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51CN ON: OPED: Canada Should Decriminalize All DrugsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Spratt, Michael Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

Jailing addicts does nothing to stop substance abuse, says Michael Spratt.

Last week, Ottawa's medical officer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, pledged Ottawa Public Health's support for "new evidence-based approaches" to combat the problems caused by illegal drugs including - wait for it - decriminalization.

City Coun. Mathieu Fleury said, "It's a crazy thought, but it's a crazy thought that might actually have some merit."

Fleury should be commended. Where Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson had cast off the shackles of evidence-based thinking to stand against the city's first safe consumption site, Fleury's open mindedness is a breath of fresh air.

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52 CN BC: Column: We Humans Can Even Turn Antidotes Into AddictionsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:121 Added:08/17/2017

B.C. is heading for another record year for fentanyl overdose deaths. Despite making Naloxone antidote kits widely available, the death rate is up 88 per cent over last year, which was also a record year.

Last year, according to figures available online, B.C. had 935 deaths from drug overdoses. This year, the province had 780 deaths by the end of June. If the rate continues, the province will hit 1,400 deaths by the end of the year.

But in the welter of data, I find two facts interesting.

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53 Canada: Entrepreneurs Bet Canada Will Be A Leader In MarijuanaTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Rendell, Mark Area:Canada Lines:120 Added:08/17/2017

The ancillary cannabis industry, including technology and logistics, could be where Canadian firms shine. During a gold rush, there's often as much money to be made selling picks and shovels as digging in the dirt. One year out from the legalization of recreational marijuana, a number of Canadian companies are betting that this logic holds true for the country's cannabis rush.

With weed producers rushing to list on the TSX and other stock exchanges, investor interest has focused mostly on companies that can supply the drug. But the ancillary parts of the industry, based on intellectual property, technology and logistics, could ultimately be where Canadian companies shine on the global stage.

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54 CN BC: Column: We Can Even Turn Antidotes Into AddictionsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:08/17/2017

B.C. is heading for another record year for fentanyl overdose deaths. Despite making Naloxone antidote kits widely available, the death rate is up 88 per cent over last year, which was also a record year.

Last year, according to figures available online, B.C. had 935 deaths from drug overdoses. This year, the province had 780 deaths by the end of June. If the rate continues, the province will hit 1,400 deaths by the end of the year.

But in the welter of data, I find two facts interesting.

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55 US NY: Canadian Trucker Who Transported $120 Million In Cocaine GetsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Fairbanks, Phil Area:New York Lines:73 Added:08/16/2017

Prosecutors say the false compartments in Harinder Dhaliwal's tractor trailers was the innovation that allowed more than 3 tons of cocaine to move through Buffalo.

By Dhaliwal's own admission, the 6,600 pounds of cocaine he and others smuggled into Canada had a street value of $120 million.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the 47-year old Brampton, Ont., man to 20 years in prison.

"There is no other case like this," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch. "We've never seen this amount of drugs before."

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56 US MA: When It Comes To Marijuana Foods, Regulation Drives InnovationWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Massachusetts Lines:171 Added:08/16/2017

DENVER - Many college students will tell you that making pot brownies is easy - just sprinkle a little marijuana into a pan of melting butter, then follow the instructions on the back of the Duncan Hines box.

But marijuana entrepreneurs in this center of cannabis innovation face a much higher bar. They have no trouble dreaming up creative treats and concoctions infused with psychoactive THC, but meeting hundreds of pages of health and safety regulations means their imagination is handcuffed. And for good reason: the rules demand precise dosing, uniform potency, and warning symbols imprinted on the food itself.

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57 CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Adshade, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:08/15/2017

Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products

This isn't your grandma's home remedy.

Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.

"If you eat that ice cream, you're going to feel very, very relaxed. We've got people in their 80s coming in here," said Hank Merchant, chief executive officer of HBB Medical - a medicinal pot dispensary in Stellarton that opened several weeks ago.

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58 CN NS: City Looks Into Pot PlanningMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:95 Added:08/15/2017

Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization

Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality.

In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.

The federal government introduced legislation to legalize marijuana this spring. The bill passed first and second reading, and was referred to committee for further debate. The government intends to bring the law into effect no later than July 2018.

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59 CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot PlansFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:98 Added:08/15/2017

Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws

The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation.

In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.

It's all being done in anticipation of the federal legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018.

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60 CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong CharacterMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hawthorn, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:08/15/2017

Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79.

Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.

Musician and marijuana aficionado Tommy Chong became familiar with the officer's reputation in Vancouver in the late 1960s. With comedic partner Richard (Cheech) Marin, he created the character Sgt. Stadanko (sometimes written Stedenko), a caricatured foil to good-natured hippies who were seeking only to get high. The character was portrayed to outrageous effect by a flat-topped Stacy Keach in the smash 1978 comedy Up in Smoke.

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61 CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The WayMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Lett, Dan Area:Manitoba Lines:134 Added:08/15/2017

IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally.

Shoppers Drug Mart.

Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.

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62 CN MB: PUB LTE: Slow Movement On MarijuanaMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Vorauer, Jack Area:Manitoba Lines:35 Added:08/15/2017

Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than 100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does.

Their products are still there today; all of them are the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.

It says this on each package, and they are sold everywhere.

Marijuana is a green plant not loaded with chemicals to keep it burning, as cigarettes are, and does not cause any kind of cancer. It also has some medical qualities that are useful and some qualities that have to be controlled, (but) not as much as alcohol.

Months to "get it right" is not difficult. They should call this "The Marijuana Waltz."

Jack Vorauer

Winnipeg

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63 CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Hasn't Caused An Overdose DeathMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:08/15/2017

Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.

It's the "safest therapeutic substance known to man … safer than most foods," wrote DEA judge Francis Young after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony.

U.S. states that have legalized weed have had significant drops in opioid use and overdoses.

So don't fear the weed, Canada, embrace it. You'll be much better off.

Jeff Meyers, Westlake Village, Calif.

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64 CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge ResponseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:08/15/2017

Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey.

Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.

The survey, which sought feedback on people's priorities - road safety, eliminating the black market or keeping pot away from minors, for example - closed July 31.

The federal government wants to make recreational cannabis legal by July 2018, but many key decisions have to be made by provinces - such as where and how the drug can be sold or how products should be taxed.

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65CN BC: OPED: Leadership On Drugs Desperately NeededMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McPhie, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Action, not words, is what we need to fix problem writes Michael McPhie.

Like most of us in B.C. over the past few months my attention has been focused on the goings on in Victoria and, more recently, the significant effect from the wildfires.

I have to commend both the province and the federal government for their response to the wildfire situation. It has really been quite extraordinary and I'm sure has saved many homes and ultimately lives. It clearly demonstrates what is possible when focus and resources are provided in a timely manner.

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66CN ON: Toronto Gets First Safe Injection SiteMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Warnica, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

It's unofficial - but welcome

The tent went up at ten to four on Sunday - a big tan tarp slung over a metal base in the last ungentrified sliver of Toronto's downtown.

Around it, tattooed volunteers shifted supplies: black naloxone kits, water bottles, baggies stuffed with sterilized needles and gear.

"Don't you think this is so cool," Angie Austin said to a group of friends sitting on the grass nearby. "What is it?" one replied. "It is," she said, "a safe injection site."

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67US: Editorial: Opioids A National Problem -- And So Is TrumpFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Taking a break from his provocative tweets on North Korea, President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid addiction epidemic a national emergency, heeding Gov. Chris Christie's suggestion as part of Christie's work with a special presidential commission on opioid abuse.

It was a welcome step by Trump, albeit a bit unexpected; as recently as Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Trump would not make the emergency declaration because it was unnecessary. But as is so often the case with Trump, even sensible policy is layered with impulsiveness, hypocrisy and a general sense of cluelessness.

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68 US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For TennesseeSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Author:Wadhwani, Anita Area:Tennessee Lines:165 Added:08/15/2017

The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade.

Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.

Experts say physicians and family members are more likely to overlook addiction in senior citizens -- even after opioids require a trip to the hospital.

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69 CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin IncreaseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:08/15/2017

The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London.

Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.

One agency blames the spike on the province tightening the prescription drugs it covers under a program for people on social assistance and seniors, which has driven some users to heroin instead.

"I've never known it (heroin) here. Now it is," said Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, whose work includes a drug needle exchange program. "Heroin is here and I don't see it disappearing anytime soon."

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70 CN MB: Hidden DangerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:74 Added:08/15/2017

Family finds drug paraphernalia tucked away in hotel room

A Winnipeg hotel is changing protocols for housekeeping staff after a family found a syringe and "rocks" of drugs inside their room last weekend.

Nicole Hamm said her husband Neil located drugs and paraphernalia hidden on a ledge underneath the bathroom sink of their Victoria Inn Winnipeg hotel room last Saturday. In photos and video posted to Facebook by Nicole Hamm, a syringe is visible, as are three white "rocks" of an undetermined substance placed in spoons.

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71 CN MB: Under CoverSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Billeck, Scott Area:Manitoba Lines:76 Added:08/15/2017

RCMP add fentanyl protective gear

Manitoba's 1,080 front-line RCMP officers are getting an added layer of protection in the fight against fentanyl and other opioid exposure in the province.

The Manitoba government is investing nearly $54,000 on new personal protective equipment, which the RCMP say will be available to each of their front-line officers by the end of the year.

The new equipment kit, paid for by the criminal property forfeiture fund, includes respiratory and eye protection.

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72 CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalized Drugs Are Best Way To Save LivesSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Randell, Alan Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:08/15/2017

Re: "Consumption sites save lives," editorial, Aug. 9.

The answer to ending the fentanyl crisis was given in the editorial, but even as it quoted the words from Jack Phillips of the Society of Illicit Drug Users, it seemed to be oblivious to the message. The editorial quoted his words: "As long as people are using crap drugs, they will overdose and continue to die."

Phillips might well have continued to say that the best way to ensure that users have access to safe drugs is to put an end to drug prohibition and legalize all recreational drugs, but perhaps that was considered too radical for the tender souls at the Times Colonist editorial department.

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73 CN ON: Editorial: A Sensible Approach To Dealing With Drug AbuseSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/15/2017

In the wake of a recent spike in drug deaths in Toronto, municipal politicians have suddenly gone into overdrive suggesting ways to combat this scourge.

In the space of a week we went from Mayor John Tory leading a plan to speed up the completion of three previously approved supervised drug injection sites in Toronto, to Board of Health Chairman Joe Mihevc suggesting it's time to consider decriminalizing heroin and other drugs.

Clearly, it's time for everyone to slow down.

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74 CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On OverdosesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/15/2017

People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency."

Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.

At a news conference Friday beside a laundromat in a hardscrabble section of downtown Toronto, community health workers, drug users and anti-poverty activists were also united in their call to end the criminalization of drug use.

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75 CN ON: Harm Reduction Workers Want Action On Toronto Opioid 'Crisis'Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:08/15/2017

TORONTO - Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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76 CN ON: Advocates Call For Interim Drug-Use Sites In TorontoSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:08/15/2017

The city is also being urged to declare a public-health emergency amid a string of overdoses and suspected related deaths

Harm-reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim supervised drug-use spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public-health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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77 CN MB: Criminals Paying For Mounties' Fentanyl Safety GearSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kusch, Larry Area:Manitoba Lines:76 Added:08/15/2017

MANITOBA RCMP officers are being equipped with special masks and goggles to protect them in the event they're exposed to fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opiate.

They will also switch to black latex gloves instead of the standard-issue blue ones to better detect the white powder.

Criminals are footing the bill.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced on Friday that the provincial government will spend nearly $54,000 from its criminal property forfeiture fund to equip more than 1,000 front-line Mounties with the new gear. Also included will be specialized drums to store evidence.

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78 CN ON: LTE: Vulnerable People Start With Available DrugsMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:08/15/2017

In reply to Robert Sinclair's letter ("gateway drug theory is flawed") defending the legalization of marijuana, and his refuting that weed may be a gateway to harder drugs, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, as late as April of this year, has stated that "an alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs."

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79 US: Marijuana States Try To Curb Smuggling, Avert Us CrackdownMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Selsky, Andrew Area:United States Lines:146 Added:08/15/2017

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon's legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure "we're protecting the new industry that we're supporting here."

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80 Canada: 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Urged On Pot Use By DriversMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Canada Lines:119 Added:08/15/2017

Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales

When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.

The group will release a position paper today calling on the province to ban pot smoking in cars with a "zero tolerance" policy, cap the amount of THC in cannabis products and use all tax revenues from them to boost addiction and mental health services.

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81 CN MB: Pot Legalization Dominates RoundtableSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Manitoba Lines:103 Added:08/15/2017

Initially slated to address the national opioid crisis, the majority of questions addressed during Friday's roundtable discussion centred on the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire and Conservative Party of Canada health critic Rachael Harder headed the roundtable discussion at the Trails West Inn, whose question period quickly pushed aside the opioid crisis, which hasn't impacted Brandon as heavily as it has some other areas of the nation.

There were 2,458 opioid-related deaths in Canada last year, of which 24 were in Manitoba.

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82 CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction AwarenessThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Airdrie City View (CN AB) Author:Ruth, Dustin Area:Alberta Lines:153 Added:08/15/2017

Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction.

Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.

"There are so many families being affected," Taylor said. "I think the stigma is so incredible that people are embarrassed to come forward. It took us a long time."

Taylor has been married to her husband Jeff for 23 years and said the two raised their daughter, Kenedee, and son, Nathan, to respect curfews and stay away from drugs.

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83 CN ON: Niagara On Track For Record Fentanyl DeathsFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:08/15/2017

The number of Niagara residents dying from fentanyl related overdoses is on track to hit a record high this year, according to data provided by Niagara Regional Police.

Police say officers have responded to 15 fatal opioid overdoses since Jan. 1, with 10 of them involving fentanyl. Police responded to 12 fentanyl related fatal overdoses in all 2016.

This data only reflects overdose incidents that involved the police. It does not capture overdoses, fatal or otherwise, that did not involve a police response such as a person arriving at an emergency room on their own.

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84 CN BC: LTE: Calls Growing To Curb Deadly Violence In Lower MainlandFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Gunson, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:08/15/2017

Re: Surrey on edge after trio of shootings, Aug. 10

It doesn't take a genius to figure out the root cause of the deadly violence happening in the Lower Mainland is control of the illegal drug trade. Control, fear and retaliation are all part of this nasty business.

What is even more disturbing is the family and friends of these thugs know about their criminal activity. B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is correct in saying, "Parents and family members have the information and need to come forward."

Until the community starts addressing the root causes, the violence will continue.

Steve Gunson, Abbotsford

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85 CN ON: LTE: Grim ReapingSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Harris, Jamie Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:08/15/2017

A conspiracy hypothesis must surely be tested regarding the carnage currently inflicted by street fentanyl and its weaponized derivative, carfentanil.

Simply stated, drug dealing is a business. No entrepreneur is going to deliberately contaminate product so that it kills the customers.

Suspicion must be entertained that some organization with ulterior motives is deliberately contaminating the street drug supply.

Opioid and stimulant injectors are the main target. The possibility of tainted street marijuana (Get naloxone, pot users urged, Aug. 4) pales by comparison.

Now more than ever, the adage rings true that illegal drugs are not dangerous because they're illegal, they're illegal because they are dangerous.

Harm reduction efforts are laudable but they are failing to stop the purge.

Jamie Harris

London

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86CN ON: Companies Rush To Brand Pot Products While Marketing RulesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Would you like to indulge in an exhilarating burst of energy and creativity while enjoying an uplifting experience?

That may be in store for medical marijuana users purchasing a new strain created in conjunction with Tokyo Smoke, according to the Canadian "lifestyle" company that unveiled the product on Thursday.

It's also perhaps a peek into the future as cannabis companies scramble to create brands that will be attractive to millions of potential customers when recreational pot is legal.

Tokyo Smoke, which sells cannabis accessories, coffee and clothing, has teamed up with Aphria, one of the country's largest medical marijuana growers, on four new strains of marijuana.

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87 CN ON: City Seeks Pot Dispensary Court InjunctionSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:08/15/2017

Supporters vow to fight bid to permanently close businesses

"They are looking to set a precedent. I hope they do..." - Britney Guerra, Cloud Nine Owner

The city is escalating its battle with illegal storefront pot shops by seeking a court injunction to shutter a popular downtown dispensary and vapour lounge.

But owners and supporters of the Hamilton Village Dispensary and Cloud Nine are vowing to fight to save the 275 King St. E businesses.

The injunction request obtained by The Spectator cites zoning and bylaw violations in asking a judge to order the businesses permanently closed. It also wants Hamilton police to be required to enforce the order.

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88 CN ON: Advocate Calling For National State Of EmergencySat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:08/15/2017

Opioid crisis 'like genocide'

Recovery advocate Annie McCullough is calling for Canada to declare a national state of emergency in the opioid crisis as the death toll continues to climb, including three fatalities in Durham Region Friday.

McCullough, a co-founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, said that what Toronto and the GTA is experiencing now - a surge in fentanyl-related overdoses in Toronto - has been an epidemic in Vancouver over the past two years.

"What's going on with fentanyl almost feels like a conspiracy because people know now that it's killing people and they're not stopping distributing it, whoever these people are that are doing it," McCullough said. "It's almost like they have a death wish for people; it feels like genocide."

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89 CN ON: Street Drugs 101: A PrimerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/15/2017

As deadly fentanyl fuels a public health crisis, Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman reveals what you should know about common London street drugs

Forget the old adage that what you don't know, can't hurt you. When it comes to street drugs, what you don't know can kill you.

That was the thrust of a rare public health warning - three health agencies and London police joined in its release - last week in London, when authorities stressed that the latest villain in Canada's opioid drug crisis, deadly fentanyl, is turning up in other illegal street drugs.

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90CN ON: Pot Shop Objector Left High And DryFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

'Everyone is just standing still, letting it happen'

When a shop openly selling marijuana opened a couple blocks from her home, Angie Todesco was astounded.

A year later, she shuffles through a file folder of official responses from authorities she figured might have some power to shut down a store illegally selling drugs. She's written, emailed or called everyone from the prime minister to the Manor Park Community Association. "It doesn't amount to a hill of beans," she says.

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91CN BC: Another Dispensary Breach, And Still No Pot LawFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Sensitive patient data supplied to a Vancouver cannabis dispensary has been either mishandled or - according to the shop's owner - stolen, a situation that again highlights the confusion over the regulation of retail pot.

Most people in weed-friendly Vancouver, it seems, don't have a problem with dispensaries. A Nanos poll of Vancouverites last year found only 14 per cent supported banning medical dispensaries.

But the city's decision to take the lead in Canada by licensing a still-illegal industry has contributed to a regulatory haze where many in Vancouver - including cannabis users and non-consumers alike, and even those involved in the weed business - have expressed confusion about the state of affairs while Canadians await expected federal legislation to legalize nonmedicinal marijuana.

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92CN ON: Legal Pot Poses Judicial ConundrumThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

In what's believed to be a Canadian first, a judge in Sarnia is having to wrestle with the question whether having medicinal pot on you is illegal if you're driving under its influence.

In a case heard Wednesday, federal drug prosecutor Michael Robb said the issue hadn't come up before in the government's prosecution service.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by marijuana and to possession of marijuana.

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93 CN AB: Site Eyed For Supervised Drug UseThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:162 Added:08/15/2017

ARCHES identifies former downtown area nightclub as a future medically-supervised drug consumption site

A former downtown area nightclub has been pegged as the location for a future medically-supervised drug consumption site. ARCHES Lethbridge, a harm reduction agency, made the announcement on Wednesday that it had filed an application on July 31 with Health Canada to establish the services at the site formerly known as Pulse Nightclub. The facility requires a federal exemption to allow drug use inside the building.

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94 CN ON: White High On New Opioid ExchangeThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:08/15/2017

Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.

White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless. "I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger discussion around addiction," White said.

"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of crime."

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95 CN ON: Fentanyl Blamed For Deadly ODFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:161 Added:08/15/2017

Sarnia cops warn of opioid-laced street drugs after three overdoses - one of them fatal - in five hours

Three overdoses in mere hours, one of them deadly - the sinister new face of Southwestern Ontario's opioid drug crisis has killed again, this time not a week after a rare public health warning about the often-hidden killer.

A few grains of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, mixed with cocaine, likely caused a fatal overdose Wednesday night in Sarnia, prompting a new warning from police in that city about drugs laced with fentanyl.

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96 CN ON: LTE: Disputed Drug Bust Justified, Police SayFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Renwick, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/15/2017

Re: 'I lost everything': Ottawa man loses home after false fentanyl bust, Ottawa Citizen, July 31.

The Caldwell Avenue apartment was well known to both Ottawa Police patrol officers and Ottawa Community Housing due to the heavy traffic and disruptive drug activities. Officers and paramedics were dispatched twice to the apartment in April 2017 for people who had overdosed.

In light of prevalent drug consumption at the apartment and concerns for public safety, the Ottawa Police Drug Unit began an investigation into the suspected sale of controlled substances. A thorough investigation confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking, and a search warrant was executed on April 25.

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97CN ON: Column: Police Should Make Amends To Royston ChristieFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

The scourge of fentanyl has hit the nation's capital with devastating consequences, and kudos to Ottawa police for going into overdrive to bring to justice the criminals who traffic in this deadly drug. But there is no excuse for what they did to Royston Christie after a drug raid at his Caldwell Avenue home.

And it is a shame that months later, nobody has raised a finger to support a man wrongly accused of dealing drugs and then left homeless to boot. Ottawa police have sent a letter to the Citizen (see below, left) giving their take on the arrest, but it still doesn't answer the fundamental question about Christie's treatment.

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98 CN ON: Can Legal Pot Turn Illegal?Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:08/15/2017

Judge struggles with 'lawful prescription becoming unlawful due to its use,' by driver under its influence

SARNIA - In what's believed to be a Canadian first, a judge here is having to wrestle with whether having medicinal pot on you is illegal if you're driving under its influence.

In a case heard Wednesday, federal drug prosecutor Michael Robb said the issue hadn't come up before in the government's prosecution service.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by marijuana and to possessing marijuana.

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99 CN ON: LTE: Facts, Studies Show Legalizing Marijuana Will Be AThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:08/15/2017

In reply to Robert Sinclair's letter ("Gateway drug theory is flawed") defending the legalization of marijuana, and his refuting that weed may be a gateway to harder drugs, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, as late as April of this year, has stated that "an alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drugtaking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs."

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100 CN BC: Weemedical Society Defends Marijuana SalesThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Latkowski, Barbara Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:08/15/2017

In light of two recent arrests involving what Prince George RCMP are referring to as an "illegal storefront business," members of a provincial marijuana advocacy group are not about to give up.

"Prince George has a fair population and lots of people who do physical work and require pain relief," said MayJoan Liu, director of the WeeMedical Society.

"We are all people. Everyone has aches and pains. Why should someone have to travel all the way to Vancouver to find pain relief?"

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