Midway through a community meeting in Northeast Philadelphia on the
opioid crisis Monday, a man stood up at the back of the room and yelled
out a question to city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley: "Doctor, where
do you live? Can we put a safe injection site next door to you?"
The crowd of 150 in the Fox Chase community center applauded and burst
into shouts in a display that vividly showed the tough sales job the
city is facing as it tries to fulfill a promise to allow a place where
people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision. As heroin
has been adulterated with the deadlier opioid fentanyl, often without
the user's knowledge, the overdose death rate has soared. Quick
administration of a reversal medicine can save lives.
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WASHINGTON - President Trump's plan to use the death penalty on drug
dealers has all the hallmarks of his favorite policies: It could fit
on the front of a baseball cap. It is a proven applause line. It
appeals to a conservative base.
But, like so many of Trump's slogans-turned-policy, it's dredged from
a bygone era and lacks clear evidence showing it would be effective.
Using an obscure federal provision to bring capital cases against
dealers, the concept that Trump enthusiastically backed during a visit
to New Hampshire this week, fits within the framework of some of his
other cornerstone ideas: Build the wall, Launch trade wars, Arm
teachers. To some critics in the mainstream, though, the ideas are
impractical, imprecise, or just dangerous.
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Historically opioid medications were used cautiously by physicians for
selected patients to reduce pain associated with acute injury or
illness, and for those suffering from life-threatening diseases such
This caution was based upon recognition that improper use of opioids
could result in patient harm. However, in 1996, the American Pain
Society, supported by opioid pharmaceutical manufacturers, promoted
acknowledgment and expanded treatment of pain as the 'fifth vital
sign" by physicians in hospitals. In 2001, the Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations introduced new pain
standards recognizing the under-assessment and treatment of pain,
which then expanded the use of opioids. In the two decades that
followed opioid use and abuse has exploded, with nearly 80 percent of
the world's opioid medications now being consumed in the U.S.
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Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat the national scourge of opioid
drug addiction, President Donald Trump called Monday for stiffer
penalties for drug traffickers, including embracing a tactic employed
by some of the global strongmen he admires: the death penalty.
"Toughness is the thing that they most fear," Trump said.
The president traveled to New Hampshire, a state ravaged by opioids
and which is also an early marker for the re-election campaign he has
already announced. The president called for broadening awareness about
drug addiction while expanding access to proven treatment and recovery
efforts, but the backbone of his plan is to toughen the punishment for
those caught trafficking highly addictive drugs.
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An S.C. Senate panel quickly killed a proposal Tuesday that would have
created a study committee to research the effects of cannabidiol oil
- -- an active ingredient found in marijuana -- on prison inmates with
physical and mental illnesses.
The oil -- used sometimes in place of prescription drugs -- can be an
effective treatment for people who suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia
and seizures, supporters say.
Originally suggested as a pilot program by state Rep. Mike Pitts, S.C.
House budget writers adopted the proviso -- or one-year rule -- as
part of the House's 2018-'19 budget proposal in March.
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OAKLAND, Calif. - When officers burst into Rickey McCullough's
two-story home in Oakland a decade ago they noted a "strong fresh odor
of marijuana." Mr. McCullough had been growing large amounts of
marijuana illegally, the police said. He was arrested and spent a
month in jail.
A few weeks ago the city of Oakland, now promoting itself as a hub for
marijuana entrepreneurs, awarded Mr. McCullough, 33, a license to sell
marijuana and the prospect of interest-free loans.
Four hundred miles to the south, in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton,
Virgil Grant, 50, straddles the same two worlds, but with a different
outcome. He was a marijuana dealer in the 1990s whose customers are
said to have included rap stars like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac,
and he spent more than eight years in prison on marijuana convictions.
But his vision of starting a marijuana dispensary in his hometown was
dashed in January when the residents of Compton voted decisively to
ban marijuana businesses from city limits.
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Is a marijuana dispensary an "unlawful" business? A federal judge in
Philadelphia will decide.
This arcane dispute over language in the deed of a marijuana
dispensary in Northeast Philadelphia could carry outsized
implications: A ruling by U.S. District Judge Gene Pratter could
affirm the superiority of federal law, which considers marijuana
illegal, over state law, where in Pennsylvania and 29 other states, it
Pratter's decision came Thursday in a strongly-worded memo that
described the case as "a fundamental clash between state and federal
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued new regulations for
medical marijuana clinical research programs.
The regulations, released Friday, outline the process for an
accredited medical school with an acute care hospital to become an
approved "Academic Clinical Research Center" that can engage in
medical marijuana-related research projects with "clinical
registrants," an entity that can grow, process and dispense medical
The regulations also detail the application process for prospective
clinical registrants, how research studies are reviewed and approved
and how researchers may interact with the commercial medical marijuana
market. The health department will approve a maximum of eight clinical
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Marijuana companies will be banned from a majority of cities and towns
in Massachusetts when recreational sales begin this summer, a Globe
review has found, the latest indication that there will be fewer pot
stores in the early going than many consumers expected.
At least 189 of the state's 351 municipalities have barred retail
marijuana stores and, in most cases, cultivation facilities and other
cannabis operations, too, according to local news reports, municipal
records, and data collected by the office of Attorney General Maura
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The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some
details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of
Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it,
a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in
Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the
wishes of the community.
"We will be able to approve or disapprove an application. If something
is in the commercial zone that's too close to a park or school, we
will just not approve it," Schwartzenberger said.
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Sex-ed, pot and Brown
There's no dust on Doug Ford.
Just a day after being elected head of Ontario's PC party, Ford has
announced he'll repeal the Liberal's sexed curriculum, hand marijuana
sales back to the people and make a decision on permitting Patrick
Brown to run as the PC candidate in the riding of Simcoe North.
While political pundits are licking their pencils in anticipation of
analyzing Ford's every move, the newly elected leader is already out
there working the crowd and winning over voters.
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Guns, gangs unit member has pleaded not guilty
A suspended Hamilton police officer fed drug traffickers sensitive
information and favours in return for cash payments, a Crown attorney
said Monday during his opening address to a Toronto jury.
Craig Ruthowsky, a former member of the Hamilton Police Service's guns
and gangs unit, has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice,
bribery, breach of trust, trafficking and conspiracy to commit an
He became ensnared in a Toronto Police Service wiretap investigation
called Project Pharaoh aimed at gathering evidence of drug and firearm
trafficking in Toronto's west end, Crown attorney John Pollard said in
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The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn't mean police
are backing off their crackdown on the "grey" marijuana market.
Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community
Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana,
marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph
Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.
He's scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court
"The RCMP will continue to work within the existing legislation under
the Controlled Drug and Substances Act," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal
Hutchinson said Monday in an email. "If we determine that there is a
violation of the legislation, we will take appropriate action."
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A provincial government commitment to provide $ 40 million to help
municipalities cover the costs of pot legalization is a starting
point, says Mayor Chris Friel.
But Friel remains critical of the Ontario government's approach to the
legalization of marijuana saying the increased law enforcement and
safety costs are just one part of the overall picture.
"I'd say that it's a starting point because right now no one really
knows what the extra costs will be," Friel said. "But again I ask:
where is the public consultation?
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The drugs have started eating away at our Punjabi youth.
This disease has spread throughout North America. The desire to earn
quick money without any hard work has pushed many Punjabi youth into
Last year a Punjabi husband and wife were caught by the RCMP with
cocaine worth $8.4 million. It was a large consignment of drugs being
taken from the United States to Calgary. The couple, identified as
Gurminder Singh Toor, 31, and Kirandeep Kaur Toor, 26, were arrested
in connection with the cocaine.
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You can still have your say about cannabis restrictions in the
community until Wednesday afternoon but concerns have been raised
about people being able to submit more than one survey.
"Yes, there are no restrictions based on IP addresses as this is city
policy," said Jim Genge senior planner, planning and development services.
Restrictions would make it difficult to complete the survey, including
for the more than 500 who completed it at the Home and Garden Trade
Show, he said. It would also restrict more than one person in a
household from having a say.
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Suspended Hamilton cop Craig Ruthowsky revealed that he aided a drug
dealer to cultivate his trust so he could snare a larger trafficker,
his former best friend testified Tuesday.
Sgt. James Paterson, who once considered himself Ruthowsky's "best
friend," confronted Ruthowsky after he was suspended in 2012 while
both were working for Hamilton's guns and gangs unit.
"Craig Ruthowsky advised me that the dealer was dangling a bigger fish
in front of him that he wanted to get, this major importer Officer
Ruthowsky had said 'I was trying to make myself look like a dirty cop
so that will trust me more, and he'd give up the bigger fish,'" said
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News release that called for study to make personal use legal called
Things started off on a pretty collegial tone Tuesday morning in
Vancouver city council.
Much of the morning session was concerned with development plans for
an 8.4-hectare site in south Vancouver. Councillors echoed their
support for the project, and one commented on proceedings going "so
smoothly." The mayor agreed, saying it was nice to conduct the meeting
"without the kind of friction that can sometimes occur."
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This summer, millennials, their anxious parents and users from
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Bay Street will get what they long
believed was their right - the opportunity to toke up legally.
That will be a seminal societal event (pun intended). However, what is
attracting less attention than it should are breakthrough discoveries
about how non-psychoactive cannabis extracts can alleviate suffering
and treat diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Legalization of a substance for recreational purposes and medical
studies should be unrelated issues. But since they are based on the
same plant, legal prohibitions and social stigma have held back
research, thereby prolonging the suffering of patients and costing
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WEST BRIDGEWATER - The class had covered bullying, Internet safety,
and good decision-making, and by February, Officer Kenneth Thaxter
could see that the sixth-graders were ready.
The lights went off, and the projector went on.
"Today," the DARE officer said, "we're going to talk about marijuana."
For 16 years, every elementary school student in this small town has
learned about drugs from Thaxter. But this year, his lesson needed to
change, and he was about to find out whether the students knew why.
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The owner of a Bible Hill marijuana dispensary has been charged for
the second time in six months with possession for the purpose of
Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook, was arrested after
police executed a search warrant at the Community Compassion Centre, a
marijuana storefront on Pictou Road.
Leclerc is to appear in court in Truro on March 21 to enter a plea to
The RCMP said in a news release that members of the Colchester County
Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit had seized a quantity of
cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia during
their search last Friday.
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The local public health agency says smoking marijuana should be banned
in multi-unit buildings, including balconies
The local health unit is throwing its support behind the City of
Ottawa's public health agency after they called for a ban on smoking
marijuana inside multi-unit residential buildings - including on balconies.
Last week, Ottawa's acting medical officer of health recommended the
Ontario government extend its proposed ban on pot smoking in common
areas of condos, apartment buildings and university residences, hotels
and their balconies.
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In 2018 we find ourselves battling an opioid crisis that has been
years in the making. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system
to relieve pain and were originally derived from opium but now also
include synthetic preparations.
In the mid-1990s, their use by physicians was heavily promoted by the
pharmaceutical industry, leading to greater prescribing for both acute
and chronic pain. Patients using opioids can develop a dependency or
There are two sources of opioids: those that are produced by the
pharmaceutical industry and those that are illicitly produced.
Recently, the illicit supply has become so contaminated with fentanyl
(a very powerful opioid) or fentanyl-like substances that many people
are at risk of an unintended acute and potentially fatal poisoning.
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Near the historic native village of Kitwancool in northern B.C., the
hereditary chief of the Gitanyow frog clan has his eye on an old
logging site that could be the perfect place to grow a new cash crop.
"It's already serviced with a power supply," said Will Marsden. "We
see an opportunity for our people to be employed in sustainable jobs
in our traditional territories."
Those jobs would be in the legal marijuana trade, coming soon to
British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
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A popular marijuana website has told the state's cannabis czar that
she lacks the authority to make the company stop running
advertisements for unlicensed pot retailers.
In a letter sent Monday to Lori Ajax of the Bureau of Cannabis
Control, Doug Francis and Chris Beals of Weedmaps.com said the company
is not licensed by the bureau and therefore not subject to its
They also said Weedmaps is protected from such action because the
company is an "interactive computer service" covered under the federal
Communications Decency Act. The law states that such a service shall
not be treated as the publisher of information provided by a third
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Unlicensed marijuana delivery companies are operating across
Sacramento County, drawing the ire of legal pot retailers and warnings
from state and local regulators.
Regulators cite concerns about the delivery companies not paying fees
and taxes and selling weed that hasn't been tested for pesticides or
other possible toxins. They say the companies are threatening the
financial viability of legal retailers who must pay those costs in a
new legal marijuana market that started in California on Jan. 1.
In Sacramento County, about 200 marijuana delivery services were
advertising Friday on the website Weedmaps.com. Only one jurisdiction
in the county, the city of Sacramento, has plans to allow cannabis
delivery services, and it has yet to issue permits. In the interim,
city pot czar Joe Devlin has told delivery companies to register with
city, and eight have done so.
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A former Pennsylvania narcotics agent will plead guilty to conspiring
to launder money from a seizure of nearly $1.8 million in illicit drug
proceeds in 2014, federal court records show.
By pleading guilty Timothy B. Riley, a retired state attorney
general's office agent, could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and
fined up to $500,000, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S.
District Court in Harrisburg.
Federal authorities charged Riley, 48, of Philadelphia, on Feb. 23
with accepting three cash payments totaling $48,000, which he knew was
stolen from a drug dealer. Riley then deposited the money and used it
in financial transactions, according to David Freed, U.S. attorney of
Pennsylvania's Middle District.
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LIHUE - Kauai police have seen an increase in the use of black tar
heroin over the last two years.
The Kauai Police Department seized less than a gram of black tar
heroin in 2015. But in 2017, the department seized a total of 526
grams, the Garden Island reported Sunday.
The department has already amassed 80.8 grams this year, said Bryson
Ponce, Kauai Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau
Ponce said the increase is a serious concern because heroin use is
linked to violent crime.
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Plenty of hard work goes into training police service dogs to sniff
out illicit substances
For the vast majority of the dog population, sitting, shaking their
paw and possibly rolling over is more than enough to get a treat, or
some time with their favourite toy.
For police service dogs Astor and Flint, some of the highest praise
comes after sniffing out drugs hidden in a home or a vehicle.
The Medicine Hat Police Service is two weeks into training PSD Astor
to detect drugs and to notify his handler of any illegal substances he
may sniff out.
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Curtis McGowan wrestled with his opioid addiction for years, but his
suspected overdose while in prison raises serious questions
On one of his many trips home from jail, Curtis McGowan beamed with
pride and clutched a Dr. Seuss book.
"Mom," said the six-foot, 300-pound foundry worker, handing Michele
McPherson a copy of Green Eggs and Ham, "this is the first book I ever
To mother and son, it was a moment filled with significance. He'd
struggled with illiteracy his whole life, just like he'd struggled
with drug use and mental-health problems. If he could learn to read,
perhaps sobriety and serenity were not far off.
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Last week there were two rallies organized to address the opioid
crisis - one in the city and the other on the Blood Reserve. On Monday
night, I attended the Community in Crisis March that started at City
Hall and ended with a candlelight vigil at Galt Gardens. Several very
touching speeches were given by citizens who have been impacted by the
opioid crisis and are determined to fight back.
Our Mayor and local MLA Maria Fitzpatrick also provided remarks
echoing the sentiment that this crisis sees no boundaries - it does
not discriminate. They also reaffirmed we must continue with harm
reduction efforts and band together as communities.
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Home growing expected to be addressed in House of Assembly this
Federal legislation, provincial legislation, contracts and regulation
- - there's plenty still in the works when it comes to having legal,
recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the coming weeks, more will be said on growing your own cannabis
and on Canopy Growth's in-province production facility. More is also
expected to be brought to the House of Assembly on marijuana in the
workplace, and occupational, health and safety implications of
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It is a misnomer for the media to always mention "guns and gangs" when
it comes to the violent exchange between gangs. Guns are not the
problem; the problem is the control of drugs and contraband, which the
gangs are fighting over.
Gangs, no matter where, will use whatever means available to get their
share of the lucrative and fast-growing drug market. In my opinion, a
review of the escalation of drug availability and use would be more
beneficial than creating ad hoc committees to study guns and gangs.
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A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black
firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry.
Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of
whom are white-owned companies.
A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black
firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry.
Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of
whom are white-owned companies.
Given how much the Legislative Black Caucus has complained about the
lack of minority-owned firms among Maryland's medical marijuana
growers and processors, it may seem crazy that the legislation
designed to address the issue that just passed overwhelmingly in the
House could lead to more white men getting licenses.
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Pennsylvania's recently launched medical marijuana program may have
unintentionally created a minefield that employers and patients across
the state have only begun to navigate:
Patients who use marijuana could end up losing their jobs as a
At a fact-finding hearing in Philadelphia City Council on Wednesday, a
panel of lawyers, business interests, and medical professionals hashed
over the murkier employment issues stirred up by the law.
The upshot: Patients currently have few -- if any -- workplace
protections. And until a lawsuit is filed, it's unlikely that patients
will know how strong those protections might be.
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There's no buzzkill like bureaucracy. A new proposal by Ottawa Public
Health to ban marijuana - once it's legal - from condos and
apartments, seems like overreach to us.
As the Sun's Andrew Duffy reports today, Ottawa's acting medical
officer of health has recommended that the province extend its
proposed ban on pot smoking in common areas of condos, apartment
buildings and university residences. Dr. Vera Etches said the province
should prohibit smoking cannabis, e-liquids and herbal shisha products
in condos, apartment buildings, university residences, hotels and
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Same tribe, different mindsets.
On Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the shores of Lake Ontario, dead
centre between Toronto and Montreal, there are more than 20 pot
dispensaries and at least 30 smoke shacks selling cheap cigarettes.
The population of Tyendinaga is 2,124.
Do the math.
At the Six Nations Mohawk Territory, however, the largest First
Nations reserve in Canada with a population of 12,000-plus living on
the reserve, there is a huge sign on the main highway indicating zero
tolerance to illicit drugs.
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Proposed ban on balcony marijuana smoking ignites debate
Should condo owners and tenants be allowed to smoke pot in their homes
and on their balconies?
Ottawa Public Health's newly released position paper has ignited
debate on those questions, and set the scene for a confrontation
between pot smokers who want to exercise their hard-won right to use
legal weed later this year, and non-smokers who want to be protected
from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Shery Dia, a writer and University of Ottawa student, supports the
health unit's call for a strict smoking ban inside multi-unit
buildings. She plans to move from her current apartment because of the
persistent incursion of pot smoke into her fifth-floor unit of a
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When New Jersey State Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a 62-page bill
and primer on how to legalize marijuana almost one year ago, he
chuckled when asked if it had a prayer of passing.
The legal sale of recreational marijuana had not yet begun in any
other East Coast state, and yes, Chris Christie, the Republican
governor at the time, had threatened a veto.
The bill, Scutari insisted, would give lawmakers time to digest and
debate the issue so that a palatable package would be "ready for the
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Employers are struggling to hire workers in tightening U.S. job
market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.,
meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or
vape as they please. The result is the slow decline of pre-employment
drug tests, which for decades had been a requirement for new recruits
in industries ranging from manufacturing to finance.
As of the beginning of 2018, Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based
health care company with around 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests
people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. The
company stopped testing for marijuana two years ago. "We don't care
what people do in their free time," said Liam Meyer, a company
spokesperson. "We want to help these people, instead of saying: 'Hey,
you can't work for us because you used a substance,'" he added. The
company also added a hotline for any workers who might be struggling
with drug use.
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New provincial funding to help police officers detect impaired drivers
is a good start, but Brockville's chief of police says they are still
being left with too many unanswered questions.
The province announced Friday it is "stepping up support for
municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and
roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of
This will be done, they said, by providing $40 million of its revenue
from the federal duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help
all municipalities with implementation costs related to the
legalization of cannabis.
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The provincial government will provide $40 million of its revenue from
the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to
help municipalities with the costs of implementing
But municipalities have not yet received any more information about
what that will mean exactly.
The province has said that funding will be distributed to
municipalities on a per household basis with a minimum of $10,000 per
"We know municipalities will play a key role as the federal government
moves forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis. This is
why we engaged with municipalities early I the process," said Minister
of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro. "Our government respects the role of
municipalities in the legalization of cannabis and we know we can rely
on their valuable input as we continue to navigate this process together."
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The government of Ontario will give municipalities $40 million from
its share of federal marijuana taxes to help cover law enforcement and
safety costs associated with pot legalization, the province announced
The money - which will be provided to municipalities upfront,
beginning before legalization takes effect later this year - will come
from the first two years of federal excise duties on producers of
"This funding will ensure that Ontario's municipalities have dedicated
resources for cannabis enforcement," said Marie-France Lalonde,
minister of community safety and correctional services. "Ontario will
continue working with law enforcement agencies to protect our
communities from illegal cannabis activity, and to keep impaired
drivers off the road."
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Jason Kenney stated recently that the best way to combat drug addition
in general, and the opioid crisis in particular, is by controlling
supply. This demonstrates that he is little more than a cynical,
career politician. He will say whatever he thinks will resonate with
his base in the hope of becoming the next premier.
Mr. Kenney has routinely prostrated himself at the alter of the free
market, and is one who regards state intervention in the economy as
devil's work. He knows that where there is a demand, entrepreneurs
will invest capital with the aim of meeting that demand. In light of
well-established and widely accepted market theory, Mr. Kenney should
know - as I suspect he does - that the best way to address crises such
as the one we are witnessing is to also address the demand side of the
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Studies show legal cannabis can boost values
As Canada moves closer to legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana, many are speculating on how the decision will affect
society and the economy. While some are concerned about health and
safety effects, others are optimistic about potential new tax revenues
and the prospect of bringing the sale and distribution of marijuana
out of the criminal sphere.
One area that few are talking about, however, is how legal marijuana
will affect residential property markets.
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The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially
in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through
local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year
veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the
downtown policing unit.
"We have not yet confirmed carfentanil (behind the recent overdoses)
through our lab analysis," he emphasizes, "but we have seized
carfentanil in the city. A lot of the street people we talk to in the
downtown, and all over this city, refer to it as 'Car.' It almost
looks like that candy Nerds. They tell us they take that carfentanil
and mix it with a water solution in those little blue vials people may
see on the streets on the ground. They mix that solution in little
green mixing bowls, and it breaks down the opioid inside that and they
may then draw that solution into a needle and inject it into
themselves. Fentanyl or
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One of the most desired outcomes of opening the ARCHES Supervised
Consumption Site in Lethbridge is a reduction in the number of
incidents of public drug use and disposal of drugdebris in the
While it is too early to say whether or not that outcome has been
achieved, Terra Plato, CEO of the Lethbridge Public Library, stated
the early signs at the Main Branch were positive.
"Like the rest of this city, the library has experienced the same
impacts downtown in terms of drug debris and that sort of thing,"
Plato said. "The general sense, the feeling around the library, is
that, yes, we have seen a positive difference since the Supervised
Consumption Site has opened. But I cannot really comment on the number
of needles, and that sort of thing. We just don't have that data yet."
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Health units and municipalities facing more costs, medical officer
The Quinte region's board of health is asking Ontario for a share of
the coming tax revenue from cannabis sales in order to fight expected
"We want some of the tax money because there's going to be costs to
public health and to municipalities," said Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting
medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
Revenue from the taxation of legal cannabis sales, which are to begin
in July, is to be split with provinces and territories, with the
federal government retaining 25 per cent to a maximum federal revenue
of $ 100 million.
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Like many civic leaders across Canada, councillors in the town of
Hampstead, Que., were worried about the idea of people smoking
marijuana on the street once the drug became legal. So they drew up a
tough bylaw - and it's set to become the most restrictive anti-smoking
measure in the country.
In a move that experts predict will motivate other Canadian
municipalities, the town of 7,100 has adopted a draft bylaw that would
ban smoking everywhere in public, including streets and sidewalks.
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WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana
cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era
policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot
trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff
Sessions said today.
Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases"
and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies,
Sessions said. The comments come after the Trump administration in
January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into
uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach that prevailed
during the Obama administration, saying federal prosecutors should
instead handle marijuana cases however they see fit.
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