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1CN BC: Pot, Cigarette Smokers Could Face Same Rules: HorganWed, 13 Dec 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/16/2017

Marijuana smokers in British Columbia might have to abide by the same public smoking rules as tobacco users when cannabis becomes legal, Premier John Horgan said Tuesday.

Horgan said his government is still formulating its marijuana policy, but might follow the same provincial smoking laws and community-clean air bylaws that prohibit smoking near buildings or public spaces.

"Cigarette smokers can no longer smoke in public places," Horgan said in an interview.

"I think that may well be how we have to proceed with cannabis. We'll make a decision in the new year."

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2 CN BC: Legal Pot Will Protect Kids: TrudeauFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:03/06/2017

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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3CN BC: Legal Pot Will Keep Youth Safe, Take Money From Gangs: PMFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Federal government has no plans to include other illicit drugs in legislation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance.

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4CN BC: PM Says Legalized Pot Safer For YouthFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Trudeau looks to take money away from criminals and put it toward those 'facing challenges'

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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5CN BC: Opioid Crisis Deadliest In Career: Health OfficerFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2017

Among the medical diplomas, certificates and degrees on Dr. Perry Kendall's office wall is a framed copy of a newspaper with a headline that screams, City Doctors Give Okay to Socialized Medicine.

B.C.'s provincial health officer laughs at the mock front page of a Vancouver newspaper from 1951 that was given to him by his father-in-law, also a doctor.

The page is forward-looking, similar to Kendall's approach during a 45-year career in public health that started in free medical clinics in Toronto and Vancouver, and now sees him at the forefront of British Columbia's overdose crisis.

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6CN BC: B.C. Health Officer Backs Prescription HeroinTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

Prescribing medicinal heroin to prevent overdose deaths might appear to clash with common sense, but the provincial health officer in B.C. is backing the idea because he says European-style drug treatment programs work.

The arrival of the powerful opioid fentanyl drove B.C.'s death toll to a new peak last year of 914 overdose deaths, almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 deaths recorded by the provincial coroner in 2015.

Dr. Perry Kendall said he wants support from colleagues in health care and law enforcement to push the province to create treatment programs that prescribe a pharmaceutical-grade version of heroin, called diacetylmorphine. "It may be counterintuitive for people, but they have been shown to improve functioning, improve physical health, improve mental health," said Kendall. "They certainly get people out of illegal drug markets and many of those people have gone on to have relatively stable lives."

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7 CN BC: Victoria Votes To Allow Selling EdiblesFri, 06 May 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:88 Added:05/07/2016

Spurred Largely by Input From Senior Citizens, Council Takes Different Approach Than Vancouver to Consumable Pot Products

Senior citizens in Victoria support council's push to adopt a bylaw that allows edible pot products in medical marijuana dispensaries, despite health and safety concerns raised by the province's medical health officer, Mayor Lisa Helps says.

Victoria's council voted in favour of preparing a medical marijuana business bylaw Thursday that permits the sale of edible pot products, keeps marijuana businesses 200 metres apart from each other and prohibits any forms of advertising.

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8 CN BC: Oppal And Mexican Officials Join Forces To Fight GangsTue, 24 Mar 2009
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:03/24/2009

VICTORIA (CP)-- Criminal gangs don't pay attention to international borders, a fact that spurred a meeting yesterday between the attorneys-general of British Columbia and the northern Mexican state of Baja California looking for ways to fight the transnational gang network. Baja California's Rommel Moreno Manjarrez and B.C.'s Wally Oppal signed a statement of intent pledging to share information to fight drug-trafficking gangs who kill to protect their turf.

The information-sharing statement could ultimately lead to B.C. justice officials working in Mexico to help catch and jail gang members, they said.

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9 CN BC: Illegal Drug Use Sending More To HospitalTue, 04 Nov 2008
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:11/04/2008

VICTORIA -- Illegal drug use is sending an increasing number of British Columbians to hospital for treatment of symptoms ranging from psychotic episodes and pregnancy complications to traffic accidents, says a report released yesterday. The University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research study concluded the number of people who went to hospital for treatment of issues and symptoms related to illegal drug use has increased by almost 37 per cent over a five-year period.

But the biggest killers in British Columbia by far are still tobacco and alcohol.

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10 CN BC: Unsung Helpers In Kicking Drugs To Be HonouredWed, 01 Mar 2006
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:03/03/2006

Kaiser Foundation Will Begin Program To Recognize People Who Help Reduce The Harm Of Addiction

VICTORIA -- A multimillionaire entrepreneur is launching a national awards program to recognize the efforts of the thousands of nameless people and organizations who help people beat drug addiction.

The National Harm Reduction Awards program aims to recognize the unsung heroes who help reduce the harm associated with drug abuse in Canada, Edgar Kaiser Jr., chairman of the Kaiser Foundation, said Tuesday.

The Kaiser Foundation has put together a high-profile advisory board for the awards that includes Canada's U.S. ambassador designate Michael Wilson, Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti, and Tom D'Aquino of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

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11 CN BC: Kaiser Sets Up Awards For Anti-Drug EffortsWed, 01 Mar 2006
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:03/01/2006

VICTORIA -- A multimillionaire businessman is launching a national awards program to recognize the efforts of the thousands of nameless people and organizations who help people beat drug addiction.

The National Harm Reduction Awards program aims to recognize the unsung heroes who help reduce the harms associated with drug abuse in Canada, Edgar Kaiser Jr., chairman of the Kaiser Foundation, said yesterday.

The Kaiser Foundation has put together a high-profile advisory board for the awards that includes Michael Wilson, Canada's U.S. ambassador-designate; Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress; and Thomas d'Aquino of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

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12 CN NS: Organic Pot New Medical OptionMon, 28 Apr 2003
Source:Halifax Herald (CN NS) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:Nova Scotia Lines:89 Added:04/29/2003

Medical Marijuana Free of Pesticides Available From Legally Certified Grower

DUNCAN, B.C. (CP) - Eric Nash and his wife, Wendy Little, grow the healthiest legal pot in Canada.

Nash and Little are the first federally licensed medical marijuana growers in Canada to have their crop officially certified 100 per cent organic.

It's a healthy bonus for the thousands of Canadians who could use it to ease suffering from a wide range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, arthritis and AIDS, Nash says in an interview at his home in this Vancouver Island community about 70 kilometres north of Victoria.

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13 CN BC: BC Pot Growers First To Be Certified OrganicTue, 29 Apr 2003
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:04/29/2003

DUNCAN -- Eric Nash and his wife, Wendy Little, grow the healthiest legal pot in Canada.

Nash and Little are the first federally licensed medical marijuana growers in Canada to have their crop officially certified 100-per-cent organic.

It's a healthy bonus for the thousands of Canadians who could use it to ease suffering from a wide range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, arthritis and AIDS, Nash says in an interview at his home in this Vancouver Island community about 70 kilometres north of Victoria.

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14 CN BC: BC Pot Growers First To Be Certified OrganicMon, 28 Apr 2003
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:04/28/2003

DUNCAN -- Eric Nash and his wife, Wendy Little, grow the healthiest legal pot in Canada.

Nash and Little are the first federally licensed medical marijuana growers in Canada to have their crop officially certified 100-per-cent organic.

It's a healthy bonus for the thousands of Canadians who could use it to ease suffering from a wide range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, arthritis and AIDS, Nash says in an interview at his home in this Vancouver Island community about 70 kilometres north of Victoria.

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