Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan
Esplanade, Jan. 7):
Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment
last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made
others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.
In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing
legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local
governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the
room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable
medication via the Internet.
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There are people who are out gathering signatures to put on a ballot
a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use. I would like to
point out one thing about legalizing marijuana for recreation: I
believe anyone who has a methamphetamine addiction smoked marijuana
first, and smoking marijuana leads to not just meth but all other
I vote "no," and I choose not to sign this ballot bill
signature-gathering initiative. I would hope most everyone would
choose to do the same as I.
I feel it would cause a huge problem.
- - Joe Morgan,
I read with interest Lon Allan's take on banning all marijuana
growing, stores and mobile sales in Atascadero ("Atascadero's ban on
marijuana, celebration of wine is a double standard," Jan. 26).
Him being the Luddite curmudgeon he has demonstrated and admitted to,
I would expect no less. I guess he has no friends or associates who
use medical marijuana for chronic pain or conditions. At least they
don't admit it to him, because they fear his lecture on how using pot
will lead them on to using heroin or crack cocaine for their
arthritis or sciatica.
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I'm from the generation that fell in love with drugs, I'm sorry to say.
Timothy Leary implored us to "turn on, tune in and drop out." Some of
my friends did that, though most of them later regretted it.
I've seen kids who didn't look a day over 10 stoned out of their
minds at an Alice Cooper concert. I've seen grown men with good
careers throw them all away because they got hooked on cocaine. I've
seen young and old guys looking for a quick payday so they could get
that next fix of heroin.
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The recent seizure of hundreds of pounds of marijuana in Lincoln,
apparently harvested in states where it can be grown legally, raises
the question of how long the country will tolerate the current
patchwork of laws.
In one case deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies
seized 1,517 pounds of pot worth an estimated $7.5 million. The
marijuana was stuffed into 39 duffel bags in a rental RV traveling
from Oregon, where marijuana can be grown legally, to Georgia.
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After utterly failing to bring relief even to children with severe
epilepsy through a non-narcotic form of marijuana, Florida officials
fully deserve the wrath of voters who are on the way to taking
matters into their own hands - with a constitutional amendment that
would make marijuana available for a wide range of debilitating
The medical marijuana amendment has gained enough signatures to
qualify for the November ballot. It is sponsored by the same folks
who fell just short with a similar amendment in 2014. Then, the
measure got 58 percent of the vote. This time - in a higher-turnout,
presidential election year - the chances of gaining the needed 60
percent seem in the bag.
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Re "Rolling in dough" (The Canadian Press, Jan. 29): It's true, since
Colorado completely re-legalized cannabis (marijuana), treating it
like the relatively safe God-given plant that it is, the state has
reaped huge taxes. But Canada shouldn't cleanse itself from cannabis
prohibition to profit, but rather to end one of North America's worst
policy failures because it's the right thing to do. The Luciferous
practice of caging humans for using what God indicates He created and
says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible is vulgar
for developed nations. The sooner the devil law ends, the sooner the
sky will stop falling in.
("Luciferous" means "enlightening")
Feds should act quickly to fill policy and enforcement vacuum
Re: Vancouver set to approve first legal marijuana shops, Feb. 1
It's important for people to know that, regardless of municipal
business licensing processes,marijuana retail stores are illegal in
Canada - full stop.
What this means on a practical level is that consumers who buy
products from these stores do not have the protection of the law
behind them. If they were stopped by police, they could be charged
with possession, which unfortunately happens to far too many people
across Canada every year.
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Members Concerned About Criminal Ties, Transparency As Vancouver
Pushes to License Dispensaries
The union representing Vancouver's police officers says members are
raising serious questions about the process and transparency behind
the city's rapid push to license marijuana dispensaries by this spring.
At a union meeting last week, Tom Stamatakis, the president of the
Vancouver Police Union, said members identified several areas of
concern with the city's controversial move to regulate the
dispensaries - including who is involved, the degree of scrutiny
being applied to applications, and issues of disclosure.
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I still remember trying marijuana like it was yesterday. I was about
eight or 10 years old. People told me it would lead to other stronger
drugs. Of course I never believed it. Besides I swore I'd never let a
drug control my life.
Now here I am with a wasted life. Because it did lead to harder drugs.
After ending up a heroin addict, it took me 46 years to get a handle
on my sickness (addiction). Once you start, it's so hard to stop.
Weed should not be sold in stores on every street corner when it's
legalized. Strict laws should apply because it's an accident waiting to happen.
The Canadian government legalized medical marijuana more than a
decade ago. However, Kamloops physician Ian Mitchell told the
Straight that patients still come to him with basic questions and
often have no idea where they can find advice about cannabis.
"I send them to dispensaries, just because there is nowhere else to
go," he said in a telephone interview.
Mitchell explained that the former Conservative government's
mail-order system prevents patients from meeting face to face with
experts employed by licensed producers. Meanwhile, the vast majority
of medical doctors don't know enough about marijuana's medical
applications to provide informed opinions.
[continues 601 words]
Oregon has an 18-year history of legal medical marijuana use. The
program works and has brought an improved quality of life to
thousands. Like other pioneering efforts (death with dignity,
same-sex marriage, increased minimum wage, vote by mail, etc.), it
has not resulted in the sky falling.
Legalization of cannabis in Oregon, hopefully, means an end to its
demonization. We are now free to investigate its full potential, to
enjoy its many benefits. It means it is once again a legitimate
agricultural product and should be treated as such.
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Hawaii residents say legalizing industrial hemp could spur business
ventures ranging from home construction to selling hemp seed candy
bars at Hawaii airports.
Lawmakers considered a bill Friday that would legalize and set rules
for growing industrial hemp. The bill would require growers to
register with the state and would clarify the difference between hemp
The bill would also require the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to
research development of products, such as clothing, oils and seed.
Supporters say industrial hemp production could boost the agriculture
sector and help rural economies.
Nationwide at least 27 states have laws in place related to
industrial hemp. In 2014 President Barack Obama signed the 2014 Farm
Bill, which allowed universities and state departments to grow
industrial hemp for limited uses.
- -Staff and Associated Press
Just after Uncle Ike's Pot Shop opened in Seattle's Central District,
it boasted in an ad, "Our weed cures Ebola."
Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren't allowed to make
any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: "If
you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron."
That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle
Ike's the state's top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthly sales.
[continues 1955 words]
Regarding "God-given plant" and "Medical benefits" (Feb. 3 Letters to
the Editor): I'm not sure that medical cannabis has all the healing
properties mentioned. At best, it probably is a symptomatic reliever
for most mentioned ailments. I feel that if it were as beneficial as
some think, the medical arts would have been using it for a long
time, as they have cocaine and other narcotics. As for not causing
any deaths medically for 5,000 years: I know of nothing that can make
that claim, much less cannabis.
It may be a God-given plant, but so is poison ivy, and I think I'll
not smoke that anytime soon.
Mike Mawhirter, Derby
When coastal-defence vessels HMCS Brandon and HMCS Whitehorse
returned to CFB Esquimalt in December after participating in an
anti-drug trafficking operation in the Caribbean and east Pacific
regions, the Times Colonist published an editorial congratulating the
sailors for a job well done.
But the editorial also said the work of Canada's armed forces
wouldn't make much difference in slowing or halting the flow of drugs
from Central and South America.
Last week, I had a chance to see a different perspective on the
navy's work. At a briefing at CFB Esquimalt, I learned a lot more
about what happens when Canadian ships head south. It's not just for
a jaunt in warmer waters. There's a real war going on, one that
threatens the stability of countries in that region, as well as the
quality of life in Canada and elsewhere.
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Costa Mesa police say there was nothing to indicate that mall
storefront was Native American sanctuary.
Police officers who thought they were shutting down a marijuana
dispensary in Costa Mesa last month were in fact raiding a Native
American church that uses cannabis and other controlled substances in
its spiritual ceremonies, according to a lawyer representing the
Attorney Matthew Pappas said Oklevueha Native American Church was
opening a branch in Costa Mesa when police stormed the Harbor
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Learning Who Owns Colorado's Marijuana Businesses Is Not Easy.
Colorado's marijuana business owners-nearly 1,200 of them-control a
quickly growing and powerful industry that is approaching $1 billion
in annual sales.
Yet basic information about these entrepreneurs is not available to
the public without paying hefty fees, in contrast to what is
available about owners of other state-licensed businesses.
The Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of
Revenue will disclose the names of those with ownership interests in
more than 2,500 active medical and recreational marijuana licenses
issued since 2014.
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Maryland Del. Dan K. Morhaim on Friday proposed four bills that would
radically change the state's approach to dealing with drug problems,
in part by removing criminal penalties for low-level possession and
adding an emphasis on addiction treatment.
One measure would create "safe spaces" for drug use, with facilities
that provide sterile injection equipment, medical care and
connections to social services.
Another bill would establish a pilot program to test the
effectiveness of treating addicts with the supervised use of free,
pharmaceutical-grade opioids, such as heroin and hydromorphone, with
the goal of weaning users off their addictions.
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I've been an emergency room physician for more than 30 years. Every
shift, I see broken legs, lacerations, cases of pneumonia and more.
On the surface, none appears related to the rising rates of drug
addiction and crime plaguing our society. But they are.
Recently, I treated a man with an abscess on his inner thigh about
the size of cantaloupe. We had complications trying to give him an IV
with pain medicine because years of drug abuse had scarred his veins.
He was clearly a drug user with an addiction problem, but his medical
record will read only "abscess."
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Time is too short to waste it spinning your wheels, especially in
local government where every exercise costs staff time and money.
The city of Chico avoided one unnecessary fire drill Tuesday and
wisely chose to take a wait-and-see attitude on a second one, all
related to the always-confusing topic of marijuana regulation.
The City Council appeared to take a cue from the marijuana users.
Relax. Mellow out. Chill.
That was the right choice.
Cities and counties have been scrambling since October, when the
state government came up with one of those brilliant "solutions" that
makes everything more complicated. Assembly Bill 21, signed by Gov.
Jerry Brown, said that if cities and counties do not have rules about
medical marijuana cultivation, dispensaries and delivery services in
place by March 1, state laws would apply.
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Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's
story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking.
Cary's adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for
years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone
through. "We dread the next phone call," she said. "We don't take
vacations for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations
because there's a crisis."
Cary and her family are far from alone. As the use of prescription
drugs has increased over the past 15 or 20 years, so has their misuse
- -- as well as the wreckage caused by other opioids like heroin. In
fact, four in five heroin users started out by misusing prescription
drugs, and then switched to heroin. As a consequence, between 2002
and 2013, the rate of heroin-related deaths in America nearly
quadrupled. More Americans now die of drug overdoses than in motor
vehicle crashes. In Alaska, overdoses claimed 124 lives in 2014 alone.
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LAGUNA BEACH Among the last of Orange County's 34 cities to place a
ban on pot cultivators, delivery services and dispensaries, Laguna
Beach last week became likely the first to make it ineffective.
The Laguna Beach City Council approved the ban Tuesday night but
added a sunset clause that would void the ban if Gov. Jerry Brown
signed Assembly Bill 21, an urgency ordinance that removes the March
1 deadline on the state's new medical marijuana law.
On Wednesday, Brown signed the bill.
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A Senator Is Frustrated That Leaders of Utah's Predominant Faith "Put
Their Thumb on the Scale" to Influence State Policy.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes a bill
sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen that would make Utah the 24th state to
legalize medical marijuana, citing unintended consequences that could
come with use of the drug.
The state's predominant faith is not taking a position on another
measure, sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, and Rep. Brad
Daw, R-Orem, that would allow extracts from the plant that do not
contain the psychoactive chemical THC.
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If legalizing marijuana use syphons money away from Durham, the
Region should receive compensation from the federal and provincial governments.
One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's more eye-catching promises
during the last federal election campaign was to legalize marijuana.
He has appointed former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair to take the
lead on the portfolio.
The move would likely mean cash, maybe a lot of cash, for upper
levels of government. And given the very expensive agenda the federal
Liberals have embarked upon, they need all the money they can get.
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Seamus John Neary, the ex-Huskie footballer caught with 9.5 kilograms
of marijuana, intends to argue the sentencing rules for marijuana
trafficking aren't constitutional.
Neary was convicted in November of trafficking marijuana and
possessing the proceeds of crime.
On Friday in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench, his sentencing hearing
was adjourned to May 31, when constitutional arguments will be heard.
Under the law, trafficking-related charges where the amount of
marijuana is more than three kilograms are not eligible for
community-based jail sentences, or conditional sentence orders.
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Celebrities, politicians and attorneys vie to get in on the ground
floor of an industry forecast to be worth millions
Actor Woody Harrelson, Hollywood producer Shep Gordon and dozens of
high-profile attorneys, entrepreneurs and politicians are jumping on
the opportunity to sell pot in Hawaii. The state Health Department
released Friday a list of 66 applicants for eight dispensary licenses
that will allow for the opening of Hawaii's first medical marijuana
retail centers as early as July 15.
The list includes local doctors; video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers;
Hawaii island farmer Richard Ha; "Hawaii Stars" television producer
Dirk Fukushima; Michael Irish, owner of kim chee maker Halm's
Enterprises and Keoki's Lau Lau; former St. Francis Healthcare
Systems executive Eugene Tiwanak; former city Budget Director and
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan; Kimberly
Dey, CEO of production companies Liquid Planet Studios and
Number-Eight; and Charles Kawakami, former president of Big Save
supermarkets on Kauai.
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As a middle-age white man of comfortable means and right-of-center
views on many issues, Imay have been oblivious to certain things
longer than others. Recent headlines make it impossible to ignore
An armed man in open revolt against the law of the land is killed by
law enforcement officials ["Bundy patriarch shows no regrets,"
Politics & The Nation, Feb. 1]. There is hand-wringing and second
guessing, even though his death occurs only after a month of
confrontation and not-very-veiled threats. Contrast this with the
deaths of unarmed African American males whose fates are decided by
police officers in a matter of seconds.
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A national Native American church that courts have allowed to possess
and distribute peyote soon will open branches in three former Orange
County pot shops where they plan to use and dispense marijuana and
other illegal drugs as part of religious ceremonies.
What's more, church members say almost anyone can join the religion
and partake in its hallucinogenic sacraments, regardless of whether
they have Native American heritage.
Representatives from the Oklevueha Native American Church, which
claims over 200 branches nationwide, said they recently signed leases
in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Westminster, targeting former
marijuana dispensary storefronts where landlords don't mind having
pot on the premises.
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Re "Drug addicts finally a priority in politics" (Editorials, Feb.
4): The Bee's editorial board is absolutely right that what matters
most right now is that something gets done by Congress to address
opioid addiction and overdose in this country.
But the most well-funded business lobby in this country is not going
to go away quietly. It will be a challenge for Congress and my
representative, Ami Bera, to do the right thing and enact legislation
that provides for treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, as
well as regulate Big Pharma.
Perhaps if they looked into the eyes of the 15-year-old heroin addict
who is desperately trying to stay clean like I did today, then it
wouldn't be such a challenge.
Bridget Whitted, Folsom
California Medical Association Hopes to Limit Smoking of One Plant,
Doctors, WHO Once Offered Testimonials to Tobacco, Embrace Marijuana
Two UC Tobacco Researchers Seek to Inject Dose of Conscience into Campaign
Dr. Steven E. Larson, president of the California Medical
Association, was walking a fine line the other day, or trying to.
"No one should smoke. It has no benefit. Yes, we'd like to outlaw it
if we could," he said, speaking of tobacco.
Understandably, the California Medical Association is funding a 2016
initiative to raise the tobacco tax by $2, to $2.87 per pack, and for
the first time tax electronic cigarettes.
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Two Baltimore-area lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in
Annapolis that would decriminalize small amounts of all illicit drugs
- - from cocaine to crack to heroin - and provide new options for
addicts to shoot up safely and seek treatment.
The legislation, sponsors said, would free up police resources and
reduce incarceration rates by treating low-level drug users like
patients rather than criminals. It would force hospitals to provide
on-demand substance abuse treatment in emergency rooms and reduce
overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases by creating
facilities where addicts can consume drugs safely under medical
supervision, they said.
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By a narrow 4-3 vote and with the mayor breaking the tie, the
Unalaska City Council last week took its first step towards banning
local sales and commercial growing, testing, and manufacturing of
A local activist promised to put the issue on the ballot in the fall
local election, and to oppose officials supporting a ban. Three seats
are up for election this year -- two on the council now held by Roger
Rowland and David Gregory, plus the mayor's.
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It is with profound sadness that we once again hear of a family
forced to skirt the law to obtain small amounts of what our state
deems illegal to treat their children.
And to hear the family is being harassed by Child and Family
Services! A mother of four is forced to go into hiding for fear of
having her child taken away or charges being filed against her.
What is unconscionable is the failure of our legislators and
administrators to provide a meaningful solution. How are these
people, some I assume with children, not moved to act swiftly and
decisively? Does our governor not have the legal power or the moral
responsibility to make this the priority it should be?
[continues 72 words]
Legalization of recreational marijuana use would be to the definite
detriment of Vermonters. The pending bill proposing to do so should
be resolutely rejected.
It is a flawed perception that marijuana "just isn't that bad."
Medical science has shown that there are multiple deleterious effects
of marijuana, among which are the following: 1) Marijuana use has
been shown to be associated with the development of mental health
illness including depression, anxiety and paranoia.
2) Marijuana has been shown to cause problems with memory. This can
have devastating impacts on a student's academic performance, future
work or study opportunities. Work performance among those employed is
also likely to be impacted negatively.
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Members of Colo. Group Say Pot Strengthens Faith
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - As snow began to fall outside, Deb Button
snuggled up on her couch, fired up a joint and spoke of the nature of Christ.
"Even if Jesus didn't smoke weed, he'd still be a stoner," she said,
exhaling a white cloud.
Her kitten sniffed the air curiously.
"Jesus was peaceful and loving. He went from house to house and was
always accepted," she explained. "Only a stoner could do that."
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I understand from news sources that the Legislature is about to pass
legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Why?
For years we have campaigned that smoking is bad for our health, now
our legislators want to promote smoking, all for raising more tax
revenue. They have listened to testimony from the medical community,
law enforcement and others who have testified against legalization of
marijuana, yet they are posed to pass it anyway.
I look at our representatives and think, do they really care about
the citizens of Vermont or is it all about tax revenue. They don't
seem to be able to develop a budget and live within it. They're
always looking to raise more revenue, many times raising our taxes
rather than not passing higher and higher budgets or passing laws
that require the cities and towns to increase their tax rates to pay
for programs that the Legislature enacts.
Is there any common sense in the State House on this issue?
The epidemic of drug addiction and overdoses gripping Vermont, and
our country at large, cries out for reform.
We must change the perception that jail is an effective treatment for
the disease of drug addiction, and give mental health issues the
attention and funding they deserve, an opinion I know many Vermonters share.
But the legalization and commercialization of another addictive drug
- - marijuana - is precisely the wrong way to address this critical
problem. Legalization has nothing to do with whether we lock up pot
users, and everything to do with making money.
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Rutland, Vermont, unwittingly became the poster child for America's
drug epidemic several years ago. The national attention and a sense
that their city had bottomed out galvanized local residents and
leaders to fight back. They formed committees, made lists of
recommendations and, most important, set goals. Project Vision hasn't
eradicated heroin from Rutland, but it offers a "take back our
community" template other communities can model.
In Bangor, like Rutland, groups of concerned citizens have been
meeting for years to address addiction in the area. A working group,
created by the Bangor City Council in 2014, developed a list of
specific, achievable recommendations. The Bangor Community Health
Leadership Board, which helped coordinate a community forum in 2014
where the federal drug czar, Michael Botticelli, spoke of the need
for treatment to help opiate addicts, is focusing on five of them. It
has developed pain medicine prescribing protocols for use by local
medical facilities. It pushed for a new local detox facility, which
is funded in the drug legislation passed last month by the
Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage. It is seeking
ways to make the anti-overdose drug Narcan more widely available. The
group also worked with local lawmakers to draft legislation aimed at
making treatment more widely available and effective.
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I was watching the news last night with my son. One segment in
particular that struck a nerve with me was the debate on the
legalization of marijuana. They had several individuals speaking on
how they've acquired over 100,000 signatures on petitions backing a
statewide vote on legalization.
This referendum may actually pass, making this now-illegal and
dangerous drug available to everyone. What is troubling to me is the
effort everyone seems to be putting forward for a "high."
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After years of fierce debate over whether London should create safe
injection sites for drug users, researchers will take to the streets
to seek answers.
A feasibility study is being launched by the Ontario HIV Treatment
Network and the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection to sort out whether safe
injection sites makes sense here, and if so, how they might be
utilized best. "I have seen too many people die of complications from
injection drug use," says Dr. Sharon Koivu, a physician with the
London Health Sciences Centre and one of the principals behind the
study. "We need to find ways to stop these tragic deaths and help
people wherever they are on their journey to recovery."
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It's true, since Colorado completely RE-legalized cannabis (marijuana)
treating it like the relatively safe God-given plant that it is
(Rolling In Dough, Jan. 29, 2016), the state has reaped huge taxes.
But Canada shouldn't cleanse itself from cannabis prohibition to
profit but rather end one of North America's worst policy failures
because it's the right thing to do. The Luciferous practice of caging
humans for using what God indicates He created and says is good on
literally the very first page of the Bible is vulgar for developed
Stan White, Dillon, Col.
(Who could argue with that authority?)
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 21 Wednesday,
formally striking the March 1 deadline inadvertently included in the
Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
Accordingly, the deadline was repealed immediately, allowing cities
and counties to move forward in developing local rules and
regulations without a timeline, according to North Coast Democratic
Assemblyman Jim Wood's office. The deadline would have forced cities
and counties to make its own rules for local enforcement by March 1,
or allow the state to assume authority over local decision making.
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Under pressure from Congress to take action amid a worsening opioid
epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced
several measures aimed at dealing with abuse.
Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner and nominee to run the
agency, announced the measures in a phone conference with reporters.
He said the steps were an attempt by the agency to toughen its
response to the crisis, in which tens of thousands of Americans were
addicted to the prescription painkillers and were dying of overdoses.
He said the actions were part of a broader government effort: Earlier
this week, the Obama administration said it would ask Congress to
spend an additional $1.1 billion next year on the problem, which
would help increase badly needed treatment facilities.
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MORE US adults are using marijuana now that some states have either
decided to decriminalise the use of dagga or legalise the possession
of it, a review published yesterday in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says.
And data from the US National Survey of Drug Use and Health says
marijuana use has increased significantly among US adults in the past decade.
The trend seems to have begun before 2012, when Colorado and
Washington became the first states to legalise marijuana.
Teen use has not increased but researchers warn "young people's
perceptions of the risks of using marijuana have decreased,
suggesting they might be more likely to start using marijuana in future".
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The Canadian government stands to make over $5 billion from taxes if
marijuana is legalized but Fredericton dealers aren't too concerned
with how it will affect their sales.
One local pot dealer thinks the possible legalization will only affect
the people who will have the money to buy government supplied
marijuana, and that the taxing will help the province.
Andrew Rankin* has been selling pot for the past few years. He said
most of the people who buy pot need to have a higher income to afford
higher quality weed.
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The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native
addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University
and a local steering committee.
The project got underway in November 2015 and is expected to wrap up
in November of this year with a manuscript on the scope and nature of
the treatment centre, recommendations on site locations and draft plans.
Flat Bay Band Chief Liz LaSaga and the steering committee say there is
insufficient research into native health statistics in the province.
Along with Memorial, the research derived from this project will be a
fundamental piece of evidence. The need for the Nujio'qonik Healing
Center - named in recognition of the area in which it will be located,
Bay St. George - has long been recognized.
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Researchers hope Liberals' 'evidence-based' approach will endorse
After years of pushing for safe drug-injection programs in Canadian
jails, health advocates say mounting evidence and a new government in
Ottawa present a chance to finally make it happen.
In a report published Wednesday, researchers in Toronto provide a
framework for the introduction of what they call "prison-based needle
and syringe programs" in Canada - programs that the authors argue are
sorely needed in provincial and federal jails to address levels of HIV
and Hepatitis C infections that are "astronomically" high compared
with those in the general population.
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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
First, being of sound mind and physical prowess, I must vigorously
argue with your proposal to legalize marijuana. Personally, I have
never smoked or taken illicit drugs.
Is it not enough hardship to have drunk drivers on our highways? Why
would you propose to decrease the population even further by putting
stoned drivers on the roads?
It is with deep emotion that I tell you the sad story about our
grandson, now deceased. He began experimenting with marijuana and
subsequently "graduated" to harder drugs.
Marijuana is a gateway drug to the "harder stuff".
Please reconsider your totally wrong thinking on this matter.
Otherwise, God help our youths who will have fewer deterrents to steer
them away from hideous or fatal futures.
J. R. Baldwin
Edmonton city police say it's likely just a matter of time before W-18
- - a drug up to 100 times more toxic than fentanyl - is seized here.
Calgary police say they received lab results from Health Canada
confirming three fentanyl pills seized during a drug bust in Rocky
View County in August contained W-18, a type of opioid that's never
been used clinically. Of the 109 pills seized, 20 were tested.
W-18 has a different chemical composition than fentanyl but produces
similar effects to the addictive drug, which has been linked to 270
deaths in Alberta last year, including 65 people in Edmonton.
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