VICTORIA - The economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was
$38.4 billion, or about $1,100 for every Canadian, says a report
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction partnered with the
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research to examine the data and
estimate the harms of substance use based on health, justice, lost
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The costs and benefits of cannabis and cannabis policies are difficult
to calculate, but cannabis legalization will remove many impediments
A recent study finding an association between chronic cannabis use by
young people and diminished life outcomes acknowledged "while we
controlled for multiple potential confounds, it is possible that there
are other explanatory mechanisms that have not been accounted for ...
in the current study."
Oddly, one of the confounds the study neglected to control for is the
self-medication of emotional and psychological problems such as ADHD
and PTSD, which typically stem from childhood trauma: abuse, neglect,
abandonment or, in some cases perhaps, an emotionally unavailable father.
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Open letter sent to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and
her B.C. counterpart David Eby
Jessika Villano sells a potent array of dried cannabis, oils, salves
and even bud-infused bath bombs at Buddha Barn Medicinal Society - all
grown and processed by small-scale British Columbia producers.
Villano doesn't want that to change when marijuana is legalized later
this year, and she's among the proponents of local craft cannabis who
are pushing the federal and provincial governments to ensure its survival.
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Some time this summer, marijuana will be legal in Canada. It's
already legal in Washington state and has been for four years.
But Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth warned this week that
there's a significant problem looming at the border crossing,
because it's still going to be illegal there.
It makes no sense whatsoever, but the U.S. federal government controls
the border crossing, and marijuana is still nominally illegal in the
"People [meaning, cannabis users] are going to naturally assume, on
either side of the border, that they cross back and forth because
it's legal in each jurisdiction,a" told the house. "But the
reality is it will not be legal at that federal border crossing."
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The Liberal Party of Canada has voted in favour of removing criminal
penalties for the personal possession of drugs.
It's one of a number of policies that the party selected as
priorities at a convention in Halifax on Saturday (April 21).
Members also voted in favour of universal pharmacare, decriminalizing
consensual sex work, and expanding medicare to cover mental-health
A total of 15 policies were selected to become official party
However, a policy's status as a party priority does not mean that
party leaders have to include it in the document where it really
counts: the party's campaign platform for the next federal election.
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VANCOUVER - A government prohibition against mixing cannabis and
caffeine makes little sense, say some research scientists. There is
only speculation that the combination might pose a risk.
The practice, so common in the legendary pot capital of Amsterdam that
cannabis dispensaries are called "coffee shops," appears unlikely to
be coming to Canada anytime soon.
"It seems like the overriding philosophy for a lot of this is: ban
anything that might be a concern," said M-J Milloy, research scientist
with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use. "Then it's easier to un-ban
rather than trying to do it the other way around."
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On the eve of 4/20, CBC is hosting a panel to give kids and parents
the information they need before anyone tokes up.
Titled 4/19, the free evening event at Vancouver Technical secondary
hosted by CBC's Gloria Macarenko is aimed at informing teenagers and
their parents about the medical, social and legal impacts of cannabis
use for youth, with legalization in sight.
Experts range from youth workers and police officers to lawyers and
scientists, covering all aspects of this hazy issue.
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VANCOUVER - Vancouver city councillors agreed the city's approach to
harm reduction may appears extreme to those who haven't experienced
the overdose crisis' impacts first-hand.
But Coun. Hector Bremner told StarMetro he thinks those skeptical of
harm reduction simply haven't had an opportunity to learn how it
"The average person going about their day to day life, worrying about
their family and putting food on their table is not necessarily deeply
involved in these issues," Bremner said. "And so they go with what
they feel, or what they know, or what's the societal norm.
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"The 4/20 marijuana event will take place again this year in Sunset
Beach Park, against the wishes of the elected park board
commissioners. The board continues to have significant concerns about
the event's impact on residents, the park and facilities that serve
"The park board does not believe this event is an appropriate use of
park space because it violates our no smoking by-laws and has negative
consequences for park users and infrastructure. The Board has declined
to give organizers a permit as the event does not meet our criteria
for issuing a special event permit.
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Studies show controlled drug use can reduce consumption of street
As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent
studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable
options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing
long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.
An analysis of opioid prescriptions in the U.S.published on Monday by
the American Medical Association showed a significant decrease in
opioid prescriptions in states that have adopted some sort of cannabis
legislation. Using data from 2010 to 2015, the analysis counted 3.7
million fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed in states that allow
weed dispensaries, while states that allow only home cultivation saw a
decrease of 1.8 million daily prescribed doses.
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Veterinarian Katherine Kramer remembers an 18-year-old cat she
recommended be put on hemp-based cannabidoil (CBD).
"It had heart disease and pancreatitis so painful the traditional
amount of pain medication knocked him out and he had no quality of
life," says Kramer, a veterinarian at Vancouver Animal Wellness
Clinic. "So, I contacted the [medicinal marijuana] Compassion Club."
Kramer says with not much to lose, the owner agreed to work together
and very soon the cat was eating and playing again.
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Nelson Police executed a search warrant on a downtown medical
marijuana dispensary and arrested five employees.
Five employees at MMJ marijuana dispensary, 752 Vernon Street, were
taken into custody Tuesday morning, March 20, without incident.
Charges against the employees are pending, said a release from NPD
Chief Constable Paul Burkart, adding that all five were released from
custody Tuesday afternoon.
Until charges are formally laid, Burkart said the NPD will be making
no further comment as the investigation is ongoing. A further update
can be expected in the next week.
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The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some
details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of
Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it,
a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in
Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the
wishes of the community.
"We will be able to approve or disapprove an application. If something
is in the commercial zone that's too close to a park or school, we
will just not approve it," Schwartzenberger said.
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News release that called for study to make personal use legal called
Things started off on a pretty collegial tone Tuesday morning in
Vancouver city council.
Much of the morning session was concerned with development plans for
an 8.4-hectare site in south Vancouver. Councillors echoed their
support for the project, and one commented on proceedings going "so
smoothly." The mayor agreed, saying it was nice to conduct the meeting
"without the kind of friction that can sometimes occur."
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Near the historic native village of Kitwancool in northern B.C., the
hereditary chief of the Gitanyow frog clan has his eye on an old
logging site that could be the perfect place to grow a new cash crop.
"It's already serviced with a power supply," said Will Marsden. "We
see an opportunity for our people to be employed in sustainable jobs
in our traditional territories."
Those jobs would be in the legal marijuana trade, coming soon to
British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
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Can we put the words "illegal" and "marijuana" together and still be
making a relevant statement in Canada? Marijuana is going to be legal
as a recreation drug.
The federal government has committed itself to legalization. The
provincial government has stepped forward with a plan for legal
marijuana, which included dispensaries as a component. They even went
so far as to include early licence application for
Marijuana will be sold, consumed by people and I do not believe there
is anything that will stop that from happening. This means the
political movement to legalize marijuana is no longer of significant
relevance. Operating dispensaries as a political statement is no
longer required. So, now what?
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Last week, the Liberal government introduced the 2018 budget. As is
customary in Canadian democracy, it is the role of the Liberal
government to promote what it views as the merits of their budget.
As the Official Opposition, it is our job to illustrate the concerns
we have with the budget. On that note, I have a few. It has become
clear over this mandate, that the prime minister excels in making
promises, but often falls short on the delivery of said promises. For
example, we were promised electoral reform, a national housing
strategy, infrastructure investment, new fighter jets for our
the list goes on. This budget is no exception. Mr. Trudeau
distinctly promised Canadians that after a series of small deficits,
his government would return to a balanced budget in 2019. This budget
demonstrates that the Liberals have no intention whatsoever of
returning to balance in 2019.
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Back off, bud.
The City of North Vancouver is aiming to slam the lid on the host of
unlicensed pot shops that have operated with seeming impunity in
recent years following Monday's council meeting.
The crackdown, which involves civil court injunctions, is meant to
give the city enough time to draft its own regulations about where and
how marijuana dispensaries can operate within city limits.
"I do believe that it should be legalized but it needs to be
regulated," explained Mayor Darrell Mussatto. "This enforcement action
here is allowing us some time so that we can put in these regulations
before it actually becomes legalized."
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How do we get out of this box? It may be time to follow Portugal in
British Columbia has a $250,000-a-day drug habit that is spiralling
out of control - and it's not supported by the Downtown Eastside
Rather, it's the opioid substitution program.
The province now spends more than $90 million a year on "treatment"
and health services for participants of the drug-maintenance program -
that's more than it provides for legal aid.
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Emergency services taxed by spike in overdoses, incidents
Police, firefighters and paramedics are so overwhelmed with
drug-related 911 calls in the days after welfare cheques are issued
that Victoria's police chief wants the province to consider staggering
distribution of the cheques throughout the month.
"Generally speaking, we see a spike during the evening of welfare
Wednesday and the day or two after of overdose calls, disturbances,
drug activity occurring. Sometimes someone has been defrauded or
robbed," Police Chief Del Manak told the Times Colonist.
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Iam increasingly concerned with the inadequacy of our approach to the
opioid crisis, both as a society and in the field of public health.
There is no question that when people are dying in large numbers, we
have to respond, and that has been happening. Safe injection sites,
the distribution of naloxone kits and similar efforts are important.
But this response is sadly inadequate. It repeats the "upstream" story
that I told in the first column I wrote, in December 2014, one that is
fundamental to the public health approach. In essence, villagers
living on the banks of a river are so busy rescuing drowning people
that nobody has time to go upstream to learn how they are ending up in
the river and stop them being pushed in.
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Structural changes are required to clamp down on the unregulated
private lending networks that drug traffickers are using to launder
their illicit gains, a Simon Fraser University criminologist says.
A recent Globe and Mail investigation identified people connected to
the local fentanyl trade who are also private lenders, using
Vancouver-area real estate to clean their cash.
Neil Boyd, a criminology professor at SFU, said the complexity of
these private lending networks and similar white-collar crimes make
them notoriously hard to prosecute.
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Less than two months out from this year's rally, it appears the vast
majority of the end costs will again be passed on to taxpayers
While they still can't find consensus on a location, it does appear
all parties with a stake in the 4/20 smoke-out at Sunset Beach seem to
agree on this: organizers will have to foot little, if any, of what
could be a six-figure, post-event price tag.
Less than two months out from one of the city's largest and polarizing
public events, the Courier reached out the Vancouver Park Board, the
City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Police Department and rally
organizers to assess where the annual April 20 gathering is at in
terms of planning, lessons learned and the mechanics involved in the
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As Canada is poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana,
readers might wonder how schools will handle the change. Will kids be
legally toking up on school grounds? Will skunky smells be wafting
down the halls?
First off, it's important to note that when the recreational use of
marijuana is legalized, probably later this year, it will still be
illegal for minors to use or possess pot. In that regard, things won't
change in schools.
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Re: This is your brain on pot, Douglas Todd column, Feb. 17.
Again, kudos to The Vancouver Sun for Douglas Todd's column on the
potential health risks of marijuana.
Educators have been warning about this for a long time, but the
negative effects on adolescents has been blanked out by politicians
looking for easy tax dollars.
Just wait for the weeping and wailing that will follow the
legalization of marijuana as youth damage their brains while
participating in what they see as a rite of passage to adulthood.
Ted Cooper, Powell River
British Columbia is expecting legalized cannabis to bring in
$75-million a year to the province in taxes, with legal sales
estimated to be worth a billion dollars.
This week's provincial budget estimates that once the drug is
legalized later this year, the province will take in $50-million in
the current fiscal year and $75-million in 2019-2020, the first full
fiscal year under legalization.
That represents the province's 75 per cent share of a federal excise
tax, which Ottawa has said will be $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of
larger purchases, whichever is higher. While that translates to about
$1-billion in sales in the province, B.C.'s Finance Minister says it
could be higher.
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Medical marijuana added to health-insurance plan
Medical marijuana will soon be part of health insurance for students
at UBC Okanagan.
The one-year pilot program will begin in September. University of
Waterloo began a similar plan in 2014.
The idea was initiated by Michelle Thiessen, chairwoman of the
Okanagan chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and a
UBCO graduate student.
Without coverage for medical marijuana, students are left covering 100
per cent of the costs while still paying into the student health
insurance plan, she said.
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As the B.C. government sets policy on the legalization of marijuana,
the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos are still wondering what that will
Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said his council has to have a formal
discussion on the topic.
"We had most recently suggested that any sale (of marijuana) should
take place through a government agency and the province has decided
Hovanes previously questioned if municipalities should have any role
in marijuana legalization. Council recently supported a call for local
governments to receive a share of the cannabis revenue to cover social
and policing costs.
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Dear Tony: Our strata council is getting a lot of pressure from our
owners to adopt a bylaw that prohibits use of marijuana and growing of
marijuana plants. Several owners have already complained about the smell
of marijuana in the building from several smokers, and we had to
eradicate a grow-op back in 2004, costing our strata more than $75,000
in damages that we never recovered.
What our council is struggling with is the question of how far we can
go with our bylaws.
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B.C. has become a haven of drug-dealing and money-laundering that's
killing hundreds of people from overdoses and pricing homes beyond the
reach of law-abiding citizens.
That's the view of Attorney-General David Eby, who's promising bold
action to purge B.C.'s casinos and hyper-inflated real-estate markets
from the influence of criminals.
"We have an international reputation that's in tatters," Eby told me.
"We will clean it up. My goal is to have B.C.'s international
reputation back on track."
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As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet
As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an
ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers
from hitting B.C.'S streets.
"I've stopped lots of people who have been under the influence of
marijuana," recalls retired West Vancouver traffic enforcement officer
Cpl. Grant Gottgetreu. "You had to get really good at making
"Unless a person gets pulled over and there's an overwhelming smell of
burned marijuana from the car
there's still no instrument out there
to test like there is for alcohol yet."
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I firmly believe that most Canadians don't want recreational marijuana
legalized, and that there is still time to stop it.
The basic threat to the Liberal party is anti-marijuana voters who
will get their attention in the election coming up next year.
I don't need to repeat the many solid reasons why legalization of pot
is a bad decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It will turn into
a disaster, causing major grief to thousands of families.
It's sad that most Canadians don't speak up as loudly as the dopers do
while breaking the law. What we need is a well-known "champion," like
a Jim Pattison type, to start up a campaign against legalization.
Bill Davis, New Westminster
With toxic street drugs such as fentanyl killing four British
Columbians a day, much of the response has focused on overdose
treatments with naloxone, and supervised injection sites. Yet
public-health staff have concluded that emergency interventions such
as these will not stop the epidemic. If the supply of these drugs
cannot be halted - and no war on drugs has ever been won - the only
option is to prevent the downward slide that leads to street-drug addiction.
Many of the victims are middle-age men and women who have fought a
lifelong struggle against such challenges as alcoholism, mental
illness, the lasting effects of childhood abuse and more.
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Psychologists point to 'compelling evidence' of cannabis' potential
Apart from the #Metoo maelstrom and the housing crises in Toronto and
Vancouver, few things stir up Canadians more than marijuana, which its
promoters claim is the cure for everything from glaucoma to brain disease
Should private outlets sell recreational marijuana? Is it more
enjoyable to smoke or swallow cannabis? Will I get rich on pot stocks?
Is it possible to remove the criminal underground from Canada's $6
billion-a-year cannabis industry?
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Are public health officials facing up to the fact that the overdose
epidemic in Canada and the U.S. is mostly devastating boys and men?
There are small signs some health officials are slowly, awkwardly,
hesitatingly beginning to acknowledge the obvious: The overdose crisis
is predominantly an issue of men's health.
Public officials have much denial to make up for. It was just a year
ago that former B.C. Liberal health minister Terry Lake pulled out the
public relations stops to open a 38-bed Vancouver facility for women
to overcome substance abuse. Months before an election, Lake also
announced an overdose prevention site exclusively for females.
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Demonstrators demand change to federal drug policies
Around 200 drug users and advocates took to Vancouver's streets
Tuesday, demanding changes to the federal government's drug policies.
In a national day of action, co-ordinated with cities across Canada,
demonstrators from the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs
(CAPUD), the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and other
groups marched through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from Victory
Square to the B.C. courts building at Hornby and Smithe St.
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Re: "Cannabis: City asks for public feedback" in the Feb. 7 issue of the
I want to voice my disappointment with this article.
We don't have a municipal business licence, but the Nelson Cannabis
Compassion Club isn't a for-profit business. Since March, 2000 we have
been licensed by the province as a non-profit organization,
incorporated under the Societies Act. The licensing and regulating of
which is the jurisdiction of the province.
Also in the Feb. 7th 2018 issue Pam Mierau says, "Our assumption is
they (medical dispensaries) will be treated like anybody else who is
looking to set up a retail store here, and they'll have to go through
the same process , and they won't have any advantage over anyone
else." "But we're not sure." Well, she shouldn't be sure as there is a
major difference between a recreational user of cannabis and a medical
user. It's called the Chart of Rights and Freedoms. Recreational users
don't have charter protections and medical users do. Even the
provincial government realizes this. If you look at their
announcements around the retail sales of recreational cannabis they
use the same term "non-medicinal cannabis" over and over again.
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Why are people expecting to have marijuana-conviction charges removed
from their records and/or expecting compensation for any prison time
they may have served? They knowingly broke the law at the time.
I don't think any of them would be admitting to their habit if the
government were announcing that they were going to criminalize it.
Compensating people for breaking the law would be a waste of
Brian Slade, Pitt Meadows
B.C.'s approach to the issue seems prudent to most observers and is
based on some of the lessons learned in other jurisdictions. Marijuana
will be legal, but it won't be a total free-for-all, either.
Much to the relief of local politicians, municipalities will have a
big say about who gets one of the coveted provincial pot shop licences.
That means those operators who have been the subject of court action,
or who've caused major headaches where they've set up in advance of
the legal starting line might not be at the front of the line.
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Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the city has developed a "balanced,
appropriate and evidence-based approach" in preparing for the expected
passing of the Trudeau government's Bill C45 Cannabis Act this coming
"Like all governments, the City of Surrey must determine the changes
needed to ensure an effective response to cannabis legalization,"
Hepner said. "Our report was prepared following a comprehensive review
of best practices in jurisdictions of the United States with legal
recreational cannabis markets. Council and I have directed staff to
implement the necessary steps outlined in the framework over the
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Town wants 'cautious' approach; hearing on Tuesday
With cannabis legalization just months away, the District of Tofino is
considering a bylaw that would heavily restrict where pot shops can
operate in the community.
A public hearing is set for Tuesday. People will be able to weigh in
on the proposed bylaw, which would "prohibit the use of any land,
building or structure for the sale, production or distribution of
cannabis," according to a notice of public hearing on the district's
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In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial
election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and
politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana.
Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier,
still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on
a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will
take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year.
"Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical
cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety
Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be
dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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Vancouver won't grant pot-shop licences to people with ties to illegal
drugs, but critics urge reconsideration
Rocco Dipopolo is an entrepreneur juggling three businesses - a tattoo
parlour, a gym and a boxing clinic - in East Vancouver, an area of
hipster coffee shops and chic duplexes that the 46-year-old remembers
as gritty during his delinquent adolescence.
Until recently, he also owned an illegal cannabis dispensary in the
city's trendy Commercial Drive neighbourhood. He had to step away from
that venture in order for it to secure a coveted business licence from
the City of Vancouver.
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Coming soon to a storefront near you: a cannabis shop. The provincial
government has brought down the latest of many new regulations as the
date for legalization approaches. After much debate and much reading
of tea leaves, the government says that legalized recreational
marijuana will be sold at stand-alone stores, some run by private
operators and others by the Liquor Distribution Branch. The
distribution branch will be the wholesaler, and all will be overseen
by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.
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Comment: Feds should pump the brakes and rethink its token gesture on safety
We're only seven weeks into the new year and already there are three
major hurdles on the trucking industry's plate. The legalization of
marijuana, the electronic logging devices (ELD) and either the total
cancellation or just a fine-tuning of the North American Free Trade
That's more than enough for the trucking industry to swallow, so let
me try to shed a little light on each of the three.
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New Study: Fatal collisions involving young drivers increase by 38 per
cent after pot-smoking celebrations
The risk of a fatal accident among young drivers spikes by 38 per cent
in the hours after 4/20 celebrations, according to new research from
UBC and the University of Toronto.
The finding suggests that mass marijuana celebrations may not be
entirely without consequences.
John Staples, a professor of medicine and researcher at UBC's Centre
for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, said people aged 20 and
younger had a much higher risk of a fatal crash on April 20 from 4:20
p.m. until midnight compared to the same period one week before and
one week after.
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An unusual aspect of Canada's soon-to-be-legal cannabis market is that
the activists who led the legalization movement may find themselves
excluded from the industry for which their efforts paved the way.
Vancouver activists like Jodie and Marc Emery and dispensary pioneer
Don Briere, for example, have criminal records for possessing and
selling marijuana. Now those criminal records could be used against
them in federal and provincial licensing systems that are under
development to decide who gets to cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.
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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I was wondering why you bother traveling
all over the planet to climate change conventions to save the world from
pollution but remain willing to return home and pass a bill that will
cause our whole country to become polluted everywhere with the stinking,
cloying smell of marijuana?
That is OK for all you people who can afford a single-family dwelling
where you can retreat, close the door and ignore the stink of the
irritating smoke. But those of us who live in apartments, condos or
other connected housing units aren't able to do that, leaving us at
the mercy of our neighbours. Now we can at least, if someone is
polluting our apartment building, phone the police and get help to
stop the culprits.
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To fight the opioid epidemic will take altering people's thoughts
around drug abuse
The way people feel about drug addiction has evolved significantly
since the outbreak of the fentanyl crisis.
But the shift from viewing addiction as a moral problem to treating it
like any other health issue is a work in progress, says Rae Samson, a
substance abuse worker at Interior Health.
"I'm not sure if we are a generation away from making that shift, but
a lot of work has been dedicated to that purpose in the past 20 years
with tremendous gains. But there have been really rapid gains since
the opioid crisis began," Samson said.
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Overwhelming 'delayed symptoms' once again a worry as 4/20 event
Calls to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre have surged on
the annual 4/20 cannabis event in Vancouver in recent years, according
to a report by provincial health officials.
"The 4/20 cannabis calls represent a real spike, way over what we see
on ordinary days," said Dr. Tom Kosatsky, medical director of
environmental health services for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
He acknowledged that the total number of calls remains small, but is
nevertheless growing. His report is published in the current B.C.
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