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CN BC: City Set To Crack Down On Pot Shops
The time is up for marijuana dispensaries that have yet to apply for a business license or rezoning in order to continue operating in Victoria.
CN BC: Pot Shop Giving Up Battle
Jukka Laurio says he is closing Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were deceived by Mr. Laurio - clearly the products he's selling have cannabis in them.
CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop Again
Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores Cannabis Culture has been clipped again. The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.
CN ON: Police Still Probing Marijuana Dispensary
While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about operator KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.

Opinions

CN BC: Tougher Sentences For Selling Fentanyl Welcomed
A judge at B.C.'s top court is calling for stronger sentences for people who sell fentanyl. We couldn't agree more.
CN ON: Oped: Law Not The Top Drug Use Issue
Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.
CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No Harm
For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.
CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No Harm
For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Letters

US OH: A Family Tragedy, And An Unwinnable Drug War
Re "As Heroin Infests Farms, a Grieving Parent Fears for the Future" (front page, March 13): The view of Roger D. Winemiller, who lost two children to drug overdoses, that the solution to the drug epidemic is tougher penalties, while understandable, is misguided.
US MA: Pot Winning Fans
President Trump is ill advised to expend resources to shutdown state legal marijuana businesses ("€œPot plans moving forward despite toughtalk from Trump,"€ Feb. 27).
CN ON: Raids On Pot Shops Not The Answer
Re Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot,' March 9 We need 21st-century Untouchables.
CN BC: Spend Resources On Serious Issues, Not Pot
Re: "Happy that police enforcing the law", (Citizen, March 17) After reading Reed Elley's letter to the Citizen, and a similar one in Times Colonist I had to reply.
CN BC: Cannabis Shop Raids A Waste Of Resources
I am deeply disappointed in North Cowichan's decision to apply the letter of the law to our cannabis dispensaries last Friday.
CN BC: Another Take On Medicinal Cannabis Administration
Re: Langford mayor urges Trudeau to take action on pot (Goldstreamgazette.com) Langford Mayor Stew Young seems unaware that drug and natural health product regulation is a provincial, not a federal matter.
CN BC: Don't Slam Marijuana Dispensaries
This is in response to the letter entitled Not in a position to practice medicine (Martyn Lewis,Western News, Feb 24). It does not surprise me to see someone from the pharmaceutical industry spewing forth his verbal diarrhea slamming marijuana dispensaries, considering the dent pot is putting in their industry.