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1 US: Christie to Trump: 'It's Time' For Opioid DeclarationTue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) Author:Pugliese, Nicholas Area:United States Lines:81 Added:09/01/2017

Gov. Chris Christie is growing impatient with the Trump administration over its delay in declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Christie said during an interview with MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Tuesday night that too many lives are being lost to drug overdoses for a formal declaration to wait any longer.

"I think it's time for the president and White House staff to get on this and for the president to demand that they get the papers in front of him so he can sign it," Christie said.

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2 US AZ: Huffed And Puffed AG Sessions' Marijuana Crackdown FizzlesThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:93 Added:09/01/2017

It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has run into some problems in his crusade against the marijuana. While the new Department of Justice administration has long been mounting pressure against the marijuana industry, the latest suggestion from the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is to, well, do nothing.

The subcommittee was announced months ago and tasked with developing a legal avenue for Session's marijuana crackdown. However, the Associated Press reported the group "has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively anti-marijuana views."

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3CN BC: Grow-Op Charges Thrown Out Over 'Meandering' Court DelaysWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fraser, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/01/2017

A Vancouver Island man whose marijuana grow-op was busted has had trafficking charges stayed because his case took too long to get to trial, the latest in a series of such cases in B.C.

Nicholas Christian Boehme, 51, was arrested on May 25, 2012 after police searched his home in Youbou and his office in Victoria.

The residence was the site of two valid licenses to grow medical marijuana issued by Health Canada, one of them issued to Boehme to grow 205 plants and store 9,225 grams of dried marijuana.

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4 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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5 CN BC: PUB LTE: Safe Injection Sites Are A Necessity In EveryThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC) Author:Hedican, Megan Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:09/01/2017

Dear editor,

As someone who recently lost a brother to the disease of addiction due to overdose after recovery, I must respond to the letter from Mary-Ellen(Reader appalled that government supports safe injection sites, Aug. 24) that argues against safe injection sites in the Comox Valley.

The Overdose Prevention Centre on Sixth Street is a necessary response to the current opioid overdose crisis. It is not just a "safe and comfy place for drug addicts." Overdose Prevention Services are locations where trained staff monitor and provide rapid intervention if necessary. It's a place that saves people from death. This centre is not creating an unsafe environment in our community - it is actually helping to make our community safer.

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6 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot Will Yield High Health-Care CostsThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:09/01/2017

I was a volunteer for the lung association for 30 years. We advocated to help smokers quit and pointed out the dangers of smoking tobacco products. I was President of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer causing agents) than tobacco.

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7CN ON: Former Health Minister Heading East To Take Job With MarijuanaThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fayerman, Pamela Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/01/2017

B.C.'s former health minister, Terry Lake, is moving to the Ottawa area this weekend to become a vice-president of a medical marijuana company that is poised for massive growth.

Hydropothecary Corp. is a Health Canada-authorized producer of medical marijuana with a 26-hectare facility in Gatineau, Que., that is about to get six times larger. The firm was co-founded in 2013 by a stalwart Liberal, Adam Miron, who also helped start the news website ipolitics.ca.

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8 CN BC: 5 Things B.C. Could Do Right Now To Curb OverdosesThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:09/01/2017

Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Metro looks at just a few of the ideas to end an ongoing epidemic that's on track to kill 1,560 British Columbians in 2017.

1. Artisanal opiates?

Most overdoses have been from drugs laced with fentanyl and its even deadlier cousins. An Aug. 17 B.C. Centre for Disease Control report asked, why not let opiate users grow their own poppies to ensure an untainted supply? It suggested authorities "explore medical opium" through "grower's clubs, production on a model similar to medical marijuana, personal cultivation."

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9 CN MB: Weed WorriesWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:82 Added:09/01/2017

Residents have serious concerns about people driving after using pot

Half of Manitoba adults believe driving while high is the same as or worse than driving drunk, according to a new Probe Research poll.

The poll, commissioned for CTV News, shows 34% of Manitobans over 18 years of age agree driving under the influence of alcohol is worse than driving while under the influence of marijuana. Another 16% said they were unsure, leaving a full 50% of Manitobans who believe driving after smoking is worse than driving after drinking.

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10 CN BC: LTE: Pot Linked To Increased PsychosisThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:O'Malley, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:09/01/2017

Matthew M. Elrod from Victoria writes to the Prince George Citizen claiming there is no evidence that cannabis increases the rates of psychosis. I suggest that he (and any readers of The Citizen who may want to hear some clear evidence about marijuana induced psychosis) listen to the recent CBC Victoria broadcast on this very subject. In this interview Dr. Kiri Simms, an emergency room psychiatrist, gives an eloquent account of the increasing marijuana induced psychosis that she sees on a daily basis.

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11 US: Sessions: Drug Overdoses Are 'The Top Lethal Issue' In The U.S.Tue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Moreno, Ivan Area:United States Lines:43 Added:09/01/2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children. He said preliminary data show nearly 60,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the highest ever.

"Our current drug epidemic is indeed the deadliest in American history. We've seen nothing like it," said Sessions.

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12 US OH: Ohio Records 4,050 Drug Deaths Last Year, Up 33 Percent OverWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:43 Added:09/01/2017

More state spending, legislation and debate on Ohio's drug crisis don't appear to have made a dent as the statewide death toll from accidental drug overdoses soared last year to 4,050, a 33-percent jump over 2015.

Fentanyl, the deadly opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, is increasingly to blame for overdose deaths, with fentanyl and its derivatives accounting for 58.2 percent of the deaths, up from 37.9 percent in 2015. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in 2015.

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