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

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

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

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

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2 CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose DeathsSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:06/21/2017

VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C.

Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.

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3 US NV: Nevada Still Plans To Issue Pot Licenses July 1Mon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:Nevada Lines:121 Added:06/21/2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales

The deputy director of Nevada's Department of Taxation says state regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1 to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing lawsuit over the regulations.

Anna Thornley testified in Carson City District Court on Monday that the state has planned since February to have the "early start" program up and running by July to start bringing in tax revenue before a permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.

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4 US CA: California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Announces Probe OfMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:39 Added:06/21/2017

Citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday that California is joining with more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used illegal marketing and sales practices.

Becerra said the probe would focus on whether drug manufacturers have played a role in creating or extending the opioid problem.

Makers of opioids have been under heat in recent years as the addiction crisis has intensified. A 2016 Times investigation revealed that Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, knew its drug's painkilling effects might not last as long as long as marketed, which could potentially promote addiction. The investigation also found Purdue Pharma collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of its drug but in many cases did not alert law enforcement.

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

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

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

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

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

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6CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

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

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

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

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

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7CN ON: A Hard ClimbSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Knight, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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

Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers

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

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

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

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11 CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:06/19/2017

Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017

The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval.

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.

"It's our hope that we'll be able to open the doors by the end of this year," Payne said, speaking to a large crowd who gathered at the health facility's lobby for the announcement.

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12CN AB: Plans Inch Ahead For City's First Safe Drug-Use SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolanda Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Alberta Health Services has submitted an application to establish Calgary's first supervised consumption site for drug users in the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the province comes to grips with an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds, and as Edmonton seeks to open four supervised consumption sites.

Community consultations on the proposed service at the Beltline facility will take place over the coming weeks, beginning with the distribution of postcards to residents and businesses within a two-kilometre radius of the health centre to notify them of small-group discussions.

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13 US AZ: Marijuana Benefits Abound As New Policy LoomsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:06/19/2017

Despite the upheaval of the current presidential administration, some things just haven't changed, like acting DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg's Obama-era insistence last month that "marijuana is not medicine."

Though he also stated that he'd "be the last person to stand in the way" if medical uses of marijuana rise through the FDA process. (Here's where we count on Sue Sisley's research in Phoenix.)

But Rosenberg doesn't seem to pay attention to what happens in Phoenix. If he did, he might hear about a small clinic using marijuana to treat opioid addiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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15 CN NS: Regional Police Preparing For Legal CannabisWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:King, Nancy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:06/19/2017

Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a daily basis

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac says.

In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to regulate it, he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18Canada: Mandatory Roadside Breath Tests Constitutional, JusticeWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

A proposed law that would allow police to take a roadside breath sample without evidence that a driver has been drinking was under scrutiny again in Parliament on Tuesday, as Canada's justice minister defended it against arguments it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Questions around its constitutionality have been raised," Jody Wilson-Raybould, flanked by senior justice department officials, acknowledged to a House of Commons committee studying the bill.

But she said she's confident mandatory alcohol screening would survive a court challenge, calling it "minimally intrusive, but the benefits in lives saved will be immeasurable."

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

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

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

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

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

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20Canada: 'Godfather Of Canadian Weed' Digs Out From Sticky SituationMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

Private Placement Rejigged Over Conflict of Interest

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.'s chief executive and marijuana industry pioneer Chuck Rifici admits the intricacies of large private placement deals are not his forte.

But he trusts the Vancouver-based company's team of legal and banking experts would have flagged any conflict of interest in the controversial $80-million private placement cancelled last Monday amid questions about the personal stakes taken in the deal by some of those very same advisers.

"As an entrepreneur, I rely on the professionals around me and this issue was not raised as an issue going into our financing as something that would preclude our deal," he said in an interview. "What was disclosed was vetted by lawyers for both underwriters and Cannabis Wheaton. If (conflict of interest) was the case, I would suspect that our disclosure would have been different."

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