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1 CN ON: Street Drugs 101: A PrimerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/15/2017

As deadly fentanyl fuels a public health crisis, Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman reveals what you should know about common London street drugs

Forget the old adage that what you don't know, can't hurt you. When it comes to street drugs, what you don't know can kill you.

That was the thrust of a rare public health warning - three health agencies and London police joined in its release - last week in London, when authorities stressed that the latest villain in Canada's opioid drug crisis, deadly fentanyl, is turning up in other illegal street drugs.

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2US CA: Column: Realities Behind The Epidemic Of Alcohol And DrugSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Rosen, Mitchell Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/12/2017

Shortly after becoming licensed as a family therapist, I was hired to facilitate group therapy on a chemical dependency unit. I did this every day for about 10 years. I also coordinated family group for the spouses and relatives of those who were recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. There were a lot of "take aways" from this experience.

Despite my education, I held many prejudices and myths toward those who abused alcohol and drugs. These men and women taught me a great deal.

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3 CN BC: Elsner Consulting For Pot SectorTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Beamish, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:05/30/2017

Frank Elsner, a former top cop in Sudbury who resigned earlier this month as Victoria police chief, has launched a cannabis consulting business.

Elsner, who is facing six misconduct allegations from his time with the Victoria department, is now the principal consultant for UMBRA Strategic Solutions, which will provide security consulting to marijuana businesses, according to a post on his Linked In profile.

A message signed by Elsner on the company's website says: "After a great career in policing I started Umbra Strategic Solutions. I wanted to do something that I am passionate about while utilizing my knowledge, skills and abilities." Elsner writes that he has "come a long way" in his thinking about harm reduction, community wellness and the role police play.

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4CN BC: Elsner Blames 'Bad Blood' For His FallWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

'I need to get on with my life,' says ex-Victoria police chief, now a security consultant for cannabis businesses

Former Victoria police chief Frank Elsner has launched a cannabis security-consulting business and suggests the allegations that ended his policing career were the result of "bad blood" created by his efforts to change the culture of the Victoria Police Department.

Elsner said he was hired to "clean house" at the VicPD, and not everyone embraced his proposed changes.

"I was brought in to make the changes that were necessary and part of that was changing the culture of the organization from a reactive one to a proactive community-based one," Elsner said.

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5 CN MB: Weeding Out AnxietyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:73 Added:04/25/2017

4/20 participants extol virtues of pot as drug that helps you cope

Leigh Filbert admits he lived the "rock-star lifestyle" in the past and acknowledges now his body is paying for it.

Filbert suffered a stroke a little over a year ago that left the right side of his body paralyzed. He suffers from anxiety he also contends is paralyzing, emotionally.

Attending his first 4/20 rally, Filbert biked around the Legislature grounds on Thursday "to gather constructive information" about the cannabis movement as he continues on his road to recovery.

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6 CN ON: Column: Fat Chance Pot Bill Will Do Any GoodFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:DiManno, Rosie Area:Ontario Lines:179 Added:04/16/2017

Tell me what is the difference between a gangster in a stairwell and a licensed retailer in a pot shop?

I mean, if you get down to the nub of the thing, it's all just window-dressing, pretending that one is less exploitive than the other.

The retailer will be taxed, although none of those head-banging details were included in the marijuana legalization bills tabled by the federal government Thursday. The illegal dealer will be charged, most harshly if selling to a minor, under new Criminal Code provisions.

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7 US TX: Officers Killed In Murder Or Self-Defense?Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sack, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:762 Added:03/24/2017

With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.

SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.

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8 CN ON: LTE: Feds Need to Get Off the PotWed, 29 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Barclay, D. Scott Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:06/30/2016

The federal law forbidding dispensing cannabis-based product - except by mail - to registered medical patients with doctors' prescriptions, from federally licensed growers, was struck down by our Supreme Court.

That means that the police are arresting people under a law that has been rendered illegal.

How about going after the real culprits: crack pushers, organized crime, biker gangs that import a flood of guns and hard drugs across our borders every day, resulting in deaths of our young people?

D. Scott Barclay, Georgetown

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9 CN ON: Column: Massive Pot Raid Actually Makes Life In TorontoMon, 30 May 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Keenan, Edward Area:Ontario Lines:142 Added:05/31/2016

In Fact, Project Claudia Will Drive Some Trade Back Into The Streets

What the hell was that all about?

It's a question you might have asked yourself after police Chief Mark Saunders' news conference Friday, which was hijacked by a couple of activists whose persistent questioning and arguing left virtually no room for Saunders to answer, for minutes on end.

The journalists in attendance were left to stand around waiting for a chance to get actual information, and the chief was left standing as the event drifted along, to seemingly no purpose.

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10 CN ON: Column: Weeding Out Pot ShopsSat, 28 May 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:133 Added:05/30/2016

They had bag loads of marijuana lollipops, cannabis-infused chocolate - - and lots of confiscated weed - from pot shops.

But what they didn't have were weapons: Guns, knives, swords and brass knuckles.

Those are reserved for the other kind of dope dealer - ones in alleys who don't pay rent.

"(Toronto Mayor) John Tory knows perfectly well that shutting these dispensaries down will force countless medical marijuana users, many of them veterans, back into the arms of dealers," said Russell Barth, known as the Angriest Pothead in Canada. "I am so glad, as, must be, the taxpayers, to know that all the other crimes in the Greater Toronto Area have been solved. The mayor and chief of police should resign immediately."

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11US CA: OPED: Heroin Belt Binds Affluent, Largely WhiteSun, 20 Dec 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Quinones, Sam Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/21/2015

In Affluent Simi Valley, Houses Are Large, the SUVs Gleam and Many Kids Are Addicts

A Christmas Tree in a Suburban Shopping Malls Helps Tell the New Story of Heroin

Widespread Painkiller Prescriptions Helped Fueled Opiate Addiction and Death

Town Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley is not a remarkable place as malls go.

A freeway runs alongside it. There's a Buffalo Wild Wings, a movie theater, and a motorized train that takes toddlers on rides around the mall. Since last Saturday, a large Christmas tree covered in ornaments stands in the middle of the shopping center, next to a Starbucks.

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12 Canada: Canada Poised To Deliver Legal MarijuanaSat, 12 Dec 2015
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Marsden, William Area:Canada Lines:165 Added:12/14/2015

Neighbors to North Look to U.S. Experience

MONTREAL - For police forces across Canada, August is harvest time.

Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.

If the grower is unlucky enough to be caught redhanded, he is cuffed and taken off to court. Each police unit hits two or three of these hidden marijuana plantations, with the confiscated pot taken to incinerators. The destruction of marijuana plants goes on for about two weeks, and then it's back to normal police work.

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13 Canada: Canada Government Looks At Legalizing MarijuanaMon, 07 Dec 2015
Source:Watertown Daily Times (NY) Author:Marsden, William Area:Canada Lines:168 Added:12/09/2015

MONTREAL - For police forces across Canada, August is harvest time.

Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.

If the grower is unlucky enough to be caught red-handed, he is cuffed and taken off to court. Each police unit hits two or three of these hidden marijuana plantations, with the confiscated pot taken to incinerators. The destruction of marijuana plants goes on for about two weeks, and then it's back to normal police work.

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14 Canada: As Canada Moves Closer to Legal Pot, an Urge to 'GoMon, 07 Dec 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Marsden, William Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:12/09/2015

It Would Be the First G-20 Country to Nationally Allow Recreational Use

Montreal - For police forces across Canada, the month of August is harvest time.

Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.

If growers are unlucky enough to be caught red-handed, they are cuffed and taken to court. Each police unit hits two or three of these hidden marijuana plantations, with the confiscated pot taken to incinerators. The destruction of marijuana plants goes on for about two weeks, and then it's back to normal police work.

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15 Canada: Liberal Majority May Push Canada To Make Pot LegalMon, 07 Dec 2015
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Marsden, William Area:Canada Lines:121 Added:12/09/2015

MONTREAL - For police forces across Canada, the month of August is harvest time.

Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.

If the grower is unlucky enough to be caught red-handed, he is cuffed and taken off to court. Each police unit hits two or three of these hidden marijuana plantations, with the confiscated pot taken to incinerators. The destruction of marijuana plants goes on for about two weeks, and then it's back to normal police work.

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16 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Is Coming To Niagara, So Get Used To ItWed, 28 Oct 2015
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:10/30/2015

Here is the deal, folks. Sooner or later, probably sooner, pot is going to be legal in Canada.

All the signs are moving in that direction. Medical marijuana is already a reality and, despite the dire warnings of some, the sky did not fall and Canada did not turn into a cesspool of scum and villainy.

In Niagara Falls Tuesday, city councillors scheduled a meeting to discuss regulations governing the growing, processing, packaging of medical marijuana in the city.

Some residents are none to pleased with the idea.

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17 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Is Coming, So Get Used To ItWed, 28 Oct 2015
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:10/29/2015

Here is the deal, folks. Sooner or later, probably sooner, pot is going to be legal in Canada.

All the signs are moving in that direction. Medical marijuana is already a reality and, despite the dire warnings of some, the sky did not fall and Canada did not turn into a cesspool of scum and villainy.

In Niagara Falls Tuesday, city councillors scheduled a meeting to discuss regulations governing the growing, processing, packaging of medical marijuana in the city.

Some residents are none to pleased with the idea.

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18CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Is Coming, So Get Used To ItWed, 28 Oct 2015
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2015

Here is the deal, folks. Sooner or later, probably sooner, pot is going to be legal in Canada.

All the signs are moving in that direction. Medical marijuana is already a reality and, despite the dire warnings of some, the sky did not fall and Canada did not turn into a cesspool of scum and villainy.

In Niagara Falls Tuesday, city councillors scheduled a meeting to discuss regulations governing the growing, processing, packaging of medical marijuana in the city.

Some residents are none to pleased with the idea.

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19 CN ON: Column: Government Will Screw Up Legal PotTue, 27 Oct 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:10/29/2015

Now that prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has a majority government many people are excited about the possibility of legalized marijuana.

You might eagerly anticipate a legal toke, but you're going to hate how the government will manage it, assuming pot is handled the same way as booze is in this province.

Indeed, pot may well fall under the jurisdiction of the Marijuana Control Board of Ontario (MCBO), like the LCBO, and The J-Store, like The Beer Store.

At the MCBO, as with the LCBO, prices will greatly exceed what you would pay for a baggie in Buffalo, NY once they legalize it there, as they probably will.

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20 CN BC: Police Focused On DrugsFri, 25 Sep 2015
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Roth, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:09/29/2015

Cracking down on illegal drugs is the number one crime police deal with in Victoria, and cocaine continues to be the drug of choice on city streets.

Every day, police come across dozens of people using cocaine or smoking crack. Use and trafficking of the drug has been steady throughout the years, forcing Staff Sgt. Connor King of the Victoria police strike force unit to think about long-term solutions besides just making arrests.

"From the police perspective, we think one of the big solutions is education for young people and to prevent people from getting into using drugs in the first place," said King. "There's a lot of focus on harm reduction and we are in partnerships now with a lot of harm reduction service providers."

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