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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.

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.

US IL: Legal Marijuana Question A Step Closer To Being On November

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Chicago Tribune, 01 Mar 2018 - The state Senate on Thursday voted to ask on the November ballot whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Illinois. The ballot question would be only advisory, so even if voters approve, lawmakers still would have to act.

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 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.

US MA: State Shuts Down Retail Sales At Medical Marijuana Shops In

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 27 Feb 2018 - The state Department of Public Health has suspended retail sales of medical marijuana products at Healthy Pharms Inc. until further notice after a sample tested positive for a pesticide, officials said Monday. The company, which has retail locations in Cambridge and Georgetown, notified the state on Friday that a sample batch of marijuana was found to contain bifenthrin, a pesticide commonly used in food products, the Department of Public Health said in a statement.

US MA: Marijuana Regulators Strike Licensing Compromise

February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 27 Feb 2018 - State regulators voted Monday to limit the roll-out of recreational marijuana sales in July, postponing licensing of home delivery services and pot lounges while allowing retail pot shops and their suppliers to open in July as scheduled. The Cannabis Control Commission had been under pressure to delay delivery and "social consumption" operations from Governor Charlie Baker and other political figures, law enforcement officials, and medical marijuana business interests, who had argued the nascent agency was trying to do too much at the outset and would struggle to oversee so many different types of operations.

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.

US PA: Pa. Medical Marijuana Debuts With High Prices And Lots Of

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Feb 2018 - Limited quantities, sticker shock, and some mislabeled product. The first week of medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania was marked by these birthing pains. On the whole, retailers and the Department of Health said the launch of the nascent industry - expected to grow into one of the nation's largest markets - had largely gone "as hoped."

US PA: Millennials Bear The Brunt Of Pa. Marijuana Arrests

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Feb 2018 - Philadelphia is evolving into a safe haven for cannabis consumers even as arrests increase across Pennsylvania. Newly-elected District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Thursday that he would drop any marijuana possession cases brought to the court by police. A 2014 decriminalization ordinance allowing tickets caused common weed arrests to decline by more than 85 percent. Still, I reported last year that hundreds of racially disparate cases were still being brought to Philly courts each year for less than 30 grams of buds.

US MD: Legalizing Marijuana, Other Pot Proposals Await Action In

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb 2018 - Pot is hot for Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis this year. The General Assembly is considering more than two dozen bills on marijuana -- or cannabis, as the substance is called when used as a medicine.

US KY: Medical Marijuana In Kentucky: Lexington Council Taking A

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Lexington Herald-Leader, 26 Feb 2018 - Lexington's city council will likely take its first vote Tuesday on a resolution supporting state legislation that would make medical marijuana legal in Kentucky. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council began debate on the issue during a Thursday council meeting after half a dozen people who support making marijuana legal for those with a prescription spoke at the meeting. The council will likely debate the issue during a Tuesday work session and may take its first vote during a specially-called council meeting at 5 p.m.

US CT: Medicinal Marijuana Urged To Help Combat Deadly Opioid

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Hartford Courant, 26 Feb 2018 - People who were addicted to opioids and those who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses offered emotional testimony Monday urging state officials to approve medical marijuana as an alternative painkiller that could help halt Connecticut's deadly opioid epidemic. "My passion and drive to achieve this is fueled by my personal experience battling pharmaceutical drug addiction solely with the use of cannabis," Cody Roberts of Seymour told the state Board of Physicians, which is charged with approving conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. Roberts testified he's lost eight friends in the past year to opioid overdoses, and has been addicted himself.

CN ON: Richards' Drug Bust Led To Concert For The Blind In Oshawa

February 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 25 Feb 2018 - Judge nixes jail for Stones guitarist, orders community service instead More than 40 years have passed since the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had to "slap'' Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards awake at a Toronto hotel so they could arrest him for possession of heroin for the purposes of trafficking.