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CN BC: Column: Legal Weed Coming, Time To Talk Rules

March 6, 2018 - 3:00am
Penticton Herald, 06 Mar 2018 - Can we put the words "illegal" and "marijuana" together and still be making a relevant statement in Canada? Marijuana is going to be legal as a recreation drug. The federal government has committed itself to legalization. The provincial government has stepped forward with a plan for legal marijuana, which included dispensaries as a component. They even went so far as to include early licence application for dispensaries.

CN ON: London's Anti-OD Site Saves Two Lives

March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 05 Mar 2018 - Two people using fentanyl at London's temporary overdose prevention site on the weekend were resuscitated by a nurse after they overdosed, Middlesex-London's medical officer of health says. "These people were inexperienced, and fentanyl is a drug where it's easy to miscalculate how much you are taking. If this had happened in a back alley or stairwell somewhere, it could have easily resulted in death," Dr. Chris Mackie said Sunday.

CN ON: Prescott Nixes Naloxone

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Recorder & Times, 01 Mar 2018 - Prescott - The town's fire department has joined the growing number of volunteer fire companies in Leeds and Grenville that refuse to carry naloxone to counter opioid overdoses. Fire Chief Barry Moorhouse said his department based its decision partly on the fact naloxone-carrying paramedics are based in Johnstown, only eight minutes away as the ambulance flies. Usually, the EMS can get to a medical call in Prescott before his volunteer department, Moorhouse said.

CN ON: Region Looking Into 3 Safe Injection Sites Locations Not

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 01 Mar 2018 - WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Region plans to look further into pursuing three supervised injection sites, following a study that found a need and support in the community for the service to combat fatal opioid overdoses. Sites are proposed for the central cores of Kitchener and Galt, and a third spot to be determined that could be a mobile unit.

CN AB: Kenney Opposes Consumption Sites

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Mar 2018 - United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney said he would be opposed to expanding Safe Consumption Sites across the province if elected premier. "Helping addicts inject poison into their bodies is not a solution to the problem of addiction," he said bluntly while visiting Lethbridge on Wednesday.

CN PI: LTE: Bootlegging Better Option

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Guardian, 01 Mar 2018 - Recently I watched on TV the story of a recovering drug addict. The turmoil this person had endured was a terrible saga of what an addict goes through and the difficult road to a life of depending on drugs to get through your days. Watching this story brought to mind the marijuana issue that we are about to embark upon in Canada. I am surprised there are not more organizations speaking out against this drug and all the adverse effects this will have on our peoples. I know, you're saying, "why speak out, they (the government) will do it anyway," but when we don't demonstrate we're really giving it a blessing. I believe bootlegging the drug is better than legalizing it because when we legalize it we're giving a green light.

CN AB: Surveyed Hatters Mostly Pro Pot

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 01 Mar 2018 - Majority to respond to city's online questionnaire have been for legalization Two thirds of Medicine Hatters support pot legalization, according to early results of an online survey that asks how the city should regulate local marijuana sales, the municipal planning commission heard on Wednesday.

CN PI: Coffee To Cannabis

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Journal-Pioneer, 01 Mar 2018 - Summerside's first marijuana retail store will be on Granville Street The first legal cannabis retail store in Summerside will be located at 425 Granville St. - the former location of the city's short-lived foray into Starbucks coffee patronage.

CN AB: Marijuana Tax Will Support Enforcement

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Mar 2018 - Tax income from soon-to-be-legal marijuana is forecast at $615 million. But it could bring in much more, a Lethbridge business audience heard Wednesday. And while the federal government will collect the new tax, 75 per cent of it will go to provincial governments to help communities with implementation costs.

CN AB: Budget Offers City Hope With Opioid Crisis

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Mar 2018 - Funds from marijuana taxes will also help, says mayor Federal funds targeting the opioid crisis will be welcome in Lethbridge. And Mayor Chris Spearman says a share of the newly announced taxes on marijuana will also help, when its use becomes legal later this year.

CN AB: Lethbridge OD Spike Watched Closely In The Hat

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 01 Mar 2018 - The significant spike in illicit drug overdoses in Lethbridge has not reached Medicine Hat - yet. There is no way to predict that it will or when, said Insp. Tim McGough, Medicine Hat Police Service.

CN ON: Police Fear Legalizing Marijuana Will Make It Easier For Youth

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Brighton Independent, 01 Mar 2018 - Brighton - People consume marijuana because it relaxes them but the prospect of its recreational use becoming legal is making police anxious. "Anticipated issues" include "easier access for the youth population," impaired operation of vehicles, and the "facilitation of trafficking," OPP Detective-Sergeant Rick Dupuis said in a presentation to Brighton council on the implications of the federal law that is to take effect sometime after July 1.

CN AB: LTE: In View Of The Many Negatives, Why Legalize Marijuana?

February 28, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 28 Feb 2018 - Trying not to be too cynical about all the reporting, discussions, debates and business preparations on Trudeau's "wrath of pot" legalization predications, with the lame duck excuse that the crooks are making too much money on its sales, I'm sorry! The recent news of the inherent benefit of marijuana has been blown right out of the water by a recent group of very prominent world scientists. They have reported that there is absolutely no shred of evidence whatsoever of its benefit for health and pain relief, because of the availability of hundreds of pharmaceuticals that do not have negative health aftereffects like brain damage, in addition to dangerous driving which puts the very heavy load on our police forces that still do not have equipment to test for drug impairment.

CN BC: Laundering Linked To Drug Trade A 'structural' Issue: SFU

February 28, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 28 Feb 2018 - Structural changes are required to clamp down on the unregulated private lending networks that drug traffickers are using to launder their illicit gains, a Simon Fraser University criminologist says. A recent Globe and Mail investigation identified people connected to the local fentanyl trade who are also private lenders, using Vancouver-area real estate to clean their cash.

CN ON: Column: 'It's Broken Our Lives'

February 28, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 28 Feb 2018 - Victims of bad science at Motherisk Return their children. That's what they want - the parents who saw their kids ripped away based on flawed alcohol and drug hair tests from the now shuttered Motherisk lab at the famous Sick Children's hospital. A report tabled this week examined 1,270 cases handled by the lab going back more than two decades and found 56 clear cases where Motherisk's flawed test results had a "substantial impact" on the decision to remove children - - though critics argue there are far more.

CN ON: Motherisk Panel Calls For Sweeping Change

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 27 Feb 2018 - Recommendations too late for many families 'broken apart' by flawed drug and alcohol tests The Ontario Motherisk Commission's two-year effort to repair the damage to families ripped apart by flawed drug and alcohol testing has produced sweeping recommendations aimed at preventing a similar tragedy, but in only a handful of cases has it reunited parents with their lost children.

CN AB: Increase In Overdoses A Concern

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 27 Feb 2018 - Emergency services responded to 16 cases on Friday and 42 since Feb. 19 Lethbridge had the single biggest spike of overdoses in a 24-hour period during the ongoing opioid crisis this past weekend, with 16 cases being responded to by local emergency services personnel on Friday alone.

CN AB: Weed Legalization Issues Hit Home

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 27 Feb 2018 - Realtors and condo boards scramble to find solutions Realtors and condo boards are sparking up conversations about pot as legalization looms. Anand Sharma, president and condominium manager with the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, said condo corporations should start revising their rules if they haven't already to prevent sticky situations when tenants start lighting up legally.

Canada: Ottawa Convenes Summit On Guns, Gangs, Drugs

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 27 Feb 2018 - Cities across Canada are struggling to contain gang violence. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has convened a summit on gun violence in Canada to find the best way to deal with the growing problems linked to criminal gangs and the illegal drug trade.

CN AB: Column: Consumption Site Is A Logical Step In Drug Fight

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 26 Feb 2018 - SITE OPENS THIS WEEK, AMID LINGERING QUESTIONS FROM GENERAL PUBLIC This week marks a historic first for the City of Lethbridge. The Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) will open its doors and will be the first of its kind in North America to offer all four modes of consumption - ingestion/oral, injection, intra-nasal/snorting and inhalation. Despite this milestone, it's fair to say the facility has been met with mixed reviews, including people who have come to me to "blame" the police service for letting it happen. This not only demonstrates a narrow view of Canada and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but a failure to understand the role of the police in social-political decisions that are driven by municipal , provincial and federal officials and the mandate they support.

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