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1CN AB: Body Scanner Targets Inmate ContrabandThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Alam, Hina Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Remand Centre hopes technology cuts in-custody overdoses, boosts staff safety

Edmonton Remand Centre inmates will go through an electronic body scanner to counter the smuggling of increasingly toxic drugs and other contraband into the lockup.

The scanner, similar to those used by airport security, takes a full body X-ray. The remand centre, which showed off the new equipment Wednesday, is the first correctional facility in Alberta to test the technology.

New inmates, transferred inmates and inmates suspected of having contraband will be put through the scanner, said Ken Johnston, security director of the remand centre, which houses about 1,500 people in custody awaiting trial.

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2 CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: ExpertsThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:117 Added:10/20/2017

Health and legal experts are urging caution about the idea of charging fentanyl dealers with manslaughter, saying such a move would do little to deter sellers and could instead punish those who are already struggling with substance-use disorders.

B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth mentioned the idea to reporters at an unrelated event last week, saying it was raised at a recent meeting of federal and provincial public safety ministers.

"We strongly believe that if you're dealing fentanyl, you're dealing death, and you should be facing much more severe penalties such as manslaughter charges," Mr. Farnworth said.

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3CN QU: Preventing ODs: Coalition Decries 'Systemic Barriers'Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Fidelman, Charlie Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

With just enough methadone to last the trip home to Montreal, Melodie was in a panic that she'd missed her flight. She was in Paris, and her supply of prescription methadone, a medicine that helps lower cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by opiate use, was about to run out. Without it, she worried about a relapse, going into the street in desperation, and doing something dangerous for a fix.

But an online search brought her to a Parisian mobile health clinic. And they welcomed her. They gave her the methadone that she needed to stay sober. There was no bureaucracy, no delay, and no prescription signed by someone in authority - just instant help.

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4 CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings FineThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:10/20/2017

After admitting the medicinal pot in his possession had been illegally supplemented by some non-medicinal pot, a Sarnia man again pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession - but to a different judge.

These "additional facts" temporarily put to rest a legal conundrum and likely a Canadian first - whether a lawful prescription becomes unlawful due to use - that delayed a decision on the drug possession charge originally expected in August.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, had previously pleaded guilty to both driving while impaired and to possessing marijuana. While convicted and fined $1,000 for the impaired driving charge by Justice Mark Hornblower, Barr's prescription for marijuana to deal with an anxiety condition made the possession charge hazier.

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5CN BC: Money-Transfer Business Facing Laundering ChargesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Cooper, Sam Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Criminal charges have been laid against Silver International Investment, a money-transfer business that RCMP allege was involved in money laundering, had ties to underground banking and used suspected drug cash to fund Chinese VIP gamblers in B.C. casinos.

During the RCMP's so-called E-Pirate probe, Mounties allege they uncovered $500 million-plus from a Richmond money-laundering service that they said handled up to $1.5 million a day.

"The Public Prosecution Service of Canada can confirm that charges have been laid against Caixuan Qin, Jian Jun Zhu, and Silver International Investments Ltd. in relation to Project E-Pirate," spokeswoman Nathalie Houle said Wednesday in an email. "We have no other information to provide at this time."

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6CN AB: A Magnet For Crime, Drug Use, Critics WarnThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown and urban community league members say they 're disappointed with the Ottawa's approval of four supervised drug consumption sites in the city's core.

"We feel that it's an extremely unfair decision, and not well-informed," Michael Lee, chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said Wednesday.

"The basic rights of some communities (were) totally ignored."

Alberta Health announced Wednesday that its federal counterpart had approved three supervised injection sites in Edmonton's downtown core and supervised consumption services for inpatients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

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7CN AB: Inner City To Host Four Supervised Injection SitesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Alberta's first supervised drug injection sites will open within months at four locations in Edmonton's inner city after receiving approval from Health Canada, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

Proponents hailed the news as a "long overdue" step that will save lives and direct more addicts into treatment.

The goal is to get three community sites open by late December or early January, while a fourth facility at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is anticipated to open sometime in the spring of 2018.

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8CN BC: OPED: Rethink Our Approach To Opioid BattleThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Thirteen Canadians a day were hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, and the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily rising.

What began with the over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller once thought to have a low potential for addiction, led to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death multiply, it is clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population-health crisis.

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9 CN ON: LTE: Pot Shops, Injection Site Snub Rule Of LawTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Warren, Sue Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:10/20/2017

When did Ottawa become such an unlawful city? I can't believe that illegal pot shops and injection sites are allowed to operate. Why do the police and the city not have the gumption to shut them down?

What about taxpaying residents who want safe access for their families to this park? Their rights are being violated by the very people who are supposed to protect them. This is not right.

Sue Warren, Ottawa

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10 CN BC: LTE: Opioid Deaths Rising, Yet Drug Use ToleratedTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Sheldon, Chris Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:10/20/2017

Last week, it was announced that opioid deaths have already exceeded last year's numbers, and the trend continues to point to an increasing use.

Yet we open "incite" places to shoot up and open shelters where drug use is rampant. As long as society tolerates and supports this lifestyle, can there really be any other outcome?

Burnside Gorge Community Association has said enough, but Victoria city council approved another shelter, ignoring the voters. Drugs will destroy lives and communities unless there is concerted effort to outlaw their use and stop enabling users.

Chris Sheldon

Victoria

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11Canada: Canadian Marijuana Firms In U.S. Warned Of DelistingTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Zochodne, Geoff Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

An alliance of Canadian securities regulators said Monday that it expects domestic companies with marijuana dealings in the United States to give their investors a good idea of the potential risks of doing drug business south of the border, which could now include the possibility of being delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"We expect issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. to address the current legal and regulatory environment in their disclosures, including any risks that result from changes in the approach to enforcement of U.S. federal law," Louis Morisset, chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators, said in a press release.

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12CN BC: UBC Will Offer Fentanyl Antidote Training ProgramTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Students to learn to detect overdoses and reverse them using naloxone kits

The University of B.C.'s Alma Mater Society is organizing mass training events to teach students to recognize and reverse drug overdoses amid a devastating provincial health emergency that shows no sign of slowing down.

Organizers say 120 students are registered for a two-hour training session Thursday in the student union building at UBC's Vancouver campus, where they'll learn the signs of an overdose, how to use a naloxone kit and the role stigma-free language plays in improving the lives of people who use drugs.

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13 CN ON: City Firefighters To Have NaloxoneTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:10/20/2017

This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief

Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives.

Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

"We're trying to be proactive here," he said in an interview.

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14 CN MB: Column: Weeding Through The ScienceWed, 18 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Prutschi, Edward Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:10/20/2017

For a government that promised to legislate using evidence-based science, the rapid approach of legalized marijuana in Canada is starting to look like a case study in blind faith.

Last week, federal justice officials issued the next round of details in their impending pot law.

In addition to existing impaired-by-drug laws that police are already using to prosecute drugged drivers, three new criminal offences are destined to be born to deal with pot-impaired driving all based on the quantity of THC found in a person's body.

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15 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Gulf News, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:74 Added:10/20/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people. There was discussion about changing the rules on drunk driving to make it easier for police officers to require drivers to submit to breath testing, and on and on.

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16 CN BC: Pot Shop Cannabis Rejuvenates A LifeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:198 Added:10/20/2017

John De Villa and his wife, Maxine, are afraid he'll lose access to the cannabis products that keep him seizure-free.

The otherwise healthy software technician wasn't born with epilepsy, didn't drink or smoke, and hadn't taken as much as a Tylenol in decades.

During the course of the next eight months, he would suffer a total of 12 grand mal seizures. Doctors would later tell him the effects on his brain were equivalent to what one would experience after a series of back-to-back concussions.

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17 CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For LethbridgeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:10/20/2017

Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge.

ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

Four sites are slated to open, three in Edmonton and one in Lethbridge, which will operate out of the former night club Pulse.

The application process for Lethbridge moved quicker than most and Jill Manning, the managing director of ARCHES, feels that may be a result of the unique issues Lethbridge is facing around substance use.

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18 CN ON: PUB LTE: Safe Injection Sites About JusticeMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Hopkins, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Medically supervised facilities for the administration and consumption of illicit drugs are proposed as a means to save lives, protect the community and help reduce illicit drug use itself. Of course, opponents disagree, either questioning their effectiveness, or objecting to the idea of enabling addiction and saving people from themselves. But, whatever their differences, people seem to agree that improved public health and social engineering are the primary objectives. I submit this is fundamentally misguided.

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19 CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical PotMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/20/2017

Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana.

Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

Jacob Taylor and Jonathan Araujo of the Pontiac Group have been helping to connect Ontario First Nations groups with the medical marijuana company for the past two years.

"This plant is a medicine, and our focus with DelShen Therapeutics has always been a medical focus, where other companies have a recreational focus," explained Araujo.

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20 CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop RaidMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:10/20/2017

Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking.

"We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

The raid conducted Friday appears to be part of a renewed effort by police to close down the city's illegal pot shops. On Oct. 3 police raided Cannabis Culture on Bank St., Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and several outdoor grow-ops, arresting eight people. Both shops re-opened.

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21 CN BC: Pot Dispensaries May Be Illegal, But They Work Well, StudyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:10/20/2017

Researchers say governments will have to legalize pot shops or incorporate elements from them into new model

UBC researchers are cautioning policy-makers not to alter a cannabis distribution system that, while not yet legal, works well.

Photo contributedUBC Okanagan psychology professor Zach Walsh recently published a study examining the roles independent marijuana dispensaries play in cannabis access.

Associate professor Zach Walsh, who teaches at UBC's Okanagan campus, and PhD candidate Rielle Capler say storefront dispensaries - often under fire from bylaw enforcement and city governments - are a tried and true method of selling cannabis. The pair recently published a study on medicinal cannabis dispensaries and determined customers prefer the independent storefront as opposed to growing their own or getting it from a dealer.

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22 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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23 CN ON: OPED: The Opioid Crisis Is A Health Issue, Not A CriminalTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:10/20/2017

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily on the rise with about 13 Canadians a day hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015.

The over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller previously thought to have a low potential for addiction, led first to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later, to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death have multiplied, it is now clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population health crisis.

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24CN ON: Column: Ontario Should Have Legal Spots To Smoke PotTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Prohibition-era harms persist in heavily policed legal regime

"Sittin' downtown in a railway station," sing Brewer and Shipley, "one toke over the line."

Well, you can't smoke in a railway station these days (not in Canada, anyway). Or an office, a parkade or a barbershop. In Quebec, you can't even smoke outside a pub, unless you're nine metres from the door.

Where, once marijuana is legal, will one be allowed to smoke? Ottawa's bylaws, and the province's smoking laws, don't yet cover cannabis since it's presently illegal, and the province hasn't been totally consistent on what it's going to do come legalization.

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25CN BC: Defiant Courtenay Pot Shop RevisitedTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

A pot shop in Courtenay has been raided a second time after it reopened in defiance of RCMP orders.

Two employees were arrested and marijuana, cannabis-infused food, cannabis concentrate and cash were seized by Comox Valley RCMP from the Leaf Compassion dispensary on Thursday.

The employees are facing charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. They were released on a promise to appear in court on strict conditions not to return to the dispensary, according to dispensary owner Kyle Cheyne.

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26 Canada: TMX Review Throws Cannabis Industry Into UncertaintyTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Pellegrin, Christina Area:Canada Lines:142 Added:10/20/2017

Canada's largest stock exchange operator is threatening to delist marijuana companies that are operating in violation of federal drug laws in the United States.

TMX Group Ltd. said late on Monday in a staff notice, a document that clarifies existing policy, that it is launching a review of cannabis firms listed on its markets to determine if any are doing business in the United States, where several states have either legalized or decriminalized marijuana. However, U.S. federal law still prohibits the drug.

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27 CN ON: Letter: Torn Over Safe Injection SitesTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Renout, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Safe injection sites are being considered for Brantford following the model of Vancouver and, soon, Toronto. I am torn. My first visceral response is why should taxpayer dollars be used to promote drug use. My kinder gentler side (the side that usually wins) says safe injection sites don't legitimize drug use. Instead, they simply provide a safe environment so drug users don't die.

I don't have the answer but I hope that, if a safe injection site is funded, that counselling services are available to encourage drug users to leave the drug scene and return to a healthy productive lifestyle. I also hope that officials will be prudent and search for way to do this in a fiscally responsible manner.

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28 CN MB: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplySun, 15 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:66 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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29Canada: OPED: Cannabis: To Eat Or Not To Eat Is The QuestionSun, 15 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

If all things go according to plan, as of July 1, 2018, legal-aged Canadians will be able to walk into a store, experience a perhaps not-so-friendly retail environment and buy cannabis. Federal and provincial government leaders are working out how and in what form you will be able to buy it.

Edible items containing cannabis ("edibles") are prepared food products, such as cakes, muffins, candy and drinks. This category also includes the possibility of purchasing a restaurant meal that contains cannabis. Edibles initially were to be banned under Bill C-45, the act to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but this was recently amended to allow such goods.

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30 Canada: OPED: High performance: Can Pot Make Us Better Athletes?Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Landini, Paul Area:Canada Lines:106 Added:10/20/2017

A lot has changed since Ross Rebagliati's legendary performance at the 1998 Winter Olympics. After winning gold for Canada in the first-ever Olympic snowboarding event, the Vancouver-born athlete was then stripped of his medal when he tested positive for THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. An appeal resulted in the return of Rebagliati's medal (marijuana wasn't on the banned-substance list at the time), while people around the world wondered how someone even stays upright while flying down a mountain on a thin wooden plank stoned.

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31 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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32CN AB: NDP Government Has Yet To Decide Exactly How It Will RetailSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/19/2017

It doesn't make sense to invest (public) money to set up infrastructure here.

Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of both the public and private sector options.

Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuanato be sold only in stand-alone stores once it is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

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33 CN AB: Province To Weigh All Options For Legal Marijuana SalesSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:62 Added:10/19/2017

Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of public- and private-sector options.

Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuana to be sold only in standalone stores once cannabis is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

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34 CN ON: LTE: Second-Hand Pot Smoke KillsTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Ontario Lines:25 Added:10/19/2017

Re Pot firm will breathe new life into former plant in Cobourg, Oct. 14

Marijuana smoke is an identified carcinogen, with the risk of exposure as bad if not worse than that of tobacco smoke. In this rush to pot legalization and embrace of the emerging Big Pot industry it would be wise to not lose sight of the reality that second-hand smoke kills. There should be far more thought given to this reckless path Canada is heading down than the prospect of cold hard money.

Pamela McColl, Vancouver

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35 CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The ExpertsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:10/11/2017

Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business.

Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.

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36 CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To EnsureFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/11/2017

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit.

Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.

"There are a lot of people that want to make a lot of money on this legalization, a lot of entrepreneurs, and they're not interested in public safety," Murie said in an interview Thursday.

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37 CN AB: LTE: Pot Consumption Age Set Too LowFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Banner, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:10/11/2017

The Canadian Medical Association has said that the age for marijuana should be 25 and no less than 21.

What does our illustrious government do?

They set the age at 18. How did they arrive at this? Or, was it pulled out of thin air like so many of their harebrained policies? At the same time, Energy East is cancelled and not a peep.

The slow death spiral for this country into the economic abyss continues. I hope we wake up before it's too late.

Ken Banner, Edmonton

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38 CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On DrugsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/11/2017

The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen

The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

In Ontario, more than two people died from opioid overdoses every day last year - and the rate seems to have risen in 2017. In British Columbia, the problem is even worse.

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39 CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Cloud Condo RulesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Cantwell, Les Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:10/11/2017

Re: Preparing for marijuana legalization, Aaron, Sept. 30

Smoking should be banned in condo buildings throughout Ontario. Bob Aaron's column highlighted the problem for condo boards.

More families with children are choosing condos as an affordable alternative to houses, especially in Toronto and other cities.

More than 80 per cent of the residents in these buildings do not smoke. Yet, many have to suffer the smells and dangerous carcinogenic fumes drifting through their doorways and venting systems. If you cannot smoke in a car with children, how can you justify children living in such an environment?

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40 CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal OfSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July.

This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.

Ganley announced enough details to satisfy those who want to know Alberta's broader approach to legalization, while keeping more contentious details, like who gets to sell it, for a later date.

Although Alberta Health Services recommended making the legal age 21 for pot consumption and raising the alcohol and tobacco ages from 18 to match it, Alberta's government is sensibly and simply making 18 the legal age for weed.

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41 CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For MarijuanaSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:10/11/2017

Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being concerned over the potential harm to young people.

Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.

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42 CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana LegalizationSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Gunn, Andrea Area:Nova Scotia Lines:55 Added:10/11/2017

Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed.

Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.

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43 CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis TaxesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Roe, John Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:10/11/2017

The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.

With heady visions of new revenue streams cascading into their provincial coffers, these and other premiers told Trudeau the provinces will bear most of the costs of legalizing cannabis. Hence, they deserve most of the tax dollars that will come with it - not just half.

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44 CN BC: Westside Pot Shops Could Be Shut DownTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Seymour, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:10/10/2017

City council today expected to rescind business licences for 2 marijuana dispensaries

The owners of two West Kelowna pot shops today face the revocation of their business licence and subsequent closure.

City council is expected to rescind licences for Black Crow Herbals and The Healing Company, a move staff say would force the businesses to close.

"(T)he licence holder has engaged in the illegal dispensing of cannabis, which is in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act," reads the identical wording in two separate staff reports to be considered at today's council meeting.

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45 CN ON: OPED: Let First Nations Into Pot IndustryTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:10/10/2017

The projected legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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46 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:75 Added:10/10/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people.

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47 CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug DecriminalizationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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48 CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: ExpertThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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49 CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The CashThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:10/06/2017

The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue.

A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.

"Nobody's mindset on this approach is about bringing in tax revenue on this. The mindset with which we have approached the legalization and control of marijuana from the very beginning has been from public health and safety standpoint," Trudeau said during a press conference flanked by premiers at the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this week. What they want to do is, "Remove the black market from accessing the billions of dollars of profit that they do every year off of this."

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50 CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In Niagara FallsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focussed on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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51 CN ON: Toronto Endorses Province's Pot PlanThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

Toronto city council has, by a narrow margin, endorsed Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for tightly regulated marijuana sales through LCBO-style stores.

Council voted 21-16 Wednesday in favour of backing Wynne's pot plan, while demanding that the city be compensated for any related costs when the federal government legalizes marijuana next year.

Councillor Cesar Palacio, chair of the licensing committee, said the city must endorse the closure of all illegal, private dispensaries to prevent "chaos" in the new marijuana marketplace.

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52 CN ON: Who's Minding The Pot?Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Author:Gamble, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:10/06/2017

Norfolk police board, county seek answers on personal grow-ops

Health Canada is handing out licences for people to grow marijuana for personal use, but the question of who will be monitoring that growth has stymied both the Norfolk police board and council.

"The federal government allows the licence but who's following up on this?" asked Mayor Charlie Luke at last week's police board meeting.

"Who's checking to see that they're abiding by the licence? Is it the feds? The OPP? Certainly it's not the county and I'm thinking these personal grow operations are going to be way out of control."

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53 CN AB: Cannabis, Can'tabisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Albertans get first look at pot plan

Albertans will be able to toke up in public when marijuana is legalized across Canada next summer, as long as they're not around kids.

The province released its Draft Cannabis Framework on Wednesday morning, confirming people will be allowed to smoke in public but not in playgrounds, spray parks, zoos, hospitals, school grounds or other places frequented by children.

By contrast, Ontario announced last month it will not allow public consumption when the drug is legalized for recreational use on July 1, 2018.

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54 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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55 CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery SaysThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara This Week (CN ON) Author:Hutton, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:10/06/2017

The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis.

"We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."

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56 CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational AndTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Bharwani, Area:Alberta Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses.

The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

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57 CN ON: Trudeau's Plan For Marijuana Tax Catches Premiers Off GuardWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Curry, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:10/06/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has surprised premiers with a plan to impose a 10-per-cent federal tax on recreational marijuana and split the expected new revenue 50-50 with the provinces.

With the clock ticking toward the Liberal government's goal of legalizing marijuana by July, 2018, Ottawa and the provinces are working to answer the many questions raised by the change, including the price, age limits and how the product will be sold.

After a day-long private meeting that touched on a wide range of topics, Mr. Trudeau confirmed to reporters that he delivered an opening proposal for how marijuana should be taxed.

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58 Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling OpioidMon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Switzerland Lines:110 Added:10/06/2017

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue.

The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

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59 CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In FallsTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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60 CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:10/06/2017

The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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61 CN MB: Editorial: Schools Should Teach Opioid DangersSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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62 CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection SiteSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/06/2017

Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off

CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

In a report to Lethbridge Police Commission on Wednesday, ARCHES Executive Director Stacey Bourque told the commission when CP Rail cuts access to the area under Stafford Bridge, many drug users will lose access to an area where ARCHES cleans thousands of used needles every month.

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63 CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed Reviews In LowertownSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:10/05/2017

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

However, there is no evidence those claims are true.

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64 CN ON: Protesters Crowd Into Councillor's Office To Oppose Closing OfSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:10/05/2017

'POP-UP' SAFE INJECTION SITE IN LOWERTOWN

People crowd in the reception area for councillors' offices at city hall yesterday to protest councillor Mathieu Fleury suggesting a Lowertown 'pop-up' safe-injection site be removed.

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug-injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

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65 CN ON: Charges Dropped Against 'Budtenders'Sat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Caught up in pot shop raids

Charges have been dropped against two of the clerks charged in police raids on Magna Terra Health Services marijuana dispensaries last spring.

It's the first time prosecutors in Ottawa have withdrawn charges against "budtenders" working at illegal pot shops. That's in contrast to Toronto, where prosecutors have thrown out many of the drug trafficking charges against marijuana store clerks.

A total of seven people were charged in the raids on Magna Terra outlets on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville last March. Charges against two people were withdrawn, while prosecution of the other five is going ahead, according to court records. Charges can be dropped if there is not enough evidence, or if prosecutors decide it is not in the public interest to proceed.

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66 CN BC: Column: Pot Laws A Challenge For GovernmentSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:10/05/2017

They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's provincial election delayed the process.

Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature and simply forgot to get it done.

In any case, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth left more questions than answers Monday when, rather than unveiling the regulations many expected, he merely announced a public consultation process.

Ontario might already have its pot plans in place, but here in the birthplace of B.C. Bud, we prefer a more relaxed approach: We'll gather information from stakeholders and the public, or maybe listen to a little Allman Brothers, until Nov. 1.

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67 CN ON: Column: Preparing For Marijuana LegalizationSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Aaron, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.

Effective July 1, 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units and grow up to four, one-metre plants per residence.

In the landlord-tenant sphere, landlords may legally prohibit smoking both tobacco and marijuana in new leases, but it may not be possible to prohibit existing tenants.

Condominium corporations can enact smoking bans by amending their declarations, provided that 80 per cent of the unit owners vote in favour of it.

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68 CN ON: Smoke Pot Possession RecordsTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Morden, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:09/29/2017

That's the desire of Mayor Mike Bradley, who has asked the PM to give his idea serious consideration

SARNIA - Sarnia's mayor wants the federal government to eliminate the criminal records of Canadians convicted of possessing marijuana after recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.

Mike Bradley sent a letter Monday asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give "serious consideration" to expunging records for simple possession once marijuana is decriminalized in Canada in July.

"I've had a number of people tell me about the difficulties they've had in their lives because of a simple possession conviction," said Bradley.

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69 CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For PoliceTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:MacAlpine, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:09/29/2017

The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday.

Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.

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70 CN ON: More Help Needed: Top CopWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:09/29/2017

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said he will need more resources to address marijuana dispensaries operating in the city and keep them closed.

Speaking at the police services board this week, Bordeleau said they have long held the opinion that the dispensaries operating in the city are illegal and have executed search warrants and arrested staff as a result.

He said now that the province has announced plans to sell through government-run stores the police will need more resources to close the dispensaries that are operating.

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71 CN ON: Will You Try Edible Pot Products?Wed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:09/29/2017

New study says almost 50% of Canadians would

Nearly half of Canadians say they are interested in trying cannabis-laced edibles such as brownies when marijuana is legalized, according to a study by Dalhousie University professors.

The survey also found that 39 per cent of respondents would be willing to order a dish made with marijuana at a restaurant, but most said they would have no idea how to cook with cannabis at home.

The study was led by Faculty of Management professor Sylvain Charlebois, a specialist in food distribution and policy.

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72 CN ON: Wynne To Work With Mayors On Pot ConcernsWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:09/29/2017

As legalization approaches, premier promises to help municipalities manage costs

Premier Kathleen Wynne insists the province will not let Ontario cities go to pot once the federal government legalizes marijuana next July. Wynne emerged from a meeting Tuesday with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area mayors and regional chairs promising a clampdown on illegal storefront "dispensaries" and vowed to help municipalities cope with weed.

"The federal government's legalization of cannabis, of course, has implications for the province as we move to administer the rules," the premier told reporters.

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73 CN ON: Location Of Marijuana Stores Not Yet Determined - GrantWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Tribune Express (CN ON) Author:Marsillo, Alexia Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:09/28/2017

Ontario has announced the province's plan for the distribution of marijuana, ahead of legalization planned for next spring. Recreational cannabis will be sold through a chain of specialty stores operated by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

The plan is to open 150 marijuana stores by the year 2020 and 40 stores by next summer. According to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack, it has not yet been determined as to where these stores will be located across the province and what that would mean for the Prescott-Russell region.

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74 US MI: Michigan Lawmakers Want Reprieve For Medical MarijuanaWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Gray, Kathleen Area:Michigan Lines:80 Added:09/28/2017

Medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to stay open while the state decides who will get a license for the lucrative cannabis business under a pair of bills to be introduced in the state Legislature.

Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, and Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, will introduce the bills in the Senate and House this week to counteract an advisory by the state to dispensaries that they should close before Dec. 15 or risk their chances at getting a license.

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75 CN ON: How To Smoke Cannabis SafelyTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Pin, Louis Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:09/28/2017

By this time next year cannabis - or marijuana, pot, or hash - will be legal in Canada, and public health units like the one in Elgin-St. Thomas are bracing for impact.

They released an updated set of safer-use guidelines last week in an effort to inform public opinion before the drug becomes legal. The ESTHU guidelines are a clearer version based off the official, reported guideline package released in June by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

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76 CN BC: Guest Editorial: Input Sought For Pot OutlookTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:09/28/2017

The fledgling B.C. NDP government has decided how it will deal with the looming legalization of marijuana: continue talking it to death.

Dispensary owners, illegal producers, consumers, patients, parents - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth explained Monday that everyone's opinion is being sought because "one size does not fit all" and "we need to get it right."

Until four o'clock on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, Farnworth says anyone can participate in a new province-wide conversation on pot - the minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, distribution, retail models … It's all on the table. "We want to hear from as many people as possible about how we can best protect our kids, keep our roads safe and lock criminals out of the non-medical cannabis industry," he told a packed meeting room at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in downtown Vancouver. "Public engagement is crucial."

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77 CN ON: Judge Adjourns Medical Pot RulingTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:09/28/2017

Sorting out whether possession of medical marijuana can become a crime remains in the hands of a Sarnia judge after a brief court appearance Monday.

Justice Mark Hornblower said there is a unique point of law he must be satisfied with before accepting a man's guilty pleas to marijuana possession. The issue is whether involvement of the medical marijuana in another crime makes the possession a crime.

After short submissions by Crown and defence lawyer, Hornblower adjourned his decision to Oct. 18.

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78 CN NS: Officer's Sense Of Smell Not Sufficient For Arrest And SeizureTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:85 Added:09/28/2017

A RCMP officer's decision to arrest and search two people because he could smell fresh marijuana in the vehicle has resulted in drug and weapon charges being dismissed against an Ingonish couple.

Provincial court Judge Peter Ross ruled Monday that it is widely held that police officers can give evidence on what they detect or recognize by smell.

"But difficulties arise when the police claim to be able to recognize this particular smell (raw marijuana) as a basis for arrest, with no other supporting grounds," said the judge. Ross ruled that the seizure of the marijuana and the arrest of the two individuals violated their rights not to be arbitrarily detained and to be protected from unreasonable search. The decision meant that items seized would not be admitted into evidence at trial.

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79 CN BC: Kelowna Wants Cut Of Profits From PotTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:09/28/2017

Mayor says share of taxes from sale of legal marijuana should go to municipalities to cover extra policing costs

Municipalities should get a share of tax revenue collected by the provincial government when marijuana becomes legal, says Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

"We want to make sure we get our cut of the profits," Basran said Monday from the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Vancouver.

If the government ultimately chooses to allow private stores to sell pot next year, additional policing costs are likely to arise to ensure such operations abide by all relevant rules and regulations, Basran said.

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80 CN BC: Cannabis Sales Could Vary Between Cities, Public SafetyTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Dhillon, Sunny Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:09/28/2017

The B.C. government has launched a five-week consultation process around the legalization of marijuana and says the way the drug is purchased could differ from city to city.

The minister in charge of the file told a news conference Monday that Vancouverites might prefer to continue buying marijuana through dispensaries, while other communities opt for something else.

"One size does not fit all," B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth told reporters.

The federal government has committed to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by July.

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81 US: Column: How To Win A War On DrugsSun, 24 Sep 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Kristof, Nicholas Area:United States Lines:252 Added:09/27/2017

Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.

LISBON - On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. "It's hard to find a vein," he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and pooled on the step, but he was oblivious.

"Are you O.K.?" Rita Lopes, a psychologist working for an outreach program called Crescer, asked him. "You're not taking too much?" Lopes monitors Portuguese heroin users like Mario, gently encourages them to try to quit and gives them clean hypodermics to prevent the spread of AIDS.

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82 US CT: Police: Shootings That Left 2 Dead Were Drug-RelatedMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:McWilliams, Kathleen Area:Connecticut Lines:96 Added:09/27/2017

Two men were killed in Hartford in a few-hour span Friday into Saturday.

Six people were shot, two fatally, in separate narcotics-related shootings in Hartford Friday night and Saturday morning, police said.

As of Sunday morning, victim identifications were being withheld, but Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said at least one of the victims was from out of state.

Foley said the two shootings immediately appeared to be narcotics related, with heroin, cocaine and other drugs found at the scene. Police said they believed multiple guns were involved and at least one of the shootings was described as a "gunfight."

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83 CN ON: Editorial: Legal Pot A Tough Sell In Price And QualityMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is going to have to be competitive with the black market on price, availability, quality and variety.

With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government already appears to have conceded the field on price and availability.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa said last week Ontario is looking at selling legal pot for about $10 per gram.

That compares to an average street price in Ontario of about $8.64 per gram, according to a report by the federal parliamentary budget officer late last year.

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84 CN QU: Cannabis Capitalism Divides First NationsMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Woods, Allan Area:Quebec Lines:135 Added:09/27/2017

As pot legalization looms, Indigenous communities are weighing benefits, risks

MONTREAL- Is it a cash crop to lift struggling First Nations out of poverty, or a vice posing a particular risk for a vulnerable population?

As Canada forges ahead with the legalization of marijuana, slated for July 2018, Indigenous people are split about what to do on their territory.

A number of First Nations have signed investment deals with marijuana producers, lured by the promise of profits and other benefits. Others have slammed on the brakes until they can draw up their own rules for growing and selling what is, for a few more months, an illegal drug.

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85 CN ON: Complaints Drive Pot Shop Raids, Police ClaimMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:09/27/2017

A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says.

Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law, charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.

But unlike the spring crackdown on pot shops, when police raided five dispensaries across the city, last week's clampdown only targeted the Richmond Row operation, leaving London's four other dispensaries unscathed.

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86 CN BC: Municipalities Seek Insight From NDPMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bula, Frances Area:British Columbia Lines:105 Added:09/27/2017

Councillors and mayors will have first chance to suss out party's stand on issues such as marijuana legalization at annual convention

B. C.'s mayors and councillors are pouring into Vancouver this week with one main goal at their annual convention - to get a handle on what changes the new NDP government will be bringing them.

The more than 1,800 attendees - a higher than usual number - are looking for signs of what Premier John Horgan's team will do about the impending explosion of retail marijuana, housing and mental health, drug and overdose issues, say councillors on the executive of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

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87 Canada: Feds Issue Tender For Anti-Marijuana Campaign Aimed At YouthFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:09/27/2017

Health Canada doesn't want kids smoking pot.

The federal agency responsible for the health of Canadians issued a tender call Thursday for a marketing campaign to raise awareness among youth aged 13 to 24 about the harmful affects of smoking marijuana on their still-developing brains.

It also wants pre- and post-campaign monitoring of the awareness of youth of the affects.

The advertising campaign will roll out in anticipation of Canada's legalizing marijuana next year.

Ed McHugh, a professor at St. Mary's University's marketing department, offered a warning.

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88 US CA: L.A. Is Set To Be A Hot Market For Marijuana SalesMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Reyes, Emily Alpert Area:California Lines:182 Added:09/27/2017

The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.

The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.

Los Angeles lawmakers are laying the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest markets for marijuana in the country, one that could bring more than $50 million in taxes to city coffers next year.

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89 US MO: 77-Year-Old Sentenced To 10 Years For Growing MarijuanaFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Bologna, Giacomo Area:Missouri Lines:159 Added:09/26/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two plainclothes detectives were driving a white unmarked pickup truck through a heavily forested road in Polk County on an overcast day in March 2012.

A woman had called the sheriff's office in December. Her identity had been stolen, she said, and new credit cards were being sent to an address in Polk County.

The detectives couldn't find the home in the rural area 45 miles north of Springfield, so instead they stopped at the next closest address -- the home of Charles Frederick White.

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90 US OR: Portland Case Reveals Gap In Rules To Separate Day CareSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Hillsboro Argus, The (OR) Author:Schmidt, Brad Area:Oregon Lines:349 Added:09/26/2017

State regulators allowed a Portland man to have a childcare business in his home while owning a storefront dispensary selling marijuana.

Those potentially dueling interests didn't surface until this summer, after two childcare employees quit and contacted the state. They accused the day care owner, Samuel Watson, of keeping large amounts of marijuana inside his Alameda home and said he was putting children at risk. Watson categorically denies the allegations, and state officials have not found him at fault.

Without key employees, Watson in June was forced to shut down his in-home day care and a second location in Concordia.

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91 CN ON: College First In Canada To Offer Program In CannabisWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Chiose, Simona Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:09/23/2017

College and university graduates will be able to earn a certificate in cannabis production starting next fall, when Niagara College will launch Canada's first accredited program in the field.

The program will begin months after the deadline imposed by the federal government for legalizing production, distribution and sale of the weed that is eventually expected to generate $8-billion in annual sales. With regulations not yet in place for legalized marijuana, the program may have to shift with politics.

"We heard that the licensed producers need highly skilled, well-trained individuals who know more than how to grow two or three plants in a room somewhere," said Al Unwin, the associate dean of Niagara College's School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies. "They need a graduate who knows how to create a healthy crop in a very large facility and a graduate who is aware of the regulatory reality," he said.

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92 CN MB: OPED: Public Monopoly Wrong Model For Pot SalesWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Goliger, Mark Area:Manitoba Lines:116 Added:09/23/2017

AS recreational cannabis becomes legal nationally on July 1, Canadians are faced with tremendous opportunity and risk. Our country is essentially rolling back a long-existing illegal trade to facilitate a legal, regulated market. The purpose, as the federal Liberal platform says, is: "to ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana."

With much yet to be figured out, the following focuses on the issue of how to implement retail distribution, which rests with each province.

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93 CN MB: OPED: Sell Marijuana Only In Government Liquor StoresWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bird, Malcolm Area:Manitoba Lines:112 Added:09/23/2017

THE federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While the Liberals will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

In other words, it matters how we legalize marijuana, not just that we legalize it.

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94 US AZ: High Time Hold UpThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:82 Added:09/23/2017

Your meds are safe for a little while longer.

Congressional lawmakers bought a little more time for the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment by extending the current federal budget with a disaster relief bill signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. The clause is set to expire with the rest of the bill on Dec. 8.

The bill itself caught a lot of press due to the shocking ease with which Trump sided with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. Of the 90 "no" votes in the House of Representatives, all were Republican. (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post the vote indicated House Republicans "have a philosophical problem with governance.")

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95 CN BC: Marijuana Wellness Centre Granted Business LicenceWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Nielsen, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:09/23/2017

What police have called an "illegal storefront business" continues to operate but minus a key aspect.

The City of Prince George granted WeeMedical a business licence on Sept. 13, two days after the chain agreed with a court order prohibiting it from dispensing marijuana.

The Third Avenue downtown store was the subject of an RCMP raid in early August.

Police seized a "considerable amount" of marijuana and cannabis-infused food as well as other items in support of charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Two people were also arrested and later released on promises to appear in court on Oct. 11.

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96 CN ON: OPED: Managing Fallout Of Legal Marijuana Is An Inside JobThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Gananoque Reporter (CN ON) Author:Hauser, Michelle Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:09/23/2017

When it comes tomy son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response.

I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's many potentially addicting substances and behaviours- alcohol, prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving, pornography, sugar, etc.- because I know the kind of world we live in today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table.

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97 CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot PenaltiesTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:09/20/2017

Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police

A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.

With the federal Liberals vowing to legalize recreational marijuana use by July of next year, the governing Ontario Liberals are gunning for harsh penalties and hefty new fines to hit impaired drivers. The language of the tough new rules announced Monday, with its emphasis on zero tolerance, is reminiscent of an era more than 30 years ago when then-president Ronald Reagan amped up the U.S. war on drugs.

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98 US: Sessions: Drug Overdoses Are 'The Top Lethal Issue' In The U.S.Tue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Moreno, Ivan Area:United States Lines:43 Added:09/01/2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children. He said preliminary data show nearly 60,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the highest ever.

"Our current drug epidemic is indeed the deadliest in American history. We've seen nothing like it," said Sessions.

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99 US PA: Norco Drug Forfeiture Program Netted $132k Last YearMon, 21 Aug 2017
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Author:Yates, Riley Area:Pennsylvania Lines:86 Added:08/25/2017

Northampton County's drug forfeiture program netted $132,000 last year, the district attorney's office announced.

Northampton County's drug forfeiture program seized more than $132,000 in the past year, on par with other years despite heightened scrutiny of the practice nationwide.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, the program brought in $122,000 in cash, plus $9,900 from the sale of forfeited vehicles, District Attorney John Morganelli announced.

The proceeds represented an increase from the $112,000 averaged in the four previous years. But they were well short of the program's record in fiscal 2011, when $283,000 was seized.

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100 Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For ReliefSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:726 Added:08/21/2017

In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health

Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.

But the worst day came in October when Mr. Wood, 53, a family man and military veteran, collapsed at the grocery store. "I walked about five feet, and I couldn't get a breath," he said. "I was down on my hands and knees in the parking lot."

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