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1 CN ON: Every Dose A Potential KillerSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Latif, Anam Area:Ontario Lines:218 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14.

Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings.

But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.

Her drug of choice is crack but last summer while looking for a hit, she bought a "point" of fentanyl and injected it (a point is one-tenth of a gram). She doesn't want to do it again but fears it could be laced in the drugs she usually buys.

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2 CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'Sat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week.

Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day.

"Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The drug at the core of the crisis is fentanyl - a painkiller 80 times stronger than morphine.

It's a pain medication prescribed and taken by patients through patches.

But 'bootleg' fentanyl is coming in from China, and trace amounts - as small as grains of salt - are being mixed with heroin and cocaine sold on the streets.

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3 CN BC: Court Sides With Cities On Pot Shop RegulationMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:02/21/2017

Penticton's mayor is applauding a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision that ruled local governments do indeed have the right to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. "The judge clearly stated that even though the use of marijuana is federally regulated, the federal law does not authorize access to medical marijuana from dispensaries and municipalities are not precluded from putting in regulations to control them," Andrew Jakubeit said in a statement.

"This decision is welcomed as it provides further clarity on our rights and obligations to control dispensaries and gives added strength to our enforcement policy."

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4 CN BC: Column: Say No To Legal HeroinMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Stafford, Brent Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:02/21/2017

Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter the cost to life, liberty and truth.

The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.

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5 CN BC: Column: Bad Drug Policy KillsMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mullins, Garth Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:02/21/2017

Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.

We've been here before.

During prohibition, people got sick and died from potent or contaminated bootlegged booze. Organized crime flourished. Then, liquor was legalized again.

It's time to do the same with hard drugs.

In 2001, Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs. Overdose deaths and HIV transmission rates fell. Drug use is down and treatment is up. Trafficking remains illegal but users get health services, not jail time.

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6CN QU: School Settles Lawsuit Over Strip SearchMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Canadienne, Presse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The mother of a teenage girl who was subjected to a strip search at l'Ecole secondaire de Neufchatel has dropped a lawsuit requesting damages of $383,000 against the Quebec City school board and the school's administration.

A settlement was reached between the parties early this month, Le Soleil reports. The civil court case was scheduled to begin Feb. 20 before Judge Daniel Dumais of the Superior Court.

The girl's mother obtained the consent of the school board to drop the case without being subjected to any fees after two years and multiple judiciary procedures. The lawyers of both parties confirmed the settlement, but were unwilling to provide reasons.

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7CN ON: A Father's Emotional Open Letter About Teen Drug Overdoses InMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:O'Leary, Sean Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

In light of the recent death of popular Kanata teenager Chloe Kotval from an apparent drug overdose, and warnings from Ottawa police and Ottawa Public Health about counterfeit prescription drugs they suspect have been the cause of "recent life-threatening overdoses" in the city, on Saturday, concerned father Sean O'Leary posted an emotional Facebook message about teen drug overdoses in Kanata.

Below is the text of his message:

To all whom are concerned, As many if not all of you are aware from news reports a beautiful 14-year-old Kanata girl passed away this week as a result of a drug overdose.

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8 CN AB: Column: Record Drug Bust Part Of Vicious CircleMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Davis, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:02/21/2017

Last week we made headlines with a record drug bust after more than $1.2 million in drugs, cash, weapons, drug manufacturing equipment and vehicles were seized by the Lethbridge members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.

I commend the members of the LPS and the RCMP who make up the integrated Lethbridge team for their great work.

In the news conference, I was asked how this seizure impacts the city. Beyond preventing the obvious drug use, sales and potential fatalities, I mentioned how drugs and addictions are related to property crimes. I know many citizens have been victims of car prowling and residential break-ins to their homes, garages and sheds. Many businesses have also been hit by very organized thieves as was clear when a car dealership had dozens of wheels and rims stolen from new cars on their lot not too long ago.

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9 CN ON: Health Board Backs Moves Toward City Safe Needle SiteFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Brown, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/21/2017

The members of the Middlesex-London Board of Health endorsed Thursday evening a motion to take the "next steps" to set up a supervised-injection site for drug users in London.

That essentially means determining what the method will be for moving forward with the project. As part of that, there will be a public consultation before setting up any such site, including talking to the people in the chosen neighbourhood, including residents and business.

The first part of the three-pronged motion covered accepting a feasibility study. Dr. Gayanne Hovhannisyan, the acting medical officer of health, led the discussion.

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10CN BC: Faced With Lengthy Waits, Addicts Seek Help In NanaimoFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Non-profit group takes Victoria patients to get same-day methadone prescriptions

A Victoria non-profit group has started a service to drive people to Nanaimo to get methadone and suboxone prescriptions because the wait time to see a doctor is much shorter.

"A lot of clients would say: 'I can't see a doctor for weeks.' So when this new clinic opened in Nanaimo and said they were taking clients, we saw an opportunity," said Lucy Hagos, operations manager at the Daily Dose Society, which operates the Wheels for Recovery program.

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11 CN BC: PUB LTE: Not Thumbing Our Noses At City CouncilFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Jaenicke, Bob Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:02/21/2017

We would like to respond to a recent article (Penticton Western News, Feb. 8, Some dispensaries'thumbing their noses' at the city rules) which Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said we are 'thumbing our nose' at the city by operating without a business license.

Firstly, we can appreciate the concerns of citizens who are unfamiliar with the medical benefits of cannabis products and the service that a professional dispensary provides. This is a new type of business for many communities and there are still old perceptions that all users are hippies and kids just getting high. The majority of our customers are adults over the age of 50 who are seeking help with medical issues such as arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, MS, glaucoma, seizures and pain relief.

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12CN BC: No Sheriff, So Court Cuts Accused Drug Dealer LooseSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the Victoria courthouse to the courtroom.

The decision highlighted an ongoing sheriff shortage that has closed courtrooms, delayed trials and tossed cases out of court around B.C. The Victoria courthouse is particularly hard hit.

Justice Robert Johnston blamed the situation on "a lack of provincial will to provide the necessary resources," as he stayed a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking against Richard D'Allesandro.

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13CN BC: Feds Sweeten Health-Care Deal With $10m For Opioid CrisisSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Shaw, Rob Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

After decrying Ottawa's "divide and conquer" approach to health-care agreements, British Columbia signed its own side deal on Friday - to get extra cash for the drug-overdose crisis.

B.C. had been one of the most vocal critics of Ottawa's strategy to pick off provinces one by one with special agreements, rather than negotiate across-the-board health transfers with all the provinces.

But B.C. officials said Friday they eventually decided to settle the feud because they wanted to present a united Canadian front in the softwood lumber trade dispute with the U.S.

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14CN BC: Editorial: Methadone Is Life Or DeathSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

If governments were really providing an urgent response to the fentanyl crisis, Correne Antrobus wouldn't be prowling Victoria's streets looking for a drug dealer to sell her daughter methadone. Antrobus shared her story in the Times Colonist this week. Her daughter is addicted to opiates, but wants to quit. When she asked her family for help, they sought medical support and a quick start on legal methadone that would stabilize her addiction, keep her safe and allow her to seek treatment.

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15CN BC: Column: Moses And The Missing MarijuanaSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Inspired by Canada's finest storyteller, Moriarty shares a tale from his misspent youth

As a tribute to Stuart McLean, Canada's finest storyteller who passed away Wednesday, I'd like to tell you a story about the time, in a whim of desperation, I considered killing Moses, the family dog.

I was 16 the night my best friends Drew and Larry came to my house to smoke some marijuana.

The three of us were going to a dance that night. My home seemed like a safe place to toke before heading off to the gymnasium at Lord Byng Secondary, where, if fortune smiled upon me this evening, I would slow dance with the golden Ilona through the entirety of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick.

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16CN SN: Forces Doing Their Part In War On DrugsFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

He's done four rotations helping law enforcement agencies combat the international drug trade in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

On Thursday, navy Lt.-Cmdr. Lucas Kenward was in Saskatoon to speak with local police and reservists about Canada's role in the fight.

"One of the key messages that I bring to police services is that the mission that we're doing ... while it is displaced by some 5,000 miles from here, it does have a direct impact," he said.

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17CN AB: Column: Support Services Key To Safe Injection SitesSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Knecht, Rod Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Drug addicts need our care and compassion - not incarceration - writes Rod Knecht.

The Edmonton Police Service recently published its organizational position on supervised injection sites, which calls for supervised injection sites to be more than designated physical spaces where addicts can consume illegal drugs.

In addition to the necessary basic human requirements of shelter and security, the sites also need to provide a complete slate of support services for drug addicts - from emergency medical care to assistance with food, medication and mental health issues - to name a few.

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18 CN ON: Overdose Death Highlights Gaps In City ServicesSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Pagliaro, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:02/21/2017

Man, 28, died after being told downtown drop-in centre had no space for him to sleep

The fatal overdose of a 28-year-old man, who left a downtown drop-in centre he frequented after being told there was no room for him to sleep, has left his friends and community reeling and searching for answers.

The man, whom the Star is not identifying at this time without his family's permission, often stayed at the St. Felix Centre, a neighbourhood hub on Augusta Ave. where men and women can shower, enjoy meals, receive counselling and use computers.

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19 CN BC: Drug Reform Day Of Action PlannedThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:02/21/2017

On Tuesday (February 21), exactly 914 feathers will hang from the trees in Oppenheimer Park.

They will symbolize the 914 people who died of an illicit-drug overdose in B.C. in 2016. The feathers will be carved out of wood and as many as possible will bear the name of somebody who died after taking drugs.

The Vancouver demonstration is part of a national day of action that is so far planned for seven cities across Canada. In B.C., events are also planned for Victoria and Nanaimo.

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20 CN BC: Kelowna Has B.C.As 3rd Highest Number Of Overdoses In JanuarySat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Peacock, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:02/21/2017

IHA saw largest increase in rate of drug overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016, a 145 per cent jump, from 64 to 158 deaths

Kelowna had the third highest number of illicit drug overdose deaths among B.C. cities last month.

In January, there were eight drug overdose deaths in Kelowna, 10 deaths in the Okanagan and 18 deaths across Interior Health, according to a BC Coroners Service report released Friday.

The top two cities for drug overdose deaths in January were Vancouver with 45 deaths and Surrey with nine.

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21 CN ON: City Wants Federal Help To Expand Naloxone ProgramSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:02/21/2017

Life-saving overdose antidote kits not available on Sundays, public health says

The city will put off a request to distribute more life-saving anti-overdose kits until it finds out whether the provincial or federal governments will cover the cost.

The city's public health department requested extra cash in 2017 to expand distribution of naloxone, a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of overdose on opioid drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

The city already hands out kits on request and via the needle exchange van, which travels around Hamilton during the week and on Saturdays handing out clean needles.

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22 CN ON: Region Struggles With Drugs That Claim More Lives Than CarSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:271 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - A group of parents sit around a small table. Their eyes are red from crying.

Nearby are framed photos of the children they have lost to drug overdoses. Among them are Iain Goddard, Brittany Cobbing and Austin Padaric.

Janice Walsh-Goddard didn't even know what fentanyl was when she heard it killed her son.

Iain Goddard died last May while Janice was in England on vacation. She got the call on the last day of her weeklong trip.

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23CN BC: Overdose Cases At Shelter All SurvivedSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Wilson, Carla Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Every one of the 26 people who overdosed on illicit drugs at Our Place in January survived, some treated with oxygen alone to keep them breathing.

As a result, they did not join the 116 people who died of drug overdoses in B.C. last month.

The 18 deaths recorded on Vancouver Island matched the high seen in November, and was up two from December, according to a report from the B.C. Coroners Service. Overall numbers in B.C. were down from a record high of 142 in December.

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24CN BC: Paper Castigated City's Dope MenaceSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mackie, John Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Vancouver World kept up steady stream of stories on evil of drugs

The evil of drugs has been a recurring theme for Vancouver newspapers since the city was founded in 1886. But few papers went as far as the Vancouver World's anti-dope campaign in January and February of 1922.

The tone of the campaign is summed up in an illustration by cartoonist Ernest LeMessurier on Feb. 18. A sharply dressed "dope trafficker" cowers before a cat o' nine tails whip being wielded by an arm labelled "public indignation." The title of the illustration is "The Cure."

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25CN ON: Big Jump In Opioid Deaths Worries City Health OfficialSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Deachman, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The arrests on Thursday of a dozen people in Ottawa believed to be involved in the trafficking of illicit opioids, coupled with the spike in recent years of drug overdose deaths in this city, underscores the need for greater public awareness, says Ottawa Public Health's manager of clinical programs.

"We follow what's happening across Canada - in Vancouver and Alberta - where they're seeing large increases in people dying from opioid overdoses," Andrew Hendriks said.

In Ottawa in 2015, there were 48 deaths from unintentional drug overdoses, a jump of 32 per cent over the previous year (the rest of Ontario saw just a six-per-cent increase in the same period). Of the 48 Ottawa deaths, 29 were the result of opioid use, of which 14 were attributable to fentanyl.

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26 CN BC: RCMP Shut Down Pot Dispensary Next To DaycareThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Bush, Chris Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:02/21/2017

Police cite parents' concerns over health and safety

Nanaimo Mounties have closed a marijuana dispensary that opened next door to a children's daycare centre.

Leaf Labs Medical Cannabis Services, at 679 Terminal Ave., was shut down Monday, three days after it opened, when police checked the business and allegedly observed evidence they believe contravened Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The dispensary was closed and secured until a search warrant was granted to search the premises.Police seized about 0.7 kilograms of marijuana.

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27CN BC: Four Applicants Eyeing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries InFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Comox Valley Echo (CN BC) Author:Briones, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The Village of Cumberland has received four applications to operate a medical marijuana dispensary business.

Application packages for Temporary Use Permits were submitted to the village before the January 15 deadline.

Staff reviewed the applications for completeness and indicated each contained all the required information and details.

The applicants are Trugreen Solutions Inc owned by George Oliver, Cumberland Pot Pourri owned by Ian and Katherine Kelly, Mid Island Medicinals owned by the Waverly Hotel and Pub, and Trichome Collective owned by Marwayne Enterprises Ltd.

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28 CN AB: Opioid Therapy Changing LivesFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:02/21/2017

Advocates call for increased access to new drug treatment I don't need to stick needles in my arms anymore... I can work a normal job.

A new therapy is the most effective intervention to treat opioid use disorder and other associated harms, according a recent progress report from the office of Alberta's chief medical officer of health.

Opioid replacement therapy (ORT) prevents the agonizing symptoms of opiate withdrawal - allowing people to get clean and get their lives back.

"If I hadn't gotten on methadone, I'd probably be dead," said Chelsea Burnham, a 25-year-old mental health and addictions outreach worker.

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29 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cities Should Act On MarijuanaSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Michaud, Julien Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:02/21/2017

Re: "Langford launches new bid to block marijuana dispensary," Feb. 15. I'm fairly certain jay-walking is still against the law. Is Langford Mayor Stew Young "mad as hell" that this is still going on, despite being illegal?

There has long been good reason to decriminalize marijuana, as Canadian drug laws arguably cause more harm than good. Our federal government, along with a great many voters, clearly agree with this.

Municipalities need to take responsibility and do what they know is right, with or without help from the federal government.

Julien Michaud

Brentwood Bay


30 CN BC: MLA Still Supports Legalizing Hard DrugsThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:112 Added:02/21/2017

In the late 1990s, Sam Sullivan, today the Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, paid for a 20-year-old sex worker's heroin habit for a period of three weeks.

He was a city councillor at the time. The story was front-page news in 2005, when Sullivan made a successful run for mayor. During the campaign, he refused to apologize for helping the girl purchase drugs.

"I had become very angry with a society that would let this lovely young woman degrade herself because our morals wouldn't allow us to accept where she was and help her try to move past it without destroying her life in the process," Sullivan told the Vancouver Courier that year.

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31 CN AB: Blood Tribe Police Dealing With Fentanyl Abuse DailySat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:101 Added:02/21/2017

When it comes to fighting the illegal drug trade, fentanyl knows no borders.

Overdose deaths attributed to the illicit opioid are skyrocketing each year in cities, towns and on reserves in Alberta.

The Blood Tribe Police have not been immune to the effects on the community it serves to protect. They welcome the Alberta Government's announcement last week that police officers are among those who will be trained to administer lifesaving Naloxone, which temporarily reverses the effect of fentanyl.

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32 CN ON: Two Charged After Police Raid Pair Of Marijuana DispensariesFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:, Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:02/21/2017

A 28-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after police raided his east-end Hamilton medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday.

Officers from Hamilton police's vice and drugs unit executed a search warrant at MMJ Canada - located at 146 Ottawa St. N. - around 1 p.m. and said they found about $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana products, including edibles.

"It was determined that the operator of this dispensary was committing the criminal acts of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and THC because they were selling or giving away marijuana or marijuana derivatives from their location," police said in a release.

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33CN BC: First Pot-Shop Rezonings Headed To Public HearingFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Victoria councillor criticizes first come, first served approach

The first of dozens of cannabis dispensary rezoning applications in Victoria is headed to public hearing, but consideration of another will wait.

City councillors decided Thursday to forward an application for Trees, at 546 Yates St., to public hearing, while deferring consideration of a second application from Pure Releaf, for its proposed dispensary at 510-512 Yates St. - less than half a block from the Trees outlet.

Approval of both outlets would be in violation of the city's cannabis dispensary rezoning policy, which mandates that storefront cannabis retailers must be at least 200 metres from each other.

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34 CN ON: A Family In TattersFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:200 Added:02/21/2017

Sick Kids' flawed Motherisk hair tests have shattered many lives, but the case of a 10-year-old girl torn from her mother and left in 'legal limbo' for almost half her life was shocking even to the judge who heard the case. In his ruling, he delivered a searing indictment of a broken system and apologized for a 'perfect storm' of errors and incompetence that has left . . .

A 10-year-old girl has been in "legal limbo" for nearly half her life after she was "wrongly apprehended" from her mother who had failed a flawed drug test.

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35 CN ON: Protesters Back Hamilton Pot DispensariesThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:02/21/2017

City has issued cease-and-desist order and threatened fines up to $50,000

Medical marijuana dispensary owners, employees and patients gathered outside City Hall Wednesday in protest of the city's crackdown against the businesses and to call for regulation.

The rally was organized in response to "cease and desist" letters the city sent to 17 medical marijuana dispensaries last week.

The letters cited zoning infractions and come with a warning of fines up to $50,000, plus up to $25,000 per day after a conviction.

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36 Canada: Canada, Israel Are Leading The Pot RevolutionThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Canadian Jewish News, The (Canada) Author:Lungen, Paul Area:Canada Lines:110 Added:02/21/2017

As marijuana becomes normalized, co-operation between the two countries is growing fast, and the potential for growth is sky-high

From the moment you enter the security-controlled reception area at Medreleaf, you notice there's something different about the place.

Perhaps it's the aroma in the air, reminiscent of marijuana plants, which happen to be growing in the thousands just metres away. Or maybe it's the smell of money, as in the revenue generated by Canada's largest medical marijuana producer. It might also be the aroma of Israel's agri-tech sector, since the Markham, Ont., company is a partner with Tikun Olam, an Israeli firm that's a pioneer in the development of medical grade marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses.

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37 CN NS: Editorial: Beyond Concern About LabelsThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:02/21/2017

It's a tough call, whether companies soon to be marketing recreational marijuana should be allowed to brand their product. A precedent is in the works with tobacco, to deny manufacturers the right to have distinctive packaging. Some would extend that same caution to pot.

It's an issue that government will ultimately have to grapple with - while hearing from proponents on both sides of the argument.

Garfield Mahood of Vancouver, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud, campaigned for decades to get the federal government to force tobacco companies to use plain packaging.

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38CN BC: RCMP Again Swoop In On Langford Pot ShopThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Kate Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

City files injunction to block dispensary that was first shut the day after opening

West Shore RCMP have once again moved to shut down Langford's first and only pot shop, arresting two people and seizing marijuana on Wednesday.

Mounties executed a search warrant at Green Tree Medical Dispensary at 108-688 Granderson Rd.

"The storefront had illegally reopened its doors over the weekend contrary to municipal and federal regulations," said West Shore RCMP spokesman Const. Alex Berube.

No charges have been laid and Berube said the investigation is ongoing.

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39Canada: Pot Industry Opposes Call For Plain PackagingThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Kane, Laura Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Vendors argue branding needed for mainstream

VANCOUVER * Garfield Mahood has spent 30 years fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes.

So, the longtime nonsmokers' rights activist says he doesn't have much faith in the government's ability to regulate and restrict the marketing of marijuana.

"They identified tobacco products as a cause of disease back in the 1950s," said Mahood, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud. "They've never been able to bring this epidemic close to a conclusion.

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40 CN BC: Mayor Calls For Drug Injection Rooms In All Government HotelsThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:149 Added:02/21/2017

The B.C. government owns more than 25 low-income hotels in community hit hardest by overdose drug deaths

Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling on the provincial government to set up drug injection rooms in all of the single-room-occupancy hotels it owns in the Downtown Eastside as another measure to prevent people from dying of a drug overdose.

The provincial government owns more than 25 hotels in the Downtown Eastside, where people are dying at an alarming rate of overdoses largely linked to the deadly synthetic narcotic fentanyl.

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41 CN NF: Education Is Key Says RCMP OfficerThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Packet, The (CN NF) Author:Farrell, Colin Area:Newfoundland Lines:124 Added:02/21/2017

If there was ever a time that people needed to talk to their kids about drugs it would be now.

The importance of education and communication were the key topics brought up during an information session on the drug fentanyl held at The Merge on Feb. 9.

Staff Sgt. Dale Foote, of the Burin Peninsula detachment of the RCMP, was one of the invited speakers for the evening.

"Everyone thinks that the overdose at the hospital is going to be the individual that is addicted to drugs, that's not (always) that case," said Foote during his presentation.

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42 CN AB: Athabasca RCMP Are Reminding Motorists That Marijuana Is StillFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:46 Added:02/21/2017

After a spike in roadside drug seizures, Athabasca RCMP are reminding people marijuana is still illegal.

The past month has seen a spike in drug seizures through traffic stops, with approximately 10 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine and 300 grams of marijuana and marijuana products - such as hash and hash oil - in 15 separate incidents, said Cpl. Curtis Harsulla, spokesman for the Athabasca RCMP.

"Some folks think it may be legal soon, but it's not quite there," Harsulla said.

Typically, the traffic enforcement unit may seize 15 to 30 grams of various drugs every five days, he said.

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43 CN BC: B.C. Supreme Court Ruling Gives Cities Authority To RegulateFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bula, Frances Area:British Columbia Lines:127 Added:02/21/2017

Cities have the right to deny business licences to illegal marijuana dispensaries and to prohibit the cultivation or sale of marijuana through their zoning bylaws, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.

The case is the latest development in what has become a patchwork of inconsistent rules and legal skirmishes as cities grapple with changing laws and an aggressive new marijuana industry.

While the sale of marijuana at storefronts, such as dispensaries, remains illegal, some cities such as Vancouver have moved to regulate them through business licences. Others, including Abbotsford, have remained determined to keep them outlawed.

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44 CN BC: Column: Good Luck Getting Marijuana Back Into A Plain PackageThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:02/21/2017

As the feds prepare to legalize marijuana, the task force appointed to conceptualize legalization has now recommended the drug be sold in plain packaging.

I can't imagine this being implemented successfully in Vancouver. This city famously has more pot shops than Tim Hortons restaurants and from Point Grey's Wealth to Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture they all have unique brands designed to attract a particular clientele.

They are also all operating outside the law and have been - in some cases - for years. Now, the federal government wants to legalize pot and force the blooming industry to comply with their rules but just like you can't close Pandora's box once it's been opened, it will be extremely difficult to shove all the brands and businesses built around marijuana into one uniform, plain package.

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45 CN ON: Burlington Marijuana Dispensary Raided, Pot And Cash SeizedThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Burlington Post (CN ON) Author:Whitnell, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:02/21/2017

Hamilton man charged at Harvester Road unit

A Hamilton man has been charged after police raided a Burlington business allegedly selling medical marijuana to people directly and also to those without a licence to possess it.

Members of the Halton Regional Police Services Burlington Street Crime Unit, in collaboration with City of Burlington bylaw enforcement, conducted an investigation into Budtanica Pain Relief Group operating out of 5125 Harvester Rd., Unit 1, east of Appleby Line.

Police and city officials allege the business was operating outside the city's zoning bylaws, which requires premises used for the growing, producing, testing, destroying, storing or distribution of medical marijuana or cannabis be authorized and licensed by the federal health ministry under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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46CN BC: Langford Mayor Upset As Pot Dispensary ReopensTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Langford Mayor Stew Young says he's madder than hell that the municipality's first and only pot shop reopened on the weekend.

"I am not going to turn a blind eye to something illegal," said Young, reacting to news that Green Tree Medical Dispensary is up and running. The store, at 108-688 Granderson Rd., had been shut down by West Shore RCMP on Jan. 17, the day after it opened.

"It is still illegal and the police will do their job, but the federal government better get its act together, because I'm fed up with the top politicians in the country saying we're going to legalize pot and it's turned into a free-for-all in the meantime," said Young, adding it's up to West Shore RCMP to take action. "I will never go to a policeman and say: 'Do not uphold the law.' "

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47 CN BC: Westside To Rein In Pot ShopsTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Seymour, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:02/16/2017

West Kelowna council set to consider bylaw that would restrict where medicinal marijuana can be grown, sold

It's high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank, city and police officials say. A new bylaw intended to curb the proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be considered today by West Kelowna council.

The proposed regulations set strict limits on where and how marijuana-growing businesses could operate in the future with the expected legalization of the drug.

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48 Canada: Patients Question Safety Of Medical Marijuana In Wake OfTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:142 Added:02/16/2017

Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight.

After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.

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49CN AB: Not 'Party drugs': Council Assesses Fentanyl's ImpactTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Edmonton is battling a new drug overdose crisis that simply doesn't fit any standard assumptions, council members were told Monday.

Only 20 per cent of the overdose deaths from fentanyl last year were in core neighbourhoods. Young men in the suburbs are actually at a much higher risk, said city officials.

"This has gone beyond being an inner-city issue," said Mayor Don Iveson, adding those dying most often from illicit fentanyl and prescription opioid painkillers are taking them alone at home where no one is available to help when things go wrong.

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50CN BC: Mom Buys Street Drugs 'Like Common Criminal' To Aid AddictedTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

A Victoria mother said she was desperate when she took her daughter to buy "street" methadone after being told it would take two weeks to a month to get a proper prescription.

"To our dismay, we have an addicted daughter asking for help and we are forced to buy some street drugs like a common criminal to keep her going until we can get her some help," said Correne Antrobus in a letter to the Times Colonist. "We have been waiting for this opportunity to help our daughter before she overdoses and the window is very slight when an addict is asking for help."

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