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1 CN NS: After Naloxone - 'Then What?'Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Ryan, Haley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:51 Added:07/25/2017

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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2 CN NS: Naloxone A 'Great First Step'Thu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:d'Entremont, Yvette Area:Nova Scotia Lines:78 Added:07/22/2017

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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3 CN NS: Researchers Want Two Weed StreamsTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Fida, Kashmala Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:07/19/2017

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 in 2016.

It stated recreational marijuana be accessed separately from medical marijuana.

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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4 CN NS: Column: Something In The Air TonightMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Nova Scotia Lines:107 Added:07/14/2017

The distinctive smell of weed was permeating 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?"

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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5 CN NS: Boxer Fights For His ReputationTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Croucher, Philip Area:Nova Scotia Lines:114 Added:07/14/2017

Custio Clayton alleges racial profiling by Montreal police

A cloud still follows Custio Clayton after one spring night in Montreal.

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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6 CN NS: OPED: Insure Medical CannabisFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Zaid, Jonathan Area:Nova Scotia Lines:94 Added:06/23/2017

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 effects.

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7 CN NS: Shelburne Man Obtains Medical Marijuana LicenceThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Woolvett, Amy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:44 Added:06/22/2017

It happened like clockwork. Every year, the RCMP would raid a Shelburne man's property as his neighbours looked on.

The police were looking for pot and Dave Butler fully admits they were going to find it.

"They've come every year since 2001… they never missed a year," said Butler.

Butler's property, or the land around it, was always a place to find marijuana growing. Most of the time, he's managed to avoid charges - until recently.

Butler was expected to stand trial on production of marijuana charges June 19 at Shelburne Supreme Court after an arrest in 2014 but instead pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of possession. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and will be given a total discharge if he complies with his probation order and pays a $100 victim surcharge.

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8 CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related ImpairedFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gannes, Geoff de Area:Nova Scotia Lines:76 Added:06/19/2017

Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season.

Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.

Law enforcement is also concerned that the impending legalization of marijuana by the Trudeau Government will compound the problem.

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9 CN NS: Column: How To Best Treat Society's Most Vulnerable?Fri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Jones, Walter Area:Nova Scotia Lines:62 Added:06/19/2017

Two questions: What drug is the most addictive and can give you a condition that can kill you?

What other drug has the worse withdrawal effects and can destroy your brain? Answers! No. 1 is nicotine. It is so addictive because no matter how much you ingest your body still craves more and as it leaves your body the craving gets more intense.

Over time it can cause lung disease. Answer No. 2 is alcohol/ Longtime excessive use can lead to brain damage. It even has a name - Korsakoff Syndrome. You can also die from the DTs if you go cold turkey and are not under a doctors care.

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10 CN NS: Regional Police Preparing For Legal CannabisWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:King, Nancy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:06/19/2017

Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a daily basis

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac says.

In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to regulate it, he said.

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11 CN NS: Editorial: More Concerns, Few AnswersWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:79 Added:06/19/2017

Many have noted the federal government's vision on recreational marijuana regulations remains notably blurry. With legalization anticipated about a year from now, the questions continue, as do recommendations about where to draw certain lines.

The legal age to possess and partake is right up there among concerns. To that end, the New Brunswick Medical Society has weighed in this week, saying the bar should be set at 21. They add that the legal age for tobacco purchase and consumption should also be 21.

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12 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018.

It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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13 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018. It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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14 CN NS: Marijuana Grower Funds Man's Fight For Insurance CoverageMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Nova Scotia Lines:96 Added:05/29/2017

One of Canada's largest medical cannabis producers says it will fund a Nova Scotia man's ongoing legal fight to have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan - the latest move in a nationwide push by industry, patients and their advocates for more widespread cannabis coverage.

Aurora Cannabis Inc., a publicly traded grower based in Alberta, announced this week that it will bankroll elevator mechanic Gordon Skinner's coming defence this fall in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

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15 CN NS: Drug Battle Moves Across CBRMFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Montgomery-Dupe, Sharon Area:Nova Scotia Lines:94 Added:05/26/2017

A Town That Cares group to host more town hall meetings

The fight against the local drug crisis is being expanded.

Buddy Penney, a founder of the A Town That Cares group, says town hall meetings will be held in communities across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

"We want people to see it's a problem for every community, not just New Waterford," he said.

"We will be working on gathering support to see a mental health/drug addiction facility built in the CBRM. Strength comes in numbers."

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16 CN NS: THC Testing Could Come To A Roadside Stop Near YouWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Amherst Citizen, The (CN NS) Author:Mathieson, Dave Area:Nova Scotia Lines:63 Added:05/15/2017

Driving on the dope could soon lead to a driving suspension and a fine.

"In Canada the proposed legislation for roadside screening is going to between two and five nanograms of cannabis for suspensions and a $1,000 fine."

That was the message RCMP Const. Travise Dow gave at the MADD Road Rally Saturday at the Amherst Lions Club.

Dow said a 2016 study done by the Canadian Safety Council shows that 24 per cent of drivers who have crashed on Canadian highways have high levels of THC in their system. THC is the active chemical in cannabis giving users the high they seek.

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17 CN NS: OPED: Health And Safety Top Priorities In New Cannabis LawsMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Queens County Advance, The (CN NS) Author:Goodale, Ralph Area:Nova Scotia Lines:111 Added:04/24/2017

If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime-then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure.

Law enforcement agencies in Canada spend an estimated $2-3 billion a year trying to fight pot, yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world. And criminals walk away with $7-8 billion every year in illicit proceeds. We have to do better.

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18 CN NS: LTE: Cannabis Act Full Of HolesTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:04/19/2017

The Liberals have introduced a new Cannabis Act that attempts to check the box of an election promise kept. I don't think the bill will pass anytime soon and I doubt the Liberals are serious about it anyway.

Why unveil the Act on the last day before a two-week break in Ottawa?

The act does have its challengers in the medical and legal fields. Eighteen is not an acceptable age for the government to allow for marijuana use. Medical opinion has advised that up to the age of 25 the human brain is still developing and that marijuana use can stunt this development.

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19 CN NS: Halifax Landlords' Concern Growing Over LegalizationTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Steeves, Julianne Area:Nova Scotia Lines:53 Added:04/19/2017

Property owners plan around issues like ventilation, insurance

Landlords' main concerns with marijuana legalization in Nova Scotia are around protecting tenant's health and possible damage to buildings, says one advocacy group.

Kevin Russell of Halifax, head of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia's (IPOANS) Cannabis Legalization Committee, said the proposed federal legislation is causing "a lot of concern" for property owners as well as tenants with respiratory problems or small children who are worried about second-hand smoke.

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20 CN NS: Column: Pot Promise Put To The TestThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Hebert, Chantal Area:Nova Scotia Lines:110 Added:04/15/2017

Legislation to be tabled today in the House of Commons will pave the way to the legal selling of marijuana across the country by the summer of next year

If he wants to avoid spending the 2019 campaign walking on the shards of yet another broken signature promise, Justin Trudeau has little choice but to make good on his promise to legalize marijuana in time for the next election.

Of the many commitments the prime minister made on the way to his majority victory some were more emblematic than others. The Liberal embrace of deficit spending, the vow to change the voting system in time for 2019 and the legalization of marijuana fall into that category.

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21 CN NS: Editorial: Easing Their PainFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:76 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 the attention of Canadians and attracted votes of many who supported the long-overdue legalization of marijuana.

Many citizens believe that smoking a joint is no worse than having a beer. Many Canadians - even prime ministers - have tried it. Polls indicate a majority favours legalization. Medical marijuana use has smoothed the drug's acceptance and eased concerns.

What's the big deal? The government is finally ready to table legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018 - much too late for many Canadians. 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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22 CN NS: Editorial: Easing Their Pain HerballyFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia 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 the attention of Canadians and attracted votes of many who supported the long-overdue legalization of marijuana.

Many citizens believe that smoking a joint is no worse than having a beer. Many Canadians - even prime ministers - have tried it. Polls indicate a majority favours legalization. Medical marijuana use has smoothed the drug's acceptance and eased concerns. What's the big deal?

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23 CN NS: High On The IdeaTue, 28 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Macintosh, Ben Area:Nova Scotia Lines:48 Added:03/31/2017

Legalization

But advocate hopes province finds innovative ways to sell weed

A recreational pot supporter in Halifax is applauding the expected announcement by the federal government that recreational marijuana could be legal by July 1, 2018.

Chris Henderson, general manager of Halifax's High Life Social Club, said he hopes the impending move will encourage more people to be open about their pot usage.

"Younger people are more open about their usage, you don't hear about the older generations and cannabis," he said in an interview on Monday. "I hope this encourages older people."

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24 CN NS: Marijuana Activist In Bedford Monday To Promote LegalizationSun, 26 Mar 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Herald, Chronicle Area:Nova Scotia Lines:89 Added:03/31/2017

Dana Larsen's "quiet revolution" envisions more and more Canadians growing pot until the laws prohibiting it are unenforceable.

The Vancouver cannabis activist and author will be in Bedford at the Legion Hall (1772 Bedford Highway) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. to dispense advice, solutions to the crisis of fentanyl and other opioids - and maybe even a few cannabis seeds. Larsen is the founder of the Overgrow Canada campaign and distributed more than 2.3 million cannabis seeds in spring 2016. He's doing a larger seed giveaway now, which started in January.

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25 CN NS: Federal Budget Has Few Answers For Pot AdvocatesThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Gunn, Andrea Area:Nova Scotia Lines:127 Added:03/23/2017

Anyone hoping for major hints about the government's plans to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis in Wednesday's federal budget likely came away disappointed.

Cannabis is mentioned just twice in Budget 2017 - the first time to direct existing Health Canada funding of $9.6 million over five years, with $1 million per year ongoing, to support "marijuana public education programming and surveillance activities" ahead of legalizing the drug for recreational use.

The second time, in a section that deals with raising duty rates on alcohol, the budget says as the government moves forward with a new taxation regime on cannabis, "it will take steps to ensure that taxation levels remain effective over time."

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26 CN NS: PUB LTE: Opioid Addicts Need More HelpWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:McNeil, Barry Area:Nova Scotia Lines:85 Added:03/22/2017

This letter concerns Addiction Services' and the Nova Scotia Health Authority's new approach towards the treatment of opioid addicts in this province.

According to a CBC News report (Dec 8, 2016), this new strategy involves a move to "eliminate hospital-based Detox for opioid addicts."

Essentially, the Nova Scotia Health Authority intends to withhold inpatient treatment to opioid addicts at their eight Detox Units across the province saying that (for opioid addicts) "detox alone is not working."

The preferred approach now is to kick the problem out to family physicians who may or may not have methadone licenses or to other community programs and services already overwhelmed by the problem.

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27 CN NS: OPED: Ethical WeedThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Coast, The (CN NS) Author:Johnstone, Luke Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:03/11/2017

For years, cannabis has been a counter-cultural symbol-a plant that can be grown almost anywhere, giving it little marketing potential. That's about to change.

At a show last summer, a musician friend said to me, "This is Pineapple Express-I bought it legally in Kensington Market." Legal. Weed. Kensington. Toronto. That stuck in the memory banks, and I followed up next time I was in Toronto, visiting several locations of one well-reputed dispensary, sampling as many marijuana strains and concentrates as my budget would afford.

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28 CN NS: Cannabis Companies Mettrum And Organigram Face Possible ClassTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Nova Scotia Lines:146 Added:03/09/2017

Two federally regulated medical marijuana companies caught up in a tainted-cannabis scare are facing proposed class-action lawsuits from patients who unknowingly ingested banned pesticides.

Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc. were both found selling medical marijuana that contained unauthorized chemicals, including the controversial pesticide myclobutanil, which produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems.

The suit against OrganiGram was filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday by Halifax=based Wagners Law Firm, while a separate action against Mettrum was filed in Ontario Supreme Court by the firm Roy O'Connor LLP.

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29 CN NS: Exhibits 'Misplaced'Tue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Doucette, Keith Area:Nova Scotia Lines:96 Added:03/04/2017

Bad record keeping to blame for some 3,000 missing items according to police

Halifax police are adamant that bad record keeping rather than any criminal activity by its officers was behind the "misplacement'' of 3,000 of nearly 10,000 drug-related exhibits uncovered in a recent inventory.

Among the unaccounted for items were cocaine and other drugs, and more than 200 cash items totalling $100,000.

Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais told reporters Monday the force was confident there had been no wrongdoing.

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30 CN NS: Nothing 'Untoward' HereTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:96 Added:03/04/2017

Thousands of dollars, drugs still missing from audit

Tens of thousands of dollars and several kilograms of illicit drugs are still missing from Halifax Regional Police evidence, but the chief says there's no indication anything "untoward" has happened within his force.

Chief Jean-Michel Blais presented an update on the Drug Exhibit Audit to Monday's meeting of the municipality's Board of Police Commissioners, and outlined the preliminary results of a full inventory, conducted between September 2016 and February 2017, of all 12,792 drug-related exhibits in the police database.

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31 CN NS: Exhibits Still Unaccounted For From Evidence StorageMon, 27 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:03/04/2017

Force believes missing money placed in police bank account

Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 - including nearly $5,000 in cash - are still unaccounted for.

Chief Jean-Michel Blais will present a report to the municipality's Board of Police Commissioners on Monday updating the force's progress on finding the missing items from the Drug Exhibit Audit released last year.

That audit was conducted between June and November 2015 after an officer was accused of stealing from an evidence vault. Police originally found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault were unaccounted for, and 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn't where it was supposed to be.

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32 CN NS: Editorial: Beyond Concern About LabelsThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:02/21/2017

It's a tough call, whether companies soon to be marketing recreational marijuana should be allowed to brand their product. A precedent is in the works with tobacco, to deny manufacturers the right to have distinctive packaging. Some would extend that same caution to pot.

It's an issue that government will ultimately have to grapple with - while hearing from proponents on both sides of the argument.

Garfield Mahood of Vancouver, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud, campaigned for decades to get the federal government to force tobacco companies to use plain packaging.

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33 CN NS: Police Lay Charges Following Search Of Amherst BusinessSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:65 Added:02/14/2017

A month after it opened, a downtown business specializing in marijuana paraphernalia was searched by police on Thursday.

Dr. Greenthumb was searched by members of the Cumberland Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit on Thursday with assistance from the Amherst Police Department.

This whole pending legislation has created a challenge for police across the country. Some people are trying to get ahead of it because the government is saying legislation is coming, but it's not here and they have to be patient and wait for the legislation. Ian Naylor, Amherst Police Chief

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34 CN NS: 'Strong Advocate For Veterans'Fri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Fraser, Jeremy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:70 Added:02/14/2017

Vince Rigby remembered for work with veterans

Friends of Vince Rigby are remembering him as a strong advocate for veterans across Cape Breton.

Rigby's body was found by firefighters in an abandoned Robert Street building during a fire in Whitney Pier on Monday.

Cape Breton Regional Police investigated the fire and ruled out any suspicion and foul play in the death of the Sydney man. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Ron Clarke, a Korean War veteran, said he will remember Rigby as a "strong advocate for veterans."

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35CN NS: Insurance Should Cover Medical Pot, Panel RulesFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Nova Scotia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2017

A Nova Scotia human rights board has ruled that a patient's medical marijuana should be covered by his employee insurance plan in a potentially precedent-setting case.

The decision, issued Jan. 30, ruled in favour of Gordon Skinner's claim that he faced discrimination when trying to access insurance coverage for his disability.

Independent human rights board of inquiry chair Benjamin Perryman said that medical marijuana should be an eligible expense since it requires a doctor's authorization and thus didn't fall within the plan's exclusions.

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36CN NS: Panel Orders Insurer To Cover Medicinal PotFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Nova Scotia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2017

Man injured in workplace accident

A Nova Scotia human rights board has ruled that a patient's medical marijuana should be covered by his employee insurance plan in a potentially precedent-setting case.

The decision, issued Jan. 30, ruled in favour of Gordon Skinner's claim that he faced discrimination when trying to access insurance coverage for his disability.

Independent human rights board of inquiry chair Benjamin Perryman said that medical marijuana should be an eligible expense since it requires a doctor's authorization and thus didn't fall within the plan's exclusions.

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37 CN NS: N.S. Board Says Insurance Must Cover Man's CannabisFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Nova Scotia Lines:93 Added:02/05/2017

Nova Scotia's human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage.

Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.

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38CN NS: Insurer Must Cover Medical Pot Costs, Rights Board RulesFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Doucette, Keith Area:Nova Scotia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2017

HALIFAX - A human-rights board has determined a Nova Scotia man's prescribed medical marijuana must be covered by his employee insurance plan, a ruling that advocates said will likely have impact nationwide.

Gordon Wayne Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, suffers from chronic pain following an on-the-job motor vehicle accident, and argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage.

In a decision Thursday, inquiry board chair Benjamin Perryman concluded that since medical marijuana requires a prescription by law, it doesn't fall within the exclusions of Skinner's insurance plan.

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39 CN NS: Federal Jail Term IssuedTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:02/04/2017

Former corrections employee sentenced on drug trafficking

A Sydney Mines woman was given a two-year federal jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

Special federal prosecutor David Iannetti told the court that Nicole Marie Smith, 46, came to the attention of jail officials when a letter was found in which an inmate thanked Smith for bringing marijuana into the facility.

Smith worked part time in the kitchen at the provincial jail and had struck up a friendship with a male inmate who also worked in the kitchen.

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40 CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug TestsFri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Ryan, Haley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:59 Added:01/23/2017

Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February

Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device.

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

"This is for us. It's not about any of the public, it's about how user-friendly are these devices for the police at roadside," Const. Kristine Fraser of the HRP traffic unit said Thursday. "If you say 'um, no,' (it's) 'okay, thank you for your time,' and you drive away.'"

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41 CN NS: Dispensing With Marijuana ProhibitionThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Coast, The (CN NS) Author:Windsor, Hillary Area:Nova Scotia Lines:90 Added:01/20/2017

The law is still against business owners like Shirley Martineau, even as Canada remains high on legalization.

Even though it may seem like the illegality associated with weed today is akin to the criminal severity of something like jaywalking, the fact is that here in Nova Scotia, under many circumstances, having, selling or smoking the stuff could still get you thrown in jail.

That's exactly what may happen to Shirley Martineau, owner of Auntie's Health and Wellness Centre, which was closed down earlier this month after Martineau decided on her own accord to begin providing access to medicinal marijuana to anyone over the age of 19-regardless of a prescription.

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42 CN NS: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Illegally TaxedMon, 16 Jan 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sampson, Charles W. Area:Nova Scotia Lines:70 Added:01/17/2017

Why are patients who legally acquire medical marijuana being illegally charged sales tax on this medicine? Correspondence to get clarification on why this is so included federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and our two MPs - Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner.

Health Minister Philpott replied that "tax policies fall within the purview of Hon. Bill Morneau" and forwarded my inquiry to him. MP Eyking replied with what are the existing regulations on marijuana that represent outdated information considering the ongoing changes with medical marijuana.

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43 CN NS: Auntie's Isn't The Only Shop In Canada Selling RecreationalTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Parker, Jordan Area:Nova Scotia Lines:102 Added:01/13/2017

Auntie's Halifax marijuana dispensary is among a nation full of shops that have begun selling recreationally, despite federal laws that promise prosecution.

Raids have been conducted by police in Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto over the past year, including those of recreational marijuana shops owned by company Cannabis Culture.

"The federal government has been clear that until new legislation is introduced, the current laws remain and must be followed," wrote Sarah Gillis, a spokeswoman for the provincial Department of Health & Wellness.

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44 CN NS: Marijuana Activist Cheers Auntie OnWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Parker, Jordan Area:Nova Scotia Lines:118 Added:01/04/2017

Police stay silent on their plan if store reoffends

A leading Canadian marijuana activist is standing behind a bid by Auntie's Dispensary to reopen after a police raid shut them down.

Last week, Halifax owner Shirley Martineau and three others were charged - and had their inventory seized - after complaints led the Halifax Regional Police to take action.

Martineau, who hasn't returned phone calls, vowed to reopen and has volunteers working at the shop right now.

Toronto marijuana legalization activist Jodie Emery, who is married to fellow activist Marc Emery, knows what Martineau is going through.

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45 CN NS: Provincial Marijuana Plan Shrouded In SmokeThu, 15 Dec 2016
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Bresge, Adina Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:12/19/2016

Nova Scotia not ready to talk strategy on legalization

The Nova Scotia government has formed two working groups to get into the weeds of marijuana legalization, but the province's plans remain a little hazy.

A federal task force on marijuana legalization released a report this week recommending mail-order and storefront sales to people over the age of 18, with a 30-gram limit on personal possession of recreational pot.

The report contained more than 80 recommendations about how legalized marijuana should be produced, regulated and sold.

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46 CN NS: Editorial: Is 18 Too Young For Legal Marijuana?Sat, 17 Dec 2016
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:77 Added:12/19/2016

When the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Canada in the next few years, how old should you have to be to join in the fun?

This issue - the legal age for buying and consuming cannabis - is the biggest single challenge facing the federal Liberals as they rewrite the law on this popular, but potentially harmful, drug.

A federal task force this week provided 80 recommendations for opening up the market for recreational pot. Most of the suggestions, which include permitting storefront and mail-order sales as well as allowing individuals to buy or carry up to 30 grams for personal use, are both reasonable and workable. But the recommendation to allow sales to people as soon as they turn 18 is troubling because of the harm that medical experts say would result. The age should be higher.

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47 CN NS: Editorial: Health Issues To Deal With On Pot Use, LegalizationSat, 17 Dec 2016
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:79 Added:12/19/2016

With the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana expected to become a reality in Canada in the next couple of years, there are a number of important issues to be considered as we proceed in a sensible way - in other words, with caution.

This past week a federal task force released a report with a lengthy list of recommendations on how Canada should move forward with legalizing marijuana.

One that causes immediate concern is the task force's troubling recommendation that would allow sales of the drug to anyone aged 18 or over.

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48 CN NS: Editorial: Task Force Still Has Work To DoWed, 14 Dec 2016
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:66 Added:12/15/2016

This must be some sort of lapse of the synapse. One of the key warnings regarding coming legalization of marijuana didn't make the impression warranted.

Health professionals have tried to stress the importance of keeping recreational marijuana away from young people. Last month, the Canadian Paediatric Society urged that the federal government ban sales to those younger than 18 or 19, depending on the province, to correspond with age limits for alcohol and tobacco sales.

The federal task force in charge of recommendations, in releasing its report Tuesday, chose the low end of that age spectrum, saying sales should be limited to people 18 and over.

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49 CN NS: Bible Hill Home To Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Harry Area:Nova Scotia Lines:84 Added:12/10/2016

Auntie's founder convinced of weed's medicinal abilities

A medical marijuana dispensary operating in Bible Hill is making access easier for people who require it, clients say.

The dispensary, called Auntie's Health and Wellness Center, is also beneficial because it offers medicinal cannabis in more forms and wider variety than conventional methods.

"I believe people should have direct access to their medication. And they don't," said Auntie's founder Shirley Martineau.

She said people who genuinely need marijuana are often forced to acquire it illegally, "and they don't know what they are getting."

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50 CN NS: Clients See Auntie's As A GodsendTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Harry Area:Nova Scotia Lines:83 Added:12/06/2016

Medical marijuana users give thumbs up to retail dispensary

At one point, following a severe industrial accident in 2005, Craig Upham was taking 28 different medications per day.

Five of those were to counter side effects of the prescribed narcotics he was taking.

Upham eventually became addicted to oxycontin, which robbed him of his personality, made him hostile and ruined a marriage.

"In 2007 they didn't know what to do with me," he said. "The doctors told me I wouldn't be able to walk, I would be in a wheelchair."

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