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1 CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Adshade, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:08/15/2017

Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products

This isn't your grandma's home remedy.

Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.

"If you eat that ice cream, you're going to feel very, very relaxed. We've got people in their 80s coming in here," said Hank Merchant, chief executive officer of HBB Medical - a medicinal pot dispensary in Stellarton that opened several weeks ago.

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2 CN NS: City Looks Into Pot PlanningMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:95 Added:08/15/2017

Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization

Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality.

In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.

The federal government introduced legislation to legalize marijuana this spring. The bill passed first and second reading, and was referred to committee for further debate. The government intends to bring the law into effect no later than July 2018.

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3 CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot PlansFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:98 Added:08/15/2017

Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws

The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation.

In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.

It's all being done in anticipation of the federal legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018.

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4 CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong CharacterMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hawthorn, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:08/15/2017

Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79.

Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.

Musician and marijuana aficionado Tommy Chong became familiar with the officer's reputation in Vancouver in the late 1960s. With comedic partner Richard (Cheech) Marin, he created the character Sgt. Stadanko (sometimes written Stedenko), a caricatured foil to good-natured hippies who were seeking only to get high. The character was portrayed to outrageous effect by a flat-topped Stacy Keach in the smash 1978 comedy Up in Smoke.

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5 CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The WayMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Lett, Dan Area:Manitoba Lines:134 Added:08/15/2017

IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally.

Shoppers Drug Mart.

Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.

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6 CN MB: PUB LTE: Slow Movement On MarijuanaMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Vorauer, Jack Area:Manitoba Lines:35 Added:08/15/2017

Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than 100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does.

Their products are still there today; all of them are the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.

It says this on each package, and they are sold everywhere.

Marijuana is a green plant not loaded with chemicals to keep it burning, as cigarettes are, and does not cause any kind of cancer. It also has some medical qualities that are useful and some qualities that have to be controlled, (but) not as much as alcohol.

Months to "get it right" is not difficult. They should call this "The Marijuana Waltz."

Jack Vorauer

Winnipeg

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7 CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Hasn't Caused An Overdose DeathMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:08/15/2017

Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.

It's the "safest therapeutic substance known to man … safer than most foods," wrote DEA judge Francis Young after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony.

U.S. states that have legalized weed have had significant drops in opioid use and overdoses.

So don't fear the weed, Canada, embrace it. You'll be much better off.

Jeff Meyers, Westlake Village, Calif.

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8 CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge ResponseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:08/15/2017

Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey.

Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.

The survey, which sought feedback on people's priorities - road safety, eliminating the black market or keeping pot away from minors, for example - closed July 31.

The federal government wants to make recreational cannabis legal by July 2018, but many key decisions have to be made by provinces - such as where and how the drug can be sold or how products should be taxed.

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9CN BC: OPED: Leadership On Drugs Desperately NeededMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McPhie, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Action, not words, is what we need to fix problem writes Michael McPhie.

Like most of us in B.C. over the past few months my attention has been focused on the goings on in Victoria and, more recently, the significant effect from the wildfires.

I have to commend both the province and the federal government for their response to the wildfire situation. It has really been quite extraordinary and I'm sure has saved many homes and ultimately lives. It clearly demonstrates what is possible when focus and resources are provided in a timely manner.

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10CN ON: Toronto Gets First Safe Injection SiteMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Warnica, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

It's unofficial - but welcome

The tent went up at ten to four on Sunday - a big tan tarp slung over a metal base in the last ungentrified sliver of Toronto's downtown.

Around it, tattooed volunteers shifted supplies: black naloxone kits, water bottles, baggies stuffed with sterilized needles and gear.

"Don't you think this is so cool," Angie Austin said to a group of friends sitting on the grass nearby. "What is it?" one replied. "It is," she said, "a safe injection site."

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11US: Editorial: Opioids A National Problem -- And So Is TrumpFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Taking a break from his provocative tweets on North Korea, President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid addiction epidemic a national emergency, heeding Gov. Chris Christie's suggestion as part of Christie's work with a special presidential commission on opioid abuse.

It was a welcome step by Trump, albeit a bit unexpected; as recently as Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Trump would not make the emergency declaration because it was unnecessary. But as is so often the case with Trump, even sensible policy is layered with impulsiveness, hypocrisy and a general sense of cluelessness.

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12 US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For TennesseeSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Author:Wadhwani, Anita Area:Tennessee Lines:165 Added:08/15/2017

The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade.

Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.

Experts say physicians and family members are more likely to overlook addiction in senior citizens -- even after opioids require a trip to the hospital.

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13 CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin IncreaseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:08/15/2017

The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London.

Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.

One agency blames the spike on the province tightening the prescription drugs it covers under a program for people on social assistance and seniors, which has driven some users to heroin instead.

"I've never known it (heroin) here. Now it is," said Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, whose work includes a drug needle exchange program. "Heroin is here and I don't see it disappearing anytime soon."

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14 CN MB: Hidden DangerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:74 Added:08/15/2017

Family finds drug paraphernalia tucked away in hotel room

A Winnipeg hotel is changing protocols for housekeeping staff after a family found a syringe and "rocks" of drugs inside their room last weekend.

Nicole Hamm said her husband Neil located drugs and paraphernalia hidden on a ledge underneath the bathroom sink of their Victoria Inn Winnipeg hotel room last Saturday. In photos and video posted to Facebook by Nicole Hamm, a syringe is visible, as are three white "rocks" of an undetermined substance placed in spoons.

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15 CN MB: Under CoverSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Billeck, Scott Area:Manitoba Lines:76 Added:08/15/2017

RCMP add fentanyl protective gear

Manitoba's 1,080 front-line RCMP officers are getting an added layer of protection in the fight against fentanyl and other opioid exposure in the province.

The Manitoba government is investing nearly $54,000 on new personal protective equipment, which the RCMP say will be available to each of their front-line officers by the end of the year.

The new equipment kit, paid for by the criminal property forfeiture fund, includes respiratory and eye protection.

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16 CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalized Drugs Are Best Way To Save LivesSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Randell, Alan Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:08/15/2017

Re: "Consumption sites save lives," editorial, Aug. 9.

The answer to ending the fentanyl crisis was given in the editorial, but even as it quoted the words from Jack Phillips of the Society of Illicit Drug Users, it seemed to be oblivious to the message. The editorial quoted his words: "As long as people are using crap drugs, they will overdose and continue to die."

Phillips might well have continued to say that the best way to ensure that users have access to safe drugs is to put an end to drug prohibition and legalize all recreational drugs, but perhaps that was considered too radical for the tender souls at the Times Colonist editorial department.

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17 CN ON: Editorial: A Sensible Approach To Dealing With Drug AbuseSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/15/2017

In the wake of a recent spike in drug deaths in Toronto, municipal politicians have suddenly gone into overdrive suggesting ways to combat this scourge.

In the space of a week we went from Mayor John Tory leading a plan to speed up the completion of three previously approved supervised drug injection sites in Toronto, to Board of Health Chairman Joe Mihevc suggesting it's time to consider decriminalizing heroin and other drugs.

Clearly, it's time for everyone to slow down.

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18 CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On OverdosesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/15/2017

People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency."

Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.

At a news conference Friday beside a laundromat in a hardscrabble section of downtown Toronto, community health workers, drug users and anti-poverty activists were also united in their call to end the criminalization of drug use.

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19 CN ON: Harm Reduction Workers Want Action On Toronto Opioid 'Crisis'Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:08/15/2017

TORONTO - Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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20 CN ON: Advocates Call For Interim Drug-Use Sites In TorontoSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:08/15/2017

The city is also being urged to declare a public-health emergency amid a string of overdoses and suspected related deaths

Harm-reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim supervised drug-use spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public-health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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