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1CN BC: 'Everything Beautiful' At 4-20 Pot RallyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Flying a Canadian flag in celebration, Barrett Blackwood reflected on a time when the prospect of hundreds of pot smokers gathering in Centennial Square to collectively partake would have been out of the question.

"This is unprecedented to me, to be here and see no police," said Blackwood, 43. "When I first came here [from Nanaimo] in 1980, you couldn't come to this square and have a cigarette, let alone a joint. The police station was right there [on Fisgard street] and they'd come through the parkade and shoo you away."

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2 CN ON: Veterans With PTSD Hail Medical PotMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Coyle, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:04/25/2017

Ex-soldiers tell trade show how natural drug has helped them battle war's after-effects

Trev Bungay says the horror began in 1998 when he was among Canadian soldiers scouring the beaches of Nova Scotia in cleanup operations after the crash of a Swissair jet just off the Atlantic coast.

"That was really my look at trauma for the very first time," Bungay told a panel discussion on Sunday at the inaugural O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo.

Then came international missions in Africa, Bosnia, Haiti and four combat tours in Afghanistan.

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3 CN ON: Knowledge Is Power When It Comes To Legal PotFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Enterprise-Bulletin, The (CN ON) Author:McVeigh, JT Area:Ontario Lines:132 Added:04/24/2017

After the federal government's announcement concerning legalizing recreational use of cannabis, more than a couple of old hippies have been buzzing.

Everyone has an opinion on it, from ethics professors to economic prognosticators. It would appear the broad green leaf that has been demonized for almost a century has coming back into favour.

Not to say the medical use of the product hasn't been grabbing attention in the past five years, outside the realm of popular culture.

More and more people in the medical profession are agreeing cannabis is a safer substitute to opioids for the treatment of a number of maladies and pain management.

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4 CN ON: Medical Marijuana Users Push For ChangeSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:305 Added:04/24/2017

The Record speaks to a wide range of people who shun normal painkillers

KITCHENER - William Campbell and his wife were on their way to a friend's 25th wedding anniversary one night in 2008 when a drunk driver pulled out in front of them. They didn't have time to stop.

Campbell, 53, was hospitalized after the head-on collision, and everything in his life would change. Earlier that day, he'd aced an exam to become a lab technician, after getting laid off from a furniture factory where he'd worked for 22 years.

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5 CN AB: Pot Law Draws Mixed ReactionThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Cochrane Eagle (CN AB) Author:Seewalt, Lindsay Area:Alberta Lines:110 Added:04/22/2017

Last week the federal government announced it will move forward with its highly-anticipated and contentious pledge to legalize recreational marijuana.

What might possibly be the most memorable piece of legislation undertaken by the Justin Trudeau Liberals will most certainly result in polarizing political and personal stances.

Social media and online reactions range from cheers to fears - including criticisms that the whole movement is nothing short of a government tax grab that has parent and landlord advocates up in arms.

"I've witnessed Justin Trudeau try to manage the economy, electoral reform … I'm not sure I have faith in his ability to protect kids from pot," said Banff-Airdrie Conservative MP Blake Richards.

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6CN ON: Fighting Fire With FireMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Medical marijuana may assist in keeping addicts off dangerous opioids.

The patients at Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla's methadone clinic are trying to beat their addiction to heroin, narcotic painkillers and other opioid drugs, but most of them still smoke pot.

He estimates that 90 per cent of his patients at the Recovery Ottawa clinic on Montreal Road already use marijuana, and he's begun writing prescriptions so they can buy it legally.

Medical marijuana, used appropriately, can reduce insomnia, anxiety and cravings for opioids, says Ujjainwalla. Marijuana cannot replace methadone or suboxone, the drugs he uses to treat addicts, he says.

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7 Canada: Front-Line Health-Care Providers Have A Number Of ConcernsFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Grant, Kelly Area:Canada Lines:116 Added:04/16/2017

As Justin Trudeau's Liberal government tables its long-awaited marijuana legislation, Canada's doctors have a message about pot: Just because it will eventually be legal doesn't mean it's safe.

The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society and other organizations representing front-line health-care providers have been busy broadcasting their concerns about the ill effects of cannabis, especially for chronic smokers under the age of 25.

"We're saying: 'Please keep the public-health focus front of mind as this legislation is unrolled,' " said Gail Beck, the clinical director of youth psychiatry at the Royal, a psychiatric hospital in Ottawa. "Lots of people think this is harmless."

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8 Canada: Science Is Still Hazy As Legal Pot LoomsSun, 09 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Allen, Kate Area:Canada Lines:316 Added:04/12/2017

As Ottawa readies legislation, researchers say there are gaps in understanding its effect on brain

After punching a string of numbers into a bolted-down, fireproof, alarm-protected safe - the location of which can't be divulged for security reasons - Steven Laviolette pulls out a tiny vial. Inside that vial is an even tinier dab of dark tar. The tar is purified THC, the mind-altering compound in marijuana.

The street price for a gram of weed is about $10. A gram of this stuff costs about $2,000, not counting the cost of the researcher's time acquiring it. Laviolette, a professor in the departments of anatomy and cell biology and psychiatry at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, studies the effects of marijuana on the brain. His lab is investigating the troubling brain changes associated with THC, and also - a rapidly growing avenue of research - the very different and perhaps protective brain changes associated with cannabidiol, or CBD, another compound found in the plant.

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9 CN NF: Prescription Or Proscription?Wed, 05 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:195 Added:04/08/2017

Worker claims companies refusing him jobs because of medical marijuana prescription

Scott Tizzard of Torbay says he is being discriminated against by companies he should have been working for over the past several months. The Reason? Taking his doctor-prescribed medical marijuana.

Tizzard has worked construction in the province for 30 years, going from big project to big project wherever the work has taken him, and wherever dispatched by his union.

Described by co-workers as a hard worker, for many of those years he'd worked long-hour days battling the pain and discomfort of Crohn's disease and osteoarthritis.

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10 CN BC: Sea To Sky HighThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Jones, Nicola Area:British Columbia Lines:397 Added:04/04/2017

Medical marijuana shops in the Sea to Sky are gearing up for a future of legalized weed.

When you walk into Grass Roots Medicinal in Squamish you only get access to the waiting room. There, a small counter offers bongs and other glassware for sale. All the good stuff - the grass the store gets its name from - is locked up behind a second door, out of reach. To get there, you have to sign up to become a member, which means providing some proof of an ailment that cannabis might help you with.

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11 CN ON: Let Dispensaries Reopen, Advocate SaysWed, 29 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:03/29/2017

KITCHENER - A local medical cannabis advocate says he hopes Waterloo Region's marijuana dispensaries closed in a recent crackdown by police can reopen under impending legalization planned by Ottawa.

Peter Thurley is a former federal NDP candidate and one of 700 medical marijuana users shut out of the Organix Compassion club when it closed its doors this month after pressure from police.

That's why the news the Liberal government is planning legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use by Canada Day 2018 presents an odd contradiction for people like him.

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12 CN ON: Pot Chaos A Budding DilemmaSat, 25 Mar 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:351 Added:03/25/2017

Justin Polci says he's running out of options.

The 37-year-old Londoner was prescribed medical marijuana seven years ago after injuring his back.

Health Canada requires Polci to order his product through the mail from one of the more than three dozen government-approved producers.

But the father of two, like thousands of other prescription marijuana patients across Canada, has turned to illegal pot dispensaries to get some of his medicine.

Critics say licensed marijuana producers who supply those in medical need often run out of stock, take too long to deliver product and are plagued by recent contamination scandals.

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13 CN NS: Federal Budget Has Few Answers For Pot AdvocatesThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Gunn, Andrea Area:Nova Scotia Lines:127 Added:03/23/2017

Anyone hoping for major hints about the government's plans to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis in Wednesday's federal budget likely came away disappointed.

Cannabis is mentioned just twice in Budget 2017 - the first time to direct existing Health Canada funding of $9.6 million over five years, with $1 million per year ongoing, to support "marijuana public education programming and surveillance activities" ahead of legalizing the drug for recreational use.

The second time, in a section that deals with raising duty rates on alcohol, the budget says as the government moves forward with a new taxation regime on cannabis, "it will take steps to ensure that taxation levels remain effective over time."

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14 CN ON: Compassion Club Closes Its DoorsThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:03/16/2017

KITCHENER - Medical marijuana users in Waterloo Region are wondering where to turn now that the city's oldest compassion club has closed its doors following a recent police crackdown on local pot dispensaries.

Organix Compassion shut down voluntarily Tuesday following a raid on another Kitchener dispensary, Green Tree Medical Dispensary. The pressure from police has struck fear into the region's pot dispensaries, who say they've stopped selling marijuana following warnings from the authorities.

But for the 700 or so members of Kitchener's Organix Compassion club, it means they're scrambling to find new ways to get cannabis to treat a range of medical conditions from nausea caused by cancer to arthritis to chronic pain.

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15 CN BC: OPED: Perspectives On The Drug Overdose Crisis In BCWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:BC Medical Journal (CN BC) Author:Tyndal, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:03/06/2017

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 2, March 2017, page(s) 89 BC Centre for Disease Control Mark W. Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC

British Columbia is in the midst of a public health crisis, with 914 documented overdose deaths in 2016. While there has been a steady increase in overdose deaths over the past 2 years, December 2016 had the highest monthly total of deaths ever recorded (128 deaths).[1] This is particularly alarming as it is happening despite a public health emergency announcement in April 2016 and a massive scale-up of the take-home naloxone program that has been used in over 3000 overdose reversals.

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16CN AB OPED: Naloxone Alone Will Not Be Enough To Address The OpioidFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Magnussen, Hazel        Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Complex problems call for multi-faceted solutions, Hazel Magnussen writes.

Canada faces a major public health crisis as people continue to die from opioid overdoses. Measures to save lives present new challenges and divert attention from preventive measures to tackle the problem's root causes.

According to Dr. David Jurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, increased prescriptions for narcotic pain killers contributed to the crisis. Once prescribed only for acute pain, narcotic pain killers were being used for chronic pain until "the culture of prescribing opioids began to shift." Patients who become addicted to prescription medications may resort to illicit street drugs. (CBC News, Dec. 24, 2016).

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17 CN ON: Reward Offer Aimed At FentanylThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Cameron, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:03/06/2017

Ontario Crime Stoppers organizations offering $1,000 for information

In an effort to get the deadly opioid fentanyl off the streets, certain Crime Stoppers organizations in Ontario are offering a $1,000 bounty for information that leads to seizure of illicit forms of the drug.

Const. Dana Edwards says Durham Regional Crime Stoppers began the program on Wednesday and is offering the reward to anyone whose tips directly result in the seizure of illegal fentanyl, or its derivatives, that is being trafficked.

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18CN ON: 'Budtenders' Hoping For Pot Charges To Be DousedThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Ottawa police have charged 19 people in 11 raids conducted on dispensaries so far

Sherry Morrison blames herself for her daughter's arrest on drug trafficking charges.

Her daughter, Cassandra Morrison, is among 17 Ottawa "budtenders" who have been charged in police raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries over the last four months.

Morrison says her daughter was inspired to become a cannabis activist after she saw first-hand how medical marijuana helped her mom cope with chronic pain.

Sherry and Cassandra, along with a handful of others, protested outside the Ottawa courthouse on Wednesday, calling on the federal government to move quickly to legalize recreational pot and to stop arresting people on marijuana-related charges in the meantime.

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19 CN ON: 'Escobars Of Marijuana'Wed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:03/06/2017

In trouble for selling weed

Nova Coates recognized the armed man in the black balaclava as soon as he burst into her Bank Street store.

The clerk had served him as one of her "patients" at the Weeds Glass & Gifts marijuana dispensary.

"I said to the cop, 'I recognize you.'"

The undercover Ottawa police officer and other squad members raided Weeds that afternoon in January, hauling away bags of dried weed, cannabis oils, cookies, candies and concentrates.

Coates and the other clerk behind the counter, Cassandra Morrison, were arrested. The handcuffs were pink, Coates recalls. "I was like, 'Wow, did you know there were two women working here?'"(Coates correctly speculated that the pink cuffs were part of a police campaign to support a breast cancer charity.)

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20 CN ON: 'Budtenders' Fight BackThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:03/06/2017

Charged pot shop workers protest against raids

Sherry Morrison blames herself for her daughter's arrest on drug trafficking charges.

Morrison says her daughter was inspired to become a cannabis activist after she saw first-hand how medical marijuana helped her mom cope with chronic pain.

The Morrisons, along with a handful of others, protested outside the Ottawa courthouse on Wednesday, calling on the federal government to move quickly to legalize recreational pot and in the meantime to stop arresting people on marijuana-related charges.

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