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Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of Cannabis

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2018 - If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself. Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.

CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through Senate

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2018 - The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House. Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.

CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 10 Feb 2018 - Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly. How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?

CN NS: PUB LTE: Marijuana Legalization Seems 'Surreal'

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 10 Feb 2018 - Marijuana legalization for someone my age is somewhat difficult to imagine. As a teenager growing up in the early 1970s in Cape Breton, I strayed off the approved path (like thousands of my peers across our beautiful island and millions more across our country) and smoked marijuana.

CN MB: More, Cheaper Meth On City Streets

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 09 Feb 2018 - Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in 2017 MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem. That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services that are trying to contain the street drug.

CN ON: Column: It Wasn't The Positive Test It Was The Hair

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Feb 2018 - Twenty years ago this Sunday, when Ross Rebagliati was told he had tested positive for a banned substance, he didn't have to ask which one. It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in snowboarding.

CN BC: City Of Surrey Ponders Its Pot Plan

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
The Now, 09 Feb 2018 - Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized marijuana Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the city has developed a "balanced, appropriate and evidence-based approach" in preparing for the expected passing of the Trudeau government's Bill C45 Cannabis Act this coming July.

CN BC: LTE: An Open Letter To The PM

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
The Morning Star, 09 Feb 2018 - Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I was wondering why you bother traveling all over the planet to climate change conventions to save the world from pollution but remain willing to return home and pass a bill that will cause our whole country to become polluted everywhere with the stinking, cloying smell of marijuana? That is OK for all you people who can afford a single-family dwelling where you can retreat, close the door and ignore the stink of the irritating smoke. But those of us who live in apartments, condos or other connected housing units aren't able to do that, leaving us at the mercy of our neighbours. Now we can at least, if someone is polluting our apartment building, phone the police and get help to stop the culprits.

CN BC: Changing The Public Discourse On Addiction

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Kelowna Capital News, 09 Feb 2018 - To fight the opioid epidemic will take altering people's thoughts around drug abuse The way people feel about drug addiction has evolved significantly since the outbreak of the fentanyl crisis. But the shift from viewing addiction as a moral problem to treating it like any other health issue is a work in progress, says Rae Samson, a substance abuse worker at Interior Health.

CN ON: Editorial: Sanity In Haze Of Confusion

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 09 Feb 2018 - An Ottawa judge who granted an absolute discharge to a 21-year-old woman working at a marijuana dispensary has made the right call. Yes, we believe in harsh penalties for criminals. Yes, people should be held accountable for their actions.

CN BC: Criminal Records Could Sink Pot Entrepreneurs

February 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Georgia Straight, 08 Feb 2018 - An unusual aspect of Canada's soon-to-be-legal cannabis market is that the activists who led the legalization movement may find themselves excluded from the industry for which their efforts paved the way. Vancouver activists like Jodie and Marc Emery and dispensary pioneer Don Briere, for example, have criminal records for possessing and selling marijuana. Now those criminal records could be used against them in federal and provincial licensing systems that are under development to decide who gets to cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.

CN ON: OPED: Health Experts Should Take Lead On Weed Packaging

February 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 08 Feb 2018 - "I believe that nicotine is not addictive." This was the position the CEOs of the seven largest American tobacco companies staunchly stood by while testifying in front of an infamous 1994 Congressional hearing.

CN NS: Editorial: Weeding Out Weed

February 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 08 Feb 2018 - It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as provinces roll out their marijuana rules. Several provinces have decided that marijuana smoking has to be done on private property. Ontario's rules are so tight that weed smoking has to take place in private residences.

CN ON: Lawyer Declares War On Weed Over

February 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Observer, 08 Feb 2018 - Declaring the government's war on marijuana was over, defence lawyer Nick Cake called for a $10 fine for his client's marijuana possession. Kalan Louis Pereira, 27, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia court to marijuana possession. "We no longer live in a society that denounces this stuff," said Cake, citing the federal government's move to legalize recreational marijuana use this coming July. The war on drugs as it relates to marijuana is over, and there is consideration of granting amnesty to those previously convicted of marijuana possession, Cake continued.

CN BC: Editorial: NDP's Pot Sales Plan Weak

February 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Prince George Citizen, 08 Feb 2018 - In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana. Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier, still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year. "Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."

CN BC: Editorial: No Easy Answers For Drug Crisis

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Abbotsford News, 07 Feb 2018 - There was some good news out of the report the B.C. Coroners Service released Jan. 31, that overdose deaths declined in the last quarter of 2017 compared to 2016. There were 99 deaths last December, compared to 164 the previous year. But that's about all the good news. Overall, 2017 was the deadliest year for overdose deaths B.C. has ever seen, with 1,422 deaths compared to 914 in 2016.

CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public Feedback

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.

CN BC: Column: Privacy Policy On Overdoses Perplexing

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - The province's opioid crisis is truly frightening. The death totals for 2017, released last week, are record-shattering - with 1,422 dead in B.C., including 200 in the Interior Health region and 19 in the Kootenay Boundary region.

Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.

CN BC: PUB LTE: The Plight Of The Dispensaries

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 07 Feb 2018 - Dear editor: If cannabis legalization gets any more costly, we may need to revert back to the black market model. At least then, patients needn't struggle to get their medication. The current victims of the legalization effort are the dispensaries, and with them the patients. They filled a gap left when the government permitted medical marijuana in 2001, but left the patient without access to their medication. Fifteen years later, Neil Allard successfully sued the government for unduly restricting the access to medical cannabis.

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