Cop faces hearing over removal of cat from stoned owner's home
An award-winning Durham Regional Police officer who rescued a
"cowering" kitten from a stoned pet owner's home will face a police
tribunal on Monday, charged with discreditable conduct.
Const. Beth Richardson is accused of "removing a kitten from a
residence without the owners'" knowledge or consent on Jan. 12, 2016.
"She was dispatched as a back-up officer to attend an Oshawa home to
check on the well-being of a female who had been using drugs (crystal
meth) for several days," the notice of hearing says, adding Richardson
"observed a kitten cowering under a table and (believed) it was not
being properly cared for."
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I have to laugh at all the hype about drugged driving on pot. Have you
read your prescription drugs packaging? May cause drowsiness, do not
operate machinery etc. So where are the tests for impairment for
mind-altering prescription drugs? Oh, I know, pick and choose what
laws to enforce and what laws not to enforce.
Typical law enforcement attitude, get the easy mark and look good doing
it, too. Make headlines. Oh, and I have over 45 years experience with
smoking pot responsibly. How much THC does one need to have in their
system to be classified impaired? How much codeine, or how about
anti-hyper drugs for kids that are prescribed by doctors?
(Wow, 45 years, eh?)
'It's such a silent killer that nobody knows about,' mom says
It's the end of November and the light is woolly, the forest barren,
still, out behind the Dolman place, perched on a ridge in North Gower.
The house is tidy, quiet enough to hear a newspaper rustling. Sandi
Dolman, 62, is at the kitchen table talking about her son Neil, 33,
because talking about Neil is all she can do now. He died April 1 from
an overdose of fentanyl, another victim of a horrible mistake.
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Parents need to realize addiction knows no demographic boundaries
THERE are many ways a parent can lose a child to drugs. They might
overdose and die. They might get lost to addiction, which is a kind of
death. Or they might be killed by drug-related violence - such as
Cooper Nemeth, whose body was found in a recycling bin in February, or
TJ Wiebe, who was beaten, strangled and left to die in a field in 2003.
In February, I sat in Karen Wiebe's living room. We talked about TJ,
and what the Nemeth family was going through, trying to grieve while
also dealing with the justice system and the media. No one prepares
you for what happens when your child becomes a headline.
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Bill Blair and Ann McClellan blather on about a strictly regulated
marijuana market. Ask yourself, "Is there a high school student
anywhere in Canada today who can't get a joint at lunch?"
During the 50 years that I have been a daily marijuana smoker,
billions have been squandered on enforcement. Tens of thousands of
lives have been ruined. However, criminal regulation does not have the
slightest impact on marijuana consumption and never has. Since 1968
the inflation-adjusted price is down two-thirds while quality is
radically improved. Availability is universal.
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Re: Panel suggests new pot policies, John Ivison; Dec. 2
The legalization of marijuana products fails to take into account the
fact that the bulk of the market for marijuana is youth users, who
will continue to obtain marijuana illegally under any regulation schematic.
The suggestion that the federal task force report, due out on Dec. 21,
will recommend an age limit of 18 or 19, would see high school
students gaining legal access. What this country needs is a massive
public education campaign to reduce the demand for marijuana, not new
laws that could entice a generation of senior level students to try
their hand at supplying younger kids drugs for profit.
The risk of legalizing marijuana is that, with legitimacy, we could
well see greater use, a larger black market and more damage to a
generation of young Canadians. No responsible government would take
such a risk with our kids.
Pamela McColl, Vancouver
Edmonton police used a novel way to demonstrate how drugs and alcohol
influence drivers in an effort to curb the number of collisions
expected over the winter holidays.
The "drugged driving suit" uses padding, ankle weights, flashing light
goggles and headphones to recreate the conditions of driving after
consuming alcohol or illegal drugs.
This includes slower reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors and
The suit, showcased at Rogers Place on Monday, is part of a Ford
program that teaches safe driving methods. Driving Skills for Life is
slated to come to Edmonton high schools sometime next year.
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Re: Fentanyl a 'game changer': Larkin - Dec. 1
Why is the availability of the drug fentanyl on our streets a "game
changer" for Police Chief Larkin or for anyone else concerned about
the welfare of those among us who choose to take illegal drugs? If the
prevention and eradication of street drugs is indeed a game, then
maybe our game plan is not working so well. Instead of facilitating
street drug use by establishing "safe" injection sites, providing free
needle programs, and seeing to it that the available illegal street
drugs don't kill you right away, as fentanyl apparently does, would
these efforts and resources not be better spent in intensifying drug
use prevention and in more help for those who want to break their
dependency on drugs?
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Considering that the Trudeau government already has a growing problem
with election promises, the last thing it wants is to wobble on
marijuana legalization, which will come to fruition sometime in early
to mid-2017. A task force, bureaucrats and politicians are working a
legislative framework to go before Parliament next spring with a
rollout plan to follow.
But there are a couple of large flashing yellow lights on the road to
legalization that the government needs to come to grips with first.
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Watchdog to revise protocols for police actions during overdoses due
to concerns about potential liability when helping victims
British Columbia's police watchdog is changing a policy to allay
officers' fears that efforts to provide life-saving interventions
could subject them to investigation.
The change comes as the province reaches a record-level of illicit
drug overdose deaths - an average of more than two a day this year.
In the event of an opioid overdose, the slightest hesitation to
administer the antidote naloxone, or perform CPR, could result in
brain damage or death.
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Re: "'We have a problem' city councillor suggests," Nov. 30.
If the current spate of shootings is, as suggested by the police, due
to "chaotic situations" created by drug users, then it is high time
the province takes a hard look at how other societies have drastically
changed their policies in the war against drugs.
In countries such as Switzerland and Portugal, a shift to treating
addiction as a health issue, rather than moral weakness or crime, has
led to benefits and cost savings.
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Recovered heroin addict Mark B. Hughes hopes to raise $10,000 - and
chip in a drug joke or two
Vancouver comedians will trade jokes for serious cash Thursday to
support an illegal supervised-injection tent in the Downtown Eastside.
The Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser was conceived by comedian Mark B.
Hughes - who kicked heroin addiction a decade ago - to raise money for
an unsanctioned site run by a group called the Overdose Prevention
Since October, society members Ann Livingston and Sarah Blyth, along
with a crew of volunteers, have provided clean needles, supplies and
doses of the overdose-reducing drug naloxone out of a tent near
Hastings and Abbott streets.
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The stigma associated with mental health and addictions is so strong,
it takes courage to stand up and say: Yes, we all deserve to receive
the supports and treatment we need.
One in five people experiences a serious mental-health or addiction
issue in their life, and the economic and social impacts are greater
than that of cancer. However, with supports and treatment, people can
and do recover.
I'm thankful our governments and health authorities are stepping up to
say yes - supervised consumption sites are needed. These sites are not
just a way of preventing overdose, but are a gateway to supports and
treatment. They are also standing up and saying yes to affordable
supportive and supported housing.
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Island Health is forging ahead with preparations for
supervised-consumption sites in Victoria, saying the mounting
drug-overdose deaths demand action.
"The sense of urgency we have is that we have citizens within our
community who are dying every day," Island Health CEO Brendan Carr
said at a health board meeting in Victoria.
Applications for two of three supervised-consumption sites are on
track to be submitted to Health Canada by the end of the month, Island
It wants to open supervised consumption services on Pandora Avenue
next to Our Place, on Bridge Street near the Rock Bay Landing shelter,
and at 844 Johnson St., which has been converted to housing for former
residents of Victoria's tent city.
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A specialized drug-investigation team has been launched by the B.C.
Coroners Service to help curb the alarming rate of overdose deaths.
"We're trying to take a broad approach to get a really clear picture
of any trends to support the health authorities in prevention," said
chief coroner Lisa Lapointe.
Two weeks ago, Island Health issued an urgent warning to illicit drug
users after seven overdoses in one week - including five in Victoria
within 72 hours. This occurred at the same time the health authority
held public consultations about three planned supervised-consumption
sites and amid a provincewide overdose crisis that has killed more
than 622 people this year.
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In December, city council will be considering a resolution by two
groups in the liquor industry proposing a non-medical marijuana
distribution model that permits pot sales only in licensed public and
private liquor stores. Photograph By File
It was one of the big promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
during the last federal election. While the country waits for the
federal government to follow through on legalizing pot for
recreational use, the City of Burnaby wants to make sure it's prepared
to handle the drug when it happens.
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A great teaching tool is an object lesson and one photo is often more
meaningful than 1,000 words.
Look at the attached photograph and try to envision the house that was
It was a gorgeous place, a house where a family lived and children
The photo shows how it looked after it was on drugs.
I picture a young person having trouble coping with life and facing
peer pressure to get involved with recreational drugs.
Look in the mirror. You might only be 15 years old. Look at your long
beautiful hair, encasing brown eyes and a smile that would stop people
on the street. You have your whole life in front of you.
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We've now had a few years of the low-barrier, harm reduction approach
to solving or coping with our widespread illicit drug use epidemic.
Maybe it's now time to review what has been accomplished.
Almost every public health official, provincial housing authority,
city councillor, police officer and drug counsellor in this province
openly acknowledge the growing tragedy of drug overdose deaths in
According to Minister of Health Terry Lake, so far this year, more
than 600 deaths in this province are attributable to overdoses of
illicit drugs. He also cited the use of fentanyl as one of the leading
factors in this tragedy.
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There is no question that the recreational use of marijuana is coming,
even though it will open the door to a number of serious health issues
down the road. The Canadian Pediatric Society is advocating an age
restriction for its use along the lines of what is in place for
alcohol. Give me a break - if they think that younger people will
adhere to the age limit they are pipe dreaming. Like booze, the
younger set will just pay someone to purchase it for them. This
pending legislation will open up a Pandora's Box of problems but the
feds can't say the [sic] haven't been warned.
The wrong way to go
The Toronto Transit Commission has had five years to make a convincing
case that there is a serious drug or alcohol problem among its staff
that is putting public safety at significant risk. So far it hasn't.
But that hasn't stopped the commission from announcing last week that
it would go ahead with its misguided plan, originally approved in
2011, to randomly test thousands of transit workers for drug and
alcohol consumption with invasive mouth swabs and breathalyzer tests.
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Study set to test oral cannabis treatment in children with rare and
debilitating form of epilepsy that begins in infancy
Researchers at Toronto's TORONTO Hospital for Sick Children are poised
to begin a clinical trial using cannabis extracts to treat children
with severe epilepsy whose seizures can't be controlled with existing
The trial is believed to be the first in Canada to test an oral
preparation that contains both CBD and THC, compounds in marijuana
that have been shown in the lab and through anecdotal reports to have
anticonvulsant properties in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.
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Firefighter union reacts to Winnipeg's overdose statistics
Winnipeg firefighters and paramedics are responding to more overdose
calls in 2016 than in the past five years, new data shows.
From Jan. 1 to Nov.16, the city says the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic
Service has received 1,593 calls related to overdoses and poisonings,
which are tracked together.
In 2015, the service had 1,556 of the same calls, compared to 1,328
back in 2014 and 1,269 in 2013.
Municipal spokesperson Michelle Finley said the service only tracks
the calls and does not specify which drug causes an overdose.
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With marijuana legalization looming, PM wants police to tackle
A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to "enforce
the law" and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries - even
though weed legalization is looming.
"People are right now breaking the law," Trudeau told the Star's
editorial board on Friday.
"We haven't changed the laws. We haven't legalized it yet. Yes, we got
a clear mandate to do that. We've said we will. We've said we're going
to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets
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Marijuana dispensaries: how is this legal? It's complicated
As news broke this week that CannaLeaf Medical Dispensary on Water
Street was selling marijuana to anybody older than 19, and dozens of
other dispensaries have opened in cities across the country, one
question hangs over it all: how is this legal?
The answer, depending on who you ask, is somewhere between, "It's
definitely illegal," "It's a legal grey area," and, "It's really,
The first thing to understand is that according to the law, as it's
written now, selling marijuana out of a storefront to anybody is still
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In 2014, there were 324 people in Edmonton sharing needles and
injecting in public spaces, according to the group looking at safe
consumption services in the city.
That's more than what Vancouver saw before launching safe consumption
clinic Insite, says Shelley Williams, chair of Access to Medically
Supervised Injection Services.
Council will review a new report on access to medically supervised
safe consumption sites Monday, after the province announced in late
October it would give AMSIS $230,000 to apply to the federal
government for exemption from drug laws.
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"I saved two lives last week," said a man in his early 30s, as he
sidled up to a dozen or so of his peers,huddled under blankets on Leon
The comment, which would be remarkable in most circles, prompted
little more than nods and utterances of similar anecdotes.
"We saw a guy overdosing on the street last week, and we had to use
three (vials from the Naloxone kit) to bring him back," offered a
young woman having her dinner under a Leon awning.
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A Kelowna safe injection site should be up and running by April,
although what it will look like remains to be seen.
Interior Health proposed two potential options last week - a fixed
injection site at 477 Leon Ave. as well as a mobile site - and now
they're embarking on the final community engagement process.
The final phase of the application will be submitted to Health Canada
once that's over, said Dr.Trevor Corneil, chief medical health officer
with Interior Health, adding that the federal minister of health has
offered every indication they want to move swiftly.
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Safe injection sites eyed in Kelowna
The debate over a safe injection site in Kelowna continues to gain
steam as community members take sides on the controversial topic.
The Downtown Kelowna Association has come out against the Interior
Health Authority's proposed Leon Avenue location, due to public safety
On the opposing side, some other leading community members are pushing
for the proposed location as they believe safe-injection sites are
critical in saving lives.
Kelowna NDP candidate in the last federal election and college
professor, Norah Bowman, penned a letter this week supporting Safe
Injection Facilities (SIF) in both Kelowna and Kamloops.
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To the editor:
Interior Health is proposing Safe Injection Facilities (SIF) in
Kelowna and Kamloops.
We, health professionals, community leaders, academics, and front line
workers who live in Kelowna, are writing to support SIFs in our
SIFs save lives: Peer-reviewed studies show that fatal overdoses in
areas served by an SIF decrease by close to 50 per cent. SIFs do not
increase street crime; in fact, reliable studies show that they
correlate with a significant decrease in vehicle-break in.
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To the editor:
I can certainly understand the initial negative reaction that many
people would have towards the idea of safe injection sites. It seems
like a counter-intuitive initiative that enables addicts instead of
helping them. Additionally, it's fair to worry that providing services
to addicts normalizes illegal drug-use, opposed to affirming the idea
that it's a problem.
However, as an educated society with endless access to a wealth of
information, it's important for us to put aside our emotional
response, at least long enough to analyze the facts.
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Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the Liberal government's plan to legalize
marijuana could spark a new craft industry and create opportunities
for small businesses - which "may not be a bad thing" in Calgary's
But any new model to distribute recreational weed, including edibles,
should be controlled to ensure public safety and prevent people
underage from using it, he said.
"I wouldn't want to see marijuana-infused jelly beans sold at every
7-Eleven counter," Nenshi told reporters Friday.
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Toronto has seen a 77-per-cent increase in overdose deaths between
2004 and 2014
Brooklyn McNeil was an Ontario scholar, singer, artist and harm
reduction advocate. But the 22-year-old woman was also an injection
drug addict who sadly died alone in June beside a dumpster in an
It shouldn't have happened that way. McNeil was at the forefront of
the movement to bring safe injection sites to Toronto, something that
could have saved her life.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J.
Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North
Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried
almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder:
psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different
"Nothing worked for me, so I put aside the idea that I could get
better," said Mr. Hardin, 37. "I just pretty much became a hermit in
my cabin and never went out."
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Psychedelic medicine, long taboo, is moving toward the mainstream: Two
new studies show the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin might relieve
anxiety and depression in cancer patients.
Dozens of distressed patients, treated under controlled conditions at
two prestigious medical centers, saw spirit-lifting effects that
lasted at least several weeks after taking the "magic mushroom" drug,
according to results published Thursday in The Journal of
In an unusual move, the journal also published 10 commentaries from
experts in psychiatry, end-of-life care and drug policy. The experts
said the studies were small and preliminary, but all supported
continued research. They suggest psilocybin, while still illegal
outside of studies, is "well within the accepted scope of modern
psychiatry," said an editorial by David Nutt, a professor of
neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London.
Victoria police and the Canada Border Services Agency are to be
commended for a major drug bust that prevented 6,000 potentially
lethal doses of fentanyl from reaching the streets. But law
enforcement, no matter how diligent, is not enough to stem the deadly
toll from this powerful drug.
In October, border officials told Victoria police that a large
shipment of fentanyl was being sent from China to an address in
Victoria. Border officials intercepted the package and found it
contained 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl with an estimated value of $400,000.
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Police forces are warning parents after a raid Tuesday night at the
Canna Leaf marijuana dispensary in downtown St. John's that the
cannabis candies and cookies seized are similar to what can be
purchased in regular stores in the province, but can be harmful to
"They are infused with (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the
psychoactive constituent of cannabis," the Combined Forces Special
Enforcement Unit (CFSEU - NL) stated in a news release.
Members of the CFSEU-NL executed a search warrant at Canna leaf
Medical Dispensary around 10 p.m. Tuesday, which the release describes
as "an illegal marijuana dispensary in downtown St. John's."
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Most Downtown Penticton Association members are not supporting
temporary use permits for marijuana dispensaries in downtown
Penticton, according to a recent DPA survey.
The DPA sent out a survey, both via email and hand-delivered, to
hundreds of members last week following a board of directors meeting.
Read more: Seven marijuana dispensaries wanting to open in
"The board got together and there was some discussion and basically
the stance that the DPA is taking is that it will not endorse or
support the illegal use, temporary or otherwise, of any retail space
in downtown Penticton," said Lynn Allin, executive director of the
Downtown Penticton Association. "Currently it's just not legal and
it's just very difficult for an association or organization to go
against the law."
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The Alberta government has rolled out a $167,000 online ad campaign
warning drivers that getting behind the wheel high on marijuana "face
the same consequences" as drunk drivers.
The series of ads, which began popping up on websites and social media
Nov. 29, are aimed at younger, less experienced drivers who, may
engage in riskier behaviour and believe marijuana doesn't impair their
abilities, said Wendy Doyle, Alberta Transportation's executive
director for the office of traffic safety.
"A lot of people believe that A) it's safer, B) that they can't get
caught, or C) that the consequences are different or not as severe as
driving if you're drunk," she said.
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As the proprietor of Valley Hemp Co., I have some deep thoughts on
the matter (Penticton Western News, Nov. 30, Members of DPA nip
dispensaries in the bud).
Currently, we have completely unregulated operations selling
completely unregulated products. These may have medicinal benefits,
but administered improperly can be dangerous, or even downright
charlatanism, potions that make outrageous and untrue claims and have
little or no active ingredients.
RCMP can bust these shops, charging both staff and proprietors, and
sometimes those staff are left hung out to dry by the owners and deal
with the charges on their own.
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Urges Liberals to target marijuana black market
The key recommendation of the panel charged with outlining the
framework for Canada's legal marijuana regime is that the system
should be geared toward getting rid of the $7-billion-a year black
Sources familiar with the report, which is expected to be made public
Dec. 21, say all the other recommendations flow from that guiding principle.
Provinces will set the legal age for marijuana consumption, but the
report is likely to recommend the limit be the age of majority - 18 in
six provinces; 19 in B.C., Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and the three territories - which would keep many young
people from turning to criminal sources. (The Canadian Medical
Association has recommended an age limit of 21, with limits on the
quantity and potency.)
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Support for legal pot highest among millennials
Albertans are increasingly cool with the legalization of
A new ThinkHQ/Metro News survey has found that two-thirds of Albertans
- - 65 per cent - agree the drug should be legal, while only 20 per cent
admit that when it's legal, they will toke up.
That's an even higher rate of acceptance than a poll Insights West
published in 2014, where half of Albertans asked would like to see the
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Physicians groups say oversight is operating in a vacuum; Health
Canada urged to license marijuana, assign it a drug ID number
The provincial bodies that regulate Canada's physicians have no way of
tracking how doctors are prescribing medical marijuana, leaving them
unable to determine how often the drug is prescribed, to whom and in
That leaves them with little way to keep tabs on prescribing
practices, say the doctors' colleges in British Columbia and New
Brunswick, where regulators are asking for more tools to track medical
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Sadly kids are not told the truth very often like 100 people die each
day directly from tobacco use.
It must make them wonder why tobacco is legal while no one has ever
died directly from cannabis use which is illegal. Another sad fact is
underage drinking was much higher during the prohibition of alcohol
and only went down after booze was legal again.
If you understand history you are less likely to repeat its
Doug Sharpe (Herald, Nov. 21) believes the Liberals are to blame for
everything wrong in our nation yet these are the same problems that
the Conservatives failed to fix.
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The debate over whether Georgia will become a safer space for
marijuana, in medicinal or any other form, is poised to pick up speed
next year. But only if the incoming Donald Trump administration
doesn't shut it down.
And with the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the
nation's next U.S. attorney general, that has become a distinct
On the same November day that voters handed the New York businessman
the keys to the White House, four states - California, Maine,
Massachusetts, and Nevada - approved the adult use of marijuana for
Three more - Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota - passed ballot
initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana derivatives for
On a summer morning in 2013, Octavian Mihai entered a softly lit room
furnished with a small statue of Buddha, a box of tissues and a single
red rose. From an earthenware chalice, he swallowed a capsule of
psilocybin, an ingredient found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Then he put on an eye mask and headphones and lay down on a couch.
Soon, images flew by like shooting stars: a spinning world that looked
like a blue-green chessboard; himself on a stretcher in front of a
hospital; his parents, gazing at him with aching sadness as he reached
out to them, suffused with childlike love.
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Nanaimo firm will supply cannabis for pioneering research to help
children with epilepsy
Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children are about to begin
a clinical trial using cannabis extracts to treat children with severe
epilepsy whose seizures cannot be controlled with existing
The trial is believed to be the first in Canada to test an oral
preparation that contains both CBD and THC, compounds in marijuana
that have been shown in the laboratory and through anecdotal reports
to have anticonvulsant properties in children with treatment-resistant
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The CannaLeaf marijuana dispensary at 448 Water Street was closed on
Wednesday, after a nighttime raid by police on Tuesday.
The raid happened just past 10 p.m. Tuesday, and according to the
police, four people were arrested and charges are pending.
"Seized was a large amount of cannabis products including marihuana
and shatter," a release from the The Combined Forces Special
Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) said. "Also seized were edibles infused with
Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, such as brownies,
cookies, gummy bears, sour keys, lollipops, medicated bath fizz, and
oils, along with a vehicle and a large quantity of Canadian currency."
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TODAY marks World AIDS Day. We celebrate advances made in the fight
against HIV, look back on how far we've come and honour those we've
lost, while also looking to the future and what we have left to accomplish.
Last year, 102 people in Manitoba were diagnosed with HIV, joining
more than 1,250 living with HIV in the province and 78,000 across Canada.
Late diagnosis and limited access to services outside Winnipeg
continue to be challenges, but there are success stories. For example,
Manitoba has a relatively low rate of HIV among people who use drugs.
In 2014, 12 per cent of new HIV diagnoses in Manitoba could be traced
back to drug use, generally from sharing needles. The same year, the
number in Saskatchewan was 49 per cent.
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This week, the B.C. Coroners Service announced that Vancouver police
had for the first time found carfentanil at the scene of an apparent
illicitdrug overdose death on Nov. 17.
The deadly drug is used as an elephant tranquilizer and 100 times more
toxic than fentanyl, and deadly to humans in an amount smaller than a
grain of salt.
The fentanyl crisis in the province has reached epidemic proportions.
So far this year, overdoses have killed 622 people in B.C., a 56.7 per
cent increase over the same time period last year, during which there
were 397 deaths.
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