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CN AB: Police Witness Suffering On Front Lines Of Battle Against

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - DOWNTOWN UNIT HAS AIDED USERS SUFFERING FROM OVERDOSE The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the downtown policing unit.

CN AB: Early Indications Are Decrease In Drug Debris Downtown With

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - One of the most desired outcomes of opening the ARCHES Supervised Consumption Site in Lethbridge is a reduction in the number of incidents of public drug use and disposal of drugdebris in the downtown core. While it is too early to say whether or not that outcome has been achieved, Terra Plato, CEO of the Lethbridge Public Library, stated the early signs at the Main Branch were positive.

CN ON: Weed Tax Share Needed

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 08 Mar 2018 - Health units and municipalities facing more costs, medical officer says The Quinte region's board of health is asking Ontario for a share of the coming tax revenue from cannabis sales in order to fight expected health impacts.

CN QU: Quebec Town Moves To Ban Smoking Pot In Public

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 08 Mar 2018 - Like many civic leaders across Canada, councillors in the town of Hampstead, Que., were worried about the idea of people smoking marijuana on the street once the drug became legal. So they drew up a tough bylaw - and it's set to become the most restrictive anti-smoking measure in the country. In a move that experts predict will motivate other Canadian municipalities, the town of 7,100 has adopted a draft bylaw that would ban smoking everywhere in public, including streets and sidewalks.

US: For All Their Risks, Opioids Had No Pain-Relieving Advantage

March 6, 2018 - 3:00am
Los Angeles Times, 06 Mar 2018 - For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks. Now researchers have hard data that challenges this view.

US: States Mull 'Sanctuary' Status For Marijuana Businesses

March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
Daily Herald, 05 Mar 2018 - JUNEAU, Alaska -- Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben Bartlett to his office with a novel idea.

CN ON: Stigma Here To Stay

March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 05 Mar 2018 - Pot still considered taboo during workdays The late, great George Carlin apparently once joked that the 1960s-era crackdown on the business man's "three-martini lunch" shouldn't affect the working stiff's "two-joint coffee break."

CN ON: 'Budtender' Receives Conditional Sentence

March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
Kingston Whig-Standard, 05 Mar 2018 - A Kingston judge has disposed of the last of the charges against a group of six young "budtenders" arrested in a raid on an illegal Princess Street marijuana dispensary in March 2017. Justice Larry O'Brien declined, however, to impose a sentence that would have encumbered the 23-year-old Ottawa woman with a criminal record when the principals profiting from the business went unidentified and were never charged.

US CA: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Kratom Hits San Diego Area

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Los Angeles Times, 03 Mar 2018 - A San Diego County resident is among 40 people nationwide to become infected with salmonella bacteria linked to kratom, the controversial tropical herb that many have begun using to treat opioid addiction despite an import ban from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 44-year-old, whose gender and city of residence were not released, became ill in January.

Canada: Time For Companies To Assess Their Cannabis Policies

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 03 Mar 2018 - What will you do if your employee returns from lunch smelling of marijuana? That's one of several issues companies may have to deal with once the federal government legalizes the use of cannabis later this year. What is it about legalized marijuana that differs - or not - from other substances, such as alcohol, which are already prohibited from use at work?

CN NF: Nipping It In The 'Bud'

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
The Telegram, 03 Mar 2018 - Lawyer Denis Mahoney outlines a plan for employers surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada How are employers going to deal with the use of cannabis in the workplace once it becomes legal later this year?

CN ON: Proprietors Of Pot Dispensary Get Discharge From Court

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Mar 2018 - Two women arrested in April after police raided their medical marijuana dispensary in St. Catharines have been granted a conditional discharge. "I only wish I was able to help more people on the legal route," Abbigail Millar, 32, told Judge Tory Colvin in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, Friday.

US PA: Your Taxes Pale Beside What Marijuana Businesses Pay

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Mar 2018 - You think your taxes are high? For medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, they can be stratospheric. Cannabis retailers face an effective tax rate of up to 85 percent, and that won't be reduced by the new tax law.

US RI: Proposed Law Could Define Drug-Induced Homicide As Murder

March 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 02 Mar 2018 - PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced legislation that could have drug dealers who sell substances that lead to a fatal overdose facing life in prison. Current law states any person convicted in the sale, delivery, or distribution of a controlled substance to a minor who overdoses could face a life sentence.

US PA: Growing Pains for Pa. Marijuana Program

March 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Mar 2018 - Too much demand. Not enough supply. Less than two weeks after it launched, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is a victim of its own success. The two open marijuana dispensaries in the Philadelphia region reported Friday they had sold out of most medicines and might not be restocked until after March 15.

US IL: Bipartisan Effort Pushing To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

March 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Daily Herald, 02 Mar 2018 - Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout the state is being revised to gain more bipartisan support in an effort to secure a veto-proof majority. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans introduced the bills last year, but the Chicago Democrats are rewriting some aspects to make the legislation more attractive to Republican counterparts.

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.

US OH: Addiction Center Director Sentenced To Seven Years For

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Columbus Dispatch, 01 Mar 2018 - A Whitehall man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution for a series of crimes related to his proposal to create a residential treatment center for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts on the Near East Side of Columbus. Johnny R. Marcum, 47, of Pierce Avenue, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of identity fraud, four counts of passing bad checks, one count of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of tampering with records.