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1 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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2 US FL: Nazi Gang Members Arrested After Raid On Florida Trailer NetsWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Theisen, Tiffini Area:Florida Lines:38 Added:08/09/2017

Authorities found an exhaustive list of weapons, drug paraphernalia and Nazi propaganda when they raided a trailer Tuesday morning in a rural pocket of west central Florida, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Five felons, two of whom authorities described as documented gang members, were arrested after deputies and a SWAT team served a search warrant on the suburban New Port Richey mobile home, WFLA-Channel 8 reported.

Inside the trailer, which is partially obscured by thick vegetation along a wooded street, were four firearms, ammunition, "hundreds of pages" of miscellaneous bank account and personal identification information, credit cards, veterans' ID cards, insurance cards, vehicle titles, "hundreds of pages of American Nazi Family propaganda (rules, hierarchy, oaths, etc)," opiates, meth, and drug paraphernalia including needles and scales, deputies said.

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3 CN ON: Column: Fixing The Addiction Problem Will Be ExpensiveThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:08/03/2017

The people who want to walk the riverside trails in Galt without being confronted by the discarded syringes of drug addicts have every right to voice concern.

I don't blame them one bit for wanting to reclaim their community and asking that it be cleaned up.

Robin Thomas, who carries her dog in order to protect it from stepping on drug paraphernalia, often sees clothes and backpacks stowed in the underbrush. Sometimes she even sees people who are "almost comatose."

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4 CN ON: Task Force To Battle Fentanyl CrisisFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:08/02/2017

Cambridge mayor says group will offer solutions, but will take 'whole community to solve this problem'

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig says he's creating a city task force to find solutions to the fentanyl crisis plaguing his city.

The city initiative has been in the works for three months, said Craig, and is not a "knee-jerk" reaction to recent comments made by Cambridge coroner Dr. Hank Nykamp.

Nykamp, a coroner since 1985, said Cambridge is becoming the drug capital of Ontario with "drug houses" and "crystal meth factories."

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5 CN ON: 'We Can' Wait On Politicians': Cambridge Coroner On FentanylThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Martin, Ray Area:Ontario Lines:142 Added:07/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge coroner Dr. Hank Nykamp is tired of political rhetoric and inaction as the local fentanyl crisis deepens.

The longtime city doctor has been a Cambridge coroner since 1985. He has seen the best and worst of the city during his career. He loves this city, but believes more must be done to stem the growing number of opioid overdose cases crossing his examination table.

"Five years ago it was oxycodone. Now it's fentanyl and carfentanil, which is even more powerful and used to knock out elephants," he said. "Something needs to be done and we can't wait on the politicians."

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6 US NJ: Editorial: Opioid Crisis Continues To GrowFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:74 Added:07/25/2017

The national opioid crisis is spreading. Despite increased awareness of the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, the numbers of fatalities and overdoses continue to rise. That is too true in Bergen County.

As Staff Writer Steve Janoski reports, despite the efforts of Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, the county appears on track to surpass last year's totals of 320 overdoses; 259 of which were opioid related. Ninety-eight people died. That's an 11 percent increase in overdoses from 2015 and a 12.6 percent increase in fatalities.

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7CN ON: Closed-Door Meeting Causes Drug-Case MistrialSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Defence should have been present, judge conceded in granting request

I ... mistakenly permitted him to bring the drug exhibits into my office where he remained with those exhibits for approximately 20 minutes.

An Ottawa judge has declared a mistrial in a drug case after privately questioning an investigating officer in chambers violated an accused's right to be at his own trial.

Paul Masilamany filed the mistrial application on May 12, 2017, the day the court was to decide on drug trafficking charges against him.

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8 CN ON: Judge Declares Mistrial In Drug CaseSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:07/25/2017

Rules he violated accused's rights to a fair trial by asking to meet with police officer

An Ottawa judge has declared a mistrial in a drug case after privately questioning an investigating officer in chambers violated an accused's right to be at his own trial.

Paul Masilamany filed the mistrial application on May 12, 2017, the day the court was to decide on drug trafficking charges against him.

But just two days before, the lead drug officer, acting on a request from the judge himself, attended Superior Court Justice Paul Kane's office and brought drug exhibits for the judge's use in rendering his decision.

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9 CN MB: Province's Stance On Legalization Frustrates MarijuanaSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Manitoba Lines:147 Added:07/25/2017

While Brandon's political representatives encourage the delay of the legalization of marijuana, local advocates of the plant are saying the day couldn't come soon enough.

Picking up related paraphernalia at Growers N' Smokers on Friday, veteran Michael Gibson said that his "disrespect" for Premier Brian Pallister is "huge, right now."

This week, Pallister publicly requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delay legalization for an extra year beyond the proposed date of July 1, 2018.

With too many questions that still need answering, we're just not ready for legalization, Brandon East Progressive Conservative MLA Len Isleifson said, sharing in some of Pallister's concerns about marijuana, more accurately called cannabis.

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10 US UT: Couple Arrested After Drugging Heroin-Addicted Newborn To HideMon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL)          Area:Utah Lines:144 Added:07/24/2017

Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson welcomed their third child into the world on April 9 at Utah Valley Hospital.

The doctors, nurses and medical staff eventually cleared out of the room, giving the parents a few moments alone with their new daughter. Unlike most new parents, they did not hold the newborn child, overcome with emotion.

Instead, Wilde quickly crushed pills of Suboxone, an FDA-approved drug used to treat heroin addiction and withdrawal, police say.

He moistened his finger and dipped it in the resulting powder. Then he stuck his finger in his daughter's mouth, smearing it along her tiny, tender gums. Though she had been in the world less than half a day, the baby, like thousands others in the United States, was already addicted to opioids.

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11 CN BC: Council Votes To Ban Marijuana DispensariesWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:07/21/2017

Existing businesses will be asked to convert to 'wellness centres'

After experimenting with marijuana dispensaries for seven months, Penticton city council voted Tuesday to ban the pot shops outright.

And the two dispensaries to which council granted now-expired temporary use permits in December 2016 will now be asked to covert to so-called "wellness centres" dealing only in information and smoking accessories - not bud.

The decision not to renew the TUPs was made by a 5-2 vote of council, with Max Picton and Tarik Sayeed in opposition.

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12 CN BC: Council Votes Not To Extend Licences To Marijuana DispensariesWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Kidd, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:07/21/2017

Penticton city council has decided the experiment with medical marijuana dispensaries is over.

By a count of 4-2, council voted to not extend the temporary use permits granted to Okanagan Cannabinoid Therapy and Green Essence in December, and instead work with them on a consent order that would see the businesses operate as wellness centres.

A wellness centre would allow them to sell paraphernalia and related items, but not marijuana itself. They would also be able to guide people on obtaining legal, prescription access and lobby for the legalization.

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13CN ON: Go Ahead, Talk All You Want About Mary Jane In PublicMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

Cannabis stigma disappearing as legalization nears, insiders say

Ottawa entrepreneur Chuck Rifici dove in to the medical marijuana business with trepidation five years ago.

"When I was first looking for investors and researching the creation of Tweed, you would whisper 'marijuana' in a Starbucks, talking to people," he recalls.

"Mainstream discussion of being involved in the cannabis industry carried the fear of reputational risk."

If the plan to grow medical marijuana in an old chocolate factory in Smiths Falls failed, Rifici figured he would be labelled as "just the pot guy."

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14 US HI: Gov. Ige Signs Bill Cutting Penalties For Possessing DrugSat, 08 Jul 2017
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Dayton, Kevin Area:Hawaii Lines:140 Added:07/11/2017

Until Governor David Ige approved the new law, possession of drug paraphernalia ranging from marijuana pipes to plastic bags and needles was a felony that carried a penalty of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Now, people caught with drug paraphernalia would face no jail time and could be fined no more than $500.

Gov. David Ige has quietly signed a new law that dramatically reduces the penalties for possession of all kinds of drug paraphernalia - a proposal that was opposed by Attorney General Douglas Chin as well as prosecutors on Hawaii island, Maui and in Honolulu.

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15CN AB: Beltline Cautiously Welcomes Supervised Consumption SiteWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Some local residents against proposed facility, fear impact on property values

Maintenance staff and volunteers at First Baptist have gotten used to finding needles and other drug paraphernalia while tidying the flower beds belonging to the historic Beltline church.

"All the time. We have a lot of needles. Now we've got special devices to pick them up because it's not safe," said Jose Gongora, head of maintenance for the church.

"Our volunteers are very worried and concerned because these guys use needles and just drop it everywhere."

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16CN 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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17CN AB: City Tries To Cut Through Haze On Life With LegalizedSat, 24 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Simons, Paula Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2017

Denyse Doran is what you might call a pot pro.

For more than 20 years, she and her family have owned and operated the Jupiter Cannabis Shop on Whyte Avenue. The business has been so successful, they've franchised, with five shops now around Edmonton, and others in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. At the moment, they sell primarily marijuana "paraphernalia" - pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, grinders, and such. But no actual cannabis.

"If I sold pot, I'd be in jail," she laughs. "We're in this weird in-between period."

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18 CN ON: Unlucky Or Stupid?Sat, 27 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hunter, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/29/2017

Man tied to Creba killing busted - a day before parole

Jane Creba was 15 when she was shot dead on a busy downtown Toronto street while shopping with her sister on Boxing Day in 2005.

Creba wasn't a dope dealer, nor had she disrespected anyone.

She was just an average teen whose promising young life was snuffed out by a stray bullet on Yonge St.

Now, Louis Raphael Woodcock, 30, convicted of manslaughter in connection with Creba's murder, has been charged by cops in Kingston for drug trafficking - with one day left on his parole.

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19 CN ON: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Vaping?Wed, 24 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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20 CN ON: 'Parents Would Be Shocked'Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/28/2017

Students vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin, says principal

High school students are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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