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1 CN ON: 'Guilty Of Caring'Mon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Pazzano, Sam Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:12/07/2016

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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2 CN AB: PUB LTE: High DramaMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Griffith, Mike Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:12/07/2016

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?

Mike Griffith

(Wow, 45 years, eh?)


3 CN AB: PUB LTE: High DramaMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griffith, Mike Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:12/07/2016

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?

Mike Griffith

(Wow, 45 years, eh?)


4CN ON: Column: Beware Deep, Deadly Sleep Of FentanylMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

'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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5 CN MB: Column: Sometimes, The Drug Problem Is Your KidMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:JenZoratti, Area:Manitoba Lines:95 Added:12/07/2016

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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6 CN ON: PUB LTE: News flash: War On Pot Is OverTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:MacDonald, Alex Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:12/07/2016

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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7 Canada: LTE: Marijuana's Youth ProblemTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Canada Lines:34 Added:12/07/2016

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


8CN AB: 'Drugged Driving Suit' Teaches SafetyTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Clare Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

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 poor co-ordination.

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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9 CN ON: LTE: Drug CultureTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Grootenboer, Ed Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:12/07/2016

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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10 CN ON: Editorial: Two Solutions We Need Before Pot Is LegalTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Elliott, Howard Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:12/07/2016

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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11 CN BC: Officer Intervention Rules To ChangeMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:12/07/2016

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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12 CN AB: PUB LTE: Shootings Reveal Failure Of PolicyMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Davis, Dorothy Area:Alberta Lines:44 Added:12/07/2016

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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13CN BC: Comics To Raise Cash For Illegal Injection SiteSun, 04 Dec 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

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 Society.

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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14 CN BC: PUB LTE: Say Yes To Supervised Consumption SitesSun, 04 Dec 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Abells, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:12/07/2016

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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15CN BC: As Drug Deaths Climb, Work Continues For Supervised SitesSat, 03 Dec 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Harnett, Cindy E. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

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 Health said.

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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16CN BC: New Investigation Team Aims To Curb Overdose DeathsSun, 04 Dec 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

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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17 CN BC: Pot Sales In The City's Liquor Stores?Fri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Burnaby Now, The (CN BC) Author:Deutsch, Jeremy Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:12/07/2016

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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18 CN BC: LTE: This Was A Home Before Recreational DrugsFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Kamloops This Week (CN BC) Author:Noakes, John Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:12/07/2016


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 once there.

It was a gorgeous place, a house where a family lived and children played.

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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19 CN BC: Column: Just Like Sodom And GomorrahFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Macdougall, Sandy Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:12/07/2016

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 British Columbia.

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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20 CN MB: LTE: Troubled TokingMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Flanagan, Stephen Area:Manitoba Lines:30 Added:12/07/2016

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.

Stephen Flanagan

(Fair point.)


21 CN ON: Editorial: Drug Screening: The Wrong Way To GoMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:12/07/2016

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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22CN ON: Pot For Seizures?Mon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/07/2016

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 medications.

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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23 CN MB: 'We Didn't Realize It Was This Bad'Mon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Metro (Winnipeg, CN MB) Author:Taylor, Stephanie Area:Manitoba Lines:105 Added:12/07/2016

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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24 Canada: Trudeau Gets Tough On DispensariesSun, 04 Dec 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:12/05/2016

With marijuana legalization looming, PM wants police to tackle unlicensed vendors

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 of criminals."

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25 CN NF: Gone To PotSat, 03 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:113 Added:12/05/2016

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, really complicated."

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 definitely illegal.

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26 CN AB: Report Looks At Safe SitesFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:44 Added:12/05/2016

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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27 CN BC: Hope Outreach Takes On Kelowna Overdose CrisisWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Michaels, Kathy Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:12/05/2016

"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 Avenue.

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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28 CN BC: IH: Safe Injection Services Available By SpringWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Michaels, Kathy Area:British Columbia Lines:114 Added:12/05/2016

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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29 CN BC: Kelowna Safe Injection Site Debate Heats UpWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Weld, Carmen Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:12/05/2016

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 concerns.

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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30 CN BC: PUB LTE: Front-Line Workers Support Safe Injection SitesWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Burnett, Matthew Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:12/05/2016

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 communities.

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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31 CN BC: PUB LTE: Use Reliable Info To Assess Safe Injection SitesFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Turner, Ally Area:British Columbia Lines:83 Added:12/05/2016

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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32CN AB: Pot Trade Needs Controls: NenshiSat, 03 Dec 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Howell, Trevor Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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 slumping economy.

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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33 CN ON: Editorial: Get Onside, OntarioSun, 04 Dec 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:12/05/2016

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 east-end alley.

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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34 US: FDA Agrees To New Trials For Ecstasy To Help SootheWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Philipps, Dave Area:United States Lines:182 Added:12/05/2016

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 medications.

"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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35US: 'Magic Mushroom' Drug Lifts Anxiety For Cancer PatientsThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Painter, Kim Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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 Psychopharmacology.

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.


36Editorial: Get Rid Of Fentanyl MarketSat, 03 Dec 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)                 Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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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37 CN NF: Cannabis Candies Not For Children: PoliceFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:48 Added:12/05/2016

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 children.

"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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38 CN BC: Members Of DPA Nip Dispensaries In The BudWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Boyd, Dale Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:12/05/2016

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 Penticton

"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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39CN AB: Ad Blitz Warns Drivers To Steer Clear Of Driving While High OnFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Howell, Trevor Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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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40 CN BC: Letter: Downtown Marijuana BusinessesFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Stewart, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:12/05/2016

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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41Canada: Panel Suggests New Pot PoliciesFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Ivison, John Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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 market.

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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42 CN AB: Rolling With Weed: Poll NDS Alberta Supports LegalizationFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Pike, Helen Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:12/05/2016

Support for legal pot highest among millennials

Albertans are increasingly cool with the legalization of kush.

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 substance legalized.

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43 Canada: Track Pot Prescriptions, Doctors AdviseFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:124 Added:12/05/2016

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 what quantities.

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 marijuana.

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44 CN BC: PUB LTE: Kids Denied The TruthWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Moore, Adam Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:12/05/2016

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 mistakes.

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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45US GA: Column: The Debate Of Marijuana Use In Georgia ContinuesThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Galloway, Jim Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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 possibility.

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 recreational purposes.

Three more - Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota - passed ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes.


46 US: Cancer Study Of Psilocybin Hints At New Role For Illegal DrugThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:United States Lines:202 Added:12/05/2016

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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47CN BC: Sick Kids Get Pot-Based DrugThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/05/2016

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 medications.

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 epilepsy.

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48 CN NF: Four Arrested In Cannaleaf RaidThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:45 Added:12/05/2016

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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49 CN MB: OPED: Fighting Together On World Aids DayThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Plourde, Pierre Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:12/05/2016

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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50 CN BC: Column: Recovery Needs More Resources Amid Overdose EpidemicThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:12/05/2016

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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