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1CN QU: OPED: Needle Programs For Prisoners Increase SafetyMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:05/19/2017

Drug use in jail is a reality and reducing harm is vital, say Richard Elliott and Rick Lines.

Almost one-third of federal prisoners reported using drugs during the past six months.

In December 2016, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott committed her government to a new national drug strategy that reinstates harm reduction as a non-negotiable pillar. It was a welcome announcement, signalling a modest shift away from the last decade's emphasis on prohibition and punishment - policies that continue to kill people who use drugs in Canada.

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2 CN ON: He Saved 17 People But Police Want To Jail HimSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Contenta, Sandro Area:Ontario Lines:394 Added:05/01/2017

Mark Baratta works with drug users on the front lines of Ontario's opioid epidemic. But as deaths mount, Baratta's story illustrates how far society has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death.

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3 CN ON: Crown Seeking Jail Time For Owners Of Waterloo Marijuana StoreSat, 25 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:03/25/2017

KITCHENER - The Crown will be seeking jail sentences for the owners of a Waterloo marijuana store charged after a police raid last summer.

Nour Louka, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Her husband, Shady Louka, 31, pleaded guilty to careless storage of a 9 mm Glock handgun.

They both face a string of other charges, including additional counts of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after police raided their Waterloo Dispensary store on King Street North in uptown Waterloo last August.

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4CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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5 CN BC: LTE: More Jail Time For TraffickingMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Wand, Ralph Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:02/09/2017

Dear Editor: I'm a retired paramedic. I did my first ambulance call in 1952 and my last in 1992 in Vancouver. I totally believe that not even five percent of addicts can be rehabilitated so I support the mayor of Coquitlam's suggestion to open up the hospitals at Esondale and get the addicts off the street and away from drugs is a good start.

But the only way to stop this disaster and get drugs off the street once and for all is by giving jail time of 15 years for selling drug and 20 years for trafficking.

When addicts can't get access to drugs, the problem will go away

Ralph Wand

Penticton

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

Former corrections employee sentenced on drug trafficking

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

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

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

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7 Canada: Editorial: Why Prisons Need Needle ExchangesFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:65 Added:01/31/2017

When Ottawa recently announced a multi-pronged strategy to fight the deadly fentanyl crisis - a strategy that includes supervised drug consumption sites - Health Minister Jane Philpott boasted of "our renewed, evidence-based approach to Canada's drug strategy."

If Ottawa is so keen on an evidence-based approach to drugs, why did it walk away from mediation aimed at settling a lawsuit calling on the government to provide needle exchanges in prisons? Mediation sessions were scheduled this week but Ottawa's lawyers backed out at the last minute. The lawsuit, brought in part by a former inmate who acquired hepatitis C behind bars, is going forward.

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8US CA: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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9 US NC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:North Carolina Lines:50 Added:01/19/2017

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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10 US TX: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:Texas Lines:50 Added:01/19/2017

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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11 US SC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:South Carolina Lines:51 Added:01/19/2017

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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12 US MD: Bid To Alter Drug Laws And Allow Some Early Prison ReleasesWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:116 Added:01/18/2017

[photo] A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. President Obama toured the prison last week. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images)

A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash the mandatory minimum sentences that are seen as chiefly responsible for overcrowding in the nation's detention facilities.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) surprised advocates Thursday by saying he strongly supported holding a vote on a prison reform bill similar to one sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a moderate Republican from Wisconsin. The measure has been languishing in the House Judiciary Committee.

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13CN 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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14 US HI: Meth Ring Leader Sentenced To 28 Years In PrisonTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Hawaii Lines:33 Added:01/11/2017

A leader of a ring that conspired to smuggle methamphetamine from San Diego to Hawaii has been sentenced in federal court to 28 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office in Honolulu said today.

Jesse Wade Pelkey, 38, of Imperial Beach, Calif., was sentenced Thursday by Senior District Judge Helen Gillmor. In September, Pelkey pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a news release from Florence T. Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii.

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15 US TX: Arlington Officer Allows Teen To Do Pushups Instead Of JailWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)          Area:Texas Lines:43 Added:01/04/2017

An Arlington police officer is popular on social media Thursday because of a video that shows he gave a teenager caught smoking marijuana in a movie theater parking lot an unorthodox alternative to being arrested: pushups.

Officer Eric Ball was working off-duty Monday night at the theater in Arlington when someone told him that a teenager was smoking marijuana outside, WFAA-TV reported. Ball went outside to find the teen finishing a cigarette and discarding it, and Ball smelled marijuana when he approached him.

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16US CA: San Diego Judge Gives Mexican Cocaine Kingpin 15-year PrisonMon, 02 Jan 2017
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Davis, Kristina Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/02/2017

As Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum stood in a San Diego courtroom for sentencing Tuesday, the judge acknowledged the defendant was unlike the vast majority of drug offenders he sees day in and day out.

Cazares was not your typical drug mule caught crossing the border, nor was he a low-level distributor.

Cazares, 53, was a kingpin, the head of a large Mexican drug-trafficking organization aligned with the powerful Sinaloa cartel. He was in the business of shipping tons of cocaine from producers in Colombia and Venezuela to Mexico and distributing the drug throughout the U.S.

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17 CN ON: Jail Equipping Departing Inmates With NaloxoneThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:12/31/2016

Barton Street jail, Milton's Vanier Centre for Women, only two Ontario facilities doing this

Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre inmates are now receiving opioid antidote kits upon release from jail.

It has been months since the province pledged to equip all at-risk Ontario inmates with naloxone in an effort to prevent overdoses after release.

With a new year on the horizon, they are falling short in their delivery.

Hamilton's Barton Street jail and Milton's Vanier Centre for Women, near Highway 401, are the only two institutions actively providing the auto-injector antidote to people as they are released from custody.

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18 CN BC: LTE: Long-Term Jail SentencesWed, 21 Dec 2016
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Yeats, Heather Area:British Columbia Lines:51 Added:12/23/2016

Editor:

The time has come for Canadians to stand up and deal with street drugs in a different way. No matter how much money, time and heartache goes into trying to cope with the current plague of overdoses, there will never be an end to it.

When a drug dealer/manufacturer is caught, the repercussions do not fit the crime. A slap on the wrist, confiscation of property, fines or even short prison terms do not stop these entitled criminals. They are dealing death. They know what they are doing. They plan their actions and they make huge sums of money on the pain and suffering (and possible death) of their customers - not to mention the grief and loss inflicted on the victims families.

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19 CN ON: Scanners Target Barton Jail SmugglersTue, 25 Oct 2016
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:10/26/2016

Inmates already facing drug charges: police

Body scanner technology is up and running at the Barton Jail, as part of the province's efforts to combat smuggling.

More than 1,750 Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre (HWDC) inmates have gone through the scanner since it was activated on Sept. 6, according to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

"Three positive body scans have resulted in criminal charges for three HWDC inmates by the Hamilton Police Service," ministry spokesperson Andrew Morrison said in an email.

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20Canada: Federal Prisons Begin Stocking Fentanyl Antidote For OfficersFri, 16 Sep 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Crawford, Tiffany Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/17/2016

Federal prison officers now have access to the life-saving opioid blocker naloxone, following a complaint that several front-line officers in B.C. were exposed to fentanyl.

Jason Godin, president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, says members logged a complaint with the Correctional Service of Canada a few weeks ago after some guards at Mountain Institution in Agassiz fell ill.

He said paramedics had to administer naloxone to some of the affected officers, indicating they had been exposed to fentanyl, an opioid that has led to a surge in overdose deaths in B.C. this year.

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