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1 CN ON: Workplace Ban On Medical Pot Frustrates WorkerMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:02/04/2017

WINDSOR - Joshua Jacquot says his employer won't allow him, during working hours, to take the medication he needs to cope with depression and anxiety because that medication is medical marijuana.

It's doctor-prescribed and legal, and according to the 23-year-old assembly line worker, "it seems to be the only thing that works."

But he said when he informed Ventra Assembly several months ago he wanted to take it at work, he was told, "no," to use regular prescribed drugs instead. Jacquot said he's already tried them and they don't help. He went off on sick leave in November, he said, and continues to fight, because he can't use the medication he needs at work.

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2 US WI: PUB LTE: Pot Referendum Should Be WelcomedMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Author:Storck, Gary Area:Wisconsin Lines:33 Added:02/04/2017

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, recently introduced legislation that would place an advisory referendum on the November 2018 general election ballot asking state voters if they support legalizing medical cannabis.

In 2012, after Washington and Colorado voters passed initiatives legalizing cannabis for adult use, the Associated Press published an article looking at potential legalization in other states.

Wisconsin was included: "Republican Gov. Scott Walker said ... he's not interested in legalizing marijuana. The only way he sees it happening is if state residents approve the idea in a referendum similar to Colorado and Washington."

Walker has not weighed in on the advisory referendum proposal since it was introduced, but his 2012 comments to the AP certainly suggest he should welcome Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Taylor's proposal to let voters decide.

Gary Storck, Madison

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3 CN BC: High Interest In Higher Education On CannabisMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:02/04/2017

Kwantlen offers unique course as legalization on the horizon

A continuing studies course that began as a joke two years ago has attracted more than 500 students who see medical marijuana as a growing job opportunity.

"With 2,000 producers waiting for their licences, there are huge employment possibilities within the industry," said Laura Armstrong, who has a masters in horticulture science and experience working in cut flower greenhouses. She's currently completing Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Cannabis Professional Series online course.

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4CN BC: B.C. Health Officer Backs Prescription HeroinTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

Prescribing medicinal heroin to prevent overdose deaths might appear to clash with common sense, but the provincial health officer in B.C. is backing the idea because he says European-style drug treatment programs work.

The arrival of the powerful opioid fentanyl drove B.C.'s death toll to a new peak last year of 914 overdose deaths, almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 deaths recorded by the provincial coroner in 2015.

Dr. Perry Kendall said he wants support from colleagues in health care and law enforcement to push the province to create treatment programs that prescribe a pharmaceutical-grade version of heroin, called diacetylmorphine. "It may be counterintuitive for people, but they have been shown to improve functioning, improve physical health, improve mental health," said Kendall. "They certainly get people out of illegal drug markets and many of those people have gone on to have relatively stable lives."

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5CN AB: Researcher Links Playing Sports To Substance AbuseMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Clare Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

Athletes who compete at an elite level may be at greater risk of substance abuse, a University of Alberta researcher says.

Laurie de Grace, who has interviewed 21 people recovering from addiction, wants to raise awareness about the potential link between athleticism and the use of drugs and alcohol.

"I was really surprised by the large number of people who had a substantial sports background," she said.

Her research, published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, focused on athletes who played sports such as hockey, rowing and baseball.

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6 CN BC: Don't Call Us Junkies Or Addicts: Illicit Drug Users Say LingoSun, 29 Jan 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:01/29/2017

Calling someone a junkie was once the norm, but many people who use illicit drugs and those who treat them say the word addict is just as stigmatizing.

At the Crosstown Clinic, which provides pharmaceutical heroin treatment for people hooked on the opioid, someone has crossed out "addicts" on a notice posted by a group called the Addicts Union and substituted "patients."

Dr. Scott MacDonald, lead physician at Crosstown, said the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders no longer lists the term addict.

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7 CN ON: OPP Veteran Found GuiltyFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Bales, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:122 Added:01/27/2017

Sgt. Dan Mulligan fought charges of discreditable conduct, insubordination

An OPP sergeant who stood before two professional standards bureau tribunals in the fall has found out his fate in both cases.

Sgt. Dan Mulligan, a 30-year veteran of the OPP, has been found guilty of two counts of discreditable conduct, one count of breach of confidence and one count of insubordination stemming from the two hearings. He was found not guilty on a second count of insubordination.

Supt. Greg Walton heard the case for one count of discreditable conduct and two counts of insubordination, Nov. 28 and 29 in Orillia. Walton issued his ruling Monday.

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8CN BC: Opioid Clinic Saves Lives, Client SaysFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/27/2017

Vancouver's medical-heroin program was modelled after treatment started in Switzerland in 1990s

The smell of rubbing alcohol permeates a tiny room where chronic heroin users inject a pharmaceutical-grade version of the drug three times a day just to feel normal.

Justin Hall, 48, exits the freshly cleaned injection room at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after his second visit of the day. He plans to return in the evening for his third "shift," the same routine he has followed for 2 1/2 years.

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9 CN ON: Sarnia Judge Rules Search Of Teen UnlawfulFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:01/27/2017

The search of a teenager by Sarnia police as a common practice for detained persons was ruled unlawful leading to dismissal of drug charges in Sarnia court this week. Sarnia police were raiding a family member's house in 2015 when the adult teenager was seen leaving the premise. The teenager was detained by an officer and asked if he had anything to harm an officer. The teen said he had cocaine and "weed." A search - which the officer testified was for officer safety - turned up cocaine and marijuana.

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10CN ON: Employer Balks At Medical PotFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/27/2017

Worker ponders taking case to human rights commission

Joshua Jacquot says his employer won't allow him during working hours to take the medication he needs to cope with depression and anxiety because that medication is medical marijuana.

It's doctor-prescribed and legal, and according to the 23-year-old assembly line worker, "it seems to be the only thing that works."

But he said when he informed Ventra Assembly several months ago that he wanted to take it at work, he was told, "no," to use regular prescribed drugs instead. He said he's already tried them and they don't help. He went off on sick leave in November, he said, and continues to fight, because he can't use the medication he needs at work.

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