Penticton's mayor is applauding a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision
that ruled local governments do indeed have the right to regulate
medical marijuana dispensaries. "The judge clearly stated that even
though the use of marijuana is federally regulated, the federal law
does not authorize access to medical marijuana from dispensaries and
municipalities are not precluded from putting in regulations to
control them," Andrew Jakubeit said in a statement.
"This decision is welcomed as it provides further clarity on our
rights and obligations to control dispensaries and gives added
strength to our enforcement policy."
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Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter
the cost to life, liberty and truth.
The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys
lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the
Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing
themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How
could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is
impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.
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Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal
ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a
graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.
We've been here before.
During prohibition, people got sick and died from potent or
contaminated bootlegged booze. Organized crime flourished. Then,
liquor was legalized again.
It's time to do the same with hard drugs.
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs. Overdose
deaths and HIV transmission rates fell. Drug use is down and treatment
is up. Trafficking remains illegal but users get health services, not
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Non-profit group takes Victoria patients to get same-day methadone
A Victoria non-profit group has started a service to drive people to
Nanaimo to get methadone and suboxone prescriptions because the wait
time to see a doctor is much shorter.
"A lot of clients would say: 'I can't see a doctor for weeks.' So when
this new clinic opened in Nanaimo and said they were taking clients,
we saw an opportunity," said Lucy Hagos, operations manager at the
Daily Dose Society, which operates the Wheels for Recovery program.
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We would like to respond to a recent article (Penticton Western News,
Feb. 8, Some dispensaries'thumbing their noses' at the city rules)
which Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said we are 'thumbing our nose' at the
city by operating without a business license.
Firstly, we can appreciate the concerns of citizens who are unfamiliar
with the medical benefits of cannabis products and the service that a
professional dispensary provides. This is a new type of business for
many communities and there are still old perceptions that all users
are hippies and kids just getting high. The majority of our customers
are adults over the age of 50 who are seeking help with medical issues
such as arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, MS, glaucoma, seizures and pain
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A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker
Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the
Victoria courthouse to the courtroom.
The decision highlighted an ongoing sheriff shortage that has closed
courtrooms, delayed trials and tossed cases out of court around B.C.
The Victoria courthouse is particularly hard hit.
Justice Robert Johnston blamed the situation on "a lack of provincial
will to provide the necessary resources," as he stayed a charge of
possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking against Richard
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After decrying Ottawa's "divide and conquer" approach to health-care
agreements, British Columbia signed its own side deal on Friday - to
get extra cash for the drug-overdose crisis.
B.C. had been one of the most vocal critics of Ottawa's strategy to
pick off provinces one by one with special agreements, rather than
negotiate across-the-board health transfers with all the provinces.
But B.C. officials said Friday they eventually decided to settle the
feud because they wanted to present a united Canadian front in the
softwood lumber trade dispute with the U.S.
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If governments were really providing an urgent response to the
fentanyl crisis, Correne Antrobus wouldn't be prowling Victoria's
streets looking for a drug dealer to sell her daughter methadone.
Antrobus shared her story in the Times Colonist this week. Her
daughter is addicted to opiates, but wants to quit. When she asked her
family for help, they sought medical support and a quick start on
legal methadone that would stabilize her addiction, keep her safe and
allow her to seek treatment.
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Inspired by Canada's finest storyteller, Moriarty shares a tale from
his misspent youth
As a tribute to Stuart McLean, Canada's finest storyteller who passed
away Wednesday, I'd like to tell you a story about the time, in a whim
of desperation, I considered killing Moses, the family dog.
I was 16 the night my best friends Drew and Larry came to my house to
smoke some marijuana.
The three of us were going to a dance that night. My home seemed like
a safe place to toke before heading off to the gymnasium at Lord Byng
Secondary, where, if fortune smiled upon me this evening, I would slow
dance with the golden Ilona through the entirety of Jethro Tull's
Thick As A Brick.
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On Tuesday (February 21), exactly 914 feathers will hang from the
trees in Oppenheimer Park.
They will symbolize the 914 people who died of an illicit-drug
overdose in B.C. in 2016. The feathers will be carved out of wood and
as many as possible will bear the name of somebody who died after
The Vancouver demonstration is part of a national day of action that
is so far planned for seven cities across Canada. In B.C., events are
also planned for Victoria and Nanaimo.
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IHA saw largest increase in rate of drug overdose deaths from 2015 to
2016, a 145 per cent jump, from 64 to 158 deaths
Kelowna had the third highest number of illicit drug overdose deaths
among B.C. cities last month.
In January, there were eight drug overdose deaths in Kelowna, 10
deaths in the Okanagan and 18 deaths across Interior Health, according
to a BC Coroners Service report released Friday.
The top two cities for drug overdose deaths in January were Vancouver
with 45 deaths and Surrey with nine.
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Every one of the 26 people who overdosed on illicit drugs at Our Place
in January survived, some treated with oxygen alone to keep them breathing.
As a result, they did not join the 116 people who died of drug
overdoses in B.C. last month.
The 18 deaths recorded on Vancouver Island matched the high seen in
November, and was up two from December, according to a report from the
B.C. Coroners Service. Overall numbers in B.C. were down from a record
high of 142 in December.
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Vancouver World kept up steady stream of stories on evil of
The evil of drugs has been a recurring theme for Vancouver newspapers
since the city was founded in 1886. But few papers went as far as the
Vancouver World's anti-dope campaign in January and February of 1922.
The tone of the campaign is summed up in an illustration by cartoonist
Ernest LeMessurier on Feb. 18. A sharply dressed "dope trafficker"
cowers before a cat o' nine tails whip being wielded by an arm
labelled "public indignation." The title of the illustration is "The
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Police cite parents' concerns over health and safety
Nanaimo Mounties have closed a marijuana dispensary that opened next
door to a children's daycare centre.
Leaf Labs Medical Cannabis Services, at 679 Terminal Ave., was shut
down Monday, three days after it opened, when police checked the
business and allegedly observed evidence they believe contravened
Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The dispensary was closed and secured until a search warrant was
granted to search the premises.Police seized about 0.7 kilograms of
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The Village of Cumberland has received four applications to operate a
medical marijuana dispensary business.
Application packages for Temporary Use Permits were submitted to the
village before the January 15 deadline.
Staff reviewed the applications for completeness and indicated each
contained all the required information and details.
The applicants are Trugreen Solutions Inc owned by George Oliver,
Cumberland Pot Pourri owned by Ian and Katherine Kelly, Mid Island
Medicinals owned by the Waverly Hotel and Pub, and Trichome Collective
owned by Marwayne Enterprises Ltd.
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Re: "Langford launches new bid to block marijuana dispensary," Feb. 15.
I'm fairly certain jay-walking is still against the law. Is Langford
Mayor Stew Young "mad as hell" that this is still going on, despite
There has long been good reason to decriminalize marijuana, as
Canadian drug laws arguably cause more harm than good. Our federal
government, along with a great many voters, clearly agree with this.
Municipalities need to take responsibility and do what they know is
right, with or without help from the federal government.
In the late 1990s, Sam Sullivan, today the Liberal MLA for
Vancouver-False Creek, paid for a 20-year-old sex worker's heroin
habit for a period of three weeks.
He was a city councillor at the time. The story was front-page news in
2005, when Sullivan made a successful run for mayor. During the
campaign, he refused to apologize for helping the girl purchase drugs.
"I had become very angry with a society that would let this lovely
young woman degrade herself because our morals wouldn't allow us to
accept where she was and help her try to move past it without
destroying her life in the process," Sullivan told the Vancouver
Courier that year.
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Victoria councillor criticizes first come, first served approach
The first of dozens of cannabis dispensary rezoning applications in
Victoria is headed to public hearing, but consideration of another
City councillors decided Thursday to forward an application for Trees,
at 546 Yates St., to public hearing, while deferring consideration of
a second application from Pure Releaf, for its proposed dispensary at
510-512 Yates St. - less than half a block from the Trees outlet.
Approval of both outlets would be in violation of the city's cannabis
dispensary rezoning policy, which mandates that storefront cannabis
retailers must be at least 200 metres from each other.
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City files injunction to block dispensary that was first shut the day
West Shore RCMP have once again moved to shut down Langford's first
and only pot shop, arresting two people and seizing marijuana on Wednesday.
Mounties executed a search warrant at Green Tree Medical Dispensary at
108-688 Granderson Rd.
"The storefront had illegally reopened its doors over the weekend
contrary to municipal and federal regulations," said West Shore RCMP
spokesman Const. Alex Berube.
No charges have been laid and Berube said the investigation is
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The B.C. government owns more than 25 low-income hotels in community
hit hardest by overdose drug deaths
Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling on the provincial government to set
up drug injection rooms in all of the single-room-occupancy hotels it
owns in the Downtown Eastside as another measure to prevent people
from dying of a drug overdose.
The provincial government owns more than 25 hotels in the Downtown
Eastside, where people are dying at an alarming rate of overdoses
largely linked to the deadly synthetic narcotic fentanyl.
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Cities have the right to deny business licences to illegal marijuana
dispensaries and to prohibit the cultivation or sale of marijuana
through their zoning bylaws, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.
The case is the latest development in what has become a patchwork of
inconsistent rules and legal skirmishes as cities grapple with
changing laws and an aggressive new marijuana industry.
While the sale of marijuana at storefronts, such as dispensaries,
remains illegal, some cities such as Vancouver have moved to regulate
them through business licences. Others, including Abbotsford, have
remained determined to keep them outlawed.
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As the feds prepare to legalize marijuana, the task force appointed to
conceptualize legalization has now recommended the drug be sold in
I can't imagine this being implemented successfully in Vancouver. This
city famously has more pot shops than Tim Hortons restaurants and from
Point Grey's Wealth to Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture they all have
unique brands designed to attract a particular clientele.
They are also all operating outside the law and have been - in some
cases - for years. Now, the federal government wants to legalize pot
and force the blooming industry to comply with their rules but just
like you can't close Pandora's box once it's been opened, it will be
extremely difficult to shove all the brands and businesses built
around marijuana into one uniform, plain package.
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Langford Mayor Stew Young says he's madder than hell that the
municipality's first and only pot shop reopened on the weekend.
"I am not going to turn a blind eye to something illegal," said Young,
reacting to news that Green Tree Medical Dispensary is up and running.
The store, at 108-688 Granderson Rd., had been shut down by West Shore
RCMP on Jan. 17, the day after it opened.
"It is still illegal and the police will do their job, but the federal
government better get its act together, because I'm fed up with the
top politicians in the country saying we're going to legalize pot and
it's turned into a free-for-all in the meantime," said Young, adding
it's up to West Shore RCMP to take action. "I will never go to a
policeman and say: 'Do not uphold the law.' "
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West Kelowna council set to consider bylaw that would restrict where
medicinal marijuana can be grown, sold
It's high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank,
city and police officials say. A new bylaw intended to curb the
proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be
considered today by West Kelowna council.
The proposed regulations set strict limits on where and how
marijuana-growing businesses could operate in the future with the
expected legalization of the drug.
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A Victoria mother said she was desperate when she took her daughter to
buy "street" methadone after being told it would take two weeks to a
month to get a proper prescription.
"To our dismay, we have an addicted daughter asking for help and we
are forced to buy some street drugs like a common criminal to keep her
going until we can get her some help," said Correne Antrobus in a
letter to the Times Colonist. "We have been waiting for this
opportunity to help our daughter before she overdoses and the window
is very slight when an addict is asking for help."
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Scientists engineer mice to resist cocaine's habit-forming
Scientists at the University of B.C. have built a better mouse - one
that is indifferent to cocaine.
Unlike normal mice, the genetically engineered rodents did not show
addictive behaviour even after repeated injections of the narcotic
over days, suggesting habitual drug use in humans may be a matter of
While the finding is unlikely to yield a pill that cures addiction any
time soon, it could lead to a test that identifies who is at greatest
risk of addiction and enable people to act on that knowledge, said
Shernaz Bamji, the lead author of a study published Tuesday by the
journal Nature Neuroscience.
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West Kelowna's new top cop says marijuana dispensaries are
At the request of West Kelowna city staff, West Kelowna's new RCMP
detachment commander has clarified the force's position related to
At a meeting with council Friday, a statement from staff-sergeant
Lesli Roseberry was presented that indicated marijuana continues to be
regulated as a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act, which the RCMP has an obligation to enforce.
"The RCMP is responsible for enforcing Canadian laws, as they stand
today," said Roseberry in her statement. "Our communities expect that
we will take enforcement action to meet this responsibility, and do so
in an impartial and professional manner. There is no such thing as
having a tolerance for marijuana dispensaries. Simply put, these
dispensaries are illegal."
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Selling marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has been
temporarily banned from the city - yet a cannabis clinic that would
provide service to North Coast communities still has every intention
of moving forward with opening its doors within the year.
On Feb. 6, after a public hearing that drew only three vocal
residents, Prince Rupert city council passed the zoning bylaw
amendment that prohibits the commercial sale and production of
marijuana until Jan. 1, 2018.
This temporary prohibition, however, does not block the Medical
Cannabis Resource Centre Inc. (MCRCI) from opening a site in the city.
There was some confusion raised during the public hearing over whether
or not the bylaw would allow for a medical marijuana dispensary that
would offer support and information to users, and a variety of
marijuana products on site rather than ordering online.
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The process of weeding out dozens of pot shops in Victoria could begin
this week as the first two zoning applications for cannabis
dispensaries come before city councillors for consideration.
Making the applications are two dispensaries in the 500 block of Yates
Street - one already in operation and one proposed. Under the city's
cannabis rezoning policies, storefront cannabis retailers must be at
least 200 metres from each other, so one is bound to fail.
Mayor Lisa Helps said the city is essentially adopting a first-come,
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The City of Langford has filed a civil injunction to once again shut
down Green Tree Medical Dispensary, continuing an effort to block pot
shops looking to gain a foothold in the municipality.
"We have filed the civil action on behalf of the City of Langford and
the legal action has commenced," Troy DeSouza, a lawyer at Dominion
GovLaw LLP, told the Times Colonist on Tuesday.
DeSouza said bylaw enforcement officers plan to serve the injunction
to the dispensary today.
The business has 21 days to respond and if it contests the injunction,
the matter could end up before the courts.
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When asked if fentanyl is the now biggest reason to fear recreational
drugs, Valemount RCMP Officer, Chris Gallant said, "To answer the
question simply, yes."
The Valemount Secondary School hosted a fentanyl forum to educate
residents on what fentanyl is, what an overdose looks like and how to
reverse the effects of an overdose. A similar presentation was given
to students earlier in the day.
Principal Dan Kenkel emceed the forum and the panel consisted of the
B.C. Ambulance Service's (BCAS), Dakota Stone, B.C. Emergency Health
Services' (BCEHS) Community Paramedic, Jasmin Gasser, Northern Health
Mental Health and Addictions Counselor, Heather Whalen, Northern
Health Community Health Nurse, Bernita Nesjan, and RCMP Officer, Chris
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I'm offended by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall's comments
about giving drug addicts free drugs.
Drug addicts steal to support their habits and we taxpayers, who work
hard for our money, and senior citizens who are suffering on low
incomes are paying for this. It isn't free, it's our tax money! And,
please, I never want to hear that term, "recreational drugs." Nobody
should be using unprescribed drugs and if more start dying over it the
word might get out that drugs are not the thing to do!
It's time to stop making excuses and time to start looking at
supporting those who work hard all their lives, abide by the rules and
pay their taxes - law-abiding citizens.
Bill Blatter, Langley
Dear Editor: Weeks ago a writer from Victoria correctly fingered the BC
government as responsible for the escalating drug overdose deaths. Right
assessment, wrong reason.
The heroin deaths do not result from insufficient support to addicts.
Conversely, the deaths result, ultimately, from the ever increasing,
if unintended, provincial endorsement of this self-destructive
behaviour. The patronizing acceptance of this aberration with the
milksop pronouncements by Interior Heath officials and Minister Terry
Lake serve only to justify and legitimatize this suicidal behaviour.
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Re: No easy answer to addiction, letters, Feb. 4; and Get addicts off
drugs, editorial, Jan. 28.
So B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake takes "great exception" to The
Sun's editorial assertion that harm reduction policies "send the
message that it's OK to be a drug addict." Unfortunately, his
subsequent discussion is a reiteration of the rationale for harm
reduction, not a refutation of The Sun's assertion.
Any state action that makes it easier to belong to the drug culture
cannot but send a message that is at odds with the deadly danger
there. Many claim irrefutable evidence of a net benefit in
harm-reduction initiatives, but none of their studies have considered
the softening of public attitude pointed out by The Sun.
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Gordon Clark's Feb. 6 column contains two errors: He assumes that we
can 1) enforce or 2) educate our way out of this opioid crisis. Such
assumptions have been made for decades and have perpetuated the opioid
The treatment recommendations being advocated today were called for in
Canada in the early 1970s and again in the '90s, but were ignored. We
mustn't miss another opportunity, particularly in the midst of the
current crisis. Treatments we advocate now have worked in Europe and
they can work in North America. We just need the will.
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Illicit drug overdoses are claiming lives at rates never seen before,
a trend described by the Island's medical health officer as heart breaking.
"Unfortunately it's not going away and it's not going away any time
soon," Charmaine Enns, Island Health's chief medical health officer,
told city council at its Monday night meeting.
In fact, statistics show that fatal overdose rates are not only not
going away, but they're on the rise.
"We were averaging two opioid overdose deaths a day in the province
(in 2016)," Enns said. "For the month of December we were having an
average of four deaths a day."
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Re: "Is free heroin the best route?" editorial, Feb. 7.
Most certainly. After free needles are provided to citizens with
diabetes, everyone gets free legal drugs that are prescribed by
physicians, B.C. parks are properly funded, citizens on disability get
drugs free, the E&N is fully funded so passenger trains again run, a
Malahat bypass is built, highways are properly maintained, ferries are
free for everyone who lives on Vancouver Island, etc.
Until then, no free heroin should even be considered. People need to
be responsible for the consequences of their actions.
Making drugs illegal and unsafe has fuelled the toll, says Gordon
Why do we have laws which guaranteed that hundreds of British
Columbians committed involuntary suicide last year - unwisely but also
unintentionally killing themselves by injecting unknown substances?
Legally assisted death is highly controlled, and yet we let drug
deaths run rampant.
By contrast, any adult can go to a store and buy alcohol of known
potency and lawfully drink all day.
The users of other recreational drugs cannot obtain safe supplies of
known potency to do the same thing. They have to play the Russian
roulette of unknown chemicals. Yes, they "win" most of the time (if
being wasted without dying fits that description), but they lose all
too often. And then they die, recently from fentanyl and who knows
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In response to the growing drug overdose problem, Interior Health will
establish a mobile overdose prevention unit in Kelowna this spring.
In January, IH announced its plan to apply for an exemption from
Health Canada to operate a mobile supervised injection site.
Unlike a supervised injection site, the mobile prevention unit will
focus on helping people who have overdosed or are at risk of an
overdose, and does not require an exemption from Health Canada.
"The mobile units are expected to be operational by the end of March
2017," said Dr. Trevor Corneil, chief medical officer with Interior
Health, in a report to the IH board this week.
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I find our government's action in easing access to alcohol surprising,
especially in consideration of the extreme caution shown in regard to
providing legal access to cannabis.
Alcohol causes many deaths each year, yet regulations regarding use
continue to be eased. Although we have been promised legally regulated
access to cannabis, the process is extremely cumbersome and slow.
People continue to be arrested, gaining life-impairing criminal
records, as we wait for the fulfillment of the promise to legalize.
Cannabis has never caused an overdose death and has many medicinal
benefits, while we have a good awareness of many physical and social
harms caused by the widespread abuse of alcohol. Our current
situation, in which cannabis availability for non-medical use is left
in the hands of the illegal market, provides easy access to minors and
no protocols to assure the safety of the product.
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Long before a mobile injection site is approved by Health Canada,
Kelowna will see a rollingoutreach unit open its doors to drug users.
"We will move ahead with establishing mobile units to provide other
types of services, such as outreach, opioid agonist therapy, primary
care nursing and wound care," said Dr. Trevor Corneil,chief medical
officer with Interior Health, explaining that these services do not
need to be sanctioned by the feds.
"Those types of things will prepare us well for when an approval is
granted by Health Canada."
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Council agrees to Temporary Use Permit option
Vllage of Pemberton (VOP) council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday,
Feb. 7, gave third and final reading to its zoning amendment regarding
medical marijuana dispensaries. The bylaw was approved at first and
second readings in January.
The amendment, based on advice from VOP solicitors, defines and
prohibits marijuana operations. The amendment has come up several
times over the past few months as SWED Society applied to the VOP to
permit a medical marijuana dispensary, and was the subject of a packed
public meeting a week earlier in which most attendees voiced approval
to allow such dispensaries.
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The provincial government announced a boost in funding this week for
one of the organizations trying to aid addicts.
Health Minister Terry Lake announced $5 million of extra funding for
the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and an additional $1.9 million
for ongoing operations funding.
It's that last that will be key going forward.
The BCCSU has developed new clinical treatment guidelines for opioid
addicts, to go into effect later this spring. The use of opioids -
heroin and related prescription drugs - has been the gateway for drug
dealers to mix fentanyl and carfentanil into their product. Even tiny
doses of fentanyl can prove fatal, and hundreds of addicts and casual
drug users have died in the last year in B.C.
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More than 900 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses last
year. That's 80 per cent more than 2015, and the highest total ever
recorded in our province. Nor is there an end in sight.
Drug deaths climbed throughout 2016, reaching 142 in the month of
December alone. If that trend continues, we could conceivably see
1,700 fatalities or more this year. Those are disastrous numbers.
The main effort to curtail fentanyl deaths has focused on the antidote
naloxone. Kits are being handed out to users, their families and
first-response teams across the province.
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Last year, Penticton city council took some bold steps to deal with
the growing problem of medical marijuana dispensaries opening in the
city, culminating in the issuance of temporary use permits as an
If they expected that would prevent them from having to deal with the
problem again, before the expected legalization of marijuana sales is
passed by the federal government later this year, they were mistaken.
Only two permits were issued, and another five applicants were
refused. Not receiving a permit didn't stop Okanagan Cannabis
Solutions, which opened their Main Street location on Jan. 16, or
Jukka Laurio, who applied to the city - and was refused - for
non-profit status for his Association for Medical Marijuana Awareness.
He continues to operate Herbal Green dispensary despite the lack of a
permit, and ongoing fines.
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Vancouver's approach to regulating illegal marijuana dispensaries is
working, says the councillor who helped develop Canada's first
municipal pot licensing regime, even if almost half of the stores
continue to operate outside the bylaw.
Councillor Kerry Jang, point person for the governing Vision Vancouver
party on the marijuana file, said that regardless of how long it takes
to shut down these rogue shops, the city's regulatory program - not
police raids - is paying off. The strategy is meeting the city's
public-health goals of stamping out sales to minors and cutting down
on the armed robberies now plaguing Toronto's illegal dispensary sector.
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This is all temporary.
Nelson city council passed the first three readings of a new pot
dispensary bylaw on Monday evening, but their assumption is the
federal government's coming legalization will make their work
redundant within the next three years.
"This really is a temporary thing, allowing this until we see what the
federal government is going to do," councillor Mike Dailly said during
"Then it will be ground zero, and we're going to have to start all
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Prince George RCMP shut down two suspected pot dispensaries in less
than a week.
The first, located in the 700 block of Fourth Avenue, was closed by
police on Feb. 3 and the second, in the 1400 block of Third Avenue,
was closed three days later, RCMP said Tuesday.
The stores appeared to have gotten ahead of themselves as, despite
signaling its intention to do so, the federal government has not yet
And while Vancouver, which has its own police force, has passed bylaws
to regulate the businesses, "any municipality that allows this to
occur does so at its own risk because it's going against federal
legislation," City of Prince George spokesman Mike Kellett said.
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Marijuana dispensaries are back on city council's agenda today during
what looks to be a jam-packed set of meetings.
McNaughton Support Services, which provides programs for adults and
youth with developmental disabilities, has complained about Okanagan
Cannabis Solutions opening up next door at 575 Main St., without the
"We were relieved when we heard that city council had not issued a
licence for this dispensary, but see that it is now open in spite of
this," director Warren McNaughton wrote in a letter to council.
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Here we are in the biggest fatal overdose epidemic in B.C. history and
what's top of mind for the province's addiction treatment experts? The
need to "destigmatize" addiction. In fact, let's not even call the
taking of deadly illegal drugs an "addiction" or "drug abuse" any
more, they tell us. We're supposed to call addicts "patients" with a
Excuse me if I don't buy the nicey-nicey language. And I doubt if most
people who live in the real world and who have to pay millions of
dollars in taxes for all these latest trendy approaches to drug
addiction do, either.
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