College's information outdated, says James Moir.
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) recently published a
statement reflecting their stance on medical cannabis, basically
stating there is insufficient evidence to recommend it, and that
adverse effects outweigh any benefits.
As a physician working in Edmonton's only legitimate
"physician-and-nurse-run" cannabinoid medical clinic, I must object
strongly to this stance. I have an MD from the University of Alberta,
with five years' subspecialty training in anesthesiology and pain
medicine, and have over 20 years clinical experience in this area. I
have five years' experience in perioperative medicine and extra
training in cannabinoid medicine, which allows me to prescribe medical
cannabis and work in the clinic, where I have been for the better part
of a year.
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In the wake of a deadly opioid drug crisis that's killed hundreds in
Ontario, London health officials are fast-tracking a pop-up,
- -overdose-prevention site they want to have up and running by January.
The stripped-down version of a supervised consumption site will give
drug users a safer environment to inject. The location of the site, or
the total number if there is more than one, hasn't been pinned down.
But the plan is to have at least one as early as possible in 2018.
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The United States' overall rate of hepatitis C infection more than
doubled from 2004 to 2014 -- and among people under 40, it increased
by 300 to 400 percent.
The reason for the jump? Transmission through injecting opioid drugs,
said a report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public
Lead author Jon Zibbell, senior public health analyst in the
Behavioral and Urban Health program of North Carolina-based RTI
International, said public health officials have long presumed the
link, but the research, performed in conjunction with a number of
other agencies, provides data to back it up.
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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Charles Grugan's drug addiction took a toll on
They tried to help him, but on Oct. 12, 2011, Grugan 33, overdosed on
heroin. He never recovered.
While on life support in a regional hospital, doctors approached his
family and showed them his driver's license.
Grugan had made the decision to be an organ donor when he was 18 years
His heart, liver and kidneys were successfully transplanted into three
"It was a silver lining for us," Grugan's' mother, Eileen Grugan,
said. "Donating Charles' organs to others was the thing that kept our
family together and pulled us through this grief.
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Have they opened Pandora's box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders
worry that's what they might've done by allowing marijuana
dispensaries in the city.
They're now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering
citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes,
as well as setting rules to stop them from opening next to one another.
Mayor Bill Ganz said he doesn't want the city to become known as the
place to buy pot, even if it's just the medical kind that doesn't get
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Two community agencies on hand to lend support for initiative which is
expected to be paid for by province
The city has endorsed a supervised injection site for downtown
Hamilton but it's up to a community agency to step up to run such a
The city's board of health endorsed the findings of a long-awaited
study Monday that recommend adding at least one permanent site in the
core for people to safely inject illegal drugs under the watchful eye
of health professionals.
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Facing the reality that Hamilton needs at least one supervised
injection site is not pleasant.
In an ideal world, such a thing might not be needed. People with drug
addictions would get counselling and support to break their addiction.
Until then, they could ingest drugs in a safe and clean
But this isn't an ideal world. We're in a historic and growing
street-drug crisis. And those qualities - access to support and a safe
environment - are exactly what you get with a supervised injection
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The B.C. government stepped up its fight against the growing number of
drug overdose deaths Friday with the launch of a new emergency
response centre that will link to regional and community action teams
on Vancouver Island and elsewhere.
The emergency centre will have about 10 full- and part-time staff
based at Vancouver General Hospital and backed by a team of experts.
The centre will analyze data, spot trends and work with new regional
teams at Island Health and the other four health authorities to
improve front-line services.
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Lessons are still being digested after a lethal batch of opioids in
October put emergency workers to the test
The first warning came mid-afternoon on a Thursday in late October,
from a client at a downtown Victoria HIV/AIDS and harm-reduction facility.
It was the day after "cheque day," when social-assistance payments are
issued in B.C. - a period linked to an increase in overdoses and other
related harms. But even with that factored in, front-line workers were
getting the sense that things were worse than usual.
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Motacan Compassion Society is exempt from business licence
requirement, operator argues
A medical marijuana dispensary is suing the City of Abbotsford in an
effort to remain open and avoid paying thousands of dollars in tickets.
Motacan Compassion Society, which operates a storefront location in an
alley off Montrose Avenue in downtown Abbotsford, says it is exempt
from bylaws requiring a business licence due to its not-for-profit
In a petition filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, "principal
operator" David Smith claims Motacan is a registered society that
provides "reasonable access to medical cannabis to members of the
society on a highly subsidized basis."
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Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis.
The two most western provinces and territories - British Columbia,
Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories - have been hit
especially hard, likely due to their relative proximity to China,
where much of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced.
According to Government of Canada statistics from 2016, B.C. and Yukon
each had more than 15 opioid overdoses per 100,000 people, while
Alberta and N.W.T. each had between 10 and 14.9 overdoses per 100,000
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Best-selling author Johann Hari weighs in on B.C. housing and opioid
Graeme Wood / Richmond News
Adequate, affordable housing - not a misguided, unscientific and
subjective approach to drug criminalization - is the cornerstone of
preventing and overcoming drug addiction.
That's the message British author and drug war critic Johann Hari
brought to Richmond Monday at a conference hosted by Housing Central
(BC Non-profit Housing Association, Co-op Housing Federation of BC,
Aboriginal Housing Management Association and the Pacific Housing
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Four students share their stories of drug use on campus
Illicit drug use among university students might be more common than
our parents would like to think.
According to the Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey published
by Health Canada in 2015, 11 per cent of 20-24 year-old respondents
reported doing cocaine, five said they do speed, meth or other
amphetamines, 15 per cent took ecstasy and 16 per cent reported taking
Despite being illegal, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines and stimulants
are a very real part of student culture on campus. Although a large
majority of students might never encounter them, these drugs exist
within social circles across university campuses.
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Regularly imposed bail condition is an untenable method of punishment
and sets up marginalized people for failure
Imagine you have a serious medical condition requiring regular care.
You are charged with a minor offence, for which you are innocent until
proved guilty, and your first step into the justice system is to stand
before a judge who will determine whether you will be released on
bail. The judge says you are free to go, but as a condition of release
you are not to be within the 10 square-block area that constitutes the
downtown - even though your doctor, your pharmacy and your social
supports such as friends and family are all within that area. You have
been "red zoned" from your community.
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Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana?
Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he
worked in 2009.
Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.
Casias had been using marijuana at home to treat pain from sinus
cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf for wrongful
discharge in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
A U.S. District Judge sided with the company. The U.S. Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals later upheld the ruling.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supervisors in famously pot-friendly San
Francisco are under pressure from cannabis advocates to pass
regulations that would allow the industry to flourish once
recreational sales become legal throughout California in January.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take up
proposed regulations Tuesday, when they may vote on a stop-gap measure
to allow the sale of recreational cannabis through existing medical
marijuana outlets on Jan. 1. That would give them time to figure out
where to allow new stores.
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San Francisco is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing
regulations for the broad legal pot market, thanks in part to
criticism from older Chinese immigrants who oppose marijuana use.
Divided San Francisco supervisors are scheduled to take up the issue
at a board meeting Tuesday, where they may vote on a stop-gap measure
to allow the sale of recreational cannabis through existing medical
marijuana outlets on Jan. 1 as they continue to figure out where to
allow new stores.
The possibility of overly strict regulations has businesses fretting
over access and some San Franciscans wondering what happened to the
counter-culture, anti-Prohibition city they know and love. The smell
of cannabis being smoked is not uncommon in certain neighborhoods and
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Palm Beach County's first medical marijuana dispensary is now open for
At noon Tuesday, Knox Medical opened the center at 1 South Dixie
Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.
The dispensary occupies a former bank building in downtown Lake Worth,
and the interior resembles a dentist or doctor's office. Patients
check in at the foyer and then can proceed to a room with glass
display cases showcasing Knox Medical's products.
Knox Medical CEO Jose Javier Hidalgo said the new dispensary will
improve access to medical cannabis for everyone in South Florida.
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A discussion on medicinal marijuana, its uses and who is using it was
the on the menu at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs'
weekly speakers series.
Dr. Ife Abiola, medical director for the 420 Clinic, spoke on the drug
and gave anecdotal information on many of the patents seen at the clinic.
He said it is important for local residents to get informed on the
drug ahead of impending national legalization.
"This is going to be changing a lot of different facets of our lives,"
he said. "You can expect to be seeing whether it's through a medical
clinic, dispensary or other people just using in a ubiquitous way in
our lives. Everyone needs to have a certain level of education about
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The event will feature stories from the front lines
Nelson's Fentanyl Task Force is set to host Growing Hope: A Community
Conversation on the Current Fentanyl Crisis at Nelson's Hume Hotel on
Nov. 22. The discussion will feature health care professionals,
emergency responders, educators and community leaders across the West
"What will have the biggest effect on death is reducing stigma for
people who are using drugs," says Chloe Sage, an educator at Nelson's
ANKORS who will be part of a seven-person panel of speakers at the
event. "One of the goals of these panels is to be able to talk about
all the issues that involve people who use drugs and people who are at
risk of dying from fentanyl overdose. When we start lowering the
stigma and people can talk about what they are going through, then we
will have less deaths because people will be able to seek the help
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