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101 CN ON: Union Says Fentanyl Found At Collins BayWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:MacAlpine, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:08/09/2017

Bob Finucan, Ontario regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers based in Kingston, said correctional service officers have been exposed to the dangerous drug fentanyl inside Correctional Service Canada institutions in Ontario twice in the past two months, including at Collins Bay Institution, but that there have been no reported overdoses or injuries from the exposures.

After hearing reports of federal correctional officers in Alberta being exposed to the deadly drug on three occasions in the past month, Finucan agreed that if it can happen in Alberta, it can happen in this region.

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102 CN ON: Editorial: We Need Recent Opioid Abuse DataWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Rodrigues, Hugo Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:08/09/2017

Is Cornwall gripped by the fentanyl-driven opioid crisis swallowing other Canadian communities or not?

It's been difficult to get clarity on this question in recent months, made no clearer by a media release issued by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit late last week.

The EOHU is concerned recent reporting on fentanyl and the increasing availability of naloxone kits in our community has suggested there is no problem with opioid abuse in our communities. It told us the EOHU has tracked 35 opioid-related deaths in the area from 2010-15, which would put us with a rate among the highest in Eastern Ontario.

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103 Canada: Series Of Fentanyl Exposures In Three-week Span Puts PrisonWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:White, Patrick Area:Canada Lines:96 Added:08/09/2017

The surge of illicit fentanyl endangering lives on Canadian streets has now flooded into the country's prisons, posing a greater threat to those working in an already perilous job.

In the past three weeks, at least nine federal correctional officers have been exposed to the lethal drug, according to one union official, putting staff on high alert for a substance they often can't detect until it's too late. There have been no reported fatalities involving correctional officers, but several inmate deaths owing to fentanyl exposure.

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104CN ON: OPED: Recreational pot: Who Should Make The Rules?Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gregory, Allan W. Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/09/2017

Put the provinces in charge, argues Allan W. Gregory.

Most of the challenges of marijuana legalization will fall on provincial/territorial purses.

Marijuana for recreational use will soon become legal under the federal Liberal government's Bill C-45, but the discussion of how to best regulate what many suspect will be an enormous industry is still ongoing.

The model put forward by Bill C-45 was suggested by the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and is based on the Tobacco Act. Under it, the federal government oversees the wholesale side (licensing and security for all production in Canada) and the provincial governments and territories are responsible for the retail level (public education, youth protection and distribution).

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105 CN ON: Was Pot Alert Wise Warning Or Blowing Smoke?Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:08/09/2017

Proactive public health warning, or scare tactic?

A heated debate has erupted after the London region's top public health official warned that illegal drugs, including marijuana, could be contaminated with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller already blamed for hundreds of overdose deaths in Canada this year.

There's no shortage of skepticism about part of that warning, involving pot, especially since there's never been a confirmed case of fentanyl-laced marijuana in Canada.

Though multiple warnings that fentanyl-contaminated cannabis have circulated in communities - even former B.C. premier Christy Clark made the claim last year - both the RCMP and Canada's health minister have said the rumours haven't been proven.

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106 CN ON: PUB LTE: Does Drug Decriminalization Save Lives?Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Chu, Sandra Ka Hon Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:08/09/2017

Re Think twice before decriminalizing drugs,

DiManno, Aug. 7 Citing Portugal's experience, Rosie DiManno recently argued that decriminalizing drugs isn't a solution to dealing with the opioid overdose crisis in Canada.

This is not rooted in fact. Our current crisis stems from a deadly, illegal drug supply.

If Canada decriminalized drugs and created a legal, regulated supply, fewer people would die.

After Portugal decriminalized drug use in 2001, there was a remarkable increase in uptake of treatment, and drug-caused deaths and HIV infection from injection drug use plummeted.

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107 CN BC: Starting A Dialogue About Youth Drug AbuseWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Lake Country Calendar (CN BC) Author:Gerding, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:08/09/2017

Online survey results to be discussed at Kelowna forum

An Okanagan drug treatment agency is heading up a conversation about drug abuse among Central Okanagan youth.

The Bridge Youth &Family Services in Kelowna, with support from the children and youth mental health and substance use local action team, want to initiate a dialogue about how to best serve young people who're experimenting with or are addicted to drugs.

Jamie McGregor, program coordinator for youth detox and adult supported recovery, said problematic substance abuse has been an ongoing concern in the Central Okanagan now for decades, noting that last year 319 people under the age of 29 died of an opioid overdose in B.C.

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108 CN BC: First Supervised Consumption Site To Open Next YearWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Wong, Kendra Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:08/09/2017

Dr. Richard Stanwick has been waiting a long time to see the opening of Victoria's first supervised consumption site.

Now after more than 11 years, that dream is becoming a reality.

Health Canada approved Island Health's application las week for a supervised consumption site at 941 Pandora Ave., to be named the Pandora Community Health and Wellness Centre.

The site will offer integrated health services including mental health counselling, a nursing clinic and links to addiction treatment programs.

"This is going to save lives … If you think of a hub with many spokes, this is but one component that we're adding in terms of trying to address the opioid crisis," said Stanwick, Island Health's chief medical officer.

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109 US MA: Driving While Stoned? State Officials Urge Caution OnWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Feiner, Lauren Area:Massachusetts Lines:48 Added:08/09/2017

With marijuana now legal in Massachusetts, federal, and state officials are launching a new campaign to remind users that driving while high remains illegal.

With marijuana now legal in Massachusetts, federal, and state officials are launching a new campaign to remind users that driving while high remains illegal.

With a motto of "Drive high? The crash is on you," the campaign will feature billboards, radio, and TV ads targeted at drivers between the ages of 18 and 49, but is particularly aimed at younger people, officials from Massachusetts and federal transportation and safety agencies said Tuesday.

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110 CN BC: Drug Dealers Beware: RCMPWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC) Author:Hinks, Aaron Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:08/09/2017

White Rock officers cracking down on drug trafficking

White Rock RCMP have a stern message for those who peddle drugs in the city.

"If you deal drugs in White Rock you are not welcome here. Prepare to be arrested. We will not tolerate the misery and pain you are bringing into the community," White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Creighton said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon.

The news release comes on the heels of "significant" street level drug seizures and arrests in White Rock.

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111 CN BC: Editorial: Losing The War On DrugsTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Miller, James Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:08/08/2017

Send addicts immediately to treatment; bust dealers

Holiday Mondays are ordinarily a quiet time to work around The Herald office, especially early in the morning. That wasn't the case yesterday as a a Good Samaratan was greeted in our back alley by a woman passed out, looking nearly dead, as a result of what appeared to be a drug overdose.

I pulled in a few minutes afterward, having been passed on Winnipeg Street by an ambulance.

A 911 call and five emergency personnel responded, reviving the woman before taking her away voluntarily, presumably to the hospital for treatment.

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112 CN ON: OPED: Drug Addicts Are Not 'Thugs'Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Tory, John Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:08/08/2017

Any overdose death is a tragedy.

It's a preventable death and I consider it my duty as mayor to ensure that the City of Toronto is doing everything it can to help prevent those tragedies.

Each person who dies from an overdose is someone's son, daughter, friend or loved one. They are human beings and they should not be abandoned by society due to a particular addiction.

I'm proud to have the women and men of Toronto's public service helping me in the fight against the overdose epidemic.

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113 CN AB: Pot Amnesty 'Complicated'Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:61 Added:08/08/2017

Group suggests pardoning possession convictions

People with a record of pot possession should be able to access a 'simplified, free' record suspension process, a for-profit advocate for Canadians with criminal records said in a report issued Thursday.

AllCleared, formerly Pardon Services Canada, released a set of recommendations including eliminating fees for record suspensions, or 'pardons' of non-violent marijuana-related convictions.

According to Statistics Canada, 17,733 people were charged with offences related to marijuana possession in 2016.

Individuals currently have to wait five years from the date of sentence completion to apply for a record suspension, which takes several months to complete.

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114 CN ON: PUB LTE: Canadians Should Not 'Fear The Weed' - CalifornianTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:08/08/2017

Re: "Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike," July 30.

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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115 CN ON: Teen Travels Across Country To Share Her Addiction StoryTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Connor, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/08/2017

Recovering addict Leila Attar says she was scared sober after a fentanyl overdose nearly killed her in 2016.

The 19-year-old Ottawa teen unwittingly took pills thinking they were percocets last November.

"I had taken too much in the past, but I'd never been so far gone. I had the feeling I was so close to death," Attar said.

Five weeks ago, Attar - with her Canada 150 Youth Pass on Via Rail - started a cross-country tour to learn more about the opioid crisis by visiting treatment centres and inner-city drug sites.

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116 Canada: PUB LTE: Pot: This Is Progress?Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hickman, Jim Area:Canada Lines:45 Added:08/08/2017

You raise valid points concerning the lack of clarity surrounding the impending legalization of marijuana - and its effects, be they economic, health or regulatory (When It Comes To Pot Rules, We're In A Daze, editorial, Aug. 4).

Now we have provinces vying to distribute the stuff through their liquor-control operations. Drug stores want in on the action. Licences to grow it appear to be doled out inconsistently.

Maybe it's better to leave well enough alone. Some businesses in Toronto sell the stuff illegally in a truly efficient manner.

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117 CN ON: PUB LTE: Banning Drugs Only Makes Them More DangerousTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Randell, Alan Area:Ontario Lines:35 Added:08/08/2017

Re Think twice before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

I couldn't disagree more with Rosie Dimanno. Nearly all the harm done to users and non-users alike by illegal drugs is because the drugs are prohibited. Thousands were poisoned by adulterated booze during Prohibition and thousands more are dying today because of adulterated drugs, an aspect of government policy my wife and I became well acquainted with when our 19-year-old son, Peter, died shortly after ingesting some street heroin in 1993.

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118 CN BC: B.C. Eyes Patterns In Opioid CrisisTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:08/08/2017

Province's new plan to fight overdose deaths requires coroners to log extensive information on victims

A new mandate in British Columbia to collect comprehensive information on all fatal overdose victims aims to provide a fulsome look at why people use illicit drugs - from past medical issues to economic status - - to help curb problematic drug use and prevent overdose deaths.

The BC Coroners Service's new Unintentional Drug Overdose Protocol requires coroners to fill out an 11-page document for every person who dies of a suspected overdose. The data gathering is the most ambitious in the country. Last week, B.C. released data showing 780 people died of opioid overdoses between January and June this year. The province has been the hardest hit by the opioid crisis that is rapidly spreading across Canada.

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119 CN BC: Technology Growing Problem For Okanagan School DistrictTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:83 Added:08/08/2017

Drugs top reason for student suspensions in Okanagan Skaha, but suspensions due to threats over social media on rise

Certainly with the proliferation of cellphone use, we have had to ensure students understand what appropriate use of technology looks like. Todd Manuel

Inappropriate use of technology is now the second-most common reason for student suspensions in the Okanagan Skaha School District.

Seven such suspensions were handed down during the 2016-17 session, compared to just two in the previous three years combined, according to data the Herald obtained from the school district in response to a freedom-of-information request.

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120 US NY: Report Reveals 'Safe House' Where Heroin Users Shoot Up UnderTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:New York Lines:92 Added:08/08/2017

NEW YORK -- A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals.

None were known to exist in the US until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities are pushing to establish these so-called supervised injection sites, where users can shoot up under the care of trained staff who can treat an overdose if necessary.

In the report released Tuesday, two researchers said they've been evaluating an underground safe place that opened in 2014. As a condition of their research, they didn't disclose the location of the facility -- which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal -- or the social service agency running it.

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121 US HI: State's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens On MauiTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:59 Added:08/08/2017

Hawaii history will be made today when the first dispensary opens for business on Maui, nearly two decades after the state legalized medical marijuana.

Maui Grown Therapies, one of eight dispensary licensees, will begin at 11 a.m. the first legal sales of cannabis in the islands. The company was the first to pass a final Health Department inspection Monday, beating at least one other dispensary, Aloha Green Holdings Inc. on Oahu, to be the first to open.

It is a significant milestone for the industry that has struggled to get off the ground since the law establishing dispensaries was passed in 2015. The first dispensaries were allowed to open as early as July 2016, but were delayed for more than a year, frustrating medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

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122 US CA: Former Kern Co. Sheriff's Deputies Avoid Prison For SellingTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rocha, Veronica Area:California Lines:106 Added:08/08/2017

Two former Kern County Sheriff's deputies avoided prison time Monday for stealing and selling marijuana that was seized during drug busts.

Logan August and Derrick Penney were sentenced Monday to three years' probation for the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. attorney office in Fresno.

August, a 30-year-old Bakersfield resident, was also ordered to serve 1,500 hours of community service and forfeit $16,500 earned in the trafficking operation, federal authorities said.

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123 US: Trump Emphasizes Tough Law Enforcement In Comments On OpioidTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Bierman, Noah Area:United States Lines:121 Added:08/08/2017

President Trump emphasized the need for stepped-up law enforcement to combat the nation's opioid problem Tuesday, an approach that is at odds with a report released last week by the special commission he appointed to address abuse.

"Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society," Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of his golf club here.

"I have had the opportunity to hear from many on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I'm confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win."

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124 CN ON: Column: Rethink Before Decriminalizing DrugsMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:DiManno, Rosie Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:08/07/2017

If half a dozen deaths in Toronto last week were likely attributable to fatal opioid-related overdoses, how many do you think would have died if those drugs were legal? Fewer? I don't see the logic in that. Easier access to drugs and no criminal liability wouldn't discourage use, surely. And we're not talking here about a mild mind-bending substance such as pot, which is to become decriminalized in Canada next year. Still stupid - dumb-downing of the populace . . . but it is the consensus will of the nation - because we seem to be just fine with the stupefying effect of "recreational" marijuana and hash despite all the evidence of young lives going off the rails when teenagers toked to the gills lose interest in school and sports and healthy activities.

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125 CN ON: LTE: Impose Capital Punishment On Drug Dealers And SuppliersMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Favro, Norman Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:08/07/2017

Re Top doctor calls for new drug approach,

Aug. 5 British Columbia recorded 935 deaths due to drug overdose in 2016 and the number is projected to be 1,400 by the end of 2017. Approaches to this epidemic include the antidote naloxone, injection sites, education, etc. These are fine, but do not address the real problem, which is reducing drug availability by reducing the number of dealers and suppliers.

Singapore and other counties have enacted laws that include capital punishment for dealers and suppliers of illicit drugs. Draconian, yes, but if we as a society have to choose between the deaths of dealers who knowingly destroy lives and families or deaths of thousands of our young adults, the decision is a no-brainer.

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126 CN BC: Hard-Hit Communities Look To Legal Cannabis For JobMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Kane, Laura Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:08/07/2017

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.

So when a medical-marijuana company moved next door, Chief William Seymour saw an opportunity for his members to get good jobs and stay in the area.

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127CN BC: Fentanyl Blamed For Spike Of 88 Per Cent In Deaths FromSun, 06 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Johnston, Patrick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/06/2017

Fewer people died in the province of drug overdoses in June than in earlier months this year, but the death rate continues to be far higher than last year.

According to the B.C. Coroners Service, 780 deaths so far this year can be attributed to overdosing on illicit drugs. That's up 88 per cent from the same period a year ago, when there were 414 deaths.

In total, there were 978 overdoses deaths in B.C. last year.

The scale of the crisis becomes clearer in statistics reported by the city of Vancouver, which suggest the number of overdoses that end in death are a drop in the bucket when counting total overdoses.

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128 CN ON: Column: Hypocrisy At Its Most VileSun, 06 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:08/06/2017

Mihevc misses the irony in his drug stance

When the truth came out about then-mayor Rob Ford's crack cocaine use in late October of 2013, 26-year NDP councillor Joe Mihevc quickly joined the queue of councillors and media pundits who savaged him.

In fact, in one interview on Oct. 31 of that year, Mihevc claimed that Torontonians were "shocked and disappointed" because Ford "clearly has an addiction issue of one form or another" and associates with the "wrong people" (meaning, drug dealers).

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129Canada: Federal Court Sides With Medical Pot GrowerWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Melnitzer, Julius Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Mortgage dispute with Bank of Nova Scotia

The Federal Court has ordered the Canadian Human Rights Commission to reconsider a discrimination claim by a licensed medical marijuana grower after the Bank of Nova Scotia called in his up-to-date mortgage.

Wendy Hulton of Dickinson Wright LLP said last week's ruling reflects the evolution of popular and judicial attitudes to marijuana, particularly with its impending legalization for recreational use less than a year off.

"The facts is this case arose in 2009, which was three sets of regulations ago," she said. "Justice ( Keith) Boswell recognized this, and bent over backwards to send off signals that things have changed since then."

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130 CN ON: Mayor Targets OpioidsTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:08/05/2017

On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues

Another drug crisis, another drug strategy.

In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.

But the new effort will be nimble with a concrete focus, battling opioid overdoses and other problems in large part through the establishment of a supervised injection site, city health leaders promise.

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131 CN MB: LTE: Legalized PotWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Munroe, Donald Area:Manitoba Lines:25 Added:08/05/2017

Re: Pot legalization on agenda. Let's first get alcohol and its deadly effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix gasoline with dynamite?

Donald Munroe



(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)

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132 CN ON: London's Opioid ResponseWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:08/05/2017

Council committee backs mayor's crisis working group.

London's response to the opioid crisis might become nearly as complex as the addictions that require it.

City politicians voted in favour of yet another group focusing on solutions to opioid abuse Tuesday, but several admitted they were unclear on what, exactly, they were supporting.

"I need to know this is going to be effective," Coun. Phil Squire told the community and protective services committee. His motion to send the plan back to staff for clarification was narrowly defeated.

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133 CN ON: Editorial: Right Cause, But Wrong Guy In Botched BustWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:08/05/2017

When a man loses his home because of over-zealous - or mistaken - police work, hard questions need to be answered.

We refer to the case of Royston Christie, 61. Cops booted in his door and hauled him off for allegedly trafficking fentanyl in April.

They announced the arrest in a news release; federal prosecutors took over the case; Christie was kicked out of his public housing apartment; and he spent a week rotting in the notorious Innes Road jail.

Except the "drugs" weren't fentanyl at all, according to lab tests. The cops haven't said what the powder they found actually was, but Christie says it was face powder from a girlfriend.

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134 CN MB: Panel To Demystify Pot Rules For Elite AthletesThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Winnipeg, CN MB) Author:Jones, Braeden Area:Manitoba Lines:72 Added:08/05/2017

Educational materials put together for Canadians

When Canada legalizes cannabis, Canadian athletes of all levels-including those vying for or competing in the Canada Games-will still have to be careful not to contravene anti-doping rules.

Glen Bergeron, who teaches kinesiology and applied health at the University of Winnipeg, is part of an ad hoc committee with the Canadian Centre of Ethics and Sport "discussing this issue at the national level."

"The issue is that cannabis is a banned substance on the international banned substance list," Bergeron said. "We need to be able to educate these athletes that it may be legal to use, but it's still regarded as a banned substance."

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135 US NJ: Editorial: Adding One More Needed Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:68 Added:08/05/2017

When it comes to the state's medical marijuana law, progress has come in increments rather than great strides. New Jersey's Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, state law since 2010, has been implemented ever so slowly under Gov. Chris Christie, who has never hidden his disdain for the law.

Yet those disappointed by the snail's pace of the law, and the establishment of new medical marijuana centers, have new reason to take heart.

As Staff Writer Lindy Washburn reported, North Jersey will soon be welcoming the state's largest dispensary of medical marijuana yet -- at a 10,000-square-foot facility on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Once it opens, the dispensary plans to serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of strains of cannabis. The Christie administration has issued a permit to grow medical marijuana to Harmony Foundation and will consider issuing a permit to dispense marijuana after the crop is tested later this year.

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136 Canada: Editorial: When It Comes To Pot Rules, We're In A DazeFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:114 Added:08/05/2017

If the legislative timeline holds, it will be possible for Canadians to legally buy marijuana by this time next year.

But as revealed by the news this week that a major Canadian clearing house may refuse to settle some share trades involving cannabis firms, far too many questions remain unanswered.

This chronic lack of clarity from Ottawa is the reason why Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. (CDS) is worried about potential liabilities it would face if it facilitated a trade involving a pot-selling company that does business in the United States.

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137 CN NS: Green, Gray Or Black And White?Tue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Standard, The (CN NS) Author:Barber, Carolyn Area:Nova Scotia Lines:197 Added:08/05/2017

Victoria County's first and only medical marijuana dispensary opened in June. It is listed with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks and has a CRA business number, a bank account and 25 clients. The RCMP are well aware of it. However, dispensaries are illegal in Canada. So how does it still exist? The Standard's Carolyn Barber explores the making og a gray area where some choose to roll the dice.

Our story about the medical marijuana (cannabis) dispensary that opened in June in Bay St. Lawrence began as a typical business profile. On July 16, The Standard's Carolyn Barber interviewed sole proprietor and operator Kevin Mackinnon, his wife Amy, and daughter Danielle at their dispensary located on Buchanan Lane in the northern Cape Breton village. Some basic background research on medical marijuana dispensaries generated further questions. That's when it became more than a profile.

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138 CN ON: LTE: Drug Deaths Are Up - Is Pot Legalization Rational?Wed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:08/05/2017

The gruesome statistics on drug-related deaths, destroyed lives, broken relationships and demolished families are only getting worse every year.

In one province, British Columbia, about 15 million hypodermic needles destined solely for illicit drug use were distributed last year to the various "safe injection" sites and agencies around the province.

Fifteen million needles - it's hard to fathom the widespread addiction to various drugs and the terrible casualties inflicted. Unfortunately, it's growing in every province. In B.C., this is a 50 per cent increase from 2014 in hypos distributed for illicit use, and statistics for the rest of Canada must be similar.

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139CN BC: Gang Violence The Top Priority For Province's New SolicitorMon, 31 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

B.C.'s new solicitor general wants to review the province's anti-gang programs to see if changes are needed to more effectively battle brazen gun violence.

Mike Farnworth, the NDP's longtime critic of the public safety portfolio, told Postmedia News the public is understandably concerned by the ongoing violence.

In recent weeks, there have been several shootings in Surrey, Abbotsford and Vancouver, as well as a killing in Chilliwack that police say was a targeted attack.

"It is a critical issue in the Lower Mainland and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you are - whether you are in Surrey or Vancouver or Pouce Coupe or Prince Rupert - you deserve to feel safe in your home," Farnworth said. "People deserve to be safe and feel safe in their communities."

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140Canada: Ottawa, Provinces At Odds Over TicketingMon, 31 Jul 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

OTTAWA - A long-running dispute between some provinces and Ottawa means only parts of the country can hand out tickets for federal statutory offences, and internal justice department reports have repeatedly warned about the consequences of this "uneven" application of law.

The internal reports, written in 2010 and 2017, say that if ticketing agreements aren't signed with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, it exposes the government to legal risk, exacerbates the trouble with court delays, and hampers the work of peace officers.

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141 CN AB: Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Continue To ClimbTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:08/05/2017

Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year

The number of patients for whom medical marijuana is being prescribed has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year, says the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2015 there were 109 authorized physicians prescribing medical marijuana for 1,750 patients. That would be the equivalent of 438 patients for every quarter of that year. In 2016 there were 329 physicians prescribing for 5,254 patients or 1,314 patients per quarter, said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for CPSA. In the first three months alone of this year, 178 physicians prescribed medical marijuana for 2,845 patients.

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142 CN ON: PUB LTE: Opioid-Specific Rehab NeededSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Malott, Alison Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:08/05/2017

I just read an article about how one solution to the opioid crisis is to have doctors prescribe less pain medication.

The result will be fewer drugs available on the street and higher prices. Hence, more pharmacy robberies and theft. Addicts will also turn to other drugs. Then we will be looking at a heroin crisis.

I am a drug counsellor in Essex County and literally go to the dealers' houses to give them clean supplies and take out the dirty ones. Lately, I have sadly been giving out naloxone kits with as much training as they will listen to.

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143 CN ON: Editorial: Having Kits Available Key In Overdose FightSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:08/05/2017

Not even a full week into August and local health officials are reporting three overdoses in the region. Three. In less than a week. If that number isn't enough to make people realize there's an issue in the Quinte region it's hard to imagine what would.

In recent months the incidents of opioid use and overdoses has climbed in Quinte and it's enough, now, that health officials are urging people to use precaution. When people are being told if they choose to use illicit drugs they need to ensure people know where they are and what they are doing it's quite telling.

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144 CN ON: Get Naloxone, Pot Users UrgedSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/05/2017

Region's medical officer of health reacts to drug tests showing fentanyl in pot users' urine.

The London region's top public health official is recommending marijuana users keep the anti-overdose medication naloxone handy.

That advice from Dr. Christopher Mackie comes after the Middlesex-London Health Unit and London police issued a public warning that fentanyl, a potentially deadly opioid, could be showing up in other street drugs, including pot.

"The more naloxone we have in our community, the safer the community is going to be," Mackie, Middlesex-London's medical officer of health, said Friday.

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145CN ON: Health Officials Warn Of Fentanyl-Laced MarijuanaSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

The London region's top public health official is recommending marijuana users keep the anti-overdose medication naloxone handy.

That advice from Dr. Christopher Mackie comes after the Middlesex-London Health Unit and London police issued a public warning that fentanyl, a potentially deadly drug, could be showing up in other street drugs, including pot.

"The more naloxone we have in our community, the safer the community is going to be," Mackie, Middlesex-London's medical officer of health, said Friday.

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146 CN AB: Kids Running Against DrugsSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:38 Added:08/05/2017

It will be a workout with a message.

On Aug. 16, children and teens will start their Kids Against Drugs run through the Blood Reserve.

The two-day event aims "to keep the momentum going for awareness, and to send a message that fentanyl and all drugs are not welcomed in the children's lives," says spokesperson Pamela Little Bear.

"Too many children, on and off reserves and in the general community are affected in a negative way with these drugs," she says.

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147 CN ON: Rethinking The War On DrugsSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:08/05/2017

It's time for Torontonians to start talking about decriminalizing some illicit drugs.

That's according to the city's chief medical officer of health and the chairman of Toronto's Board of Health. Both Dr. Eileen de Villa and Councillor Joe Mihevc said Friday that Canada's current criminalization of drug use isn't working. Governments should tackle the problem from a public health standpoint and that could mean decriminalizing some drugs, like heroin, Mihevc said.

"I would support a motion going to council asking that we consider (decriminalizing heroin) and begin the city dialogue to contribute to a national dialogue on the decriminalization of heroin and other drugs," he said.

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148 CN ON: Top Doctor Calls For New Drug ApproachSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/05/2017

Health board chair says overdose crisis should provoke rethinking

Toronto's new medical officer of health is calling for a public discussion on the merits of decriminalizing all drugs in the wake of the ongoing overdose epidemic.

"It's clear that our current approach to drugs in this city and this country doesn't seem to be having the desired impact," Dr. Eileen de Villa told reporters Friday at a briefing on how the city is responding to drug users overdosing and, in some cases, dying.

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149 CN NF: Cooking Cannabis Cranks UpSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:123 Added:08/05/2017

Marijuana business already thriving in St. John's ahead of legalization

In a cluttered workspace in an undisclosed location in St. John's, Rosin709 operates a strange, makeshift device.

He wraps about a gram of marijuana in parchment paper, and then sticks it between two metal pucks with wires coming out of them. The whole contraption sits inside a vice-grip on a worktable.

Using temperature controls, Rosin709 heats the metal pucks to about 80 degrees before cranking the vice-grip to squeeze the metal pucks together.

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150CN ON: June Sets Record For OD Cases In Local ERsSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

The number of drug overdose victims who required hospital treatment spiked in June to record levels as the city's opioid crisis continued to gather pace.

Statistics released by Ottawa Public Health show 135 people were taken to local emergency departments because of drug overdoses during four weeks in June - more than in any other four-week period in two-and-a-half years.

The final week of June saw 42 taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening drug overdoses. It's the highest weekly total recorded in the city's overdose database.

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