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101 CN ON: Cannabis Club Still Advising MembersWed, 31 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:05/31/2017

KITCHENER - The manager of the region's only compassion club for people with medical marijuana licences says she's still doing what she can to help her members - after a police crackdown sent her patients "to the street."

Sandra Thornton's cellphone is ringing seven days a week with people calling with questions about marijuana they're buying from street-level drug dealers, asking how they can cook with it or turn it into a baked good that's easier for them to consume.

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102CN QU: Legalizing Pot Prompts Sober Second ThoughtsTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Hanes, Allison Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:05/30/2017

Montrealers have a well-earned reputation as a society of bon vivants with our abundant terrasses, fun festivals and depanneurs stocked with beer.

But with the countdown on to the legalization of marijuana in Canada, which is scheduled to happen just over a year from now, on July 1, 2018, Quebecers are raining on the parade.

It started with the Quebec government, expressing skepticism about the social costs versus the anticipated windfalls. Quebec's public health institute has raised red flags about potential harm from stoned driving or the effects of cannabis on developing brains. And now the concern apparently extends to ordinary citizens, who have expressed serious reservations about the implications of permitting recreational pot use compared to other Canadians.

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103 CN BC: Elsner Consulting For Pot SectorTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Beamish, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:05/30/2017

Frank Elsner, a former top cop in Sudbury who resigned earlier this month as Victoria police chief, has launched a cannabis consulting business.

Elsner, who is facing six misconduct allegations from his time with the Victoria department, is now the principal consultant for UMBRA Strategic Solutions, which will provide security consulting to marijuana businesses, according to a post on his Linked In profile.

A message signed by Elsner on the company's website says: "After a great career in policing I started Umbra Strategic Solutions. I wanted to do something that I am passionate about while utilizing my knowledge, skills and abilities." Elsner writes that he has "come a long way" in his thinking about harm reduction, community wellness and the role police play.

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104 CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Was Not The CauseTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:24 Added:05/30/2017

Dear Editor: A letter to the editor on May 23 claims that the driver whose car barreled into a crowd in Times Square, leaving one dead and 20 injured, was under the influence of marijuana. For the record, he was stoned on a potent designer drug, which mimics the effects of marijuana and is extremely dangerous, unlike nature's marijuana that has never caused an overdose in recorded history.

Jeff Meyers

Westlake Village, CA

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105 CN ON: Vecchio To Hold Town Hall Meeting On Marijuana LegislationTue, 30 May 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Broadley, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:05/30/2017

The Liberals' promise to legalize marijuana has its champions and its critics. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, Karen Vecchio, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, wants to hear from you.

"I really want to hear from the public. I know there's lots of people who are supportive of this, that think that it's been long time coming. There are other people who have some great concerns with it. And I want to make sure we hear from the right people," Vecchio said.

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106 US MI: Detroit Shuts Down 167 Pot Shops, More Closures On The WayTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:110 Added:05/30/2017

Detroit's crackdown on illegally operating medical marijuana dispensaries has shuttered 167 shops since the city's regulation efforts began last year and dozens more are expected.

Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press that 283 dispensaries were identified last year, all of which were operating illegally.

"None of them were operating lawfully," Hollowell said. "At the time I sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk."

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107CN AB: Reserve Fights BackWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

Blood Tribe battles opioid crisis

In the wake of four more fentanyl overdose deaths last month, Blood Tribe leaders gathered in Stand Off on Tuesday to update band members and government officials on the opioid crisis.

The cluster of overdoses comes after more than 12 months where the number of deaths from fentanyl had stabilized on the southern Alberta reserve that first declared a state of emergency in March 2015 after 30 band members died from overdoses.

"We were expecting that something would happen," said Esther Tailfeathers, a doctor on the Blood reserve. "We were actually pretty surprised that we were able to keep it down for a while. So, we're doing something right, but we need to do more right things."

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108 CN AB: 'We Need To Do More': Blood Tribe Records More Fatal ODsWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:61 Added:05/29/2017

STAND OFF - In the wake of four more fentanyl overdose deaths last month, Blood Tribe leaders gathered Tuesday to update band members and government officials on the opioid crisis.

The cluster of overdoses comes after more than 12 months where the number of deaths from fentanyl had stabilized on the southern Alberta reserve that first declared a state of emergency in March 2015 after 30 band members died from overdoses.

"We were expecting that something would happen," said Esther Tailfeathers, a doctor on the Blood reserve.

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109 CN ON: LTE: Future DamagesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mundy, Lloyd Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/29/2017

It has taken the public and the government years to persuade people to give up smoking. Now our prime minister is going to legalize marijuana.

Please demonstrate some common sense. Obviously, he is looking at it from a financial point of view. Imagine the profits from growing it and, of course, the distribution of it. Not much thought is being given toward future damage to the health of our people or the problems it will create. This is the type of decision Trump would make.

Lloyd Mundy

Waterloo

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110 CN ON: Health Unit Urges Non-Profit Model For Weed SalesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Norris, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

If the sale of marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health wants it to be strictly a not-for-profit venture.

At its monthly board of governors meeting Wednesday, the health unit passed a motion urging the federal and Ontario governments to support and implement a not-for-profit production/distribution system with a mandate that focuses on protecting the public's health, if the distribution and sale of cannabis is allowed. Legislation is expected to take effect by July 1, 2018.

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111 CN BC: OPED: Bill C-244 Could Help Save LivesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Albas, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/29/2017

As much as the House of Commons is often viewed as an adversarial environment there are also those times, albeit rare, when there is unanimous support for the passage of a Bill.

In the last Parliament I was fortunate to have unanimous support for the passage of my Bill to remove a prohibition era Federal restriction preventing the personal movement of wine across provincial borders.

Later the government would expand on this bill to also include beer and spirits. Recently in the House of Commons another private member's bill has received unanimous support and has also passed through the Senate and recently received Royal Assent.

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112 CN PI: LTE: City Mayor Speaks TruthThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:33 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that the city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth.

Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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113 CN PI: LTE: Right On, Mayor Clifford LeeThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:32 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that his city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.

The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth. Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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114 CN BC: Letter: Half-Truths About Times SquareThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: When guys like Paul Crossley write letters that are only half truths, it really makes my blood boil.

Mr. Crossley claims that the Times Square killer was high on marijuana at the time he went on his rampage ("Driver was high on marijuana," Herald, May 23). This is a true statement.

What Mr. Crossley fails to mention is that it was synthetic marijuana (made in a lab) that was laced with PCP (more commonly known as angel dust) which causes unbelievable strength and hallucinations.

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115CN BC: OPED: Our Approach To Opioid Addiction Isn't WorkingFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

"Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?" - Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind

Beginning in 1993, Justice Horace Krever led a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada. Inquiries were held in other countries. One of the key questions was why people with hemophilia were forced to continue to inject blood products that were not screened for HIV, when newer and safer products were already available.

Criminal charges were laid in a number of settings. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to the crime of distributing a contaminated drug and made a large donation in exchange for six criminal charges being dropped.

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116 CN ON: LTE: Don't Legalize MarijuanaFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Braund, Marie Area:Ontario Lines:28 Added:05/29/2017

Elected government officials are not concerning themselves with the effects of marijuana legalization. The only people who should be prescribing any type of drug are doctors and then only to patients who require them for pain relief from serious illness.

If the legal age for purchasing drugs is 18 you can be sure that unscrupulous types will provide drugs to those who are younger. With the high number of young people dead from drug overdoses, it would seem that this first step to addiction should not be legal. Legalization of marijuana needs to be stopped before it is started.

Marie Braund

Brantford

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117 CN AB: OD Casualties RememberedFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:05/29/2017

Families in city honour the 559 who died from opioids in 2016

Calgarians left behind by fatal overdoses last year came together to remember their loved ones on Wednesday, just one week after the province released staggering new numbers on the crisis.

It's the last thing we ever expected to happen to us Barbara Saunders, who lost her son Merlin to an accidental fentanyl overdose in late 2016

Last year, 559 people died in our province from drug overdoses, according to the latest report from Alberta Health, which said 363 of those Albertans died from a fentanyl-related overdose and 196 from other opioids, such as codeine.

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118 CN ON: Unlucky Or Stupid?Sat, 27 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hunter, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/29/2017

Man tied to Creba killing busted - a day before parole

Jane Creba was 15 when she was shot dead on a busy downtown Toronto street while shopping with her sister on Boxing Day in 2005.

Creba wasn't a dope dealer, nor had she disrespected anyone.

She was just an average teen whose promising young life was snuffed out by a stray bullet on Yonge St.

Now, Louis Raphael Woodcock, 30, convicted of manslaughter in connection with Creba's murder, has been charged by cops in Kingston for drug trafficking - with one day left on his parole.

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119Canada: 'Enormous' Fatigue Hits Marijuana SectorSat, 27 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

Investor fatigue has taken hold in Canada's hot marijuana sector amid an influx of look-alike producers getting licensed and going public, analysts said at an industry conference Friday.

"There's massive investor fatigue, like enormous, and people can't tell the difference between licensed producers anymore," Aaron Salz, CEO at Stoic Advisory, said on a panel Friday at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Toronto.

"Fundamentally, to some degree, these businesses, as prescribed by Health Canada and being in a highly-regulated industry are almost forced to be identical in many ways."

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120 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018.

It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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121 CN ON: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Vaping?Wed, 24 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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122CN BC: OPED: The Pain Of Losing Your Child To An OverdoseWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Howard, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since May 21, 2016, when I received the news that is every parent's worst nightmare. I was told over the phone by the RCMP that my only child, Robby, had passed away from an overdose.

He was only 24, and a week later we learned from the coroner that he had died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.

Losing a child to an overdose is no different than losing a child to a disease such as cancer, or to a vehicle accident, or violence. You have joined a club that you never planned or wanted to be part of. Suddenly, the empathy you have felt for other parents' losses over the years has become a real and tangible thing in your own life.

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123CN BC: Elsner Blames 'Bad Blood' For His FallWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

'I need to get on with my life,' says ex-Victoria police chief, now a security consultant for cannabis businesses

Former Victoria police chief Frank Elsner has launched a cannabis security-consulting business and suggests the allegations that ended his policing career were the result of "bad blood" created by his efforts to change the culture of the Victoria Police Department.

Elsner said he was hired to "clean house" at the VicPD, and not everyone embraced his proposed changes.

"I was brought in to make the changes that were necessary and part of that was changing the culture of the organization from a reactive one to a proactive community-based one," Elsner said.

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124 CN BC: VANDU Names First Aboriginal PresidentThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:05/29/2017

At her office in the Downtown Eastside, Lorna Bird argued that Canada's drug laws actually hurt people a lot more than the drugs themselves.

"I lost two daughters to the war on drugs," she told the Georgia Straight.

The first one died of AIDS in 1994. Bird explained that at the time, Vancouver needle-exchange programs operated with a strict one-for-one requirement. That forced intravenous drug users to share dirty needles, spreading HIV.

In 2008, another daughter died of an overdose. Bird maintained that if she had been able to purchase drugs legally, from a supply that was regulated and, therefore, clean, she would still be alive today.

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125 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be RobustWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter of May 20, "marijuana legalization is a bad idea."

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

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126 Canada: OPED: Alarming Stats About Drug Use And Driving Among TeensWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Minaker, Leia Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:05/29/2017

Motor-vehicle collisions kill more Canadians aged 16 to 25 than any other cause. More than half of these deaths are related to the use of drugs or alcohol.

For many young people, this statistic may seem far removed from their day-today lives. For many parents, it may seem to represent something that happens to other people's children.

But the research tells a different story, and our recent study out of the University of Waterloo has found that almost half of Grade 11 and 12 students across Canada - representing 351,900 teens - reported engaging in at least one alcohol-or marijuana-related driving or passenger behaviours that may put them at risk.

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127 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018. It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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128 CN NS: Marijuana Grower Funds Man's Fight For Insurance CoverageMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Nova Scotia Lines:96 Added:05/29/2017

One of Canada's largest medical cannabis producers says it will fund a Nova Scotia man's ongoing legal fight to have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan - the latest move in a nationwide push by industry, patients and their advocates for more widespread cannabis coverage.

Aurora Cannabis Inc., a publicly traded grower based in Alberta, announced this week that it will bankroll elevator mechanic Gordon Skinner's coming defence this fall in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

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129 CN NF: No Place At Work For Recreational Pot: LawyerMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Labradorian, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:78 Added:05/29/2017

Expert says employers should treat recreational marijuana the same as alcohol - it's a no-no at work

ST. JOHN'S , NL - St. John's lawyer Harold Smith of Stewart Mckelvey represents employers in all aspects of labour relations, employment and administration law, and as such has been helping employers adjust their policies to incorporate the legalization of marijuana.

He addressed a recent presentation of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Atlantic Region, in St. John's, titled "Marijuana in the Workplace" for employers.

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130 CN BC: Health Canada OKs Consumption SitesMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:05/29/2017

Vancouver will get one new site, while Surrey gets two

Health Canada is allowing three additional supervised drug consumption sites to operate in the Lower Mainland - two in Surrey and one in Vancouver.

The move fulfils a promise from Jane Philpott, Canada's federal health minister, to support and expedite applications to open more of the sites. At supervised drug consumption sites, nurses are present as people take illicit drugs and can assist in case of an overdose as well as connect people to other health or social services. Insite at 139 E. Hastings St., operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Portland Hotel Society, opened in 2003, while a supervised consumption site at Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre has operated since 2002.

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131 CN ON: Anglican Churches Spread The Word On Naloxone KitsMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:05/29/2017

Over 1,000 trained to use overdose prevention kit

Anglican churches across Ottawa are now spreading a gospel of a different kind, teaching people to use naloxone to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

Rev. Monique Stone held a meeting at her church in Carp earlier this year, after unsuccessfully trying to get a naloxone kit to have on hand for New Year's Eve.

Stone tried five pharmacies and found none was offering the free kits. Eventually, she linked up with Vanier pharmacist Mark Barnes and they got the idea of hosting a training session.

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132 CN BC: Column: Benefits, Risks Of Medical MarijuanaMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Roach, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:77 Added:05/29/2017

DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future?

ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides. One of the downsides is an unrealistic expectation of its usefulness by believers. I increasingly see claims that marijuana (or one of its extracts) can treat or cure almost every known disease. It also is hampered by its status as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so high-quality research is difficult to do. Finally, it has been used for many years as a recreational drug (which is partially responsible for the first two downsides). This has led to resistance to the idea among nonbelievers that it might have legitimate use. The psychological effects for which it is used recreationally can cause it to be intolerable for some. Further, a small percentage of people (estimates range between 2 percent and 6 percent) have difficulty quitting the drug, even when they want to.

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133 CN BC: Column: Exploring Pitfalls, Benefits Of Medical MarijuanaMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Roach, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:05/29/2017

DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future?

ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides.

One of the downsides is an unrealistic expectation of its usefulness by believers. I increasingly see claims that marijuana (or one of its extracts) can treat or cure almost every known disease.

It also is hampered by its status as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so high-quality research is difficult to do.

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134 CN ON: Officer Charged Over Opioids Stolen From PoliceMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Clairmont, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:05/29/2017

At least 30 cases linked to drugs missing from a storage locker likely will be dropped, setting accused dealers free

A Halton cop who spent years taking drugs off the street is facing five criminal charges after prescription opioids were stolen from a police evidence locker.

At least 30 cases connected to the missing drugs likely will be dropped because of the evidence-tampering, setting accused dealers free.

Staff Sgt. Brad Murray was in charge of the Drug and Morality Unit at the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and had authorization to access the locked storage area where all drugs seized by the service were kept and catalogued.

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135 CN ON: Halton Sergeant Charged After Probe Into Evidence TamperingMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:McLean, Jesse Area:Ontario Lines:147 Added:05/29/2017

Cop led unit that encouraged residents to drop off prescription drugs

The former head of Halton Region's police drug squad, who once boasted of major busts and encouraged residents to drop off their unused prescription painkillers so police could properly dispose of them, has been arrested and accused of using his position to steal drug exhibits stored in an evidence vault.

Brad Murray, a staff sergeant with 16 years on the Halton force, was charged Sunday with obstruction of justice and two counts each of theft under $5,000 and breach of trust following a seven-month internal probe and external investigation by Toronto police.

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136Canada: Legalizing Weed Will Harm Youth, Warns CMA EditorialMon, 29 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

Author cites 'toxic' effect on developing brain

The interim editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal is pleading for the defeat of a federal government plan to legalize marijuana, fearful youth will have easier access to a drug that damages their developing brains.

"Simply put, cannabis should not be used by young people," Dr. Diane Kelsall writes in an editorial published Monday in the journal. "It is toxic to their cortical neuronal networks, with both functional and structural changes seen in the brains of youth who use cannabis regularly."

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137 CN ON: LTE: Pot PrioritiesMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:05/29/2017

Too bad Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made pot legalization his government's top priority rather than developing a national strategy to deal with the opioid crisis that has killed thousands coast to coast.

Provinces and cities were left to fight the greatest drug crisis in Canada on their own. I guess for Trudeau votes and the billions that pot sales will bring in trumped everything else.

Seems foolhardy for Trudeau to be legalizing another drug, with all the health and psychological problems that will mean, as we face the opioid crisis.

Larry Comeau

Ottawa



(Talking out of both sides of his mouth.)

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138 CN ON: LTE: Opioid SolutionMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Boyer, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:35 Added:05/29/2017

Whether it is direct or indirect, the person who makes it, the drug dealer who sells it, or the person who brings a bag full to a party and gives it away, someone must be held accountable.

With proper police work the provider of the drug can be found.

I am sure that at present the provider of the drug may only get a trafficking charge; surely a manslaughter charge could be made in the case of death. If the person providing the drug at a party was charged with manslaughter and later found guilty it would send a strong message to the public that there are severe consequences to their action.

Social media and proper national news reporting of a charge would make a person think twice about providing this lethal drug.

Bob Boyer Renfrew



(Sometimes punishment is the best deterrence.)

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139 CN ON: PUB LTE: Pot PerspectivesSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Boucher, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/28/2017

Re: Future damages - May 25

I don't smoke marijuana. That's right; I don't and I don't plan on starting. Yet letter writer after letter writer feels that once marijuana becomes legal, anyone and everyone is going to light up. Let me ask those writers, do you plan on taking up weed? Do you think it being illegal stops youth from smoking it now? Maybe it's a tax grab, but so what, we already pay sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. People need to get a grip.

Dan Boucher

Waterloo

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140 CN BC: PUB LTE: Booze Far Worse Than MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to two recent letters to the editor with regards to the subject of marijuana and whether or not it should be legal.

The first letter from D. Simpson of Kelowna ("Marijuana not part of God's law, Herald, May 17), I am a little confused. If pot was not part of God's law, then why did He put it on earth to begin with? Marijuana has been around for tens of thousands of years (probably much longer.) Tell me, was alcohol part of God's plan? Did He plan to ruin families, finances, and lives? I thought He was a loving God. I will cite the quote used in the letter. In 2 Peter 1:3, "that we have been given all things that pertain to life and Godliness." This includes marijuana.

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141 CN BC: LTE: Driver Was High On MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Crossley, Paul Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: Times Square driver was high on marijuana and we here in Canada have a government barreling ahead with plans to legalize the wretched stuff. Makes all kind of sense to me. Does it to you?

Paul Crossley

Penticton

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142 CN ON: LTE: Pot Law Changes Will Hurt CanadaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:05/28/2017

(Re: Pot laws creating concerns, April 19 edition)

This excellent report by Jason Miller points out the growing concerns from municipal administrators as they try to come to grips with marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018. Councillor Mike Graham is correct that this is purely a political move by the Trudeau Liberals to fulfil an election promise and to rake in the billions expected from sales.

Parents should also be concerned with studies from the U.K., USA and our own Canadian Medical Association all showing young people using this drug run greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Yet, in his infinite wisdom, Trudeau is ignoring the CMA's recommendation that nobody under 21 be allowed to make a purchase setting the age at 18. There are more than 85 cannabinoids contained in marijuana with very little known about their long-term effects on the human body.

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143 CN ON: Hempfest Burns OutTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Grech, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:05/28/2017

Organizer cancelling event due to lack of sponsorship and declining health

The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug.

Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and long-time activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.

He said unless someone else comes forward to take over managing the event, the cancellation of Hempfest is likely permanent.

In his announcement, Neron also revealed his intention to "retire completely from any activism" in the future.

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144 CN ON: 'Parents Would Be Shocked'Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/28/2017

Students vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin, says principal

High school students are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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145 CN ON: OPED: Amnesty For Marijuana Arrests Must Be Part Of NewSun, 28 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Gooch, Tiffany Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:05/28/2017

Marijuana legalization was a key pillar of the Liberal platform in the 2015 election and the successful implementation of this promise will be a defining moment for the Justin Trudeau government and its legacy.

The definition of success for this mammoth policy file varies greatly depending on who is being consulted. Businesses large and small are jockeying for influence in the new cannabis economy. Provincial governments are watching closely to identify their own steps forward. Border cities are grappling with the tourism implications. Mental health advocates are calling for health-focused regulations.

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146CN BC: Canada Urged To Set Up More Drug ClinicsSun, 28 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/28/2017

European experts say facilities like Vancouver's Crosstown can save lives, money in battling opioid crisis

Addiction experts from five European countries say their experience with prescription heroin programs have provided overwhelming evidence to suggest Canada should expand its one clinic to tackle the deadly opioid crisis.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada held a symposium in Vancouver on Friday to share lessons they've learned from multiple clinical trials and years of treatment.

Wim van den Brink of the Netherlands told a news conference that some European programs started as a way to deal with the public nuisance of drug use but the medical health benefits improved people's quality of life and saved money in the criminal justice system.

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147 US: Older Women And Cannabis: A Growth IndustrySun, 28 May 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Ellin, Abby Area:United States Lines:148 Added:05/28/2017

Jeanine Moss never expected to get into the cannabis industry. But that was before her hip-replacement surgery.

Ms. Moss, 62, of Marina Del Ray, Calif., had quit her job as a marketing consultant before she had her hip done in 2014. As she left the hospital, her doctors handed her a "shopping bag filled with opiates," she said. The drugs made her disoriented and woozy.

So she switched to medical marijuana, which is legal in California and was familiar to her, having grown up in the nearby Venice section of Los Angeles. Within a week, she had tossed away her pharmaceuticals.

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148 CN ON: OPED: Don't Criminalize Drug UsersSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Lester, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

The article Needles the cause, cure (May 23) postulates possible reasons for higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus in London.

As an organization that advocates with and for people who inject drugs ( PWID), we note that, while unsafe injection practices may be a potential driver of these increased rates, it is probably not the only influence. There are multiple social and systemic influences that may not only contribute to the increase of disease, but also contribute to overall diminished health of those who inject drugs.

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149 CN ON: Editorial: Need To Get Proactive With The Opioid CrisisSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

It seems we're finally coming to grips with the opioid crisis. Not in the sense that we're able to prevent it or roll it back, unfortunately.

But now the data needed to conduct the fight is becoming available. It's not perfect, but it is a huge - and positive - step.

Where we've been reactive, we'll now be able to be proactive. Or at least more proactive than we have been, watching as the wave of death rolls across Canada.

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150 CN SN: PUB LTE: No Need For Deaths By Drug OverdoesSat, 27 May 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Sailor, Ken Area:Saskatchewan Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

"'It's a try-and-die drug': Fentanyl is suspected in weekend overdose death" (SP, May 9) documents our cruel and ineffective drug policy.

Overdose deaths are completely avoidable, as is the spread of AIDS and hepatitis C through drug use. These problems are caused by prohibition of drugs, not the drugs themselves.

Drug policies other than prohibition have been tried, studied, and shown to have great success, if success means fewer addicts and far less crime and corruption.

When prescription heroin was provided in Manchester, England, crime fell in some neighbourhoods by 80 per cent.

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