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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 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: LTE: Pot Shops, Injection Site Snub Rule Of Law

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Citizen, 17 Oct 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.

CN BC: LTE: Opioid Deaths Rising, Yet Drug Use Tolerated

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Victoria Times-Colonist, 17 Oct 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?

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 AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal Of

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 07 Oct 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.

CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For Marijuana

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 07 Oct 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.

CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana Legalization

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 07 Oct 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.

CN AB: LTE: Condo Owners Will Be Burned By Legal Pot

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Journal, 07 Oct 2017 - Alberta condo dwellers are in for a terrible ride with the NDP marijuana legislation plan. Most condos are high-density buildings where small units are crammed together and where the attitudes and behaviours of others directly affect their neighbours. We already hear of people smoking "whatever" on balconies or in units where smoke drifts next door negatively affecting the health, property values and quality of life of others. Now our federal government is giving people, who might not even be owners, permission to carry on.

CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The Experts

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 06 Oct 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.

CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To Ensure

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 06 Oct 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.

CN AB: LTE: Pot Consumption Age Set Too Low

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Journal, 06 Oct 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.

CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On Drugs

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 06 Oct 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.

CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Cloud Condo Rules

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 06 Oct 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.

CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug Decriminalization

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
Prince George Citizen, 05 Oct 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.