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1CN BC: Langford Mayor Upset As Pot Dispensary ReopensTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4CN AB: Not 'Party drugs': Council Assesses Fentanyl's ImpactTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

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

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

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

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5CN BC: Mom Buys Street Drugs 'Like Common Criminal' To Aid AddictedTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

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

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

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6 CN ON: Column: Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Here, And It's RealTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Salvaterra, Rosana Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast.

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7 US: OPED: LSD To Cure Depression?Mon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Friedman, Richard Area:United States Lines:107 Added:02/16/2017

Psychedelics, the fabled enlightenment drugs of the '60s, are making a comeback - this time as medical treatment.

A recent study claimed that psilocybin, a mushroom-derived hallucinogenic, relieves anxiety and depression in people with life-threatening cancer. Anecdotal reports have said similar things about so-called microdoses of LSD.

The allure is understandable, given the limits of our treatments for depression and anxiety. About a third of patients with major depression don't get better, even after several trials of different antidepressants. But I fear that in our desire to combat suffering, we will ignore the potential risks of these drugs, or be seduced by preliminary research that seems promising.

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8 CN AB: Editorial: Co-ordinated Action Needed On OpioidsSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:02/16/2017

The fentanyl crisis in Alberta has been well documented. The harm the drug is doing to Alberta families, schools and communities has become a major public issue in the last two years.

It hasn't gone unnoticed by police and political leaders. Alberta's government has added more treatment beds for addicts and victims of overdoses.

It has also made sure more emergency overdose treatment kits are available in police and fire stations, on ambulances, at emergency departments, even in provincial jails and schools.

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9 CN AB: Equipped To RespondSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

RCMP report success with naloxone kits

While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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10CN SN: Column: Pot Rules Need To Be Done Right For Public SafetyMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cooper, Jordon Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Regulatory patchwork across Canada isn't helping anyone

I have never smoked marijuana. Until last week, I had no idea where one could purchase it. Then someone told me they were going to get their "green card" from a doctor. This would allow them to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. No pressing medical reason, they just wanted to buy weed.

As I asked around, I was told by many people who have them that the process is a joke. You go to a known doctor, give them an excuse for why you want it and they give it to you. Multiple people told me there was no examination or any probing into why they wanted it. They just got it. There are even websites that, for a fee, will tell you which doctors to see.

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11 Canada: OPED: How To Fight The Fentanyl EpidemicMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gilmore, Norbert Area:Canada Lines:98 Added:02/16/2017

As deaths mount, it's time to think the unthinkable and supply users with measured doses of pharmaceutically 'pure' heroin

For more than 30 years, until retiring as a physician in Montreal, I cared for and studied people who became infected, sick or died from HIV infection. Now, Canada faces a new epidemic.

It is an epidemic of overdose deaths, disease, disability and destitution from fentanyl-adulturated street heroin. Lessons from the HIV epidemic might help us to understand and respond quickly and successfully to this new and seemingly uncontrolled epidemic.

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12 New Zealand: Medical Cannabis Change Welcomed By NorthlandSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Author:Graaf, Peter De Area:New Zealand Lines:107 Added:02/16/2017

Moves to make it easier for patients to get cannabis-based medication for pain relief or symptom control have been welcomed by Northland's medical marijuana campaigners.

However, some say the change doesn't go far enough or do anything to help patients to pay for medical cannabis.

Last week Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that people who wanted to use non-pharmaceutical cannabis products, which are made from cannabis but with less rigorous standards than those applied to pharmaceuticals, no longer need to get approval from the Minister of Heath.

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13 Canada: Beyond Harm ReductionSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:253 Added:02/14/2017

Sixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a 'four pillars' approach to drug strategy, the city - and the province - finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis, Andrea Woo writes

Melody Cooper throws a purple ball across the well-worn grass at the East Vancouver dog park, sending her dog, Squeak, bounding across the field. The Jack Russell-poodle cross is wearing a camouflage coat, pulled taut by a belly that jiggles with each bound.

"I didn't realize how much weight he had gained until recently," Ms. Cooper says, watching the dog from her seat on a park bench. "My mother pointed it out. She said, 'Look at him: When he lies on his side, two of his feet are still dangling in the air.' "

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14 CN ON: Letter: Inject Some GoalsSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bush, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:02/14/2017

Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says" (Feb. 9).

If London is going ahead with safe injection sites why do we not get a doctor or nurse practitioner to run it with the goal of weaning these people off the drug?

Set it up so if they are enrolled in the program they will be safe from prosecution, and if they do not sign up for it they will be prosecuted if caught with it.

The ones signed up can sit down with the doctor when they first join and they can figure out together how much they use a day, how many times a day and how much each time. From there the doctor and addict can set up a reduction plan so that each time they come in it can be slightly reduced by so much a day for a week, and then each week after reducing again slightly.

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15 CN ON: Cops Pilot-Testing Your HighSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Hambleton, Todd Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:02/14/2017

Area OPP constables among those testing equipment measuring drug impairment

LONG SAULT - SDG provincial police officers are testing cuttingedge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

In this far-east portion of the East Region, Ontario Provincial Police Consts. Pat Dussault and Mike Roy - both with the Highway Safety Division unit - are the hands-on officers, testing two devices: a Securetec drug reader, and an Alere mobile forensic test system.

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16 CN SN: Plan Takes Shape For Safe Injection SiteSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:147 Added:02/14/2017

Evert Botha promises his "unwavering support" for the project, and plans to lobby to make it a reality

Steps are in motion to bring a safe injection site to Prince Albert, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating infectious disease and drug addiction.

Councillor Evert Botha plans to push council to lend its approval to the initiative, which he says will reduce crime, take needles off the street and help vulnerable people.

"I will be asking my fellow councillors and the mayor that we support the establishment, as a city, of a supervised injection site," he said.

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17 Canada: OPED: Opioid-Crisis Debate Reveals The Ugliest Side OfSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Quinn, Stephen Area:Canada Lines:108 Added:02/14/2017

In these dark days of "say anything" politics it appears that no one is immune - certainly not the 11 people elected to manage the business of Vancouver.

Some context: As a reporter, I covered Vancouver City Council for about eight years - from Philip Owen to Larry Campbell to Sam Sullivan and finally to Gregor Robertson. I've watched COPE splinter, the birth of Vision Vancouver and I've seen the NPA be anything but non-partisan.

I've waded through countless city reports, sat through hundreds of hours of mind-numbing meetings and witnessed behaviour unsuitable for a daycare setting. I've seen politics, I thought, at its worst - that is until this week.

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18CN SN: Column: Reviving Banishment To Protect Life On ReservesSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cuthand, Doug Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2017

Back in the day, when an indigenous person committed a serious crime - usually a murder or a sexual assault - elders and band leaders would determine if the person was a threat to the community; if so, he or she would be banished.

The safety and well-being of the band was paramount. This was a serious decision because it almost always meant death for the offender.

Back then, people lived together for co-operation and protection from wild animals and enemy tribes. The huge herds of buffalo were preyed on by fearsome predators. Packs of buffalo wolves - larger than timber wolves - followed the herds.

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19 CN ON: Column: Hang Drug Dealers? Readers ReactSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Gifford-Jones, W. Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:02/14/2017

Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore's solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers.

A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, "Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a law that says a drug is illegal, yet the law supervises injection sites to consume illegal drugs!" He adds, "Unfortunately our law makers do not have the gonads to protect citizens against flagrant abuses. Thanks for your valued columns."

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20 Canada: Ottawa Clamps Down On GrowersFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:128 Added:02/14/2017

Mettrum, OrganiGram will now have to regularly test for potentially harmful pesticides in their product

Health Canada is adding new terms and conditions to the licences of two federally regulated medical-marijuana companies caught with banned chemicals in their products, requiring them to be tested regularly to ensure they are not using dangerous pesticides that can harm consumers.

The new rules are being affixed to the licences of Mettrum Ltd. and Organi-Gram Inc., which are caught in the middle of a tainted-marijuana controversy after they were discovered selling product that contained a banned pesticide known as myclobutanil. The chemical, which was discovered in shipments the companies made in 2016, is banned for use on products that are smoked, such as tobacco and cannabis, because it emits hydrogen cyanide when heated.

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21 CN BC: LTE: Don't Ask Public To Pay For Drugs For Addicts, ReaderFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Blatter, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:02/14/2017

I'm offended by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall's comments about giving drug addicts free drugs.

Drug addicts steal to support their habits and we taxpayers, who work hard for our money, and senior citizens who are suffering on low incomes are paying for this. It isn't free, it's our tax money! And, please, I never want to hear that term, "recreational drugs." Nobody should be using unprescribed drugs and if more start dying over it the word might get out that drugs are not the thing to do!

It's time to stop making excuses and time to start looking at supporting those who work hard all their lives, abide by the rules and pay their taxes - law-abiding citizens.

Bill Blatter, Langley


22 CN BC: LTE: Right Assessment But Wrong ReasonFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Thomas, John D. Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:02/14/2017

Dear Editor: Weeks ago a writer from Victoria correctly fingered the BC government as responsible for the escalating drug overdose deaths. Right assessment, wrong reason.

The heroin deaths do not result from insufficient support to addicts. Conversely, the deaths result, ultimately, from the ever increasing, if unintended, provincial endorsement of this self-destructive behaviour. The patronizing acceptance of this aberration with the milksop pronouncements by Interior Heath officials and Minister Terry Lake serve only to justify and legitimatize this suicidal behaviour.

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23 CN ON: Neighbours Suspect Drug Activity Behind HomicidesFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Browne, Cheryl Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:02/14/2017

Blood splatters on the door leading into second-storey apartment where two men died seem to confirm the neighbours' worst fears.

Strange comings and goings at all hours of the day and night led William Street neighbours to believe drugs were being bought or sold from their neighbour's home.

"It's very disturbing and really unfortunate," said Debra, who asked her last name not be used.

"I know it sounds cliche, but I said to my husband, 'don't you find it odd that while we were sleeping two people were being killed a few houses away?' "It's tragic." Debra grew up near the William Street home where 19-year-old Nick Pasowisty and his 51-yearold father Jayme were killed in the early hours of Wednesday.

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24 CN ON: Overdoses Raise Fear Of Fentanyl-Laced CocaineFri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Marion, Michael-Allan Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:02/14/2017

OHSWEKEN - Police say they are trying to determine whether cocaine laced with fentanyl is circulating on Six Nations after one man died of an overdose and a second man had to be rushed to hospital.

Six Nations police Chief Glenn Lickers said in a statement Thursday that an investigation has been launched to determine the source of the suspect cocaine ingested by both men.

"Investigators are trying to establish whether fentanyl was a factor in both incidents," Lickers said.

"The investigation is focused on the possibility that the suspect cocaine was contaminated with fentanyl. At present, the possibility that cocaine laced with the lethal drug fentanyl is available in our community cannot be ruled out."

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25CN AB: Police Officers Equipped With Naloxone Kits Save Lives: RCMPSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2017

While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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26 Canada: Tainted-Pot Risks Played Down: SpecialistSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:139 Added:02/14/2017

Doctor questions Health Canada-approved message that seeks to allay concerns over banned pesticide found in medical marijuana

A top U.S. toxicologist is questioning Canada's response to a tainted-cannabis problem in the medical-marijuana sector, saying patients aren't being given accurate information on the risks associated with a banned pesticide thousands of people may have consumed.

Warren Porter, a specialist in molecular and environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says company phone calls and e-mails, approved by Health Canada to patients after a series of recent product recalls are misleading, and appear to be based on faulty science.

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27 CN BC: LTE: Mixed Messages On Drugs Imperils KidsSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Estey, Richard D. Area:British Columbia Lines:41 Added:02/14/2017

Re: No easy answer to addiction, letters, Feb. 4; and Get addicts off drugs, editorial, Jan. 28.

So B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake takes "great exception" to The Sun's editorial assertion that harm reduction policies "send the message that it's OK to be a drug addict." Unfortunately, his subsequent discussion is a reiteration of the rationale for harm reduction, not a refutation of The Sun's assertion.

Any state action that makes it easier to belong to the drug culture cannot but send a message that is at odds with the deadly danger there. Many claim irrefutable evidence of a net benefit in harm-reduction initiatives, but none of their studies have considered the softening of public attitude pointed out by The Sun.

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28 CN ON: RMC Blind Drug Test Called 'Good Assessment'Thu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:02/14/2017

Despite a completely clean campus always being the goal, top brass at Royal Military College are pleased with the results of a blind drug test conducted in mid-October that weren't exactly perfect.

"Having now tangible, fact-based information is really great. It gives us a good assessment of the current situation," Brig.-Gen. Sean Friday, commandant of RMC, told the Whig-Standard on Wednesday. "The whole idea of a blind drug test is so that we can get actual information to see if our [Canadian Armed Forces] drug control program at large is succeeding or not."

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29 CN BC: PUB LTE: Opioid Addiction Treatment Should Be Made A PriorityThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:MacDonald, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:33 Added:02/14/2017

Gordon Clark's Feb. 6 column contains two errors: He assumes that we can 1) enforce or 2) educate our way out of this opioid crisis. Such assumptions have been made for decades and have perpetuated the opioid epidemic.

The treatment recommendations being advocated today were called for in Canada in the early 1970s and again in the '90s, but were ignored. We mustn't miss another opportunity, particularly in the midst of the current crisis. Treatments we advocate now have worked in Europe and they can work in North America. We just need the will.

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30 CN NS: 'Strong Advocate For Veterans'Fri, 10 Feb 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Fraser, Jeremy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:70 Added:02/14/2017

Vince Rigby remembered for work with veterans

Friends of Vince Rigby are remembering him as a strong advocate for veterans across Cape Breton.

Rigby's body was found by firefighters in an abandoned Robert Street building during a fire in Whitney Pier on Monday.

Cape Breton Regional Police investigated the fire and ruled out any suspicion and foul play in the death of the Sydney man. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Ron Clarke, a Korean War veteran, said he will remember Rigby as a "strong advocate for veterans."

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31 CN ON: Probe Uncovers More Flawed Cases In Motherisk 'Fiasco'Tue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:138 Added:02/11/2017

Investigators ID 24 instances of dubious testing that led to children being taken from families

A probe of child protection files involving flawed drug and alcohol hair tests performed by the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk lab has now identified 24 cases in which the results were a key factor in removing children from their families.

While that represents a fraction of the more than 500 "high-priority" child protection files the Motherisk Commission has so far examined, the number is set to rise in the coming months as an additional 1,200 cases are targeted for review.

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32CN AB: Fentanyl Victims Are Stigmatized, Advocates SayThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

'These people aren't going out there to die,' enforcement unit officer insists

The victims of fentanyl, which saw its deadly toll reach new highs in 2016, rarely fit the stereotypes people sometimes imagine, advocates say.

"We're not concerned because we don't believe it can impact us in any way - but these are soccer moms and accountants and lawyers," said Rosalind Davis, whose partner Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal held an MBA and was a stockbroker when he became addicted to the opioid that ultimately killed him.

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33 CN BC: LTE: More Important Priorities Than Free HeroinThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Jamieson, N. F. Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:02/11/2017

Re: "Is free heroin the best route?" editorial, Feb. 7.

Most certainly. After free needles are provided to citizens with diabetes, everyone gets free legal drugs that are prescribed by physicians, B.C. parks are properly funded, citizens on disability get drugs free, the E&N is fully funded so passenger trains again run, a Malahat bypass is built, highways are properly maintained, ferries are free for everyone who lives on Vancouver Island, etc.

Until then, no free heroin should even be considered. People need to be responsible for the consequences of their actions.

N.F. Jamieson

Campbell River


34 CN AB: Locals Training In Fentanyl Overdose PreventionThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:116 Added:02/11/2017

Several initiatives to combat opioid crisis

Expanding access to life-saving naloxone to fight fentanyl overdoses across Alberta will save lives, but more still needs to be done to combat the crisis.

In an AHS report released on Tuesday, there were 343 people who died of fentanyl-related overdose last year in Alberta. Sixteen of those were reported in the South Zone.

The government announced it is moving forward with several initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. This includes the delivery and training of naloxone for first responders and grant funding for support agencies in some communities to work towards establishing supervised consumption services.

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35CN BC: Column: We Need To Find Way To Stop Overdose DeathsThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Gibson, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

Making drugs illegal and unsafe has fuelled the toll, says Gordon Gibson.

Why do we have laws which guaranteed that hundreds of British Columbians committed involuntary suicide last year - unwisely but also unintentionally killing themselves by injecting unknown substances? Legally assisted death is highly controlled, and yet we let drug deaths run rampant.

By contrast, any adult can go to a store and buy alcohol of known potency and lawfully drink all day.

The users of other recreational drugs cannot obtain safe supplies of known potency to do the same thing. They have to play the Russian roulette of unknown chemicals. Yes, they "win" most of the time (if being wasted without dying fits that description), but they lose all too often. And then they die, recently from fentanyl and who knows what next.

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36 CN BC: Overdose Prevention Units To Open By End Of MarchThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Peacock, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:02/11/2017

In response to the growing drug overdose problem, Interior Health will establish a mobile overdose prevention unit in Kelowna this spring.

In January, IH announced its plan to apply for an exemption from Health Canada to operate a mobile supervised injection site.

Unlike a supervised injection site, the mobile prevention unit will focus on helping people who have overdosed or are at risk of an overdose, and does not require an exemption from Health Canada.

"The mobile units are expected to be operational by the end of March 2017," said Dr. Trevor Corneil, chief medical officer with Interior Health, in a report to the IH board this week.

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37 CN ON: Set Up Safe Needle Site In London, Study SaysThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:02/11/2017

A startling dissection of drug use in London - with the personal illnesses and public ills exposed - has laid on the table a compelling case for a supervised injection site in the city.

But the sticky questions of exactly where the site or sites should go, whether the city can take the other steps necessary to make a site worthwhile, and how crystal meth and fentanyl will play a role remain unanswered.

The lead researcher of a study on providing supervised injection in London did have one answer for residents still questioning the sanity of giving people a place to inject their illicit drugs.

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38 CN AB: Calgary Cops Push For Nasal NaloxoneThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:02/11/2017

Calgary cops are hoping the province will ante up for the nasal version of drug designed to combat fentanyl overdoses.

A day after Alberta associate health Minister brandy Payne announced a ministerial order that would allow first responders to use an injectable version of naloxone, which helps control symptoms of fentanyl and other opioids, the city's police force asked the province to consider helping cover costs of the nasal variant, already in use.

"The CPs will be requesting the provincial government extend the program to include nasal naloxone as well as the injectable format" said spokesman Mike Nunn. "Nasal naloxone reduces the risk of improper use both for police members and the public."

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39CN SN: The Dope On Driving While Drug-ImpairedThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Cowan, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

Reporter's eerie experience in simulator suit

I felt like Jimmy Hoffa with one leg encased in cement.

I was lurching because of my super heavy left leg, which made it tough to walk and impossible to navigate in a straight line.

My ears buzzed with random sounds.

My double vision was blurry with flashing red, blue and green lights on the periphery.

If I shut one eye I could kind of focus on what was straight ahead. But barely.

When four tennis balls were lobbed my way, I was so uncoordinated and my reaction time so slow I couldn't catch one. My right arm chronically twitched and I could barely turn my neck or bend my elbows because of my restricted movement.

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40CN QU: City Gets OK For Three Safe-Injection FacilitiesTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Bruemmer, Rene Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada has given Montreal approval to open three supervised drug injection sites, making it only the second city in the country to have the facilities on its territory.

Canada's health ministry made the decision partly in an effort to stem the opioid overdose crisis racking British Columbia and several regions of the United States.

Montreal's public health authorities, drug counselling organizations and its mayor have been lobbying for the sites for years, arguing they save lives and reduce drug consumption in public spaces, making communities safer. They have been stymied by critics, including the previous Conservative government, who argued the sites would increase crime rates and promote drug use. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has voiced its support for the sites, and in December eased strict restrictions against opening them imposed by the previous administration.

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41 CN BC: PUB LTE: Speed Up Legal Access To CannabisThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Barr, Glenda Area:British Columbia Lines:43 Added:02/10/2017

I find our government's action in easing access to alcohol surprising, especially in consideration of the extreme caution shown in regard to providing legal access to cannabis.

Alcohol causes many deaths each year, yet regulations regarding use continue to be eased. Although we have been promised legally regulated access to cannabis, the process is extremely cumbersome and slow.

People continue to be arrested, gaining life-impairing criminal records, as we wait for the fulfillment of the promise to legalize.

Cannabis has never caused an overdose death and has many medicinal benefits, while we have a good awareness of many physical and social harms caused by the widespread abuse of alcohol. Our current situation, in which cannabis availability for non-medical use is left in the hands of the illegal market, provides easy access to minors and no protocols to assure the safety of the product.

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42 CN ON: Edu: Students Weigh In On Minimum Age For MarijuanaThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Charlatan, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Macfarlane, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:02/10/2017

Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations, Sarah Macfarlane wrote.

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally.

A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older.

While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25.

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43 CN ON: Injection Sites EncouragedWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Chronicle-Journal, The (CN ON) Author:Vis, Matt Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:02/10/2017

Even though supervised injection services have been deemed feasible for Thunder Bay, many questions need to be answered before a facility - - or possibly two - can become a reality.

The results of a Supervised Injection Services feasibility study were presented Tuesday. The study recommends the city consider establishing at least two sites in Thunder Bay, one in each of the north and south cores.

Coun. Rebecca Johnson, chair of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, said public consultation will be required to see if there is support before any potential locations are examined.

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44 CN BC: Mobile Outreach On The WayThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Michaels, Kathy Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:02/10/2017

Long before a mobile injection site is approved by Health Canada, Kelowna will see a rollingoutreach unit open its doors to drug users.

"We will move ahead with establishing mobile units to provide other types of services, such as outreach, opioid agonist therapy, primary care nursing and wound care," said Dr. Trevor Corneil,chief medical officer with Interior Health, explaining that these services do not need to be sanctioned by the feds.

"Those types of things will prepare us well for when an approval is granted by Health Canada."

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45 CN BC: Pemberton Approves Restricting Medical Marijuana DispensariesThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Mitges, Lynn Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:02/10/2017

Council agrees to Temporary Use Permit option

Vllage of Pemberton (VOP) council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, gave third and final reading to its zoning amendment regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. The bylaw was approved at first and second readings in January.

The amendment, based on advice from VOP solicitors, defines and prohibits marijuana operations. The amendment has come up several times over the past few months as SWED Society applied to the VOP to permit a medical marijuana dispensary, and was the subject of a packed public meeting a week earlier in which most attendees voiced approval to allow such dispensaries.

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46 CN BC: Editorial: More Aid Welcome On OpiodsThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Langley Advance (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:02/10/2017

The provincial government announced a boost in funding this week for one of the organizations trying to aid addicts.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced $5 million of extra funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and an additional $1.9 million for ongoing operations funding.

It's that last that will be key going forward.

The BCCSU has developed new clinical treatment guidelines for opioid addicts, to go into effect later this spring. The use of opioids - heroin and related prescription drugs - has been the gateway for drug dealers to mix fentanyl and carfentanil into their product. Even tiny doses of fentanyl can prove fatal, and hundreds of addicts and casual drug users have died in the last year in B.C.

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47 Canada: Marijuana Supplier Hid Pesticide From Inspectors, FormerThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:172 Added:02/10/2017

A federally licensed medical marijuana company recently caught selling cannabis that contained a banned pesticide had used the dangerous chemical on its plants as far back as 2014, which it hid from Health Canada, says a former employee of Mettrum Ltd.

Thomas McConville, who worked as a grower at Mettrum from early 2014 to August, 2015, told The Globe and Mail he witnessed employees at the company illegally applying myclobutanil to plants, despite knowing the controversial pesticide - which produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - - was prohibited for use on cannabis.

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48 CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths Rise In AlbertaWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:99 Added:02/10/2017

Overdose deaths reach 343 in 2016

An increasing number of fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta has prompted the government to announce new efforts to combat the opioid. Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says 343 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year - a 25 per cent increase from 257 deaths in 2015.

The total number of deaths was 117 the year before that.

"Opioid overdoses and deaths are a public health crisis in Alberta," Payne said Tuesday at a news conference at a downtown fire hall.

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49 CN AB: RCMP To Fight Fentanyl Problem With Dogged DeterminationWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:91 Added:02/10/2017

It's a deadly drug that's use is quickly growing across the nation, including our own backyard. Fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more toxic than morphine, is known to cause serious harm to individuals, including death.

To prepare for increased trafficking and save more lives, the RCMP is ramping up their training across Canada for police dogs and their handlers. The Coaldale RCMP currently has one police dog team - Cpl. Jesse Gawne and his canine partner Ejay - who will soon be trained to detect the illicit drug.

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50CN AB: Firefighters Join The Battle Against Fentanyl OverdosesWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

New provincial statistics paint an increasingly grim picture of Alberta's fight against fentanyl, as the NDP government escalated its efforts Tuesday to get more naloxone antidote into the hands of first responders.

Alberta Health's latest opioid report from 2016 suggests a deepening crisis is playing out across much of the province, where fentanyl was a factor in 343 overdose deaths last year - up one-third from 2015.

The statistics show the final three months of 2016 were particularly harsh. The deaths of 111 people were related to fentanyl in that time frame, more than double the number from the same period in 2015.

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51CN BC: Editorial: Is Free Heroin The Best Route?Tue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

More than 900 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses last year. That's 80 per cent more than 2015, and the highest total ever recorded in our province. Nor is there an end in sight.

Drug deaths climbed throughout 2016, reaching 142 in the month of December alone. If that trend continues, we could conceivably see 1,700 fatalities or more this year. Those are disastrous numbers.

The main effort to curtail fentanyl deaths has focused on the antidote naloxone. Kits are being handed out to users, their families and first-response teams across the province.

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52 CN ON: Safe London Needle Site Study's Out TomorrowTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:02/10/2017

Amid rising HIV rates and an entrenched needle culture, London researchers will unveil Wednesday a study on the value of a supervised injection site in the city.

Researchers interviewed 200 people who are or were injection drug users to assess people's willingness to use the sites and about 20 representatives from health care, law enforcement, government and community organizations to get feedback.

"There are several general recommendations based on the results of the study," but no specific direction to any agency or organization, Western University researcher Ayden Scheim said Monday.

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53 CN ON: Core Cool To Hot-Button Pot ShopTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:02/10/2017

With legislation to legalize marijuana expected in the spring, a new player has emerged on London's increasingly crowded pot-dispensary scene.

The Chronic Hub Social Club has opened at 119 Dundas St., the first marijuana dispensary to set up shop in the city's core.

The new pot shop brings London's dispensary count to six, four of them popping up after Justin Trudeau pledged in the 2015 election campaign to legalize marijuana.

"It's just another reason to come downtown," said Charles Colvin, chief executive of the Chronic Hub. "That's what you want in your downtown core, is for people to be down there."

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54 CN AB: Firefighters Will Give Naloxone InjectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:101 Added:02/10/2017

Fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta continue to rise, with 343 fatalities in 2016 alone; AHS hopes more emergency workers carrying the kits will help bring those numbers back down

Another initiative to help prevent opioid overdose deaths will have firefighters administering naloxone injections, Alberta Health announced Tuesday.

"Now firefighters across the province can administer injectable naloxone, giving them an additional life-saving tool when responding to an overdose call," said associate minister of health Brandy Payne.

Medicine Hat's firefighters do not currently respond to medical emergencies but that situation is being re-evaluated, said fire chief Brian Stauth.

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55 Canada: Editorial: Harm ReductionThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:60 Added:02/10/2017

The principle feels counter-intuitive, and for many Canadians, the idea of applying it in their neighbourhood is instinctively repellent. Make it easier for intravenous drug users to shoot up by giving them a safe and legal place to do it? Really? Really. Research and experience from multiple countries reveal a simple truth, namely that supervised injection sites work and the most frequently expressed concerns about them are overblown.

Overdose deaths tend to drop, without an increase in property crime or drug dealing in the immediate vicinity ( the evidence is less conclusive on countering the spread of infectious disease). The number of addicts tends to fall, as do public disorder offences.

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56 Canada: Trailer Park Boys-Backed Marijuana Grower Recalls ProductsWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Cousins, Ben Area:Canada Lines:71 Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada is randomly testing medical marijuana for unapproved pesticides after the chemicals were found in samples.

The announcement comes one month after two medical marijuana companies voluntary recalled their product after unapproved pesticides - myclobutanil and bifenazate - were found in the marijuana.

Included among the companies was OrganiGram, a Moncton-based producer of medical cannabis and Atlantic Canada's only licensed grower of the product.

Health Canada's regulations only allow a list of 13 pesticides in medical marijuana, and myclobutanil and bifenazate are not approved.

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57 CN BC: Some Dispensaries 'Thumbing Their Noses' At The City RulesWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Kidd, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:02/10/2017

Last year, Penticton city council took some bold steps to deal with the growing problem of medical marijuana dispensaries opening in the city, culminating in the issuance of temporary use permits as an interim measure.

If they expected that would prevent them from having to deal with the problem again, before the expected legalization of marijuana sales is passed by the federal government later this year, they were mistaken.

Only two permits were issued, and another five applicants were refused. Not receiving a permit didn't stop Okanagan Cannabis Solutions, which opened their Main Street location on Jan. 16, or Jukka Laurio, who applied to the city - and was refused - for non-profit status for his Association for Medical Marijuana Awareness. He continues to operate Herbal Green dispensary despite the lack of a permit, and ongoing fines.

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58 CN BC: Vancouver Slowly But Surely Shutting Down Rogue Pot ShopsWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:02/10/2017

Vancouver's approach to regulating illegal marijuana dispensaries is working, says the councillor who helped develop Canada's first municipal pot licensing regime, even if almost half of the stores continue to operate outside the bylaw.

Councillor Kerry Jang, point person for the governing Vision Vancouver party on the marijuana file, said that regardless of how long it takes to shut down these rogue shops, the city's regulatory program - not police raids - is paying off. The strategy is meeting the city's public-health goals of stamping out sales to minors and cutting down on the armed robberies now plaguing Toronto's illegal dispensary sector.

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59 Canada: Updating Substance-Use Policies Is No Easy TaskWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bouw, Brenda Area:Canada Lines:105 Added:02/10/2017

Employers have to strike the right balance between employee rights and the need to operate an efficient workplace

Companies are being urged to create or update their drug and alcohol policies in light of the growing use of pot for medical purposes and the pending legalization of marijuana in Canada.

The recent incident of an allegedly impaired Sunwing Airlines pilot, who was removed from the cockpit of a plane as it was getting ready to fly out of Calgary, also served as a reminder to organizations why it's important to have a policy on how to deal with employees who are drunk or high on the job.

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60 CN BC: Nelson Council Introduces New Dispensary BylawWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:104 Added:02/10/2017

This is all temporary.

Nelson city council passed the first three readings of a new pot dispensary bylaw on Monday evening, but their assumption is the federal government's coming legalization will make their work redundant within the next three years.

"This really is a temporary thing, allowing this until we see what the federal government is going to do," councillor Mike Dailly said during the meeting.

"Then it will be ground zero, and we're going to have to start all over again."

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61 CN BC: Pot Dispensaries Shut DownWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Nielsen, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:02/10/2017

Prince George RCMP shut down two suspected pot dispensaries in less than a week.

The first, located in the 700 block of Fourth Avenue, was closed by police on Feb. 3 and the second, in the 1400 block of Third Avenue, was closed three days later, RCMP said Tuesday.

The stores appeared to have gotten ahead of themselves as, despite signaling its intention to do so, the federal government has not yet legalized marijuana.

And while Vancouver, which has its own police force, has passed bylaws to regulate the businesses, "any municipality that allows this to occur does so at its own risk because it's going against federal legislation," City of Prince George spokesman Mike Kellett said.

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62CN AB: Denver Shares Its Pot LessonsTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

Nenshi wants city prepared for legalization

Denver's Dan Rowland advised Calgary's city council to go slow, expect the unexpected, and introduce strict regulations and robust enforcement as Calgary prepares for the looming federal legalization of marijuana.

Denver, Colorado became the first city in the world to legalize recreational marijuana sales on January 1, 2014, and Rowland was in Calgary Monday to share what his city has learned at a lengthy council education session on the drug.

"Part of what I do is to help folks understand that this is not necessarily a game-changing experience," said Rowland, a citywide communications adviser with the city of Denver.

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63 Canada: No Pesticide Testing Done For Marijuana, Regulator SaysWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:110 Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada, which is facing a growing controversy over tainted medical marijuana, cannot say with certainty how widespread the use of banned pesticides is within the industry. Instead, the regulator has been leaving it up to the growers to police themselves on the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

In a background briefing with The Globe and Mail, a senior Health Canada official acknowledged that even though the government prohibits the use of potentially harmful chemicals such as myclobutanil, the department has not been testing cannabis growers to ensure the 38 federally licensed companies were, in fact, not using it.

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64 CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Coming Under FireTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:02/10/2017

Marijuana dispensaries are back on city council's agenda today during what looks to be a jam-packed set of meetings.

McNaughton Support Services, which provides programs for adults and youth with developmental disabilities, has complained about Okanagan Cannabis Solutions opening up next door at 575 Main St., without the proper approvals.

"We were relieved when we heard that city council had not issued a licence for this dispensary, but see that it is now open in spite of this," director Warren McNaughton wrote in a letter to council.

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65 CN QU: Three Montreal Sites Approved For Supervised ConsumptionTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Quebec Lines:94 Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal - the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada's overdose crisis.

Montreal has waited two years for federal sign-off on the sites, during which fatal overdoses linked to illicit fentanyl have surged in parts of Canada, notably British Columbia and Alberta. The federal department announced the approvals on Monday, noting that such sites have shown positive results in Canada and other countries.

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66CN BC: Column: Less Enabling Needed To Battle B.C.'s Drug CrisisMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Here we are in the biggest fatal overdose epidemic in B.C. history and what's top of mind for the province's addiction treatment experts? The need to "destigmatize" addiction. In fact, let's not even call the taking of deadly illegal drugs an "addiction" or "drug abuse" any more, they tell us. We're supposed to call addicts "patients" with a "substance-use disorder."

Excuse me if I don't buy the nicey-nicey language. And I doubt if most people who live in the real world and who have to pay millions of dollars in taxes for all these latest trendy approaches to drug addiction do, either.

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67 CN ON: Pilot-Testing Your HighSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Hambleton, Todd Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:02/09/2017

SDG OPP constables among those road testing equipment that measures drug impairment

LONG SAULT - SDG OPP officers are testing cutting-edge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

In the far-east portion of the East Region, Consts. Pat Dussault and Mike Roy - both with the Highway Safety Division unit - are the hands-on officers, testing two devices: a Securetec drug reader, and an Alere mobile forensic test system.

"It's an extra tool for us," Dussault said on Friday. "Anything that helps us combat impaired driving from alcohol or drugs is welcome."

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68 CN BC: LTE: Stop Coddling AddictsSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Coates, Sharon Area:British Columbia Lines:28 Added:02/09/2017

As a 73-year-old who has lived through a number of life's good and bad times, I take issue with the constant demands from people who believe our governments should spend taxpayers' dollars to provide them with injection sites, drugs and housing. These drug addicts made a conscious decision to take drugs without regard for the outcome.

No one bailed out my age group when we made incorrect choices in life. We were held responsible and faced the consequences, no matter how sad or difficult. By providing welfare each month, along with services catering to addicts, we are enabling them, allowing them to believe their addiction is their entitlement. It is time we stopped coddling these segments of society.

Sharon Coates, Nanaimo


69CN BC: Letter: No Easy Answer To Opioid AddictionSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Lake, Terry Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Re: Get addicts off drugs, Editorial, Jan. 27

I was surprised and saddened to read your editorial on the opioid overdose crisis in B.C.

Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to become an addict, and people don't continue using drugs because they are unaware of the dangers or consequences of their addiction. These are human beings - our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours - suffering from a legitimate, complex, life-threatening chronic health condition. Addiction involves many social factors, and there is no one approach or easy answer.

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70 CN BC: City Looks To Add InitiativesMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Kieltyka, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:02/09/2017

Vancouver city council may pump another $370,000 this week into its efforts to fight the ongoing overdose crisis.

Council will be briefed on two initiatives Wednesday, one providing peer-based outreach to drug users in single room occupancy hotels and shelters, and another to enhance mental health support for first responders.

According to the report to council, 89.9 per cent of the province's record 914 overdose deaths last year occurred indoors.

More than 26 per cent of all overdose deaths occurred at SRO hotels, motels, rooming houses and shelters, buildings with few staff, limited access to overdose prevention tools and where people often use drugs in isolation.

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71 CN ON: Mayor Joins Fentanyl Task ForceMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:02/09/2017

KITCHENER - Mayors from a dozen cities across Canada, including Kitchener, are on a newly formed task force to tackle the epidemic of fentanyl overdose deaths.

"I wanted to make sure we were at the table," said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. He asked to be a part of the task force at an Ottawa meeting two weeks ago of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Big City Mayors' Caucus.

The task force convenes mayors of 12 cities; Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

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72 CN BC: LTE: More Jail Time For TraffickingMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Wand, Ralph Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:02/09/2017

Dear Editor: I'm a retired paramedic. I did my first ambulance call in 1952 and my last in 1992 in Vancouver. I totally believe that not even five percent of addicts can be rehabilitated so I support the mayor of Coquitlam's suggestion to open up the hospitals at Esondale and get the addicts off the street and away from drugs is a good start.

But the only way to stop this disaster and get drugs off the street once and for all is by giving jail time of 15 years for selling drug and 20 years for trafficking.

When addicts can't get access to drugs, the problem will go away

Ralph Wand



73 CN ON: We Need More Naloxone, Say ParamedicsMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Laucius, Joanne Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:02/09/2017

Ontario's paramedics will be sending a message to the province's paramedic chiefs this week: we need to carry more naloxone in ambulances.

Naloxone blocks the effect of opioids on the brain, reversing the effects on breathing. It can be used in an emergency to pull a drug user who has stopped breathing from the brink of death.

Most Ontario ambulances, including those in Ottawa, carry two vials of naloxone, as well as two respirators to treat patients who have overdosed, said Darryl Wilton, president of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa.

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74 CN AB: 5 Questions Brian Thiessen, LawyerSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Tait, Carrie Area:Alberta Lines:90 Added:02/09/2017

Brian Thiessen chairs the Calgary Police Commission, the civilian organization that oversees the city's police force. He joined the board about a year and a half ago, as the number of deaths tied to opioid overdoses was exploding in Alberta, he tells Carrie Tait. Mr. Thiessen explained to The Globe and Mail why he supports supervised-consumption sites and labelling the fentanyl issue a crisis

What do you think the CPS should do to address opioid deaths?

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75CN BC: OPED: It's Time That We Offered Prescription HeroinSun, 05 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:McAdam, Tasha Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

The overdose crisis, especially in British Columbia, has become an issue of moral panic, and everyone is paying attention.

The B.C. Coroner's Report for 2016 revealed a shocking number of deaths from overdose - 914, which far surpassed previous records and is nearly three times the number of deaths from automobile collisions. This crisis impacts us all and it requires a radical shift in the ways all provinces provide health care.

Unfortunately, the human and financial toll continues to rise because we continue to view illicit substance use as a moral and criminal issue rather than the healthcare issue it is. As a health-care social worker on the front line, I am lending my voice to those with substance-use disorders, the ostracized and overlooked.

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76 CN BC: The Children Left BehindSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Stueck, Wendy Area:British Columbia Lines:193 Added:02/09/2017

As the province's opioid crisis continues, family, friends or foster care can step in for missing parents

When Mary Purdy died of a suspected fentanyl overdose on January 17, she became another victim of an opioid crisis that killed more than 900 people in British Columbia last year and has made fentanyl a household word.

She also left behind two young children, underscoring the multi-generational impact of the overdose epidemic and raising questions about what more could be done to prevent people from turning to illicit drugs and to help them if they get hooked.

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77 Canada: Cities Seek Opioid-Crisis Aid From Ottawa, ProvincesSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Howlett, Karen Area:Canada Lines:92 Added:02/09/2017

As wave of overdoses spreads across country, senior governments must 'step up their health responsibilities,' Vancouver mayor says

Mayors of Canada's largest cities are calling for a nationwide emergency response to an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths devastating many communities.

The big-city mayors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched a task force on Friday, and called on the federal and provincial governments to help turn the tide on the epidemic, including funding more treatment programs for people addicted to opioids.

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78Canada: Testing Drivers For Pot Faces Huge RoadblocksSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Laucius, Joanne Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Police and drug experts say it's more complicated and expensive than nabbing those who are drunk, writes Joanne Laucius.

What, exactly, does it mean to be one toke over the line?

That's one of many questions that will have to be answered as Canada moves toward legalizing marijuana and police wonder if they're equipped to crack down on stoned drivers.

"We're having our challenges. The most pressing one is that we don't know what the legislation will look like. It makes it hard to train and prepare," said Supt. Gord Jones of the Toronto Police, the co-chair of the Canadian Chiefs of Police traffic committee.

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79CN AB: Council Readies Itself For Legal PotSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Calgary's elected officials will gather on Monday for an education session on marijuana, as the legalization of weed looms.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said council will hear from experts including officials from American municipalities that have already lifted pot prohibition.

"We actually have convened a panel. We've brought in some experts from other places to really talk to use about what the city's response and reaction is going to have to be from a zoning perspective, from a bylaw perspective and so on, on marijuana," Nenshi said.

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80 CN AB: 'Juana Know More?Sat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:57 Added:02/09/2017

Calgary council goes to school on marijuana legalization

Calgary's elected officials will gather on Monday for an education session on marijuana, as the legalization of weed looms in Canada.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said council will hear from experts including officials from American municipalities that have already lifted pot prohibition.

"We actually have convened a panel. We've brought in some experts from other places to really talk to use about what the city's response and reaction is going to have to be from a zoning perspective, from a bylaw perspective and so on, on marijuana," Nenshi said.

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81 CN AB: Pot Baker Behind BarsSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Parsons, Paige Area:Alberta Lines:79 Added:02/09/2017

Man who pleads guilty to selling drug-laced goods gets 15 months

A man who pleaded guilty to running an operation that included selling drug-laced baked goods out of a west Edmonton music venue will spend 15 months behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Mitchell Scott Ennis, 49, appeared crestfallen when Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ken Nielsen announced a sentence of 25 months, before adding that such a sentence would be "unduly harsh," and reduced it to 15 months.

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82 CN BC: Weed Store Defied City TicketsWed, 01 Feb 2017
Source:Richmond News (CN BC) Author:Campbell, Alan Area:British Columbia Lines:72 Added:02/05/2017

A store caught by police allegedly selling marijuana and illegal marijuana-related products has been the recipient of numerous City of Richmond bylaw infraction tickets.

The Richmond News reported last week how Richmond RCMP executed a search warrant at the at the WeeMedical Wellness Center on Anderson Road, just a few yards from the front door of Richmond City Hall.

Police said that, during the search, they found dozens of bags of illegal marijuana and marijuana-based products, including candy-like items, for sale.

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83 CN BC: 'Disturbing' Report Highlights Skyrocketing HomelessFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Olsen, Tyler Area:British Columbia Lines:149 Added:02/05/2017

The combination of cheaper, more-potent drugs and a lack of housing may have helped push the Abbotsford homeless population to unprecedented levels last summer, according to a "disturbing" report provided to the city last fall.

In just six months, the number of homeless people living in the bush and not accessing any services had risen from around 150 in the spring to 273 by the late summer, according to an informal count by a Salvation Army outreach worker. Other service providers reported similar spikes in the number of homeless people needing help.

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84 CN NS: N.S. Board Says Insurance Must Cover Man's CannabisFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Nova Scotia Lines:93 Added:02/05/2017

Nova Scotia's human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage.

Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.

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85 CN AB: Researchers To Study Treating Epileptic Children With CannabisThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:02/04/2017

As desperate parents of children with severe epilepsy turn to alternative therapies, researchers are launching a study examining the efficacy and safety of treating seizures with medical marijuana products.

"Parents are becoming more aware of the use of cannabis to treat epilepsy from social media and parent support groups," said Richard Tang-Wai, a pediatric epileptologist at the University of Alberta.

"Because there is little scientific evidence regarding the use of cannabis products in children, most physicians are reluctant to prescribe them, resulting in parents trying to make their own preparations at home or turning to suppliers who cannot verify the quality of their product. This adds to the urgency of doing studies like this."

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86 CN NS: Federal Jail Term IssuedTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:02/04/2017

Former corrections employee sentenced on drug trafficking

A Sydney Mines woman was given a two-year federal jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

Special federal prosecutor David Iannetti told the court that Nicole Marie Smith, 46, came to the attention of jail officials when a letter was found in which an inmate thanked Smith for bringing marijuana into the facility.

Smith worked part time in the kitchen at the provincial jail and had struck up a friendship with a male inmate who also worked in the kitchen.

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87 CN ON: Pot Shop ShutteredWed, 01 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Pilieci, Vito Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:02/04/2017

Cops close down Weeds dispensary

Ottawa police quietly forced the closure of a downtown marijuana dispensary on Tuesday afternoon.

Police drew a security screen across the front window of the Weeds dispensary to prevent passersby from seeing inside, but at least two officers were visible gathering items and packing them into boxes.

Police confirmed the address for the shop, 224 Bank St., was the scene of a "police operation" but would not elaborate.

Customers, who would not disclose their identities, were taken aback by the closure, with many expressing frustration.

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88 CN MB: AFM Outlines Position On Pot LegalizationWed, 01 Feb 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Dawkins, Glen Area:Manitoba Lines:43 Added:02/04/2017

The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is urging the federal government to use a public health approach matched with strict regulation when legalizing marijuana.

"This provides us with a very unique opportunity," said Dr. Sheri Fandrey of the AFM, which released a position statement Tuesday. "This is the first time since Prohibition that a substance which is currently illegal is becoming legal and fortunately the process has enough lead time that we can get ahead of the curve and start to provide some of the resources - educational, outreach, data collection - - prior to the change happening and cannabis being made legal.

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89 CN BC: VOP Discusses Pot DispensaryThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Mitges, Lynn Area:British Columbia Lines:137 Added:02/04/2017

Large crowd addresses council on proposed zoning bylaw amendment

It was standing room only on Tuesday, Jan. 31 as Village of Pemberton (VOP) council undertook a meeting to gauge public opinion and the course of action on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries.

Roughly 20 people addressed the proposed change - some of whom made emotional pleas to urge council to permit medical dispensaries in order to treat chronic pain or health ailments.

Danielle Lawson, from Mt. Currie, told the crowd of her car accident a few years ago that has left her with chronic pain and nausea.

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90 US CO: PUB LTE: Be Choosy When Buying BeerThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:White, Stan Area:Colorado Lines:42 Added:01/31/2017

If consumers are going to purchase and consume beer and other alcohol products [Re: Cannabis Corner, "Are People Switching From Booze To Pot?," Jan. 19], consider purchasing them from companies who do not support or enable cannabis (marijuana) prohibition. That's not always easy to do.

In the past, large beer producers contributed to the Ad Council, which aired anti-cannabis rhetoric using lies, half-truths and propaganda in order to perpetuate cannabis prohibition, in part to eliminate competition. Another thing making it difficult to know which companies are harmful is the way large breweries are purchasing small craft breweries.

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91 US MA: Mass. Legislation Would Sharply Curb Marijuana LawFri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Massachusetts Lines:106 Added:01/21/2017

Senator Jason M. Lewis proposed legislation that would reduce the amount of marijuana people 21 years and older could possess in their home from 10 ounces to 2 ounces, and the number of marijuana plants people could grow from 12 per household to six per household.

The right of Massachusetts adults to possess and grow marijuana would be sharply curbed, and the ability of retail shops to begin selling recreational pot next year would be deeply undercut if legislation filed Friday afternoon by a key state senator becomes law.

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92 US WI: Editorial: Marijuana's Medical Benefits Can't Be IgnoredThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, WI) Author:Marlaire, Liam Area:Wisconsin Lines:93 Added:01/20/2017

Medical marijuana use should be legal in Wisconsin.

Twenty-eight states -- Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Ohio joined in November -- and the District of Columbia allow for such use. California was the first to legalize medical marijuana 11 years ago.

There are signs that Wisconsin may eventually adopt that stance. Although Republicans in the state often have opposed such measures, The Associated Press reported that state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, is circulating a bill that would make possessing a marijuana extract used to prevent seizures legal with a doctor's certification.

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93 US PA: Philly Cops Meet With Pot Smokers To Plan A Bust But Don'tThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Terruso, Julia Area:Pennsylvania Lines:79 Added:01/19/2017

[photo] Chris Goldstein, right, shakes hands with police top brass after meeting at La Colombe to discuss his planned "smoke-in" protest on Friday in Rittenhouse Square. (Julia Terruso / Staff)

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department's top brass met with marijuana activists Thursday to hash out how pot citations will be issued at a protest planned for Friday.

"So we'll have everyone light up and then line up," said Nikki Allen Poe, talking with members of the Police Department at a corner table at La Colombe coffee shop at Dilworth Park, "and then you'll do the arr-."

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94 US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First DosesTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Mcnab, Matt Area:South Carolina Lines:105 Added:01/10/2017

Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures.

It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.

On vacation with family in Myrtle Beach last weekend, Mary Louise stunned her mother, Jill, and a roomful of relatives with a simple "Hi everybody" as she got out of bed.

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95 US MA: Pot Dispensaries Hit By Hack Of Sales SystemMon, 09 Jan 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:34 Added:01/09/2017

[photo] MJ Freeway, a Denver company whose tracking software is used by hundreds of marijuana companies to comply with state regulations, said its main servers and backup system each went down Sunday morning and remained offline as of Monday afternoon.

Marijuana shops across the country, including seven medical dispensaries in Massachusetts, are being affected by the apparent hack of a sales and inventory system widely used in the cannabis industry.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state suggested patients delay their appointments until the system was back up or a fix is in place.

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96 US KY: Pot Groups Say Vote On Attorney General Nominee Sen. JeffMon, 09 Jan 2017
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Hotakainen, Rob Area:Kentucky Lines:122 Added:01/09/2017

Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general.

Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, angered proponents in April when he called pot "dangerous" and said that "good people don't smoke marijuana."

Marijuana backers want the issue aired Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee begins Sessions' confirmation hearing.

"It's a national thing: This hearing is make or break for the marijuana folks," said Adam Eidinger, who heads a pro-legalization group in Washington, D.C., called DCMJ.

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97 Canada: CBC's 'Pure' - A Drug-Smuggling Tale In Mennonite CountryFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Brioux, Bill Area:Canada Lines:87 Added:01/07/2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. - What if Walter White was a Mennonite?

"Pure," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV, is based on actual accounts of Mennonites acting as drug mules. Various reports suggest some members were smuggling cocaine and marijuana into Canada all the way from Mexico by hiding drugs in hollowed-out car batteries and wheels of cheese.

Series writer and creator Michael Amo ("The Listener") optioned one such magazine article nearly a decade ago but had a hard time selling networks on a Christian sect version of "Breaking Bad."

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98 US MD: Maryland Lawmakers Take Fresh Run At Legalizing MarijuanaSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:98 Added:01/07/2017

[photo] Del. Curt Anderson (D - Baltimore City, Dist. 43) explains why he thinks Maryland should legalize marijuana. (Timothy Wheeler/Baltimore Sun)

In a year when budget cuts dominate debate in Annapolis, advocates for legalizing marijuana are mounting a renewed effort to get Maryland to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington state - if not now, then in a year or two.

A Colorado state legislator and an elected official from Seattle joined legalization supporters at a press conference in Annapolis Friday to say that voter-passed initiatives in their states are proceeding more or less smoothly to treat recreational use of cannabis much like another legal but regulated substance, alcohol.

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99 US MD: State Panel Oks Medical Marijuana RulesSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:127 Added:01/07/2017

[photo] Maryland's medical marijuana program cleared a key hurdle Thursday as a state panel approved draft rules to govern the new businesses. (Erin Cox/Baltimore Sun)

Maryland's medical marijuana program cleared a key hurdle Thursday as a state panel approved draft rules to govern the new businesses.

The medical marijuana commission set license fees for growers and dispensaries -- at rates among the highest in the country -- and developed rules for patients to obtain the drug in either a smokable or liquid form, among other new regulations.

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100 US MD: Anne Arundel Community College Launches Class On The BusinessSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:112 Added:01/07/2017

Professor Shad Ewart is teaching a course on emerging markets in relation to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits at Anne Arundel Community College.

Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a marijuana dispensary in Oregon.

Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude.

"Opportunities are endless, whatever we can create in our heads," said Dean Warner, an Anne Arundel Community College student.

The college launched Monday a class exploring business opportunities around the country's expanding marijuana market.

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