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1 CN PI: LTE: 'No' To Methadone, MarijuanaTue, 06 Jun 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Curtis, John W. A. Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:30 Added:06/09/2017

A pioneer in methadone now says methadone isn't working. People on methadone are using other drugs. It is my opinion that under the methadone program the province has become the drug dealer.

What is the province going to do when Justin Trudeau legalizes marijuana? Intelligence isn't an attribute required for a politician. People are seeing provinces sue tobacco companies for health care costs. It won't take long for the provinces to sue companies selling marijuana for health care costs. Methadone isn't working for addictions to heavy drugs so how is the province going to pay for addictions to marijuana? Justin Trudeau campaigned for Wade MacLauchlan in the last provincial election, it is time both leaders provide answers. I think both methadone and legalizing marijuana are a joke.

John W.A. Curtis, Summerside

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2 CN PI: LTE: City Mayor Speaks TruthThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:33 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that the city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth.

Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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3 CN PI: LTE: Right On, Mayor Clifford LeeThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:32 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that his city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.

The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth. Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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4 CN PI: OPED: Time To Focus On PreventablesSat, 20 May 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Colohan, Desmond Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:92 Added:05/24/2017

In a recent Canadian Public Health Association discussion paper, "A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada," the point was made emphatically that our current approach to managing risk is not working.

Here are some of its highlights:

- - A psychoactive substance is a chemical that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness or behaviour. Societies mitigate the health, social, and economic consequences of the use and misuse of psychoactive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, amphetamines, cocaine, tranquillizers and sleeping pills in a variety of ways with varying degrees of success. Their effects on population health, however, are often overshadowed by our fascination with the direct effects of substance misuse on individuals [e.g. recent rise in the opioid death rate due to adulteration of the drug supply with fentanyl and its analogues]. Currently, western societies manage illegal psychoactive substances largely through prohibition and criminalization and legal drugs, like tobacco and alcohol, through regulation, restricted availability and price control. The laws and systems initially introduced to control these substances reflected the times ! and prevalent issues of the day, but no longer reflect current scientific knowledge concerning substance-related harms to individuals, families, or communities.

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5 CN PI: LTE: Dangers Lurk With LegalizationWed, 17 May 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:MacIsaac, J. Bruce Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:40 Added:05/20/2017

There was a Letter to the Editor on the subject of legalizing marijuana by a person who is in the business of treating youth who have addiction issues. I agree with what the person is trying to relay on this very important issue. The people who are in the business of treating people with addictions know first hand the dangers of this great idea that the government is bringing on and that is legalizing of marijuana.

I know that from my own experience with addiction, that the results from the disease are so damaging and far reaching it boggles my mind how government can justify the legalizing of a drug that caused so much pain and suffering to addicts, family, friends and taxpayers.

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6CN PI: Editorial: Introducing Mary Jane To CanadaTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

The Atlantic provinces have some blue-sky thinking to do, and not much time to do it. Or more to the point: maybe they have some blue-smoke thinking to be doing.

Last week, the federal government announced its plans to legalize marijuana and, in so doing, threw the ball into the provincial court. The provinces will have the final say on how weed will be marketed in their regions, and also on things like the minimum age of purchasers. And that's only the beginning. In fact, the provinces have more than a little heavy lifting of their own to do in the 15 months before the federal government's changed rules become law.

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7 CN PI: Releaf Is NearThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:McKay, Millicent Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:92 Added:03/11/2017

Summerside couple opening store selling glass pieces for legal herbs and medical marijuana

It's a cause close to Megan Patey and Tommy Biggar's hearts.

"I use it for my anxiety and PTSD. And since starting it, I've been functioning a lot better," explained Patey.

The "it" is medicinal marijuana prescribed by a physician.

Biggar added, "It's incredible. It went from her nails being below the skin, to being able to paint them, to having to cut them. It was incredible to see how it helped her."

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8 CN PI: Editorial: Cannabis Is ComingThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:73 Added:03/06/2017

As spring approaches, so does the federal government's promise to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana. The Justin Trudeau government announced back in April of last year that it would be introducing new legislation next spring. So now that spring is almost upon us, will that bill be coming soon?

Even when that bill arrives, it still needs to pass through the House of Commons and the Senate.

That could take months, perhaps extend into early 2018, and even then, the passing of the bill doesn't mean legal marijuana will be available right away.

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9 CN PI: Parental WarningWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:MacLean, Colin Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:64 Added:10/22/2016

Police stepping up patrols of Queen Elizabeth Park after incident involving needle

A Summerside family is reeling this week after one of its young members was scratched by a needle while playing at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Ethan Skevington, 11, was playing at the baseball complex Sunday with a group of kids when the incident occurred. He went home and told his family what happened and was taken to hospital.

On the way to the Prince County Hospital, the family stopped at the ball fields with the intention of retrieving the needle in case doctors needed it.

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10 CN PI: Meth ProblemSat, 08 Oct 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Ross, Ryan Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:51 Added:10/11/2016

MLAs hear methamphetamine has replaced prescription pills as biggest drug issue in P.E.I.

It used to be prescription pills. Now if anyone asks RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook what the biggest problem drug is in P.E.I. he says it's methamphetamine. "We've gone from a downer to an upper as our biggest problem here," he said. Cook joined RCMP Chief Supt. Joanne Crampton for a presentation Friday to MLAs on the health and wellness committee. During the presentation, Cook said he wasn't going to give the credit to the police for the reduction in opiate use. "To me it's the methadone program has made the biggest difference in regards to the prescription opiate problem here," he said.

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11CN PI: Editorial: Straight Dope On Drug Use And DrinkingWed, 07 Sep 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/07/2016

It's back to school time and, for many parents, that means serious discussions with their children about the many challenges that can arise in the schoolyard and the classroom: bullying (both on and offline), peer pressure, test anxieties and other stress, budding sexuality, alcohol and drugs.

In the case of the latter category - drinking and drugs - many of us might be tempted to tell our kids, "Just don't do it." But is that a realistic approach? Let's face it; our children, and older teens in particular, are prone to experimentation. Many of us did it and many of them will do it. It's a fact of life.

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12 CN PI: Editorial: Up In SmokeTue, 30 Aug 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:97 Added:08/31/2016

Time for Low-Level Street Dealers to Move Out As Government Prepares to Move In

A judge seemed bewildered Friday as she sentenced a Prince Edward Island man for selling drugs out of his home.

Marijuana

Alfred William Gallant admitted to police he had been selling marijuana out his house for years.

He said he did so to pay for his own usage - about seven or eight grams a day.

A report found his common-law spouse didn't view it as trafficking because it was only marijuana and he only sold to people he knew.

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13 CN PI: News Flash: Pot Makes You LazyMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:76 Added:08/30/2016

VANCOUVER - Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal component is added, a new study suggests.

Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to earn sugary treats.

Silveira said that under normal circumstances, most rats preferred the more difficult task to get more rewards but they switched to the easier option when given THC.

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14 CN PI: RCMP Seeking Public's Help With Marijuana Grow-OpsMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:40 Added:08/30/2016

It's nearing harvest time for marijuana crops and the RCMP on P.E.I. is calling on Islanders to help them find the illegal cash crops. The national police force discourages members of the public from actually investigating potential marijuana crops themselves, as the crops are sometimes guarded or are protected with traps, but they want concerned individuals to be on the lookout. "Often people will notice unusual activity that can be an indicator that a grow operation is nearby and officers are happy to take your information and investigate," an RCMP release indicates.

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15 CN PI: OPED: 'Low' And 'Slow' When It Comes to LegalizationFri, 12 Aug 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Colohan, Desmond Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:81 Added:08/14/2016

At the request of the Canadian Medical Association, I recently completed a survey on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? It's hard to argue against the responsible use of a plant product which has been around for thousands of years and has been used as a social and personal lubricant since time immemorial.

History teaches us that mankind has always sought respite from the stresses of daily life through chemicals, and that much of the time we have turned to psychoactive plants for relief.

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16CN PI: OPED: 'Start Low and Go Slow'Sat, 30 Jul 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Colohan, Desmond Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2016

Sizing up the legal use of marijuana

I recently completed a C.M.A. survey on the legalization of cannabis (marijuana) for recreational use. I would like to share my responses with you.

It's hard to argue against the responsible use of a plant product, which has been around for thousands of years and has been used as a social and personal lubricant since time immemorial. Mankind has always sought respite from the stresses of daily life through chemicals, and often we have turned to psychoactive plants. Relief has included meditation, exercise, religion, collegial organizations, psychotherapy, and illicit psychoactive drugs such as cocaine, heroin and LSD, licit drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, as well as the consumption of fine foods.

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17CN PI: Veteran SupportThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Day, Jim Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:07/26/2016

Marijuana For Trauma wellness centre opens in Charlottetown

Veteran Jim Grant of Brackley credits a medical marijuana support service with giving him a fresh, energetic new lease on life.

The 78-year-old Grant failed to access medical marijuana until he turned to Marijuana For Trauma (MFT) in New Brunswick for assistance.

The company helped guide him through the hoops and hurdles to get on the federal medical marijuana program.

The positive impact was immediate and major when Grant started using the drug three months ago to help address the PTSD he links to "a number of tragic events'' during his lengthy career with the Canadian navy.

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18CN PI: Column: Readers Have Their SayTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Gifford-Jones, W. Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2016

Eureka! Last week I reported it was impossible to write this column.

I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the Geek Squad resurrected them.

From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."

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19CN PI: Trauma After WarSat, 18 Jun 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Wright, Teresa Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:06/21/2016

Afghanistan veteran Dennis MacKenzie opens up about how losing six friends overseas caused PTSD and how medical marijuana has helped him heal

His face was grief-stricken, streaming with tears, as he carried the coffin of one of six friends killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Dennis MacKenzie's emotions gripped the country in April 2007 when he was photographed taking part in a ramp ceremony in Kandahar for his friends and fellow soldiers, killed by an improvised explosive device in their LAV-III armoured vehicle.

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20 CN PI: Column: Hopes And Dreams Go Up In SmokeMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:47 Added:05/11/2016

"Up in Smoke" (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant.

Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking:

They discovered that pregnant women who smoke cannabis were more likely to be anemic and their babies more likely to end up in neonatal intensive care with low birth weight.

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21 CN PI: Column: Legalized MarijuanaFri, 29 Apr 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Wangersky, Russell Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:76 Added:04/30/2016

Smoke 'em - and tax 'em - if you've got 'em

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors' dental programs to more than half the province's public libraries.

In Prince Edward Island, the HST's up one per cent, while Nova Scotia has gone through public sector wages to eke out the barest slender slip of a balanced budget. New Brunswick? It also raised HST by two points to 15 per cent and is talking about public sector job cuts.

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22 CN PI: Editorial: It's High Time To Legalize MarijuanaThu, 28 Apr 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:78 Added:04/28/2016

The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn't play down the controversial announcement.

She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime.

The timing was more than coincidental. Minister Philpot chose April 20 to reveal that Ottawa plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year. Her address coincided with 4/20 - - the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, the so-called National Weed Day.

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23CN PI: Medical Marijuana May Be Coming To SummersideThu, 24 Mar 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:MacPhee, Nancy Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:03/26/2016

Craig Gaudet plans to open health centre and dispense medicinal marijuana from Water Street location

Craig Gaudet hopes to soon sell medicinal marijuana in Summerside's downtown.

Gaudet has an ambitious plan for a vacant Water Street building, known to many as either the old Royal Bank or Purple Parrot building.

His plans are for an unconventional health centre, which would include the province's first medical marijuana dispensary.

"What we are opening is a whole health and wellness centre," said Gaudet.

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24 CN PI: Big PlansTue, 22 Mar 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:MacPhee, Nancy Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:69 Added:03/23/2016

Craig Gaudet hopes to soon sell medicinal marijuana in Summerside's downtown.

Gaudet has an ambitious plan for a vacant Water Street building, known to many as either the old Royal Bank or Purple Parrot building.

His plans are for an unconventional health centre, which would include the province's first medical marijuana dispensary.

"What we are opening is a whole health and wellness centre," said Gaudet. "It is based on medical marijuana, but it is also going to have yoga, tai chi, massage, holistic healing, Chakara, herbalist healing - not just the dispensary."

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25CN PI: Marijuana In Shoppers?Mon, 29 Feb 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Blanchard, Madison Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:03/01/2016

Pharmacy wants to sell the drug

Along with other medication, Prince Edward Island residents may soon be able to pick up medical marijuana at Shoppers Drug Mart and other drug stores across the Island.

The corporation's executives are reportedly in talks with medicinal marijuana growers in order to begin having cannabis products in their pharmacies, according to a Globe and Mail story. This is coming on the heels of a ruling recently that saw a Supreme Court judge strike down a ban on medical marijuana patients from growing their own cannabis.

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26 CN PI: PUB LTE: Cannabis Effective Against Hard DrugsWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Stultz-Giffin, Debbie Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:42 Added:02/04/2016

Mitch Reid is neither a scientist nor a bona fide researcher. Reid's claims of research actually fly in the face of science and could have grave ramifications for our youth. (Charlottetown man leads petition against legalization of cannabis; January 31, 2016)

The 2002 Canadian Senate Committee Report on Cannabis concluded that pharmacological studies of the active ingredients in cannabis have not found any element that predisposes cannabis consumers to seek more potent drugs.

In fact, this report points to studies that show cannabis as an effective substitute to treat dependency to hard drugs; a 'gateway back drug' if you will with the capability to treat the plethora of side effects associated with hard drug withdrawal.

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27CN PI: OPED: Legalization: Good Drug PolicyTue, 02 Feb 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Barbour, Rose Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:02/03/2016

I am writing in response to the recent article about the petition to stop the legalization of marijuana (also known as cannabis). Mitch Reid states that he is very concerned about legalization, which he believes will make things worse when it comes to addiction in our society. Cannabis is not a benign substance so Mr. Reid is right to be concerned about how it is handled.

In an effort to raise awareness on this important topic, and to perhaps put Mr. Reid's mind at ease, I will share the views of a few respected organizations that are in support of legalization, starting with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in its field.

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28CN PI: Just Say NoSat, 30 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Coulter, Maureen Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:01/31/2016

Charlottetown Man Leading a Petition Against the Legalization of Marijuana.

Mitch Reid of Charlottetown is saying no to legalizing marijuana as he feels this would lead more people down the path of drug use.

"I'm concerned about the step after smoking weed. For some people, they may go down that path and may not get out of it."

Reid has seen his fair share of Islanders struggling with addiction.

Three years ago, he started a group through the Christian Reformed Church called Take the First Step to help spread the message of hope through Christ to those suffering from addiction and their families.

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29CN PI: Cardigan MP Comfortable With Marijuana LegalizationFri, 29 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Sharratt, Steve Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:01/30/2016

He's never even touched the stuff, but Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay can appreciate the irony of a new nickname.

It might only be a footnote in history, but even Canada's agriculture minister has to chuckle at the prospect of being dubbed the minister of marijuana.

Especially, since he's now at the helm of the federal agricultural department that will one day oversee pot plantations and licensed grow ops, as well as collect scads of new tax revenue.

"It didn't seem to be a big problem for Canadians and so it will be legalized," he said in an interview. "The process of legalization is still being worked out and until that happens it's tough for me to provide details."

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30 CN PI: Column: Cha-Ching!Tue, 26 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Wangersky, Russell Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:90 Added:01/26/2016

Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed

A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed.

Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.

Denver's like any other big American city: on the 16th Street Mall, there are vagrants on the corners, Broncos and Patriots fans spooling around while they wait for the start of the AFC final later in the day. Coffee shops are setting out chairs in the unseasonable warmth, and a robot street performer, painted entirely silver, is making plans with friends for after the game.

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31CN PI: Column: Legal Weed: Cha-Ching!Tue, 26 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Wangersky, Russell Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2016

State Raking in Millions in Taxes From Legalized Marijuana Sales

Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed

A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed.

Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.

Denver's like any other big American city: on the 16th Street Mall, there are vagrants on the corners, Broncos and Patriots fans spooling around while they wait for the start of the AFC final later in the day. Coffee shops are setting out chairs in the unseasonable warmth, and a robot street performer, painted entirely silver, is making plans with friends for after the game.

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32 CN PI: PUB LTE: Marijuana Ban Devil Doctrine?Mon, 25 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:White, Stan Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:28 Added:01/26/2016

Mitch Reid may not be aware that he's actually supporting and enabling the devil law (Letter: Petition To Stop Marijuana Plans, Jan. 19, 2016); cannabis (marijuana) prohibition is the doctrine of demons. Cannabis prohibition separates people from receiving the "spirit of truth," which is available to those who "love one another," as described in John 14-16. You cannot love someone and cage him or her for using what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible, at the same time. Cannabis prohibition, persecution and discrimination are anti-Christian and clergy should be extra vigilant in protecting themselves from that public sin.

Stan White Dillon, Colorado

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33 CN PI: Speed BumpWed, 20 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:MacPhee, Nancy Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:95 Added:01/25/2016

Methamphetamine the main focus of Prince District JFO Drug Unit

At first glance, they look like candy.

In a small plastic bag, there are almost 500 tablets, similar in size and shape to PEZ candy.

But what's inside that bag, marked as evidence, is highly addictive, a drug that, said Cpl. Andy Cooke, the head of the Prince District Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit, has become its primary focus.

"Almost 75 per cent of the targets we are working on right now are related to speed," said Cooke. "Almost every single person we are investigating is linked into these in some fashion."

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34 CN PI: Speed's ImpactWed, 20 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:MacPhee, Nancy Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:47 Added:01/25/2016

Speed leaves its users emaciated, strung out and paranoid. And its growing presence often leads to an increase in violent crimes, said Cpl. Andy Cooke, head of the Prince District Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit.

"Everyone (involved with speed) starts carrying weapons. They take it up a notch and become that much more violent," said the veteran drug enforcement officer.

"We had reports of drug collections over $200, people getting beat up and beat up bad. That is part of the drug world to begin with, but I think this just magnifies it."

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35CN PI: Weeding It OutFri, 22 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:McCarthy, Eric Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2016

Author of Cannabis in Canada Sends Marijuana With Book to P.E.I. MPs

Island MPs didn't even review the literature that a British Columbia pot activist mailed to their constituency offices.

Dana Larsen claims to have sent a copy of his book, Cannabis in Canada: The Illustrated History, plus a one-gram marijuana sampling to all 184 MPs in the new Liberal government. Besides promoting his book, it was to serve as a reminder of the Liberal government's promise to decriminalize marijuana.

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36 CN PI: Need For SpeedThu, 21 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:MacPhee, Nancy Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:76 Added:01/22/2016

Illegal Drug Overtakes Prescription Narcotics As Drug of Choice in Prince County

Dr. Don Ling calls it worrisome, a drug that quickly takes users into its grip.

Speed. Crank. Ice. Methamphetamine.

It's become the drug of choice of Prince County addicts.

"As a stimulant, it accelerates everything. It will speed up your heart and give you a rush," said Ling. "It is a tough drug. It is so prevalent, so available. It is fairly cheap and it is a grabber, there is no doubt about that."

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37 CN PI: LTE: Petition To Stop Marijuana PlansTue, 19 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Reid, Mitch Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:36 Added:01/21/2016

Take The First Step, a group from the Christian Reformed Church on Mt. Edward Rd. is starting a petition against making pot legal. Take The First Step is trying to spread the message of hope through Christ, to those who are suffering from addiction, and to their families. We are 100 per cent against making pot legal.

I know if you ask 10 people about this topic, you would get 10 answers - - all would not be the same. I have talked to a number of people over the last few years who suffer from addiction and the common thread through all their lives - it started with pot. Making it easier for young people to have access to it is bad news. Seventeen per cent will take on an addictive lifestyle.

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38 CN PI: Weed With ThatMon, 18 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:McCarthy, Eric Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:57 Added:01/19/2016

Author of 'Cannabis in Canada' Sends Marijuana With Book to MPs

Members of Parliament from Egmont and Malpeque ridings didn't even review the literature that a British Columbia pot activist mailed to their constituency offices.

Dana Larsen claims to have sent a copy of his book, "Cannabis in Canada: The Illustrated History," plus a one-gram marijuana sampling to all 184 MPs in the new Liberal government.

Besides promoting his book, it was to serve as a reminder of the Liberal government's promise to decriminalize marijuana.

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39 CN PI: Editorial: Don't Rush On New LawsMon, 18 Jan 2016
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:67 Added:01/19/2016

The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense.

Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medically-assisted suicide. The ruling gave the federal government 12 months to rewrite the Criminal Code, or ignore the ruling, essentially leaving the matter in legal limbo.

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40CN PI: No Bud For NowSat, 02 Jan 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Wright, Teresa Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2016

P.E.I. finance minister questioned on whether P.E.I. liquor stores could sell marijuana once it is legal

P.E.I. Finance Minister Allen Roach says it's far too early to contemplate selling marijuana in Prince Edward Island liquor stores.

"I'll be honest with you, marijuana being sold anywhere in P.E.I. is not on my agenda right now," he told The Guardian.

"It's premature to say we're going to do it at the liquor stores or through any other way of selling it."

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