, this needs to be balanced with the rights of individuals to grow their cannabis for medical purposes and have access to affordable medicine.
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While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.
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And that number's only predicted to increase.
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A U.S. report says many uncertainties remain about the plant's health and safety risks.
The emerging legalization of marijuana is an opportunity for continued and new business success in First Nation communities. As parts of the U.S. have started legalizing the sale of marijuana (and Canada is on its way), cannabis capitalists are flocking to invest in dispensaries and other marijuana-related projects.