Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Marijuana charges are on the rise in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec, while in the rest of Canada cannabis-related charges are declining ahead of Ottawa’s plans to legalize the drug.

The number of cannabis-related charges has ebbed countrywide from last year, continuing a downward trend since a peak in 2011.

For Canadians older than 12, 17,700 were charged with possession last year, according to police-reported statistics released by Statistics Canada. This is down from 21,300 in 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-quebec-pot-charges-statistics-1.4219840

Cannabis consultations fuel debate over who gets to sell recreational pot

Cannabis consultations fuel debate over who gets to sell recreational pot

A community centre in St. Stephen heard conflicting opinions echo through its halls Monday morning on who should be allowed to sell recreational cannabis.

The select committee on cannabis is touring New Brunswick to hear the public’s thoughts on how and where to distribute marijuana when it’s legalized next July — whether it be privatized, sold through a Crown corporation, or through pharmacies.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/cannabis-consultations-st-stephen-legalization-1.4219407

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

The number of cannabis-related offences reported to police declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday as it released its annual report on police-reported crime.

There were about 55,000 offences related to marijuana reported to police in 2016, about 6,000 fewer than reported the year before, despite the percentage of Canadians consuming the drug on the rise.

The agency said police charged 17,733 people with the possession of pot last year, a drop of about 3,600 from 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-offences-statistics-canada-1.4216688

Toronto’s potential marijuana tax wouldn’t pay for big ticket items, mayor says

Toronto’s potential marijuana tax wouldn’t pay for big ticket items, mayor says

Mayor John Tory doesn’t expect a “special levy” on legal marijuana sales will allow Toronto to smoke its way to paying for subways or social housing repairs, but he’s still pursuing one.

And while one insider expects Tory will get what he wants, at least one councillor has criticized the move, suggesting the city should be doing more consultation work before getting into conversations with the province.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pot-tax-debate-1.4216883

After blowing July 1 deadline, Canada seems likely to legalize pot while ignoring UN treaties

After blowing July 1 deadline, Canada seems likely to legalize pot while ignoring UN treaties

Since a July 1 deadline to start withdrawing from international narcotics treaties has passed, the federal government is left with fewer, and much more awkward, ways of legalizing marijuana by July of 2018 without breaking international law, an expert says.

“The government still does have some options,” says Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University in Toronto who specializes in global health law. “Those options are not all great, but they are still options.”

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3606927/after-blowing-july-1-deadline-canada-seems-likely-to-legalize-pot-while-ignoring-un-treaties/

Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

A potential showdown is looming over the federal government’s target date to legalize pot.

Premiers announced today they will ask the federal government to postpone its plan to legalize marijuana if issues related to road safety, taxation, training for distributors and public education aren’t addressed.

At a news conference to close off the annual summer Council of the Federation meeting in Edmonton, the premiers announced they have formed a working group that will report back on progress by Nov. 1. Premiers will seek an extension if the federal timetable is deemed “unrealistic.”

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/premiers-courts-cannabis-1.4210895

Canada’s premiers discuss delaying the legalization of marijuana

Canada’s premiers discuss delaying the legalization of marijuana

It’s time to take a deep breath and put pot on the back burner for an extra year, says Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

He’s trying to persuade his provincial and territorial counterparts at their annual conference to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to delay the legalization of cannabis 12 months to July 1, 2019.

That would increase the chances of avoiding the “hodge-podge” of different provincial ages of majority and regulations now seen with beer, wine and spirits, Pallister said Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/07/18/canadas-premiers-discuss-delaying-the-legalization-of-marijuana.html

Mayor John Tory calls for marijuana tax to help city handle increased costs

Mayor John Tory calls for marijuana tax to help city handle increased costs

Mayor John Tory says marijuana legalization will create new expenses for the city, and he wants the province to consider a potential “special levy” on pot sales to help Toronto pay.

Tory wrote a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne this week that says while he supports legalization — calling it a “sound and sensible public policy in 2017” — he still has a number of concerns that the two governments have to address together.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/tory-wants-special-levy-on-marijuana-sales-1.4210725

Where cannabis users will be allowed to smoke is still up in the air

Where cannabis users will be allowed to smoke is still up in the air

As the provincial government continues to hammer out the details of cannabis legalization in Ontario, the issue of where pot smokers will be allowed to light up is at the top of some people’s minds.

Last week the province posted a public survey online to solicit opinions on various aspects of the impending legalization of marijuana, and it has already received commentary on the question of where cannabis smokers should be able to toke.

In an interview with CBC’s Metro Morning on Friday, the province’s Attorney General Yasir Naqvi seemed to suggest that the public could look to tobacco bylaws for answers, adding that cannabis had already been written into the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Canada’s cannabis legalization plan needs to factor UN treaties: Opposition

Canada’s cannabis legalization plan needs to factor UN treaties: Opposition

Opposition parties and legal experts are urging the Liberal government to be clear on how it plans to handle the legalization of cannabis while Canada remains party to three UN treaties that control and criminalize drug access, noting failure to provide clarity soon could cause confusion on the world stage.

Canada needed to give notice on July 1 if it intended to withdraw from the treaties and stick to its plan to legalize marijuana by this time next year, said Steven Hoffman, a York University professor who specializes in global health law.

Continue reading: http://www.bnn.ca/canada-s-cannabis-legalization-plan-needs-to-factor-un-treaties-opposition-1.797090

 

Canada needs to explain balance between UN treaties, legal cannabis: experts

Canada needs to explain balance between UN treaties, legal cannabis: experts

Opposition parties and legal experts are urging the Liberal government to be clear on how it plans to handle the legalization of cannabis while Canada remains party to three UN treaties that control and criminalize drug access, noting failure to provide clarity soon could cause confusion on the world stage.

Canada needed to give notice on July 1 if it intended to withdraw from the treaties and stick to its plan to legalize marijuana by this time next year, said Steven Hoffman, a York University professor who specializes in global health law.

Continue reading: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-needs-to-explain-balance-between-un-treaties-legal-cannabis-experts-1.3489917

As Canada moves to legalize pot, questions about advertising take spotlight

As Canada moves to legalize pot, questions about advertising take spotlight

Distributors have called on the federal government, which is firm on its deadline to legalize marijuana by July 2018, to heavily regulate recreational marijuana advertising, stressing young people are not their demographic.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/07/04/as-canada-moves-to-legalize-pot-questions-about-advertising-take-spotlight.html

Happy Cannabis Day? Marijuana industry scrambles in countdown to 2018 recreational opening

Happy Cannabis Day? Marijuana industry scrambles in countdown to 2018 recreational opening

Bill Panagiotakopoulos was surveying construction on his gated property outside Hamilton when he got the call he had been dreaming about for years: his company, Beleave Inc., was officially Canada’s 44th licensed marijuana producer.

The entrepreneur debated whether to answer the call from an unknown number that fateful mid-May afternoon, but as soon as he heard he was on a conference call with Health Canada representatives, he broke into a run, frantically searching for a quiet place to talk.

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80 Canna Clinic marijuana dispensary employees charged after raids in Toronto, Vancouver

80 Canna Clinic marijuana dispensary employees charged after raids in Toronto, Vancouver

Police charged 80 people, seized close to 180 kilograms of marijuana and more than $350,000 in cash after raids on dispensaries and homes in Toronto and Vancouver last week.

Seven Canna Clinic marijuana dispensaries and six residences were targeted in coordinated raids across Toronto Thursday, in an investigation dubbed Project Lincoln in partnership with the RCMP and the city’s Municipal Licensing & Standards division.

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3558570/80-canna-clinic-marijuana-dispensary-employees-charged-after-raids-in-toronto-vancouver/

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use wants to know how, when, where and why marijuana dispensary users buy their pot.

The drug-use research centre is seeking 1,000 dispensary clients to join an online survey to examine the possible benefits and harms of dispensaries as Canada gets ready for legalization next year.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-pot-shop-dispensary-1.4179189

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