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1CN BC: Column: Pot Still Risky Business Outside VancouverWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here in Vancouver - how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride from the local constabulary.

These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated with the benign indifference it receives here. Surrey, for example. A lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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2CN BC: Police Seize Marijuana, Edibles From Dispensary Near SchoolTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bell, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Two people were arrested and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized when Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search warrant at one of two Nature's Source dispensaries in the city. Oils, marijuana edibles and $2,000 were also seized.

The 5th Street business was searched March 9 and remains closed. An employee at the other Nature's Source Nanaimo location on Front Street said the site will re-open as a glass shop.

The arrests were made for possession for the purpose of trafficking, with both people being released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 8.

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3 CN BC: LTE: The Laws Of The Land Shall PrevailMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Barillaro, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:03/17/2017

Dear Editor: The law is the law. In Canada, the law is the law until the law, through parliament, actually changes. In theory, if one breaks the law, there should be consequences that follow. As we all know, many times laws are broken and the consequences have been "of little or no consequence where the bleeding heart court system seems to show sympathy to would be offenders." There seems to be little or no consistency in many court proceedings.

Our illustrious Prime Pinister Justin Trudeau made a pre-election grandstand announcement that he and his government would legalize marijuana if and when he was elected. He was elected as we all know and yet there has been little if anything put forth in the way of fulfilling his pre-election promise. The rhetoric from him has been that there are several issues that need to be studied before legislation will be happening. In other words, it is not a cut and dried issue.

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4CN BC: Column: Arrest Of Emerys Tarnishes Justice In CanadaFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Persecution of pot providers makes no sense with legalization supposedly on its way

It is always darkest before the dawn - and those who have waited nearly a century for the light of cannabis legalization may find solace in the proverb.

With the federal government set to abolish the criminal prohibition on recreational use of marijuana, Toronto police have thrown pot royalty in jail.

They called it Project Gator - a cross-country operation to put the bite on the most celebrated ganja couple since Cheech and Chong.

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5CN BC: Pot Raid Raises QuestionsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Robinson, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Should other dispensaries worry?

In some respects, the news that Vancouver police raided Marc and Jodie Emery's Cannabis Culture storefront Thursday comes as little surprise.

Raids happen from time to time, even here in Vancouver, where pot shops are more common than McDonald's restaurants and many of them have business licences.

And the Prince and Princess of Pot tend to thumb their noses at the authorities - more so than others who openly trade in illegal drugs.

But it is a surprise that a Toronto police investigation spurred local law enforcement into action against the Emerys' business.

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6CN BC: Letter: Only Licensed Producers Should Sell PotThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Sanderson, Derek Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

My company is cleared by Ottawa to consult with licensed marijuana producers going through the very restrictive licensing process, which requires more than 170 detailed operating procedures and risk assessment.

With more than 800 application rejections in 2016 alone, there are no shortcuts with the regulations/safety of legal marijuana.

Health Canada is leading this, and when multimillion-dollar licensed producers are involved with one pesticide issue, they're shut down. That's how tight these regulations are.

Victoria's dispensaries: Where's the dope coming from and how is it grown?

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7 CN BC: Column: 4/20 Organizers Wrong To Plan Party During FentanylThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:03/11/2017

Plans are well under way for this year's 4/20 pot party.

Organizers have begun booking booths for this year's event even though the Vancouver Park Board has denied the group a special event permit. Just like last year, the Park Board has been stuck in an extremely difficult position - forced by the mayor's inaction to put up with a 4/20 party they haven't sanctioned while the federal government constantly teeters on the verge of legalizing marijuana.

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8 CN BC: Canada's Dare AmbassadorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Len Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Timmins teen selected as the national rep for a you advisory board for D.A.R.E. in the U.S. . A young Timmins woman has been selected as the first ever Canadian to join the national youth advisory board for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the United States. Alexya Racicot, a 16-year-old student of Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault, will soon be travelling to Hawaii and also to Texas to help advise and shape D.A.R.E. programs in the future.

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9 CN BC: Green MLA Wants Talks To Legalize Hard DrugsThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:03/11/2017

The leader of the B.C. Green party has said that the fentanyl crisis is a reason for Canada to have a national debate about legalizing drugs, including heroin.

"This is a very important discussion that we need to have," Andrew Weaver told the Straight. "If you want to deal with organized crime in the drug area, legalization is the way forward. But we're not ready for that here in Canada yet."

Weaver is the MLA for Oak Bay- Gordon Head and a distinguished climate scientist. He explained that although studies show that there are benefits to legalizing drugs for both individual addicts and society as a whole-improving people's physical health and reducing crime, for example-the general public requires more time and education to better understand those issues and the controversial policies to which they relate.

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10 CN BC: Police Raid Cannabis Culture Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Marc and Jodie Emery face drug charges after latest crackdown

A dozen Vancouver police officers raided Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture headquarters on West Hastings Street on Thursday morning.

Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police also raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday evening as they were about to board a plane to Spain at Pearson International Airport. They were heading to Barcelona to attend the Spannabis marijuana expo.

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11CN BC: Dispensary Owners Not Butting Out Despite Recent RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The day after Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested by Toronto police, B.C.-based cannabis advocates and business people said they expect the retail bud business to continue as usual in Vancouver.

Jeremy Jacob, the Vancouver-based head of a national industry association for dispensaries, said Thursday its members "have a good relationship" with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department "and we expect that to continue.

"We value the position the VPD has taken during this transition to a regulated market," said Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and owner of The Village Dispensary near Vancouver's Granville Island. None of the Emerys' businesses are members of his association, he said.

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12 CN BC: District Cautious As It Awaits Pot LegislationWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Sooke News Mirror (CN BC) Author:Laird, Kevin Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/11/2017

Until the federal government legalizes marijuana, the District of Sooke won't allow any more pot dispensaries in Sooke, says Mayor Maja Tait.

"We're not interested in any more - 3 is enough," she said.

Tait made the comments the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Victoria that new legislation would come before Parliament this summer.

"We'll wait to see how we proceed. We need to see what the federal legislation and provincial regulations look like before we see what role we take," she said.

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13 CN BC: Trudeau Takes Tough Stance On Marijuana RegulationsWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Wong, Kendra Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/11/2017

Despite promises to legalize marijuana, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough stance on current marijuana regulations, saying "the law remains the law" during a visit to Esquimalt Thursday.

"We are moving forward on a framework to regulate and control marijuana, to protect our kids and keep our communities safer from criminals and organized crime," Trudeau said while he was at CFB Esquimalt.

Marijuana regulations have been in the spotlight over the past year, especially in Victoria, where roughly 35 marijuana dispensaries have sprouted. But marijuana regulations have been a grey area for the City of Victoria, as with many other municipalities, with mayor and councillors wondering if it's necessary to impose new regulations if the drug will be legalized in the coming months.

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14 CN BC: Opiod Crisis: More Than Just Users AffectedWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Engqvist, Katherine Area:British Columbia Lines:139 Added:03/11/2017

Part 2 of 2: Epidemic proving to be a drain on resources, emotions

The effects of fentanyl aren't just hitting those unknowingly ingesting this deadly drug.

West Shore paramedics and first responders deal with this crisis every day and have had to taken precautionary measures to protect their own. "There's another side to the whole opioid crisis and that's the effect on first responders and paramedics … It takes a massive toll," said View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst. "That's first and foremost my concern, the cause and effect it's having on my staff … We watch that very closely."

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15CN BC: Editorial: Board Right On Pot FestSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The mission of the Vancouver park board is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment. Its purpose is not to provide a venue at taxpayers' expense for a special interest group that intends to break city bylaws and to sell or otherwise distribute what is still an illegal product.

The 4-3 decision by the park board commissioners not to grant a permit to the organizers of the 4/20 event was the only reasonable position it could take. Indeed, one wonders what the three dissenters were smoking.

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16CN BC: Editorial: PM Undermines Marijuana LawSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Has Ottawa led marijuana-dispensary owners up the garden path? Are municipalities that have begun licensing these outlets jumping the gun? Judging by remarks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in Victoria last week, that might indeed be the case.

During the 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party promised to legalize marijuana. The party also said it would regulate and restrict access to the drug, but not surprisingly, the message most Canadians heard was that legalization is on the way.

However, during his visit here last week, the prime minister appeared to walk back, or at least qualify, that promise: "I cannot stress enough that until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current law applies."

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17 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cannabis Shop Raids A Waste Of ResourcesFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC) Author:Starkweather, Gary Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:03/10/2017

I am deeply disappointed in North Cowichan's decision to apply the letter of the law to our cannabis dispensaries last Friday.

Just a few days earlier Inspector Carfantan spoke of RCMP "limited resources" being "stretched" by the volume of calls coming from the community every day.

Despite the above, Mayor Lefebure and council decided to press for raids on the businesses, which required the time of several officers and hours including the bagging and logging of evidence etc., and there will be court time.

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18 CN BC: LTE: The Prophets Of PotFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Bonderoff, M. Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:03/10/2017

The prophets of pot are capitalizing on the sick and infirm in our population. According to a dispensary owner, their patient load is 1,000.

They say that potentially this could be doubled because the patients have spouses or significant others living with them. Another dispensary owner claims the same patient case load. This brings to number to at least 2,000 and possible 3,000. Assuming the other 4 dispensary owners have half that number of patients this brings the number of patients to 5,000.

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19CN BC: Pot Rally Will Go Ahead On April 20 Permit Or Not, OrganizerWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2017

An annual pot rally will keep on rolling, even after the Vancouver park board denied organizers a special permit for the event.

"We're going to keep asking for permits and we're going to keep getting more and more entrenched," said Dana Larsen, marijuana advocate and member of the Vancouver 4/20 Events Society. "We didn't get a permit this year, probably won't get one next year, but I predict that within five years, we'll be permitted and one day, we'll have the mayor of Vancouver down there."

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20 CN BC: Council Passes Marijuana BylawsWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Metcalfe, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:03/09/2017

Nelson council voted in favour of final adoption of its medical cannabis business licence bylaw as well as its cannabis business zoning amendment bylaw on Monday night, stating that the bylaws will be in place until the federal government brings in regulations.

Mayor Deb Kozak said council has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing this.

"There have been many hours of staff and council research, it has been onerous. We are trying to put in place a good interim bylaw composed of best practices, plus taking into consideration our small downtown."

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21 CN BC: Park Board Extinguishes Permit For 4/2O EventTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:03/09/2017

Organizers say the rally will go ahead anyway

Vancouver's Park Board has rejected an application for a special event permit for this year's 4/20 rally at Sunset Beach.

Last year's unlicensed rally, which attracted at least 25,000 people to Vancouver's waterfront, was unlicensed and drew criticism from the park board chair who said the event was "unwanted and would not be welcomed back in 2017."

The park board's 4-3 vote Monday night against the motion to provide a permit to event organizers reflected that sentiment, said chair Michael Wiebe. "The will of the board is we don't want it to happen in our parks. It is not okay for us to relax the bylaw for this protest group," said Wiebe. He says he is working with event organizers and the city to find a new location, not in a city park, for 4/20.

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22 CN BC: How Might Your Ganja Grow? QC Council Wants To KnowWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Haida Gwaii Observer (CN BC) Author:Hudson, Andrew Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:03/09/2017

Village of Queen Charlotte surveys residents ahead of marijuana legalization

Queen Charlotte is asking how residents want local marijuana businesses to take shape once the drug is legal.

The village recently launched an online survey asking what marijuana-based business people might support, what concerns they may have, and also whether they are keen to get started in the industry.

"It's really about what our community is comfortable with," says Lori Wiedeman, chief administrative officer for the Village of Queen Charlotte.

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23 CN BC: Editorial: Opioid Crisis Has Broad ReachWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:03/09/2017

Given the number of overdose deaths recorded on the West Shore, around Greater Victoria and across B.C., most would agree that the fentanyl-fuelled health crisis here has reached a critical stage.

The potency of this drug, often contained within such substances as heroin or available in pill form, has caught many people by surprise, from the users themselves to the emergency responders who must attend to them when things go terribly wrong.

While not everyone can empathize with the person who risks much - including their life - to achieve a high, more people might feel for the emergency responders who attend to overdose calls and whose goal it is to keep people alive long enough to get them to hospital.

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24 CN BC: LTE: Stop The Push To Legalize MarijuanaWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Stevenson, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:22 Added:03/09/2017

I am amused as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau solemnly expresses his sorrow at the vast number of deaths from opioids as he rushes to pass legislation legalizing marijuana, known by thousands to be the entry-level drug.

Anything for votes. Disgraceful.

Michael Stevenson Victoria

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25 CN BC: Decriminalize Illicit Drugs: DalyMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:03/09/2017

Health officer says it's the only real solution to emergency

Vancouver's chief medical health officer Dr. Patricia Daly called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to decriminalize all illicit drugs, labelling it the only real solution to a mounting death toll.

At a press conference Friday morning, Trudeau said an earlier expert roundtable and tour of the Downtown Eastside in a police car was "an incredibly emotional opportunity" to listen and "see people struggle with an almost insurmountable challenge."

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26CN BC: Pot Rally Plan Could Save City GreenMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2017

Park board set to weigh risks, benefits of issuing permits for popular events celebrating marijuana

The fate of Vancouver's growing annual 4/20 cannabis rally will be up for debate Monday at a park board meeting that could pave the way for permitted events.

The board will consider two motions, according to a report prepared by Octavio Silva, manager of business development. The first would deny approval or permits for any future 4/20 rally or Cannabis Day event on park board property. But if that motion fails, the park board will discuss granting the Vancouver 4/20 Events Society a permit to hold its event on April 20 at Sunset Beach Park.

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27 CN BC: PUB LTE: Another Take On Medicinal Cannabis AdministrationWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Elrod, Matthew M. Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:03/09/2017

Re: Langford mayor urges Trudeau to take action on pot (Goldstreamgazette.com)

Langford Mayor Stew Young seems unaware that drug and natural health product regulation is a provincial, not a federal matter.

When the federal government legalizes cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, it will be up to the provinces to decide who can cultivate and sell cannabis to whom.

We have been suffering under cannabis prohibition for almost a century, so it is not as though the issue has become more urgent since the Liberals announced their intention to legalize.

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28CN BC: Smoking Pot Raises Side-Effect QuestionsTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2017

VANCOUVER - Not all medicinal marijuana is created equal. That's what some experts are saying as they warn about the health risks and curtailed effectiveness associated with smoking medicine.

As medical pot becomes increasingly mainstream and Canada moves toward legalizing the substance, health experts are emphasizing the need for doctors and patients to consider the sometimes serious side-effects linked to the various ways of consuming the drug.

Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, likened a recommendation to smoke medicinal marijuana to a doctor handing out a prescription to light up an opium pipe. "We know there's something in opium that helps pain, and we're able to pharmaceutically develop morphine and other analgesics, but we wouldn't say to people: 'You have pain? Why don't you smoke opium?' " he said.

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29 CN BC: Controversial New Storefront In AgassizThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Agassiz Harrison Observer (CN BC) Author:Knutson, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:03/09/2017

Mayor says the district is 'dealing with it'

Agassiz has a new resident. The Weemedical Dispensary Society has a storefront on Pioneer Avenue and they claim to provide, quality, legal medical marijuana products to patients in the communities of Agassiz and Harrison.

On their promotional sites, The Society states that they are in the business of easing the suffering of the chronically ill.

But, is the store legal?

If the store is selling paraphernalia only, it could be in compliance of legal business laws, but if it's selling marijuana of any kind, it's illegal according to Staff Sergeant Darren Rennie.

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30 CN BC: Pot Shop Sprouts Up In ParksvilleThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Rardon, J. R. Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:03/09/2017

Council votes to request closure of 'illegal operation' in city

A new medical marijuana dispensary has opened its doors in downtown Parksville, and Mayor Marc Lefebvre wasted no time beating around the weeds in sharing his opinion on the development.

"When I was elected mayor I was elected to uphold the law, and I swore that I would uphold the law,"Lefebvre told councillors during Monday's regular meeting in council chambers. "The law in Canada still states that this kind of operation is illegal and I'm not interested in having an illegal operation in my city.

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31 CN BC: Marijuana Missionary Set To Speak TonightThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Kamloops This Week (CN BC) Author:Fortems, Cam Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:03/09/2017

A cannabis evangelist who pioneered one of Canada's earliest dispensaries is not sitting back waiting for the Trudeau government to provide Canadians with legal marijuana.

"I'll believe it when I see it," said Dana Larsen, who operates a dispensary in Vancouver, served as editor of Cannabis Canada for a decade and is now on a lecture circuit where he gives away 100 marijuana seeds to every guest.

He will also mail seeds to those who cannot make it to a lecture.

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32 CN BC: Chemainus Dispensary Reopens Following RCMP Raids In NorthThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Ladysmith Chronicle (CN BC) Author:Gregory, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:03/09/2017

A Chemainus dispensary reopened less than 48 hours after North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP raided three cannabis retailers in North Cowichan late Friday morning.

Officers entered Leaf Compassion and Green Aura in Chemainus with a warrant at around 11 p.m. on Friday and were still on scene in the early hours of the evening.

"They went ahead and arrested all of our staff that were on site and began their search and seizure," said Leaf Compassion's regional manager Justin Gurinskas outside the store just minutes after owner Kyle Cheyne was arrested and taken into custody.

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33CN BC: Park Board To Mull Fate Of Annual Cannabis Rally In CityMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/08/2017

The fate of Vancouver's growing annual 4/20 cannabis rally will be up for debate Monday at a park board meeting that could pave the way for permitted events.

The board will consider two motions, according to a report prepared by Octavio Silva, manager of business development.

The first would deny approval or permits for any future 4/20 rally or Cannabis Day event on park board property. But if that motion fails, the park board will discuss granting the Vancouver 4/20 Events Society a permit to hold its event on April 20 at Sunset Beach Park.

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34CN BC: 'No Time To Stop' The Fight Against OpioidsSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/08/2017

Community activist is saving overdose victims from dying in the back alleys of the Downtown Eastside

It takes 15 minutes to walk the short distance across the street market at Hastings and Columbia with Sarah Blyth, a volunteer with the Overdose Prevention Society.

Everyone in this small, grungy Vancouver parking lot wants the ear of the woman at the front line of the fentanyl crisis in the Downtown Eastside.

Blyth founded the OPS last fall with others who had grown sick of people dying in laneways after using tainted drugs.

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35 CN BC: Opioid Crisis: Recreational Drug Users Hit HardestFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Engqvist, Katherine Area:British Columbia Lines:104 Added:03/08/2017

Paramedics say naloxone doesn't reverse damage done to the brain from lack of oxygen in an overdose

While a lot of emphasis is being put on the statistics relating to overdose deaths, paramedics working on the West Shore are struggling to help the patients they save, but are still ultimately lost.

"One of the issues we have is that naloxone has been touted as a great drug, and it is … (But) it's not the magic pill everyone thinks (it is)," said Brad Cameron, B.C. Emergency Health Services district manager for Victoria. "They depend too much on naloxone as the fix-all."

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36 CN BC: PM Attends Roundtable On Opioid CrisisSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/06/2017

Attendees at the meeting urged Trudeau to consider extra funding and expanded access to injectable opioid treatment

Canada's Prime Minister and Minister of Defence met with people on the front lines of B.C.'s overdose crisis on Friday, listening as they spoke candidly about the urgent need to scale up treatment options, the province's record death toll and the emotional impact it's had on first responders.

But while those who attended the meeting in the Downtown Eastside clinic said the visit by Justin Trudeau and Harjit Sajjan was appreciated and deeply meaningful, the Prime Minister offered no promises on specific requests, such as dedicated funding for, and reduced barriers to, heroin-assisted treatment.

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37 CN BC: VPD Uses Naloxone For First Time To Reverse Drug OverdoseThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:113 Added:03/06/2017

Officer used the nasal spray form of the drug inside Rogers Arena

A Vancouver police officer working at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game has become the first member of the department to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on an overdose victim.

Staff Sgt. Bill Spearn of the VPD's organized crime section said the officer was working with a partner Dec. 28 at a Canucks game at Rogers Arena and noticed a commotion outside one of the gates involving a man who collapsed on the ground.

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38 CN BC: Column: Federal Health Minister Talks Legalization, InjectionThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:03/06/2017

t's always nice to hear from the person in charge when you have questions about what he or she is going to do to address a problem affecting a large number of people.

You may not always like the answers - or get a straight answer, for that matter - but still, it's something, right?

That person in charge: Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott

The problem - more of an epidemic, really: the overdose death crisis that killed 922 people in 2016, not the widely reported 914 as yours truly and others have written for more than a month. (Toxicology test results of suspected drug overdose victims continue to confirm more bad news.)

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39 CN BC: RCMP Raid Marijuana Dispensaries In Chemainus And DuncanFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Ladysmith Chronicle (CN BC) Author:Gregory, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:03/06/2017

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have raided dispensaries in Chemainus and made multiple arrests, including the owner of Leaf Compassion.

Officers entered the Leaf Compassion store on Chemainus Road with a warrant at around 12 p.m. on Friday and were still on scene in the early hours of the evening.

"They went ahead and arrested all of our staff that were on site and began their search and seizure," said Leaf Compassion's regional manager Justin Gurinskas outside the store.

Green Aura in Chemainus was also raided by RCMP on Friday as well as Green Tea Medical Dispensary, located in Duncan but part of the North Cowichan municipality, on Thursday.

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40 CN BC: OPED: Perspectives On The Drug Overdose Crisis In BCWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:BC Medical Journal (CN BC) Author:Tyndal, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:03/06/2017

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 2, March 2017, page(s) 89 BC Centre for Disease Control Mark W. Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC

British Columbia is in the midst of a public health crisis, with 914 documented overdose deaths in 2016. While there has been a steady increase in overdose deaths over the past 2 years, December 2016 had the highest monthly total of deaths ever recorded (128 deaths).[1] This is particularly alarming as it is happening despite a public health emergency announcement in April 2016 and a massive scale-up of the take-home naloxone program that has been used in over 3000 overdose reversals.

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41 CN BC: Expert Calls For 'Scaled Up' Approach To Opioid CrisisFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:03/06/2017

Disease control director says more should be prescribed

One of British Columbia's top experts on diseases has slammed longstanding "drug policies that criminalize drug users," in an op-ed in the B.C. Medical Journal's new issue, and pushed for the expansion of government-prescribed opioids.

Dr. Mark Tyndall, provincial medical director of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, wrote about the province's opioid overdose epidemic, which has killed almost 1,000 people in the last year "despite a public-health emergency announcement in April 2016."

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42CN BC: OPED: Ottawa Overdue In Regulating Pot DispensariesFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Young, Stew Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Langford Mayor Stew Young wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week about policies on marijuana dispensaries. This is the text of his letter.

As you are aware, the City of Langford has been one of the fastest-growing communities within the capital region of Victoria over the past number of years. With this rapid growth comes many challenges associated with becoming a regional centre, including the regulation of cannabis dispensaries. Although many municipalities are struggling with this issue, I am one of the few mayors within our region looking for a common-sense and fully compliant approach to the distribution of cannabis.

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43 CN BC: Legal Pot Will Protect Kids: TrudeauFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:03/06/2017

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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44CN BC: Legal Pot Will Keep Youth Safe, Take Money From Gangs: PMFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Federal government has no plans to include other illicit drugs in legislation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance.

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45CN BC: PM Says Legalized Pot Safer For YouthFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Trudeau looks to take money away from criminals and put it toward those 'facing challenges'

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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46 CN BC: PM Won't Widen Decriminalization Of DrugsFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hunter, Justine Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:03/06/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting recommendations from British Columbia's top health officials to widen the scope of his government's decriminalization agenda beyond marijuana to help stem the country's growing opioid crisis.

Mr. Trudeau will meet Friday with health experts in Vancouver to discuss Canada's response to the rising toll of overdose deaths, the latest in a series of meetings where he has engaged with British Columbians on the front lines of the deadly opioid battle.

The Prime Minister quietly met with first responders in the Downtown Eastside last December. At that time, British Columbia was tallying its worst year for drug overdoses and in January, his government promised $10 million in additional health funding for B.C. to boost its response to a fentanyl-fuelled epidemic.

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47CN BC: PM: Pot Shops In Victoria Remain IllegalFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Federal rules on legalizing marijuana expected by summer, Trudeau says

Until the federal government legalizes marijuana, dispensaries operating in Victoria and Vancouver are illegal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to the capital region.

"We are hoping to bring in legislation before the summer, we're working very hard on the excellent report put forward by the task force on marijuana. But I cannot stress enough that until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current law applies," he said.

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48 CN BC: Carfentanil Bust In NelsonFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:168 Added:03/06/2017

It's an elephant tranquilizer, and it can kill you.

The Nelson Police Department recently busted a man for possession, and after sending away his faux oxycodone tablets to Health Canada they were informed the batch contained carfentanil.

"I was extremely upset when I saw that. I've been reading about it North America-wide,hearing about it in major cities, but I didn't expect to see it in Nelson this fast," detective David Laing told the Star.

The deadly synthetic opioid is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, the primary drug responsible for nearly 1,000 B.C. overdose deaths in 2016. Chief Paul Burkart has named addressing this issue as the department's number-one priority, holding numerous community meetings on the subject.

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49 CN BC: Pot Shop Blocking Bid For Non-ProfitThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:03/06/2017

Application denied because marijuana awareness group would be in same building as illegal dispensary

The owner of a Penticton marijuana dispensary is now feeling the burn from his decision to do business without proper permits. Jukka Laurio applied to the city in December for a non-profit registration that would allow the Association for Medical Marijuana Awareness to operate out of the same building as his Herbal Green dispensary on Westminster Avenue.

The purpose of the association is to "collect, organize and disseminate information about medicinal cannabis products," according to its submission to the city.

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50 CN BC: First-Ever Bong Display At Public Art GalleryWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Boyd, Dale Area:British Columbia Lines:105 Added:03/06/2017

As far as he knows, Patrick Vrolyk may be the first glass blower to have his one-of-a-kind bongs and glassware displayed in a public art gallery.

Vrolyk, better known as Redbeard, will have his unique works on display for the Penticton Art Gallery's opening of Grassland on March 17.

"I'm super proud, super excited. It's a milestone of my career, a highlight, you could say. I'm working hard to be ready for it. I'm really excited, it's going to be fun," Vrolyk said.

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