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Canadian Athletes Enter Tricky Doping Landscape with Pending Legalization of Weed

Canadian Athletes Enter Tricky Doping Landscape with Pending Legalization of Weed

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off? The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It’s already legal for personal, recreational use in a handful of U.S. states. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward)

CALGARY – Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?

The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It’s already legal for personal, recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.

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Cocaine, Marijuana, Booze Seized in Cross Lake Traffic Stop

Cocaine, Marijuana, Booze Seized in Cross Lake Traffic Stop

By Sarah Klein

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Drugs and alcohol seized during a traffic stop near Cross Lake, Manitoba on August 6, 2017. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Four people have been charged after a traffic stop in northern Manitoba turned up drugs and alcohol on August 6.

RCMP pulled over the vehicle on Highway 374, where officers found 154 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol 3 tablets as well as a quantity of liquor.

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Legal Pot May Breathe Life into Small Canadian Towns Hit by Resource Losses

Legal Pot May Breathe Life into Small Canadian Towns Hit by Resource Losses

By The Canadian Press

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Production staff harvest marijuana plants inside the flowering room at Harvest One Cannabis Inc. in Duncan, B.C., on Friday, August 4, 2017. Harvest One Cannabis Inc.’s grow facility is located on land owned by the Cowichan Tribes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

DUNCAN, B.C. – In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families’ tables.

But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.

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Manitoba Appears Open to Private Marijuana Sales When Pot Becomes Legal

Manitoba Appears Open to Private Marijuana Sales When Pot Becomes Legal

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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In this June 28, 2017, photo, a finished marijuana product fills a bag at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation facility in Las Vegas. The Manitoba government appears open to the idea of private sales of marijuana when recreational use of the drug becomes legal next year. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Locher)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government raised the distinct possibility Thursday that it may allow private retailers to sell marijuana when recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.

The Progressive Conservative government called for expressions of interest from potential producers and vendors in a 10-page document issued to “gauge options and possible participants in the new cannabis industry in Manitoba.”

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Cannabis Executive Says Producers Unlikely to Meet Demands of Consumer Market

Cannabis Executive Says Producers Unlikely to Meet Demands of Consumer Market

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

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Products and types of marijuana are shown at The Dispensary, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

MONTREAL – An official with a large Canadian producer of medical cannabis is confident consumers will be adequately supplied come next July, but says production will need to be increased.

“Right now, the existing capacity and what is already envisioned will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the adult consumer market,” Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in an interview Monday.

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Manitoba Minister Wants More Time to Legalize Pot, Says Feds’ 2018 Goal ‘Rushed’

Manitoba Minister Wants More Time to Legalize Pot, Says Feds’ 2018 Goal ‘Rushed’

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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Products and types of marijuana are shown at The Dispensary, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015. Manitoba’s finance minister says he’s feeling rushed by the Trudeau government’s July 2018 timeline for legalizing recreational marijuana, and he wants an extension. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Manitoba’s finance minister says he’s feeling rushed by the Trudeau government’s July 2018 timeline for legalizing recreational marijuana and he wants more time.

Cameron Friesen said Monday that with the clock ticking there are still many unanswered questions on issues like public safety, enforcement and finding legal supplies of marijuana.

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Roadside Drug-Testing Devices Worked Well in Pilot Project, Public Safety Says

Roadside Drug-Testing Devices Worked Well in Pilot Project, Public Safety Says

By The Canadian Press

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A man smokes a marijuana joint during a rally in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 20, 2011. The federal government says new pilot-project results suggest roadside testing devices can be successfully used to detect drug-impaired driving. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA – The federal government says new pilot-project results suggest roadside testing devices can be successfully used to detect drug-impaired driving.

Police officers from seven jurisdictions across Canada collected over 1,140 saliva samples using two kinds of devices between mid-December and early March.

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Two Charged in Marijuana Grow-Op Raid in RM of Rockwood

Two Charged in Marijuana Grow-Op Raid in RM of Rockwood

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Marijuana seized by RCMP in the RM of Rockwood, Manitoba on Saturday, June 2, 2017. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Five people were taken into custody last Saturday when RCMP raided a marijuana grow-op in the RM of Rockwood.

Officers descended on the home, located just east of Balmoral, Manitoba, where they seized 76 plants, drug paraphernalia, and cash.

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Mayors Press Trudeau Liberals for Help to Handle Legalized Marijuana

Mayors Press Trudeau Liberals for Help to Handle Legalized Marijuana

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Ottawa, Friday June 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities say they need a slice of the tax windfall from legal marijuana to cover what they describe as significant costs associated with enforcing a signature initiative from the federal Liberals.

They raised their concerns with cabinet ministers this week, pressing the case that some tax revenues from sale of the drug must filter down to cover costs associated with land-use issues, business licensing applications and enforcement once the purchase, sale and recreational use of the drug is no longer illegal.

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Tragically Hip Strikes Partnership with Medical Marijuana Company

Tragically Hip Strikes Partnership with Medical Marijuana Company

By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press

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Frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July, 24, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

TORONTO – A soon-to-be publicly traded medicinal marijuana producer has partnered with the Tragically Hip in anticipation of the drug’s legalization and a burgeoning recreational market.

Newstrike, which will begin trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on Thursday under the symbol HIP, said Tuesday that it “believes we are developing the brand that adult consumers who choose to use cannabis will turn to.”

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