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1 CN NS: Editorial: Sales Pitch Goes UnheededSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:84 Added:09/27/2017

A lot of sides want a piece of the action - not surprising considering the high hopes many have for profits in selling legal marijuana.

What provinces decide about the matter is coming very much under scrutiny these days, particularly after Ontario announced rules that put sales entirely in government hands - much to the chagrin of the private sector. The province will sell the product, when legal as of next July, through the corporation that sells liquor, the LCBO, although in separate outlets.

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2 CN ON: LTE: Todayas Potent Pot May Be A ProblemSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Riseborough, Judy Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:09/27/2017

What is our city going to look like when Trudeau legalizes marijuana?

Has he and his caucus smoked today's marijuana? It is so potent and gives one a four hour high with little capability of functioning.

I can't imagine even getting into a vehicle to drive. And what measures are in place to prevent marijuana use and driving?

I realize it was part of Justin Trudeau's platform promises in the last election; however he is a little immature when it comes to being life smart.

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3 CN ON: Injection Site Gets OKSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:53 Added:09/27/2017

Lowertown facility to greet first clients next Tuesday

Health Canada on Friday granted the necessary exemption for an interim supervised injection site in Lowertown, with Ottawa Public Health planning to greet the first clients on Tuesday.

The health unit is using the federal exemption granted to the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre to run the temporary injection facility at 179 Clarence St.

David Gibson, executive director of the Sandy Hill health centre, said it's a first to see an interim exemption for an injection site granted to an organization using another organization's exemption.

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4 CN ON: Former Top Cops Get Into Marijuana-Services BusinessSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Freeze, Colin Area:Ontario Lines:136 Added:09/27/2017

Fantino, once outspoken against culture of 'dopeheads,' says he has 'become more aware' of the drug's medicinal benefits

Two of Canada's former top cops - one of them recently a Conservative cabinet minister - are helping launch a new prescription-marijuana business.

Julian Fantino and Raf Souccar are executives with a business that will open a storefront clinic in a strip mall north of Toronto in the coming weeks.

Vaughan-based Aleafia Inc. is not a marijuana dispensary. It aims to be be among a new breed of corporate go-betweens, a "total health" provider that creates treatment plans for prospective medicinal-marijuana users and connects them with cannabis products from licensed growers.

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5 Canada: Editorial: Why Prohibition FailedSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:125 Added:09/27/2017

Why is Canada legalizing marijuana, and why does the move - if done right - make sense? It's all about harm reduction. Smoking marijuana has real health risks, particularly for young people. But the long-standing ban on the sale of pot isn't addressing them. The drug is widely available and widely used; according to the OECD, Canada has the developed world's highest rate of youth pot use. Prohibition's only real accomplishment is as an unintended industrial strategy, fostering a multi-billion-dollar black market.

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6 US OR: Marijuana Complaint From Portland Day Care Workers Slow ToSun, 24 Sep 2017
Source:Hillsboro Argus, The (OR) Author:Schmidt, Brad Area:Oregon Lines:63 Added:09/27/2017

Oregon officials twice neglected to deliver key documents when The Oregonian/OregonLive sought to learn about a state-licensed day care operating in the home of a Portland marijuana entrepreneur.

The search started July 10 with a public records request to the state Office of Child Care. It asked for documents including anything submitted by Step by Step's employees, operators or owners.

Agency officials provided records between July 15 and Aug. 2.

But missing from the documents were forms that Step by Step's top employees, Bre Murphy and Shai King, each submitted when they closed the business June 20.

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7CN PI: Column: Two Promises KeptSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Holman, Alan Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Liberals election platform vowed to bring in changes to both pot and taxes

The federal Liberals are being castigated in some quarters over two promises they made in the last election. And no, they are not being hammered for breaking their vows. They're being pilloried for keeping them.

Well, pilloried might be too strong, but it is not for lack of trying on behalf of the opposition, especially on the Liberal promise to have some high-earners pay more taxes.

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8 CN ON: Opioid Epidemic Taking Toll On Emergency DepartmentsSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Broadley, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:155 Added:09/27/2017

The opioid crisis plaguing much of Canada has made its mark on southwestern Ontario's emergency rooms.

Visits to the region's emergency rooms for opioid overdoses went up almost 28 per cent from 281 in 2015 to 359 in 2016, according to statistics recently released by Public Health Ontario.

Divided by health unit, Chatham-Kent, and Lambton and Huron numbers actually dipped in 2016 compared to 2015 while Elgin-St. Thomas, Middlesex-London and Oxford numbers skyrocketed.

"We've seen high rates of overdose here for several years. We've seen the hospital rates go up," said Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of health for the London-Middlesex Health Unit.

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9 CN ON: Editorial: Opioid Dangers Must Be Taught To StudentsSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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