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CN BC: Oliver To 'Hash Out' Use Of Recreational Marijuana

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Penticton Herald, 14 Mar 2018 - The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana. Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it, a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the wishes of the community.

CN ON: Ford Plunges Into Policy

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 14 Mar 2018 - Sex-ed, pot and Brown There's no dust on Doug Ford. Just a day after being elected head of Ontario's PC party, Ford has announced he'll repeal the Liberal's sexed curriculum, hand marijuana sales back to the people and make a decision on permitting Patrick Brown to run as the PC candidate in the riding of Simcoe North.

CN NS: Marijuana Outlet Crackdown Makes No Sense, Says Criminologist

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 14 Mar 2018 - The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn't mean police are backing off their crackdown on the "grey" marijuana market. Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.

CN ON: Friel Critical Of Govat Approach To Pot

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 14 Mar 2018 - A provincial government commitment to provide $ 40 million to help municipalities cover the costs of pot legalization is a starting point, says Mayor Chris Friel. But Friel remains critical of the Ontario government's approach to the legalization of marijuana saying the increased law enforcement and safety costs are just one part of the overall picture.

CN AB: Cannabis Survey Not Being Padded By Users

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 14 Mar 2018 - You can still have your say about cannabis restrictions in the community until Wednesday afternoon but concerns have been raised about people being able to submit more than one survey. "Yes, there are no restrictions based on IP addresses as this is city policy," said Jim Genge senior planner, planning and development services.

CN ON: Cop Aided Drug Dealer To Gain His Trust?

March 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 14 Mar 2018 - Suspended Hamilton cop Craig Ruthowsky revealed that he aided a drug dealer to cultivate his trust so he could snare a larger trafficker, his former best friend testified Tuesday. Sgt. James Paterson, who once considered himself Ruthowsky's "best friend," confronted Ruthowsky after he was suspended in 2012 while both were working for Hamilton's guns and gangs unit.

CN ON: Trial Hears Hamilton Cop Tipped Off Drug Dealers

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 13 Mar 2018 - Guns, gangs unit member has pleaded not guilty A suspended Hamilton police officer fed drug traffickers sensitive information and favours in return for cash payments, a Crown attorney said Monday during his opening address to a Toronto jury.

CN MB: Column: Drug Smuggling Has Become A Problem For Canada's

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 13 Mar 2018 - The drugs have started eating away at our Punjabi youth. This disease has spread throughout North America. The desire to earn quick money without any hard work has pushed many Punjabi youth into drug trafficking.

N MB: Column: Let's Embrace Cannabis As Emerging Medical Breakthrough

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 13 Mar 2018 - This summer, millennials, their anxious parents and users from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Bay Street will get what they long believed was their right - the opportunity to toke up legally. That will be a seminal societal event (pun intended). However, what is attracting less attention than it should are breakthrough discoveries about how non-psychoactive cannabis extracts can alleviate suffering and treat diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

US MA: DARE Officers, Their Ranks Thinned, Face Legal Pot And Opioid

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 13 Mar 2018 - WEST BRIDGEWATER - The class had covered bullying, Internet safety, and good decision-making, and by February, Officer Kenneth Thaxter could see that the sixth-graders were ready. The lights went off, and the projector went on.

CN NS: Marijuana Dispenser Charged Following Second Raid

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 13 Mar 2018 - The owner of a Bible Hill marijuana dispensary has been charged for the second time in six months with possession for the purpose of trafficking. Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at the Community Compassion Centre, a marijuana storefront on Pictou Road.

CN ON: Ban pot in apartments: Health Unit

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The Recorder & Times, 13 Mar 2018 - The local public health agency says smoking marijuana should be banned in multi-unit buildings, including balconies The local health unit is throwing its support behind the City of Ottawa's public health agency after they called for a ban on smoking marijuana inside multi-unit residential buildings - including on balconies.

CN ON: Column: Opioid crisis in Peterborough: Overdose Prevention

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The Peterborough Examiner, 13 Mar 2018 - In 2018 we find ourselves battling an opioid crisis that has been years in the making. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain and were originally derived from opium but now also include synthetic preparations. In the mid-1990s, their use by physicians was heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, leading to greater prescribing for both acute and chronic pain. Patients using opioids can develop a dependency or addiction.

US PA: Ex-Pennsylvania Narcotics Agent To Plead Guilty In Money

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Morning Call, 13 Mar 2018 - A former Pennsylvania narcotics agent will plead guilty to conspiring to launder money from a seizure of nearly $1.8 million in illicit drug proceeds in 2014, federal court records show. By pleading guilty Timothy B. Riley, a retired state attorney general's office agent, could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and fined up to $500,000, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

US HI: Heroin Use Skyrockets On Kauai After Prescription Crackdown

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Mar 2018 - LIHUE - Kauai police have seen an increase in the use of black tar heroin over the last two years. The Kauai Police Department seized less than a gram of black tar heroin in 2015. But in 2017, the department seized a total of 526 grams, the Garden Island reported Sunday.

CN AB: Passing The Sniff Test

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 12 Mar 2018 - Plenty of hard work goes into training police service dogs to sniff out illicit substances For the vast majority of the dog population, sitting, shaking their paw and possibly rolling over is more than enough to get a treat, or some time with their favourite toy.

CN ON: Demanding Answers For The 'Undetermined'

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 12 Mar 2018 - Curtis McGowan wrestled with his opioid addiction for years, but his suspected overdose while in prison raises serious questions On one of his many trips home from jail, Curtis McGowan beamed with pride and clutched a Dr. Seuss book.

CN AB: Column: Getting Drugs Off Streets Requires A Team Effort

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 12 Mar 2018 - Last week there were two rallies organized to address the opioid crisis - one in the city and the other on the Blood Reserve. On Monday night, I attended the Community in Crisis March that started at City Hall and ended with a candlelight vigil at Galt Gardens. Several very touching speeches were given by citizens who have been impacted by the opioid crisis and are determined to fight back. Our Mayor and local MLA Maria Fitzpatrick also provided remarks echoing the sentiment that this crisis sees no boundaries - it does not discriminate. They also reaffirmed we must continue with harm reduction efforts and band together as communities.

US: Is This The End Of The Pre-Employment Drug Test?

March 11, 2018 - 4:00am
Daily Herald, 11 Mar 2018 - Employers are struggling to hire workers in tightening U.S. job market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or vape as they please. The result is the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests, which for decades had been a requirement for new recruits in industries ranging from manufacturing to finance. As of the beginning of 2018, Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based health care company with around 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. The company stopped testing for marijuana two years ago. "We don't care what people do in their free time," said Liam Meyer, a company spokesperson. "We want to help these people, instead of saying: 'Hey, you can't work for us because you used a substance,'" he added. The company also added a hotline for any workers who might be struggling with drug use.

CN ON: Funding For Weed Training

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Recorder & Times, 10 Mar 2018 - New provincial funding to help police officers detect impaired drivers is a good start, but Brockville's chief of police says they are still being left with too many unanswered questions. The province announced Friday it is "stepping up support for municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of cannabis."