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Mississauga, Markham opt out of pot shops

The Canadian Press

Two Toronto-area municipalities have decided not to allow brick-and-mortar cannabis stores within their boundaries.

Councillors in Mississauga and Markham voted Wednesday to opt out of hosting privately operated retail cannabis stores, which are expected to open across the province next spring.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:

Toronto Stock Exchange (14,783.06, up 115.23 points).

Momentum builds in Albany for congestion tolls in NYC

David Klepper, The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. - Long considered a tough sell in Albany, the idea of imposing tolls on drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan is gaining momentum among New York lawmakers, increasing the chances that some kind of congestion tolling will pass in the legislative session that begins next month.

An influx of new Democratic lawmakers elected last month, increasingly vocal supporters in New York City and the rapidly worsening condition of the city's subways are all helping to push congestion tolling to the top of the legislative agenda. Supporters say the tolls — already in use in cities such as London, Stockholm and Singapore — will raise badly needed revenue for mass transit while also cutting down on the number of cars entering the busiest parts of the nation's largest city.

New effort in Maryland to combat upsurge in fentanyl deaths

David McFadden, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - A new effort in Maryland to prosecute more fentanyl cases in federal court is designed to help combat an alarming increase of fatalities caused by the potent synthetic opioid that's fueling the deadliest overdose epidemic in U.S. history.

Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid both cheap to produce and up to 50 times more powerful than heroin — was the driving force behind Maryland's all-time high number of drug fatalities last year, rising from 1,119 in 2016 to 1,594 in 2017. But this year's projected total exceeds 2,000 deaths from fentanyl, a 25 per cent increase from last year's grim milestone.


Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

David Eggert, The Associated Press

Chicago mayor's pension fix includes legal marijuana, casino

The Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to legalize marijuana and open a city-owned casino to help pay down the city's $28 billion public-pension debt.

Tommy Chong visits Canada for 'Air Farce'

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Teen says she felt harassed in recorded deputy altercation

The Associated Press

LILLINGTON, N.C. - A teenage girl from North Carolina who filmed a deputy tackling her sister says she felt harassed during the recorded altercation that ends with her also being brought to the ground. A deputy has been put on leave pending an investigation.

Aphria signs supply deal in Paraguay

The Canadian Press

Georgia confrontation: Officer shot in arm, suspect killed

The Associated Press

CALHOUN, Ga. - A woman shot a police officer in the arm during a confrontation Tuesday afternoon in north Georgia, and then another officer returned fire and fatally shot the woman, authorities said.

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.

North American stock markets post mixed day

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press