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Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana

Canadian flag with marijuana leaf in center

Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.

“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.


The move is in keeping with a campaign pledge to begin formulating a plan to end prohibition “right away.” Support for legalization was also included in the official platform of Trudeau’s Liberal Party, which swept the country’s October 19 federal elections with a strong majority.

It is unclear how long it will take the new government to formulate and enact a system to tax and regulate marijuana, or what its specifics will include, but the early move by Trudeau is an indication he intends to follow through on what he promised during the campaign. Parliament is scheduled to resume on December 3.

Trudeau also directed the health and public safety and emergency preparedness ministers to assist Wilson-Raybould in formulating the plan for legal marijuana in separate letters made public on Friday.

As Canada moves forward with legalization to the U.S.’s north, marijuana reform is also on the rise south of the border, in Mexico. The Supreme Court there ruled earlier this month that growing cannabis for personal use and distribution should be a right. While the ruling only currently applies to the four plaintiffs who brought the case, it has caused shockwaves around the world and could ultimately lead to nationwide legalization if the court takes up additional cases and rules similarly. Separately, last week, a senator from the country’s ruling party introduced a bill to legalize the importation of medical marijuana.

And the U.S. is just fine with these moves, according to a State Department official. “It’s up to the people of each nation to decide policies,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said at a press conference in response to questions about the growing marijuana reform momentum in Canada and Mexico.

Within U.S. borders, marijuana is currently legal in four states and the District of Columbia. It is expected that at least five other states will vote on ballot measures to end marijuana prohibition next November, and advocates believe that a handful of state legislatures could enact legalization even sooner.


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snow bong

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Canadians Agree It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana

A new poll suggests Canada may have reached the tipping point and a 66-per-cent majority favours legalizing marijuana.

Hallelujah! Finally we might get a sensible public policy discussion in this country about what to do about a relatively benign substance that has been demonized and outlawed for a century yet is as readily available in schoolyards as cigarettes.

The prohibition and a 40-year-long “War on Drugs” have led to pot being more widely accessible, taxpayers considerably poorer, gangs richer and thousands upon thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens branded “criminal.”

Another 50,000 or so Canadians are busted every year for possession; throw in 20,000 or so traffickers and producers and this so-called war is costing us as much as $400 million annually in law enforcement, court and corrections.

Bearing in mind a million dollars a year buys roughly 12 new cops, 14 teachers or public health nurses, ask yourself: Couldn’t all that money be better spent?

The federal Liberal party obviously thinks so – 77 per cent of delegates at the weekend convention voted to legalize the herb, echoing the Senate special committee on illegal drugs (chaired by a Conservative), which 10 years ago urged the government to free the weed. Four decades ago, the LeDain Commission similarly called for an end to the criminal prohibition of cannabis.

Across the country today, more and more people agree.

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Canada: Child rapist to get less time than pot grower

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting tougher on pot growers than he is on rapists of children. Under the Tories’ omnibus crime legislation tabled Tuesday, a person growing 201 pot plants in a rental unit would receive a longer mandatory sentence than someone who rapes a toddler or forces a five-year-old to have sex with an animal.

Producing six to 200 pot plants nets an automatic six-month sentence, with an extra three months if it’s done in a rental or is deemed a public-safety hazard. Growing 201 to 500 plants brings a one-year sentence, or 1½ years if it’s in a rental or poses a safety risk.

The omnibus legislation imposes one-year mandatory minimums for sexually assaulting a child, luring a child via the Internet or involving a child in bestiality. All three of these offences carry lighter automatic sentences than those for people running medium-sized grow-ops in rental property or on someone else’s land.

A pedophile who gets a child to watch pornography with him, or a pervert exposing himself to kids at a playground, would receive a minimum 90-day sentence, half the term of a man convicted of growing six pot plants in his own home.

The maximum sentence for growing marijuana would double from seven to 14 years, the same maximum applied to someone using a weapon during a child rape, and four years more than for someone sexually assaulting a kid without using a weapon.

Read more @ The Province

Prairie Medicinal Cannabis Cup First of its Kind in Saskatchewan

CANNABIS CULTURE – Marijuana culture is growing in the Canadian Prairies, and now the home of much of our country’s hemp-growing industry will play host to the 1st Annual Prairie Medicinal Cannabis Cup from July 8 – 10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Jeff Lundstrom, owner of Skunk Funk Smoker’s Emporium in Saskatoon and organizer of the Prairie Medicinal Cannabis Cup, says the event was designed to showcase the thriving cannabis culture that exists on the prairies and offer a unique perspective as a centre of hemp cultivation.

“There’s a strong movement there and people aren’t aware of it because the bigger cities soak up a lot of the attention,” Lundstrom told CC in an interview filmed during the Treating Yourself Hemp Expo in Toronto. “Saskatchewan stands on the edge of what built this country – potash, uranium, agriculture – we are the frontline in the hemp industry.

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The event will feature a cannabis competition where judges will sample ten different strains, six of them local Saskatchewan strains. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, live music, catered food, a vapour lounge and designated area for combustibles, free giveaways, a Sunday Award ceremony, and more.

Tickets can be purchased at Head 2 Head in Regina, Skunk Funk, Jupiter and Undergrind in Saskatoon, and Watch Tower in Moose Jaw.

Organizers don’t plan on releasing the location of the event until the day of the event and ticket-holders can call a hotline (on the back of the ticket) to acquire the information and directions.

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