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1 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Gulf News, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:74 Added:10/20/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people. There was discussion about changing the rules on drunk driving to make it easier for police officers to require drivers to submit to breath testing, and on and on.

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2 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:75 Added:10/10/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people.

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3 CN NF: Ottawa 'Anxious' To Meet 2018 Deadline For MarijuanaThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bailey, Sue Area:Newfoundland Lines:81 Added:09/19/2017

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Canada's public safety minister says the federal government is anxious to legalize marijuana by next summer despite police services saying there's zero chance they'll be ready.

Ralph Goodale said Wednesday the Liberals just announced $274 million over the next five years to help with police training and fight the involvement of organized crime.

On Tuesday, police from Ontario, Saskatoon and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police told the Commons health committee that they need more time. They say they require an extra six months to a year for proper police training and public education - without which organized crime will flourish.

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4 CN NF: 'We're Trying To Save Lives'Sat, 02 Sep 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Plowman, Victoria Area:Newfoundland Lines:92 Added:09/02/2017

Advocate sees a role for public health nurses in fighting opioid crisis in rural communities

The opioid crisis in St. John's is far from over, and a community advocate wants to see changes.

"We see people every day who are at risk," said Tree Walsh, the harm reduction manager at the Safe Works Access Program (SWAP) for the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador. "We're trying to save lives, and we're trying to prevent deaths, but as soon as the pharmaceutical supply of opioids dries up, which is happening now … things are going to get so much worse."

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5 CN NF: N.L. Gov Wrestling With Pot Legalization IssuesThu, 24 Aug 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:72 Added:08/25/2017

A majority of interest groups want the government to sell cannabis through a Crown corporation like the NL Liquor Corp., whereas most members of the public want to see stand-alone stores selling marijuana once it's legalized.

The issue of how legalized marijuana will be sold is shaping up to be one of the most thorny issues for the provincial government to address, based on a report on public sentiment around legalization.

Today, the government is releasing a document summing up what people said in consultations marijuana legalization, as the province gets ready for full legalization next year.

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6 CN NF: Cooking Cannabis Cranks UpSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:123 Added:08/05/2017

Marijuana business already thriving in St. John's ahead of legalization

In a cluttered workspace in an undisclosed location in St. John's, Rosin709 operates a strange, makeshift device.

He wraps about a gram of marijuana in parchment paper, and then sticks it between two metal pucks with wires coming out of them. The whole contraption sits inside a vice-grip on a worktable.

Using temperature controls, Rosin709 heats the metal pucks to about 80 degrees before cranking the vice-grip to squeeze the metal pucks together.

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7 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:36 Added:07/28/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons St. John's

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8 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:38 Added:07/28/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons

St. John's

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9 CN NF: LTE: Does Canada Need Legalized Recreational Marijuana?Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Aurora, The (CN NF) Author:Bursey, T. E. Area:Newfoundland Lines:61 Added:07/28/2017

Many Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned with the federal government's proposed legalization of recreational marijuana.

Rigorous scientific studies are not available on its long-term effects to users. Quite the opposite, what is available points to an irreversible neurological degeneration, in particular for young people. It took more than 400 years of ingesting the tobacco drug into the human body before the weight of evidence was accepted by the majority of governments that it was a disaster to human life.

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10 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Packet, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:38 Added:07/27/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons

St. John's

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11 CN NF: Column: Smoke SignalsThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Advertiser (CN NF) Author:Barker, Andy Area:Newfoundland Lines:121 Added:07/21/2017

In my boyhood days it was not uncommon to see, in an American Western movie, a US Cavalry officer look concerned at the sight of smoke signals on the trail ahead.

Smoke signals often meant a battle was about to happen with the usual loser being - the Indians, of course!

However, in July 2018, smoke signals of a totally different kind will be rising all across Canada with the legalization of marijuana. All Canadians, including status and non-status Indians, will be able to sit on their back bridges and light up a joint and blow their own smoke signals to their hearts' delight. For some, legalization means nirvana; for others, it's an uneasiness. Who will be the losers on this new trail we are about to take?

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12 CN NF: LTE: Does Canada Need Legalized Recreational Marijuana?Sat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bursey, T. E. Area:Newfoundland Lines:61 Added:07/17/2017

Many Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned with the federal government's proposed legalization of recreational marijuana.

Rigorous scientific studies are not available on its long-term effects to users. Quite the opposite, what is available points to an irreversible neurological degeneration, in particular for young people. It took more than 400 years of ingesting the tobacco drug into the human body before the weight of evidence was accepted by the majority of governments that it was a disaster to human life.

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13 CN NF: Column: Full Disclosure?Mon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Newfoundland Lines:110 Added:07/14/2017

How much should you tell little kids about weed?

The distinctive smell of weed was permeating through the air around the concert grounds. And I was panicking. Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting caught. No, I was afraid of a question - "Daddy, what's that smell?" The distinctive smell of weed was permeating through the air around the concert grounds.

And I was panicking.

Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting caught.

No, I was afraid of a question - "Daddy, what's that smell?"

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14 CN NF: Man With Cancer Fights For Right To WorkTue, 27 Jun 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:109 Added:07/01/2017

Ken Harding says Transport Canada unfairly denying him marine medical certificate

Ken Harding says he is unfairly being kept from going to work because Transport Canada refuses to issue him a marine medical certificate.

Harding works as a cook on the Bell Island ferry service and is required to have such a certificate from Transport Canada to sail.

Harding said the reason he has been denied the certification is because he has been taking chemotherapy treatments to fight Stage 4 cancer, and he also takes medical marijuana on occasion. According to Cancer.net website, Stage 4 cancer means the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. It may also be called advanced or metastatic cancer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17 CN NF: PUB LTE: Wrong Prescription For The Cannabis ActSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Fleming, Sean Area:Newfoundland Lines:82 Added:06/06/2017

If people can legally buy alcohol and tobacco at the age of 18 or 19 (not to mention enlist in the military), then how can we justify setting a higher age for cannabis?

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

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

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18 CN NF: No Place At Work For Recreational Pot: LawyerMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Labradorian, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:78 Added:05/29/2017

Expert says employers should treat recreational marijuana the same as alcohol - it's a no-no at work

ST. JOHN'S , NL - St. John's lawyer Harold Smith of Stewart Mckelvey represents employers in all aspects of labour relations, employment and administration law, and as such has been helping employers adjust their policies to incorporate the legalization of marijuana.

He addressed a recent presentation of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Atlantic Region, in St. John's, titled "Marijuana in the Workplace" for employers.

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19 CN NF: LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Will Bring A Mess Of TroubleSat, 20 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Chafe, Russell Area:Newfoundland Lines:92 Added:05/24/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Newfoundland and Labrador. Among other things, it will no longer be against the law to grow up to four plants at a time in your house. Anyone with a green thumb could produce about six pounds a year. In today's market that's a value of almost $50,000!

This unregulated marijuana will flood our streets. This alone negates any argument that "The marijuana we are buying from government dispensers is tightly regulated," because who is going to pay $30 to $40 a gram from our government dealers when they can buy unregulated marijuana from the thousands of want to be entrepreneurs who will sell it for less?

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20 CN NF: Man In The MiddleTue, 16 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:118 Added:05/19/2017

Worker anxiously awaits arbitration case

Part 4 in a four-part series

Scott Tizzard remains mired in a career no-man's land.

At one point he stopped taking his medical marijuana for a month so he could pass the pre-employment urine test for one company - with the employer fully aware - but was still denied work.

He's worked for companies that hold contracts with Nalcor Energy, the Crown corporation leading the Lower Churchill development.

"I was told (by one employer) I was red-flagged because I had a medical marijuana prescription and had filed a grievance," he said.

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21 CN NF: Brave New Work WorldMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:134 Added:05/16/2017

Knowing more about impairment key to setting fair and safe workplace rules: expert

Alex Boucher says the looming legalization of marijuana is opening up a whole new frontier for employers.

He's an expert in wellness areas, including disability management and workplace accommodation, and works with employers, unions and communities.

He acknowledged that medical marijuana use has posed challenges in the workplace, and that legalized pot will add an extra level of challenge for employers wanting to be fair and yet ensure the workplace is safe.

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22 CN NF: No Place At Work For Recreational Pot: ExpertSat, 13 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:80 Added:05/15/2017

Expert says employers should treat recreational marijuana the same as alcohol - it's a no-no at work

St. John's lawyer Harold Smith of Stewart McKelvey represents employers in all aspects of labour relations, employment and administration law, and as such has been helping employers adjust their policies to incorporate the legalization of marijuana.

He addressed a recent presentation of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Atlantic Region, in St. John's, titled "Marijuana in the Workplace" for employers.

"The message I was trying to bring to the group from a legal perspective is you treat (marijuana) no different than alcohol," Smith said. "You would ban recreational use of marijuana or cannabis on the property as you ban alcohol. So an employer, you ban it. You say you 'shall not, must not, and cannot have cannabis, like alcohol, on our site.'"

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23 CN NF: Through The CracksFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:119 Added:05/15/2017

Torbay man's job is in limbo as workplaces wrestle with marijuana policies

Scott Tizzard has been wrestling with a two-pronged dilemma for the past seven months.

And like the north poles of two magnets trying to meet, they repel each other in his mind.

The first is his fight for his legal right to medical marijuana - the only thing that works to ease the chronic pain from his diagnosed osteoarthritis after trying a long list of medications his doctors have prescribed over the years.

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24 CN NF: Column: Pot Plant Plan PostponedFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Jones, Brian Area:Newfoundland Lines:91 Added:04/25/2017

It will be Russian giants again this summer. No, not Vladimir Putin. Russian giant sunflowers, which the seed package promises can grow up to eight feet high. We plant them every year for fun, and built a two foot by eight foot flower box especially for them, so we can have a veritable field of rising Russkies. (Tip: put the seeds in the dirt in late May, and you'll yield a swath of yellow by early September.)

This year, the Russian giants were to be supplanted by marijuana plants. Again, just for fun.

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25 CN NF: Consulting On CannabisThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:62 Added:04/15/2017

Parsons promises public consultation soon on legal marijuana

The government will start public consultations within the next month or two on how to implement marijuana legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador, Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said.

On Thursday, the federal government will unveil the legislation for legalization of marijuana use, which will set out the overall framework for how things will work.

But according to a news report by the CBC, important aspects of the new marijuana system will be up to provincial discretion - the age that you can legally buy the drug, how it's distributed and what the retail price will be.

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26 CN NF: Editorial: High TimesMon, 10 Apr 2017
Source:Gulf News, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:73 Added:04/13/2017

It was a bold statement: "We will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana." The 2015 federal Liberal election promise caught Canadians' attention and attracted the votes of many who supported the long-overdue legalization of marijuana.

Many people believe that smoking a joint is no worse than having a beer. Plenty of Canadians - even prime ministers - have tried it. Polls indicate most people want legalization. Medical marijuana use has smoothed the drug's acceptance.

The government is finally ready to table legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018. But why the wait? Do we really have to wait another 18 months for proclamation, when 60,000 Canadians are convicted each year for simple possession or personal use?

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27 CN NF: Prescription Or Proscription?Wed, 05 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:195 Added:04/08/2017

Worker claims companies refusing him jobs because of medical marijuana prescription

Scott Tizzard of Torbay says he is being discriminated against by companies he should have been working for over the past several months. The Reason? Taking his doctor-prescribed medical marijuana.

Tizzard has worked construction in the province for 30 years, going from big project to big project wherever the work has taken him, and wherever dispatched by his union.

Described by co-workers as a hard worker, for many of those years he'd worked long-hour days battling the pain and discomfort of Crohn's disease and osteoarthritis.

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28 CN NF: Editorial: High TimesThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Advertiser (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:73 Added:04/06/2017

It was a bold statement: "We will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana." The 2015 federal Liberal election promise caught Canadians' attention and attracted the votes of many who supported the long-overdue legalization of marijuana.

Many people believe that smoking a joint is no worse than having a beer. Plenty of Canadians - even prime ministers - have tried it. Polls indicate most people want legalization. Medical marijuana use has smoothed the drug's acceptance.

The government is finally ready to table legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018. But why the wait? Do we really have to wait another 18 months for proclamation, when 60,000 Canadians are convicted each year for simple possession or personal use?

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29 CN NF: Editorial: High TimeFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:73 Added:04/04/2017

It was a bold statement: "We will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana." The 2015 federal Liberal election promise caught Canadians' attention and attracted the votes of many who supported the long-overdue legalization of marijuana.

Many people believe that smoking a joint is no worse than having a beer. Plenty of Canadians - even prime ministers - have tried it. Polls indicate most people want legalization. Medical marijuana use has smoothed the drug's acceptance.

The government is finally ready to table legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018. But why the wait? Do we really have to wait another 18 months for proclamation, when 60,000 Canadians are convicted each year for simple possession or personal use?

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30 CN NF: Column: Smokes, Booze And Legalized DopeSat, 01 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Wakeham, Bob Area:Newfoundland Lines:113 Added:04/01/2017

So, we smoke like tilts and drink like fish - Canadian champions on both counts (it's not only with brooms and rocks where we excel), the No. 1 nicotine inhalers and boozers in the country, according to stories that appeared side by side (appropriately enough) in The Telegram last week.

And with marijuana set to be legalized by July 1, 2018, as we were told the other day, Newfoundlanders, if our history with smokes and liquor is any indication, can probably be counted on to eventually toke up more than any other Canadians.

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31 CN NF: Few Details From Province About How Legal Weed Will WorkWed, 29 Mar 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:66 Added:03/29/2017

"I'd like to think there'll be consultation among the different stakeholders and people that have an interest in this, but again, that's a cabinet decision and a premier's decision." Justice Minister Andrew Parsons

Federal MP Bill Blair confirmed to reporters Tuesday that Ottawa is aiming to make marijuana legal for recreational use by July 2018, although he was at pains to downplay any sense that it might be fun.

In nearly every question about marijuana, Blair talked about how the government's legalization effort is all about "strict regulation" and control in order to keep the drug out of the hands of kids, and the profits out of the hands of organized crime.

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32 CN NF: Pot Activist's Visit Prompts Police WarningSat, 25 Mar 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Mullaley, Rosie Area:Newfoundland Lines:74 Added:03/25/2017

Dana Larsen, the British Columbia man who calls himself a cannabis crusader, will be in St. John's this weekend spreading his message of cannabis freedom as part of his cross-country campaign.

But the police officer heading this province's drug unit is warning the public to be leery of what Larsen has to say.

RNC Supt. Marlene Jesso is concerned Larsen may send the wrong message to people when it comes to the legalization of marijuana.

"It's not against the law for him to come down here and speak to people," said Jesso, who is in charge of the Newfoundland and Labrador combined forces special enforcement unit, a joint RCMP-RNC team.

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33 CN NF: Informants Used Properly By Police In Drug Case: JudgeWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:, Area:Newfoundland Lines:133 Added:03/22/2017

A recent Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court decision tested the weight the justice system places on confidential police informants.

The case revolved around a British Columbia man arrested and charged in Newfoundland with drug-related offences in February 2015.

The accused applied to the court to have certain police evidence excluded from his case - particularly the police informant information - - stating that his rights under Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms were breached. He claimed police did not have reasonable grounds to make the arrest nor search his vehicle.

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34 CN NF: LTE: Budget 2017 Must Cut Crime, Not JusticeFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF) Author:Drover, Devin Area:Newfoundland Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

It is evident by recent cuts to our public sector that the provincial government's commitment to austerity measures will undoubtedly continue through the upcoming spring budget.

However, as the rise of violent crime and introduction of dangerous new drugs to our province risks tearing apart our families and communities, it remains clear that we cannot afford further cuts to justice and public safety initiatives within our province.

Appealing to relevant statistics about drug use and crime in our province brings only heartwrenching conclusions. Drug-related deaths within Newfoundland and Labrador increased 42 per cent from 2014 to 2015. Fentanyl, an extremely dangerous street drug, has been the subject of a recent public warning by the RCMP after the fatal opioid was spotted on the Burin Peninsula. Furthermore, this warning comes merely a month after a St. John's drug bust seized over 250 fentanyl pills that were manufactured to appear like OxyContin, an often abused prescription painkiller.

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35 CN NF: Education Is Key Says RCMP OfficerThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Packet, The (CN NF) Author:Farrell, Colin Area:Newfoundland Lines:124 Added:02/21/2017

If there was ever a time that people needed to talk to their kids about drugs it would be now.

The importance of education and communication were the key topics brought up during an information session on the drug fentanyl held at The Merge on Feb. 9.

Staff Sgt. Dale Foote, of the Burin Peninsula detachment of the RCMP, was one of the invited speakers for the evening.

"Everyone thinks that the overdose at the hospital is going to be the individual that is addicted to drugs, that's not (always) that case," said Foote during his presentation.

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36 CN NF: Education Is Key, Says RCMP OfficerTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Southern Gazette, The (CN NF) Author:Farrell, Colin Area:Newfoundland Lines:59 Added:02/14/2017

The Merge hosts fentanyl information session

If there was ever a time that people needed to talk to their kids about drugs, it would be now.

The importance of education and communication were the key topics brought up during an information session on the drug fentanyl held at The Merge on Feb. 9.

Staff Sgt. Dale Foote, of the Burin Peninsula detachment of the RCMP, was one of the invited speakers for the evening.

"Everyone thinks that the overdose at the hospital is going to be the individual that is addicted to drugs, that's not (always) that case," said Foote during his presentation. "We're living in a time right now where the types of drugs people are using are lethal if they're inhaled by anybody, they're lethal if some one comes in contact with them - that's very important for our teenagers to know."

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37 CN NF: Deadly Drug Wave AheadMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bradbury, Tara Area:Newfoundland Lines:140 Added:02/04/2017

Get ready for the worst, intervention counsellor warns province

Andy Bhatti has spent the majority of his life surrounded by hard drugs.

As an interventionist, he can talk to you eloquently about the dangers of drug use, quote Canadian statistics, and offer his ideas about what programs and services are needed in order to help drug users and stop overdoses.

He can just as easily slip into the language of a drug user, calling drugs by their slang names, giving you a list of his acquaintances who have died, and talking like living in stolen cars and dirty motels while committing crimes in order to support an expensive addiction is a regular fact of life.

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38 CN NF: Letter: Weed - After It's LegalMon, 16 Jan 2017
Source:Labradorian, The (CN NF) Author:Wells, Andy Area:Newfoundland Lines:81 Added:01/18/2017

What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana?

Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.

There is research available with some interesting results, but the most important point to be made is that at this stage research must be considered preliminary, since there has been insufficient time for conclusive evaluation and predictive results.

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39 CN NF: PUB LTE: Weed - After It's LegalFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Wells, Andy Area:Newfoundland Lines:84 Added:01/07/2017

Part 3 in an occasional letter series exploring marijuana use and legalization

What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana?

Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.

There is research available with some interesting results, but the most important point to be made is that at this stage research must be considered preliminary, since there has been insufficient time for conclusive evaluation and predictive results.

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40 CN NF: PUB LTE: A war on people: Lessons Of ProhibitionFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Wells, Andy Area:Newfoundland Lines:84 Added:12/31/2016

Part 2 in an occasional letter series exploring marijuana use and legalization

By the end of the 19th century, the Temperance Movement and the Progressive Era had acquired considerable political strength based on a simple but fallacious idea: that the human condition can be improved through vigorous and persuasive government involvement in the economy, and society generally.

The First World War saw a major expansion of government activity that did not diminish significantly with the end of the war. In 1919, the United States Congress passed the Volstead Act, which led to the Prohibition Era in the U.S. (which would not end until 1933). Marijuana and drug prohibitions increased in many jurisdictions and the war against marijuana was given a major boost with the film "Reefer Madness," which hit screens in 1936.

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41 CN NF: LTE: Marijuana - One PerspectiveMon, 19 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Wells, Andy Area:Newfoundland Lines:52 Added:12/23/2016

Part 1 in an occasional letter series exploring marijuana use and legalization

The federal government has indicated that it will introduce legislation in the spring 2017 session of the House of Commons making the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana legal in Canada, to take effect in 2018.

What can we expect in this braver new world of marijuana legality? In the vernacular, it will be legal to grow "weed" in Whitbourne and to have a "toke" in the confines of your own domicile.

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42 CN NF: Column: Lessons From The Lunatic FringeFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Jones, Brian Area:Newfoundland Lines:109 Added:12/18/2016

As the lunatic fringe has long said, allowing people to grow their own marijuana would kill the illegal drug trade as soon as the first crop was harvested. But the task force, being an arm of government, had to be stupid.

Watching sanity finally seep into the country's drug laws, you have to marvel at the stubborn narrow-mindedness that kept marijuana illegal for so long, causing suffering and injustice for half a century.

Once again, the lunatic fringe is proven right. We could have listened decades ago, and prevented people from being imprisoned for pot possession. The impending legalization of marijuana will be vindication for the vocal lunatic fringe who long argued the laws against it were illogical, hypocritical and indefensible.

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43 CN NF: Judge Orders Review Of Muskrat Falls Employee's FiringFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Hurley, Cory Area:Newfoundland Lines:76 Added:12/18/2016

Man secretly smoked medical marijuana

All may not be lost for a Muskrat Falls worker fighting his dismissal last year for secretly smoking medicinal marijuana on the job.

Brendon Uprichard - a structural assembler of the transmission line for Valard Construction on the Lower Churchill project - had a prescription for medical marijuana to control chronic back pain and anxiety since December 2014. The 37-year-old hid this from his employer, and discontinued its usage to pass the mandatory physical examination and testing for drug and alcohol use upon being hired.

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44 CN NF: Province To Allow Involuntary Youth Addiction TreatmentFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Mcleod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:55 Added:12/14/2016

New legislation will allow the province to involuntarily detain young people at the Hope Valley Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor for drug withdrawal and treatment.

The new law, which will be debated in the House of Assembly on Thursday, lays out steps for a court order that will allow officials to detain young people between 12 and 18 years old.

The detention in the Hope Valley Centre's secure treatment unit can be from five days up to a maximum of 10 days.

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45 CN NF: PUB LTE: Blessed Are The Cannabis UsersThu, 08 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:White, Stan Area:Newfoundland Lines:34 Added:12/10/2016

Whether or not cannabis (marijuana) dispensaries are legal is no longer the issue, and it's less complicated than grey areas. Never has cannabis prohibition not been treated with contempt from citizenry. Presently, the level of contempt is greater than at any other time in history. Laws are being challenged and are changing and citizens are not waiting on government to do it.

Cannabis prohibition is over. The only thing left is to create regulations, and in the meantime, people across North America are going to continue acquiring the plant and are no longer tolerating a prohibitionist stance in the equation.

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46 CN NF: A Safer Alternative To MethadoneWed, 07 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bradbury, Tara Area:Newfoundland Lines:73 Added:12/10/2016

Province to provide suboxone as a treatment for opioid addiction

Health Minister John Haggie's latest announcement received a round of applause when he presented it at the Provincial Opioid Addiction Forum Tuesday morning.

As part of an action plan to address opioid addiction in Newfoundland and Labrador, the province will provide suboxone as an alternative to methadone for people undergoing addictions treatment.

Calling opioid addiction a "public health crisis" in this province, Haggie said suboxone is considered much safer than methadone. It's a mixture of a synthetic opioid and the antidote naloxone that is available in tablet form and is less likely to cause an overdose. Suboxone can be given to a patient early, unlike methadone, which requires a patient to wait until opioids are out of their system in order to start taking it.

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47 CN NF: Starting The ConversationWed, 07 Dec 2016
Source:Pilot, The (CN NF) Author:Janes, Christy Area:Newfoundland Lines:140 Added:12/10/2016

Drug awareness session held for parents in the Lewisporte area

You could hear a pin drop. Retired RCMP officer Harold Nippard was addressing a crowd of about 60 parents at a drug awareness session at Lewisporte Collegiate on Nov. 28. The parents were of students from Grades 5-12.

Collegiate principal Krista Freake explained why they invited parents of younger children - Grade 5 students are 10-11 years old.

"Drug use is happening in much lower grades than in the past," she said. "Some parents have little to no information about what drugs are available, what they look like and the side effects they have and we want to start the conversation."

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48 CN NF: Gone To PotSat, 03 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:113 Added:12/05/2016

Marijuana dispensaries: how is this legal? It's complicated

As news broke this week that CannaLeaf Medical Dispensary on Water Street was selling marijuana to anybody older than 19, and dozens of other dispensaries have opened in cities across the country, one question hangs over it all: how is this legal?

The answer, depending on who you ask, is somewhere between, "It's definitely illegal," "It's a legal grey area," and, "It's really, really complicated."

The first thing to understand is that according to the law, as it's written now, selling marijuana out of a storefront to anybody is still definitely illegal.

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49 CN NF: Cannabis Candies Not For Children: PoliceFri, 02 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:48 Added:12/05/2016

Police forces are warning parents after a raid Tuesday night at the Canna Leaf marijuana dispensary in downtown St. John's that the cannabis candies and cookies seized are similar to what can be purchased in regular stores in the province, but can be harmful to children.

"They are infused with (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis," the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU - NL) stated in a news release.

Members of the CFSEU-NL executed a search warrant at Canna leaf Medical Dispensary around 10 p.m. Tuesday, which the release describes as "an illegal marijuana dispensary in downtown St. John's."

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50 CN NF: Four Arrested In Cannaleaf RaidThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:McLeod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:45 Added:12/05/2016

The CannaLeaf marijuana dispensary at 448 Water Street was closed on Wednesday, after a nighttime raid by police on Tuesday.

The raid happened just past 10 p.m. Tuesday, and according to the police, four people were arrested and charges are pending.

"Seized was a large amount of cannabis products including marihuana and shatter," a release from the The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) said. "Also seized were edibles infused with Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, such as brownies, cookies, gummy bears, sour keys, lollipops, medicated bath fizz, and oils, along with a vehicle and a large quantity of Canadian currency."

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