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1 CN ON: Upcoming Meeting To Discuss How Cannabis Oil Can Fight IllnessWed, 26 Oct 2016
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Schilz, Melissa Area:Ontario Lines:141 Added:10/26/2016

Modern medicine has evolved greatly over the years in treating cancer and other illnesses. We have radiation and chemotherapy to reduce tumour growths, we have opioids to decrease pain and there are a number of over the counter drugs we can buy when we're feeling under the weather.

But what about using marijuana in treatments for life threatening diseases and other life-altering ailments?

It's not talked about very openly, in fact many who use cannabis oil tend to keep it under wraps, said Don Keith, a medical marijuana license holder in Petrolia. That's why he has planned a discussion group at the Petrolia library on Friday, Oct. 28, to offer support and a safe place to talk about using medical marijuana without ridicule or judgment.

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2 CN ON: New Drug Awareness Program Geared for 8 to 11-Year-OldsWed, 31 Dec 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Simpson, Barbara Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:01/01/2015

For Max*, the downward spiral of addiction started off slowly and at supposedly the most innocent of times, when he was in elementary school.

He started off experimenting with tobacco and marijuana around the tender age of 12.

"By the time he was involved in high school, he was in full gear," recalled his father, Sean, who asked that his last name not be used to protect the identity of his son.

Max - an intelligent kid who grew up on the north side of Sarnia - then progressed to abusing prescription drugs with his friends.

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3 CN ON: OPED: Legalize Soft Drugs To Reduce Availability OfWed, 16 Jul 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Lafleur, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:07/16/2014

Does caffeine lead to cocaine use? Obviously not. But what would happen if caffeine was outlawed? Naturally, a black market would emerge. Drug gangs, which are highly skilled at operating outside the law, and have pre-existing distribution channels, would begin trafficking illegal caffeine pills.

If people were forced to use black market distribution chains to obtain a mild stimulant such as caffeine, would they be more likely to opt for a stronger stimulant such as cocaine? Almost certainly.

Dealing with drug dealers is a binary. Either you do it, or you don't. And if you do, they will likely try to upsell you. Drug dealers are like any other sales people, minus the legal sanction ( meaning they are more likely to rip you off or assault you). They want to obtain the highest profit margin possible. Cocaine sells at a much higher margin than caffeine pills would, even if caffeine was outlawed. Even if most people resisted the dealers' insistence that cocaine would provide a better experience, some non-drug users would try it out ; some would even become addicted. Caffeine use would likely decline, while use of cocaine and other illicit drugs would increase.

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4 CN ON: Growing Alarm Over Illegal Crops In Sarnia-LambtonWed, 05 Feb 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Phair, John Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:02/06/2014

Illegal cropping and the presence of marijuana grow-ops appear to be rampant across much of Lambton County and the OPP is seeking the help of farmers in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Const. Jason Yoama, a department manager at the Petrolia-based Lambton detachment of the OPP, was one of the speakers at the Lambton Soil and Crop Improvement Association's annual meeting. He asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they had ever discovered a marijuana grow-op on their farm.

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5 CN ON: MP Supports Marijuana Rule Changes TylerWed, 29 Jan 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Kula, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:01/30/2014

Pat Davidson says her office has recently been trying to help a number of residents worried about medical marijuana program changes this spring.

The Sarnia-Lambton MP was highlighting some of the federal government's accomplishments and plans at a Rotary Club of Sarnia luncheon Monday.

"We have been working with several residents on issues and we'll continue to do that with the medical marijuana," Davidson said after her address.

"There's a whole litany of concerns and it depends on the individual what some of the concerns are. Cost is one of them for sure."

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6 CN ON: Government Responds To Medical Marijuana ConcernsWed, 29 Jan 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Kula, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:67 Added:01/30/2014

It'll cost more, but medical marijuana users' privacy won't be jeopardized when new rules governing medical marijuana production come into effect April 1, Health Canada says.

Petrolia resident Jeff Johnston, 49, recently said he's concerned about rising costs and the threat of being targeted by police when he's no longer allowed to grow marijuana after Health Canada's Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) program takes effect.

Currently, people like Johnston can grow medical marijuana for their own use at home, with a licence from Health Canada.

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7 CN ON: Petrolian Worried He Wonat Be Able To Afford Marijuana AfterWed, 22 Jan 2014
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Kula, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:01/22/2014

Medical pot user growing concerned

Jeff Johnston worries he'll have to go outside the law for his medicine when new medical marijuana growing rules take effect this year.

It'll be seven years in October since the 49-year-old Petrolia man suffered 11 epileptic seizures and doctors discovered a slow-growing tumour in his brain.

After chemotherapy about five years ago, Johnston received his licences to possess and grow medical marijuana.

Since then, he's smoked his prescribed 4.5 grams per day and grown 25 plants - enough for a year's supply, he said - in a greenhouse in his backyard.

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8 CN ON: Substance Use Ranked Top ConcernWed, 24 Apr 2013
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Brush, Lori Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:04/25/2013

If you ask local public secondary school teachers what their top concern is for student wellness, the answer may be different than what you'd expect to hear.

Substance use has been ranked the top socio-emotional concern for local students, according to a recent survey of Lambton Kent District School Board high school teachers.

And this perspective certainly seems to be in line with students.

A sample of high school students also ranked substance use as their top concern, said Lori Brush, the board's mental health lead.

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9 CN ON: Illegal Marijuana Crops Growing in LambtonMon, 29 Jun 2009
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:07/01/2009

During summer, people involved in growing marijuana are in and around swamps, corn fields, wooded areas, along rivers, and rural rental properties with large acreage.

Their crops only have to be tended to about once every two weeks and in late September or early October, the grower returns to harvest the plants, leaving the roots behind.

Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers says common indicators of outdoor marijuana grows include abandoned vehicles parked on sideroads or trails, people walking in remote areas for no apparent reason, bags of fertilizer, planting trays or chemicals in remote areas, well-trampled trails in wooded or swamp areas, cleared out areas in swamps, wooded areas or corn fields, and "No Trespassing" signs.

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