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1 CN BC: PUB LTE: Vote For CannabisThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:White, Stan Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:04/17/2015

Re: letter to the editor 'Weed and autism,' (The NEWS, April 9)

Depriving needy children of CBD without THC is much worse than "sad" - it's criminal. Indeed, families from many different states have relocated to Colorado so they can have access to the relatively safe God-given plant.

On election day, citizens can help end sinister cannabis (marijuana) laws by voting Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office and giving political leaders notice that cannabis prohibition is no longer welcome.

With the cannabis issues coming up in the U.S. I expect to see many prohibitionist Republicans getting their notice on election day in 2016.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado

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2 CN BC: A Growth IndustryWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Kimberley Daily Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Grant, Carolyn Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:04/17/2015

Couple wants to open medical cannabis dispensary in Kimberley

Medical marijuana is a growth industry, says Tamara Duggan of Kimberley. Duggan and her husband, Rod, were at Kimberley City Council on Monday evening, informing Council of their plans to open Tamarack Dispensaries, purveyors of high quality medicinal cannabis products, in Kimberley.

Medical marijuana can be distributed through Health Canada, but that only allows for the purchase of dried plant product from authorized growers. But Duggan says there are many who could benefit from the medicinal qualities of cannabis who don't wish to inhale it.

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3 CN ON: Busts Are Fewer, But Seizures LargerThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:04/17/2015

Drug dealers from Ottawa and southern Ontario continue to target North Bay, viewing it as a lucrative market.

Cocaine, crack cocaine, magic mushrooms, heroine, Percocets and Molly (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), more commonly referred to as MDMA - the active ingredient in the party drug ecstasy - are encountered by police.

And while the number of drug busts is down, the size of the seizures is growing, Deputy Police Chief Shawn Devine reported this week to the North Bay Police Service's Board.

Devine said in a recent bust police seized almost 20 kilograms of marijuana.

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4 CN BC: Couple Wants To Open Medical Cannabis DispensaryThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Cranbrook Daily Townsman (CN BC) Author:Grant, Carolyn Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:04/17/2015

Medical marijuana is a growth industry, says Tamara Duggan of Kimberley. Duggan and her husband, Rod, were at Kimberley City Council on Monday evening, informing Council of their plans to open Tamarack Dispensaries, purveyors of high quality medicinal cannabis products, in Kimberley.

Medical marijuana can be distributed through Health Canada, but that only allows for the purchase of dried plant product from authorized growers. But Duggan says there are many who could benefit from the medicinal qualities of cannabis who don't wish to inhale it.

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5 CN ON: Cannabis Culture Blows Up In The Big SmokeThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Mernagh, Matt Area:Ontario Lines:149 Added:04/17/2015

Another 420 is around the corner, and T.O.'s profile as a hotbed of weed culture continues to grow, but prohibition keeps us from putting up plaques at historic sites

Denver doesn't have one. And pot is legal there. Ditto Portlandia. The Toronto Hash Mob's ninth annual 420 marijuana legalization rally, slated for Yonge-Dundas Square on Monday, April 20, has made T.O. the epicentre of cannabis culture activism in North America. Cannabis culture thrives in the big smoke - and always has - despite a harsh political environment. We have a largely forgotten and fascinating cannabis history, though prohibition prevents the erection of historical markers to mark its sites.

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6CN BC: Column: Self-entitlement Carried To Dangerous HighsThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

There is considerable evidence that narcissism is on the rise, particularly among the young. Many studies show that greater numbers of young people now score higher on standardized tests for narcissism than older folks or young people a generation or two ago.

There are a variety of explanations offered up to explain the phenomenon, but the growing consensus among psychologists is that the rising levels of self-centredness, self-admiration and inflated opinions of self-worth are linked to how individualistic Western culture has become in recent decades.

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7 Canada: Report Suggests Drop In Teen Marijuana UseThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Branswell, Helen Area:Canada Lines:65 Added:04/17/2015

Self-reported data show usage down 15 per cent over a decade in 15 to 17-year-olds

Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests.

Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18- to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.

But the percentage of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 who reported having ever used marijuana dropped to 25 per cent in 2012 from nearly 40 per cent in 2002, according to the report, published Wednesday in the monthly Health Reports.

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8 Canada: Pot Use Among Teens, Young Adults On Wane?Thu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Branswell, Helen Area:Canada Lines:78 Added:04/17/2015

StatsCan data comes from self-reported survey

TORONTO - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests.

Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18 to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.

But the percentage of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 who reported having ever used marijuana dropped to 25 per cent in 2012 from nearly 40 per cent in 2002, according to the report, published Wednesday in the monthly Health Reports.

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9 US CA: PUB LTE: It's Alive!Thu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:White, Stan Area:California Lines:28 Added:04/17/2015

Grant Scott-Goforth is mistaken to equate ending cannabis (marijuana) prohibition with an experiment ("Give It Away Now," April 9). Like the original prohibition with alcohol, which historically is known as the Grand Experiment, the sequel, with cannabis, is the experiment. More like a Frankenstein experiment.

The effort in Washington D.C. is simply a desperate attempt to end one of America's worst policy failures in history. Ending the negative consequences of cannabis prohibition requires forcing government to regulate cannabis. Unfortunately, Republican Congress chooses to force the black market to regulate the God-given plant. The proof: knowing most people in D.C. who have cannabis were not given their plant material.

Stan White, Dillon, Colorado

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10 US OR: PUB LTE: Discriminating Against Pot Users In EmploymentThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR) Author:White, Stan Area:Oregon Lines:29 Added:04/17/2015

Let's be honest ("New pot law will not change drug testing," April 12, 2015). Firing responsible employees who use cannabis (marijuana) after work when they could drink whiskey is discrimination, plain and simple. It's getting more difficult to legally discriminate against one another and although it's historically challenging to break discriminatory habits, this one needs to go.

Approving after hours employees to drink beer, wine and whiskey and show up for work the next day but disallowing cannabis is insane. It's not legitimately based on science or morality, and intelligent people know it.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado

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11US GA: Governor Signs Bill Making Medical Marijuana Legal In GeorgiaThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)          Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

6 things to know now that medical marijuana is legal in Georgia

Senate to propose new medical marijuana plan Georgia State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon shows a bottle of medical cannabis oil as he presents his House Bill 1 on Feb. 3, 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

1. House Bill 1 took effect immediately on Thursday, and makes it legal for people in Georgia who suffer from eight illnesses to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil if a physician signs off.

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12 CN BC: PUB LTE: Dr. Peter Centre Doesn't Break The Law With DrugWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Davis, Maxine Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:04/17/2015

Re: "Vancouver Coastal Health considers more drug injection sites," April 1.

Mike Howell's article repeatedly makes the incorrect assertion that the Dr. Peter Centre "illegally" offers supervised injection services.

The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation takes upholding the law very seriously. Let me be clear: supervised injection service is a legal health care service. We initiated the nurse-supervised injection service in 2002 when B.C.'s College of Registered Nurses confirmed it was within the scope of nursing practice to supervise injections for the purposes of preventing illness and promoting health. As an employer, we are upholding provincial law - the B.C. Health Professions Act - by allowing nurses to practice according to determinations made by their governing body. We are also observing federal law: nurses do not provide, possess, or assist with the injection of illegal drugs.

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13 CN ON: Racing Against DrugsWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Peerenboom, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:67 Added:04/17/2015

The annual Racing Against Drugs event kicked off Tuesday at the Cornwall Armoury.

It's a health and wellness program that's withstood the fastest of times -- that being the whirlwind of pre-teen to adulthood.

The 17th Cornwall-SDG Racing Against Drugs kicked off Tuesday at the Cornwall Armoury.

Organizer, RCMP Const. Jean Juneau believes that RAD has withstood the test of time.

"I have gone into Jean Coutu and someone who recognized me would come up and say he remembered taking part in (RAD)," Juneau said in the middle of the Armoury hall, surrounded on all sides by 10 stations or "pitstops" where Grade 6 students learn how to avoid the trap of drugs and alcohol.

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14 Canada: Vets Fight For Medical PotWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Follett, Arielle Area:Canada Lines:59 Added:04/17/2015

Former soldier pushing to meet with minister

Former soldiers who want timely access to medical marijuana say they are undeterred despite having been denied a meeting with Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole.

Retired corporal Clayton Goodwin, who represents a group known as Veterans for the Use of Medical Marijuana, was shut out of O'Toole's stakeholder meeting Tuesday at the Canadian War Museum.

A spokesperson for the minister said Veteran Affairs staff have spoken with Goodwin and are setting up a one-on-one meeting.

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15 CN SN: Editorial: Needle Numbers An Uncomfortable PokeWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:103 Added:04/17/2015

The numbers are staggering and frightening and raise many questions about our future.

In recent days the Daily Herald has been looking at the issue of discarded needles that are being disposed of by intravenous drug users in and around Prince Albert.

Thousands a year are ending up anywhere but where they are supposed to, putting average Prince Albert residents, especially children, potentially at risk.

Just as alarming are the number of needles actually being handed out to these individuals. It is stunning.

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16CN BC: 'Don't You Worry About It,' Gangsters Tell PoliceWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

RCMP frustrated at arrogance of drug dealers as violence continues

Two groups of young drug dealers shooting at each other in public places have refused to co-operate with police even when their members have been wounded by flying bullets, Surrey's top cop said Tuesday.

"We believe these two groups are competing over turf and have chosen to jeopardize public safety in that process," said Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy.

RCMP released another eight photographs of young men involved in the battle and said they, along with five others identified last month, are behind 19 brazen shootings in Surrey and North Delta over six weeks.

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17CN BC: Cops Meet Wall Of Silence As Dealers Fight Over Drug TurfWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

SURREY: Gangsters refuse to co-operate despite shootings, police say

Two groups of young drug dealers who have been shooting at each other in public places have refused to co-operate with police, even when they have been wounded by flying bullets, Surrey's top cop said Tuesday.

Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy released another eight photographs of young men involved in the battle and said they, along with five others identified last month, are behind 19 brazen shootings in Surrey and North Delta in six weeks.

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18CN QU: Security Cameras To Be Set Up In Ste-Anne ParkWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Kramberger, Albert Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

Following up on suggestions from Montreal police, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue will be installing security cameras at Harpell Park in an effort to discourage drug deals and mischief.

On Monday, town council authorized spending $15,000 for the purchase of security cameras to be installed at the park adjacent to the municipal library, community centre and an outdoor pool, just south of Highway 20.

Mayor Paola Hawa said aside from the advice of police, some residents also have brought up concerns about loitering and drug transactions at Harpell Park.

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19CN SN: Increased Gun Violence Worries MayorWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/17/2015

Says city may need more officers

Don Atchison says Saskatoon needs more police officers to fight gun crime. Mayor Don Atchison says Saskatoon's police department may need more officers to fight a growing problem with gun crime.

"It used to be knives and now it's guns," Atchison said in an interview on Tuesday.

His comments followed another shooting in Saskatoon - the 14th gun incident this year. Police are still searching for suspects after police found a bullet hole in a vehicle in the 400 block of Avenue S South after receiving a report of a gunshot around 9 p.m. Monday. It was the second shooting in less than a week.

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20 US AZ: No SurrenderThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Herreras, Mari Area:Arizona Lines:94 Added:04/17/2015

PTSD researcher Sue Sisley keeps up the fight and road to marijuana research to help U.S veterans

Set back is not in Sue Sisley's vocabulary.

When the researcher was fired from her UA non-tenured clinical assistant professorship last summer, Sisley took center stage on news outlets across the country. While the UA denied it, Sisley claimed political pressure from a conservative and anti-marijuana state Legislature led to her contract not being renewed, derailing the marijuana PTSD research she'd be fighting for the past five years.

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21 CN AB: Family Wasn't Target: PoliceMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:59 Added:04/16/2015

Violent Attack Leaves Couple and Children 'Traumatized'

Some of the children in the home had to witness their father being viciously assaulted. Acting Det. Anna Sinclair

A young family in southwest Edmonton is traumatized after a violent home invasion in which police believe they were mistakenly targeted Friday night.

A total of five suspects were involved in the assault on a 36-year-old man outside his home on McAllister Crescent, which began around 11:20 p.m. Friday night.

Initially, three masked men confronted the man when he went out to the family's vehicle. He was threatened with a firearm, then severely beaten and dragged back into the home, according to police.

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22 US AZ: Column: 420Thu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Taracena, Maria Ines Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:04/16/2015

Maryjane, Weed, Dope, Pot ... Whatever You Want to Call It, It Has Taken Root to Call Tucson Home

In upcoming weeks, Earth's Healing dispensary will get to christen a 10,000 square-feet cultivation site with new medical marijuana strains.

The one they are most proud of was donated to the dispensary by a caregiver who wanted the special medical strain he'd been harvesting for years to have a legacy. The so-called Champasu is highly enhanced with CBD, or cannabidiol, one of the major medicinal compounds of ganja. CBD is used for treating chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other neurological disorders.

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23 US CA: Pot Legalization Is Dealt A BlowThu, 16 Apr 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Dolan, Maura Area:California Lines:91 Added:04/16/2015

A Judge Upholds a 1970 Federal Law Classifying Marijuana As a Dangerous Drug.

SAN FRANCISCO - Efforts to legalize marijuana suffered a defeat in court Wednesday when a judge upheld the constitutionality of a 1970 federal law that classifies cannabis as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, announcing her decision at a hearing in Sacramento, said she could not lightly overturn a law passed by Congress.

Mueller agreed last year to hold an extensive fact-finding hearing on the issue, raising the hopes of activists seeking to legalize marijuana and worrying opponents who consider the drug a threat to health and public safety. The hearing marked the first time in decades that a judge was willing to examine the classification of marijuana under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.

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24CN BC: Prescribe Heroin To Addicts Who Can't Kick Habit: ProfWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Branswell, Helen Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2015

An addictions expert at the University of B.C. is renewing the argument for prescribing heroin to addicts who have tried and failed to kick their habits.

Dr. Martin Schechter says there is a small subset of heroin addicts who have tried to quit but cannot succeed using traditional methods such as detox programs or methadone treatment. Schechter says giving these people access to heroin in treatment, rather than leaving them to find it on the street, is better for them and for society.

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25 CN ON: 'I'm Not Some Weird Guy,' Pot Lounge Owner SaysWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Bridgeman, Troy Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:04/16/2015

Business caters to medical marijuana users: enjoy coffee, rent a bong

GUELPH - The owner of a new marijuana lounge in downtown Guelph says "the motivation for the idea is purely selfish."

"It is to have a place for myself and people like me, who have medical prescriptions, to hang out and smoke marijuana," said Anthony (Tony) Veder, owner of the DLR 420 Vapour Lounge on Macdonell Street.

Veder made the comments in an interview just after the opening of the operation.

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26CN BC: AVICC Holds Talk On Washington State's Pot Legalization VoteTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Comox Valley Echo (CN BC) Author:Penner, Drew A. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2015

Delegates consider the finer points of a pro-pot campaign

Washington's weed warrior gives politicians something to put in their pipe and smoke

The ganja smoke hung thick in the air over the hall packed with red-eyed delegates from up and down British Columbia's West Coast who had gathered to ponder how to "free the weed." Not.

In fact, the mayors, councillors and industry reps attending the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) conference session about the success of Washington State's marijuana legalization drive might as well have been listening to a corporate marketing presentation about a new product or a slick Power Point slide-show on urban planning metrics.

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27 CN ON: Vapour Lounge Offers A Little Bit Of Amsterdam In Guelph CoreWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Bridgeman, Troy Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:04/16/2015

Public response to the opening of the DLR 420 Vapour Lounge downtown where patrons can go to smoke marijuana in a cafe setting speaks volumes about how much public attitudes have changed about pot since I was young.

I heard about the lounge, like most people, from a story published earlier this month in the Mercury. Only then did I realize the person behind it was Guelph merchant Tony Veder.

I bumped into Veder downtown at Planet Bean just after the story broke. He told me he had been doing his best to dodge newspaper and television reporters who were trying to track him down for an interview.

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28US: Pot Industry Wary Of Big TobaccoTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Hughes, Trevor Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2015

DENVER - While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco.

Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry. But those small operators struggle to get bank loans for expansion, often produce an inconsistent product and sometimes have no idea how to balance supply and demand for their crops.

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29 US WA: PUB LTE: Letter: Share Revenue From Marijuana TaxWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Leavitt, Timothy D. Area:Washington Lines:41 Added:04/16/2015

In November 2012, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502 legalizing recreational marijuana. Part of the appeal of legalization was the potential of a new revenue source for cities.

To date, Washington has brought in over $31 million in excise tax revenue from marijuana sales, expected to reach over $362 million by 2019. Yet none of the excise tax revenue is shared with cities, and only a small portion of retail sales tax is retained by cities.

Washington state relies on local cities to enforce marijuana laws. Cities need to receive a share of the excise tax revenue to help deal with the additional impacts created by the legalization and sale of marijuana, including enforcing regulations and increased demands on our police.

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30CN AB: Family Baffled And Traumatized By AttackMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Cormier, Ryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

Mistaken for drug dealer, father of four beaten in home

The family of a 36-year-old man mistaken for a drug dealer and badly beaten in his home Friday night have been left shaken by the bloody ordeal.

Shortly before the attack, the man and his wife were quietly watching television after three of their children went to bed, his mother-inlaw said Sunday. The victim left his southwest Edmonton home around 11:20 to smoke a cigar and was confronted by masked men. One of the men had a gun.

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31CN SN: Student Challenges Schools On Medical MarijuanaTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

SASKATOON - A student who was banned from using pot while at school is not done fighting the decision.

"I'm not any different than any other person who has been prescribed any other drug," Michael Wileniec said.

Late last year, Wileniec was banned from attending classes at Nutana Collegiate while under the influence of his medically prescribed marijuana.

Wileniec has a rare bone condition called hereditary multiple exostoses; he says the only thing that relieves the pain is medically prescribed pot. Since he was told he can no longer take his medicine while attending classes, he said he's been forced to do much of his schoolwork at home.

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32CN BC: Student Says Anti-Pot Shirt Got Him In TroubleTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Olivier, Cassidy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

Surrey: Group says no to legalization of marijuana

High school student Connor Fesenmaier says he's unsure why school administrators at Surrey's Princess Margaret secondary asked him to consider removing the anti-pot T-shirt he wore to classes on Monday, given the anti-drug message the school preaches.

The 18-year-old, his twin brother Duncan and a friend wore shirts featuring a crossed-out marijuana leaf to promote their opposition to the legalization and overall use of pot. The teens are involved in Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, a non-profit group focused on the science of marijuana use, he explained.

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33 CN QU: PUB LTE: Cannabis Should Be DecriminalizedTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Plourde, Georges Area:Quebec Lines:23 Added:04/15/2015

The prime minister steadfastly refuses to decriminalize cannabis. Cigarette smoking is legal, unhealthy, addictive and taxable, an important revenue for governments. Pot is illegal, unhealthy, addictive and very costly to enforce. For criminal gangs, its sale is a wonderful source of income. To decriminalize marijuana could generate taxes and eliminate the cost of law enforcement. The taxes can be used to teach young people to avoid smoking altogether.

Georges Plourde, Kirkland

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34CN SN: Student Challenges Schools On Medical PotTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

A student who was banned from using pot while at school is not done fighting the decision.

"I'm not any different than any other person who has been prescribed any other drug," Michael Wileniec said.

Late last year, Wileniec was banned from attending classes at Nutana Collegiate while under the influence of his medically prescribed marijuana.

Wileniec has a rare bone condition called hereditary multiple exostoses; he says the only thing that relieves the pain is medically prescribed pot.

Since he was told he can no longer take his medicine while attending classes, he said he's been forced to do much of his schoolwork at home.

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35CN BC: Student Says Anti-Pot Shirt Got Him In TroubleTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Olivier, Cassidy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

SURREY - High school student Connor Fesenmaier says he's unsure why school administrators at Surrey's Princess Margaret secondary asked him to consider removing the anti-pot T-shirt he wore to classes on Monday, given the anti-drug message the school preaches.

The 18-year-old, his twin brother Duncan and a friend wore shirts featuring a crossed-out marijuana leaf to promote their opposition to the legalization and use of pot. The teens are involved in Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, a non-profit group focused on the science of marijuana use, he explained.

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36 US PA: Freedom Is Not FreeSat, 11 Apr 2015
Source:Standard-Journal (PA) Author:Farrand, Matt Area:Pennsylvania Lines:114 Added:04/15/2015

Howard Wooldridge wore a T-shirt lettered with the words "Cops Say Legalize Pot, Ask Me Why" as we talked last week at Lisa's Milltown Deli. The shirt is among his trademarks, as were the stickers on his car which echoed the words. Also notable were his boots, jeans and belt buckle not much different than what Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.10) wears on the House floor.

Wooldridge made a name for himself as co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and is one of its more than 200 speakers available for talks on the topic of replacing current drug laws with a practical system of legal distribution and control. MCFCU - Big Box

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37 CN ON: Column: Politicians Agree To Ignore The Evidence With BillMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Collins, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:04/15/2015

There was rare harmony between our federal, provincial and local politicians last week as they gathered to announce the feds' $62-million contribution to the Ottawa River Action Plan.

The infrastructure upgrade, which will reduce the filth flowing into the Ottawa River, is pretty uncontroversial. Who favours pollution?

And who doesn't like to see our officials from different levels and parties play nice? Depends what they're playing at.

Pierre Poilievre, the federal minister responsible for our region, later talked to Metro to tout the investment, but also to defend Bill C-2, The Respect For Communities Act, passed by the House of Commons last month, which raises new barriers to opening supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users.

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38 CN BC: LTE: Glad Phoenix RaidedTue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Stacey, Rose Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:04/15/2015

I'm very thankful and impressed to read about the positive stand our local RCMP have taken in closing down the Phoenix dispensary in downtown Parksville.

Marijuana is not the panacea these medicinal drug pushers are promoting. Although they have a very polished flow chart and support of the West Coast marijuana culture, they do not have my support, or that of many broken-hearted parents.

We may not be as vocal as this group, because we are too busy caring for grandchildren or helping adult children as they recover from substance abuse. This deceptive message of "medicine" has cost our family years of grief.

Don't believe the slick advertising for this substance - our youth are becoming addicted and someone is making money at this.

Rose Stacey

Qualicum Beach

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39 CN SN: Unaccounted For Needles Total 59,671Tue, 14 Apr 2015
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Saskatchewan Lines:108 Added:04/15/2015

Number represents 95 per cent return rate to Straight to the Point exchange

Of the 1,203,382 needles handed out to intravenous drug users in Prince Albert between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, 59,671 are unaccounted for.

This represents a return rate of 95 per cent of the needles handed out at the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's Straight to the Point Harm Reduction Program's needle exchange.

On Thursday, members of the Prince Albert Fire Department walked through a field littered with thousands of used needles while attending a grass fire east of the Central Avenue viaduct.

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40 UK: The Net ClosesSat, 11 Apr 2015
Source:Economist, The (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:72 Added:04/15/2015

The web's two largest drug markets go down, panicking dealers and buyers

"I JUST can't bear this any longer," writes "Megan" in an anonymous internet forum. Waiting for online shopping to be delivered is frustrating. But for drug users it can be agony. Megan's vice is OxyContin, an addictive prescription painkiller. Like many users, she buys her illicit supply on the "dark web", a hidden corner of the internet accessed with anonymous browsing software. In the past month the online market for drugs has been rattled, after the two main drug-dealing sites suddenly locked buyers and sellers out. "If you know anyone...who would sort something out for me tonight or tomorrow I'll drop dead of gratitude," pleads Megan.

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41 CN SN: Discarded Needles Prompt DebateSat, 11 Apr 2015
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Saskatchewan Lines:64 Added:04/15/2015

Dumped on the boulevard just outside his home, Coun. Lee Atkinson found dozens of used needles and other drug paraphernalia first thing Friday morning.

Not too big a surprise, he shrugged, noting that needles are a common sight around his midtown area home.

A few houses down, there's a vacant property with several needles, aerosol cans, clothing, a mattress and mouth wash containers strewn about.

As the snow melts, evidence of a winter's worth of nefarious acts are being uncovered, prompting the Prince Albert Fire Department's annual warning to look out for sharps.

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42 US MI: Police Partner With DEA Task Force To Combat Heroin UseSun, 12 Apr 2015
Source:Macomb Daily, The (MI) Author:Delaney, Sean Area:Michigan Lines:70 Added:04/15/2015

Chief: Two Residents Have Died in Overdoses This Year

To combat a growing trend of individuals selling, buying and using heroin in Shelby Township, Police Chief Robert Shelide plans to permanently assign a narcotics officer to serve on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's task force.

Shelide presented a plan to the township's Board of Trustees April 7 to show how he will restructure the department's detective bureau to allow for the task force inclusion.

"I'm very serious about combatting t he heroin problem," Shelide said. "The person we select for this position will have the highest standards and be one of the most talented officers in our department. At the end of the day, we want these (heroin dealers) eradicated from our community."

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43 Canada: Canadians Have Fewer Legal Marijuana Options ComparedSat, 11 Apr 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:04/15/2015

Canadians buying legal marijuana have a much slimmer selection than their American counterparts. That's because Health Canada-licensed producers are allowed to sell only dried cannabis through the mail to registered patients and must stay away from "edibles" or other forms of the drug that are regulated south of the border.

However, like medicinal and recreational pot sold in Washington State, Canada's 17 licensed producers offer dozens of strains of dried leaves that help patients treat a range symptoms. Canadian producers must also display the potency of the batch's tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content, as enforced under the federal Ministry of Health's current Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

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44 CN ON: Column: Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke May Affect Child's BrainMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Direnfeld, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:04/15/2015

Have a question about family life? Send it in a brief email to question@yoursocialworker.com. Due to the volume of mail, not all questions will receive a reply.

Q: Whenever I visit my granddaughter's house I can smell pot smoke. I wonder if this is harmful for young children to be breathing in. Her parents are totally against second-hand cigarette smoke. I've told them about my concerns and they don't seem to think it is harmful. They tell me it's going to be legalized soon anyway so don't fret.

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45 CN ON: 'Just Say No To Drugs' Is A BustMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Record, The (CN BC) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:04/15/2015

Police, school officials realistic about drug use by local teens, harm reduction new goal

WATERLOO REGION - Teens huddled in a school hallway to pass around a bottle of Mountain Dew.

It was clear to the principal watching that the plastic pop bottle contained something else. The dead giveaway was the purple colour of the liquid.

The teens were chugging what's known as "Purple Drank" or "sizzurp" - a soft drink laced with prescription cough syrup codeine. A Jolly Rancher hard candy is often added to sweeten the mix.

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46 CN BC: LTE: Crack Down On Pot ShopsMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Madore, Veronica Area:British Columbia Lines:35 Added:04/15/2015

Re: Insurance will be snuffed out when pot dispensary moves in, April 3

I read and appreciated Kevin Griffin's article on this newest, illegal shop on Hornby Street, where my husband and I live.

Now that a city councillor has admitted that all of the marijuana shops are operating illegally - in more ways than one - no business licences, no vetting or approval process by city staff or public consultation required for every other business, I am hoping The Sun will do some additional investigative reporting on the subject. These shops should not be allowed to open; it just doesn't make sense.

About a month ago, I was told by the Vancouver Police Department that none of these shops had licences to operate, and yet we are seeing one on every corner and the related drug dealing going on right outside of them.

Veronica Madore

Vancouver

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47CN BC: Shops Cloud Truth About Pot, Says ExpertMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ellis, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

Use can affect brain development, he cautions

Medical marijuana shops popping up all over Metro Vancouver are giving parents and their children the wrong impression about weed, says an addictions specialist.

"Using the term 'medical' is giving a false impression to people - parents and kids," says Dr. Siavash Jafari, who works out of several Vancouver Coastal Health clinics in Vancouver and also the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.

"To say 'medical' means it is supported by the medical community. It is not. That's a misconception among the public." he says.

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48 CN ON: D.A.R.E. - Drug Education For Savvy StudentsMon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Shoreline Beacon (CN ON) Author:Learment, Frances Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:04/15/2015

The drug culture savvy of local grade five students gave Saugeen Shores Police Constable Ian Clark unfortunate "goose bumps", but also underscored the need for programs like D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).

Offered in 44 countries world-wide, D.A.R.E. is the leading program to teach the effects of substance abuse and violence, Clark said in an April 6 presentation to the Chantry Island Cham-bette's monthly meeting in Port Elgin.

Clark said D.A.R.E. has evolved to include good citizenship, bullying, and making smart choices to live healthy and safe lives.

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49 CN ON: 'You Are Haunted By The What-Ifs'Mon, 13 Apr 2015
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:140 Added:04/15/2015

HEIDELBERG - It's the everyday triggers that are constant reminders of their youngest son.

Last week, the street cleaner went by on their cul-de-sac and Christine Padaric was flooded with memories of her teenage boy outside sweeping the driveway getting the double-car laneway ready for his impromptu skateboard park. "He was a skateboard fanatic," she said. Sunday marked two years since Austin Padaric died.

For Christine and Klaus Padaric, there is no anniversary date. Instead, this time of the year takes them back to the agonizing week in which they watched their son, a lanky teen with a six-foot-four-inch frame, lifeless in a hospital bed for days.

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50US MN: OPED: Minnesota Employers Should Review Policies AheadSun, 12 Apr 2015
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Jirak, Laurie Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2015

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota and disbursement is set to begin July 1, employers should review their policies regarding such workplace procedures as drug testing and the Americans With Disabilities Act to ensure they protect the business, as well as the employee.

Minnesota's law authorizes the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from several medical conditions including glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, certain cancers, seizure disorders, Crohn's disease and illnesses causing severe and persistent muscle spasms. Individuals eligible for the medication are required to enroll in a statewide registry.

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