The provincial government will decide where to locate a new cannabis
store in Peterborough, states a new city staff report - city council
won't have any say in the matter.
Peterborough is getting a new government-run cannabis store by July 1,
but it's unclear where exactly it will be located.
City council won't be allowed to weigh in on the choice of location,
states a new report that councillors will review at a meeting Monday.
That will be up to the province, although the government has said it
won't locate these new stores anywhere near schools or homeless shelters.
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Chief warns crackdown could be coming as weed is still illegal
Regina police are well aware stores selling marijuana are up and
running around the city.
And while cannabis is set to become legal this summer, Chief Evan Bray
is clear: selling the product is still illegal.
It's a message he says will be actively communicated with the public
in coming weeks, and it is one those working at or running
dispensaries in the city have likely already heard.
Bray wants the illegality of dispensaries to be clearly known.
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Organization recognizes officer of the year
North Bay police Const. Mitch Thomas is surprised how many people
still get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Thomas arrested six people for impaired in 2017 and was recognized
during Tuesday's monthly police services board meeting as the Mothers
Against Drunk Driving officer of the year.
Thomas, who has been an officer for the past three years, said he
still remembers the first motorist he charged with impaired.
"It was a gentleman from out of town. We got the call just after the
bar rush," Thomas said.
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Vernon City Hall continues to walk a line of uncertainty over how and
where marijuana might be legally purchased in the city.
While Ottawa is on board with legalizing the sale of marijuana, the
province is yet to work out the rules for its retail
As a result, all B.C. communities are left in a zoning bylaw quandary
on how to proceed.
In response on Monday, council gave first reading to bylaw 5000
amendments limiting the sale of cannabis in Vernon retail outlets to
provide some legal clarification until the province mandates how and
where marijuana is to be sold.
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The ban on cannabis businesses extends to July and does not include
current medical dispensaries
Only two people presented their views at a public hearing held by city
hall on Monday to get the public's reaction to a proposed moratorium
on recreational cannabis sales. Both presentations took less than one
Brenton Raby said he supports the moratorium. He said he hopes the
city will change its terminology by replacing the word "marijuana"
with the word "cannabis."
Herb Couch said he is pleased that the moratorium does not include
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Ahead of its July deadline for legalizing recreational marijuana use
in Canada, the federal government has launched a ad campaign warning
of the risks of drug-impaired driving. I wonder if any elected
official has noticed ads warning against drinking and driving have not
eliminated drunk driving. The new ads won't work either. The way to
curb drug-impaired driving is to not make cannabis legal for
recreational purposes. Cannabis should only be marketed for seriously
ill people on a doctor's prescription.
The federal with a handful of minor revisions, passed its third and
final reading in the House of Commons November 27 and has moved on to
the Senate for further review and discussion.
A total of 200 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the
legislation - Bill C-45 - with 82 voting against it.
Following the final vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted "we're
one step closer to legalizing & regulating marijuana. #BillC45 means
less money for organized crime and harder access for our kids."
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Illegal booths continue to operate in downtown square despite mayor's
vow to crack down
After Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said to "stay tuned" to see how
the city and police plan to oust illegal pot vendors from the
Vancouver Art Gallery square, a handful of vendors were still
operating an open drug market there.
Darren Tarry, owner of DZ Buddz, is one of the unlicensed marijuana
vendors regularly setting up shop on the south side of the Vancouver
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Less that six months before the start of the legal marijuana era
begins, here's what the B.C. government has decided when it comes to
how to handle it:
* The minimum age for consumption and possession will be
* Wholesales distribution will be handled by the B.C. Liquor
* Retail sales will go through some mix of public and private
There's a bit more to this than just those items.
B.C. and other provinces have also succeeded in budging the federal
government off its original offer of a 50-50 sharing of cannabis tax
revenues. It's going to be 75 per cent to the provinces, and Ottawa's
share is capped at $100 million a year. That suggests that the federal
government won't be making much money off this change, not that it
expected much, given the new costs to be incurred. Whether the
provinces can turn a buck from the new revenue stream remains to be
seen, since they'll bear most of the new costs.
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Terry Lake, the former B.C. health minister who oversaw the
declaration of a public-health emergency amid the deadly fentanyl
crisis, is urging more research on the effects of marijuana on opioid
Now a vice-president at a medical cannabis company, Lake said there is
preliminary evidence that shows marijuana can help people with
addictions reduce their use of hard drugs and ease the painful
symptoms of withdrawal.
"I'm not saying it's the answer to the opioid crisis. I'm saying it's
one of the options we should explore," said Lake, who chose not to run
in last spring's provincial election. "It's very promising and
deserving of further research and there's no better place to do that
than in British Columbia."
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Justin Trudeau says he's open to tightening federal
conflict-of-interest laws and strengthening the powers of
parliamentary watchdogs after a year in which both he and his Finance
Minister were reprimanded by Canada's ethics commissioner.
The Prime Minister made the comments at the conclusion of a cabinet
retreat in London, Ont., where the government drafted plans for the
final half of its first mandate.
The government is enjoying solid poll numbers and a strong economy,
but is coming off a year that ended with a finding by outgoing ethics
commissioner Mary Dawson that Mr. Trudeau violated federal ethics laws
by accepting a 2016 island vacation hosted by the Aga Khan.
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Young people are going to lose one of their last remaining ways to
stick it to The Man
How will marijuana legalization affect us? If only there were a way to
see the future, to look into a crystal bong, so to speak.
Well, we can, more or less. It's been legally sold in Colorado for
four years. Has it turned people there into zombies? Is there more
general giggling than there was before?
The sky hasn't fallen. Various studies indicate that teen consumption
hasn't increased (in fact, it's gone down, according to trusted news
source leafbuyer. com). Traffic fatalities continue on a downward
trend. That's what happens when everybody drives three miles an hour.
And with $230 million going into the treasury in 2016, tax revenues
are so high they can't feel their face.
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No time frame for what would be 'major change'
Ottawa * The Liberal government is looking at the possibility of
amnesty for people with pot possession convictions once marijuana is
legalized, according to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
"We're weighing all of the legal implications to make sure that we
fully understand all the dimensions of this and, when we're in a
position to make an announcement, we will do so," Goodale told
reporters during the Liberal cabinet retreat in London, Ont. Friday.
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The reluctance of the Saskatchewan Party government to come forward
with a fulsome policy on legal cannabis sales speaks to the discomfort
this conservative-minded administration is having with the subject
But it also demonstrates how this party's leadership race - and
perhaps other political considerations - have shut down the business
of governing for some time now.
The kindest grade one can give Monday's government announcement on
legal marijuana sales is "late" and "incomplete."
It avoided answering even the most basic question: At what age will
one be able to purchase marijuana in Saskatchewan, come its
legalization on July 1.
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They won't happen, though, until after July 1 legalization
LONDON, Ont. - Canadians convicted of simple marijuana possession will
have to wait until recreational pot is legalized on July 1 before
learning whether they'll be pardoned for something that will no longer
be a crime.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out Friday declaring an amnesty
before the new law goes into effect.
"We recognize that anyone who is currently purchasing marijuana is
participating in illegal activity that is funding criminal
organizations and street gangs," he told a news conference wrapping up
a twoday cabinet retreat.
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Amnesty for marijuana possession convictions could be in the cards for
Canadians, but not before recreational pot is legal.
That's the word from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who wrapped up a
two-day federal cabinet retreat in London on Friday.
With Trudeau and his cabinet in town, questions swirled around the
potential for a legal amnesty program that may offer Canadians relief
when it comes to criminal convictions for simple possession of marijuana.
The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana is just months
away from hitting London, with the first local pot shop set to open by
July 1. That's the same deadline that's been promised by the Liberal
government for legalization.
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A legal pot shop will open in Peterborough this summer and what a
report that goes to city council Monday night reveals is that most of
the local impacts are still unknown.
One concern for some municipalities is that they have no say on where
marijuana stores locate.
It's an old irritation: because municipalities are "creatures of the
province" zoning regulations cities normally use to direct where a
business can set up shop don't apply. Fortunately, that's not really a
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With legalization right around the corner, one P.A. resident wants to
help educate people on the benefits of marijuana
Mike McCaul is not your average cannabis activist.
McCaul, who moved to Prince Albert from Calgary in 2008, first began
using marijuana to help alleviate severe back problems. He rarely uses
cannabis these days as his injuries have healed, but his passion for
helping others understand the medical benefits remains.
"It's the education aspect and the health aspect, the benefits of it,"
McCaul explained. "Legalization is right around the corner, but I'm
trying to help people understand that there is a medical side to it."
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DP Leader Wab Kinew demanded Friday that provincial Health Minister
Kelvin Goertzen create safe consumption sites for injection drug users
in Winnipeg and other communities in Manitoba.
"There are people in our city who are dying," Kinew told
But Goertzen said in an emailed statement late Friday that he's not
considering establishing sites.
Kinew said deaths and overdoses from opioids and methamphetamine have
reached crisis proportions in Winnipeg.
"It's time for there to be a safe consumption site in Winnipeg," he
said. "We know safe consumption sites save lives."
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Addiction is a serious issue, but it shouldn't be a criminal one, says
"I just learned that my cousin overdosed at a friend's party. His
friends were afraid of calling 911 and left him alone. He was
eventually brought to the hospital but remained in a coma and died the
Biting her lips, my patient told me this painful news in the clinic. I
thought I wouldn't be hearing these kinds of tragedies again after the
Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act came into legislation last year.
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CHICAGO -- The Latest on lawsuit to allow 11-year-old to receive
marijuana treatment while at school.
The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it
will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical
marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure
The commitment made to Judge John Blakey on Friday came two days after
the student's parents sued Schaumburg-based District 54 and the state
for the girl's right to take medical marijuana at school. Illinois'
medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school
grounds or buses.
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Rob Baker, lead guitarist for the Tragically Hip, is chatting about
the surging market for cannabis-company stocks.
It's high dough - some might say too high. The short-term gains make
things all the more interesting for Mr. Baker, king of the northern
power chord, and now a stakeholder in the weed sector.
But he's more focused on the long-term prospects for Canada's new
recreational cannabis industry, and two companies in particular:
Newstrike Resources Ltd., a consumer-focused producer in which he and
his band mates have a significant ownership stake, and CanniMed
Therapeutics Inc., a medical-marijuana grower and distributor that has
launched a friendly bid for Newstrike. He's a firm supporter of the
transaction, which is not yet a sure thing.
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RE: Legalizing cannabis
I have witnessed the detrimental effects of smoking pot on a young
teenager diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder. The pot interfered
with his medication and he would become psychotic, often requiring
hospitalization. He continued to smoke pot despite the warnings from
his parents and doctors. He now boasts that smoking pot is a good
thing because the government has legalized it and there is even
As pot is a "gateway drug," he now uses other drugs as well. This
leads to his mental condition being out of control at times, but
because he is an adult now who has "rights" and because of the limited
beds available, he is sent home vulnerable and untreated.
With legalizing pot, I predict a rise in young people experiencing
psychotic behaviour and the hospitals unable to deal with this
increase. But hey, smoking pot must be a "good thing" because it is
Trudy Leclerc, Hamilton
Funding for pot shops needed after 'modest revenue' projections, says
The province and municipalities will incur up-front incremental costs
as a result of the federal government's decision to legalize
recreational marijuana, says Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
In a recent letter to municipalities identified by the province to
host initial cannabis retail stores by July, including Niagara Falls,
Sousa said "it appears unlikely" there will be enough revenue to cover
the costs associated with legalization.
He said with the conclusion of the federal government's consultation
with provinces and territories on the tax framework, the Ontario
government has a better understanding of the revenue share to address
the costs of legalization.
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Manitobans want municipalities to get half of pot revenue: survey
Most Manitobans believe municipalities should get at least half of the
revenues raised through recreational pot taxes, a new survey says.
A Probe Research poll commissioned by the Association of Manitoba
Municipalities found 59% of respondents believe municipal governments
should get between one half and all of the tax revenue from marijuana
sales. Another 24% felt they should get less than half of the revenue
and 16% weren't sure.
The total doesn't add up to 100%, due to rounding.
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Picture this: You're an injection drug user in Ottawa, and, you're
worried the next time you use, you might die. So, you head for the
Shepherds of Good Hope, where there's a special trailer. There, you
can use your drugs - and someone will save you if you overdose.
Upon arrival, though, there's a police cruiser outside. Apparently
it's there a lot, according to Ottawa Inner City Health, which runs
the site, and officers question staff and clients.
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Canada will be the greatest tourist destination for drug sales and
There is a lot of talk about legalizing the marijuana weed and other
Pay no attention to the narrow-minded, inconsiderate, uneducated
opposition aligned with the anti-democratic, misogynist, racist,
reactionary old school.
One thing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knows is drugs, and that's why
legalizing marijuana is a high priority for our Liberal Federal Government.
Considerate people like us have an obligation to command progress for
social change for the working class.
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Workers have been assaulted, but fear of raids stop some from calling
AFTER NEWS OF THE LATEST armed marijuana dispensary robbery, local
cannabis advocate Britney Guerra appealed through a media release for
any store owners who have been robbed to call police. The responses
she got back shocked her. She knew there were robberies going
unreported, but the problem was bigger than she suspected. Within 48
hours she had calls from four different Hamilton store owners who told
her they had been robbed - perhaps by the same people - in the last
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Dear editor: This is a response to Gord Marshall's wherein he states
"Pot smokers will hurt the water system" (Daily Courier, Jan. 9).
Mr. Marshall, your statement may or may not be true. From what I have
seen, pot smokers generally keep their roaches, as they are called
(not butts), because pot is expensive and the old roach material can
be used later in another joint or pipe. There is very little waste.
Also, people don't hang out on the corner drinking beer because there
are bars to go to, where you can relax and have a drink. Very
civilized. Looks like pot smokers will have no such luxury.
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Marijuana, cannabis, pot, whatever you want to call it, it will become
legal in Canada sometime this year following the U.S. where pot is
legal in several states.
I do not smoke pot or anything else. Two glasses of wine and I am
asleep. I do get high though watching the Patriots and the Red Sox
win. I am also asthmatic and any kind of smoke bothers me. There is a
lot of kerfuffle going on and this is my take on this hot topic.
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Norfolk moves to control odours from marijuana grow ops
SIMCOE - Norfolk County has opted for a low-key approach to the
regulation of marijuana grow operations.
Producers won't have to apply for a zoning amendment or defend their
applications at Norfolk council.
However, they will have to meet planning standards and ensure that
odours from their operations don't impact the surrounding
This is the route Norfolk council chose Tuesday after a discussion of
marijuana and its potentially negative impact on surrounding properties.
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The Kettlewell family has been in the business of selling alcohol for
decades. These days, the family owns 11 liquor stores in British Columbia.
Business has been good, as the Kettlewells have doubled the number of
their Jak's Beer Wine Spirits stores in the past five years. But what
most intrigues the Kettlewells these days is a new product: cannabis.
The emerging rules around the legalization of cannabis vary by
province. In general, governments will be heavily involved - and the
sale of cannabis will be kept apart from alcohol, following Ottawa's
recommendation. In B.C., however, a unique landscape is being
considered, one in which government-owned liquor stores, as well as
private liquor stores, sell cannabis. Alongside these stores,
currently illegal cannabis dispensaries might also be allowed to
operate in the legal market.
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Last month, the government of Ontario passed the Cannabis Act. It
gives the province a monopoly on the sale of recreational marijuana
through an estimated 150 stand alone stores to be run by the new
Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation.
While the new law piggybacks on the federal decision to legalize
recreational marijuana this summer, as well as a new
federal-provincial revenue sharing agreement that will give the
provinces and territories 75 per cent of federal marijuana revues, it
has not been without controversy. In the Ontario Legislature, 27
Progressive Conservatives opposed the law, citing concerns from police
associations that more financial support is required for law
enforcement. While the NDP supported the law, some of its MPPs
expressed concerns about the uncertainty of revenues to be provided to
municipalities, as well as the small number of store fronts (40) to be
opened this summer, which they see as inadequate to put a dent in the
existing black market.
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Whistler council gives first two readings to zoning amendment bylaw -
with more to come
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is starting down the long,
legislative road of legal recreational marijuana.
At its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 9, council gave the first two
readings to a zoning amendment bylaw concerning cannabis retail,
production and distribution - likely the first of many prior to
federal legalization of the substance in July.
With much still unknown about the full scope of legal cannabis in
Canada and B.C., the zoning bylaw is more a preemptive measure than
anything - it updates definitions to align with the new federal
Cannabis Act, and reinforces the current status quo in Whistler, which
limits cannabis production and distribution to a single site in
Function Junction (operated by the Whistler Medical Marijuana
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We are just a few months away from marijuana being legal for
recreational use in Ontario.
For legislators, one of the trickiest aspects of navigating the road
to legal pot, has been the question of how to handle/discourage
How much pot constitutes too much when it comes to cognitive ability?
What's the best way to test for it? A sobering poll, conducted last
year by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), suggests that when
it comes to public education on drugged driving, we have a long way to
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Legal marijuana, yes, but not in front of the kids: Poll
Canadians are comfortable with legal pot but would still be reluctant
to consume it in front of their families like they might alcohol, a
new Nanos Research poll shows.
The survey also found that almost seven out of 10 Canadians agree or
somewhat agree that there are medical benefits to marijuana.
Jay Rosenthal, President of Business of Cannabis - which commissioned
the poll and provides news and analysis of the sector in Canada - said
the most surprising finding to him was the high level of public
support or acknowledgement that the product has medicinal benefits.
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At some point this summer, Justin Trudeau expects to make good on his
promise to legalize recreational marijuana use across Canada.
The Senate thus-far has spoiled Trudeau's plans to kick off Canada Day
with a country-wide high, and may yet delay or otherwise thwart speedy
implementation of his Cannabis Act.
The provinces, meanwhile, are working to flesh out the regulatory
details that will govern the sale, purchase, distribution and use of
pot across the country.
However, the reality of marijuana legalization is fast approaching,
raising the question, how do Canadians feel about legal pot now that
it is upon us?
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Picture this: You're an injection drug user, and, you're worried the
next time you use, you might die. So, you head for the Shepherds of
Good Hope, where there's a special trailer. There, you can use your
drugs - and someone will save you if you overdose.
Upon arrival, though, there's a police cruiser outside. Apparently
it's there a lot, at least according to Ottawa Inner City Health,
which runs the injection site, and officers are questioning staff and
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I happened to spend three days over New Year's in Las Vegas. Work! On
the Star's dime!
What a pleasure it was to smoke indoors again, a rarity in our world,
with all the casinos tobacco-friendly. A city built on vice recognizes
that gamblers are smokers and drinkers.
But on New Year's Eve, when venturing out onto the Strip, I
immediately recoiled from the stench of cannabis.
Had forgotten that Nevada is one of eight American states where
recreational marijuana is now legal. Clark County, in which Vegas is
situated, boats some 80 dispensaries selling recreational (as opposed
to medical) pot. Anyone over the age of 21 can buy up to one ounce of
cannabis (or one-eighth-ounce of concentrate) at a time.
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Will the selling of marijuana in liquor stores result in poor health
outcomes, higher health costs and more impaired driving?
The answer, according to two credible and well-respected medical
professionals, is a resounding "yes," and it's an answer they are
trying to get the NDP government to sit up and take notice of.
Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s long-serving chief provincial health
officer, and Dr. Marcus Lem, the chairman of the Health Officers
Council of B.C., are leading the charge against what is a widespread
assumption that liquor stores will indeed be the primary outlet for
the sales of cannabis once it becomes legal on July 1st.
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Editor's Note: This story is part of a series on the birth of a new Nova
Scotia industry: Legal pot cultivation.
Nova Scotia pain researchers are looking to key into the body's own
systems for relief through new products based on cannabinoids like
those in cannabis.
A research team has founded a company called Panag Pharma Inc. to
develop non-addictive, effective topical pain relievers that will be
available over the counter.
Company president Dr. Mary Lynch is a professor at Dalhousie
University and director of research in the pain management unit of the
QEII Health Sciences Centre.
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Adverse childhood experiences linked to drug abuse, says TrinaLarsen
The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis to hit B.C. in
decades. Upwards of four people a day are dying of overdoses, usually
due to fentanyl poisoning of the street drug supply.
To date the B.C. government has committed $322 million to address the
crisis, including opening more supervised consumption sites, providing
naloxone kits, urging people not to use alone, and trying to stop
tainted drugs from coming into B.C.
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Corrections officials have antidote available for potential
Fentanyl has been found within all the province's adult correctional
centres, a provincial spokesman has confirmed.
The drug has made the news repeatedly, blamed for a rash of deaths
throughout the country. As with other trends in the illegal drug
world, Saskatchewan has been far from immune, having witnessed a
number of deaths and non-fatal overdoses related to this and other
Drew Wilby, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said one other
pattern has proved true here - that what's available on the streets is
also available in jail.
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Let's shift our approach, writes Dr. Trina Larsen Soles
The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis to hit in
One potential response, in addition to opening more supervised
consumption sites, providing better access to Naloxone kits, urging
people not to use alone, and trying to stop tainted drugs from being
accessible - could be to deepen our public understanding and shift our
approach to a more compassionate and effective outcome: recognizing
and addressing the underlying role of adverse childhood experiences
and how they make individuals more vulnerable to substance use.
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Re Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1, Poll
Finds (Jan. 3): Yet again, we're told that Canadians do not want to
rush our municipalities, provinces and country into legalized marijuana.
In the more than two years since the election of a government
supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana, reactionary
talking heads have taken every opportunity to stall and delay the
We have had more than ample time to discuss the important issues and
prepare as well as can be expected for the legal sale and distribution
of cannabis in Canada. California, a state with a population greater
than Canada, voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November of
2016 and the product is already available for purchase in their state.
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Re. "Opioids kill hundreds," Dec. 28
This is a terrible tragedy and health professionals need to be
supported in their evidence-based efforts to prevent these deaths.
However, this story, like many media reports, inaccurately frames the
approval of four supervised drug injection sites in Edmonton as a
"positive development" in efforts to prevent these deaths.
In contrast, the Journal's headline on the day after these sites were
announced was "Injection sites may do little for fentanyl crisis,
experts say" (Feb. 23, 2017).
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Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focusing on
people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry.
Fish urine is the secret sauce that will allow some 50,000 cannabis
plants to thrive in Liverpool. We'll get to that momentarily. Myrna
Gillis, founder and president of Aqualitas, reported recently her
company had collected $8.7 million from investors across Canada and
the United States.
Three years into the making, and Gillis says Aqualitas has its sights
set on a cultivating licence next month, allowing a minimum of 60
people to go to work in a job-starved area that was devastated by the
closure of the Bowater newsprint mill in 2012. The Aqualitis plant
itself occupies the former Bowater site.
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Re: "Marijuana isn't without its risks," Letter, Jan. 4.
As is typical of marijuana scaremongers, Jack Falk misconstrues the
fact that marijuana metabolites are detectable in the body for a
longer period than alcohol. The effects of marijuana (the high, if you
will), however, are fairly short-lived (two to three hours if smoked,
six to 12 hours if ingested). The letter writer needs to educate
himself a little before making such easily repudiated claims.
Ted Tarrant, Calgary
The B.C. government will soon be weeding through resumes as the
province looks to hire the right people to run its marijuana-sales
The province will be the sole wholesale distributor of recreational
pot through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch when cannabis becomes
legal across Canada, which is expected to happen this summer.
The B.C. Public Service Agency is advertising two jobs - executive
director and director of merchandising - for the liquor branch's
Qualifications for the executive director job, which pays between
$126,000 and $140,000 a year, include having a post-secondary degree
in a related field and "several years of progressive senior leadership
experience" in leading a wholesale and retail division.
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