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1 CN BC: City Set To Crack Down On Pot ShopsWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Roth, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:03/24/2017

The time is up for marijuana dispensaries that have yet to apply for a business license or rezoning in order to continue operating in Victoria.

The city will now be launching legal proceedings for cannabis retailers who've failed to comply with the marijuana dispensary regulations that took effect in November and require businesses to obtain a $5,000 license and pass a $7,500 rezoning process to operate legally.

So far, 33 cannabis retailers have applied for a business license and 23 have applied for rezoning. Sixteen have yet to apply for anything.

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2 CN BC: Editorial: Tougher Sentences For Selling Fentanyl WelcomedWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:03/24/2017

A judge at B.C.'s top court is calling for stronger sentences for people who sell fentanyl.

We couldn't agree more.

In a ruling posted online Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal to increase the six-month sentence of a 59-year-old man who was caught with drugs, including 2.6 grams of the deadly opioid.

The Crown had argued that the sentence wasn't enough, but the effort was denied, since fentanyl-related deaths were not as prevalent at the time of the offence. However, the three judges agreed the court should identify a higher sentencing range because of the current "public health crisis associated with illicit fentanyl."

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3 CN BC: Pot Shop Giving Up BattleThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Miller, James Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:03/24/2017

Jukka Laurio says he is closing Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately

He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were deceived by Mr. Laurio - clearly the products he's selling have cannabis in them.

After multiple clashes with city hall, Jukka Laurio has agreed to shut down his Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately.

The pot advocate and two-time mayoral candidate was back in front of council Tuesday for "illegally selling cannabis products without a licence."

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4 CN ON: Oped: Law Not The Top Drug Use IssueThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Perras, Floyd Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:03/24/2017

Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

For better or for worse, the Canadian government seems to have decided that marijuana has been on the move long enough to start taxing and regulating it.

For the uninitiated, legalizing marijuana would mean that the drug would be available for purchase but regulated by the government -- similar to alcohol or tobacco. The difference is that marijuana is far cheaper to produce at scale than either of those two.

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5 CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop AgainThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Boland, Jack Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:03/24/2017

Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores

Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.

The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto Police spokesman.

Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a police minivan on Queen E.

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6 CN ON: Police Still Probing Marijuana DispensaryWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:03/24/2017

While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about operator

KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.

When police raided Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street, they seized $17,000 in cash, plus almost $27,000 in marijuana and $5,400 in hashish.

Investigators knew the store was doing brisk business, but who was collecting all that money remains murky.

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7 CN AB: Pot Regs ComingWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:03/24/2017

Sales rules in place next year: justice minister

Alberta should have regulations in place to allow recreational marijuana sales next year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday.

The federal government has vowed to introduce legislation this spring to legalize pot, but Ganley said packaging, distribution, zoning, building codes and other details must be worked out before people can smoke and eat cannabis in the province without breaking the law.

"I'm not sure whether that has yet penetrated the public's consciousness fully. There's an enormous amount of work that has to be done," she said following a speech to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention in the Shaw Conference Centre.

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8 CN BC: Victoria At Centre Of New Pot-Shop AmbiguityWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:105 Added:03/24/2017

The majority of Victoria's illegal pot shops have applied for the city's special new business licence, but more than a dozen not engaged in the process could soon face court-ordered injunctions aimed at shutting them down.

At the same time, the local health authority says a recent anonymous complaint about the cleanliness of one of these dispensaries has led to it outlawing the controversial sale of baked goods and candies in these stores, an issue that a city bylaw created last year purposely did not address.

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9 US CA: Pot To Pair With Wines? Sonoma Embraces PossibilitiesSun, 19 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fuller, Thomas Area:California Lines:136 Added:03/24/2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners.

Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.

"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and what flavors are coming out."

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10 US OH: PUB LTE: A Family Tragedy, And An Unwinnable Drug WarMon, 20 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Brautigam, Michael G. Area:Ohio Lines:41 Added:03/24/2017

Re "As Heroin Infests Farms, a Grieving Parent Fears for the Future" (front page, March 13):

The view of Roger D. Winemiller, who lost two children to drug overdoses, that the solution to the drug epidemic is tougher penalties, while understandable, is misguided.

As a former prosecutor, including time as a narcotics prosecutor, I can only conclude that the war on drugs is unwinnable. What good did tough narcotics laws do the Winemiller children? Would the results be better if sometimes draconian laws were made even more draconian?

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11 US TX: Officers Killed In Murder Or Self-Defense?Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sack, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:762 Added:03/24/2017

With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.

SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.

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12 US CA: Pot Brand For The A-ListSun, 19 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Williams, Alex Area:California Lines:112 Added:03/24/2017

Recreational cannabis may be legal in California, but buying the actual stuff still makes Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist and fine artist, feel like a class-cutting teenage stoner.

"You go in to buy weed, and it's like visiting your parole officer," said Mr. Campbell, who lives in Los Angeles. "You get buzzed through three metal gates." Inside, cannabis products are often packaged with loopy Deadhead-style graphics and goofy dorm-humor strain names like Gorilla Glue and Purple Urkle.

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13 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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14 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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15 CN ON: Film Festival Takes On Tough TopicWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Chessell, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/17/2017

Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse.

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The videos should be well researched and can use different film methods like live-action, animation or claymation.

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16 CN ON: Owner Of Busted Cannabis Dispensary Pleads Guilty To TwoWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:03/17/2017

COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg court.

South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17, 2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.

The operator of the facility, Timothy Tucker, was arrested at the scene and taken away in handcuffs. He faced four charges under the Criminal Code including using a forged document, possession for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana), proceeds of crime (less than $5,000) and possession for the purpose of trafficking (cannabis resin).

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17 CN ON: Marijuana Legislation In Spring - MPWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:03/17/2017

'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later'

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this spring to legalize marijuana.

The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it right.

"We need to make sure we have it dispensed to places children can't get to, making sure that only adults can get to it and people of age," he said Tuesday.

"That is what is taking the most time right now. I was talking to Bill Blair (parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould) and he was saying we're likely to have something this spring. "We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later. It comes down to how we regulate it and how we regulate the distribution"

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18 CN AB: City Staff Have Pot On The BrainWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:03/17/2017

Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization

City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in Edmonton.

Councillors discussed a city report Tuesday that provides an initial look on what legal pot could look like as the city waits for the federal government to release more details on plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use.

In the report, the city proposes adding "cannabis retail sales" and "cannabis lounges" to a bylaw that currently regulates development of bars and retail stores.

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19 CN ON: LTE: Move To Legalize Marijuana QuestionableWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:03/17/2017

"Six workers arrested in marijuana dispensaries raid," March 11

Just this week a report was released saying smoking marijuana can do the same serious damage to lungs as tobacco, which is common sense. The U.K. has done extensive studies showing young people who smoke marijuana have a greatly enhanced chance of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. There is no easy roadside test for drivers in Canada believed to have smoked up. (In Colorado, traffic deaths have gone up substantially since it legalized pot).

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20CN BC: Column: Pot Still Risky Business Outside VancouverWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here in Vancouver - how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride from the local constabulary.

These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated with the benign indifference it receives here. Surrey, for example. A lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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21CN AB: Council Works To Tighten Up Zoning Rules For Pot ShopsWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Edmonton moved to close loopholes in the zoning bylaw Tuesday to ensure marijuanasales can't happen in corner stores and residential neighbourhoods.

The zoning changes will also specifically ban toking in pubs, a move city planners called "preventative maintenance" to prepare Edmonton for the coming legalization of recreational marijuana use.

"So operations aren't able to legitimize blended uses," said senior planner Colton Kirsop at council's executive committee.

Kirsop recommended other zoning changes and smoking bans be delayed until the federal rules are clear so council debate doesn't "get lost in the weeds." Ottawa is expected in June to introduce legislation regarding recreational marijuana, with legalization to follow in 2019. Based on task force recommendations, it appears it will also legalize cannabis lounges, but ban drinking and smoking there, say city staff.

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22 CN ON: Smoke AlarmThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:03/17/2017

Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot

The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not being involved in operation of the stores.

The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided, although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.

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23 CN ON: Tory Backs Police Raids To Weed Out Pot DispensariesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/17/2017

Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the gun in the city

Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.

While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.

"I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best efforts to enforce it," he said Friday, a day after the raids on pot shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

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24 US MA: PUB LTE: Pot Winning FansTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Epstein, Steven S. Area:Massachusetts Lines:26 Added:03/17/2017

President Trump is ill advised to expend resources to shutdown state legal marijuana businesses ("€œPot plans moving forward despite toughtalk from Trump,"€ Feb. 27).

As Jacob Sullum points out in his column: "€œAccording to a recent Quinnipiac University survey, 59 percent of Americans think marijuana ˜should be made legal in the United States,"€™ while 71 percent "€˜oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana."€™ Among Republicans, only 35 percent favored legalization, but 55 percent opposed federal interference with it."€

Steven S. Epstein, Georgetown

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25 US OH: As Heroin Infests Farms, A Grieving Parent Fears For TheMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Healy, Jack Area:Ohio Lines:259 Added:03/17/2017

BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin.

Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31, died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr. Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her slumped over, a syringe by her side.

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26 CN AB: Sowing The Seeds Of Pot LegalizationTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:105 Added:03/17/2017

Cannabis Crusader stops in Lethbridge

This spring, cannabis plants may start appearing in places you'd least expect. And it might be because of Dana Larsen's Overgrow Canada campaign.

On Monday night, the cannabis expert, activist and author spoke in Lethbridge for the first time as part of his Overgrow Canada Tour. The event took place at Moose Hall and attendees were given 100 free cannabis seeds to plant.

"Lethbridge has been somewhat excluded from these types of events in the past, just being a smaller city kind of off the beaten track, and I feel it's important to get this tour here to Lethbridge, to get the exposure to see that (marijuana) is here in Lethbridge as much as it is everywhere else in Canada, and the city needs to embrace that," said local event host Austin Moloughney.

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27CN BC: Police Seize Marijuana, Edibles From Dispensary Near SchoolTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bell, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Two people were arrested and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized when Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search warrant at one of two Nature's Source dispensaries in the city. Oils, marijuana edibles and $2,000 were also seized.

The 5th Street business was searched March 9 and remains closed. An employee at the other Nature's Source Nanaimo location on Front Street said the site will re-open as a glass shop.

The arrests were made for possession for the purpose of trafficking, with both people being released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 8.

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28 CN ON: Police Keep A Close Eye On DispensariesTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:125 Added:03/17/2017

Five were warned they're at risk of being raided; one operator says he can't let 'our patients' down

KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police say they've warned five illegal marijuana dispensaries in the region they're at risk of being raided if they continue to flout the laws around selling cannabis.

After getting visits from officers and written warnings, several of the dispensaries have shut down. One that refused - Green Tree Medical Dispensary - was busted Friday by police, who seized $26,800 in pot, $5,400 in hash, edibles and $17,000 in cash.

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29 Canada: Editorial: Bringing The Pot Debate To A HeadMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:03/17/2017

The arrest in Toronto on Wednesday of Marc Emery, one of North America's leading pot legalization advocates, may seem draconian to his many supporters. But the law is the law, and those who are alleged to flout it risk arrest, regardless of their reasons for doing so.

No one knows this better than Mr. Emery. A diehard libertarian, he once spent four days in jail for violating Ontario's Sunday shopping laws. More famously, in 2005, he was arrested and eventually extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for selling marijuana seeds to American customers.

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30Canada: 'We've Been Stripped Of Everything We've Built,' Emerys SayMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

The business empire built by B.C.'s "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at a Toronto airport, Jodie said Saturday in a phone interview.

Emery said they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they got out of an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched. She described their treatment by police as "disturbing and shocking" and said they were only permitted to speak with lawyers hours after the arrest.

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31CN AB: Police See Surge In Cancer-Causing Narcotic AdditiveMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:ClaireTheobald, Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Painkiller mixed with cocaine by dealers can cause seizures, coma or death

Police fear a growing amount of buffing agent being seized in drug busts means more high-level dealers are bringing wholesale quantities into Edmonton for redistribution, creating another avenue for profit.

The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit seized more buffing agent in 2016 - 82.05 kg - than all cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine combined.

Buffing agents are used by drug dealers to dilute illicit drugs to increase profits.

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32CN AB: Hempfest Participants Balk User StereotypesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:LePage, Michelle Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Recreational marijuana users are lazy.

That's the stereotype entrepreneur John Carlson wanted to break while manning a booth for his business at the HempFest Cannabis Expo at the Shaw Conference Centre this past weekend.

The 26-year-old is the owner of Boxcar Studios in Olds, Alta., a glassblowing studio and shop that specializes in "420/710 accessories."

Carlson, a self-taught glassblower, said he wanted to show people marijuana users can be professional and organized.

"If you look here, there's a room full of young, hardworking entrepreneurs."

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33 CN BC: LTE: The Laws Of The Land Shall PrevailMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Barillaro, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:03/17/2017

Dear Editor: The law is the law. In Canada, the law is the law until the law, through parliament, actually changes. In theory, if one breaks the law, there should be consequences that follow. As we all know, many times laws are broken and the consequences have been "of little or no consequence where the bleeding heart court system seems to show sympathy to would be offenders." There seems to be little or no consistency in many court proceedings.

Our illustrious Prime Pinister Justin Trudeau made a pre-election grandstand announcement that he and his government would legalize marijuana if and when he was elected. He was elected as we all know and yet there has been little if anything put forth in the way of fulfilling his pre-election promise. The rhetoric from him has been that there are several issues that need to be studied before legislation will be happening. In other words, it is not a cut and dried issue.

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34 CN ON: PUB LTE: Raids On Pot Shops Not The AnswerMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Barclay, D. Scott Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:03/17/2017

Re Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot,' March 9 We need 21st-century Untouchables.

In the face of the unprecedented epidemic of opioid and other hard-drug deaths, lethal drugs pushed on street corners in full view and a record number of stabbings in Toronto, police instead choose the easy busts: cannabis shops.

Why? Because it's safe. In fact, they won't touch organized crime gangs for two reasons. It's dangerous and they are not directed to. It's no secret that criminal organizations threaten anyone who tries to bring them down. And who is willing to put his family in danger?

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35 CN ON: Pot Dispensary BustedMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

Police say they seized $26,800-worth of marijuana; four people arrested

KITCHENER - After issuing warnings to the region's growing number of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, Waterloo Regional Police raided a prominent downtown cannabis retailer - seizing significant quantities of pot and cash.

The Friday-night bust at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street East came after an investigation that began last month into the businesses, which the police say remain illegal despite changing legislation on the horizon.

Four people, three women and a male employee, were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in the raid. Officers loaded large bags of pot, hash, edible pot products and drinks into vehicles as they cleared out the downtown shop.

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36 Canada: Sick Veterans Urge Health Minister To Further Probe TaintedMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:156 Added:03/17/2017

A group of Canadian military veterans who say they are suffering from health problems after consuming tainted medical marijuana is calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to launch a formal investigation, saying the department has failed to examine the problem properly and fairly on behalf of patients.

Scott Wood, a retired military policeman whose career involved investigating military wrongdoing and guarding heads of state, said he believes Health Canada is trying to sweep the problem under the rug without a proper investigation.

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37 CN ON: Public High Schools Getting Naloxone KitsMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:03/17/2017

UCDSB has been blitzing schools with Fentanyl awareness campaign

BROCKVILLE - As the region's police and health officials grapple with a growing opioid problem, the public school board is also brainstorming ways to keep its students safe from a drug that's becoming prevalent.

In response to fentanyl alerts issued by local public health agencies this year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has deployed staff members to meet with school support teams to look at how to best reduce drug and substance use.

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38CN ON: Emerys' 'Stripped Of Everything'Sun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Couple behind Cannabis Culture ordered to cut all ties with business after arrests

The business empire built by Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way to catch a flight to Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.

Emery said that they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they exited an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched and detained.

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39 CN AB: Blood Tribe Battles Drug WoesSun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:192 Added:03/17/2017

Suboxone offers hope for fentanyl addicts as reserve marks period of progress

Nearly every day, Darcy Medicine Crane catches a ride in a medical transport truck to a pharmacy in Stand Off, a community on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta, to take his daily dose of Suboxone.

He's earned enough trust to be given "carries" - a small amount of the drug that he can administer himself at home - but said he prefers to make the 20-minute drive to the pharmacy each day.

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40 CN BC: Pot Advocate Preaches At PrestigeFri, 17 Mar 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:03/17/2017

He wants people to plant cannabis in public places.

Notorious pot activist Dana Larsen was in Nelson on Tuesday evening, and during his talk at the Prestige Lakeside Resort he distributed envelopes that included Ziploc bags containing CBD-rich cannabis seeds.

"By giving away these seeds and encouraging people to plant them in public places like traffic circles, in front of city hall and police stations or on their own property, I want to normalize the cultivation of cannabis," he said during his talk, which was attended by approximately 40 people.

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41US GA: Compromise Reached On Medical PotFri, 17 Mar 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Torres, Kristina Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Lawmakers appear to have reached a compromise Thursday that would expand Georgia's medical marijuana law.

The agreement over Senate Bill 16 would add six illnesses and conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Georgia to include Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette's syndrome. It would additionally allow use for patients in hospice care, according to both state Sen. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, and state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon.

It would also keep the maximum allowable THC percentage in the form of cannabis oil allowed here at 5 percent.

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42 CN BC: PUB LTE: Spend Resources On Serious Issues, Not PotFri, 17 Mar 2017
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC) Author:Arsenault, D. S. Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:03/17/2017

Re: "Happy that police enforcing the law", (Citizen, March 17)

After reading Reed Elley's letter to the Citizen, and a similar one in Times Colonist I had to reply.

Mr. Elley states that there is a growing amount of evidence to indicate it is harmful to our bodies. If that is the case then why has Health Canada approved a study on 30 children between the ages of one to 10 to test cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy? Perhaps Mr. Elley can explain to me why the U.S. government holds a patent (since 2003) on marijuana. Does Mr. Elley know that pet owners are using pot on their pets to alleviate pain? My wife is now on her third bout of cancer, and after her second surgery commenced ingesting medical marijuana for her cancer.

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43 CN BC: Letter From RCMP Closing Pot ShopsThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:03/16/2017

Hand-delivered note says police 'will consider taking action' if the shops continue 'to engage in illegal business practices'

Threat letters from the Mounties to three marijuana dispensaries in Penticton have had the desired effect, with one shop already shuttered and the owner of another saying his will close soon, too.

The letters, signed by Penticton RCMP acting commander Staff-Sgt. Kirsten Marshall, outline Health Canada regulations for the sale of medical marijuana and note police "will consider taking action" if the shops continue "to engage in illegal business practices."

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44 CN ON: Blair Sparks Legal-Marijuana DebateThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Bruton, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:03/16/2017

This spring's federal legislation is just the spark for legalizing marijuana in Canada, says the government's point man.

"This is a process, not an event," said Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who was in Barrie on Wednesday.

"Bringing forward federal legislation ... enables the important work of developing that strict regulatory framework that controls production, distribution and consumption."

The Liberals have committed to introducing legislation for cannabis legalization in the spring.

Blair, MP for Scarborough Southwest, is on a cross-country tour to discuss this issue, meeting with Canadians and various stakeholders.

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45 CN ON: Compassion Club Closes Its DoorsThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:03/16/2017

KITCHENER - Medical marijuana users in Waterloo Region are wondering where to turn now that the city's oldest compassion club has closed its doors following a recent police crackdown on local pot dispensaries.

Organix Compassion shut down voluntarily Tuesday following a raid on another Kitchener dispensary, Green Tree Medical Dispensary. The pressure from police has struck fear into the region's pot dispensaries, who say they've stopped selling marijuana following warnings from the authorities.

But for the 700 or so members of Kitchener's Organix Compassion club, it means they're scrambling to find new ways to get cannabis to treat a range of medical conditions from nausea caused by cancer to arthritis to chronic pain.

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46 CN ON: Column: Prescribing A Solution To Opioid AddictionThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:126 Added:03/16/2017

City health authorities considering heroin to treat addicts

Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone clinic.

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47 CN MB: Talk About DopesThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:52 Added:03/16/2017

Too many people getting behind wheel with drugs in their system

As federal legalization of marijuana seems more and more like an inevitability, a new poll commissioned by Manitoba Public Insurance shows 10% of Manitobans drive with drugs in their system.

The roadside survey was conducted in September 2016 in five Manitoba communities, including Winnipeg, and found 10% of drivers who voluntarily participated tested positive for drugs, more than half of those testing positive for cannabis.

Of the 1,230 drivers who participated, 124 tested positive for a drug, with 53% of those positive for cannabis and 31% for cocaine.

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48CN BC: Column: Arrest Of Emerys Tarnishes Justice In CanadaFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Persecution of pot providers makes no sense with legalization supposedly on its way

It is always darkest before the dawn - and those who have waited nearly a century for the light of cannabis legalization may find solace in the proverb.

With the federal government set to abolish the criminal prohibition on recreational use of marijuana, Toronto police have thrown pot royalty in jail.

They called it Project Gator - a cross-country operation to put the bite on the most celebrated ganja couple since Cheech and Chong.

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49CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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50CN BC: Pot Raid Raises QuestionsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Robinson, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Should other dispensaries worry?

In some respects, the news that Vancouver police raided Marc and Jodie Emery's Cannabis Culture storefront Thursday comes as little surprise.

Raids happen from time to time, even here in Vancouver, where pot shops are more common than McDonald's restaurants and many of them have business licences.

And the Prince and Princess of Pot tend to thumb their noses at the authorities - more so than others who openly trade in illegal drugs.

But it is a surprise that a Toronto police investigation spurred local law enforcement into action against the Emerys' business.

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51 CN ON: Pot Crusaders Nabbed At Airport Before Police Raid Their ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:03/11/2017

Stores and homes in Ontario, Vancouver hit in 'Project Gator'

Prominent pot crusaders Marc and Jodie Emery will appear in a Toronto court for a bail hearing Friday after police raided the couple's seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

The Emerys, purportedly en route to a cannabis expo in Spain, were arrested at Pearson airport Wednesday evening and charged with several drugrelated offences, including trafficking and possession for that purpose. They made a brief court appearance Thursday.

"Marc, of course, plans to fight as hard as he can and as he always has for the true legalization of cannabis and the end of all arrests in Canada, as does Jodie," B.C. lawyer Kirk Tousaw said in a TV interview from Vancouver.

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52 CN ON: Column: Room For Everyone To Get A BuzzFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:03/11/2017

You'd think they'd be out of doobies.

Even after Toronto Police cleaned the place out of all their pot, the stench of marijuana was ripe inside the store.

Police took out tens of thousands of dollars worth of product from envelopes and jars. But they didn't get it all. Staff found police left behind some rolled joints and undetected envelopes of pot.

The smiling group, who got off on warnings by the same police who did charge owners Marc and Jodie Emery, quickly rolled and sparked up the spoils in defiance right in front me and colleagues Maryam Shah and photographer Craig Robertson. The message was clear. "We will be open again tomorrow," general manager Jamie McConnell insisted. "When you are in the pot dispensary business, you expect this."

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53 CN ON: Weed Renegades Vow To ReopenFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Shah, Maryam Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:03/11/2017

Cop raids on pot shops catch staff by surprise

"Oh great." That's the first thought 26-year-old Rebecca said she had when she saw police officers enter the Cannabis Culture store on Queen St., near Broadview, in a Thursday morning raid that targeted the chain of dispensaries nationwide.

"I actually didn't have much of a reaction time," she said, declining to provide her last name, but identifying herself as one of five employees at the store. "I couldn't even yell, 'Raid!' "

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54 Canada: Dispensaries Raided CountrywideFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:119 Added:03/11/2017

Following arrests of Marc and Jodie Emery, police target shops even as Ottawa prepares for legalization

Police officers in several Canadian cities raided illegal marijuana dispensaries linked to activists Marc and Jodie Emery on Thursday, charging them and several others with drug offences as part of an investigation led by Toronto police.

The raids were the latest attempt by local police forces to shut down pot shops that have been opening in cities across the country, even as the federal government prepares to fully legalize the drug with legislation this spring. It was also notable for the involvement of Vancouver's police force, which has largely left dispensaries in the city alone, including those run by the Emerys.

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55CN ON: 'Prince And Princess Of Pot' Face Charges After Swoop On ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cameron, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

TORONTO - Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with multiple drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police in several cities raided pot dispensaries associated with the couple.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening. They appeared briefly in a courtroom on Thursday afternoon before police announced the full list of charges they faced.

Marc Emery faces 15 counts, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts.

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56CN BC: Letter: Only Licensed Producers Should Sell PotThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Sanderson, Derek Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

My company is cleared by Ottawa to consult with licensed marijuana producers going through the very restrictive licensing process, which requires more than 170 detailed operating procedures and risk assessment.

With more than 800 application rejections in 2016 alone, there are no shortcuts with the regulations/safety of legal marijuana.

Health Canada is leading this, and when multimillion-dollar licensed producers are involved with one pesticide issue, they're shut down. That's how tight these regulations are.

Victoria's dispensaries: Where's the dope coming from and how is it grown?

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57 CN BC: Column: 4/20 Organizers Wrong To Plan Party During FentanylThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:03/11/2017

Plans are well under way for this year's 4/20 pot party.

Organizers have begun booking booths for this year's event even though the Vancouver Park Board has denied the group a special event permit. Just like last year, the Park Board has been stuck in an extremely difficult position - forced by the mayor's inaction to put up with a 4/20 party they haven't sanctioned while the federal government constantly teeters on the verge of legalizing marijuana.

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58 CN BC: Canada's Dare AmbassadorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Len Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Timmins teen selected as the national rep for a you advisory board for D.A.R.E. in the U.S. . A young Timmins woman has been selected as the first ever Canadian to join the national youth advisory board for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the United States. Alexya Racicot, a 16-year-old student of Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault, will soon be travelling to Hawaii and also to Texas to help advise and shape D.A.R.E. programs in the future.

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59 CN BC: Green MLA Wants Talks To Legalize Hard DrugsThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:03/11/2017

The leader of the B.C. Green party has said that the fentanyl crisis is a reason for Canada to have a national debate about legalizing drugs, including heroin.

"This is a very important discussion that we need to have," Andrew Weaver told the Straight. "If you want to deal with organized crime in the drug area, legalization is the way forward. But we're not ready for that here in Canada yet."

Weaver is the MLA for Oak Bay- Gordon Head and a distinguished climate scientist. He explained that although studies show that there are benefits to legalizing drugs for both individual addicts and society as a whole-improving people's physical health and reducing crime, for example-the general public requires more time and education to better understand those issues and the controversial policies to which they relate.

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60 Canada: Marc Emery's Pot Shops Raided Across CountryFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:Canada Lines:86 Added:03/11/2017

Activist couple arrested in Toronto, face 15 drug charges

Vancouver police raided Cannabis Culture, headquarters of marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery, Thursday morning at the request of Toronto police.

The couple were arrested in Toronto Wednesday and face 15 counts, including trafficking, drug possession and proceeds of crime charges. Police across the country have raided seven shops in the Emery chain, branded Cannabis Culture. The federal government has said it will legalize marijuana this year.

A Cannabis Culture employee, who identified himself as Chris, said police took marijuana products as well as routers and computers from the store on West Hastings Street near Cambie Street.

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61 CN AB: Preparing For Legal Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:03/11/2017

City report addresses marijuana dispensaries

The city is getting a head start on preparing for the expected growth of legal pot shops in Edmonton, but at least one business owner eyeing a future store wants more answers.

Edmonton addressed marijuana dispensaries for the first time in a report released Thursday, as it waits for the federal government to release more details on its expected bill to legalize sales of cannabis for recreational use.

The report is the first look into what legal pot in Edmonton could look like: it outlines where marijuana can be grown, and adds 'cannabis retail sales' and 'cannabis lounges' to a bylaw that governs the development of bars and other retail stores.

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62 CN ON: T.O. Police Raid Hamilton DispensaryFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:03/11/2017

Hours earlier, activists Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Pearson

Toronto police raided a Hamilton dispensary Thursday morning just hours after two prominent Canadian marijuana activists were arrested at Pearson airport.

Undercover officers raided the Hamilton location of Cannabis Culture on King Street East - easy to spot from its bright green exterior, between Walnut and Wellington streets - manager Rex Mekkem said.

"I'm just letting people know. Metro Toronto is raiding the Hamilton store," Mekkem said in a live cellphone video posted to his Facebook page Thursday just before noon.

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63 CN BC: Police Raid Cannabis Culture Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Marc and Jodie Emery face drug charges after latest crackdown

A dozen Vancouver police officers raided Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture headquarters on West Hastings Street on Thursday morning.

Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police also raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday evening as they were about to board a plane to Spain at Pearson International Airport. They were heading to Barcelona to attend the Spannabis marijuana expo.

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64CN BC: Dispensary Owners Not Butting Out Despite Recent RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The day after Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested by Toronto police, B.C.-based cannabis advocates and business people said they expect the retail bud business to continue as usual in Vancouver.

Jeremy Jacob, the Vancouver-based head of a national industry association for dispensaries, said Thursday its members "have a good relationship" with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department "and we expect that to continue.

"We value the position the VPD has taken during this transition to a regulated market," said Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and owner of The Village Dispensary near Vancouver's Granville Island. None of the Emerys' businesses are members of his association, he said.

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65CN ON: Emerys Arrested After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Dispensaries: First couple of cannabis face multiple charges after police operations in B.C. and Ontario

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

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66 CN BC: District Cautious As It Awaits Pot LegislationWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Sooke News Mirror (CN BC) Author:Laird, Kevin Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/11/2017

Until the federal government legalizes marijuana, the District of Sooke won't allow any more pot dispensaries in Sooke, says Mayor Maja Tait.

"We're not interested in any more - 3 is enough," she said.

Tait made the comments the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Victoria that new legislation would come before Parliament this summer.

"We'll wait to see how we proceed. We need to see what the federal legislation and provincial regulations look like before we see what role we take," she said.

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67 CN BC: Trudeau Takes Tough Stance On Marijuana RegulationsWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Wong, Kendra Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/11/2017

Despite promises to legalize marijuana, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough stance on current marijuana regulations, saying "the law remains the law" during a visit to Esquimalt Thursday.

"We are moving forward on a framework to regulate and control marijuana, to protect our kids and keep our communities safer from criminals and organized crime," Trudeau said while he was at CFB Esquimalt.

Marijuana regulations have been in the spotlight over the past year, especially in Victoria, where roughly 35 marijuana dispensaries have sprouted. But marijuana regulations have been a grey area for the City of Victoria, as with many other municipalities, with mayor and councillors wondering if it's necessary to impose new regulations if the drug will be legalized in the coming months.

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68 Canada: Cannabis Firm's Plan Aims To Set Safety Standards For SectorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:111 Added:03/11/2017

With the medical-marijuana industry caught in a tainted-cannabis scare that Health Canada has yet to fully confront, one company has struck out on its own to devise a solution to the controversy - and hopes the rest of the sector will voluntarily follow suit.

Aurora Cannabis Inc., one of 38 federally licensed producers of medical cannabis, is expected to announce on Thursday that it is unveiling the industry's strictest consumer safety regime, testing all of its products for contaminants at a federally accredited lab, then making those certified test results public.

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69 CN NS: OPED: Ethical WeedThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Coast, The (CN NS) Author:Johnstone, Luke Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:03/11/2017

For years, cannabis has been a counter-cultural symbol-a plant that can be grown almost anywhere, giving it little marketing potential. That's about to change.

At a show last summer, a musician friend said to me, "This is Pineapple Express-I bought it legally in Kensington Market." Legal. Weed. Kensington. Toronto. That stuck in the memory banks, and I followed up next time I was in Toronto, visiting several locations of one well-reputed dispensary, sampling as many marijuana strains and concentrates as my budget would afford.

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70 Canada: Cannabis Shops Take On TestingThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bailey, Ian Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:03/11/2017

Illegal marijuana dispensaries in B.C., Ontario work on protocol system for detecting contaminants

Illegal marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia and Ontario say they are developing a system of testing standards amid concerns about contaminants in cannabis - both at unauthorized storefronts and in the federally regulated system.

The proposal from the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, whose 25 members represent a fraction of the hundreds of illegal dispensaries operating across the country, to set up a testing system by May comes ahead of federal legislation to legalize the drug. The Liberal government has not said where recreational marijuana will be sold, but dispensaries have lobbied to be included in the new system.

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71 CN PI: Releaf Is NearThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:McKay, Millicent Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:92 Added:03/11/2017

Summerside couple opening store selling glass pieces for legal herbs and medical marijuana

It's a cause close to Megan Patey and Tommy Biggar's hearts.

"I use it for my anxiety and PTSD. And since starting it, I've been functioning a lot better," explained Patey.

The "it" is medicinal marijuana prescribed by a physician.

Biggar added, "It's incredible. It went from her nails being below the skin, to being able to paint them, to having to cut them. It was incredible to see how it helped her."

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72 CN BC: Park Board Extinguishes Permit For 4/2O EventTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:03/09/2017

Organizers say the rally will go ahead anyway

Vancouver's Park Board has rejected an application for a special event permit for this year's 4/20 rally at Sunset Beach.

Last year's unlicensed rally, which attracted at least 25,000 people to Vancouver's waterfront, was unlicensed and drew criticism from the park board chair who said the event was "unwanted and would not be welcomed back in 2017."

The park board's 4-3 vote Monday night against the motion to provide a permit to event organizers reflected that sentiment, said chair Michael Wiebe. "The will of the board is we don't want it to happen in our parks. It is not okay for us to relax the bylaw for this protest group," said Wiebe. He says he is working with event organizers and the city to find a new location, not in a city park, for 4/20.

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73 Canada: Medical Marijuana Firms Discussed Using Banned PesticidesWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:149 Added:03/09/2017

Two years before Canada's medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents.

Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil - a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems.

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74 Canada: Signal Of Slower Pot Legalization Kills Producers' BuzzWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Skerritt, Jen Area:Canada Lines:113 Added:03/09/2017

As investors flock to Canada's burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is signalling recreational pot sales aren't imminent.

Member of Parliament Bill Blair - the former Toronto police chief leading Mr. Trudeau's legalization effort - confirmed a bill is due in Parliament this spring, but it won't be the last hurdle as ample regulatory work remains. The federal government will take its time and work with provinces, territories and cities to build a framework and develop specific regulations, he said.

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75 CN ON: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Are Getting AwayTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/09/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death. And he is not wrong in wanting this. The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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76 CN BC: Decriminalize Illicit Drugs: DalyMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:03/09/2017

Health officer says it's the only real solution to emergency

Vancouver's chief medical health officer Dr. Patricia Daly called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to decriminalize all illicit drugs, labelling it the only real solution to a mounting death toll.

At a press conference Friday morning, Trudeau said an earlier expert roundtable and tour of the Downtown Eastside in a police car was "an incredibly emotional opportunity" to listen and "see people struggle with an almost insurmountable challenge."

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77 US: OPED: Trump Should Be Appalled By Police Asset ForfeitureMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:McGrath, Lee Area:United States Lines:108 Added:03/09/2017

America's sheriffs have given President Trump a woefully inaccurate view of civil asset forfeiture-the process through which police seize, and prosecutors literally sue, cash, cars and real estate that they suspect may be connected to a crime. "People want to say we're taking money and without due process. That's not true," a Kentucky sheriff told the president last month at a White House meeting. Critics of forfeiture, the sheriff added, simply "make up stories."

In fact, thousands of Americans have had their assets taken without ever being charged with a crime, let alone convicted. Russ Caswell almost lost his Massachusetts motel, which had been run by his family for more than 50 years, because of 15 "drug-related incidents" there from 1994-2008, a period through which he rented out nearly 200,000 rooms.

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78 Israel: Israel Moves To Decriminalize Marijuana UseMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fisher, Ian Area:Israel Lines:71 Added:03/09/2017

JERUSALEM - Israel, which has been at the forefront of research into medical marijuana and the drug's commercialization, took a major step on Sunday toward officially decriminalizing its recreational use.

At a time when many American states and European countries are loosening marijuana laws, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan that would impose fines rather than criminal penalties on those caught using the drug in public.

Growing and selling marijuana, which is widely used here recreationally and medicinally, would remain illegal.

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79 CN BC: PUB LTE: Another Take On Medicinal Cannabis AdministrationWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Elrod, Matthew M. Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:03/09/2017

Re: Langford mayor urges Trudeau to take action on pot (Goldstreamgazette.com)

Langford Mayor Stew Young seems unaware that drug and natural health product regulation is a provincial, not a federal matter.

When the federal government legalizes cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, it will be up to the provinces to decide who can cultivate and sell cannabis to whom.

We have been suffering under cannabis prohibition for almost a century, so it is not as though the issue has become more urgent since the Liberals announced their intention to legalize.

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80 CN NS: Cannabis Companies Mettrum And Organigram Face Possible ClassTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Nova Scotia Lines:146 Added:03/09/2017

Two federally regulated medical marijuana companies caught up in a tainted-cannabis scare are facing proposed class-action lawsuits from patients who unknowingly ingested banned pesticides.

Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc. were both found selling medical marijuana that contained unauthorized chemicals, including the controversial pesticide myclobutanil, which produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems.

The suit against OrganiGram was filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday by Halifax=based Wagners Law Firm, while a separate action against Mettrum was filed in Ontario Supreme Court by the firm Roy O'Connor LLP.

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81 CN MB: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Getting Away WithSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Manitoba Lines:94 Added:03/08/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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82 CN AB: Column: Drug Dealers Getting Away With MurderSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:03/08/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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83 CN ON: Column: Time To End The SlaughterSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:98 Added:03/08/2017

Drug counterfeiters using fentanyl getting away with murder

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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84 CN ON: Fentanyl Likely On Their MindsSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Davidson, Terry Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:03/08/2017

The Fentanyl issue will more than likely be broached when Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday. Officials from Watson's office confirmed Friday that while Monday's meeting will largely involve a chat about Ottawa's high-tech sector, the Fentanyl issue is almost certain to come up given the potentially deadly opioid has been at the centre of recent fatal overdoses in the nation's capital.

"It's something (the mayor) might bring up, yes," said Watson's spokesman Livia Belcea.

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85 CN ON: Police Raid Cannabis Culture For Second TimeThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Brant News (CN ON) Author:Toms, Colleen Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana dispensary determined to make pot accessible, regardless of response of law enforcement

"We have nothing to hide," Cannabis Culture employee Mat Ferguson said about 30 minutes before Brantford police officers raided the facility for a second time in as many days.

After shutting down the Colborne Street West marijuana dispensary and arresting a 36-year-old Stoney Creek man who was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime on Tuesday night, officers were back at the facility Friday laying charges against four other people.

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86 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Gives Teens The Best ProtectionSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But what does that mean for the safety of our teenagers?

The simple election promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one which he shows every sign of keeping, turns out not to be simple at all. What kind of restrictions should there be around selling weed? Will it be tested so that we can be sure it's safe?

What should be the minimum age to buy it? Who's going to sell it? If the government taxes it, what should happen to the money? And what about impaired driving?

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87 CN BC: PM Attends Roundtable On Opioid CrisisSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/06/2017

Attendees at the meeting urged Trudeau to consider extra funding and expanded access to injectable opioid treatment

Canada's Prime Minister and Minister of Defence met with people on the front lines of B.C.'s overdose crisis on Friday, listening as they spoke candidly about the urgent need to scale up treatment options, the province's record death toll and the emotional impact it's had on first responders.

But while those who attended the meeting in the Downtown Eastside clinic said the visit by Justin Trudeau and Harjit Sajjan was appreciated and deeply meaningful, the Prime Minister offered no promises on specific requests, such as dedicated funding for, and reduced barriers to, heroin-assisted treatment.

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88 CN ON: 'Where's The Fent?'Sat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

AIDS Committee of Ottawa offering strips to test urine

A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

"We're hoping to give community members a free and simple way to find out whether or not they've been exposed to fentanyl through recent substance use and we're also hoping, if we can, to collect a bit of data on what those results might be," explained ACO harm reduction co-ordinator Caleb Chepesiuk.

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89 CN BC: VPD Uses Naloxone For First Time To Reverse Drug OverdoseThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:113 Added:03/06/2017

Officer used the nasal spray form of the drug inside Rogers Arena

A Vancouver police officer working at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game has become the first member of the department to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on an overdose victim.

Staff Sgt. Bill Spearn of the VPD's organized crime section said the officer was working with a partner Dec. 28 at a Canucks game at Rogers Arena and noticed a commotion outside one of the gates involving a man who collapsed on the ground.

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90 CN BC: Column: Federal Health Minister Talks Legalization, InjectionThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:03/06/2017

t's always nice to hear from the person in charge when you have questions about what he or she is going to do to address a problem affecting a large number of people.

You may not always like the answers - or get a straight answer, for that matter - but still, it's something, right?

That person in charge: Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott

The problem - more of an epidemic, really: the overdose death crisis that killed 922 people in 2016, not the widely reported 914 as yours truly and others have written for more than a month. (Toxicology test results of suspected drug overdose victims continue to confirm more bad news.)

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91 CN BC: OPED: Perspectives On The Drug Overdose Crisis In BCWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:BC Medical Journal (CN BC) Author:Tyndal, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:03/06/2017

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 2, March 2017, page(s) 89 BC Centre for Disease Control Mark W. Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC

British Columbia is in the midst of a public health crisis, with 914 documented overdose deaths in 2016. While there has been a steady increase in overdose deaths over the past 2 years, December 2016 had the highest monthly total of deaths ever recorded (128 deaths).[1] This is particularly alarming as it is happening despite a public health emergency announcement in April 2016 and a massive scale-up of the take-home naloxone program that has been used in over 3000 overdose reversals.

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92 CN BC: Expert Calls For 'Scaled Up' Approach To Opioid CrisisFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:03/06/2017

Disease control director says more should be prescribed

One of British Columbia's top experts on diseases has slammed longstanding "drug policies that criminalize drug users," in an op-ed in the B.C. Medical Journal's new issue, and pushed for the expansion of government-prescribed opioids.

Dr. Mark Tyndall, provincial medical director of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, wrote about the province's opioid overdose epidemic, which has killed almost 1,000 people in the last year "despite a public-health emergency announcement in April 2016."

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93 CN ON: Pot Shops Expected To ReopenSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

The head of a marijuana business association predicts some London pot shops targeted by a police crackdown will soon reopen.

Police raided five dispensaries across the city Thursday, arresting staff and seizing $170,000 worth of marijuana products and $3,200 cash.

"Of course they'll reopen. The bottom line is that cannabis is going to continue to be sold in London," said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada, a national trade association that represents dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses.

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94 CN ON: Marijuana Task Force Hears From Sault Multi-Billion DollarTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Della-Mattia, Elaine Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:03/04/2017

The man in charge of touring Canada to promote the legalization of recreational marijuana says regulating weed will better protect young people, reduce organized crime and educate Canadians.

MP Bill Blair (Scarborough Southwest), the former top cop of Toronto's Police Service, said the federal government is adhering to its commitment to legalize cannabis following extensive cross-country consultation.

Blair is charged with travelling across Canada to educate stakeholders and receive input on various aspects that will result in a spring introduction of a bill. The Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General is conducting round tables and meeting with stakeholders in the public justice, health, education and drug treatment and prevention sectors, among others, about the legalization of marijuana.

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95 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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96 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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97 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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98 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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99 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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100 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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