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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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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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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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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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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Scientists engineer mice to resist cocaine's habit-forming
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
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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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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West Kelowna's new top cop says marijuana dispensaries are
At the request of West Kelowna city staff, West Kelowna's new RCMP
detachment commander has clarified the force's position related to
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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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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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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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
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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says"
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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Area OPP constables among those testing equipment measuring drug
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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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
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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