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1 US: America's Opioid Problem Is So Bad It's Cutting Into U.S. LifeThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Swenson, Kyle Area:United States Lines:68 Added:09/26/2017

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4.

Those numbers underscore the dizzying size of the current opioid crisis, and the report of the New York bust comes the same week as another shocking piece of evidence that America's pill problem has reached a critical milestone: On Tuesday, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis showing the crisis has actually negatively impacted life expectancy in the United States.

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2 US NJ: Paterson: Inside Needle Exchange, Clients Defend The ProgramFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) Author:Rumley, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:129 Added:09/26/2017

PATERSON -- About a dozen men and women sat on hard plastic chairs early Wednesday morning inside a conference room at the Well of Hope Drop-In Center on Broadway, where a flat screen television broadcast sports highlights on ESPN.

Some came for the free coffee. A sign said the limit was one cup per hour. Others were there to use the showers and toilet facilities. A 57-year-old man who would only give his name as "Julius" was waiting to see a nurse about a blister on his foot.

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3 CN ON: LTE: Government Needs Drug Education ProgramThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:09/26/2017

Millions of parents are concerned over what legalized marijuana means for their young children. Studies in the United Kingdom, America and here have all shown conclusively that marijuana can cause psychosis and other mental problems to those who use this drug when young. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's idea that legalization is the best way to curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from our children, is right out of fantasyland.

In both Colorado and Washington States organized crime is involved in the distribution of marijuana since it was made legal there. There has been a rush on Colorado ERs by young people who had used the drug. Expect organized crime groups to quickly get involved here meaning access to our youth. Colorado officials warned the Trudeau government that legalization is easy, but that everything that comes thereafter is much more difficult. We already have police departments across the country saying they are not prepared for legalization next July.

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4 CN ON: Will Fruit Lands Go To Pot?Thu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Mason, Suzanne Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:09/26/2017

The impending legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to look into whether land designated for specialty crops would be impacted.

A motion by Coun. Betty Disero that council request Niagara Region and the province to develop a policy to protect these lands, which are used for vegetables, tender fruit and grapes, from marijuana greenhouses was defeated.

However, council approved sending Disero's motion to the town's agricultural committee for some research and feedback on the issue.

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5 CN QU: Variety Store Chain Pushes For A Piece Of Weed Sales PieThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Arsenault, Julien Area:Quebec Lines:61 Added:09/26/2017

Couche-Tard co-founder says it's a 'shame' Quebec won't even talk to them about sales

LAVAL, QUE.- Alimentation CoucheTard is still interested in selling marijuana, and its co-founder says he thinks provincial governments should stay out of selling this product.

Alain Bouchard, the executive chairperson of the Quebec-based chain of convenience stores, says Crown corporations getting involved in cannabis sales is a step backward after it becomes legal next year.

Couche-Tard would like to sell cannabis in some of the more than 2,000 stores it operates in Canada.

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6CN ON: Newest Illegal Pot Shop Robbed Twice Within A Week Of OpeningThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2017

Ottawa's newest illegal pot shop, across from the Parkdale Farmers Market, was robbed twice in its first week of operation.

The CannaGreen marijuana dispensary on Armstrong Street near Parkdale Avenue was hit by robbers in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 and then again on Sept. 7, said property manager Marc Leduc. The store opened Sept. 1.

In the first robbery, thieves kicked down the door to enter the adjoining business, Crazy Carl's Antiques. They used an axe to smash a hole in the interior plaster wall between the two businesses and hopped through to CannaGreen, said Leduc. "They got money and pot." Leduc said he installed a steel entrance door at Crazy Carl's, but thieves busted through that in the second robbery three days later, when they again smashed through the inside plaster wall. CannaGreen had obtained a safe after the first robbery, but thieves destroyed it, said Leduc.

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7 CN ON: Price Check On Pot!Thu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:09/26/2017

Ontario pot will be "competitively priced" to discourage black market sales, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says.

When asked about reports that other jurisdictions in Canada are looking at a retail sales price of about $10 a gram, Sousa refused to dismiss the figure.

"The intent is to have some uniformity over these prices across Canada as well as trying to maintain the price point with regards to the medicinal marijuana that's there now, and to ensure that it's not overly expensive because of the underground economy that now exists," Sousa said Wednesday. "So we have to be sensitive to that and we're working with the federal government in terms of what markups are going to be there and what uniformity and harmonization we can establish to ensure that we keep a price point that keeps away the black market."

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8 CN BC: Marijuana Producers' Co-Op Awaits Direction From OttawaThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Valley Voice, The (CN BC) Author:Joyce, Art Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:09/26/2017

The Kootenay Outdoor Producers' Co-op, a local coalition formed to create the first legal marijuana production operation in the West Kootenay, has elected its first board. The inaugural meeting for the co-op was held at Taghum Hall May 16 with a standing-room only audience. But president Todd Veri says there remain many uncertainties as Ottawa and the provinces drag their feet on finalizing legislation.

"We have been patiently waiting for some word or direction on the upcoming regulations from government and how they will apply to our business plan," says Veri. "Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. Will it be - as we initially feared - that preference is once more going to be given to large corporate weed factories?"

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9 CN NS: What Harm Reduction Really MeansTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Nikki Area:Nova Scotia Lines:59 Added:09/19/2017

Harm reduction is one kind of treatment approach for helping people with substance abuse disorders and it can be confusing for people not familiar with it.

"Sometimes people think it's abstinence versus harm reduction but that isn't true," said Laura Chapman, health promotion specialist with Mental Health and Addiction Services.

"Harm reduction absolutely includes abstinence."

Chapman and many other clinical therapists, counsellors and other professionals working directly with people suffering from substance abuse disorders feel harm reduction is an important tool.

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10 CN SN: PUB LTE: Overdose Charge Causes ConcernThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Donovan, Kathy Area:Saskatchewan Lines:42 Added:09/26/2017

The recent arrest of a man after a call for assistance for a drug overdose (Overdose leads to drug charges, Sept. 6) causes me great concern.

As in heart attacks, in such cases survival is dependent on a quick response. Yet unlike other health emergencies, people hesitate to call at an overdose situation. They may fear arrest, loss of child custody, and judgment by others, among other things.

The response in this case either a punitive attitude or ignorance on the part of the police. It may not only lead to more overdose deaths, but it will also serve as a deterrent to seeking other services which may identify people as drug users.

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11 US PA: Medical Marijuana Appeals Expose Flaws In Application ScoringSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Author:Wagaman, Andrew Area:Pennsylvania Lines:286 Added:09/26/2017

More than 130 administrative appeals have been filed against the state Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana over a secret evaluation committee's handling of applications to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

More than 130 administrative appeals have been filed against the state Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana over a secret evaluation committee's handling of applications to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. (HARRY FISHER / THE MORNING CALL)

The competition for 39 permits to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania was bound to leave many applicants speed-dialing their lawyers to complain about unfair evaluations.

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