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Ontario police sound alarm over impending pot legalization

May 15, 2018 Nicole Thompson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario’s chiefs of police are again sounding alarm bells about the impending legalization of recreational cannabis, saying federal funding for police operations may not go far enough to cover increased costs. At a news conference held by the

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How can you tell if your client is driving while stoned?

January 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As Canada moves closer to legalized pot, a sure-fire way of testing drivers for cannabis impairment remains elusive. Bill C-45, currently before the Senate, would make possession of up to 30 grams of recreational marijuana legal. Bill C-46, a companion

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Pot law renews industry call for drug testing of commercial drivers

January 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is raising concerns within the insurance industry about commercial auto safety and eliciting calls for random drug testing among commercial drivers. Once marijuana is legal, this will “have an impact on the

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Insurers should prepare messaging on responsible pot use

January 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The insurance industry has an important role to play in advising drivers how much marijuana, if any, they can use and still be safe on the road, a safety advocate says. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be perceived as “too

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How marijuana legalization could affect accident benefits

November 17, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The upcoming legalization of marijuana will have a “resultant effect upon the accident benefits and damages recovered by those involved in motor vehicle accidents,” one lawyer suggested to Canadian Underwriter on Thursday. In Ontario, entitlement to income replacement benefits, non-earner

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Alberta drafts framework to manage cannabis legalization

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta has become the latest province to draft framework to manage cannabis legalization ahead of the federal government’s plans in July of 2018. Albertans are invited to provide feedback on the draft framework by midnight MT on Oct. 27. A

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New Brunswick establishes Crown corporation to oversee non-medicinal cannabis

September 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of New Brunswick announced on Friday that a Crown corporation has been established to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis in the province. The provincial Departments of Finance and Health said in a press release that the government

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LCBO to oversee 150 standalone cannabis retail stores, Ontario government says

September 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) will oversee approximately 150 standalone cannabis retail stores, the provincial government said on Friday as part of its “safe and sensible framework” to manage the Government of Canada’s plan to legalize cannabis by

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With marijuana legalization impending, now is not the time to lower the legal alcohol limit, CAA-Quebec argues

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government’s proposal to explore lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers in a bid to improve road safety is “commendable,” but with cannabis due to be legalized in less than a year, now is not the right time

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Legalizing recreational marijuana linked to increased crashes: U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3% higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, according to a new analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

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How legalizing pot will affect your insurance policies

June 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The impending legalization of marijuana in Canada raises a number of legal issues related to property insurance policies, Michael Teitelbaum, a partner with Hughes Amys LLP, said last week at ARC Group Canada’s 2017 annual seminar and cocktail event. In

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Canadian insurance industry needs clear direction and proper framework to address marijuana legalization, industry event hears

June 2, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada needs clear direction from governments and a proper framework to address the upcoming legalization of marijuana, attendees to an industry event heard on Thursday. “First and foremost, we do not as an industry, and cannot,