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1CN AB: Cannabis Operations Shut Down By Police, Multiple Charges LaidFri, 22 Dec 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2017

Owner of one business said he 'wanted to be a role model' for future dispensaries

City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis operations, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.

"I really wanted to be a role model for the city and to get this done right. I wanted them to work with me, not against me," David Tiefenbach, one of the owners of MediJoint, 7809 109 St., said Thursday.

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2 CN AB: Police Shut Down Two DispensariesFri, 22 Dec 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:12/27/2017

Several people now face drugrelated charges

It's not legal yet.

Police sent out a stern warning Thursday after shutting down two cannabis dispensaries in south Edmonton - including one that required prescriptions for purchase - and making several arrests.

"We want the owners and employees of these illegal cannabis operations to be aware that they're breaking the law, and that we'll continue to enforce that law until such time those laws are changed," said Edmonton Police Service Insp. Shane Perka.

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3 CN ON: Police Chief Larkin Reflects On 2017Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:169 Added:12/18/2017

'A year of growth … year of finding our feet'

WATERLOO REGION - When police chief Bryan Larkin talks about harm reduction and being more humane with the drug user, he gets pushback.

When he suggests supervised injection sites may be an alternative to help users take their drugs safely and the site will save lives, he gets pushback.

And when he flies the Pride flag at police headquarters, he gets pushback. In each case, he gets criticism from people in the community and sometimes from officers, too.

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4 CN NS: People Growing Their Own Pot Problematic For Police ChiefThu, 14 Dec 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Nikki Area:Nova Scotia Lines:35 Added:12/17/2017

He may not be able to change it but that doesn't mean he has to like the new law allowing people to grow their own pot plants.

"Personal cultivation is something I personally really struggle with as a citizen, a parent and a police chief," Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac said during the recent Police Commissioners meeting.

"It's a view shared pretty consistently in the policing community across the country."

When the Cannabis Act comes into effect in July 2018, Canadian adults will be allowed to grow four plants at home, up to a height of 100 cm. This is about waist high on an average adult.

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5CN ON: OPED: Police Fume Over Pot Shop ConundrumSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Kirkland, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Officers can't nab owners because of resource woes, says Doug Kirkland

A Citizen report Nov. 18 quotes Judge Norm Boxall on the Ottawa Police Service's failure to charge the owners and backers of illegal marijuana distribution shops.

Sentencing a young budtender from a Rideau Street shop, he said: "I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary."

I understand the context of his statements, but the judge, despite his distinguished legal background, has the wrong target.

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6CN ON: Teenager Killed After Visit To Crack Den, Police SayWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot, cops say

Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.

Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student, died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.

Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.

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7CN ON: Ministry Audit Finds Police Handling Of Drug Evidence CompliesTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Battagello, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

An audit released Monday by the Windsor Police Services Board shows the recent handling of evidence in cases involving street drugs has been in compliance and largely free of errors.

But the audit performed over two months this summer by Ontario's Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services made 11 recommendations for improvements, and all but one have already been implemented, said Chief Al Frederick.

The audit was triggered at the request of Frederick and the police board following questions that were raised over the 2013 disappearance of $25,000 in cocaine from a drug vault under officers' control.

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8CN QU: Police Not Ready To Test Drivers For Pot: UnionsSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/22/2017

Few Quebec police officers are trained to determine whether drivers are under the influence of marijuana, a federation of cop unions says.

"Police services are simply not ready" for cannabis legalization, Robin Cote, president of the 4,500-member Federation des policiers et policieres municipaux du Quebec (FPMQ), said on Friday.

The FPMQ issued a plea for more training a day after the provincial government presented its pot-legalization bill.

Under Quebec's plan, there would be zero-tolerance for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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9 CN BC: Column: Police Facing Variety Of Issues As Feds Move ToWed, 22 Nov 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Dubord, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:11/22/2017

Having worked as a police officer for many years, I have to admit, it requires a shift in thinking to look at marijuana as a legal substance.

Countless policing hours were dedicated to keeping it out of our homes, schools and communities, but the future will be different.

Since the federal government announcement earlier this year, the law enforcement community began work to determine what public safety issues might arise with the availability of legal marijuana. Much of the public discourse was simple: legalize it, regulate it, tax it and use the revenues for everything, from health care to education spending. Unfortunately, it is not that simple from a public safety perspective, and the Delta police, along with our policing partners have done a great deal of work to identify and address key issues.

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10CN AB: Alberta Police Chiefs Concerned Over Lack Of Roadside TestingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Alberta's police chiefs are feeling "overwhelmed" figuring out how to adjust policing practices ahead of marijuana legalization, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said.

"The timelines are extremely tight," Knecht said outside an Edmonton Police Commission meeting at city hall on Thursday.

In an open letter, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police warned the scheduled July 1, 2018, legalization leaves "insufficient time for the full consideration necessary in the creation of the regulatory framework to ensure the safety of Albertans."

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11 CN ON: LTE: Pot Will Complicate Police EnforcementThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:11/21/2017

When Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana he said that this was the best way to keep this dangerous drug away from our children by curbing black market sales.

As we have seen with the sale of cigarettes, after tens of millions spent fighting against organized crime's involvement selling illicit smokes, the battle is far from won.

Organized crime is involved in growing and selling pot in Colorado and Washington states and will do the same here. This has been made easier for criminal groups, as anyone is entitled to grow four plants; virtually impossible to police.

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12CN AB: Ex-Police Chief Trying To Ensure Sale Of Pot Done RightThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/11/2017

Rick Hanson spent four decades in policing - more than seven of those years as Calgary's chief - where he made a career out of fighting organized crime and the local drug trade. Nearly three years into his retirement, it may come as a surprise he is now involved in the cannabis industry.

But Hanson said Wednesday he is among a growing number of former senior police officers across Canada who are leveraging their experiences to ensure legalization is done safely while eliminating criminals from the supply chain.

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13CN BC: Legalized Pot Expected To Have 'Significant Impact' On PoliceWed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/06/2017

Legalizing marijuana will dramatically increase the workload for police forces across the country, says Victoria Police Chief Del Manak.

"The Cannabis Act will legalize cannabis, and I can assure you that the work for the police department and every police agency across this country is going to exponentially increase," Manak told city councillors during a budget workshop on Tuesday.

Efforts to keep drugs out of the hands of organized crime and youth and to deal with drivers who are impaired by cannabis "will not happen overnight," Manak said.

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14CN BC: Municipalities, Police Seek Cut Of Pot RevenueSun, 29 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2017

Province receiving input on legalized marijuana rules

Police departments and local governments are asking British Columbia for a cut of marijuana revenue as the province crafts regulations for legalized pot.

The provincial government asked for public input last month as it develops new rules. Submissions are posted online and will be accepted until Wednesday.

Feedback so far includes recommendations from Port Coquitlam and View Royal, on Vancouver Island, for pot profits to be directed to municipalities to address costs associated with enforcement.

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15CN BC: Courtenay Mayor Gets Death Threats After Police Shut Pot ShopFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Courtenay's mayor has received death threats from people upset that the RCMP shut down the community's first cannabis dispensary.

Mayor Larry Jangula said someone posted online comments threatening to shoot him after inaccurate information that he had directed Comox Valley RCMP to raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on Wednesday circulated on social media.

"It's been a very upsetting day," Jangula said.

He said he has been threatened during his 27-year policing career, but never in his role as mayor.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For MarijuanaSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:10/11/2017

Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being concerned over the potential harm to young people.

Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.

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17 CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For PoliceTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:MacAlpine, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:09/29/2017

The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday.

Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.

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18 CN ON: Complaints Drive Pot Shop Raids, Police ClaimMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:09/27/2017

A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says.

Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law, charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.

But unlike the spring crackdown on pot shops, when police raided five dispensaries across the city, last week's clampdown only targeted the Richmond Row operation, leaving London's four other dispensaries unscathed.

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19 CN SN: Police Chief Finds Fault With Pot PlanFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:111 Added:09/27/2017

Police asking for more time before marijuana legalized, Troy Cooper tells chamber

Police Chief Troy Cooper has gone from doubtful to critical on Ottawa's marijuana plan, rejecting some key parts of the legislation and saying he's "nervous" about next summer's legalization deadline.

Cooper has long seemed hesitant over marijuana legalization. Thursday, the day of his speech to the Chamber of Commerce, was perhaps his clearest expression of frustration over the pace of the federal plan - which foresees legal weed by July 2018. "We've asked, as a police service, please give us more time," he told the audience of local business leaders gathered at the Wildlife Federation building.

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20 CN ON: Police Swoop Down On New City Pot Shop, Arrest FiveThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/26/2017

A police crackdown on London's most brazen new marijuana dispensary was inevitable, and residents shouldn't expect legalization to put an end to those raids, one pot advocate said.

Police descended on the London Relief Centre Wednesday morning, arresting five. A woman who witnessed the raid said more than half a dozen officers burst through the door about 10 a.m., yelling for everyone to get out of the Richmond Row business.

"It was pretty scary. They just kind of came out of nowhere," said Paula, a customer who didn't want to give her full name. "I'm still a little rattled."

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21 CN BC: PUB LTE: Police Chiefs Should Simply Enforce The LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Magee, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Postpone legal pot, police exhort feds," Sept. 13.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police seem to see their role as being an obstruction to the implementation of public policy. To this end, they want a delay of at least six months in the legalization of marijuana. They say this is necessary in order to train officers and certify more officers to conduct roadside tests.

Their overriding concern with the legalization of marijuana is a dramatic increase in the number of people driving stoned. Let me assure them this will not happen. They can sleep peacefully, without the fear that hordes of stoned zombies are suddenly going to be driving amok on our streets. Nothing is going to change. The simple fact is, people have been getting high for 50 years. The reason marijuana is being legalized is because almost everyone already uses it.

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22 CN ON: Police Call On Ottawa To Delay Cannabis LegalizationWed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:09/13/2017

Canada's police services say there is zero chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for legalized marijuana by next summer.

Officials from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Saskatoon Police Service are among dozens of witnesses testifying to the House of Commons health committee this week as it studies the government's bill to legalize marijuana.

They said on Tuesday they need more time to properly train officers about the new laws and more than double the number of police officers who are certified to conduct roadside drug-impaired driving testing. There also needs to be more time for public education, the police said.

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23CN ON: Police Scramble To Train Officers For Legal PotWed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Smith, Marie-Danielle Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

Market needs legal structure, official says

OTTAWA - Police are warning it could be "impossible" for law enforcement to get trained up in time for legal marijuana in July 2018.

Testifying at a House of Commons health committee Tuesday, police leaders expressed concerns about the Liberal government's impending deadline to create a legal weed market. Organizations will need to know the new laws and regulations backwards and forwards before they can prepare their officers for duty, they said.

Mike Serr, deputy chief constable and chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police drug advisory committee, said the government should consider extending its deadline. "We ask that established legislative framework be put in place prior to legalization that will provide law enforcement with clear direction and assistance regarding funding and training," he said.

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24 CN ON: LTE: Request To PoliceFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Voellmecke, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:09/12/2017

I have a simple request of the Ottawa police in regard to the "safe" injection site and marijuana shops: Stop interpreting the law and enforce it.

Surely, not too much to ask!

Gary Voellmecke


(You wouldn't think so, but here we are.)


25 CN NS: Tasty Budds Store Searched By PoliceWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:47 Added:09/01/2017

Four arrested by officers in Cole Harbour dispensary

One day after Tasty Budds reopened its five Nova Scotia locations following police raids last week, one of them has again been searched by police.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke confirmed to Metro Tuesday afternoon that police searched the Tasty Budds location in Cole Harbour.

"We arrested four people, one of whom will be in court tomorrow morning in Dartmouth," Clarke said.

Charges are expected against that one person, and Clarke said police will be naming them on Wednesday.

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26 CN NS: Tasty Budds President Apologizes After Police Raids And DrugMon, 28 Aug 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Nova Scotia Lines:74 Added:08/31/2017

Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin is "very sorry" about alleged illegal activities that police say were occuring at his company's storefronts.

"We want to be very clear that the alleged illegal activity was occuring at one Tasty Budds location (Sackville Location)," reads a written statement sent to The Chronicle Herald and attributed to Mal McMeekin.

"This only came to our attention through the recent police activity and investigation. This is a gross violation of our code of conduct, our ethics, and everything that Tasty Budds stands for."

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27CN ON: Police Raids Can't Prune Pot Shop NumbersMon, 28 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2017

Ottawa police cracked down on the city's illegal marijuana shops last week, raiding three of them.

All three establishments restocked their shelves and opened again, demonstrating how difficult it has become to control the growth of dispensaries.

There are at least 19 shops in Ottawa, more than when police began raiding them almost a year ago. The dispensaries are popping up across Canada in advance of the federal government's pledge to legalize recreational pot by July 2018.

Some Ottawa shop employees say they don't fear being arrested for drug trafficking.

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28CN AB: Justice Minister Praises Police Drug WorkWed, 23 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/23/2017

Alberta's justice minister says the province's law enforcement communities are having to "constantly" adapt in their efforts to combat the evolving methods of illicit drug manufacturers.

Following news that health workers have found possible fentanyl-laced stickers in Calgary and Edmonton, Kathleen Ganley told reporters that police are doing a "very good job" of staying on top of emerging drug trends.

That vigilance on the part of authorities is key, Ganley says.

"It's like this with most types of drugs, they're sort of constantly adapting to continue to try to keep those hidden and we're having to constantly adapt to continue to try to find those. We'll continue to use intelligence to move forward."

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29 CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot ShopFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blackmore, Olivia Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:08/19/2017

Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue.

The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.

"I am writing you today with respect to the CanaGreen marijuana location at 102 McEwen Ave. in my ward, its ongoing illegal activities and the repeated break-in events that have occurred there," Taylor said Thursday in his letter, which he also posted on Twitter.

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30 CN ON: LTE: Disputed Drug Bust Justified, Police SayFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Renwick, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/15/2017

Re: 'I lost everything': Ottawa man loses home after false fentanyl bust, Ottawa Citizen, July 31.

The Caldwell Avenue apartment was well known to both Ottawa Police patrol officers and Ottawa Community Housing due to the heavy traffic and disruptive drug activities. Officers and paramedics were dispatched twice to the apartment in April 2017 for people who had overdosed.

In light of prevalent drug consumption at the apartment and concerns for public safety, the Ottawa Police Drug Unit began an investigation into the suspected sale of controlled substances. A thorough investigation confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking, and a search warrant was executed on April 25.

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31CN ON: Column: Police Should Make Amends To Royston ChristieFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

The scourge of fentanyl has hit the nation's capital with devastating consequences, and kudos to Ottawa police for going into overdrive to bring to justice the criminals who traffic in this deadly drug. But there is no excuse for what they did to Royston Christie after a drug raid at his Caldwell Avenue home.

And it is a shame that months later, nobody has raised a finger to support a man wrongly accused of dealing drugs and then left homeless to boot. Ottawa police have sent a letter to the Citizen (see below, left) giving their take on the arrest, but it still doesn't answer the fundamental question about Christie's treatment.

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32CN ON: Ex-police Chief Applauds Drug ProgramThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.

White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless.

"I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger discussion around addiction," White said.

"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of crime."

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33CN BC: Police Issue Warning, Fearing Public Will Get Caught Up InFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

The sun was setting on Coal Harbour last week when the Vancouver police marine squad took special notice of a charter boat called the Magic Charm.

Aboard the vessel were dozens of young men, some of whom were linked to the Red Scorpion gang. Several had chest tattoos reading "My brother's keeper."

The anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was called in to check the party boat crowd when it docked beside the Westin Bayshore around 9 p.m. on July 25. It was another tense interaction between the police and some of those involved in the

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34 CN AB: Property Crime Increases Are Due To Drugs, Police SaySat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:07/29/2017

Property crimes of all sorts have increased in 2016, according to statistics included within the Medicine Hat Police's 2016 annual report published last week - numbers police say are linked together with the increased amount of meth and opiates being seen in the city.

"The biggest thing is thefts of convenience," said Insp. Brent Secondiak of the MHPS. "They will take stuff to make money that's convenient for them ... they won't do a lot of work for it."

"They will steal stuff from vehicles that are left open, they'll steal stuff from bicycles left in the yard."

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35 CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For PoliceWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:07/28/2017

A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector.

"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.

In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a 563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.

While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness, Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to other drugs.

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36 CN AB: Police Chief Encouraged By Crime DipWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:07/28/2017

Calgary's police chief said his officers haven't changed their approach when it comes to marijuana, despite a slight dip in pot-related crimes being reported in 2016.

Numbers released yesterday by Statistics Canada show Calgary's police-reported crime declined significantly last year, unlike other major Canadian cities which mostly saw an increase.

Alberta also saw a drop in the homicide rate, with 17 fewer homicides in 2016 than 2015. Calgary's crime rate was down 1 per cent from 2015 numbers, which Chief Roger Chaffin called 'encouraging.'

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37 CN MB: Police Can Confirm Pot Licences 24-7Wed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Hitchen, Ian Area:Manitoba Lines:98 Added:07/21/2017

Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce and possess medicinal marijuana.

The department's ability to notify police of those who legitimately possess cannabis for that purpose was recently criticized in a lawsuit launched by a Brandon couple whose legal medical grow-op was mistakenly raided by RCMP.

"Health Canada negligently administered a system of license retention and issuance notification by failing to establish and maintain proper protocols for notice to arresting authorities … as to the legitimacy of licenses such as those held by persons such as the plaintiffs, and the plaintiffs in particular," Jerry Pomehichuk and Brenda Wakefield assert in their statement of claim.

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38 CN ON: Mohawk Police Tackle Pot IssueWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:07/14/2017

Police chief Ron Maracle said there is a plan of action, but won't say what it is

The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate 'proactive policing' to address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

"There is a plan of action, but I'm not looking to put it out at this point," said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk of continuing operation without proper licences. "I still have another meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in action."

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39 CN ON: Police Monitoring Marijuana Grow-OpTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:78 Added:07/14/2017

Highway 7 site believed to be operating legally

BRESLAU - Waterloo Regional Police say they're monitoring a large marijuana grow-op at the former Waterloo Flowers greenhouse site - and believe it's operating within the law for medical marijuana for "personal consumption."

The site isn't owned by one of the 28 federally licensed producers in Ontario that supply's Canada's mail-order medical marijuana, and its less-than-discreet cannabis production beside a busy Highway 7 has prompted rampant speculation among neighbours.

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40 CN ON: Police Chief Voices Safety ConcernWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:07/10/2017

Losing needle exchange program will be 'devastating'

Losing the city's largest needle exchange program will put the public and police at risk, North Bay Police Chief Shawn Devine said Tuesday at the monthly police board meeting.

Devine said the closure of the Nipissing Detoxification and Substance Abuse Program on King Street July 31, as it prepares to shut down in September, will impact community safety and well-being on many levels.

"Losing the services … is going to be devastating and will only lead to unsafe situations for the general public and our front-line officers," he said in his report to the board.

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41 CN ON: Local Police Saved Four Lives With Naloxone In The Last TwoThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:07/07/2017

WATERLOO REGION - In the past two months, police officers have administered the life-saving nasal naloxone six times, saving four lives.

The other two times, officers received the naloxone themselves after being "contaminated" with the potent drug fentanyl, Police Chief Bryan Larkin told board members at a Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Wednesday.

Naloxone is an antidote to fentanyl and it's being used by paramedics and now police officers to cope with the rising number of opioid overdoses in the region.

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42CN ON: Province To Inspect Police Drug Vault From Which CocaineWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Sacheli, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2017

Provincial officials will conduct an inspection of the Windsor police drug vault after the disappearance of $25,000 worth of cocaine seized nearly four years ago.

Police Chief Al Frederick said he met with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Friday to discuss the inspection. "They have not done the inspection as of yet," Frederick said Tuesday.

Windsor police lost track of nine grams of cocaine seized as part of a 2013 investigation that included wiretaps and multiple arrests. When one of the drug dealers went to trial earlier this year, police could not produce the cocaine they testified they had seized from him. The judge expressed concerns about the missing evidence, but convicted the man nonetheless.

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43 CN ON: Police Report Increase In Drug Use At Ever After MusicWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:07/07/2017

KITCHENER - The number of people who were impaired by drugs or alcohol at the Ever After Music Festival at Bingemans was up from last year, and that's cause for concern, says a report to be presented at the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Wednesday.

The report says the number of young people impaired put "significant pressure" on medical staff at the event held in Kitchener last month.

Police said they received 342 calls. Nearly half of them were related to drugs, with 129 drug-related incidents and 100 noise complaints. The remainder ranged from public intoxication, medical calls with transportation to a local hospital and other liquor offences.

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44 CN BC: New Plan Needed To Fight Overdose Crisis: Police ChiefWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Hopes, Vikki Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:07/03/2017

Prevention, early intervention key, Rich says

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich recalls the phone call he received from a mom traumatized by the death of her adult son.

The man was prescribed opioids to cope with the physical pain following an operation, but he became addicted and turned to buying drugs on the streets.

His habit turned fatal when he ingested a substance that was, unknowingly to him, laced with fentanyl.

"That's just horrible to me. We're talking about somebody who never would have been a drug addict … That makes me angry," Rich said of the incident.

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45CN AB: Neighbours Cheer Police As Suspected Drug House BustedThu, 29 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Passifiume, Bryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Officers lay 45 charges and seize weapons and drugs in swoop on Applewood home

Police are crediting tips from the public in shutting down a suspected Applewood drug house that resulted in 45 criminal charges against two people.

A search warrant executed June 22 at a home on Applecroft Road S.E. yielded drugs, weapons and cash - and, according to Sgt. Nick Wilsher, a return to normalcy for area residents.

"It affects the community itself so much," Wilsher said Wednesday, speaking to media at police headquarters.

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46 CN ON: Police Raid 7 Pot Dispensary LocationsFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Howells, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:06/23/2017

Canna Clinic's Toronto stores shut down after Tory voiced concerns about pot shop rise

In a series of mid-morning raids Thursday, police shut down marijuana dispensaries operated in Toronto by B.C.-based Canna Clinic.

All seven of the company's storefront locations in Toronto were raided, as well as five residences, said Toronto police corporate communications director Mark Pugash. There were also three raids in Vancouver.

A bar owner near the company's Kensington Ave. clinic said police came around 10 a.m. Customers were allowed to leave before police closed the store.

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47 CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related ImpairedFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gannes, Geoff de Area:Nova Scotia Lines:76 Added:06/19/2017

Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season.

Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.

Law enforcement is also concerned that the impending legalization of marijuana by the Trudeau Government will compound the problem.

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48 CN NS: Regional Police Preparing For Legal CannabisWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:King, Nancy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:06/19/2017

Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a daily basis

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac says.

In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to regulate it, he said.

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49 CN ON: Officer Charged Over Opioids Stolen From PoliceMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Clairmont, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:05/29/2017

At least 30 cases linked to drugs missing from a storage locker likely will be dropped, setting accused dealers free

A Halton cop who spent years taking drugs off the street is facing five criminal charges after prescription opioids were stolen from a police evidence locker.

At least 30 cases connected to the missing drugs likely will be dropped because of the evidence-tampering, setting accused dealers free.

Staff Sgt. Brad Murray was in charge of the Drug and Morality Unit at the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and had authorization to access the locked storage area where all drugs seized by the service were kept and catalogued.

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50 CN ON: Police Bust Marijuana DispensarySat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police drug officers closed down a marijuana dispensary in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Police raided the storefront business at 184 Samuelson St. near Elgin Street North at 1 p.m.

Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said the illegal business did not have an official name.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of marijuana, marijuana products, a small amount of suspected cocaine and prescription pills, including Xanax and Oxycocet.

A 29-year-old Cambridge man and a 21-year-old Cambridge woman were arrested. Both face several charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

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