Two men were killed in Hartford in a few-hour span Friday into
Six people were shot, two fatally, in separate narcotics-related
shootings in Hartford Friday night and Saturday morning, police said.
As of Sunday morning, victim identifications were being withheld, but
Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said at least one of the victims was
from out of state.
Foley said the two shootings immediately appeared to be narcotics
related, with heroin, cocaine and other drugs found at the scene.
Police said they believed multiple guns were involved and at least one
of the shootings was described as a "gunfight."
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To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is
going to have to be competitive with the black market on price,
availability, quality and variety.
With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government
already appears to have conceded the field on price and
Finance Minister Charles Sousa said last week Ontario is looking at
selling legal pot for about $10 per gram.
That compares to an average street price in Ontario of about $8.64 per
gram, according to a report by the federal parliamentary budget
officer late last year.
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As pot legalization looms, Indigenous communities are weighing
MONTREAL- Is it a cash crop to lift struggling First Nations out of
poverty, or a vice posing a particular risk for a vulnerable population?
As Canada forges ahead with the legalization of marijuana, slated for
July 2018, Indigenous people are split about what to do on their territory.
A number of First Nations have signed investment deals with marijuana
producers, lured by the promise of profits and other benefits. Others
have slammed on the brakes until they can draw up their own rules for
growing and selling what is, for a few more months, an illegal drug.
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P.E.I. could see substantial economic impact through cannabis, says
Annie MacEachern wants to see P.E.I. become Canada's green
MacEachern, a communications consultant, says the province has the
opportunity to see a substantial economic impact through cannabis,
which is expected to become a multibillion dollar industry once it's
legalized across Canada next summer.
However, she said the province must first approach the issue with more
"I have a dream of Prince Edward Island becoming Canada's green
Island. I really think that growing cannabis here and allowing
cannabis tourism should be something that is highlighted on P.E.I.,"
MacEachern said during the second public discussion in Charlottetown
on the upcoming legislative changes.
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'Zero tolerance' to remain in place despite legalization, companies
If the repercussions from the legalization of cannabis by next July 1
are already preoccupying certain workplaces, the topic is of
particular interest to areas of work in which health and security
questions are omnipresent, such as construction sites.
"Our rule won't change," said Eric Cote, spokesperson for
l'Association de la construction du Quebec (ACQ). "It will be zero
tolerance for people working with weakened faculties," be they
weakened by alcohol, cannabis or any other substance.
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A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen
complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling
cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says.
Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last
Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law,
charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.
But unlike the spring crackdown on pot shops, when police raided five
dispensaries across the city, last week's clampdown only targeted the
Richmond Row operation, leaving London's four other dispensaries unscathed.
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Councillors and mayors will have first chance to suss out party's
stand on issues such as marijuana legalization at annual convention
B. C.'s mayors and councillors are pouring into Vancouver this week
with one main goal at their annual convention - to get a handle on
what changes the new NDP government will be bringing them.
The more than 1,800 attendees - a higher than usual number - are
looking for signs of what Premier John Horgan's team will do about the
impending explosion of retail marijuana, housing and mental health,
drug and overdose issues, say councillors on the executive of the
Union of B.C. Municipalities.
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Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.
LISBON - On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named
Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic
needle. "It's hard to find a vein," he said, but he finally found one in
his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled
from his arm and pooled on the step, but he was oblivious.
"Are you O.K.?" Rita Lopes, a psychologist working for an outreach
program called Crescer, asked him. "You're not taking too much?" Lopes
monitors Portuguese heroin users like Mario, gently encourages them to
try to quit and gives them clean hypodermics to prevent the spread of AIDS.
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