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1CN BC: Langford Mayor Upset As Pot Dispensary ReopensTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Langford Mayor Stew Young says he's madder than hell that the municipality's first and only pot shop reopened on the weekend.

"I am not going to turn a blind eye to something illegal," said Young, reacting to news that Green Tree Medical Dispensary is up and running. The store, at 108-688 Granderson Rd., had been shut down by West Shore RCMP on Jan. 17, the day after it opened.

"It is still illegal and the police will do their job, but the federal government better get its act together, because I'm fed up with the top politicians in the country saying we're going to legalize pot and it's turned into a free-for-all in the meantime," said Young, adding it's up to West Shore RCMP to take action. "I will never go to a policeman and say: 'Do not uphold the law.' "

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2 CN BC: Westside To Rein In Pot ShopsTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Seymour, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:02/16/2017

West Kelowna council set to consider bylaw that would restrict where medicinal marijuana can be grown, sold

It's high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank, city and police officials say. A new bylaw intended to curb the proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be considered today by West Kelowna council.

The proposed regulations set strict limits on where and how marijuana-growing businesses could operate in the future with the expected legalization of the drug.

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3 Canada: Patients Question Safety Of Medical Marijuana In Wake OfTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:142 Added:02/16/2017

Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight.

After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.

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4CN AB: Not 'Party drugs': Council Assesses Fentanyl's ImpactTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Edmonton is battling a new drug overdose crisis that simply doesn't fit any standard assumptions, council members were told Monday.

Only 20 per cent of the overdose deaths from fentanyl last year were in core neighbourhoods. Young men in the suburbs are actually at a much higher risk, said city officials.

"This has gone beyond being an inner-city issue," said Mayor Don Iveson, adding those dying most often from illicit fentanyl and prescription opioid painkillers are taking them alone at home where no one is available to help when things go wrong.

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5CN BC: Mom Buys Street Drugs 'Like Common Criminal' To Aid AddictedTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

A Victoria mother said she was desperate when she took her daughter to buy "street" methadone after being told it would take two weeks to a month to get a proper prescription.

"To our dismay, we have an addicted daughter asking for help and we are forced to buy some street drugs like a common criminal to keep her going until we can get her some help," said Correne Antrobus in a letter to the Times Colonist. "We have been waiting for this opportunity to help our daughter before she overdoses and the window is very slight when an addict is asking for help."

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6CN BC: UBC Research Links Addiction And GeneticsTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Shore, Randy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Scientists engineer mice to resist cocaine's habit-forming qualities

Scientists at the University of B.C. have built a better mouse - one that is indifferent to cocaine.

Unlike normal mice, the genetically engineered rodents did not show addictive behaviour even after repeated injections of the narcotic over days, suggesting habitual drug use in humans may be a matter of genetics.

While the finding is unlikely to yield a pill that cures addiction any time soon, it could lead to a test that identifies who is at greatest risk of addiction and enable people to act on that knowledge, said Shernaz Bamji, the lead author of a study published Tuesday by the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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7 CN ON: Column: Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Here, And It's RealTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Salvaterra, Rosana Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast.

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8 CN BC: West Kelowna's Top Cop Says Pot Dispensaries Are IllegalWed, 15 Feb 2017
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Waters, Alistair Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:02/16/2017

West Kelowna's new top cop says marijuana dispensaries are illegal...period.

At the request of West Kelowna city staff, West Kelowna's new RCMP detachment commander has clarified the force's position related to marijuana dispensaries.

At a meeting with council Friday, a statement from staff-sergeant Lesli Roseberry was presented that indicated marijuana continues to be regulated as a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which the RCMP has an obligation to enforce.

"The RCMP is responsible for enforcing Canadian laws, as they stand today," said Roseberry in her statement. "Our communities expect that we will take enforcement action to meet this responsibility, and do so in an impartial and professional manner. There is no such thing as having a tolerance for marijuana dispensaries. Simply put, these dispensaries are illegal."

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9 CN BC: City Prohibits Marijuana, But Not Medical ClinicWed, 15 Feb 2017
Source:Northern View, The (CN BC) Author:Lough, Shannon Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:02/16/2017

Selling marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has been temporarily banned from the city - yet a cannabis clinic that would provide service to North Coast communities still has every intention of moving forward with opening its doors within the year.

On Feb. 6, after a public hearing that drew only three vocal residents, Prince Rupert city council passed the zoning bylaw amendment that prohibits the commercial sale and production of marijuana until Jan. 1, 2018.

This temporary prohibition, however, does not block the Medical Cannabis Resource Centre Inc. (MCRCI) from opening a site in the city. There was some confusion raised during the public hearing over whether or not the bylaw would allow for a medical marijuana dispensary that would offer support and information to users, and a variety of marijuana products on site rather than ordering online.

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10 US: OPED: LSD To Cure Depression?Mon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Friedman, Richard Area:United States Lines:107 Added:02/16/2017

Psychedelics, the fabled enlightenment drugs of the '60s, are making a comeback - this time as medical treatment.

A recent study claimed that psilocybin, a mushroom-derived hallucinogenic, relieves anxiety and depression in people with life-threatening cancer. Anecdotal reports have said similar things about so-called microdoses of LSD.

The allure is understandable, given the limits of our treatments for depression and anxiety. About a third of patients with major depression don't get better, even after several trials of different antidepressants. But I fear that in our desire to combat suffering, we will ignore the potential risks of these drugs, or be seduced by preliminary research that seems promising.

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11 CN AB: Editorial: Co-ordinated Action Needed On OpioidsSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:02/16/2017

The fentanyl crisis in Alberta has been well documented. The harm the drug is doing to Alberta families, schools and communities has become a major public issue in the last two years.

It hasn't gone unnoticed by police and political leaders. Alberta's government has added more treatment beds for addicts and victims of overdoses.

It has also made sure more emergency overdose treatment kits are available in police and fire stations, on ambulances, at emergency departments, even in provincial jails and schools.

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12 CN AB: Equipped To RespondSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

RCMP report success with naloxone kits

While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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13CN SN: Column: Pot Rules Need To Be Done Right For Public SafetyMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cooper, Jordon Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Regulatory patchwork across Canada isn't helping anyone

I have never smoked marijuana. Until last week, I had no idea where one could purchase it. Then someone told me they were going to get their "green card" from a doctor. This would allow them to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. No pressing medical reason, they just wanted to buy weed.

As I asked around, I was told by many people who have them that the process is a joke. You go to a known doctor, give them an excuse for why you want it and they give it to you. Multiple people told me there was no examination or any probing into why they wanted it. They just got it. There are even websites that, for a fee, will tell you which doctors to see.

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14 Canada: OPED: How To Fight The Fentanyl EpidemicMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gilmore, Norbert Area:Canada Lines:98 Added:02/16/2017

As deaths mount, it's time to think the unthinkable and supply users with measured doses of pharmaceutically 'pure' heroin

For more than 30 years, until retiring as a physician in Montreal, I cared for and studied people who became infected, sick or died from HIV infection. Now, Canada faces a new epidemic.

It is an epidemic of overdose deaths, disease, disability and destitution from fentanyl-adulturated street heroin. Lessons from the HIV epidemic might help us to understand and respond quickly and successfully to this new and seemingly uncontrolled epidemic.

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15 New Zealand: Medical Cannabis Change Welcomed By NorthlandSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Author:Graaf, Peter De Area:New Zealand Lines:107 Added:02/16/2017

Moves to make it easier for patients to get cannabis-based medication for pain relief or symptom control have been welcomed by Northland's medical marijuana campaigners.

However, some say the change doesn't go far enough or do anything to help patients to pay for medical cannabis.

Last week Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that people who wanted to use non-pharmaceutical cannabis products, which are made from cannabis but with less rigorous standards than those applied to pharmaceuticals, no longer need to get approval from the Minister of Heath.

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16 CN ON: Waste Needles Make PointMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:02/16/2017

Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing supervised drug injection site.

Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London to support a supervised drug injection site.

"We pick them up under bridges, along the watercourse, on the (river) banks, in parks," he says.

Once a month, from the beginning of April to the start of winter, he and his crew of volunteers with the Thames River Rally pick up garbage along the river in London.

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17 Canada: Beyond Harm ReductionSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:253 Added:02/14/2017

Sixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a 'four pillars' approach to drug strategy, the city - and the province - finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis, Andrea Woo writes

Melody Cooper throws a purple ball across the well-worn grass at the East Vancouver dog park, sending her dog, Squeak, bounding across the field. The Jack Russell-poodle cross is wearing a camouflage coat, pulled taut by a belly that jiggles with each bound.

"I didn't realize how much weight he had gained until recently," Ms. Cooper says, watching the dog from her seat on a park bench. "My mother pointed it out. She said, 'Look at him: When he lies on his side, two of his feet are still dangling in the air.' "

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18 CN ON: Letter: Inject Some GoalsSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bush, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:02/14/2017

Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says" (Feb. 9).

If London is going ahead with safe injection sites why do we not get a doctor or nurse practitioner to run it with the goal of weaning these people off the drug?

Set it up so if they are enrolled in the program they will be safe from prosecution, and if they do not sign up for it they will be prosecuted if caught with it.

The ones signed up can sit down with the doctor when they first join and they can figure out together how much they use a day, how many times a day and how much each time. From there the doctor and addict can set up a reduction plan so that each time they come in it can be slightly reduced by so much a day for a week, and then each week after reducing again slightly.

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19 CN ON: Cops Pilot-Testing Your HighSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Hambleton, Todd Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:02/14/2017

Area OPP constables among those testing equipment measuring drug impairment

LONG SAULT - SDG provincial police officers are testing cuttingedge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

In this far-east portion of the East Region, Ontario Provincial Police Consts. Pat Dussault and Mike Roy - both with the Highway Safety Division unit - are the hands-on officers, testing two devices: a Securetec drug reader, and an Alere mobile forensic test system.

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20 CN SN: Plan Takes Shape For Safe Injection SiteSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:147 Added:02/14/2017

Evert Botha promises his "unwavering support" for the project, and plans to lobby to make it a reality

Steps are in motion to bring a safe injection site to Prince Albert, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating infectious disease and drug addiction.

Councillor Evert Botha plans to push council to lend its approval to the initiative, which he says will reduce crime, take needles off the street and help vulnerable people.

"I will be asking my fellow councillors and the mayor that we support the establishment, as a city, of a supervised injection site," he said.

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