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CN AB: Editorial: Hands Off The Weed!

October 27, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 27 Oct 2017 - To paraphrase rock outfit The White Stripes: Premier Rachel Notley, we've said it once before but it bears repeating. Do not listen to public sector unions when it comes to marijuana sales in Alberta.

Canada: Column: Legal pot: Health Ministers Should Be Better Prepared

October 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 24 Oct 2017 - Drugs - legal and illegal - have so come to dominate the conversation among federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health that perhaps we should start calling them ministers of drugs? At their most recent meeting, held last week in Edmonton, they discussed the following issues: legalization of cannabis, opioids and the overdose crisis, pharmacare, mental health and addiction, tobacco control and antimicrobial resistance as a result of overuse of antibiotics.

CN MB: Legal Pot Plants A Growing Worry

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 23 Oct 2017 - Real estate agents are worried about damage to home interiors with the proliferation of legal medical marijuana grow-ops in residences, even before marijuana is legalized in Canada. Peter Squire, vice-president of the Winnipeg Realtors Association, said members of the Canadian Real Estate Association were in Ottawa last week to meet with federal MPs.

Canada: Clearing The Air

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Oct 2017 - With legalization on the horizon in Canada, dispensaries are marketing marijuana as a cure for what ails you - including cancer. Do the claims hold up? Adriana Barton takes a closer look at the science behind cancer and cannabis In a lab at the University of Nottingham in England, brain-cancer specialist Richard Grundy is growing cells from children's brain tumours to see if cannabidiol - a compound in marijuana - can kill them.

Canada: OPED: What We Can Learn From A Major Disruptor A Fentanyl

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Oct 2017 - Drug's rise shows need for pivot on illegal substances, such as improving social supports and better understanding supply chains In times of high demand for a product or service, existing businesses are often blindsided by new players offering something cheaper, better or faster. Traditional distribution networks are challenged, and new products flood the market. The term "disruption" is commonly used these days to describe what is happening to different parts of the economy, but it has not yet been applied to illegal drug markets - even though that's precisely what's happening.

CN ON: Alderville Pot Shop In Legal Grey Area

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Peterborough Examiner, 23 Oct 2017 - ALDERVILLE - There are different opinions on whether a marijuana dispensary located on Alderville First Nation is legal. The Medicine Wheel Natural Healing - Indigenous Healing Through Medicinal Cannabis is located on County Road 45 in Alderville, north of Cobourg.

CN BC: Editorial: Crack Down On Deadly Dealers

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 23 Oct 2017 - Dealers who hand out drugs laced with fentanyl could face manslaughter charges if their customers die, B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said recently. It's a harsh measure, but nothing else seems to stem the waves of poison that are killing people across the province. When even dead customers are not enough to stop a callous retailer, society must put its collective conscience where the dealer's is absent.

CN BC: Editorial: Crack Down On Dealers

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Penticton Herald, 23 Oct 2017 - Dealers who hand out drugs laced with fentanyl could face manslaughter charges if their customers die, B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said recently. It's a harsh measure, but nothing else seems to stem the waves of poison that are killing people across the province. When even dead customers are not enough to stop a callous retailer, society must put its collective conscience where the dealer's is absent.

CN ON: Pot Advocate Aims To Open Dispensary

October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Press, 23 Oct 2017 - Neron is asking Town of Moonstone to amend its licensing bylaw to allow sale of marijuana. MOONSTONE - A long-time user and advocate of medical marijuana has revealed plans to open a dispensary in his home town of Moonbeam.

CN AB: AUPE Endorses Government-Run Cannabis Sales

October 22, 2017 - 3:00am
The Edmond Sun, 22 Oct 2017 - The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) has adopted a resolution supporting the public sale of marijuana when the drug becomes legal next year. The federal government plans to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018, but has left many of the details - including how the drug will be sold - - up to the provinces.

CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: Experts

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 19 Oct 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.

CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings Fine

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
The Observer, 19 Oct 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.

CN BC: Pot Shop Cannabis Rejuvenates A Life

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
The Georgia Straight, 19 Oct 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.

CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For Lethbridge

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 19 Oct 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.

CN MB: Column: Weeding Through The Science

October 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Oct 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.

CN ON: City Firefighters To Have Naloxone

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 17 Oct 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.

CN NF: Editorial: Clock's Ticking

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
The Gulf News, 16 Oct 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.

CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical Pot

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Press, 16 Oct 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.

CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop Raid

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 16 Oct 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."

CN AB: Province To Weigh All Options For Legal Marijuana Sales

October 14, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 14 Oct 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.