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1 CN ON: Gang Targeted CitySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:06/21/2017

'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to'

The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests.

"Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.

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2 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway MythSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Macklin, Chet Area:Alberta Lines:33 Added:06/21/2017

Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other.

Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!

Chet Macklin



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3 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway MythSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Macklin, Chet Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:06/21/2017

Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other.

Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!

Chet Macklin



(There appears to be little consensus on this issue.)

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4 CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose DeathsSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:06/21/2017

VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C.

Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.

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5 CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot PlanningMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:06/21/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan.

And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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6 CN MB: OPED: Province Should Control Marijuana SalesMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bird, Malcolm G. Area:Manitoba Lines:136 Added:06/21/2017

THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments and their civic counterparts.

I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on marijuana.

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7 CN BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living WithThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/19/2017

Vancouver seems to have two seasons: Rain and tourists. Just as we make our way out of one, the other hits us full force. Nowhere is the throng of tourists thicker than Gastown, where they scramble for selfies with the steam clock.

Trying to get away from those tourists while out for a quick post-lunch walk, I wandered further into the Downtown Eastside than I normally do and was surprised to see the camera-wielding crowd didn't stop there. In front of me were a man and woman - her stopping to snap photos of people lying on the street and him loudly explaining what he saw as the reason those addicted to drugs and living in the area didn't try to help themselves and turn their lives around.

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8 CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related ImpairedFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gannes, Geoff de Area:Nova Scotia Lines:76 Added:06/19/2017

Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season.

Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.

Law enforcement is also concerned that the impending legalization of marijuana by the Trudeau Government will compound the problem.

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9 CN NS: Column: How To Best Treat Society's Most Vulnerable?Fri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Jones, Walter Area:Nova Scotia Lines:62 Added:06/19/2017

Two questions: What drug is the most addictive and can give you a condition that can kill you?

What other drug has the worse withdrawal effects and can destroy your brain? Answers! No. 1 is nicotine. It is so addictive because no matter how much you ingest your body still craves more and as it leaves your body the craving gets more intense.

Over time it can cause lung disease. Answer No. 2 is alcohol/ Longtime excessive use can lead to brain damage. It even has a name - Korsakoff Syndrome. You can also die from the DTs if you go cold turkey and are not under a doctors care.

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10 CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana IssueFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/19/2017

Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018.

The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

Once the smoke clears, there must be clarity and consistency in how police and the courts deal with offenders under the federal government's proposed new impaired-driving legislation.

A ruling by Justice Nigel Kent on May 18 quashed a charge of impaired driving against a Vancouver man who, according to the police report, had "glassy red eyes," a "strong odour of marijuana" on him and pot grinders in plain sight in his vehicle.

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11CN ON: Editorial: Pot Plan Needs ClaritySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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12 CN ON: Smoking Out StrategiesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:06/19/2017

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, chief executive of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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13CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Legislation is only a year away, but public not yet being consulted

Several provinces are plowing full-steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them yet. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, the CEO of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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14CN ON: A Hard ClimbSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Knight, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Documentary Gives Clear-eyed, Non-judgmental View Of Tough Life

"Where's the happy ending? It's a good day. There's no good ending. The ending's when you're dead." So says Marty, one of a number of residents and workers interviewed at the Regent Park Community Health Centre in the east-of-downtown Toronto neighbourhood for this documentary.

He's discussing the difficulties of recovering from addiction, something everyone in the film is dealing with to one degree or another. "Relapse is a part of recovery," says Roxanne, a former addict and sex-trade worker. "I just don't want it to be a part of mine."

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15 CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical PotSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:06/19/2017

Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim.

Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana.

The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.

"There are benefits to medical cannabis," Thomas said. "We've been working with the (insurance) carrier that we have, SSQ, and it took a bit... so for certain illnesses it's a hell of a lot better than every day drugs."

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16 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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17 CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: ExpertsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:06/19/2017

Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers

OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

Dr. Mark Ware, a globally-recognized researcher and the vice-chair of the federal government's task force on legalizing marijuana, said a legal framework for cannabis will help to facilitate further research.

He said published scientific research already suggests cannabinoid molecules interact with the brain in a way that has an important "synergy" with how opioids interact with receptors in the body.

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18 CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:06/19/2017

Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017

The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval.

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.

"It's our hope that we'll be able to open the doors by the end of this year," Payne said, speaking to a large crowd who gathered at the health facility's lobby for the announcement.

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19CN AB: Plans Inch Ahead For City's First Safe Drug-Use SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolanda Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Alberta Health Services has submitted an application to establish Calgary's first supervised consumption site for drug users in the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the province comes to grips with an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds, and as Edmonton seeks to open four supervised consumption sites.

Community consultations on the proposed service at the Beltline facility will take place over the coming weeks, beginning with the distribution of postcards to residents and businesses within a two-kilometre radius of the health centre to notify them of small-group discussions.

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20 CN BC: Editorial: Making P.G. Pot CentralThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:108 Added:06/19/2017

Five hundred years ago, back when Scotch was just whisky, almost everybody in Scotland could make and sell it. It was only 200 years ago, when the government started taxing sales, allowed the licensed distilleries to grow and shut down the bootleggers that Scotch started to become a thing. Today, of course, whisky is made around the world but only whisky from Scotland is allowed to call itself Scotch.

The similarities between whisky in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and marijuana in Prince George in 2017 are many. The residents of a somewhat isolated northern region that's not too far from major cities are heavy producers and consumers of a beloved intoxicant. The government decides to legalize the product, partly to recognize the will of the people, but mostly to turn it into a lucrative tax revenue stream.

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21 CN ON: No Fentanyl In Local Marijuana: CopsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Baker, Lois Ann Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:06/19/2017

An article posted on the Cornwall Free News has led some to believe marijuana laced with fentanyl had made its way to Cornwall.

However Cornwall Community Police Service Const. Dan Cloutier said he was not aware of any fentanyl-laced marijuana in the area.

In the article, Jamie Gilcig said a source told him a drug bust revealed the confiscated marijuana was laced with fentanyl.

Cloutier said as of today, he was unaware of any drug bust that contained the altered marijuana. He reached out to the Standard-Freeholder to correct the record after no changes were made to the article posted on Cornwall Free News.

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22CN AB: OPED: Let's Keep Legalized Cannabis Profits At HomeThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Mooij, Jeff Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Stand-alone stores can lower prices while creating jobs, says Jeff Mooij.

The Alberta government has wisely begun a broad consultation process so the public can provide their input on the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

As both the provinces and the federal government attempt to implement new laws and regulations across the country, Alberta has the opportunity to get it right and become a leader in the safe, informed and responsible recreational consumption of cannabis.

Alberta can build from the strengths and avoid the pitfalls experienced by other jurisdictions that have already legalized recreational use. It was encouraging to see both Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci visit Denver to learn from their processes.

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23 CN NS: Regional Police Preparing For Legal CannabisWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:King, Nancy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:06/19/2017

Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a daily basis

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac says.

In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to regulate it, he said.

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24 CN ON: Pot Shops Still A BotherWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

Mayor John Tory says his office continues to deal with near-daily complaints about marijuana dispensaries across the city, but shied away from calling for police to swoop down on the pot shops.

Tory said Tuesday that he would support additional police and municipal bylaw enforcement when it comes to dispensaries which have sprung up around the city since the Trudeau government announced it would legalize marijuana.

While a supporter of legalization, Tory said he does not support weed shops as they disrupt "stable neighbourhoods" and sell an illegal drug.

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25 CN ON: Pot Shops, Not Pot Charges, Irk ToryWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:06/19/2017

Due to this 'concern,' mayor won't back board of health position on decriminalization

Mayor John Tory is refusing to join growing calls for Ottawa to immediately decriminalize pot as the federal government prepares to legalize and regulate marijuana next summer.

"My concern is not with that. I mean to me, I very much favour, as soon as possible, the notion that people should not have a criminal record for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana. That's something that should have been done years ago," he said Tuesday.

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26Canada: Mandatory Roadside Breath Tests Constitutional, JusticeWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

A proposed law that would allow police to take a roadside breath sample without evidence that a driver has been drinking was under scrutiny again in Parliament on Tuesday, as Canada's justice minister defended it against arguments it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Questions around its constitutionality have been raised," Jody Wilson-Raybould, flanked by senior justice department officials, acknowledged to a House of Commons committee studying the bill.

But she said she's confident mandatory alcohol screening would survive a court challenge, calling it "minimally intrusive, but the benefits in lives saved will be immeasurable."

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27CN ON: Plan For Edible Cannabis Products: City Health UnitWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Ottawa organization wants to develop packaging, awareness campaigns ahead of legalization

The federal government should regulate edible cannabis products at the same time that it legalizes dried pot, plants and cannabis oil, the city's health unit says.

Ottawa Public Health wants support from the health board to tell the federal government to develop regulations around edible cannabis products now rather than waiting until after the legalization comes into force, which is expected to happen by July 2018.

In a report for the health board, the unit cites a 2016 study and a 2015 study on the impacts of legalizing marijuana in Colorado. Based on those studies, the Ottawa unit is worried about children accidentally ingesting edible cannabis products, particularly if there are lax controls on packaging, storage and labelling.

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28 CN NS: Editorial: More Concerns, Few AnswersWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:79 Added:06/19/2017

Many have noted the federal government's vision on recreational marijuana regulations remains notably blurry. With legalization anticipated about a year from now, the questions continue, as do recommendations about where to draw certain lines.

The legal age to possess and partake is right up there among concerns. To that end, the New Brunswick Medical Society has weighed in this week, saying the bar should be set at 21. They add that the legal age for tobacco purchase and consumption should also be 21.

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29Canada: 'Godfather Of Canadian Weed' Digs Out From Sticky SituationMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

Private Placement Rejigged Over Conflict of Interest

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.'s chief executive and marijuana industry pioneer Chuck Rifici admits the intricacies of large private placement deals are not his forte.

But he trusts the Vancouver-based company's team of legal and banking experts would have flagged any conflict of interest in the controversial $80-million private placement cancelled last Monday amid questions about the personal stakes taken in the deal by some of those very same advisers.

"As an entrepreneur, I rely on the professionals around me and this issue was not raised as an issue going into our financing as something that would preclude our deal," he said in an interview. "What was disclosed was vetted by lawyers for both underwriters and Cannabis Wheaton. If (conflict of interest) was the case, I would suspect that our disclosure would have been different."

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30CN AB: Medical Pot A Growing Issue Among WorkplacesMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

An estimated 500,000 Canadians will be using drug for health reasons by 2024

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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31 CN AB: Weed In The WorkplaceMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:06/16/2017

Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

Growing issue

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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32 CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed ResultsMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:06/16/2017

One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict

It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.

That doesn't include the 38 dispensaries or compassion clubs that don't have licences but are exempted from ticketing because they say they are going to put an application together, said Kathryn Holm, head of licensing at the City of Vancouver.

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33 CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions SoughtTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:06/16/2017

Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends.

In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

Pot use should be banned where regular tobacco smoking is not permitted, and - like drinking alcohol - prohibited in vehicles, the board decided.

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34 CN BC: Od Numbers Level Off, But The Crisis RemainsFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Eckford, Sean Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:06/14/2017

The Sunshine Coast's medical health officer says it would be a mistake to draw any conclusions from a slight drop in the number of overdoses being reported at Sechelt Hospital.

"We have more work to do," said Dr. Paul Martiquet. "We don't want to give any false sense of reassurance to the community that we aren't exposed to what the Downtown Eastside is - because we are."

Provincial statistics show April was the second-worst month on record for illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C., with 136.

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35 CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize ImmediatelyFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:06/14/2017

Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn't follow their lead.

In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.

The Liberal government plans to legalize, regulate and restrict cannabis by July 2018. The promise was part of the election platform that propelled the party to a majority government.

The current laws are not working - and a strong majority of Canadians support legalization. Too many people are ending up with minor criminal records, leaving the court system clogged and futures blighted. Young people are especially vulnerable.

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36 Canada: Column: The Smoke Between Neighbourly RightsMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Eddie, David Area:Canada Lines:115 Added:06/14/2017

I am a long-time closeted cannabis user and I am looking forward to the legalization of pot next summer. But until then, my question has to do with my rights as a homeowner and a pot smoker versus the rights of my neighbour to not smell said marijuana. Now, I don't spend the whole day out there smoking, just one joint here or there. Yesterday afternoon, they smelled my J and proceeded to speak loudly to each other within earshot of me as to how rude this is. Is it rude Dave? Am I allowed to indulge in a smoke in my own yard? Legalization is going to change how much smoke you smell walking down the street, I think it's already changed. Whether we want it or not, it's coming … stinky smoke and all. Who's got the right though?

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37 CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary ThursdayTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC) Author:Haluschak, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:06/14/2017

A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash.

Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.

Two individuals were arrested at the scene and later released, she added.

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38 CN AB: PUB LTE: Address Root Causes Of Drug AbuseSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kontos, Yulia Area:Alberta Lines:34 Added:06/14/2017

People do not just wake up one day and decide, "I am going to become a drug user."

There are social causes that bring about drug use which need to be dealt with in order to reduce this problem. Drug use is more prevalent among people who are disadvantaged. If we really want to stop this epidemic of opioid overdose, there needs to be public policy in place that will lessen the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged people in order to stop drug use before it starts.

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39 CN BC: Instability Threatens Opioid FixFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:06/14/2017

Advocate fears lack of action due to power vacuum

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province's political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

With neither party commanding a majority of seats, government ministries have been treading water - maintaining existing programs but prevented from taking new policy directions.

Leslie McBain's 25-year-old son Jordan died of an opioid overdose in February 2014. She wants whoever takes power to listen to those most directly impacted.

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40CN AB: Editorial: A Program That WorksFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/14/2017

Every government-funded program should be so lucky as to have Julia Carriere as an exemplar of its good work.

The 21-year-old woman was seven-months pregnant and addicted to drugs when she was arrested for trafficking in March 2016. Getting picked up by police turned out to be the second chance she needed and a timely blessing for her then-unborn son Richard, now one year old.

Carriere is the latest graduate of the Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Service, a program that delays sentencing after an offender pleads guilty to a criminal offence related to drug addiction.

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41 CN NF: PUB LTE: Wrong Prescription For The Cannabis ActThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Advertiser (CN NF) Author:Fleming, Sean Area:Newfoundland Lines:83 Added:06/13/2017

On May 29, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial written by its editor-in-chief, Dr. Diane Kelsall, titled "Cannabis legislation fails to protect Canada's youth."

Dr. Kelsall takes issue with three aspects of Bill C-45, the federal government's Cannabis Act. She argues that the minimum age for buying and consuming cannabis should be 21 instead of 18, with limits on the potency of cannabis for people under 25; that home cultivation should be prohibited; and that the federal government should set national regulations for distribution and retail. These well-intentioned suggestions are misguided and potentially harmful.

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42Canada: Legalized Marijuana Concerns EmployersThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2017

Legal wrangling looms, labour counsel predicts

A number of employers have expressed "grave concerns" about potential spillover effects of legal marijuana in the workplace, a labour lawyer said at a panel for employers on cannabis use Wednesday.

"There are a lot of employers across the country who are saying this is going to be a groundswell of change in the way employees conduct themselves in the workplace," Darryl Hiscocks of Torys LLP advised a room of employers curious about the impact of marijuana legalization expected a year from now.

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43 CN ON: City To Ban Pot Shops A For NowThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:06/13/2017

Zoning bylaw amendments to prohibit retail outlets until marijuana legalized

City councillors are putting in place a temporary prohibition on pot stores.

On Tuesday night, councillors voted unanimously in favour of zoning bylaw amendments that prohibit cannabis (marijuana) retail outlets in the city. The amendments also apply to county land that has come under the jurisdiction of the city as a result of the Jan. 1 Brantford-Brant County land deal.

The decision will come before council for final approval on June 27. The measures will remain in place until federal and provincial legislation is developed following the expected legalization of marijuana in 2018.

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44 CN SN: Planning For LegalizationThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Kerr, Jason Area:Saskatchewan Lines:79 Added:06/13/2017

City starts preparing for marijuana laws, which are likely to change in 2018.

The federal government is one year away from legalizing marijuana, but city council is already taking steps to prepare for the change.

On Tuesday, Ward 6 Coun. Blake Edwards brought forward a motion asking for city administrators to submit a report the potential implications of the new law. The report will cover issues like business licenses, grow-ops, operating hours and business locations.

Edwards says he's already fielding calls from residents inquiring about business licenses for when marijuana becomes legal, and he wants the city to be prepared when the day comes.

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45 CN AB: LTE: Hazards Of Pot Use Are Already EvidentThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:06/13/2017

Re: "Talking pot: NDP launch marijuana survey online," Herald Online, June 2.

Anyone interested in the impact of legalized marijuana only need look at what has happened in the U.S. In Colorado, there has been an increase in young people at ERs from pot smoking and consuming edibles. In Washington state, road deaths have doubled since legalization.

The Trudeau government, in its rush to appease its pro-pot base and reap billions from sales, is simply ignoring conclusive studies saying young people who smoke marijuana run a greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis or other mental issues later in life.

One thing for sure: health care and policing services will feel the impact of legalization.

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

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46 CN ON: LTE: Governments Undermining Our HealthThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Smith, Judy Pollard Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:06/13/2017

RE: Teens and drugs (June 3)

Last Saturday's front page article exposed yet another warning as to the addictive, harmful effects of marijuana on youth. The federal government is not listening.

In the same edition of The Spectator, Thomas Froese's piece highlights how assisted dying has removed us from the precious nature of life in both its joys and it sorrows. Once encoded, our laws are there in perpetuity.

These dual governmental notions, currently both provincial and federal, have undermined the good health of our nation.

Judy Pollard Smith, Hamilton

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47 CN ON: LTE: Safe Injection Sites Not The AnswerSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Kuhn, David Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:06/13/2017

Re: Supervised injection sites to be considered by region - June 7

Whenever I see or hear someone talking about supervised injection sites, I can't help but hear "they're going to do it anyway ..." in the back of my mind, because that's the rationale that people who are for injection sites use. Only, these people usually add something like "at least they'll be safe ..." to further justify their position that this is helping addicts.

Clearly, we have a drug problem in this region - we have a national problem - and I think that local authorities should be working with agencies and groups to help those in our community with substance abuse issues who are battling and struggling with addiction.

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48 CN NF: If You Build It, They Might ComeSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Oliver, Kenn Area:Newfoundland Lines:129 Added:06/13/2017

Advocates support idea of supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's, but unsure if drug users would use it

Advocates endorse supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's The number of supervised injection and consumption facilities - often referred to as safe-injection sites - in Canada will soon grow exponentially.

Over the last month, a new facility opened in Surrey, B.C., two were approved for Montreal, three more were approved for Toronto and there's one on the way for Ottawa. There's also talk in the addiction treatment and outreach community of Halifax having its own.

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49CN AB: NDP Says Safe Site For Drug Consumption ComingFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2017

Associate health minister Brandy Payne says she anticipates a supervised consumption site for users of dangerous opioids will be operating in Calgary within months.

Payne also said Thursday she expects there will ultimately be multiple safe-consumption sites in the city to try to combat a rising death toll from fentanyl and other opioids.

A Calgary application for a supervised consumption site is one of five Alberta proposals - the rest are from Edmonton - that have been submitted to Health Canada for an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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50 CN YK: Territory Is Pursuing Its Own Cannabis LegislationTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Cohen, Sidney Area:Yukon Territory Lines:92 Added:06/13/2017

The Yukon government plans to have its own cannabis legislation in place when marijuana becomes legal across Canada in July 2018.

The territorial law could pave the way for a retail weed market in the territory, though the justice minister said it's too early to confirm whether the Yukon legislation will support brick-and-mortar dispensaries.

The purpose of the Yukon's legislation will be "to keep Yukoners safe, to restrict access to cannabis to youth, and remove profits that are related to organized crime," said minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

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