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1CN SN: Privacy Branch Probing Online Marijuana SurveyWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

The Access and Privacy Branch of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice is examining concerns around the province's survey on recreational marijuana use after a University of Regina professor identified potential vulnerabilities within the online tool.

Marc Spooner, a professor who specializes in qualitative and participatory action research, originally raised concerns about the fact anyone in Canada - and potentially around the globe - can take the survey.

He argues the survey is "invalid" as a tool for consultation on public policy in Saskatchewan, as there's no way to determine who has been taking the survey, or if it's been compromised by a form of hacking called "freeping " where an online measure is hijacked by a certain group or those with a specific agenda.

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2 CN SN: Police Chief Finds Fault With Pot PlanFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:111 Added:09/27/2017

Police asking for more time before marijuana legalized, Troy Cooper tells chamber

Police Chief Troy Cooper has gone from doubtful to critical on Ottawa's marijuana plan, rejecting some key parts of the legislation and saying he's "nervous" about next summer's legalization deadline.

Cooper has long seemed hesitant over marijuana legalization. Thursday, the day of his speech to the Chamber of Commerce, was perhaps his clearest expression of frustration over the pace of the federal plan - which foresees legal weed by July 2018. "We've asked, as a police service, please give us more time," he told the audience of local business leaders gathered at the Wildlife Federation building.

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3CN SN: Column: Questions Abound In Rush To Legalize MarijuanaFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Gormley, John Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Canada is nine months away from legalizing marijuana as police agencies and provinces ask for more time on impaired driving and other enforcement issues. But in Justin Trudeau's world, taking time is not part of the equation.

A read of the Liberal government's background documents on cannabis is instructive.

Mantra-like, it repeats at every opportunity that Canadian youth - who have among the highest rates of marijuana use in the world - are going to be protected and prevented from smoking dope because legalization will result in stringent regulation, prohibition for kids and a steady diet of educational and awareness campaigns.

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4CN SN: Privacy Branch Reviewing Fears Around Online Pot SurveyWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

The Access and Privacy Branch of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice is examining concerns around the province's survey on recreational marijuana use after a University of Regina professor identified potential vulnerabilities within the online tool.

Marc Spooner, a professor who specializes in qualitative and participatory action research, originally raised concerns about the fact anyone in Canada - and potentially around the globe - can take the survey.

He argues the survey is "invalid" as a tool for consultation on public policy in Saskatchewan, as there's no way to determine who has been taking the survey, or if it's been compromised by a form of hacking called "freeping" where an online measure is hijacked by a certain group or viewpoint.

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5CN SN: Mayor Clark Hoping Province 'tightens Up' Marijuana SurveyFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2017

The mayor of Saskatchewan's largest municipality wants the provincial government to address vulnerabilities in its recreational marijuana survey after it was determined people across Canada, and potentially around the globe, can participate.

The concern was initially raised by Marc Spooner, a University of Regina professor who ran for the NDP in the 2011 federal election, who called the survey "invalid" because there's no way to determine if the responses are from Saskatchewan residents.

Spooner, who specializes in qualitative and participatory action research, said the data should not be used to form public policy because it's susceptible to a form of hacking known as "freeping," in which an online measurement effort is hijacked by a specific viewpoint or group.

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6 CN SN: PUB LTE: Overdose Charge Causes ConcernThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Donovan, Kathy Area:Saskatchewan Lines:42 Added:09/26/2017

The recent arrest of a man after a call for assistance for a drug overdose (Overdose leads to drug charges, Sept. 6) causes me great concern.

As in heart attacks, in such cases survival is dependent on a quick response. Yet unlike other health emergencies, people hesitate to call at an overdose situation. They may fear arrest, loss of child custody, and judgment by others, among other things.

The response in this case either a punitive attitude or ignorance on the part of the police. It may not only lead to more overdose deaths, but it will also serve as a deterrent to seeking other services which may identify people as drug users.

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7CN SN: Province Racing To Meet Pot DeadlineWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Charlton, Jonathan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

It will be a "huge challenge" to get Saskatchewan ready for the expected July 1 legalization of marijuana, Attorney General Don Morgan says.

"We will have to introduce legislation at some point during the fall session so it can be voted (on) in the spring. So for us to get the information out of the survey, announce to the public 'this is what we're hearing' so that people know this is the consensus we're getting from the province, and then get legislation in and workable, is going to be a real challenge."

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8CN SN: Letter: No Legal Means For Youths To Get PotThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Wilson-Raybould, Jody Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

Re: Ashley Robinson's article (Kids will be able to possess weed under federal marijuanalegislation, Sept. 15):

The Government of Canada's position is clear: youth should not have any amount of cannabis. As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, under Bill C-45 there will be no legal means for a young person to obtain recreational cannabis. C-45 will also, for the first time, make it a criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and create significant penalties for those who engage youth in related offences.

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9 CN SN: PUB LTE: Stop Trying To Delay Legalized MarijuanaMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Dumon, Gordon Robert Area:Saskatchewan Lines:30 Added:09/20/2017

Saskatchewan cabinet minister Don Morgan is the latest provincial politician to say he wants marijuana legalization delayed for at least a year. Why?

Trudeau promised his government would legalize marijuana two years ago. Ontario has already announced its plans on how it will integrate legal marijuana into its economy. (Is Morgan insinuating Ontario is somehow superior to our province?)

The only people who could possibly benefit from a delay in marijuana legalization are the organized crime figures who control most of the market. Why on earth are Saskatchewan politicians defending the interests of organized crime above that of ordinary, law-abiding citizens? Makes you wonder.

Gordon Robert Dumont, Prince Albert

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10CN SN: Worry Over Pot Bill Age LimitSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes to allow kids aged 12-18 to legally possess marijuana, but experts warn weed is 'very dangerous' for developing brains.

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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11CN SN: Kids Would Be Able To Possess Weed Under LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes youths 12-18 can have up to five grams before facing charges

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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12 CN SN: Legalization LoomingThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Ladik, Sarah Area:Saskatchewan Lines:102 Added:09/19/2017

Province turns to citizens for consultation on how marijuana should be sold in Saskatchewan

Love it or hate it, legislation that legalizes pot in Canada is coming.

The provincial government launched a survey last week, seeking the public's response to questions ranging from where and how marijuana should be sold, to a minimum age for users, and priorities when it comes to enforcement and education. These are some of the top concerns for users, sellers, legislators, and law enforcement alike.

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13 CN SN: PUB LTE: Don't Delay Legal PotTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Dumont, Gordon Robert Area:Saskatchewan Lines:37 Added:09/14/2017

Editor:

Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister Don Morgan is the latest provincial politician to say he wants marijuana legalization delayed for at least a year. ............ Why?

Trudeau promised his government would legalize marijuana two years ago. Ontario has already announced its plans on how it will integrate legal marijuana into its economy. (Is Morgan insinuating that Ontario is somehow superior to our province?)

The only people who could possibly benefit from a delay in marijuana legalization are the organized crime figures who currently control most of the market.

Why on earth are Saskatchewan politicians defending the interests of organized crime above that of ordinary, law-abiding citizens?

Makes you wonder.

Gordon Robert Dumont

Prince Albert, Sask

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14CN SN: Province Wants Input On Sale Of Recreational MarijuanaTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2017

SASKATOON - The provincial government is asking residents for feedback on how it should distribute recreational marijuana.

The consultations, which will happen in the form of an online, anonymous survey, were announced the same day the Ontario government rolled out its plan to have a new branch of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario handle its sale of recreational marijuana.

The survey will address age limits on cannabis sales, public consumption, cannabis taxation and other issues, including potential retail models, alongside questions about distribution and wholesaling. A news release from the province said information collected through the survey will provide "valuable information to help guide Saskatchewan's ongoing approach to cannabis legalization."

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15CN SN: Province Seeks Feedback On Recreational PotSat, 09 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2017

No decision yet on whether marijuana sales will be through government outlets

Saskatchewan's provincial government wants suggestions from the public on how to regulate recreational marijuana, since legalization appears to be a high priority for the federal government.

Residents over the age of 18 are encouraged to take an anonymous survey on the Government of Saskatchewan's website between Sept. 8 and Oct. 6.

Provincial attorney general Don Morgan said the federal government's timeline to have a legalized system in place by the end of June 2018 means the provincial government has to act fast.

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16 CN SN: Survey Opens On Cannabis LegislationSat, 09 Sep 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:83 Added:09/12/2017

Preparing for the legalization of marijuana nationwide next July, the Government of Saskatchewan is looking to gain public input.

The provincial government will be conducting an online consultation survey from Sept. 8 to Oct. 6 with the goal of gauging public opinion on parts of the federal legislation that has been left up to the provinces.

"The legalization of cannabis represents a big change," said Don Morgan, justice minister and attorney general.

"We want to take the time to listen to and consult with the people of this province to ensure we implement the parts of this legislation that are under our control in a way that works for Saskatchewan."

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17 CN SN: Province Solicits Pot FeedbackSat, 09 Sep 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:98 Added:09/12/2017

A new online survey allows Saskatchewan residents to weigh in on what the province's marijuana regime should look like

Saskatchewan residents can now share their thoughts on who should be able to buy, sell and grow marijuana, with just a few clicks on a government survey.

Ottawa plans to legalize marijuana by July of 2018, but is leaving it up to the provinces to design their own regulatory system. The provincial government launched an online survey Friday to solicit public feedback. It's open to any Saskatchewan resident over the age of 18, and is set to run until October 6.

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18CN 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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19CN 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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20 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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21CN 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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22 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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23CN 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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24 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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25 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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26 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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27CN 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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28 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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29CN 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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30 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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31 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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32CN 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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33 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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34CN 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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35 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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36CN 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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37CN 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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38 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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39CN 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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40CN 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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41CN 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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42CN 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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43CN 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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44CN 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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45CN 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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46CN 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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47 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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48CN 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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49CN 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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50CN 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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