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81 CN MB: LTE: Going To PotTue, 20 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Alexander, John Area:Manitoba Lines:39 Added:12/23/2016

For the past few days I have been listening to, and reading about the 80 recommendations made by the marijuana legalization task force, headed up by Anne McMillan, a former Liberal justice minister.

Some of the recommendations include: an age for purchase restriction of not less than 18 (not 21 as recommended by the Canadian Medical Association); separate storefronts for tobacco, alcohol and pot because, according to the committee, one addiction leads to another; two separate bureaucracies for medical and recreational use; and money is to be earmarked to fight addiction, underage use and for harm-reduction strategies.

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82 CN MB: Column: No Sense Waiting On Pot PlanFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Manitoba Lines:110 Added:12/18/2016

OTTAWA - It seems pretty clear Canada is going to fully legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use in just a matter of months.

The marijuana task force reported its findings publicly this week, recommending recreational use be legalized with certain limitations, including how much can be grown or possessed at a time and where it can be sold. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday plans are in place to introduce legislation for legalization in spring 2017.

There is no indication the government is going to put the train back in the station on this one.

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83 Canada: Task Force Sets Rules For Legalized PotWed, 14 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Canada Lines:108 Added:12/15/2016

Issues 80 recommendations for upcoming Liberal law

OTTAWA - A federal task force on legalized recreational marijuana says it should be sold to Canadians over the age of 18 in storefronts or by mail, but not in the same places as liquor or cigarettes.

The task force, headed by former Liberal health minister Anne McLellan, was asked to consult with communities and experts and report back to the government with a framework on how pot should be legalized. The government is preparing legislation to be introduced in the spring. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize pot during the 2015 election.

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84 CN MB: Column: Sometimes, The Drug Problem Is Your KidMon, 05 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:JenZoratti, Area:Manitoba Lines:95 Added:12/07/2016

Parents need to realize addiction knows no demographic boundaries

THERE are many ways a parent can lose a child to drugs. They might overdose and die. They might get lost to addiction, which is a kind of death. Or they might be killed by drug-related violence - such as Cooper Nemeth, whose body was found in a recycling bin in February, or TJ Wiebe, who was beaten, strangled and left to die in a field in 2003.

In February, I sat in Karen Wiebe's living room. We talked about TJ, and what the Nemeth family was going through, trying to grieve while also dealing with the justice system and the media. No one prepares you for what happens when your child becomes a headline.

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85 CN MB: Premier Wants Pot Bill Postponed While Kinks Worked OutTue, 06 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Manitoba Lines:84 Added:12/06/2016

MANITOBA - Premier Brian Pallister said the federal government should delay introducing legislation to legalize marijuana until the provinces are prepared to deal with its legal and social implications, particularly drug-impaired driving.

Pallister heads to Ottawa Friday for a first ministers meeting between premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau called the meeting to discuss his climate change plan, and requirement for every province to introduce a price on carbon, and the premiers are hoping to put pressure on Trudeau over health-care transfers.

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86 CN MB: OPED: Fighting Together On World Aids DayThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Plourde, Pierre Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:12/05/2016

TODAY marks World AIDS Day. We celebrate advances made in the fight against HIV, look back on how far we've come and honour those we've lost, while also looking to the future and what we have left to accomplish.

Last year, 102 people in Manitoba were diagnosed with HIV, joining more than 1,250 living with HIV in the province and 78,000 across Canada.

Late diagnosis and limited access to services outside Winnipeg continue to be challenges, but there are success stories. For example, Manitoba has a relatively low rate of HIV among people who use drugs. In 2014, 12 per cent of new HIV diagnoses in Manitoba could be traced back to drug use, generally from sharing needles. The same year, the number in Saskatchewan was 49 per cent.

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87 CN MB: Column: Keeping Watch, Saving LivesFri, 25 Nov 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Zoratti, Jen Area:Manitoba Lines:183 Added:11/28/2016

Opioid crisis draws attention to supervised drug-use sites, but Manitoba's not interested - so far

A DECADE ago, fentanyl, the killer synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine, was a relatively unknown drug. Today, it's everywhere - and it's at the heart of a national crisis claiming the lives of hundreds of Canadians.

In Manitoba, at least two dozen people have died from opioid overdoses in 2016, nine confirmed to be caused by or related to fentanyl. It's a dangerous drug that many people don't even know they're taking: it's often showing up in other illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

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88 CN ON: Saving Lives During Opioid CrisisSat, 19 Nov 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Ontario Lines:133 Added:11/22/2016

Politicians, policy-makers discuss ways to prevent overdoses

OTTAWA - As people continue to die from overdoses, health experts, policy-makers and grief-stricken family members brainstormed Friday on a battle plan to take on Canada's opioid-abuse epidemic.

The federal government has been asked to declare the crisis a national public health emergency.

"During the course of this conference alone... probably six or seven Canadians will die from opioid overdose," Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Friday. "That will happen again tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We have a tremendous responsibility as a country."

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89 CN MB: Goertzen Urges Ottawa To Act On Opioid CrisisTue, 15 Nov 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Paul, Alexandra Area:Manitoba Lines:85 Added:11/16/2016

Calls for national strategy heading into summit on illicit drugs

MANITOBA'S health minister is calling on the federal government to stop the flow of powdered fentanyl from countries such as China.

"We need national strategies around that," Kelvin Goertzen said Monday at a news conference to mark addictions awareness week.

The event, held before Friday's national opioid conference and summit in Ottawa, included some of the province's leading addictions and health officials and the mothers of two victims of fentanyl overdoses.

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90 CN MB: PUB LTE: Cannabis Prohibition Must EndTue, 01 Nov 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:White, Stan Area:Manitoba Lines:33 Added:11/02/2016

Re: Marijuana strategy missing (Letters, Oct. 26)

I'm sure Malina Hedgecock means well, however, cannabis (marijuana) prohibition must be put behind us. The majority of North Americans are through with caging and punishing responsible adults who wish to use the relatively safe, God-given plant. At this point, the strategy is to end one of North America's worst policy failures in history as soon as possible.

It is commendable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ending cannabis prohibition in Canada. Colorado successfully legalized cannabis for adults, and every subsequent poll indicates Colorado citizens continue supporting the end of cannabis prohibition.

There is every reason to believe that when Canada ends cannabis prohibition, the majority will not look back with regret either.

Stan White

Dillon, Col.


91 CN MB: LTE: Marijuana Strategy MissingWed, 26 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Hedgecock, Malina Area:Manitoba Lines:32 Added:10/28/2016

Re: Grits' plan to legalize pot hazy: province (Oct.21).

I think marijuana should only be legalized for medicinal purposes and not for recreational purposes. Therefore, I don't think marijuana should be sold at provincial liquor stores, but should be provided at hospitals when prescribed by a doctor or personal psychiatrists.

I find that marijuana is an unsafe substance and I think that people impairing their train of thought and ability to comprehend what is happening around them without consequences is dangerous.

I agree that Manitoba should work on a harm reduction strategy to address dangers of marijuana and not just look into the revenue.

Malina Hedgecock



92 CN MB: New Gap Seen For Youths Battling AddictionsMon, 24 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:May, Katie Area:Manitoba Lines:127 Added:10/26/2016

Two treatment programs closed

THE closure of two youth-treatment programs has raised concerns about access to addictions treatment for young people involved in Manitoba's criminal justice system.

The youth addiction and mental health treatment programs run by the Behavioural Health Foundation closed permanently this spring because of a lack of funding. The shuttering of the two programs - one in Selkirk for boys and the other in St. Norbert for girls - was already in the works when a Red River College student was brutally attacked by two boys at the Selkirk facility during the final shift of her child and youth care practicum last May.

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93 Canada: Grits' Plan To Legalize Pot Hazy: ProvinceFri, 21 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Canada Lines:91 Added:10/24/2016

Task force to release report next month; Stefanson calls for 'clarity'

OTTAWA - The Manitoba government said Ottawa must provide more information about its plans to legalize marijuana as soon as possible because the provinces have work to do in order to implement the change.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said all her provincial counterparts agreed at their recent meeting in Halifax they're going to need details before legislation is introduced.

"We need to know what the framework is going to look like so we can prepare," she said.

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94 CN NS: Legalization Plans Raise Road-Safety FearsSat, 15 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:MacDonald, Michael Area:Nova Scotia Lines:89 Added:10/17/2016

HALIFAX - The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana has some provincial politicians raising concerns about drug-impaired driving.

Three provincial justice ministers made a point of highlighting the issue Friday at the conclusion of a meeting in Halifax between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts.

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi was the first to bring it up during a news conference, saying the province is also keen to ensure there are measures to protect youth and focus on harm reduction.

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95 CN MB: City Police To Carry Naloxone To Combat Fentanyl ODsSat, 08 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rollason, Kevin Area:Manitoba Lines:69 Added:10/09/2016

WINNIPEG police officers will soon join fire and paramedic emergency workers in carrying the antidote to fentanyl overdoses.

Deputy police chief Danny Smyth confirmed to the Winnipeg Police Board Friday they are working with health officials on how officers can carry doses of Naloxone and administer it.

Smyth said one concern is the lifesaving drug can't be used in temperatures lower than 4 C. According to various pharmaceutical websites, the drug works at temperatures up to 25 C.

"We will have to figure out how officers will carry the drug," he said.

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96 CN MB: PUB LTE: Addiction A Medical ProblemSat, 08 Oct 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Dowling, Michael Area:Manitoba Lines:36 Added:10/09/2016

It really makes my blood boil when I read about senseless deaths from drug overdoses that were very likely behind the demise of the two men recently found dead in their car.

Drug laws must change, as drug dealers are under no compulsion to produce a pure product in a standard dosage, and they profit handsomely from the sale of their adulterated wares. If drugs were regulated and sold at cost to those with addictions, it would be better for all concerned.

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97 CN MB: Youth Fuel Meth-Use Hike In CityThu, 15 Sep 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:May, Katie Area:Manitoba Lines:147 Added:09/17/2016

Price, availability, addictiveness appeal to young people, police say

THE city's youth are fuelling a surge in methamphetamine use because it's a cheaper way to get a long-lasting high.

In fact, "because of its affordability, addictive nature and accessibility, the methamphetamine user base in Winnipeg has increased significantly over a few short years, allowing traffickers to prosper," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement.

Sadly, both police and health officials don't expect the situation to get better any time soon.

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98 CN MB: Prime TimeSat, 04 Jun 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Samyn, Paul Area:Manitoba Lines:302 Added:06/06/2016

Justin Trudeau sits down with Free Press editor Paul Samyn to talk about urgent legislation, First Nations, marijuana... and Stephen Harper

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Winnipeg Free Press editor Paul Samyn for an exclusive interview Thursday.

The event, held at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe, was a fulfilment of promise Trudeau had made to the newspaper.

"I was here a few years ago, and one of the promises I made - and it's great when a politician can keep promises - was to come back," said the casually dressed Trudeau.

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99 CN MB: Poll Reveals How Many Manitobans Smoke PotThu, 12 May 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:108 Added:05/16/2016

Alcohol consumption, gaming habits explored

AS the Trudeau government wrestles with keeping its promise to legalize marijuana use, a new poll shows one in five Manitobans indulges in pot smoking.

The Forum Research poll found Manitobans like booze and aren't into casino-style gambling, while a low percentage use pot.

The random sampling of 1,140 Manitoba residents found 76 per cent had consumed alcohol in the past year, 53 per cent had gambled and 18 per cent had used marijuana.

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100 CN MB: High Time To Answer Burning QuestionsSat, 14 May 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kives, Bartley Area:Manitoba Lines:236 Added:05/15/2016

By this time next year, weed will be well on its way to becoming a legal in Canada.

Next spring, the Trudeau government intends to introduce legislation that will effectively legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana and other cannabis products and eliminate penalties for possession. Precisely what that involves will depend on regulations that may take longer to put in place - whatever Ottawa decides will require Canadian provinces and municipalities to make changes of their own.

Right now, the status of weed sits in a sort of limbo as law enforcement agencies, governments and potential entrepreneurs watch and wait to see what precisely winds up being proposed by federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and parliamentary justice secretary Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief.

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