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1 CN ON: Gang Targeted CitySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:06/21/2017

'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to'

The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests.

"Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.

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2 CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot PlanningMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:06/21/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan.

And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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3CN ON: Editorial: Pot Plan Needs ClaritySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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4 CN ON: Smoking Out StrategiesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:06/19/2017

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, chief executive of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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5CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Legislation is only a year away, but public not yet being consulted

Several provinces are plowing full-steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them yet. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, the CEO of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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6CN ON: A Hard ClimbSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Knight, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Documentary Gives Clear-eyed, Non-judgmental View Of Tough Life

"Where's the happy ending? It's a good day. There's no good ending. The ending's when you're dead." So says Marty, one of a number of residents and workers interviewed at the Regent Park Community Health Centre in the east-of-downtown Toronto neighbourhood for this documentary.

He's discussing the difficulties of recovering from addiction, something everyone in the film is dealing with to one degree or another. "Relapse is a part of recovery," says Roxanne, a former addict and sex-trade worker. "I just don't want it to be a part of mine."

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7 CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical PotSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:06/19/2017

Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim.

Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana.

The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.

"There are benefits to medical cannabis," Thomas said. "We've been working with the (insurance) carrier that we have, SSQ, and it took a bit... so for certain illnesses it's a hell of a lot better than every day drugs."

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8 CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: ExpertsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:06/19/2017

Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers

OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

Dr. Mark Ware, a globally-recognized researcher and the vice-chair of the federal government's task force on legalizing marijuana, said a legal framework for cannabis will help to facilitate further research.

He said published scientific research already suggests cannabinoid molecules interact with the brain in a way that has an important "synergy" with how opioids interact with receptors in the body.

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9 CN ON: No Fentanyl In Local Marijuana: CopsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Baker, Lois Ann Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:06/19/2017

An article posted on the Cornwall Free News has led some to believe marijuana laced with fentanyl had made its way to Cornwall.

However Cornwall Community Police Service Const. Dan Cloutier said he was not aware of any fentanyl-laced marijuana in the area.

In the article, Jamie Gilcig said a source told him a drug bust revealed the confiscated marijuana was laced with fentanyl.

Cloutier said as of today, he was unaware of any drug bust that contained the altered marijuana. He reached out to the Standard-Freeholder to correct the record after no changes were made to the article posted on Cornwall Free News.

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10 CN ON: Pot Shops Still A BotherWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

Mayor John Tory says his office continues to deal with near-daily complaints about marijuana dispensaries across the city, but shied away from calling for police to swoop down on the pot shops.

Tory said Tuesday that he would support additional police and municipal bylaw enforcement when it comes to dispensaries which have sprung up around the city since the Trudeau government announced it would legalize marijuana.

While a supporter of legalization, Tory said he does not support weed shops as they disrupt "stable neighbourhoods" and sell an illegal drug.

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11 CN ON: Pot Shops, Not Pot Charges, Irk ToryWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:06/19/2017

Due to this 'concern,' mayor won't back board of health position on decriminalization

Mayor John Tory is refusing to join growing calls for Ottawa to immediately decriminalize pot as the federal government prepares to legalize and regulate marijuana next summer.

"My concern is not with that. I mean to me, I very much favour, as soon as possible, the notion that people should not have a criminal record for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana. That's something that should have been done years ago," he said Tuesday.

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12CN ON: Plan For Edible Cannabis Products: City Health UnitWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Ottawa organization wants to develop packaging, awareness campaigns ahead of legalization

The federal government should regulate edible cannabis products at the same time that it legalizes dried pot, plants and cannabis oil, the city's health unit says.

Ottawa Public Health wants support from the health board to tell the federal government to develop regulations around edible cannabis products now rather than waiting until after the legalization comes into force, which is expected to happen by July 2018.

In a report for the health board, the unit cites a 2016 study and a 2015 study on the impacts of legalizing marijuana in Colorado. Based on those studies, the Ottawa unit is worried about children accidentally ingesting edible cannabis products, particularly if there are lax controls on packaging, storage and labelling.

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13 CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions SoughtTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:06/16/2017

Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends.

In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

Pot use should be banned where regular tobacco smoking is not permitted, and - like drinking alcohol - prohibited in vehicles, the board decided.

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14 CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize ImmediatelyFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:06/14/2017

Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn't follow their lead.

In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.

The Liberal government plans to legalize, regulate and restrict cannabis by July 2018. The promise was part of the election platform that propelled the party to a majority government.

The current laws are not working - and a strong majority of Canadians support legalization. Too many people are ending up with minor criminal records, leaving the court system clogged and futures blighted. Young people are especially vulnerable.

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15 CN ON: City To Ban Pot Shops A For NowThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:06/13/2017

Zoning bylaw amendments to prohibit retail outlets until marijuana legalized

City councillors are putting in place a temporary prohibition on pot stores.

On Tuesday night, councillors voted unanimously in favour of zoning bylaw amendments that prohibit cannabis (marijuana) retail outlets in the city. The amendments also apply to county land that has come under the jurisdiction of the city as a result of the Jan. 1 Brantford-Brant County land deal.

The decision will come before council for final approval on June 27. The measures will remain in place until federal and provincial legislation is developed following the expected legalization of marijuana in 2018.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Governments Undermining Our HealthThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Smith, Judy Pollard Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:06/13/2017

RE: Teens and drugs (June 3)

Last Saturday's front page article exposed yet another warning as to the addictive, harmful effects of marijuana on youth. The federal government is not listening.

In the same edition of The Spectator, Thomas Froese's piece highlights how assisted dying has removed us from the precious nature of life in both its joys and it sorrows. Once encoded, our laws are there in perpetuity.

These dual governmental notions, currently both provincial and federal, have undermined the good health of our nation.

Judy Pollard Smith, Hamilton

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17 CN ON: LTE: Safe Injection Sites Not The AnswerSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Kuhn, David Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:06/13/2017

Re: Supervised injection sites to be considered by region - June 7

Whenever I see or hear someone talking about supervised injection sites, I can't help but hear "they're going to do it anyway ..." in the back of my mind, because that's the rationale that people who are for injection sites use. Only, these people usually add something like "at least they'll be safe ..." to further justify their position that this is helping addicts.

Clearly, we have a drug problem in this region - we have a national problem - and I think that local authorities should be working with agencies and groups to help those in our community with substance abuse issues who are battling and struggling with addiction.

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18 CN ON: Health Board Calls For Pot DecriminalizationTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:06/13/2017

Endorses an end to simple possession charges as 2018 legalization looms

Toronto's Board of Health is calling on the federal government to decriminalize pot possession immediately as part has of a package of recommendations it adopted unanimously on the looming legalization of marijuana.

The "fact it is still criminal is criminal," board member and Councillor Paula Fletcher said during Monday's Board of Health meeting.

Fletcher noted illegal dispensaries continue to operate, while "some of my residents are being charged with possession and trafficking for hand-to-hand sales of marijuana. It does not seem fair at all."

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19 CN ON: PUB LTE: Hypocrisy On Pot Vs. AlcoholMon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Lavigne, Francois Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:06/09/2017

Re: Medical journal blasts Liberals over pot age limit, May 30

While I understand the Canadian Medical Association Journal's concern for the potential harmful effects of marijuana consumption on the "young" brain, I also find the criticism of the government's plan somewhat hypocritical.

If marijuana consumption is harmful, why single it out when the same young person can legally obtain and consume alcohol at around the same age as the proposed legislation? Surely the potential harmful effects of alcohol on the human body and brain are just as well-known.

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20 CN ON: MADD Tackling Drug-Impaired DrivingMon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:06/09/2017

Drunk driving rates across the country aren't going down.

The statistics may be consistent, but MADD volunteer Amy St. Amour is hopeful that events like Strides for Change can keep the issue in people's minds.

"I don't understand how somebody can have too many drinks and still choose to drive," said St. Amour. "At the end of the day, it's a choice that you make. I don't know how we're going to change that mindset, but I do know that walks like this and all the events and fundraising that we do, hopefully keeps it top of mind for everybody in Timmins.

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21 CN ON: Dispensary Owners Hope For DischargeThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:163 Added:06/08/2017

'Is it justice in the community?' - Judge criticizes Waterloo Regional Police decision to launch a raid

KITCHENER - A provincial court judge criticized the Waterloo Regional Police's decision to raid an illegal marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo last summer, suggesting a warning might have been sufficient to close it down.

Instead, a young Kitchener couple were in court Wednesday, facing criminal convictions for operating a dispensary they say only sold cannabis to adults with medical marijuana licences.

Justice Colin Westman wondered aloud why their Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street, was busted by police in August when other local dispensaries were given written warnings a few months later.

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22 CN ON: Column: Pot Possession Charges Are A Sign Of HypocrisyWed, 07 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Harper, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:06/07/2017

It's long been apparent that the Liberal legalization of marijuana in this country is not going to provide the mellow buzz the government had sought.

We're more than a year out from promised legislation, but there's smoke on the horizon.

The Canadian Medical Association has condemned the legal age of 18 being set by the federal Liberals, citing data that shows early marijuana use leads to everything from depression and anxiety to a lifetime dependency rate of 17 per cent for those who start smoking as teenagers. That's almost double the rate of those who begin use after their brains mature at age 25.

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23 CN ON: Overdose Kits In SchoolsFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:06/06/2017

Regional Catholic board has purchased Naxalone to counter possible opioid overdoses

The region's Catholic education board is responding to the growing threat of opioids in Eastern Ontario by placing overdose remedy kits in all of its schools.

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario( CDSBEO) announced Tuesday it has purchased Naloxone kits for all of its schools in response to the growing Fentanyl crisis that is making its way through the counties, and in some cases claiming lives.

"We hope that these kits will never need to be used, but in the event that they are needed, the Naloxone will help to buy time for someone experiencing an opioid overdose until first responders arrive," said the board's director of education, William Gartland.

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24 CN ON: Ottawa Approves 3 Toronto Supervised-Injection SitesSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:06/06/2017

The federal government has approved three supervised-injection sites for Toronto, further expanding a contentious harm reduction service in its latest effort to counter a surging number of overdose deaths in Canada.

Illicit fentanyl and chemically similar drugs have caused fatal overdoses to skyrocket. Opioid overdoses in Ontario increased 11 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period the year before, B.C. is on pace to have 1,400 deaths this year, and fentanyl-related fatalities in Alberta in the first quarter of 2017 are 60 per cent higher than in the same period last year.

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25 CN ON: Spike In Violent Home Invasions Tied To DrugsMon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:06/06/2017

Guns, yes - but knives, pepper spray, hammers, bats, batons and pipes have all been wielded as invaders strike in Hamilton

The number of violent home invasions in Hamilton nearly doubled last year, highlighting a growth in what police say is crime fuelled by the illegal drug trade in the city.

Last year Hamilton police investigated 67 violent home invasion robberies, up from 36 in 2015, said police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton.

As of March this year there had already been 12 home invasions, according to police records. The Spectator is aware of at least five more since then, including two in which people were shot.

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26 CN ON: Naloxone On Schools' RadarSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:06/06/2017

Local school boards may bring 'opioid antagonist' into schools to deal with possible overdoses

Local school boards are considering following their neighbours and potentially bringing naloxone into local schools in the face of the opioid overdose crisis.

On Tuesday, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario announced the overdose kits would be placed in all of its schools, located in the easternmost counties of Ontario and including the cities of Brockville and Cornwall.

"We hope that these kits will never need to be used, but in the event that they are needed, the naloxone will help to buy time for someone experiencing an opioid overdose until first responders arrive," William Gartland, the board's director of education, said.

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27 CN ON: Hempfest 'Killed' By Lack Of SponsorsThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Northern Times, The (CN ON) Author:Grech, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:06/06/2017

The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug.

Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and longtime activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.

He said unless someone else comes forward to take over managing the event, the cancellation of Hempfest is likely permanent.

In his announcement, Neron also revealed his intention to "retire completely from any activism" in the future.

"My health will no longer permit me to do so," he told Postmedia Network in an interview Sunday night. "As for Hempfest, lack of money from sponsors killed the festival … I can no longer sustain myself, my health, little less a not-for-profit festival."

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28 CN ON: Teens And DrugsSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Thorpe, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:286 Added:06/06/2017

Drug use among teens is nothing new. But street drugs are a bigger threat than ever, because they can be laced with deadly substances. The Spectator investigates what youth are using, and how to identify the dangers

A GIRL is hanging out with friends after school. One of them has stolen a gram of marijuana from an older brother. They pass around a pipe. It is her first time getting high. She is 14.

A 15- YEAR-OLD walks through the hall at school. He sees a classmate selling cannabis-edibles out of a backpack and a friend making a purchase. A GIRL is invited to meet up with friends behind her school. Someone lights a joint and passes it to her. She is in Grade 7.

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29 CN ON: Cannabis Club Still Advising MembersWed, 31 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:05/31/2017

KITCHENER - The manager of the region's only compassion club for people with medical marijuana licences says she's still doing what she can to help her members - after a police crackdown sent her patients "to the street."

Sandra Thornton's cellphone is ringing seven days a week with people calling with questions about marijuana they're buying from street-level drug dealers, asking how they can cook with it or turn it into a baked good that's easier for them to consume.

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30 CN ON: Vecchio To Hold Town Hall Meeting On Marijuana LegislationTue, 30 May 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Broadley, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:05/30/2017

The Liberals' promise to legalize marijuana has its champions and its critics. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, Karen Vecchio, MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, wants to hear from you.

"I really want to hear from the public. I know there's lots of people who are supportive of this, that think that it's been long time coming. There are other people who have some great concerns with it. And I want to make sure we hear from the right people," Vecchio said.

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31 CN ON: LTE: Future DamagesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mundy, Lloyd Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/29/2017

It has taken the public and the government years to persuade people to give up smoking. Now our prime minister is going to legalize marijuana.

Please demonstrate some common sense. Obviously, he is looking at it from a financial point of view. Imagine the profits from growing it and, of course, the distribution of it. Not much thought is being given toward future damage to the health of our people or the problems it will create. This is the type of decision Trump would make.

Lloyd Mundy

Waterloo

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32 CN ON: Health Unit Urges Non-Profit Model For Weed SalesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Norris, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

If the sale of marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health wants it to be strictly a not-for-profit venture.

At its monthly board of governors meeting Wednesday, the health unit passed a motion urging the federal and Ontario governments to support and implement a not-for-profit production/distribution system with a mandate that focuses on protecting the public's health, if the distribution and sale of cannabis is allowed. Legislation is expected to take effect by July 1, 2018.

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33 CN ON: LTE: Don't Legalize MarijuanaFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Braund, Marie Area:Ontario Lines:28 Added:05/29/2017

Elected government officials are not concerning themselves with the effects of marijuana legalization. The only people who should be prescribing any type of drug are doctors and then only to patients who require them for pain relief from serious illness.

If the legal age for purchasing drugs is 18 you can be sure that unscrupulous types will provide drugs to those who are younger. With the high number of young people dead from drug overdoses, it would seem that this first step to addiction should not be legal. Legalization of marijuana needs to be stopped before it is started.

Marie Braund

Brantford

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34 CN ON: Unlucky Or Stupid?Sat, 27 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hunter, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/29/2017

Man tied to Creba killing busted - a day before parole

Jane Creba was 15 when she was shot dead on a busy downtown Toronto street while shopping with her sister on Boxing Day in 2005.

Creba wasn't a dope dealer, nor had she disrespected anyone.

She was just an average teen whose promising young life was snuffed out by a stray bullet on Yonge St.

Now, Louis Raphael Woodcock, 30, convicted of manslaughter in connection with Creba's murder, has been charged by cops in Kingston for drug trafficking - with one day left on his parole.

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35 CN ON: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Vaping?Wed, 24 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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36 CN ON: Anglican Churches Spread The Word On Naloxone KitsMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:05/29/2017

Over 1,000 trained to use overdose prevention kit

Anglican churches across Ottawa are now spreading a gospel of a different kind, teaching people to use naloxone to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

Rev. Monique Stone held a meeting at her church in Carp earlier this year, after unsuccessfully trying to get a naloxone kit to have on hand for New Year's Eve.

Stone tried five pharmacies and found none was offering the free kits. Eventually, she linked up with Vanier pharmacist Mark Barnes and they got the idea of hosting a training session.

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37 CN ON: Officer Charged Over Opioids Stolen From PoliceMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Clairmont, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:05/29/2017

At least 30 cases linked to drugs missing from a storage locker likely will be dropped, setting accused dealers free

A Halton cop who spent years taking drugs off the street is facing five criminal charges after prescription opioids were stolen from a police evidence locker.

At least 30 cases connected to the missing drugs likely will be dropped because of the evidence-tampering, setting accused dealers free.

Staff Sgt. Brad Murray was in charge of the Drug and Morality Unit at the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and had authorization to access the locked storage area where all drugs seized by the service were kept and catalogued.

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38 CN ON: Halton Sergeant Charged After Probe Into Evidence TamperingMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:McLean, Jesse Area:Ontario Lines:147 Added:05/29/2017

Cop led unit that encouraged residents to drop off prescription drugs

The former head of Halton Region's police drug squad, who once boasted of major busts and encouraged residents to drop off their unused prescription painkillers so police could properly dispose of them, has been arrested and accused of using his position to steal drug exhibits stored in an evidence vault.

Brad Murray, a staff sergeant with 16 years on the Halton force, was charged Sunday with obstruction of justice and two counts each of theft under $5,000 and breach of trust following a seven-month internal probe and external investigation by Toronto police.

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39 CN ON: LTE: Pot PrioritiesMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:05/29/2017

Too bad Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made pot legalization his government's top priority rather than developing a national strategy to deal with the opioid crisis that has killed thousands coast to coast.

Provinces and cities were left to fight the greatest drug crisis in Canada on their own. I guess for Trudeau votes and the billions that pot sales will bring in trumped everything else.

Seems foolhardy for Trudeau to be legalizing another drug, with all the health and psychological problems that will mean, as we face the opioid crisis.

Larry Comeau

Ottawa



(Talking out of both sides of his mouth.)

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40 CN ON: LTE: Opioid SolutionMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Boyer, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:35 Added:05/29/2017

Whether it is direct or indirect, the person who makes it, the drug dealer who sells it, or the person who brings a bag full to a party and gives it away, someone must be held accountable.

With proper police work the provider of the drug can be found.

I am sure that at present the provider of the drug may only get a trafficking charge; surely a manslaughter charge could be made in the case of death. If the person providing the drug at a party was charged with manslaughter and later found guilty it would send a strong message to the public that there are severe consequences to their action.

Social media and proper national news reporting of a charge would make a person think twice about providing this lethal drug.

Bob Boyer Renfrew



(Sometimes punishment is the best deterrence.)

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41 CN ON: PUB LTE: Pot PerspectivesSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Boucher, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/28/2017

Re: Future damages - May 25

I don't smoke marijuana. That's right; I don't and I don't plan on starting. Yet letter writer after letter writer feels that once marijuana becomes legal, anyone and everyone is going to light up. Let me ask those writers, do you plan on taking up weed? Do you think it being illegal stops youth from smoking it now? Maybe it's a tax grab, but so what, we already pay sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. People need to get a grip.

Dan Boucher

Waterloo

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42 CN ON: LTE: Pot Law Changes Will Hurt CanadaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:05/28/2017

(Re: Pot laws creating concerns, April 19 edition)

This excellent report by Jason Miller points out the growing concerns from municipal administrators as they try to come to grips with marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018. Councillor Mike Graham is correct that this is purely a political move by the Trudeau Liberals to fulfil an election promise and to rake in the billions expected from sales.

Parents should also be concerned with studies from the U.K., USA and our own Canadian Medical Association all showing young people using this drug run greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Yet, in his infinite wisdom, Trudeau is ignoring the CMA's recommendation that nobody under 21 be allowed to make a purchase setting the age at 18. There are more than 85 cannabinoids contained in marijuana with very little known about their long-term effects on the human body.

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43 CN ON: Hempfest Burns OutTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Grech, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:05/28/2017

Organizer cancelling event due to lack of sponsorship and declining health

The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug.

Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and long-time activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.

He said unless someone else comes forward to take over managing the event, the cancellation of Hempfest is likely permanent.

In his announcement, Neron also revealed his intention to "retire completely from any activism" in the future.

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44 CN ON: 'Parents Would Be Shocked'Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/28/2017

Students vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin, says principal

High school students are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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45 CN ON: OPED: Amnesty For Marijuana Arrests Must Be Part Of NewSun, 28 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Gooch, Tiffany Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:05/28/2017

Marijuana legalization was a key pillar of the Liberal platform in the 2015 election and the successful implementation of this promise will be a defining moment for the Justin Trudeau government and its legacy.

The definition of success for this mammoth policy file varies greatly depending on who is being consulted. Businesses large and small are jockeying for influence in the new cannabis economy. Provincial governments are watching closely to identify their own steps forward. Border cities are grappling with the tourism implications. Mental health advocates are calling for health-focused regulations.

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46 CN ON: OPED: Don't Criminalize Drug UsersSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Lester, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

The article Needles the cause, cure (May 23) postulates possible reasons for higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus in London.

As an organization that advocates with and for people who inject drugs ( PWID), we note that, while unsafe injection practices may be a potential driver of these increased rates, it is probably not the only influence. There are multiple social and systemic influences that may not only contribute to the increase of disease, but also contribute to overall diminished health of those who inject drugs.

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47 CN ON: Editorial: Need To Get Proactive With The Opioid CrisisSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

It seems we're finally coming to grips with the opioid crisis. Not in the sense that we're able to prevent it or roll it back, unfortunately.

But now the data needed to conduct the fight is becoming available. It's not perfect, but it is a huge - and positive - step.

Where we've been reactive, we'll now be able to be proactive. Or at least more proactive than we have been, watching as the wave of death rolls across Canada.

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48 CN ON: Editorial: Need To Get Proactive With The Opioid CrisisSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

It seems we're finally coming to grips with the opioid crisis. Not in the sense that we're able to prevent it or roll it back, unfortunately.

But now the data needed to conduct the fight is becoming available. It's not perfect, but it is a huge - and positive - step.

Where we've been reactive, we'll now be able to be proactive. Or at least more proactive than we have been, watching as the wave of death rolls across Canada.

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49 CN ON: OPED: Don't Criminalize Drug UsersSat, 27 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Lester, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:05/27/2017

The article Needles the cause, cure (May 23) postulates possible reasons for higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus in London.

As an organization that advocates with and for people who inject drugs (PWID), we note that, while unsafe injection practices may be a potential driver of these increased rates, it is probably not the only influence. There are multiple social and systemic influences that may not only contribute to the increase of disease, but also contribute to overall diminished health of those who inject drugs.

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50 CN ON: Police Bust Marijuana DispensarySat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police drug officers closed down a marijuana dispensary in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Police raided the storefront business at 184 Samuelson St. near Elgin Street North at 1 p.m.

Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said the illegal business did not have an official name.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of marijuana, marijuana products, a small amount of suspected cocaine and prescription pills, including Xanax and Oxycocet.

A 29-year-old Cambridge man and a 21-year-old Cambridge woman were arrested. Both face several charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

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