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1CN AB: $1.2m Pledged For Supervised Drug-Use SiteThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/19/2017

Associate minister confident Ottawa will approve proposal for Beltway operation

A proposed supervised drug-consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre will receive a $1.2-million funding boost from the province, as the number of fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta continues to mount.

Associate minister of health Brandy Payne said the funds will go toward renovating the Beltline health centre that is expected to eventually house Calgary's first supervised drug-consumption site.

No timeline for the facility's opening has been confirmed, but Payne said the latest data on drug deaths across the province reaffirms the need for harm-reduction services.

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2 CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly TruthsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:08/19/2017

One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.

It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

So when the province announces $1.2 million to help establish a supervised drug consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, we should all encourage government action.

The debate around safe drug sites is well known. Whether it should be done is for health and law enforcement professionals to hash out. We need to trust the experts to come to the right answer.

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3 CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 TotalFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Bird, Cullen Area:Alberta Lines:70 Added:08/19/2017

Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday.

A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.

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4 CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly TruthsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:08/19/2017

One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.

It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

This is the kind of tragedy that spurred the province to offer up cash to help establish safe drug consumption sites in the inner-city.

While it is but one piece of the fight against opioids, it's an important one.

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5 CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge ResponseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:08/15/2017

Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey.

Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.

The survey, which sought feedback on people's priorities - road safety, eliminating the black market or keeping pot away from minors, for example - closed July 31.

The federal government wants to make recreational cannabis legal by July 2018, but many key decisions have to be made by provinces - such as where and how the drug can be sold or how products should be taxed.

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6 CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction AwarenessThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Airdrie City View (CN AB) Author:Ruth, Dustin Area:Alberta Lines:153 Added:08/15/2017

Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction.

Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.

"There are so many families being affected," Taylor said. "I think the stigma is so incredible that people are embarrassed to come forward. It took us a long time."

Taylor has been married to her husband Jeff for 23 years and said the two raised their daughter, Kenedee, and son, Nathan, to respect curfews and stay away from drugs.

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7 CN AB: Site Eyed For Supervised Drug UseThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:162 Added:08/15/2017

ARCHES identifies former downtown area nightclub as a future medically-supervised drug consumption site

A former downtown area nightclub has been pegged as the location for a future medically-supervised drug consumption site. ARCHES Lethbridge, a harm reduction agency, made the announcement on Wednesday that it had filed an application on July 31 with Health Canada to establish the services at the site formerly known as Pulse Nightclub. The facility requires a federal exemption to allow drug use inside the building.

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8 CN AB: Pot Amnesty 'Complicated'Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:61 Added:08/08/2017

Group suggests pardoning possession convictions

People with a record of pot possession should be able to access a 'simplified, free' record suspension process, a for-profit advocate for Canadians with criminal records said in a report issued Thursday.

AllCleared, formerly Pardon Services Canada, released a set of recommendations including eliminating fees for record suspensions, or 'pardons' of non-violent marijuana-related convictions.

According to Statistics Canada, 17,733 people were charged with offences related to marijuana possession in 2016.

Individuals currently have to wait five years from the date of sentence completion to apply for a record suspension, which takes several months to complete.

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9 CN AB: Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Continue To ClimbTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:08/05/2017

Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year

The number of patients for whom medical marijuana is being prescribed has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year, says the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2015 there were 109 authorized physicians prescribing medical marijuana for 1,750 patients. That would be the equivalent of 438 patients for every quarter of that year. In 2016 there were 329 physicians prescribing for 5,254 patients or 1,314 patients per quarter, said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for CPSA. In the first three months alone of this year, 178 physicians prescribed medical marijuana for 2,845 patients.

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10 CN AB: Kids Running Against DrugsSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:38 Added:08/05/2017

It will be a workout with a message.

On Aug. 16, children and teens will start their Kids Against Drugs run through the Blood Reserve.

The two-day event aims "to keep the momentum going for awareness, and to send a message that fentanyl and all drugs are not welcomed in the children's lives," says spokesperson Pamela Little Bear.

"Too many children, on and off reserves and in the general community are affected in a negative way with these drugs," she says.

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11 CN AB: New Tool In Fight Against OpioidsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Smith, Alanna Area:Alberta Lines:65 Added:08/04/2017

Alberta health professionals are launching a new phone service in an effort to save lives and curb a growing opioid crisis.

The opioid dependency advice line, which launches Aug. 8, offers expert consultation for primary care physicians and nurse practitioners caring for patients with opioid dependence.

"In the province not all family physicians are going to be comfortable or have experience in treating opioid dependence, particularly in using the medications," said Doctor Nick Mitchell, Alberta Health Services' provincial medical director with addictions and mental health.

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12CN AB: Naloxone Kits Not Allowed On Grounds At Chasing Music FestThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/03/2017

Alberta Health Services encourages those at risk of overdose to carry kits

Attendees at the Chasing Summer music festival will not be allowed to carry naloxone kits on festival grounds, organizers of the event said Wednesday.

"Given our on-site medical resources and commitment to the health and welfare of all our fans, we want to ensure that only trained medical professionals administer medications to third parties, so we do not permit guests to carry private naloxone kits within festival grounds," said Colin Mathie, director of health and safety for Chasing Summer, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Max Bell Centre grounds.

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13 CN AB: Property Crime Increases Are Due To Drugs, Police SaySat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:07/29/2017

Property crimes of all sorts have increased in 2016, according to statistics included within the Medicine Hat Police's 2016 annual report published last week - numbers police say are linked together with the increased amount of meth and opiates being seen in the city.

"The biggest thing is thefts of convenience," said Insp. Brent Secondiak of the MHPS. "They will take stuff to make money that's convenient for them ... they won't do a lot of work for it."

"They will steal stuff from vehicles that are left open, they'll steal stuff from bicycles left in the yard."

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14 CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For PoliceWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:07/28/2017

A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector.

"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.

In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a 563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.

While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness, Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to other drugs.

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15 CN AB: Police Chief Encouraged By Crime DipWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:07/28/2017

Calgary's police chief said his officers haven't changed their approach when it comes to marijuana, despite a slight dip in pot-related crimes being reported in 2016.

Numbers released yesterday by Statistics Canada show Calgary's police-reported crime declined significantly last year, unlike other major Canadian cities which mostly saw an increase.

Alberta also saw a drop in the homicide rate, with 17 fewer homicides in 2016 than 2015. Calgary's crime rate was down 1 per cent from 2015 numbers, which Chief Roger Chaffin called 'encouraging.'

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16CN AB: Pot Possession Charges On The Decline, Stats ShowTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2017

Police are laying fewer charges for possession of marijuana in a trend that accelerated in Alberta last year, particularly in Calgary.

Alberta saw a 25 per cent drop in the rate of criminal marijuana possession in 2016 from the previous year, led in part by significant declines in Calgary for the fifth consecutive year.

The downward trend began before the Liberals brought forward their plan to legalize the drug for recreational use, and those on the front lines of the judicial system say charges for simple possession are increasingly rare.

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17 CN AB: Calgary Debates Where And How To Sell CannabisMon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Alberta Lines:94 Added:07/28/2017

The current method of regulating retail alcohol sales allows for discretion in a variety of areas. Calgary city staff report

Calgary city staff are recommending that Alberta set up a private retail system for recreational-cannabis sales, similar to its liquor stores, once the drug becomes legal next summer.

Council is set to debate this and other recommendations on cannabis legalization Monday as municipalities across the country begin grappling with the nuts and bolts of regulating a drug that Canadians have largely been prohibited from buying and selling for almost a century.

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18 CN AB: Have Your Say On The Cannabis Debate In Online SurveyThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Eckville Echo (CN AB) Author:Roth, Megan Area:Alberta Lines:57 Added:07/27/2017

The Alberta Government is reminding everyone there is still time to have their voices heard when it comes to the legalization of cannabis.

Albertans have until July 31 to complete an online survey that will take only 20 minutes to complete.

The online survey is broken down into six key topics: Alberta's cannabis goals, purchasing cannabis, using cannabis in public, setting the legal age, protecting roads and workplaces and

economic implications and opportunities.

The survey process is part of the province-wide consultations the Government of Alberta is undertaking to adapt the federal law.

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19 CN AB: Alberta Cannabis Survey Sees 35,000 RespondentsWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Ponoka News (CN AB) Author:Vaughan, Todd Colin Area:Alberta Lines:108 Added:07/26/2017

The provincial government has begun to amp its plans for when the federal cannabis legislation comes into effect next year by July 1st.

The Alberta Government is currently conducting a survey asking Albertans how they would like to see cannabis use and distribution be implemented in this province.

Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said July 1st, 2018 is an ambitious timeline, however this provincial survey - which has already had over 35,000 respondents - will help provincial legislation reflect the values of Albertans.

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20 CN AB: Legal Age For Pot Use Likely To Be Set At 19Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/22/2017

EDMONTON - Ontario is on track to set the legal age for recreational marijuana use at 19, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

Wynne told the Star the age of majority should be the same for pot as it is for booze once the federal government legalizes cannabis next July 1.

"I have a hard time imagining Ontario will have a lower age for pot than we do for alcohol," she said in an interview at the close of the annual premiers' conference here.

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21 CN AB: The Waiting GameThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/21/2017

Pallister monitoring fed decision on Churchill, wants Ottawa to delay pot legalization

The federal government needs to "step up" on multiple matters that impact Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday in a conference call with local media.

Pallister said the province needs an answer from Ottawa on what to do about the ongoing crisis in Churchill before deciding its next move; and he reiterated his believe the feds need to push pause on their marijuana legalization, saying the stakes are too high to rush into a bold new era.

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22CN AB: Premiers Seek Clarity On Federal Plans For MarijuanaThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2017

Failing that, provinces will call for a delay

EDMONTON - Canada's premiers say the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana - or Ottawa will face a call for a delay.

"It's great that the prime minister wants to stick to his deadline. That's super-duper," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday at the closing news conference of the leaders' annual summer meeting.

"He needs to then hear what the premiers of his country - our country - - have said we need help with. There are a number of significant and serious public policy issues here. They need to be addressed. They should be addressed co-operatively."

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23 CN AB: LTE: Legalized PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Munroe, Donald Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:07/21/2017

Re: Pot legalization on agenda.

Let's first get alcohol and its deadly effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix gasoline with dynamite?

Donald Munroe



(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)

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24 CN AB: LTE: Legalized PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Munroe, Donald Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:07/21/2017

Re: Pot legalization on agenda.

Let's first get alcohol and its deadly effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix gasoline with dynamite?

Donald Munroe



(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)

[end]

25 CN AB: Clear The AirThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:07/21/2017

Premiers Frustrated By Lack Of Answers From Federal Gov't On Pot Legalization

Canada's premiers say the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana - or Ottawa will face a call for a delay.

"It's great that the prime minister wants to stick to his deadline. That's super-duper," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday at the closing news conference of the leaders' annual summer meeting.

"He needs to then hear what the premiers of his country - our country - - have said we need help with. There are a number of significant and serious public policy issues here. They need to be addressed. They should be addressed co-operatively."

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26 CN AB: Premiers Push PM On PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:07/21/2017

Call on federal government to resolve issues around pending legalization of marijuana

The federal government is leaving provinces and territories hanging when it comes to legalized marijuana, premiers say, and they want answers to help them draft cannabis legislation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set a July 1 deadline for legal pot, but premiers at the Council of the Federation meeting Wednesday in Edmonton worried the timeline is unrealistic.

Earlier in the week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was pushing for a delay.

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27 CN AB: Majority Of Drugs Seized By Alert Is MarijuanaMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/19/2017

Of the $8.65 million in illegal drugs the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) pulled off of Alberta's streets, well over half of it was marijuana.

"Marijuana remains highly profitable for organized crime," said Insp. Dave Dubnyk with ALERT. "It's traded for other drugs, used for financing illegal enterprises."

According to information in the 2016-17 ALERT annual report, investigators seized $5.4-million worth of marijuana last year.

Dubnyk said while ALERT officers may not be specifically targeting marijuana, it is often discovered during other investigations involving illegal drugs and organized crime.

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28 CN AB: Sticky Situation: Weed Derivative Sparks DebateMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:07/19/2017

Alberta police are sounding the alarm about a trending drug that one user says is crucial to her well being.

St. Albert RCMP announced last Thursday they had seized 49 grams of the highly concentrated marijuana derivative "shatter" from a home in Fleetwood Crescent, where they also seized more than 100 grams of marijuana.

They arrested two men during the seizure, made on April 21 following an extensive investigation.

"As shatter is so highly concentrated, it is important that residents recognize it and be educated about its risks so everyone can be a part of keeping our community safe," RCMP said in a press release.

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29 CN AB: Officer Saves Overdose Victim With Naloxone KitFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:McDermott, Vincent Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:07/17/2017

Police are crediting a quick-thinking officer with a Naloxone kit for saving a man's life in Janvier earlier this week.

According to Wood Buffalo RCMP, an officer was making a routine patrol through the hamlet, located approximately 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, on July 12 when the officer was flagged down.

An individual asked the officer to help a 25-year-old resident who was unconscious. The officer found the unconscious person was barely breathing, turning blue and had a faint pulse, forcing the officer to administer two doses of an anti-opiate drug called Naloxone.

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30 CN AB: PUB LTE: Picking And ChoosingSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Aubut, Warren Area:Alberta Lines:31 Added:07/17/2017

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has "seen the science" regarding marijuana and young people, and because of this, he wants the minimum age to purchase marijuana to be 21. Has Nenshi bothered to notice the science regarding tobacco, which directly kills 45,000 Canadians every year, or alcohol, which directly kills 4,500 Canadians every year? yet, anyone 18 or over can purchase these products. Marijuana-related deaths in Canada for 2016: 0. In fact, marijuana-related deaths for the years 2000 B.C. to 2017 A.D.: 0. Don't worry about adults purchasing marijuana at 18, Mr. Nenshi. It will be fine.

Warren Aubut



(If we say you are an adult at 18, you are an adult without conditions.)

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31CN AB: Nenshi Slams July 1 Date For Legal PotSat, 08 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/10/2017

Calgary's mayor blasted Canada Day as "the stupidest possible day" for the federal government to make cannabis legal and said he believes Albertans should be 21 before they're allowed to purchase marijuana for recreational use.

Nenshi made the comments at a committee meeting on Thursday, at which elected officials attempted to grapple with the looming federal legalization of marijuana and agreed not to make any decisions when it comes to a stance on the minimum legal age of purchase in Alberta.

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32 CN AB: 'Stupidest Possible Day' To Legalize PotFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Pike, Helen Area:Alberta Lines:50 Added:07/10/2017

July 1 not the right time, says Nenshi

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has concerns about the city's stance on marijuana rules - but following this past Canada Day, he's also dissing the feds' plan to legalize weed for next year's big celebration.

On Thursday, during an intergovernmental affairs committee meeting, the mayor shared some thoughts on the city's official advocacy stance being delivered to the provincial government.

"I am advocating very, very hard with the federal government that July 1 is the stupidest possible day," Nenshi said at the meeting, before expanding on his concerns with reporters.

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33 CN AB: Councillor Proposes Restricting Pot Use Near Schools, ParksFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:McDermott, Vincent Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/10/2017

With marijuana expected to be legalized across Canada in 2018, Councillor Sheldon Germain wants the municipality to begin researching possible restrictions on its legal use within Wood Buffalo.

The motion, which will be introduced at next Tuesday's council meeting by Germain, will direct administration to examine amending bylaws on how and where marijuana can be sold and consumed within Wood Buffalo.

If the motion is passed, staff will research and develop "strategic initiatives" establishing parameters for where cannabis dispensaries can be established.

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34 CN AB: PUB LTE: Focus Must Be On Harm ReductionTue, 04 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomas, Lorna Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:07/05/2017

Re. "Pot legalization sparks new issues for school boards," June 28

With fentanyl killing young people all across North America, the primary goal of the revised drug education in Alberta schools, and in the home, should be harm reduction.

I am encouraged to see that school boards in Alberta are looking to update their education around drugs.

But educators and parents need to urgently discuss more than marijuana.

Fentanyl is being found in almost all street drugs, with the exception of marijuana.

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35 CN AB: LTE: War On Isis With DrugsSun, 02 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Nilsson, Steven Area:Alberta Lines:40 Added:07/04/2017

Here's an idea what to do about all those illegal drugs that are confiscated, and the drug dealers they arrest in the process. Put it all in a cargo plane and send all of it to ISIS. Give the terrorists all the drugs, along with the dealers. This would save a lot of manpower, bullets, and not having to store any of the evidence anywhere, where it could only take up space the authorities don't have. Never mind all the money we, the taxpayer, can all save on not having trials for the criminals. And the jail time they may get. At the same time, we solve our terrorist wars and troubles. Another saving on the taxpayers wallets.

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36 CN AB: Circling Traditional DisciplineFri, 30 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:216 Added:07/03/2017

Restorative justice offers better way to discipline students than suspension

A decade ago, principal Keith MacQuarrie was frustrated with the number of students he was suspending for drugs and sending to board hearings for chronic absenteeism.

The tipi room is sometimes used for restorative circles at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School in central Alberta.

He piped Frank Sinatra songs into the lunch detention room at Ermineskin Junior/Senior High School in Maskwacis, hoping students would be annoyed enough to follow the rules. It didn't work.

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37CN AB: Beltline Cautiously Welcomes Supervised Consumption SiteWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Some local residents against proposed facility, fear impact on property values

Maintenance staff and volunteers at First Baptist have gotten used to finding needles and other drug paraphernalia while tidying the flower beds belonging to the historic Beltline church.

"All the time. We have a lot of needles. Now we've got special devices to pick them up because it's not safe," said Jose Gongora, head of maintenance for the church.

"Our volunteers are very worried and concerned because these guys use needles and just drop it everywhere."

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38CN AB: Educators Grapple With Implications Of Legal PotWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "Marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

"There's not one school board in the province that could say that we are ready now for this," Andrea said Tuesday.

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39CN AB: Neighbours Cheer Police As Suspected Drug House BustedThu, 29 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Passifiume, Bryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Officers lay 45 charges and seize weapons and drugs in swoop on Applewood home

Police are crediting tips from the public in shutting down a suspected Applewood drug house that resulted in 45 criminal charges against two people.

A search warrant executed June 22 at a home on Applecroft Road S.E. yielded drugs, weapons and cash - and, according to Sgt. Nick Wilsher, a return to normalcy for area residents.

"It affects the community itself so much," Wilsher said Wednesday, speaking to media at police headquarters.

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40 CN AB: Legal Weed A Looming Concern For SchoolsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/03/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "Marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, Alberta school trustees and senior administrators are questioning how they can prepare for the change.

Every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

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41CN AB: Pot Legalization Sparks New Issues For School BoardsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the expected July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

"There's not one school board in the province that could say that we are ready now for this," Andrea said Tuesday.

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42 CN AB: Smoke Out Policy ProblemsTue, 27 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Csernyik, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:07/01/2017

Health group feels tobacco is taking a back seat to cannabis

A health coalition that feels the Alberta government is prioritizing marijuana legislation over tobacco wants to see action taken to protect the province's youth.

Representatives from the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta gathered outside the Alberta legislature Monday to voice their concerns and launch a new mobilization campaign, Protect Alberta Kids From Tobacco.

One concern is that implementation of the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act is being delayed while cannabis legislation has been accelerated, the representatives said.

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43 CN AB: Pot Clock Is Ticking As Legalization LoomsMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:06/30/2017

Alberta opposition wrestles with intricacies of legal marijuana

Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time-frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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44CN AB: Opposition Parties Put Forward Their Positions On LegalizedMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2017

CALGARY - Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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45CN AB: Province Urged To Delay Legal PotMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2017

Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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46 CN AB: Unintentional KillersSun, 25 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:06/30/2017

Opioid's potency means illicit drug producers unknowingly create deadly doses

More Albertans died from drug overdoses involving the powerful synthetic opioid carfentanil in the first five months of the year than in all of 2016, according to new data from the province.

There were 34 overdose deaths in Alberta involving carfentanil in the first 20 weeks of 2017, surpassing the 32 deaths identified by authorities last year.

Carfentanil is a potent sedative used by veterinarians to tranquilize large animals.

It's approximately 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

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47CN AB: City Tries To Cut Through Haze On Life With LegalizedSat, 24 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Simons, Paula Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2017

Denyse Doran is what you might call a pot pro.

For more than 20 years, she and her family have owned and operated the Jupiter Cannabis Shop on Whyte Avenue. The business has been so successful, they've franchised, with five shops now around Edmonton, and others in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. At the moment, they sell primarily marijuana "paraphernalia" - pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, grinders, and such. But no actual cannabis.

"If I sold pot, I'd be in jail," she laughs. "We're in this weird in-between period."

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48 CN AB: Supervised Drug Consumption Site Sought For CityFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:168 Added:06/23/2017

Opioid overdoses higher in South Zone than elsewhere in the province

A Lethbridge coalition on opioid use is preparing an application to establish supervised drug consumption services in the city to reduce harm and help save lives.

Supervised consumption services provide a clean, safe space for people who use drugs to do so under the supervision and care of health professionals without fear of arrest or overdose. They also provide access to support services such as counselling, education and treatment for drug addictions.

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49 CN AB: Column: Pot Legalization: Get Answers To Your QuestionsThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Forbes, Gerry Area:Alberta Lines:63 Added:06/22/2017

The legalization of marijuana is just around the corner and many questions still have to be studied and answered to make sure it's going to be done responsibly, and more importantly safely, so the benefits can be highlighted for those still questioning the decision.

The National Access Cannabis (http:/nationalaccesscanabis.com) is doing the largest-ever harm reduction study for opioids using cannabis(http:/opiatestudy.ca/)

They are starting with 2,000 patients and plan to grow it quickly, based on the medical resources and the medical community's extensive interest in the study.

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50 CN AB: LTE: Put Safe Injection Site In City HallThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Lieber, Eugene Area:Alberta Lines:24 Added:06/22/2017

Re. "Communities object to concentration of drug injection sites," June 19

Since city council insists that safe injection sites go into those four areas, how come it is not a good idea to have one in City Hall, perhaps in the mayor's office?

It would be nice and central. There are obviously two sets of rules for them and those that pay the bills.

Eugene Lieber, Edmonton

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