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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College's information outdated, says James Moir.
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) recently published a
statement reflecting their stance on medical cannabis, basically
stating there is insufficient evidence to recommend it, and that
adverse effects outweigh any benefits.
As a physician working in Edmonton's only legitimate
"physician-and-nurse-run" cannabinoid medical clinic, I must object
strongly to this stance. I have an MD from the University of Alberta,
with five years' subspecialty training in anesthesiology and pain
medicine, and have over 20 years clinical experience in this area. I
have five years' experience in perioperative medicine and extra
training in cannabinoid medicine, which allows me to prescribe medical
cannabis and work in the clinic, where I have been for the better part
of a year.
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Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them
For Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son
Liam's debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous - the
nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the
life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none.
But like many Canadians authorized by doctors to use marijuana to
treat a wide range of medical disorders, McKnight is worried what will
happen when recreational pot for adults becomes legally available
through government-sanctioned retail outlets in July.
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A runaway teen to mother: 'I'll be fine mommy. I love you.' Hours
later she and two others were dead
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent
last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long
Americans are expected to live.
The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up
from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful painkiller
fentanyl and its close opioid cousins played a bigger role in the
deaths than any other legal or illegal drug, surpassing prescription
pain pills and heroin.
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Drug may do more harm than good, say critics
VANCOUVER * There is little to no research to support the supposed
benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that
using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family
doctors' associations across Canada are telling their members.
A trio of advisories prepared by the Alberta College of Family
Physicians has been distributed to more than 32,000 clinicians,
summarizing the scientific literature, or lack thereof, around
"One thing that was quite consistent was adverse events," said Dr.
Mike Allan, a professor of family medicine at the University of
Alberta in Edmonton. "And the benefits, even if they're real, are much
smaller than what people might anticipate."
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Part One in a series of profiles about the escalating opioid crisis in
Martin Pare's fascination with syringes started as a child at a
racetrack. He saw a veterinarian stick a needle in a horse's neck.
What's he doing? the boy asked his father. It's to make the horse run
faster, his father replied. After the horse won his race, the boy
furtively took the needle and empty vial from the garbage. At home, he
filled his syringe with water and began injecting his toy stuffed animals.
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Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on
Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features
some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for
the prescribed cannabis.
Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary in Montgomery
County, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after
receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon.
"You can tell there's a buzz, and we're excited for so many reasons,"
Askinazi said. "We're giving care to people who need it."
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Reading the CBC News report, 'Associations call for ban on homegrown
weed in BC once it becomes legal,' I have to question the judgment of
the Doctors of BC, who default to pharmaceutical drugs quite
unquestioningly, yet challenge more natural modes of treatment such as
cannabis and homeopathy.
Cannabis cannot be tied to a single death or overdose. Meanwhile we
are experiencing an opioid crisis. The CDC noted in one report that:
"Among the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016,
the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and
fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with over 20,000 overdose
deaths." According to news website Vox, "More Americans died of drug
overdoses in 2016 than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War - the
result of the US's opioid epidemic."
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For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of
violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet
for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain.
"I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego.
"I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not
realizing she can't come to me."
Queen lost a modeling job after being mistaken for an alcoholic. She
racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and her
nausea interrupted her sex life. Towards the end of her illness,
Queen, who stands 5-foot-9, weighed in at a frail 109 pounds.
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KITCHENER - At gatherings with family and friends, it's common for
people to sit and chat as they enjoy a glass of wine.
Drinking alcohol is legal and regulated by the government, but too
much of it causes impairment and your long-term health could be at
The same could be said for marijuana.
The now illicit drug will soon be legal, regulated and sold by the
government. Smoking it daily could lead to a dependency, healthcare
But the stigma associated with dope smoking remains.
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U of A prof calls misinformation about pot 'alarming'
In light of the Alberta government announcing its regulations for the
retail sale of marijuana, Metro spoke with a public health expert
Tuesday to clarify some hazy topics around legalization.
Elaine Hyshka, professor in the University of Alberta's school of
public health and co-chair of the Minister's Opioid Emergency Response
Commission, said it's "alarming" how much misinformation circulates on
cannabis, and she helped us bust the myths.
Myth #1: Legalization will lead to a spike in cannabis use among young
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KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener
couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny
fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun.
Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold
marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown
Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary
Justice Colin Westman had said in July that he would grant an absolute
discharge and he made it official on Thursday.
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ALBANY - New Yorkers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
will now be able to use medical marijuana as a form of treatment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Saturday that added PTSD to the list of
conditions eligible for medical marijuana in New York.
"As of today, marijuana will be legalized if a doctor authorizes and
finds the condition of PTSD for a veteran, and I think that can help
thousands of veterans. It's something that we've been talking about
for a long time, and I'm glad we're taking action," Cuomo said.
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Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana?
Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he
worked in 2009.
Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.
Casias had been using marijuana at home to treat pain from sinus
cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf for wrongful
discharge in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
A U.S. District Judge sided with the company. The U.S. Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals later upheld the ruling.
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Palm Beach County's first medical marijuana dispensary is now open for
At noon Tuesday, Knox Medical opened the center at 1 South Dixie
Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.
The dispensary occupies a former bank building in downtown Lake Worth,
and the interior resembles a dentist or doctor's office. Patients
check in at the foyer and then can proceed to a room with glass
display cases showcasing Knox Medical's products.
Knox Medical CEO Jose Javier Hidalgo said the new dispensary will
improve access to medical cannabis for everyone in South Florida.
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Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the
The federal government has angered proponents of medical cannabis and
the opposition by announcing that its planned excise tax on
recreational products will also apply to marijuana that is used to
treat various illnesses.
A large number of groups had been calling on Ottawa to remove the
sales tax that is currently imposed on medical marijuana. Instead,
they were shocked to learn on Friday that sales taxes will continue to
apply on medical marijuana, but also that an excise tax of $1 a gram
will be added on the product.
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Canada's response to the opioid crisis has been fragmented and
marginally effective at best. We deserve a better approach, and the
answers are out there. Other countries are effectively dealing with
the issue and Canada should be more open to learning from them. There
are several key steps we can take to ensure Canadians with addiction
can lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.
First, we need to recognize this is actually a crisis. Do you remember
SARS and how it impacted every Canadian with a focused response from
our public health teams? Forty-four Canadians died from SARS. How
about AIDS at its peak in 1995? We all were aware of the crisis and as
Canadians we worked together diligently to help. That year about 1,400
people died from AIDS. Compare this to over 2,400 Canadians dying from
opioid overdoses in 2016 and the number likely to double in 2017.
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An Oct. 28 letter to the Daily Herald advocated greater access to
marijuana for people suffering chronic pain, citing a study in the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). But if you visit
the JAMA website and enter the search word "marijuana," you'll also
see dozens of articles showing that marijuana can kill more than just
pain: it can negatively impact things like cognitive function, moral
clarity and the general health and well-being of users and their
children and grandchildren.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday pledged to make
medical marijuana available to patients by May and released a list of
109 approved practitioners statewide.
It also launched the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry,
with instructions on how those interested can sign up. More than
200,000 patients across the state could qualify for medical marijuana
Pennsylvanians with 17 medical conditions are eligible for medical
marijuana patient ID cards.
Those conditions are Lou Gehrig's disease, autism, cancer, Crohn's
disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington's disease,
inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease,
post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord
damage, chronic pain, neuropathies and intractable seizures.
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Editor: I am one of the 700 medical patients that is being affected by
West Kelowna city council. I am told that I am like most of the other
clients that happily visit the Black Crow Herbals weekly for my medication.
I am older (57) and need help in maintaining my health due to chronic
back pain (since 2004), constant nausea, etc.
Three years ago, my doctor sadly told me that he could not continue
providing prescriptions for percocet to help me with my constant pain,
since narcotics were being abused throughout the country.
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