Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill
in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to
legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day.
He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have
the luxury of biding it.
Why is this? Why, after more than 100 years of marijuana being
illegal, does the good senator think pushing back the smoke date by a
few weeks is the wrong thing to do?
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A NORTHERN Manitoba First Nation is building a permanent checkstop on
the only highway into the community to combat the illegal drug and
"It's like a border crossing and you'll have no choice but to go
through it. And if you don't want to be searched, you're not going to
go in," Norway House Chief Ron Evans said.
The small building next to Highway 373 looks a bit like a transport
safety weigh station. As of this month, the Norway House Cree Nation
Safety and Security Checkpoint will be open 24/7. Its official opening
is scheduled for Feb. 24.
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Harm reduction is more than a job for Karen Kittilsen Levine. Reducing
the numbers of people dying from opioid addiction and blood-borne
disease is something she's determined to do.
"We began doing outreach in Pictou County on November 1 and have more
than 40 clients, and we're beginning outreach in Amherst within a few
days," said Kittilsen Levine, who is the harm reduction coordinator
for the Northern Healthy Connections Society.
The organization collects used needles and distributes clean ones. It
also provides condoms and information on blood-borne diseases.
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Every morning, Kevin Thompson takes a short stroll from his apartment
to the Crosstown Clinic, where he signs in, gets his prescription
medicine, then sits in a small room and injects it before heading off
He follows this routine up to three times a day and has done so
virtually every day for more than a dozen years.
The medicine is diacetylmorphine, the medical term for prescription
"It saved my life. No question, it saved my life," Mr. Thompson, 47,
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OTTAWA - Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in
penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the
federal prison service has told the Trudeau government.
A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information
Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to round out existing
and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison.
Prison tattooing and needle-exchange programs for drug users have
generated intense controversy over the years, and the March 2017 memo
says detailed research should be carried out before embarking on a
syringe needle program, in particular, "to avoid unintended and
negative consequences for inmates."
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B.C. has become a haven of drug-dealing and money-laundering that's
killing hundreds of people from overdoses and pricing homes beyond the
reach of law-abiding citizens.
That's the view of Attorney-General David Eby, who's promising bold
action to purge B.C.'s casinos and hyper-inflated real-estate markets
from the influence of criminals.
"We have an international reputation that's in tatters," Eby told me.
"We will clean it up. My goal is to have B.C.'s international
reputation back on track."
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Two years after the province abandoned using an Ontario laboratory for
drug and alcohol testing in custody cases, a decision by a Sydney
Supreme Court justice is casting doubt on whether a Halifax lab is any
The decision by Justice Theresa Forgeron of the court's Family
Division rejected a bid by the Department of Community Services to
have the director of the Capital Health Authority's toxicology lab,
Dr. Bassam Nassar, give expert opinion evidence concerning urine
testing samples from a Cape Breton father.
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For all the hand-wringing that we were rushing into cannabis
legalization, and that there wasn't enough time to get it right, it
turns out that it wasn't that hard to figure out, after all.
Proponents of legalization have long argued that it makes far more
sense to regulate cannabis similar to how we regulate alcohol. All
along, then, the model for cannabis retail was staring us right in the
face, and the Alberta government deserves credit for not missing the
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I am quite suspicious about the headspace of the Journal editor who
captioned a brief article about a U.S. survey with the headline "Pot
holiday linked to fatal car crashes" (Feb. 13). Maybe their attention
span allowed them to only get as far as the first paragraph.
The next one explicitly stated that the survey being reported had
found absolutely no evidence of a link between pot smoking and car
crashes on the one day of the year studied from 1992 to 2016, which
was April 20, the day of the year adopted by activists to push for the
decriminalization of cannabis.
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Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans
As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational
marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for
Most forms of medical cannabis do not have a Drug Identification
Number (DIN) in Canada, which leaves it subject to tax and exempts it
from most health coverage plans.
"We're not talking about drug users using this to get high, we're
talking about patients that need it to be able to function and be part
of a working society," said Scott Bladon, an Edmonton man who has
legally used cannabis for three years to treat psoriatic arthritis.
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As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet
As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an
ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers
from hitting B.C.'S streets.
"I've stopped lots of people who have been under the influence of
marijuana," recalls retired West Vancouver traffic enforcement officer
Cpl. Grant Gottgetreu. "You had to get really good at making
"Unless a person gets pulled over and there's an overwhelming smell of
burned marijuana from the car
there's still no instrument out there
to test like there is for alcohol yet."
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(Re: New guideline recommends doctors avoid prescribing medical
marijuana for most conditions, Feb. 15)
The British have just issued the same guideline raising the question
why there was not public education on the serious dangers to health
before the Trudeau government fast-tracked legalizing marijuana.
Besides causing serious damage to young developing brains, using pot
can also lead to very aggressive behaviour is some people. The bottom
line is very little is known about the long-term health effects of
the 80 cannabinoids contained in marijuana. One thing we do know from
the experiences in Colorado and Washington states, after legalization,
is there will likely be more impaired drivers on our highways leading
to more road deaths and young people will gain access to the drug with
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Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year
If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018
provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax.
The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include
a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is
expected to go on sale sometime later this year.
Finance Minister Cameron Friesen confirmed government is not budgeting
for any marijuana revenues in 2018-19 and is still examining the
potential costs associated with legalized weed, including additional
health care, road safety and justice costs.
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I firmly believe that most Canadians don't want recreational marijuana
legalized, and that there is still time to stop it.
The basic threat to the Liberal party is anti-marijuana voters who
will get their attention in the election coming up next year.
I don't need to repeat the many solid reasons why legalization of pot
is a bad decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It will turn into
a disaster, causing major grief to thousands of families.
It's sad that most Canadians don't speak up as loudly as the dopers do
while breaking the law. What we need is a well-known "champion," like
a Jim Pattison type, to start up a campaign against legalization.
Bill Davis, New Westminster
The Rx Greenhouse, one of the state's first marijuana pharmacy is
looking to open in Metairie. This rendering is a picture of the
pharmacy's waiting area.
One of the state's first marijuana pharmacies is looking to open in
Metairie nearly two years after Louisiana lawmakers authorized the use
of medical marijuana for certain conditions.
The Rx Greenhouse last month got preliminary approval from the state
Pharmacy Board and plans to be operational by Sept. 1, according to
CEO Dr. Sajal Roy, who is also a pharmacist.
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South Carolina could allow prison inmates with physical or
mental-health issues to be treated with cannabidiol oil, an active
ingredient found in marijuana plants.
The S.C. House budget-writing committee OK'd an amendment Tuesday that
would authorize the S.C. Department of Corrections to start a pilot
program to study the effects of cannabidiol oil use on inmates.
South Carolina already has a law -- Julian's Law -- that allows
patients with certain forms of epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil.
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The state auditor says Ohio should continue its medical marijuana
program despite "multiple" flaws in selecting grower applicants.
Republican Auditor David Yost says the program's flaws should be
handled by administrative appeals or lawsuits.
At issue is the Department of Commerce's admission last week that a
scoring error led to a company's inadvertent exclusion from the
proposed list of the dozen big marijuana growers in Ohio's new program.
The agency says it identified the mistake after Yost expressed concern
that two employees had complete access to the scoring data.
The agency offered to put the program on hold. Yost said in
Wednesday's letter it's too late for that. He urged the agency to get
advice from the Ohio Attorney General.
Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and
other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to
suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign
against the medical and recreational legalization movement.
The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from
opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front
lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said,
to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the
appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.
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With toxic street drugs such as fentanyl killing four British
Columbians a day, much of the response has focused on overdose
treatments with naloxone, and supervised injection sites. Yet
public-health staff have concluded that emergency interventions such
as these will not stop the epidemic. If the supply of these drugs
cannot be halted - and no war on drugs has ever been won - the only
option is to prevent the downward slide that leads to street-drug addiction.
Many of the victims are middle-age men and women who have fought a
lifelong struggle against such challenges as alcoholism, mental
illness, the lasting effects of childhood abuse and more.
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