Allowing private sector to take point on distribution a sensible
Newfoundland and Labrador made a common-sense decision last week on
the distribution of cannabis in that province. They've opted for a
private-sector distribution model, breaking away from the
ill-considered public-sector monopolies being set up in Ontario and
As part of the Newfoundland and Labrador plan, the government says it
will allow the sale of cannabis by private retailers, while the
regulation, distribution and online sales will initially be carried
out by the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation. On this issue, the
government listened to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
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Most pharmacies won't ask what needles are used for
Used needles or other sharps never have to be discarded in bottles,
garbage or public spaces because of the Safe Sharps Bring-Back Program.
The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the program
for residential sharps users. Although it is not intended for people
who use intravenous drugs, most pharmacies won't ask what the needles
are being used for.
"The whole idea is about harm reduction," said Hugh Toner, pharmacist
owner of both Medicine Shoppe stores in Sydney.
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To say that Canada is in the midst of opioid crisis is, tragically, a
gross understatement. This is an emergency. Some 3,000 people, or
about eight a day, are expected to die of opioid overdoses this year
in Canada. Another 16 others are hospitalized each day.
To put that in perspective, 44 people died in the SARS epidemic of
So Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor's announcement last week
listing new measures to fight the opioid crisis could not have come
soon enough. But, distressingly, as bold as the new measures are, they
don't go far enough to ward off the epidemic of deaths caused by these
highly addictive drugs.
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Police chief warns CBRM to plan ahead for marijuana
Once the federal government legalizes cannabis, it may or may not be
OK to smoke marijuana while walking down the street.
According to Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac, it is
far too soon to predict exactly how the new regulations will affect
the consumption, availability, distribution and enforcement of
cannabis products and their use here in Cape Breton.
"There are still so many unanswered questions, but like it or not,
agree with it or not, cannabis is coming and we need to prepare for it
as a municipality," McIsaac said during a recent address to Cape
Breton Regional Municipality councillors at city hall.
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Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to
the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they
see the province's plan.
Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are
yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces,
will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated
Last week, the province wrapped up its online survey asking Nova
Scotian for opinions on a variety of questions about cannabis control
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For months, Ralph (all names have been changed), neighbour to my
friend The Chairman, has left his house only for doctor visits and a
couple of hospital stints.
That's not for lack of trying. Prescribed mind-numbing meds put the
former coal miner into a fog. Several times he insisted that he needed
to go outside, rolled his wheelchair to the front door, tried to stand
but instead tumbled, like laundry out of a basket, like a milk bottle
smashed on the floor.
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Austin wants Victoria County to get fair share of economic growth
With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less than nine
months away, these are interesting times for an Economic Development
Officer (EDO) in Cape Breton.
"I've been watching this for a while and looking for economic
opportunities so the County of Victoria gets its fair share of
economic growth from it," said Victoria County Economic Development
Officer Patrick Austin.
Austin was instrumental in launching a broad-based conversation
concerning the economic impacts of legalization for Cape Breton. He
and colleagues from the Cape Breton Partnership gathered business
owners, legislators, regulators, public health and safety authorities
for the recent Atlantic Cannabis Forum held in Membertou, Nov. 1-2.
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When it comes time for your monthly uterine massacre, you bet Mary
Jane has your back-and anywhere else that aches whilst surfing the
crimson wave. Here are the cannabis products that my co-workers and
partner can thank for not being murdered by me once every three weeks.
1 Arthritis balm from Cannalife Botanicals
Ever heard of our bodies' endocannabinoid system? It regulates mood,
memory, appetite, pain and inflammation, while co-piloting the immune,
reproductive, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. The
100-plus chemical compounds cannabis is made up of (like psychoactive
THC, and CBD which helps with pain) fit into different endocannabinoid
system cell receptors like brokenhearted BFF lockets.
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Survey says majority won't buy marijuana when legalized
Pot doesn't look like it will be popular in this province when it's
A new survey released Tuesday says the vast majority of Nova Scotians
don't plan to buy marijuana for personal use once it's legalized in
In a media release, Corporate Research Associates (CRA) said only one
in five Nova Scotians (19 per cent) intend to buy marijuana at least
occasionally for personal use once it's legalized.
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Cannabis forum attracts businesspeople, politicians, individuals
It's still unclear how it will be distributed in Nova Scotia, but with
the legalization of cannabis across Canada due by July, businesses,
municipalities and individuals are considering how they can best respond.
About 75 people attended Thursday's Atlantic Cannabis Forum hosted by
the Cape Breton Partnership at the Membertou Trade and Convention
While the Trudeau Liberal federal government introduced legislation to
legalize cannabis earlier this year, to date only Ontario and New
Brunswick have unveiled what their distribution models will look like.
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Claims it's racist
HALIFAX * A Halifax councillor says he will no longer use the term
"marijuana" because it is racist, sparking a social media debate over
the well-used synonym for cannabis.
Coun. Shawn Cleary said a police officer he works with on a cannabis
legalization task force recently brought it to his attention that the
term has a racist history.
Cleary said in the early 1900s during the criminalization of cannabis
in the U.S., "marijuana" was used to demonize marginalized
communities, namely Mexicans.
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To the editor:
Monday's editorial about PM Justin Trudeau facing an "uphill battle"
in respect to pushing through cannabis legislation next summer seems
to coincide with the recent discovery of a magazine I found in my
doctor's waiting room.
It is called "Drug Facts For Young People" and is a free publication
by Regional Maple Leaf Communications Inc., of Edmonton.
A copy should be placed in every politician's briefcase and every
Here are a few excerpts:
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Mayors call for more support for cannabis legalization
New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks was one of a group of Atlantic mayors
who want a stronger voice when it comes to decisions around the
legalization of marijuana.
She and the other community leaders associated with the Atlantic
Mayors' Congress believe municipalities in the region need more
support and information as the legalization of marijuana in Canada
While attending the Atlantic Mayors' Congress meeting from Oct. 18 to
20, Dicks signed a joint resolution requesting that the provincial and
federal governments co-operate with municipalities in Atlantic Canada
to prepare for the legalization of marijuana.
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A new school year is underway and the race is on to deliver a drug and
alcohol-free message to children in Cumberland County.
Grade 5 students attending Springhill's two elementary schools,
schools in Amherst and neighbouring Northport joined forces to
participate in this year's Racing Against Drugs. Sponsored by the
Amherst Lions and Lioness Clubs and Amherst Police, community partners
like Maggie's Place, Amherst Restorative Justice and many more
delivered healthy living messages while empowering students with
knowledge through fun.
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Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana
legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and
released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed.
Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its
consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I.
just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000
responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period
in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month
announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow
Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.
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A RCMP officer's decision to arrest and search two people because he
could smell fresh marijuana in the vehicle has resulted in drug and
weapon charges being dismissed against an Ingonish couple.
Provincial court Judge Peter Ross ruled Monday that it is widely held
that police officers can give evidence on what they detect or
recognize by smell.
"But difficulties arise when the police claim to be able to recognize
this particular smell (raw marijuana) as a basis for arrest, with no
other supporting grounds," said the judge. Ross ruled that the seizure
of the marijuana and the arrest of the two individuals violated their
rights not to be arbitrarily detained and to be protected from
unreasonable search. The decision meant that items seized would not be
admitted into evidence at trial.
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A lot of sides want a piece of the action - not surprising considering
the high hopes many have for profits in selling legal marijuana.
What provinces decide about the matter is coming very much under
scrutiny these days, particularly after Ontario announced rules that
put sales entirely in government hands - much to the chagrin of the
private sector. The province will sell the product, when legal as of
next July, through the corporation that sells liquor, the LCBO,
although in separate outlets.
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When it comes to two of the big policy battles that loom as the fall
sitting of Parliament gets underway this week, prudence dictates that
a journalist keeps his or her powder dry.
In the debate over the government's proposed tax changes for people
with private corporations, as in the case of the Liberal plan to
legalize marijuana, what we have so far seen are just the opening
manoeuvres in a tug-of-war, the outcome of which in the court of
public opinion is far from decided.
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NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime
minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for
possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt
seem radical to many.
Broad-based decriminalization would beast ark reversal after decades
of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a
layer of complication to the already complicated task of legalizing
marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next
summer. The Trudeau government' s current position on
decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full
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We need to figure out how to sell weed in Nova Scotia - we also need
to get more stores to sell healthy food.
Maybe we can use one problem to solve the other: allow stores to sell
weed if they also offer a minimum quantity and quality of fruit and
Access to healthy food is a major problem in Halifax. Getting to a
store that sells broccoli can be a struggle for residents in
Harrietsfield, Middle Musquodoboit and parts of urban neighbourhoods
like Spryfield and north-end Halifax and Dartmouth.
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I don't really know where to go with this other than The Coast, since
you appreciate input from us random faces in the crowds, and it shows.
I recently stumbled across this article on the Metro chain's Halifax
website: "Woman high on weed in wreck that killed grandkids." That is
terrifying news as our country is striving to make marijuana legal, so
I clicked and read briefly into the article-only to realize it was a
poor copy-paste job from an Associated Press story that omitted half
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Government, business community and advocacy groups have varied
As the deadline for the federal government's move to legalize
marijuana in July 2018 approaches, users, stakeholders, business
people and politicians involved in the matter offer a variety of concerns.
Hank Merchant, CEO of HBB Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary,
welcomes the introduction of guidelines and regulations on the sale of
marijuana, "because there are people who have no qualms about
operating outside the law."
"We, as medical marijuana dispensaries, don't do that," Merchant
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Harm reduction is one kind of treatment approach for helping people
with substance abuse disorders and it can be confusing for people not
familiar with it.
"Sometimes people think it's abstinence versus harm reduction but that
isn't true," said Laura Chapman, health promotion specialist with
Mental Health and Addiction Services.
"Harm reduction absolutely includes abstinence."
Chapman and many other clinical therapists, counsellors and other
professionals working directly with people suffering from substance
abuse disorders feel harm reduction is an important tool.
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With the release of Ontario's marijuana legalization framework on
Friday, Nova Scotia's opposition is concerned the provincial
government is dragging its heels.
The first province to have constructed a comprehensive legalization
plan, Ontario's framework includes plans to open 150 standalone
stores, and to have the province's liquor control board oversee all
recreational pot sales.
Ottawa will legalize pot by July 2018 but has left it up to the
individual provinces to design their own distributions.
So far, the Nova Scotia government has been tight-lipped on its plans
surrounding legalization, but Progressive Conservative Pictou West MLA
and opposition justice critic Karla MacFarlane said they need to start
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There are concerns Nova Scotia isn't moving fast enough to deal with
new standards regulating the legal sale of marijuana, and it could
mean other provinces get a leg up. Nova Scotia's plans to get into the
pot business are eerily reminiscent of a late-20th century,
would-be-pusher - distinguished by stealth and uncertainty. No one
knows what, if anything, the province has done to prepare for July
2018, when cannabis is legal in Canada, and the province's vague
statements are neither illuminating nor reassuring.
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Canada is edging closer to the July 2018 target date for the
legalization of marijuana in a haze of political smoke.
With every new development, the gap between the political narrative
attending the initiative and its actual implementation is harder to
Take the federal government's talking points. They have greatly
evolved since Justin Trudeau was campaigning on university campuses in
the last election campaign. Logic has not always benefited from that
To hear the prime minister these days, the point of the policy is to
make it harder for minors to buy marijuana. Clearly, Canada is making
its peace with marijuana the better to fight it.
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After the RCMP raided three local medicinal marijuana dispensaries
last week, one store has already re-opened.
Maritime Medicinal, one of the three Bible Hill dispensaries, reopened
its Main Street location immediately after officers cleared out Friday
"We were open right after they left," said Ashley Brown of Maritime
Medicinal. "There were some charges laid against an individual who
worked at the store, however, we support medical cannabis and we
decided we would reopen to try and accommodate our patients. We have
patients that require our services."
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RCMP officers raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in Bible
Hill Friday afternoon.
Sgt. Duane Cooper told the Truro Daily News that search warrants were
executed at about 3 p.m. at Re-Leaf Medical Dispensary, 197 Pictou
Rd., Community Compassion Centre, 274 Pictou Rd., and at the Maritime
Medicinal Centre, 27 Main Street.
"As we speak we're still in the process of executing the search
warrants," said Cooper, who added the investigations are continuing
and more information would be forthcoming when those tasks are complete.
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Four arrested by officers in Cole Harbour dispensary
One day after Tasty Budds reopened its five Nova Scotia locations
following police raids last week, one of them has again been searched
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke confirmed to Metro Tuesday
afternoon that police searched the Tasty Budds location in Cole Harbour.
"We arrested four people, one of whom will be in court tomorrow
morning in Dartmouth," Clarke said.
Charges are expected against that one person, and Clarke said police
will be naming them on Wednesday.
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Supporters of marijuana advocate protest outside Amherst courthouse
Support for a Cumberland County man charged with marijuana and firearm
offences showed up early Monday for his first court appearance since
being arrested almost a week ago.
Fifty-two year old Daren Wayne McCormick was arrested and charged Aug,
23, after Cumberland RCMP and a street crime unit conducted a search
at a Northport home. Ten handguns, a shotgun, drug paraphernalia and
what police descried as a large number of marijuana plants were
removed from the home.
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'Alleged illegal activity' only at one location
All five Tasty Budds medical marijuana dispensaries in Nova Scotia
have reopened following raids last week, and allegations of illegal
activity that the chain's owner says were confined to just one location.
Police searched four homes and five Tasty Budds dispensaries last week
after an eight-month investigation, and laid charges against nine
people, including Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin.
Police said those searches turned up a loaded handgun, a shotgun,
cocaine, marijuana, shatter, hash, oil, edibles, and large amounts of
cash. One man, 31-year-old Jarrett Randall Shrum of Bedford, was
charged with trafficking cocaine, plus seven firearms charges
including possession of a firearm obtained by crime and tampering with
a firearm's serial number.
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Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin is "very sorry" about alleged
illegal activities that police say were occuring at his company's
"We want to be very clear that the alleged illegal activity was
occuring at one Tasty Budds location (Sackville Location)," reads a
written statement sent to The Chronicle Herald and attributed to Mal
"This only came to our attention through the recent police activity
and investigation. This is a gross violation of our code of conduct,
our ethics, and everything that Tasty Budds stands for."
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A smoking syllabus to becoming the most productive pothead on
Harvard studies suggest cannabis enhances cognitive function. German
studies conclude micro-dosing weed is an effective ADHD treatment. And
with Canada's impending marijuana legalization, the "lazy stoner"
stereotype is washing away, making room for the high-functioning user
to spark up. Carefully chosen MMJ strains, dosage and smoke methods
just might be your path to becoming most productive pothead on campus.
Pre-class anxiety? Live every week like it's shark week with Great White
Shark: This stimulating sativa offers an energizing high that melts away
the anxiety in a room full of tutorial strangers. Great White's plant
parents obliterate depression, stress and pain, so you can stay relaxed
yet inspired while scoring full participation marks. Ren, a second-year
NSCAD student with a nervous tummy, attributes her stellar grades to
this potent strain.
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Event aims to break stigma around overdose and drug use
About 75 Cape Bretoners gathered at Wentworth Park Bandshell on
Thursday to pay tribute to loved ones who died by drug overdose or who
are struggling with addiction.
Tears flowed and people could be heard quietly sobbing and sniffing
during the Overdose Awareness Day event, especially when the names of
people who died of drug overdoses were being called out.
Antoinette Murphy, who lost her son to an overdose five months ago,
was there with her three daughters and a granddaughter.
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Overdose awareness event equal parts memorial and educational
The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is hosting an event for International
Overdose Awareness Day to remember those lost to overdose and bring
awareness to the opioid crisis on the island.
"Each year we try to make an impact, somehow, to draw attention to
overdose and the effect it's having on our communities," explained
Christine Porter, executive director of the Ally Centre.
From 2008-2016, there have been 169 overdose deaths in CapeBreton.
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Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of
This isn't your grandma's home remedy.
Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with
medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with
"If you eat that ice cream, you're going to feel very, very relaxed.
We've got people in their 80s coming in here," said Hank Merchant,
chief executive officer of HBB Medical - a medicinal pot dispensary in
Stellarton that opened several weeks ago.
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Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization
Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out
in the municipality.
In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday,
staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use
bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production
facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's
The federal government introduced legislation to legalize marijuana
this spring. The bill passed first and second reading, and was
referred to committee for further debate. The government intends to
bring the law into effect no later than July 2018.
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Legal pot was inevitable the moment society became inexorably bound to
Friday, with a digital lifeline severed, pasty-faced, disoriented
humans stumbled out of the disrupted dichotomy - separate connection -
to join other disoriented, confused survivors wandering, lost and
untethered, in the foreign world of a decade back.
Sitting stoned alone in your backyard would clearly be a healthier
psychological response. When everything depends on one thing, and that
one thing is undependable, dupable and destructible, there needs to be
a fallback, and "who gives a crap" is a viable option.
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Some so-called experts say the human brain keeps growing until age 25
and a CTV poll found a majority of people said the legal age for
marijuana should be 21 or 25
This does not make sense to me. In Canada, you can join the military
at 18, get a driver's licence at 16 and vote at 18.
A lot of kids 18 and younger are smoking marijuana. Bought legally, it
will be safer than from the black market. Government, instead of
organized crime, should be profiting from the sale of cannabis. Drug
stores are the best place to sell marijuana and the legal age should
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Victoria County's first and only medical marijuana dispensary opened
in June. It is listed with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks
and has a CRA business number, a bank account and 25 clients. The RCMP
are well aware of it. However, dispensaries are illegal in Canada. So
how does it still exist? The Standard's Carolyn Barber explores the
making og a gray area where some choose to roll the dice.
Our story about the medical marijuana (cannabis) dispensary that
opened in June in Bay St. Lawrence began as a typical business
profile. On July 16, The Standard's Carolyn Barber interviewed sole
proprietor and operator Kevin Mackinnon, his wife Amy, and daughter
Danielle at their dispensary located on Buchanan Lane in the northern
Cape Breton village. Some basic background research on medical
marijuana dispensaries generated further questions. That's when it
became more than a profile.
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Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) is not
in favour of the proposed Federal Government's cannabis legalization
"Nova Scotia's Cannabis Legalization Working Group must take into
consideration multi-family unit dwellings' high-density living
environment when writing cannabis regulations," says IPOANS president
Jeremy Jackson. Adding "The current legislation, as is, fails to
protect tenants' right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, a right
guaranteed under the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancy Act."
According to Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey, there
are 111,000 renter households in Nova Scotia. Taking into account an
average 1.5 occupancy factor per renter household, marijuana use and
cultivation places 166,000 Nova Scotians' health and safety in jeopardy.
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If last week's meeting of provincial premiers is any indication, the
issue that most unites Canadian provinces in the summer of 2017 is the
timing of the introduction of legalized marijuana.
Canadians should be forgiven for thinking that the premiers face more
daunting and serious problems - starting with the state of provincial
health care systems. A study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund
concludes Canada's health care system ranks in the bottom three in a
group of 11 wealthy countries.
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The association representing Nova Scotia's apartment building owners
is speaking out against the federal government's proposed cannabis
In a media release issued on Monday, the Investment Property Owners
Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) expressed concerns about
secondhand marijuana smoke.
The release said the association's members have heard from tenants
with respiratory conditions, young families, seniors and non-smoking
residents who've expressed concerns about "inhaling drifting (second
hand) marijuana smoke and drifting airborne toxins from marijuana
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"Go slow, take your time," is the excellent advice Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau was given last year on his plan to legalize
recreational marijuana in Canada. The speaker was none other than Anne
McLellan, leader of the federal government's task force on the issue,
and her message was do your homework and get the job right the first
The caution from this former Liberal deputy prime minister was wise.
It seems even more urgent now after nine Canadian premiers told the
prime minister last week they have so many concerns about his promise
to legalize recreational pot starting July 1, 2018 that they may ask
him to postpone the change.
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Advocate calls for more details on N.S. opioid plan
Nova Scotia's plan to offer hundreds of free naloxone kits will
undoubtedly save lives, but one advocate says a lack of hard timelines
and specific plans to help people outside an opioid emergency raises
"more questions than answers."
Amy Graves, founder of the non-profit Get Prescription Drugs Off The
Street Society, has been raising awareness around the dangers of
prescription drugs and pushing for changes since 2011, after the loss
of her younger brother Josh to an accidental hydromorphone overdose.
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Access to drug will save lives, says front-line worker
A Halifax woman working on the front lines of the opioid crisis
describes the province's decision to expand access to naloxone as "a
great first step.".
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. A department of health and
wellness media release reports that the life-saving medication has
saved at least 40 lives in Nova Scotia since January of 2016.
"We had three overdoses in one week. My team has naloxone training,"
said Rebekah Brounstein, residential co-ordinator with the Salvation
Army's Halifax Centre of Hope.
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Dalhousie duo say recreational, medical need to be separate
Dalhousie researchers are lending their voices to the debate on
keeping the medical and recreational streams of marijuana separate.
The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published
recommendations in a framework for legalization of cannabis in Canada
It stated recreational marijuana be accessed separately from medical
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) came out against that
recommendation in favour of a single stream instead.
The task force noted patients felt a separate system was necessary to
avoid losing their current access rights to cannabis.
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The distinctive smell of weed was permeating the air around the
And I was panicking.
Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting
No, I was afraid of a question: "Daddy, what's that
You see, I was doing my rock'n'roll duty, trying to pass my burning
love of concerts on to my young'uns.
It was their first show. It was a Canada Day freebee and it was
spectacular, with a lineup that included The Novaks, a St.
John's-based rock machine, and The Sheepdogs, the Saskatoon band with
big sound and even bigger hair.
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Custio Clayton alleges racial profiling by Montreal police
A cloud still follows Custio Clayton after one spring night in
The former Olympian turned professional boxer has been in his hometown
of Dartmouth for three weeks now, following his biggest pro victory to
date. But this period of rest and relaxation has been sullied for the
29-year-old father of four.
Clayton says he was racially profiled by Montreal police during a
traffic stop April 4 - during which a veteran officer accused him of
being a drug dealer hiding marijuana inside a 2017 Yukon Denali.
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Approximately 200,000 Canadians have a medical marijuana prescription,
but it isn't covered by most health insurance plans. (File)
Since the implementation of Canada's national medical cannabis system
in 2001, attitudes toward cannabis have changed significantly. What
was once stigmatized as a street drug has come to be understood as a
substance with broad therapeutic uses.
Today about 200,000 Canadians have a prescription to use medical
cannabis under a doctor's care for management of symptoms caused by
chronic pain, bowel diseases, spasticity associated with multiple
sclerosis, certain mental health disorders and a host of illnesses.
Patients use cannabis because it works for them with manageable side
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