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1CN SN: AFN Wants Opioid Strategy Targeted For First NationsFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Ackerman, Jennifer Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2017

Chief says Indigenous people must be given a bigger role in addressing crisis

With addictions rates to opioids in First Nations communities above the national average, Isadore Day, chiefs committee chair on health at the Assembly of First Nations, is calling on the federal government to consider a First Nations-specific opioid strategy.

The federal government has been working on addressing Canada's opioid crisis over the past year, but Day says Indigenous peoples have not had a big enough role in the discussion.

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2CN SN: First Nations Need A Tailored Opioid Plan: AFNFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Ackerman, Jennifer Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2017

Chief says Indigenous people must be given a bigger role in addressing crisis

With addictions rates to opioids in First Nations communities above the national average, Isadore Day, chiefs committee chair on health at the Assembly of First Nations, is calling on the federal government to consider a First Nations-specific opioid strategy.

The federal government has been working on addressing Canada's opioid crisis over the past year, but Day says Indigenous peoples have not had a big enough role in the discussion.

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3 CN SN: Mayor Wants Slice Of Pot PieFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:57 Added:07/25/2017

Mayor Dionne says Prince Albert will face costs from marijuana legalization, so the city should get its share of the expected tax revenues

Mayor Greg Dionne is joining the chorus of Saskatchewan mayors calling for marijuana revenue to be shared with municipalities.

"We know the government is doing this to create revenue," Dionne said. "We believe it's prudent that they share that revenue with us. Because, at the end of the day, who does the enforcement of the laws that they make? Our local police and our local people. So we should be compensated for that."

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4CN SN: Take-Home Overdose Kits Now Available To InmatesSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Charlton, Jonathan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

Providing take-home naloxone kits to Saskatchewan federal inmates is a "step in the right direction," addictions expert Dr. Peter Butt said.

"Not only is it evidence-based, but it's directed towards the safety of individuals and communities so that we have hopefully fewer opioid overdoses occurring within a population that's already been identified as vulnerable," he said.

Naloxone is a drug that can stop an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone and oxycodone. The kits are available in certain pharmacies in Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton and Kamsack, according to the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.

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5 CN SN: Column: Drug Talk Now A Family EssentialSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:91 Added:07/17/2017

The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C. alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their official count is unclear at this point, the drug's lethal toll may well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming east from the coast and from Alberta.

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6CN SN: Column: Talking To Your Kids About Fentanyl Is EssentialThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

This lethal drug makes a discussion urgent, writes Dr. Richard Thatcher.

The dangers of fentanyl as a frequently used mood-modifying, recreational drug, on its own or laced into other opiates are gradually becoming well known.

The substance has recently gained a reputation as the Grim Reaper of illicit drugs. The number of deaths and near deaths originating with fentanyl use is simply shocking. Surely parents must initiate a serious discussion with their children and teens about this and other drug use. In this case, talk is, arguably, the primary preventive measure.

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7 CN SN: Meth On The Rise In Moose JawFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Ladik, Sarah Area:Saskatchewan Lines:78 Added:07/10/2017

MJPS call recent arrests a success, but more work still to be done

Crystal methamphetamine isn't a newcomer to the Friendly City, but it does seem to be getting better acquainted with it.

"It's a drug that's much more available than it was even five years ago," Cpl. Kevin Pilsworth of the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) said on Thursday. "In the past few years, we've really seen it make its way onto the map in Moose Jaw."

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8 CN SN: Planning For LegalizationThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Kerr, Jason Area:Saskatchewan Lines:79 Added:06/13/2017

City starts preparing for marijuana laws, which are likely to change in 2018.

The federal government is one year away from legalizing marijuana, but city council is already taking steps to prepare for the change.

On Tuesday, Ward 6 Coun. Blake Edwards brought forward a motion asking for city administrators to submit a report the potential implications of the new law. The report will cover issues like business licenses, grow-ops, operating hours and business locations.

Edwards says he's already fielding calls from residents inquiring about business licenses for when marijuana becomes legal, and he wants the city to be prepared when the day comes.

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9 CN SN: PUB LTE: No Need For Deaths By Drug OverdoesSat, 27 May 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Sailor, Ken Area:Saskatchewan Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

"'It's a try-and-die drug': Fentanyl is suspected in weekend overdose death" (SP, May 9) documents our cruel and ineffective drug policy.

Overdose deaths are completely avoidable, as is the spread of AIDS and hepatitis C through drug use. These problems are caused by prohibition of drugs, not the drugs themselves.

Drug policies other than prohibition have been tried, studied, and shown to have great success, if success means fewer addicts and far less crime and corruption.

When prescription heroin was provided in Manchester, England, crime fell in some neighbourhoods by 80 per cent.

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10CN SN: Pot Law Will Affect Health System: DoctorsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Charlton, Jonathan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

The era of legal weed will require broad investments in public health, according to the Saskatchewan Medical Association.

Legislation alone is inadequate, president Dr. Intheran Pillay said.

"I think expanding the access to support services such as mental health and substance use services would be important. I think it would be important to expand access to training programs in addiction medicine and I think it's important to make extensive educational resources on the risks of harm to youth and others available, as well."

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11 CN SN: Legalization LoomingSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Ladik, Sarah Area:Saskatchewan Lines:57 Added:04/24/2017

It's been a long time coming and it's not here yet, but like the rest of the country, Moose Jaw is getting ready for the rollout of legalized marijuana.

"We were invited to provide input and participate in discussions," said Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa, who has been representing Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan on committees in Ottawa on this issue.

"We'll see as this goes through Parliament, and when the laws are proclaimed, we'll be having more discussions about it."

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12CN SN: No 'Free-For-All' In Lead Up To Legal Pot, Goodale SaysSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:MacPherson, Alex Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

Minister says Ottawa has no plans for weed amnesty or freeze on enforcement

Saskatchewan pot smokers who get busted over the next 14 months aren't likely to receive much sympathy from the federal government, which maintains that the "law is the law until it's changed" on Canada's birthday next year.

The Liberal government won't offer amnesty to people convicted of simple possession of marijuana or encourage police departments to stop enforcing the law until the drug becomes legal, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters on Friday.

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13 CN SN: Letter: Goodale Writes About Marijuana LegalizationWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Goodale, Ralph Area:Saskatchewan Lines:115 Added:04/22/2017

Dear editor,

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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14 CN SN: Editorial: It's Still A Clouded IssueWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Estevan Mercury (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:80 Added:04/22/2017

Canadians will be able to celebrate this country's 151st birthday by legally lighting up a joint.

The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018, fulfilling one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election campaign promises. But there are still a lot of questions regarding the details of a legal pot industry.

Canada doesn't have a lot of international precedent to guide it. We will be just the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to fully legalize marijuana. It's decriminalized in some parts of the world, and legal in some American states, but countries as a whole have been leery about legalizing marijuana.

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15CN SN: Advocates Looking For Clarity On Legal Pot RulesSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Cowan, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

When the federal government enacts legislation to legalize recreational marijuana next year, Ryan Murray hopes Saskatchewan sets the age limit at 19 - the province's legal drinking age.

"There shouldn't be an age difference," said Murray, co-owner of Cannabis Health Clinic in Regina. "From the research I've done, access to cannabis before the age of 21 isn't necessarily the best thing unless it's for medical purposes."

On Thursday, the federal government introduced the long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana. The suite of bills would establish 18 as the minimum legal age to buy pot. The new legislation will allow provinces, territories and municipalities to tailor rules for their jurisdictions.

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16 CN SN: Detecting DopeFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Lozinski, Peter Area:Saskatchewan Lines:93 Added:03/10/2017

Officers from across the province, including in P.A. undergo training to help take those who are driving while impaired by drugs off the road

Police across the province learning how to identify drivers impaired by drugs A number of police officers from across Saskatchewan, including members of the Prince Albert Police Service, are receiving training to learn how to recognize drivers impaired by drugs.

Unlike impaired driving due to alcohol, there is no roadside-screening device which can indicate whether someone has been driving under the influence of a drug to the point where they have become impaired.

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17CN SN: White Pony Lodge Scores Win As Drug House RazedFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fitzpatrick, Brian Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Patrol group hopes similar fate awaits other notorious buildings

There have been many sombre walks through North Central for White Pony Lodge members in recent times, but on Thursday the neighbourhood patrol group was celebrating as a notorious local building was torn down.

With the city sending in a contractor to demolish the multi-unit dwelling at 1454 Angus St., Jan Morier and Shawna Oochoo met at the site and embraced as the longtime drug den was reduced to nothing.

"The number of times we have come to this property to try and clean it up? It's all worthwhile now to see that finally it's going to be cleaned up for good," Morier said.

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18 CN SN: Column: Looking At The Legalization Of MarijuanaFri, 24 Feb 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN SN) Author:Running, Kelly Area:Saskatchewan Lines:82 Added:02/25/2017

Friday mornings in the office tend to be a little bit slower, so we end up discussing a wide variety of topics. One topic of discussion, which was addressed were thoughts surrounding the legalization of marijuana.

The Liberals ran on a platform, which stated they would pursue this legalization. Although it hasn't been a priority in government, I do feel that it is something that would generate revenue for the government. Much like the Government of Saskatchewan has a liquor tax, the Government of Canada could impose one on marijuana sales.

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19CN SN: Forces Doing Their Part In War On DrugsFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

He's done four rotations helping law enforcement agencies combat the international drug trade in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

On Thursday, navy Lt.-Cmdr. Lucas Kenward was in Saskatoon to speak with local police and reservists about Canada's role in the fight.

"One of the key messages that I bring to police services is that the mission that we're doing ... while it is displaced by some 5,000 miles from here, it does have a direct impact," he said.

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20CN SN: Column: Pot Rules Need To Be Done Right For Public SafetyMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cooper, Jordon Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Regulatory patchwork across Canada isn't helping anyone

I have never smoked marijuana. Until last week, I had no idea where one could purchase it. Then someone told me they were going to get their "green card" from a doctor. This would allow them to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. No pressing medical reason, they just wanted to buy weed.

As I asked around, I was told by many people who have them that the process is a joke. You go to a known doctor, give them an excuse for why you want it and they give it to you. Multiple people told me there was no examination or any probing into why they wanted it. They just got it. There are even websites that, for a fee, will tell you which doctors to see.

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21 CN SN: Plan Takes Shape For Safe Injection SiteSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:147 Added:02/14/2017

Evert Botha promises his "unwavering support" for the project, and plans to lobby to make it a reality

Steps are in motion to bring a safe injection site to Prince Albert, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating infectious disease and drug addiction.

Councillor Evert Botha plans to push council to lend its approval to the initiative, which he says will reduce crime, take needles off the street and help vulnerable people.

"I will be asking my fellow councillors and the mayor that we support the establishment, as a city, of a supervised injection site," he said.

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22CN SN: Column: Reviving Banishment To Protect Life On ReservesSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cuthand, Doug Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2017

Back in the day, when an indigenous person committed a serious crime - usually a murder or a sexual assault - elders and band leaders would determine if the person was a threat to the community; if so, he or she would be banished.

The safety and well-being of the band was paramount. This was a serious decision because it almost always meant death for the offender.

Back then, people lived together for co-operation and protection from wild animals and enemy tribes. The huge herds of buffalo were preyed on by fearsome predators. Packs of buffalo wolves - larger than timber wolves - followed the herds.

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23CN SN: The Dope On Driving While Drug-ImpairedThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Cowan, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

Reporter's eerie experience in simulator suit

I felt like Jimmy Hoffa with one leg encased in cement.

I was lurching because of my super heavy left leg, which made it tough to walk and impossible to navigate in a straight line.

My ears buzzed with random sounds.

My double vision was blurry with flashing red, blue and green lights on the periphery.

If I shut one eye I could kind of focus on what was straight ahead. But barely.

When four tennis balls were lobbed my way, I was so uncoordinated and my reaction time so slow I couldn't catch one. My right arm chronically twitched and I could barely turn my neck or bend my elbows because of my restricted movement.

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24CN SN: Injection Site Not Top Priority For Local, ProvincialWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Martin, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2017

Wide discussion needed on subject, say those in addictions field

Reginans are split on support of a safe injection site in the city, but it is unlikely such a service will be implemented anytime soon.

According to a Mainstreet/Postmedia poll released today, 41 per cent of respondents disapprove of a safe injection site being opened or operated in Regina, 39 per cent say they approve, and 20 per cent aren't sure.

The fentanyl-themed poll was conducted two weeks ago and surveyed 628 Regina residents with a margin of error of 3.91 per cent 19 times out of 20.

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25CN SN: Doubts On Safe Injection SitesWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:MacPherson, Alex Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

Poll reveals few in Saskatoon back plan lauded by advocates

Jason Mercredi and other addictions workers who deal with the effects of unsupervised drug use say a safe injection site would bring many benefits to Saskatoon.

A facility where users can inject drugs safely would not only reduce the risk of overdoses, but cut the province's "unprecedented" HIV rate and reduce the burden on the provincial health-care system, AIDS Saskatoon's interim executive director said. "The reality is we need to adopt best practice, and B.C. has shown that best practice is a safe consumption site," Mercredi said, referring to the two precedent-setting safe injection clinics in Vancouver.

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26CN SN: Dispensary's Billboards Aim To Spark Conversation About UseThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:James, Thia Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

Company's goal is to promote pot as alternative to pharmaceuticals

The company behind the roadside billboards popping up in Saskatoon and Regina featuring a stylized marijuana leaf logo wants to normalize cannabis use.

One such billboard, located at Idylwyld Drive North and 44th Street in Saskatoon, is meant to drive people to Erbachay's website, where owner of the Vancouver-based Erbachay Health Centre Darcy Delainey said they'll learn more about cannabis.

"This is something we wanted to have a conversation with people (about) so they can start learning what cannabis is and not just what they've been told all these years," he said.

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27CN SN: Editorial: Drug EducationWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

A poll released today by Mainstream and Postmedia makes it clear that Saskatchewan residents need to be educated on the dangers of drug use to our population. Residents of cities across the country were asked, "how closely have you been following the story of fentanyl, an opioid drug?" In Saskatoon, 35 per cent of those surveyed answered "very or somewhat." The number in Regina was slightly higher at 36 per cent.

This is an alarmingly low rate of awareness. The number of overdose deaths from fentanyl and other similar drugs has risen dramatically in Saskatchewan and across Canada in recent years. The number of people who indicated they are following the story in other western cities is much higher; 78 per cent in Vancouver, 55 per cent in Calgary and 58 per cent in Edmonton.

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28CN SN: Firefighters Issued Kits To Blunt Lethal Fentanyl, OpioidFri, 13 Jan 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:MacPherson, Alex Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/16/2017

City takes action to prepare for crisis that has claimed hundreds in B.C.

We haven't seen the crisis that we've seen in Vancouver or in Winnipeg, but we're going to start to see it, I would suspect.

Saskatoon firefighters started carrying the anti-overdose drug naloxone this week and other agencies are exploring the idea in response to what the fire department's assistant chief described as a fentanyl and opioid crisis sweeping across the country.

The Saskatoon Fire Department is preparing for an expected increase in overdoses by equipping each of its 14 trucks with a $30 kit containing the opioid inhibitor, Rob Hogan told reporters Thursday.

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29CN SN: Crown Seeks Jail Term For Man Busted With PotFri, 13 Jan 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Pacholik, Barb Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/15/2017

Arguing a Saskatchewan judge fumbled when he used potential pot legalization to justify giving a break to a former university football player caught with 21 pounds of marijuana, the Crown wants jail.

"The new (pending) legislation does not mean all things marijuana are now legal," federal prosecutor Wade McBride said Thursday before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

The lawyer representing Seamus John Neary not only defended his client's sentence of probation, but took a second kick at a charter of rights argument. He contends a law prohibiting a conditional sentence for such a crime is cruel and unusual punishment - especially given the current government's stance regarding pot.

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30 CN SN: PUB LTE: Pot PrincipleThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hopkins, Deb Area:Saskatchewan Lines:29 Added:12/30/2016

It is laughable that the federal government is focusing so dutifully on issues around the legalization of marijuana.

Any adult in Canada can walk into virtually any store and buy one of the most deadly products on earth - tobacco. This product is clearly connected with the suffering and death of millions of people each year and yet cigarettes are there for anyone to buy.

Invoking the precautionary principle on pot smoking is laudable, but why don't we use the same approach to the sale of tobacco products, particularly when many people are recipients of second-hand smoke not of their choosing?

Deb Hopkins, Saskatoon

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31CN SN: Column: Legalizing Drugs Could Allow For More ControlThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Nelson, Chris Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2016

We need to wage war against dope like we did against smoking

Arguing that smoking dope is safer than drinking booze is akin to stating that getting shot in the leg is preferable to taking one in the head.

Yet, that's the argument often used by pro-pot crusaders, as we debate the minutiae about what age should Canadians be allowed to legally buy weed. Well, folks, that bus long ago left the station - kids can already get a hold of dope with little effort.

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32CN SN: Column: Legalizing Drugs Could Allow For More ControlThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Nelson, Chris Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2016

Arguing that smoking dope is safer than drinking booze is akin to stating that getting shot in the leg is preferable to taking one in the head.

Yet, that's the argument often used by pro-pot crusaders, as we debate the minutiae about what age should Canadians be allowed to legally buy weed. Well, folks, that bus long ago left the station - kids can already get a hold of dope with little effort.

Don't get me wrong; let's legalize the stuff. In fact, we should decriminalize every other drug, because the entire campaign to treat addiction as a matter of legality rather than mental health is among the deadliest and costliest exercises society has tried.

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33CN SN: Crystal Meth Fuelling Boost In City's Crime RateSat, 24 Dec 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/28/2016

Police chief says intervention, education key to tackling problem

For the first time under Chief Clive Weighill's tenure, crime in Saskatoon is going up. This city has the highest murder rate in the country and thefts and break-ins are spiking. The StarPhoenix sat down with the city's police chief to talk crime and what's next for 2017.

Q The rise of methamphetamine is well documented in Saskatoon. You've said it's a main contributor to the city's crime rate. How are you going to combat it?

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34 CN SN: LTE: Canora Resident Asks, 'is Canada Growing To Pot?'Thu, 22 Dec 2016
Source:Canora Courier, The (CN SN) Author:Powers, Milton Area:Saskatchewan Lines:37 Added:12/25/2016

Our federal government will soon legalize marijuana. I'm not saying it's a good thing or bad thing. It is so prevalent in society something had to be done.

My thoughts on the matter is that if the federal Liberals think that they are going to put these illegal pot-growing operations out of business, they must stay monetarily competitive or better with the underground prices for cannabis. Otherwise, people will not buy in the legal outlets.

If by chance the government does manage to shut down a lot of the illegal growing operations, these people who are making thousands of dollars a day are not going to start flipping hamburgers at your local fast food place. For a lot of them, all they know are drugs and big money. You will see now on our streets in large numbers the drugs that have a more detrimental effect on the people using and, in turn, on society in general.

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35CN SN: Police Blame Crime Wave On OutsidersWed, 21 Dec 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Pacholik, Barb Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/23/2016

Homicides, shooting linked to groups bringing drugs, guns into Regina

Police believe at least two Regina homicides and a shooting in a crowded restaurant are among the fallout from an increasingly violent threat posed by outsiders bringing guns and drugs into the city.

The Mounties and Regina Police Service joined forces to roll out the unwelcome mat for the unwanted guests, recently concluding a 90-day project targeting drug trafficking as well as the weapons and shootings that accompany the trade. What it revealed is that many of the 60 people arrested on 443 charges, including trafficking, possession of stolen property, and multiple weapons offences, aren't from here. They dropped in from locales such as Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Fort McMurray and Toronto.

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36CN SN: Marijuana Regulations Welcome, Doctor SaysFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Adam, Betty Ann Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2016

Labelling legalized marijuana products with their levels of two main active ingredients is one of the helpful recommendations released this week by a federal task force on cannabis legalization and regulation, says Saskatoon addictions expert Dr. Peter Butt.

"There's no truth in labelling now because there's no testing," Butt said.

He is concerned that there is no way to ensure cannabis sold for medicinal use contains any of a substance shown to produce the medical benefits marijuana is promoted to address.

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37CN SN: Three Committed To Trial On Trafficking Charges In CompassionFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:McAdam, Bre Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2016

Three people involved with a downtown Saskatoon medical marijuana dispensary before it was raided in 2015 have been committed to stand trial on trafficking-related charges.

The preliminary hearing for Mark Phillip Hauk, Lane Anthony Britnell and Jaime Michelle Hagel wrapped up in Saskatoon provincial court on Thursday.

Hauk owned the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, Britnell was an employee, and Hagel was a volunteer. Each faces four charges: one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana, two counts of trafficking marijuana and one count of possessing proceeds of crime over $5,000.

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38CN SN: Death At Remand Unit Leads To ChangesWed, 07 Dec 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fraser, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/10/2016

She should have been on medical watch.

The death of a young woman at a Regina remand unit has led to more supervision and medical staff at the facility.

Breanna Kannick, 21, was being held at the White Birch Remand Centre in August 2015 when she died after going into what the Ministry of Justice at the time called "medical distress."

An investigation into that death, according to government officials, has resulted in about $400,000 in added funding to increase nursing staff and pay for a doctor to be on site.

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39 CN SN: Pot Dispensary Owner ChargedWed, 30 Nov 2016
Source:Yorkton This Week (CN SN) Author:Barker, Thom Area:Saskatchewan Lines:91 Added:12/01/2016

Illegal medical marijuana dispensaries are not just for big cities anymore. Earlier this month, RCMP made good on a September 2015 Health Canada warning threatening to shut down Martin Medical Services in Whitewood.

In a raid on the business and home of owner Jerry Martin November 8, police seized undisclosed quantities of marijuana, hash oil and cash along with cellphones, computers and three vehicles. He is charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana, trafficking cannabis resin, possession of cannabis resin, possession of proceeds of crime, trafficking proceeds of crime and laundering proceeds of crime.

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40 CN SN: PUB LTE: Nurses Urge Change To Opioid PolicyMon, 28 Nov 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Shellian, Barb Area:Saskatchewan Lines:51 Added:12/01/2016

Canada is experiencing a serious opioid epidemic. While it has only recently made headlines, there has been a growing trend toward misuse and illegal use of opioid prescriptions in the past few years, one that nurses across Canada have seen firsthand.

Whether or not people obtain these drugs by prescription, the difficulty of withdrawal is having a serious impact on our publicly funded health system. The Canadian Nurses Association is therefore pleased with Health Minister Jane Philpott's call for a national strategy to face this crisis.

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41CN SN: Home Invasions A Rising TrendMon, 28 Nov 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:12/01/2016

Police chief blames drug gangs for near doubling of cases

A dramatic spike in home invasions in Saskatoon is contributing to the city's nation-leading crime rate, according to Saskatoon's Police Chief Clive Weighill.

Home invasions where people are home when burglars break in have nearly doubled since 2009. Police say there were 154 home invasion cases in 2009. In 2014 that number spiked to 301 before dipping down to 276 in 2015.

"Since 2009 it's almost doubled. I know that is a scary term when we are talking about home invasions," Weighill said at a police board meeting last Thursday.

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42CN SN: Psychedelic Drugs Have Role To Play In ResearchMon, 21 Nov 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2016

Whether it's LSD or magic mushrooms, psychedelic drugs have long been a point of contention. An upcoming event hopes to educate Saskatoon residents on their medical uses and their potentially research-rich future.

Organized by Erika Dyck, a University of Saskatchewan history professor and the Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine, the event is called An Evening of Psychedelics and takes place at the Underground Cafe on Nov. 23.

"Over the last few years there's been some real interest in what people are starting to call a psychedelic renaissance, where we're looking at psychedelics for their therapeutic potential today," she said.

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43CN SN: Whitewood Mayor Calls For Clear Pot Laws After Dispensary BustFri, 18 Nov 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fitzpatrick, Brian Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/22/2016

The mayor of Whitewood has raised concerns about practices at a marijuana dispensary that had long operated in the town, and called on the federal government to remove the grey areas that exist around the sale of the drug for medical purposes.

Martin Medical Services, owned by Jerry Martin, 45, was raided last Tuesday, with Broadview RCMP seizing a quantity of marijuana as well as cash, cellphones, computers and three vehicles.

Martin's home was raided, as well.

Martin is facing criminal charges for operation of an unlawful marijuana dispensary, including trafficking and possession of marijuana and cannabis resin, possession of the proceeds of crime, trafficking in the proceeds of crime and laundering the proceeds of crime.

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44 CN SN: Fentanyl, Meth Use RisingFri, 18 Nov 2016
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Stodalka, William Area:Saskatchewan Lines:137 Added:11/22/2016

Police are seeing more fentanyl and crystal meth cases in the city and some locals have overdosed on fentanyl, they say.

"Prior to, you know, within the last year, 2016, fentanyl really didn't exist here," said Moose Jaw Police Deputy Chief Cliff Froehlich.

Moose Jaw is now facing the national problem of increased opiate addiction.

On Wednesday, Moose Jaw Police Deputy Chief Cliff Froehlich spoke at the Moose Jaw South Central Drug Strategy luncheon.

Two of the most problematic drugs for local police are crystal meth and fentanyl.

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45 CN SN: Whitewood Marijuana Dispensary Owner ChargedMon, 14 Nov 2016
Source:World-Spectator, The (CN SN) Author:Beutler, Donna Area:Saskatchewan Lines:91 Added:11/15/2016

There was a strong police presence in Whitewood last Thursday when RCMP raided the Lalonde St. home of 45-year-old Whitewood resident Jerry Martin as well as at his business location on 3rd Ave.

Police officers and vehicles were very visible at both locations throughout the day.

According to RCMP, "At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2016, Broadview RCMP executed a warrant at both a business and a residence at Whitewood, SK."

As officers stood guard at the Martin Medical Services building downtown, several officers entered Martin's residence and began a search of the main street home, and later at the business location. RCMP seized marijuana, hash oil, cell phones and computers, an undisclosed amount of cash, and three vehicles.

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46CN SN: Pot Dispensary Owner Charged After Two Raids In WhitewoodThu, 10 Nov 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fitzpatrick, Brian Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/12/2016

A marijuana dispensary owner has been charged with a range of offences after Broadview RCMP conducted two raids in Whitewood on Tuesday morning.

An RCMP brief said that marijuana and property, including cellphones, computers, cash and three vehicles, were all seized during raids on a business - not named by RCMP but known to be Martin Medical Services on the 600 block of 3rd Ave. in Whitewood - and a private residence.

Jerry Matthew Martin, 45, is charged with offences relating to the "operation of an unlawful marijuana dispensary," RCMP said.

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47 CN SN: New Effort To Pick Up NeedlesSat, 22 Oct 2016
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:95 Added:10/24/2016

A new program has started up to help tackle the city's discarded needle problem.

In the realm of tongue-twisting health acronyms, CHANGE is one of the worst offenders.

It stands for Community, Harm Reduction, Needle Pickup, Guidance and Education, and it's the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's newest strategy to reduce discarded needles in the community.

Formed late this September, the CHANGE team goes to "hotspots" for IV drug use, places where large numbers of discarded syringes tend to litter public places.

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48 CN SN: Health: Where They StandSat, 22 Oct 2016
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:187 Added:10/24/2016

In part four of our look at the major issues of the campaign, we asked the mayoral candidates about a new Victoria Hospital and the city's role in the battle against HIV

Healthcare is not a municipal responsibility. But, as Mayor Dionne puts it, the mayor can be a "voice for the residents of Prince Albert," calling on the province to provide the healthcare our city deserves.

Whoever becomes mayor will need to raise that voice.

Prince Albert has just lost its only publicly funded audiologist, and the lack of other specialists is forcing residents to travel to Saskatoon.

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49CN SN: Northern Sask. Region Leads In Per Capita Pot PossessionSat, 15 Oct 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Trembath, Sean Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:10/17/2016

A popular area of Northern Saskatchewan's lake country has the dubious distinction of leading Canada in one marijuana statistic.

A Postmedia study of Statistics Canada numbers from more than 1,000 cities, towns and RCMP jurisdictions revealed that the Waskesiu Lake region - which includes the resort town of Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park, Montreal Lake Cree Nation and other small communities - had the highest per capita rate of marijuana possession charges in the country in 2015.

Randy Kershaw, a member of the Waskesiu town council, said the town itself did not see any visible increase in marijuana use during 2015, stressing that the statistics cover a wide area.

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50CN SN: Vintage Vinyl Celebrates 25 Years As Pot Attitudes ChangeFri, 23 Sep 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2016

Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium is known for a lot of things, notably its history with marijuana.

Dylan and Janelle Baumet's father Pat opened Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium 25 years ago in downtown Regina. The store has remained a family business over the years and sells everything from records to marijuana smoking accessories.

The store has continued to sell accessories for smoking marijuana and has seen society's thoughts toward marijuana change.

"Every year there's just more and more smokers and people are starting to realize that marijuana's good and not bad," Dylan said.

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