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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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
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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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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
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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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
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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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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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
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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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Residents have serious concerns about people driving after using
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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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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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
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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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
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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