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1 CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Adshade, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:08/15/2017

Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products

This isn't your grandma's home remedy.

Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.

"If you eat that ice cream, you're going to feel very, very relaxed. We've got people in their 80s coming in here," said Hank Merchant, chief executive officer of HBB Medical - a medicinal pot dispensary in Stellarton that opened several weeks ago.

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2 CN NS: City Looks Into Pot PlanningMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:95 Added:08/15/2017

Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization

Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality.

In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.

The federal government introduced legislation to legalize marijuana this spring. The bill passed first and second reading, and was referred to committee for further debate. The government intends to bring the law into effect no later than July 2018.

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3 CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot PlansFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:98 Added:08/15/2017

Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws

The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation.

In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.

It's all being done in anticipation of the federal legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018.

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4 CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong CharacterMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hawthorn, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:08/15/2017

Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79.

Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.

Musician and marijuana aficionado Tommy Chong became familiar with the officer's reputation in Vancouver in the late 1960s. With comedic partner Richard (Cheech) Marin, he created the character Sgt. Stadanko (sometimes written Stedenko), a caricatured foil to good-natured hippies who were seeking only to get high. The character was portrayed to outrageous effect by a flat-topped Stacy Keach in the smash 1978 comedy Up in Smoke.

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5 CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The WayMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Lett, Dan Area:Manitoba Lines:134 Added:08/15/2017

IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally.

Shoppers Drug Mart.

Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.

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6 CN MB: PUB LTE: Slow Movement On MarijuanaMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Vorauer, Jack Area:Manitoba Lines:35 Added:08/15/2017

Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than 100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does.

Their products are still there today; all of them are the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.

It says this on each package, and they are sold everywhere.

Marijuana is a green plant not loaded with chemicals to keep it burning, as cigarettes are, and does not cause any kind of cancer. It also has some medical qualities that are useful and some qualities that have to be controlled, (but) not as much as alcohol.

Months to "get it right" is not difficult. They should call this "The Marijuana Waltz."

Jack Vorauer

Winnipeg

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7 CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Hasn't Caused An Overdose DeathMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:08/15/2017

Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.

It's the "safest therapeutic substance known to man … safer than most foods," wrote DEA judge Francis Young after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony.

U.S. states that have legalized weed have had significant drops in opioid use and overdoses.

So don't fear the weed, Canada, embrace it. You'll be much better off.

Jeff Meyers, Westlake Village, Calif.

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8 CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge ResponseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:08/15/2017

Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey.

Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.

The survey, which sought feedback on people's priorities - road safety, eliminating the black market or keeping pot away from minors, for example - closed July 31.

The federal government wants to make recreational cannabis legal by July 2018, but many key decisions have to be made by provinces - such as where and how the drug can be sold or how products should be taxed.

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9CN BC: OPED: Leadership On Drugs Desperately NeededMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McPhie, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Action, not words, is what we need to fix problem writes Michael McPhie.

Like most of us in B.C. over the past few months my attention has been focused on the goings on in Victoria and, more recently, the significant effect from the wildfires.

I have to commend both the province and the federal government for their response to the wildfire situation. It has really been quite extraordinary and I'm sure has saved many homes and ultimately lives. It clearly demonstrates what is possible when focus and resources are provided in a timely manner.

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10CN ON: Toronto Gets First Safe Injection SiteMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Warnica, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

It's unofficial - but welcome

The tent went up at ten to four on Sunday - a big tan tarp slung over a metal base in the last ungentrified sliver of Toronto's downtown.

Around it, tattooed volunteers shifted supplies: black naloxone kits, water bottles, baggies stuffed with sterilized needles and gear.

"Don't you think this is so cool," Angie Austin said to a group of friends sitting on the grass nearby. "What is it?" one replied. "It is," she said, "a safe injection site."

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11US: Editorial: Opioids A National Problem -- And So Is TrumpFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Taking a break from his provocative tweets on North Korea, President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid addiction epidemic a national emergency, heeding Gov. Chris Christie's suggestion as part of Christie's work with a special presidential commission on opioid abuse.

It was a welcome step by Trump, albeit a bit unexpected; as recently as Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Trump would not make the emergency declaration because it was unnecessary. But as is so often the case with Trump, even sensible policy is layered with impulsiveness, hypocrisy and a general sense of cluelessness.

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12 US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For TennesseeSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Author:Wadhwani, Anita Area:Tennessee Lines:165 Added:08/15/2017

The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade.

Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.

Experts say physicians and family members are more likely to overlook addiction in senior citizens -- even after opioids require a trip to the hospital.

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13 CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin IncreaseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:08/15/2017

The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London.

Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.

One agency blames the spike on the province tightening the prescription drugs it covers under a program for people on social assistance and seniors, which has driven some users to heroin instead.

"I've never known it (heroin) here. Now it is," said Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, whose work includes a drug needle exchange program. "Heroin is here and I don't see it disappearing anytime soon."

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14 CN MB: Hidden DangerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:74 Added:08/15/2017

Family finds drug paraphernalia tucked away in hotel room

A Winnipeg hotel is changing protocols for housekeeping staff after a family found a syringe and "rocks" of drugs inside their room last weekend.

Nicole Hamm said her husband Neil located drugs and paraphernalia hidden on a ledge underneath the bathroom sink of their Victoria Inn Winnipeg hotel room last Saturday. In photos and video posted to Facebook by Nicole Hamm, a syringe is visible, as are three white "rocks" of an undetermined substance placed in spoons.

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15 CN MB: Under CoverSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Billeck, Scott Area:Manitoba Lines:76 Added:08/15/2017

RCMP add fentanyl protective gear

Manitoba's 1,080 front-line RCMP officers are getting an added layer of protection in the fight against fentanyl and other opioid exposure in the province.

The Manitoba government is investing nearly $54,000 on new personal protective equipment, which the RCMP say will be available to each of their front-line officers by the end of the year.

The new equipment kit, paid for by the criminal property forfeiture fund, includes respiratory and eye protection.

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16 CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalized Drugs Are Best Way To Save LivesSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Randell, Alan Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:08/15/2017

Re: "Consumption sites save lives," editorial, Aug. 9.

The answer to ending the fentanyl crisis was given in the editorial, but even as it quoted the words from Jack Phillips of the Society of Illicit Drug Users, it seemed to be oblivious to the message. The editorial quoted his words: "As long as people are using crap drugs, they will overdose and continue to die."

Phillips might well have continued to say that the best way to ensure that users have access to safe drugs is to put an end to drug prohibition and legalize all recreational drugs, but perhaps that was considered too radical for the tender souls at the Times Colonist editorial department.

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17 CN ON: Editorial: A Sensible Approach To Dealing With Drug AbuseSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/15/2017

In the wake of a recent spike in drug deaths in Toronto, municipal politicians have suddenly gone into overdrive suggesting ways to combat this scourge.

In the space of a week we went from Mayor John Tory leading a plan to speed up the completion of three previously approved supervised drug injection sites in Toronto, to Board of Health Chairman Joe Mihevc suggesting it's time to consider decriminalizing heroin and other drugs.

Clearly, it's time for everyone to slow down.

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18 CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On OverdosesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/15/2017

People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency."

Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.

At a news conference Friday beside a laundromat in a hardscrabble section of downtown Toronto, community health workers, drug users and anti-poverty activists were also united in their call to end the criminalization of drug use.

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19 CN ON: Harm Reduction Workers Want Action On Toronto Opioid 'Crisis'Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:08/15/2017

TORONTO - Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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20 CN ON: Advocates Call For Interim Drug-Use Sites In TorontoSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:08/15/2017

The city is also being urged to declare a public-health emergency amid a string of overdoses and suspected related deaths

Harm-reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim supervised drug-use spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public-health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

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21 CN MB: Criminals Paying For Mounties' Fentanyl Safety GearSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kusch, Larry Area:Manitoba Lines:76 Added:08/15/2017

MANITOBA RCMP officers are being equipped with special masks and goggles to protect them in the event they're exposed to fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opiate.

They will also switch to black latex gloves instead of the standard-issue blue ones to better detect the white powder.

Criminals are footing the bill.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced on Friday that the provincial government will spend nearly $54,000 from its criminal property forfeiture fund to equip more than 1,000 front-line Mounties with the new gear. Also included will be specialized drums to store evidence.

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22 CN ON: LTE: Vulnerable People Start With Available DrugsMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:08/15/2017

In reply to Robert Sinclair's letter ("gateway drug theory is flawed") defending the legalization of marijuana, and his refuting that weed may be a gateway to harder drugs, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, as late as April of this year, has stated that "an alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs."

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23 US: Marijuana States Try To Curb Smuggling, Avert Us CrackdownMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Selsky, Andrew Area:United States Lines:146 Added:08/15/2017

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon's legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure "we're protecting the new industry that we're supporting here."

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24 Canada: 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Urged On Pot Use By DriversMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Canada Lines:119 Added:08/15/2017

Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales

When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.

The group will release a position paper today calling on the province to ban pot smoking in cars with a "zero tolerance" policy, cap the amount of THC in cannabis products and use all tax revenues from them to boost addiction and mental health services.

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25 CN MB: Pot Legalization Dominates RoundtableSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Manitoba Lines:103 Added:08/15/2017

Initially slated to address the national opioid crisis, the majority of questions addressed during Friday's roundtable discussion centred on the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire and Conservative Party of Canada health critic Rachael Harder headed the roundtable discussion at the Trails West Inn, whose question period quickly pushed aside the opioid crisis, which hasn't impacted Brandon as heavily as it has some other areas of the nation.

There were 2,458 opioid-related deaths in Canada last year, of which 24 were in Manitoba.

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26 CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction AwarenessThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Airdrie City View (CN AB) Author:Ruth, Dustin Area:Alberta Lines:153 Added:08/15/2017

Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction.

Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.

"There are so many families being affected," Taylor said. "I think the stigma is so incredible that people are embarrassed to come forward. It took us a long time."

Taylor has been married to her husband Jeff for 23 years and said the two raised their daughter, Kenedee, and son, Nathan, to respect curfews and stay away from drugs.

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27 CN ON: Niagara On Track For Record Fentanyl DeathsFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:08/15/2017

The number of Niagara residents dying from fentanyl related overdoses is on track to hit a record high this year, according to data provided by Niagara Regional Police.

Police say officers have responded to 15 fatal opioid overdoses since Jan. 1, with 10 of them involving fentanyl. Police responded to 12 fentanyl related fatal overdoses in all 2016.

This data only reflects overdose incidents that involved the police. It does not capture overdoses, fatal or otherwise, that did not involve a police response such as a person arriving at an emergency room on their own.

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28 CN BC: LTE: Calls Growing To Curb Deadly Violence In Lower MainlandFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Gunson, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:08/15/2017

Re: Surrey on edge after trio of shootings, Aug. 10

It doesn't take a genius to figure out the root cause of the deadly violence happening in the Lower Mainland is control of the illegal drug trade. Control, fear and retaliation are all part of this nasty business.

What is even more disturbing is the family and friends of these thugs know about their criminal activity. B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is correct in saying, "Parents and family members have the information and need to come forward."

Until the community starts addressing the root causes, the violence will continue.

Steve Gunson, Abbotsford

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29 CN ON: LTE: Grim ReapingSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Harris, Jamie Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:08/15/2017

A conspiracy hypothesis must surely be tested regarding the carnage currently inflicted by street fentanyl and its weaponized derivative, carfentanil.

Simply stated, drug dealing is a business. No entrepreneur is going to deliberately contaminate product so that it kills the customers.

Suspicion must be entertained that some organization with ulterior motives is deliberately contaminating the street drug supply.

Opioid and stimulant injectors are the main target. The possibility of tainted street marijuana (Get naloxone, pot users urged, Aug. 4) pales by comparison.

Now more than ever, the adage rings true that illegal drugs are not dangerous because they're illegal, they're illegal because they are dangerous.

Harm reduction efforts are laudable but they are failing to stop the purge.

Jamie Harris

London

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30CN ON: Companies Rush To Brand Pot Products While Marketing RulesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Would you like to indulge in an exhilarating burst of energy and creativity while enjoying an uplifting experience?

That may be in store for medical marijuana users purchasing a new strain created in conjunction with Tokyo Smoke, according to the Canadian "lifestyle" company that unveiled the product on Thursday.

It's also perhaps a peek into the future as cannabis companies scramble to create brands that will be attractive to millions of potential customers when recreational pot is legal.

Tokyo Smoke, which sells cannabis accessories, coffee and clothing, has teamed up with Aphria, one of the country's largest medical marijuana growers, on four new strains of marijuana.

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31 CN ON: City Seeks Pot Dispensary Court InjunctionSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:08/15/2017

Supporters vow to fight bid to permanently close businesses

"They are looking to set a precedent. I hope they do..." - Britney Guerra, Cloud Nine Owner

The city is escalating its battle with illegal storefront pot shops by seeking a court injunction to shutter a popular downtown dispensary and vapour lounge.

But owners and supporters of the Hamilton Village Dispensary and Cloud Nine are vowing to fight to save the 275 King St. E businesses.

The injunction request obtained by The Spectator cites zoning and bylaw violations in asking a judge to order the businesses permanently closed. It also wants Hamilton police to be required to enforce the order.

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32 CN ON: Advocate Calling For National State Of EmergencySat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:08/15/2017

Opioid crisis 'like genocide'

Recovery advocate Annie McCullough is calling for Canada to declare a national state of emergency in the opioid crisis as the death toll continues to climb, including three fatalities in Durham Region Friday.

McCullough, a co-founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, said that what Toronto and the GTA is experiencing now - a surge in fentanyl-related overdoses in Toronto - has been an epidemic in Vancouver over the past two years.

"What's going on with fentanyl almost feels like a conspiracy because people know now that it's killing people and they're not stopping distributing it, whoever these people are that are doing it," McCullough said. "It's almost like they have a death wish for people; it feels like genocide."

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33 CN ON: Street Drugs 101: A PrimerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/15/2017

As deadly fentanyl fuels a public health crisis, Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman reveals what you should know about common London street drugs

Forget the old adage that what you don't know, can't hurt you. When it comes to street drugs, what you don't know can kill you.

That was the thrust of a rare public health warning - three health agencies and London police joined in its release - last week in London, when authorities stressed that the latest villain in Canada's opioid drug crisis, deadly fentanyl, is turning up in other illegal street drugs.

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34CN ON: Pot Shop Objector Left High And DryFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

'Everyone is just standing still, letting it happen'

When a shop openly selling marijuana opened a couple blocks from her home, Angie Todesco was astounded.

A year later, she shuffles through a file folder of official responses from authorities she figured might have some power to shut down a store illegally selling drugs. She's written, emailed or called everyone from the prime minister to the Manor Park Community Association. "It doesn't amount to a hill of beans," she says.

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35CN BC: Another Dispensary Breach, And Still No Pot LawFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Sensitive patient data supplied to a Vancouver cannabis dispensary has been either mishandled or - according to the shop's owner - stolen, a situation that again highlights the confusion over the regulation of retail pot.

Most people in weed-friendly Vancouver, it seems, don't have a problem with dispensaries. A Nanos poll of Vancouverites last year found only 14 per cent supported banning medical dispensaries.

But the city's decision to take the lead in Canada by licensing a still-illegal industry has contributed to a regulatory haze where many in Vancouver - including cannabis users and non-consumers alike, and even those involved in the weed business - have expressed confusion about the state of affairs while Canadians await expected federal legislation to legalize nonmedicinal marijuana.

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36CN ON: Legal Pot Poses Judicial ConundrumThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

In what's believed to be a Canadian first, a judge in Sarnia is having to wrestle with the question whether having medicinal pot on you is illegal if you're driving under its influence.

In a case heard Wednesday, federal drug prosecutor Michael Robb said the issue hadn't come up before in the government's prosecution service.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by marijuana and to possession of marijuana.

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37 CN AB: Site Eyed For Supervised Drug UseThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:162 Added:08/15/2017

ARCHES identifies former downtown area nightclub as a future medically-supervised drug consumption site

A former downtown area nightclub has been pegged as the location for a future medically-supervised drug consumption site. ARCHES Lethbridge, a harm reduction agency, made the announcement on Wednesday that it had filed an application on July 31 with Health Canada to establish the services at the site formerly known as Pulse Nightclub. The facility requires a federal exemption to allow drug use inside the building.

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38 CN ON: White High On New Opioid ExchangeThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:08/15/2017

Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.

White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless. "I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger discussion around addiction," White said.

"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of crime."

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39 CN ON: Fentanyl Blamed For Deadly ODFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:161 Added:08/15/2017

Sarnia cops warn of opioid-laced street drugs after three overdoses - one of them fatal - in five hours

Three overdoses in mere hours, one of them deadly - the sinister new face of Southwestern Ontario's opioid drug crisis has killed again, this time not a week after a rare public health warning about the often-hidden killer.

A few grains of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, mixed with cocaine, likely caused a fatal overdose Wednesday night in Sarnia, prompting a new warning from police in that city about drugs laced with fentanyl.

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40 CN ON: LTE: Disputed Drug Bust Justified, Police SayFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Renwick, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/15/2017

Re: 'I lost everything': Ottawa man loses home after false fentanyl bust, Ottawa Citizen, July 31.

The Caldwell Avenue apartment was well known to both Ottawa Police patrol officers and Ottawa Community Housing due to the heavy traffic and disruptive drug activities. Officers and paramedics were dispatched twice to the apartment in April 2017 for people who had overdosed.

In light of prevalent drug consumption at the apartment and concerns for public safety, the Ottawa Police Drug Unit began an investigation into the suspected sale of controlled substances. A thorough investigation confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking, and a search warrant was executed on April 25.

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41CN ON: Column: Police Should Make Amends To Royston ChristieFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

The scourge of fentanyl has hit the nation's capital with devastating consequences, and kudos to Ottawa police for going into overdrive to bring to justice the criminals who traffic in this deadly drug. But there is no excuse for what they did to Royston Christie after a drug raid at his Caldwell Avenue home.

And it is a shame that months later, nobody has raised a finger to support a man wrongly accused of dealing drugs and then left homeless to boot. Ottawa police have sent a letter to the Citizen (see below, left) giving their take on the arrest, but it still doesn't answer the fundamental question about Christie's treatment.

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42 CN ON: Can Legal Pot Turn Illegal?Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:08/15/2017

Judge struggles with 'lawful prescription becoming unlawful due to its use,' by driver under its influence

SARNIA - In what's believed to be a Canadian first, a judge here is having to wrestle with whether having medicinal pot on you is illegal if you're driving under its influence.

In a case heard Wednesday, federal drug prosecutor Michael Robb said the issue hadn't come up before in the government's prosecution service.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by marijuana and to possessing marijuana.

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43 CN ON: LTE: Facts, Studies Show Legalizing Marijuana Will Be AThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:08/15/2017

In reply to Robert Sinclair's letter ("Gateway drug theory is flawed") defending the legalization of marijuana, and his refuting that weed may be a gateway to harder drugs, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, as late as April of this year, has stated that "an alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drugtaking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs."

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44 CN BC: Weemedical Society Defends Marijuana SalesThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Latkowski, Barbara Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:08/15/2017

In light of two recent arrests involving what Prince George RCMP are referring to as an "illegal storefront business," members of a provincial marijuana advocacy group are not about to give up.

"Prince George has a fair population and lots of people who do physical work and require pain relief," said MayJoan Liu, director of the WeeMedical Society.

"We are all people. Everyone has aches and pains. Why should someone have to travel all the way to Vancouver to find pain relief?"

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45 CN BC: Editorial: What's The Point Of Pot Arrests?Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:128 Added:08/15/2017

Part one of two

RCMP are still making pot arrests, in Prince George, in 2017, less than a year before marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

It'd be funny if it wasn't so silly.

Police are so backward on pot that their press releases still spell it as "marihuana," which is how it's spelled in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the basis for the latest local charges.

Maybe they should pronounce it the way they spell it? Now that might be funny.

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46CN BC: Hippie Nemesis Snidanko, Feared In A60s, Dead At 79Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mackie, John Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

In the 1960s, the name Abe Snidanko sent chills up the spine of every hippie in Vancouver. Snidanko worked undercover with the RCMP drug squad and busted longhairs for pot and other drugs.

Snidanko's fame went international when former Vancouverite Tommy Chong used him as the inspiration for Sgt. Stadanko, the opening track on Cheech and Chong's 1973 comedy album Los Cochinos.

The fictional Sgt. Stadanko also appeared in the Cheech and Chong films Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. But what the real Sgt. Snidanko thought about his fictional counterpart is unknown - he declined interviews.

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47CN ON: Decriminalizing Debate Grows Beyond MarijuanaThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Pearson, Matthew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Making everything legal 'crazy,' but might help, city officials say

Decriminalizing all illegal drugs - not just marijuana - may help decrease the devastating effects of drug use and addiction in Ottawa, city officials said Wednesday.

They were responding to a suggestion by Toronto's medical officer of health that such a drastic move could help address Canada's spiralling opioid crisis.

Dr. Eileen De Villa told reporters last week the current approach to drugs in her city and across the country "doesn't seem to be having the desired impact."

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48 CN NS: Column: Pot's Just One Solution For Digital DisconnectionThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Vibert, Jim Area:Nova Scotia Lines:114 Added:08/15/2017

Legal pot was inevitable the moment society became inexorably bound to runaway technology.

Friday, with a digital lifeline severed, pasty-faced, disoriented humans stumbled out of the disrupted dichotomy - separate connection - to join other disoriented, confused survivors wandering, lost and untethered, in the foreign world of a decade back.

Sitting stoned alone in your backyard would clearly be a healthier psychological response. When everything depends on one thing, and that one thing is undependable, dupable and destructible, there needs to be a fallback, and "who gives a crap" is a viable option.

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49 CN BC: Editorial: Pot's March To RespectabilityFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:126 Added:08/15/2017

Part two of two

Marijuana is like Pink Floyd.

The English group remains hugely popular. A cover band played Prince George earlier this year, sold out the Playhouse and earned a standing ovation at the end. Former Floyd man Roger Waters is currently touring the biggest arena venues in North America, mixing in a few new songs with the Floyd classics.

Not bad for a band that except for two songs - Another Brick In The Wall and Money - had little commercial radio presence in their heyday. Unlike Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and the Eagles, who poured out radio-friendly four-minute classics at will during the 1970s, the Floyd released dense concept albums with songs more than 10 minutes long, odd time signatures and lengthy instrumental passages.

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50 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, DeathsSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Whitworth, Colin Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:08/14/2017

Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

When it comes to dealing with addictive drugs as a society, Rosie DiManno misses the point entirely, partly because she based her argument on a bad interpretation of the facts.

She cites Portugal, which decriminalized drugs in 2001, saying there was a "40-per-cent increase in homicides related to drugs, even as overdose deaths have plunged."

That number is illusory and ancient. The increase in homicides between 2001and 2006 was for all homicides, not just those related to drugs. The statistics do not break homicides out by that category.

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51 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, DeathsSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Elrod, Matthew M. Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:08/14/2017

Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

Rosie DiManno should think twice about decriminalizing drugs. Canada gave the concept serious consideration in 1972 with the Le Dain Commission and thought about it some more with the House of Commons Special Committee on Non-medical Use of Drugs in 2002.

DiManno's apprehension seems to boil down to decriminalization sending "the wrong message." If refraining from criminalizing those who engage in unhealthy activities sends the wrong message, are we remiss in not criminalizing drinkers, smokers and the sports she endorses?

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52 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, DeathsSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Leigh, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:08/14/2017

Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

If drugs were legal and pure, and users could read the instructions on the packet and ask their doctor or pharmacist how much will give them a good high and how much will kill them, surely there would be fewer accidental overdose deaths.

Simon Leigh, Toronto

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53 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, DeathsSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Dale, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:08/14/2017

Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

Rosie DiManno's column is well-reasoned but wrong. This century's problems aren't due to irrationality, not that there isn't a lot of that to go around, but rather to ignoring the facts and evidence.

There have been endless studies concluding that criminal sanctions have no impact on people's behaviour, yet that doesn't stop people from arguing the opposite. Nor does the fact that increasingly harsh penalties adopted in the U.S. have reduced neither drug use nor drug deaths.

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54 CN ON: LTE: Reducing Drug Use, DeathsSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Lockman, Rick Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:08/14/2017

Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7

We lost a son to suicide two years ago at the age of 29. Marijuana is the starter drug that was the beginning of the end. Now we will have to watch many other youth never get started in life and many more die too young. We need to teach our youth, and adults for that matter, to deal with life straight up, not turn to a crutch when life gets tough. Face your problems with a clear head. I speak from experience. Alcohol or drugs do not solve problems; they mask them.

Rick Lockman, Orillia

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55 CN ON: LTE: Pot A Real DangerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Jordan, Donna Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:08/14/2017

I am concerned the federal government plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use by July 2018 when there is so much well researched information available about its harmful effects and when so many health associations have expressed grave concern.

The only plausible reason I can see is that it is viewed as a source of revenue, yet The Free Press reported in Weighing the pot-ential impact (July 29) that the "marijuana boss for the city of Denver" stated 100 per cent of revenue there went toward regulation, education, enforcement and public health.

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56 CN ON: LTE: Messed UpFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Haskett, S. Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:08/14/2017

Re "Rethinking the war on drugs" (Shawn Jeffords, Aug. 5): A safe injection is something received from a nurse or a doctor. What you people are doing is so messed up. Other countries arrest illegal drug users, they don't baby them. It's illegal for a reason - it kills you! Perhaps the do-gooders can set up a private track for drunk drivers. I know addiction - I quit smoking 20 years ago. It was hard but entirely possible.

S. Haskett Courtland, Ont..



(The debate over whether the use of illegal drugs is a criminal or a medical issue isn't going to end anytime soon)

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57 CN BC: B.C. Officials Eye Portugal's Drug PolicyThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:08/14/2017

Canadian health authorities, including the province's health officer, say European country's model could help combat opioid crisis

Canadian health-care experts, including British Columbia's provincial health officer, want the federal government to strongly consider Portugal's approach to drug policy, including the decriminalization of personal possession.

Portugal's model could benefit British Columbia, Perry Kendall said, noting his province has seen increased overdose deaths from illicitly produced fentanyl - a problem moving across Canada.

Portugal did not decriminalize all drugs in all circumstances, he said, noting the country's approach removes the application of criminal law on personal possession for limited amounts while offering education and social supports.

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58 CN ON: Not Time To Talk Decriminalization: ToryThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:08/14/2017

Mayor John Tory says now is not the time to engage in a divisive debate about decriminalizing heroin.

Tory was reacting to comments made Friday by Board of Health Chair Joe Mihevc, who suggested the 'war on drugs' hasn't worked and it might be time for Toronto to try a new approach.

Starting a discussion about decriminalizi rugs, like heroin, could be part of that approach, he added.

Asked about Mihevc's comments Wednesday, Tory responded: "My answer to that would be 'not now.' "

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59CN ON: Ex-police Chief Applauds Drug ProgramThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.

White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless.

"I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger discussion around addiction," White said.

"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of crime."

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60 CN ON: LTE: Facts Show Legal Pot Will Be A ProblemFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:08/14/2017

To the editor:

In reply to Robert Sinclair's letter ("Gateway drug theory is flawed") defending the legalization of marijuana, and his refuting that weed may be a gateway to harder drugs, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, as late as April of this year, has stated that "an alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs."

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61 US TX: Texans May Be Able To Buy Medical Cannabis Oil By JanuaryThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Samuels, Alex Area:Texas Lines:123 Added:08/14/2017

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act legalized the selling of a specific kind of cannabis oil derived from marijuana plants for a very small group of customers: epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

Two years later, Texans still can't legally buy cannabis oil, but a handful of companies believe they are weeks away from receiving the official go-ahead to become the state's first sellers.

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62CN BC: Editorial: Consumption Sites Save LivesWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Victoria will get its first supervised consumption site for illicit drug users, another piece in the puzzle as we struggle to control a crisis that has killed more than 1,700 people since 2016. The site won't make fentanyl go away, and it won't solve the problems that lead people to drug addiction, but it will save lives. And we can hope that at least some of those saved lives will be guided to treatment.

Health Canada approved the project last week. The site, which is expected to open in about a year, will be at 941 Pandora Ave. and will be called the Pandora Community Health and Wellness Centre.

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63CN BC: OPED: How To Stem Overdose CasesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Tupper, Kenneth Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Quality checks of illicit drugs is one way, writes Kenneth Tupper.

In recent years across B.C., a public-health tragedy has resulted in thousands of preventable deaths from street drugs containing powerful opioids such as fentanyl or its analogs.

Toxicity from adulteration has occurred not just in the heroin supply, but also in stimulants, club drugs and counterfeit pills. Border agents and police have tried to reduce or disrupt the supply, but they have had little success in stemming the tide of illicit drug importation and consequent deaths.

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64US WA: As Opioid Deaths Spike, New Push To Save Overdosing UsersFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Cohen, Stephen Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:08/12/2017

Public health officials are promoting the use of the drug naloxone to help save people from opioid overdoses.

Seattle's opioid crisis is a complicated medical, political and emotional issue, but state leaders are attempting to tackle one of the most immediate concerns facing those on the front line of the fight: Keeping users alive during an overdose.

The Seattle Police Department implemented a nasal naloxone (also known Narcan) program in March 2016, training 60 bike officers to administer the drug to anyone they believed to be suffering from an opioid overdose. The program has been a modest success, with officers reviving 20 people thus far according to Officer Steve Redmond, and there are hopes the program can be expanded department wide.

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65 US AZ: PUB LTE: Overhaul TimeMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Arizona Lines:36 Added:08/12/2017

Editor:

Thanks for publishing Rita Shyrocka'™s outstanding letter: "€œCrisis€™ is on government'€™s shoulders"€ (7-19-17).

I'€™d like to add that in 1972, when President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs, the federal budget for the drug war was $101 million. Last year, the federal budget for the drug was over $25 billion - a 250-fold increase.

In 1972, fewer than 5,000 Americans died from illegal drugs. Last year more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

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66 US AZ: Column: Dead LettersThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:93 Added:08/12/2017

Sessions' correspondence to marijuana states is full of smoke and mirror

While certain federal administration officials take to Twitter to air their grievances, those stuck in last century use more traditional means for their loosely-supported rants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to governors of states with legal recreational marijuana in response to an April 3 letter from the governors of Alaska, Washington and Oregon urging him to uphold Obama-era pot policy.

However, the points raised in Sessions' letter may not be as watertight as he thinks.

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67 CN ON: PUB LTE: Canadians Should 'Embrace The Weed'Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:08/12/2017

The following is in response to the letter Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike which appeared July 31.

To the editor:

Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.

It's the "safest therapeutic substance known to man … safer than most foods," wrote DEA judge Francis Young after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony.

U.S. states that have legalized weed have had significant drops in opioid use and overdoses.

So don't fear the weed, Canada, embrace it. You'll be much better off.

Jeff Meyers

Westlake Village, Calif.

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68 CN NS: PUB LTE: Cannabis At 18Mon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Baxter, Brian Area:Nova Scotia Lines:32 Added:08/12/2017

Some so-called experts say the human brain keeps growing until age 25 and a CTV poll found a majority of people said the legal age for marijuana should be 21 or 25

This does not make sense to me. In Canada, you can join the military at 18, get a driver's licence at 16 and vote at 18.

A lot of kids 18 and younger are smoking marijuana. Bought legally, it will be safer than from the black market. Government, instead of organized crime, should be profiting from the sale of cannabis. Drug stores are the best place to sell marijuana and the legal age should be 18.

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69 US OH: Marijuana Cultivation Warehouse Approved For North Toledo -Fri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Reiter, Mark Area:Ohio Lines:79 Added:08/12/2017

The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive.

A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.

Les Hollis, a consultant for Lake Erie Compassion Care, said the proposed facility would employ as many as 60 people, generating a $2.5 million to $3 million annual payroll.

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70 US NJ: Editorial: Opioid Addiction Is A National EmergencyWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:83 Added:08/09/2017

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump met with Cabinet members and senior staff at his golf club in Bedminster to discuss the opioid crisis. Missing at the meeting was Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the president's commission charged with studying the national rise of heroin and opioid addiction. Christie is on vacation. While the governor missed the meeting, the president is missing the message Christie has been sending for several years: treatment over incarceration will save lives.

Long before his approval rating tanked at 15 percent, Christie used his then sizable political capital to focus on treatment and rehabilitation. He did it when he pushed for drug courts. He did it when he eloquently spoke of a law student friend who died because of addiction. And during his presidential bid, Christie resonated most effectively with voters when talking about drug addiction.

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71 CN ON: Column: Rethink Before Decriminalizing DrugsMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:DiManno, Rosie Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:08/07/2017

If half a dozen deaths in Toronto last week were likely attributable to fatal opioid-related overdoses, how many do you think would have died if those drugs were legal? Fewer? I don't see the logic in that. Easier access to drugs and no criminal liability wouldn't discourage use, surely. And we're not talking here about a mild mind-bending substance such as pot, which is to become decriminalized in Canada next year. Still stupid - dumb-downing of the populace . . . but it is the consensus will of the nation - because we seem to be just fine with the stupefying effect of "recreational" marijuana and hash despite all the evidence of young lives going off the rails when teenagers toked to the gills lose interest in school and sports and healthy activities.

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72Canada: Federal Court Sides With Medical Pot GrowerWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Melnitzer, Julius Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Mortgage dispute with Bank of Nova Scotia

The Federal Court has ordered the Canadian Human Rights Commission to reconsider a discrimination claim by a licensed medical marijuana grower after the Bank of Nova Scotia called in his up-to-date mortgage.

Wendy Hulton of Dickinson Wright LLP said last week's ruling reflects the evolution of popular and judicial attitudes to marijuana, particularly with its impending legalization for recreational use less than a year off.

"The facts is this case arose in 2009, which was three sets of regulations ago," she said. "Justice ( Keith) Boswell recognized this, and bent over backwards to send off signals that things have changed since then."

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73 CN ON: Mayor Targets OpioidsTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:08/05/2017

On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues

Another drug crisis, another drug strategy.

In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.

But the new effort will be nimble with a concrete focus, battling opioid overdoses and other problems in large part through the establishment of a supervised injection site, city health leaders promise.

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74 CN ON: London's Opioid ResponseWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:08/05/2017

Council committee backs mayor's crisis working group.

London's response to the opioid crisis might become nearly as complex as the addictions that require it.

City politicians voted in favour of yet another group focusing on solutions to opioid abuse Tuesday, but several admitted they were unclear on what, exactly, they were supporting.

"I need to know this is going to be effective," Coun. Phil Squire told the community and protective services committee. His motion to send the plan back to staff for clarification was narrowly defeated.

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75 CN ON: Editorial: Right Cause, But Wrong Guy In Botched BustWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:08/05/2017

When a man loses his home because of over-zealous - or mistaken - police work, hard questions need to be answered.

We refer to the case of Royston Christie, 61. Cops booted in his door and hauled him off for allegedly trafficking fentanyl in April.

They announced the arrest in a news release; federal prosecutors took over the case; Christie was kicked out of his public housing apartment; and he spent a week rotting in the notorious Innes Road jail.

Except the "drugs" weren't fentanyl at all, according to lab tests. The cops haven't said what the powder they found actually was, but Christie says it was face powder from a girlfriend.

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76 CN MB: Panel To Demystify Pot Rules For Elite AthletesThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Winnipeg, CN MB) Author:Jones, Braeden Area:Manitoba Lines:72 Added:08/05/2017

Educational materials put together for Canadians

When Canada legalizes cannabis, Canadian athletes of all levels-including those vying for or competing in the Canada Games-will still have to be careful not to contravene anti-doping rules.

Glen Bergeron, who teaches kinesiology and applied health at the University of Winnipeg, is part of an ad hoc committee with the Canadian Centre of Ethics and Sport "discussing this issue at the national level."

"The issue is that cannabis is a banned substance on the international banned substance list," Bergeron said. "We need to be able to educate these athletes that it may be legal to use, but it's still regarded as a banned substance."

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77 US NJ: Editorial: Adding One More Needed Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:68 Added:08/05/2017

When it comes to the state's medical marijuana law, progress has come in increments rather than great strides. New Jersey's Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, state law since 2010, has been implemented ever so slowly under Gov. Chris Christie, who has never hidden his disdain for the law.

Yet those disappointed by the snail's pace of the law, and the establishment of new medical marijuana centers, have new reason to take heart.

As Staff Writer Lindy Washburn reported, North Jersey will soon be welcoming the state's largest dispensary of medical marijuana yet -- at a 10,000-square-foot facility on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Once it opens, the dispensary plans to serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of strains of cannabis. The Christie administration has issued a permit to grow medical marijuana to Harmony Foundation and will consider issuing a permit to dispense marijuana after the crop is tested later this year.

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78 Canada: Editorial: When It Comes To Pot Rules, We're In A DazeFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:114 Added:08/05/2017

If the legislative timeline holds, it will be possible for Canadians to legally buy marijuana by this time next year.

But as revealed by the news this week that a major Canadian clearing house may refuse to settle some share trades involving cannabis firms, far too many questions remain unanswered.

This chronic lack of clarity from Ottawa is the reason why Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. (CDS) is worried about potential liabilities it would face if it facilitated a trade involving a pot-selling company that does business in the United States.

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79 CN AB: Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Continue To ClimbTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:08/05/2017

Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year

The number of patients for whom medical marijuana is being prescribed has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year, says the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2015 there were 109 authorized physicians prescribing medical marijuana for 1,750 patients. That would be the equivalent of 438 patients for every quarter of that year. In 2016 there were 329 physicians prescribing for 5,254 patients or 1,314 patients per quarter, said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for CPSA. In the first three months alone of this year, 178 physicians prescribed medical marijuana for 2,845 patients.

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80 CN BC: Vets Seeing More Dogs On DrugsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:08/04/2017

Langley vet says she treats at least one dog a month that ingests pot

In the last couple years, veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of dogs that have ingested harmful drugs, mainly marijuana.

"We have seen a notable increase in the last few years of dogs coming to the hospital having ingested pot. We get at least one per month," said Langley veterinarian, Dr. Renee Ferguson of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming common that dogs eat pot or drugs while out on a walk or at a park," she said.

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81 CN BC: New Injection Site Opens UpFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:08/02/2017

Medical officer wants to offer other forms of consumption

The first new supervised injection site in Vancouver since 2003 opened Thursday in the midst of the province's overdose crisis.

Starting July 28, a small room off the reception area at Lookout Emergency Aid Society will host an estimated 200 to 300 people a day, seven days a week.

"In 1992 (this site) opened as the Living Room, now called the Powell Street Getaway, but it was called the Living Room because many of the folks in this community live in SROs in smaller-unit buildings that don't have a living room to socialize in," said Shayne Williams, the executive director of Lookout.

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82 CN MB: Tories Seek Help On Marijuana BusinessFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Gerster, Jane Area:Manitoba Lines:98 Added:08/02/2017

NDP says government-run Liquor Marts best initial option

THE Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba will likely be the province's regulator for cannabis, although Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said "nothing is off the table," 11 months before Canadians will be able to legally buy it over the counter.

Stefanson spoke with reporters Thursday, shortly after the Conservative government announced it had issued an expression of interest to determine how best to deal with the issues stemming from Ottawa's plan to enact the new law July 1.

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83 CN BC: Vancouver's Third Supervised Injection Site Opens Friday InFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Brown, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:08/02/2017

Vancouver Coastal Health will open the doors to Vancouver's newest supervised injection site on Friday in the Downtown Eastside.

The Powell Street Getaway, located near Oppenheimer Park at 528 Powell St., will be the third such facility in Vancouver. The Dr. Peter Centre, an HIV-AIDS clinic, has offered supervised injection along with other services in Vancouver's West End since 2002, while the Downtown Eastside's Insite facility was the first sanctioned supervised injection site in North America when it opened in 2003.

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84 CN ON: Editorial: Toronto Needs Help Dealing With Legalized WeedThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:York Guardian (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:08/01/2017

Drugs cost money.

This is a universal truth: whether it's the legal kind like alcohol or tobacco, or the banned stuff like cocaine or heroin, or, for now, marijuana, a habit is going to take a chunk out of anyone's paycheque in addition to their life expectancy.

As it is with us as frail individuals, so it is with the governments we elect, when we make the choice to turn on the tap - or light the pipe - of legalized intoxicants.

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85 CN BC: Cannabis Edibles Aid AddictsThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:124 Added:08/01/2017

A Downtown Eastside activist and a local entrepreneur are hoping to spearhead the first nonprofit organization of its kind with support from Vancouver's cannabis community.

The vocal support of Sarah Blyth, the founder of the Overdose Prevention Society for grassroots, peer-led harm reduction led to the establishment of several safe-consumption sites in Vancouver and beyond.

Unfortunately, the ongoing overdose crisis hasn't slowed-numbers for 2017 are set to double last year's count of 935 overdose deaths provincewide-so when Blyth, who doesn't use cannabis, came across an American study that found that states with legalized marijuana saw a 33-percent reduction in overdose deaths, she decided to explore the concept further.

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86 CN ON: Councillors Say London Must Prepare For Legal PotThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Rany Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:08/01/2017

Two city councillors want staff to start figuring out now how London will handle legal marijuana in a year.

Just getting the zoning rules in place for retail outlets could take months, Jared Zaifman and Jesse Helmer say in a letter heading to council's planning and environment committee Monday.

"There's a lot to consider," Zaifman said in an interview. "Jesse and I have some concerns about the time we as a municipality will need to prepare for this."

The letter asks council to direct staff to review how other communities have handled zoning for cannabis sales and consult with provincial officials, the health unit and police for their approach on regulations.

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87 CN MB: Defence Promises Appeal In Mandatory Sentencing CaseThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:May, Katie Area:Manitoba Lines:122 Added:08/01/2017

Judge 'troubled' but forced to lock up single mother of four children

PLANS to appeal a mandatory minimum sentence as unconstitutional are on the horizon for a Winnipeg mother who is now behind bars despite the judge's declaration that justice would not be served by locking her up.

Sandra Dignard, 37, was taken into custody Wednesday to start serving her two-year federal prison sentence for smuggling drugs into Stony Mountain prison five years ago. She tearfully said goodbye to her young son and pleaded with other relatives to take good care of all four of her children before sheriff's officers led her away, out of view of her family.

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88 US KS: We'll Never Be The SameSat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Ada Evening News, The (OK) Author:Swenson, Kyle Area:Kansas Lines:82 Added:08/01/2017

Hydroponic Tomato Garden Inspired Police To Raid Family's Home

WASHINGTON - The police report would claim it all kicked off at 7:38 a.m., but Bob Harte later thought it had to be earlier.

His 7:20 a.m. alarm had just yanked him awake. Got to get the kids - a boy in seventh grade, a girl in kindergarten - ready for school. Then he heard, like a starter's pistol setting everything into motion, the first pounding on the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas, a bedroom suburb south of Kansas City. It was thunderous. It didn't stop. Should I get up? Bob thought. Should I not? Sounded like the house was coming down, he would recall later.

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89 CN BC: LTE: Sentence Drug Dealers The MaxTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Banko, James Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:07/28/2017

Dear Editor: There's been a 35 per cent jump in crime in our little haven of Penticton recently. Now most of the increase in crime is connected to the drug trade and is expected to grow if the economy continues to dwindle especially since jobs began drying up in the oil patch.

The justice system must not be weak in their sentencings. It has become a revolving door for most drug dealers and they take full advantage of the situation.

We must be the role models and give these people the maximum sentences in order to deter them and send them out of Penticton. If not, our safety will eventually be compromised.

James Banko

Penticton

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90 CN NS: OPED: Renters, Landlords Have The Right To Be Cannabis-FreeWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Russell, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:07/28/2017

Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) is not in favour of the proposed Federal Government's cannabis legalization legislation.

"Nova Scotia's Cannabis Legalization Working Group must take into consideration multi-family unit dwellings' high-density living environment when writing cannabis regulations," says IPOANS president Jeremy Jackson. Adding "The current legislation, as is, fails to protect tenants' right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, a right guaranteed under the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancy Act."

According to Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey, there are 111,000 renter households in Nova Scotia. Taking into account an average 1.5 occupancy factor per renter household, marijuana use and cultivation places 166,000 Nova Scotians' health and safety in jeopardy.

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91 CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For PoliceWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:07/28/2017

A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector.

"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.

In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a 563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.

While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness, Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to other drugs.

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92 CN ON: Wayhome Festival Revises Policy, Allows Attendees To BringWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:07/28/2017

An Ontario music festival has reversed a policy that would have banned attendees from bringing their own injectable naloxone kits, saying patrons will be able to trade syringes of the opioid-overdose antidote for a nasal spray that has the same effect.

The WayHome Music and Arts Festival, taking place this weekend near Barrie, Ont., says it changed its policy after hearing concerns from those who planned to attend.

Naloxone is an antidote to the powerful opioid fentanyl, a drug responsible for a growing number of overdose-related deaths. Fentanyl is sometimes found mixed with other drugs such as cocaine.

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93 CN ON: Medical Pot BattleMon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Leeson, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:201 Added:07/28/2017

City man alleges bank discriminated against his family because his son and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal marijuana

A federal judge has granted a Greater Sudbury man's application for judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Commission decision last year to dismiss his 2010 complaint, which alleged the Bank of Nova Scotia discriminated against his family by demanding repayment of a mortgage because his son and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal marijuana.

Robert McIlvenna filed the complaint on Aug. 23, 2010, but the commission dismissed it in a letter in March 2012, deciding that the facts as alleged did not constitute a discriminatory practice. That decision was quashed through the Federal Court of Appeal, which sent it back to the commission for further investigation, but the commission dismissed it again, after further investigation, on June 16, 2016.

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94 US OH: Toledo Residents Ambivalent On Marijuana Greenhouse Near TheirSun, 23 Jul 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Yaffe-Bellany, David Area:Ohio Lines:164 Added:07/25/2017

Kevin Jones lives at 700 Spencer St. He says he sees pros and cons to using the dilapidated factory across the street to grow marijuana: jobs and crime.

In 1910, Toledo businessman William Bunting opened a cavernous brass factory on Spencer Street, just a short distance from the zoo.

Eighty years later, arson badly damaged the building. And today, the vacant warehouse is a neighborhood eyesore, its facade pockmarked with broken windows and crumbling bricks.

But soon this once-formidable, now-dilapidated industrial edifice could take on an unlikely new identity: a greenhouse for medical marijuana.

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95 US MA: Legislators Send Pot Overhaul To GovernorSun, 23 Jul 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Massachusetts Lines:114 Added:07/25/2017

The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts Legislature sent an overhaul of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law to Governor Charlie Baker's desk Thursday - but not before a top Republican lit into the legislation.

The Senate enacted the measure on a 32-6 vote. On Wednesday, the House voted 136-11 to move the bill forward.

Baker is expected to sign the measure, which would raise cannabis taxes from what the ballot question envisioned, merge oversight of recreational and medical marijuana, and change how cities and towns can ban pot shops.

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96 US CA: Editorial: L.A. Voters Want To Legalize Marijuana, So WhySat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:104 Added:07/25/2017

Los Angeles voters want to legalize marijuana, and they don't seem particularly concerned that it remains illegal under federal law. In November nearly two out of three voters in the city of L.A. supported Proposition 64, a statewide initiative to let adults grow, buy and use recreational marijuana. A few months later, voters overwhelmingly backed Measure M to create a city permitting system for marijuana businesses.

City Hall has a clear mandate to legalize, regulate and tax pot.

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97 US As Trump Wages War On Legal Marijuana, Military Veterans Side WithSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Halper, Evan        Lines:173 Added:07/25/2017

U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is pressing Congress to allow federal law enforcement to target medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal. (July 21, 2017)

U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is pressing Congress to allow federal law enforcement to target medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal. (July 21, 2017)

The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans.

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98 CN BC: Column: Hit Pause On Pot PlanSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:07/25/2017

It's less than a year before this great but apparently idiotic country plans to legalize marijuana, and some doubts emerged this week over whether that deadline is achievable.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister - attending the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton with the other premiers and territorial leaders - is lobbying his counterparts to push back by a year the federal government's July 2018 date to legalize pot.

Pallister says more time is need for provinces to educate the public about the dangers of drugged driving and also for police and the Crown to sort out how to enforce the law around impaired driving related to cannabis. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall also supports an extension and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says that while her province will shoot for the deadline, she may seek an extension.

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99 CN ON: Needle Exchange Site SoughtFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:07/19/2017

Efforts underway to establish a new needle exchange site in the city

The North Parry Sound District Health Unit indicated in a release Friday that harm reduction services, including the needle exchange program, continue to operate in the community and that work is underway to find ways to further increase access.

The release comes ahead of the closure at the end of the month of a key needle exchange site located at the Nipissing Detoxification and Substance Abuse Program on King Street. It's one of three exchange sites in the city.

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100 US OH: Heroin, Cocaine Are Cheap, Potent And Widely AvailableThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:71 Added:07/14/2017

Heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs remain widely available throughout Ohio, often at bargain prices, a new state report reveals.

If that isn't bad enough, the quality of the drugs is "is really good, too good. We've lost 12 friends in the past year (to overdoses)," said one respondent in the just-released Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network Report. The semi-annual statewide report of drug availability trends is done by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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