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CN ON: Ban pot in apartments: Health Unit

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The Recorder & Times, 13 Mar 2018 - The local public health agency says smoking marijuana should be banned in multi-unit buildings, including balconies The local health unit is throwing its support behind the City of Ottawa's public health agency after they called for a ban on smoking marijuana inside multi-unit residential buildings - including on balconies.

US PA: Ex-Pennsylvania Narcotics Agent To Plead Guilty In Money

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Morning Call, 13 Mar 2018 - A former Pennsylvania narcotics agent will plead guilty to conspiring to launder money from a seizure of nearly $1.8 million in illicit drug proceeds in 2014, federal court records show. By pleading guilty Timothy B. Riley, a retired state attorney general's office agent, could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and fined up to $500,000, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

US HI: Heroin Use Skyrockets On Kauai After Prescription Crackdown

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Mar 2018 - LIHUE - Kauai police have seen an increase in the use of black tar heroin over the last two years. The Kauai Police Department seized less than a gram of black tar heroin in 2015. But in 2017, the department seized a total of 526 grams, the Garden Island reported Sunday.

CN AB: Passing The Sniff Test

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 12 Mar 2018 - Plenty of hard work goes into training police service dogs to sniff out illicit substances For the vast majority of the dog population, sitting, shaking their paw and possibly rolling over is more than enough to get a treat, or some time with their favourite toy.

CN ON: Demanding Answers For The 'Undetermined'

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 12 Mar 2018 - Curtis McGowan wrestled with his opioid addiction for years, but his suspected overdose while in prison raises serious questions On one of his many trips home from jail, Curtis McGowan beamed with pride and clutched a Dr. Seuss book.

CN NF: The Latest Dirt On N.L. Cannabis

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
The Labradorian, 12 Mar 2018 - Home growing expected to be addressed in House of Assembly this spring Federal legislation, provincial legislation, contracts and regulation - - there's plenty still in the works when it comes to having legal, recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.

US: Is This The End Of The Pre-Employment Drug Test?

March 11, 2018 - 4:00am
Daily Herald, 11 Mar 2018 - Employers are struggling to hire workers in tightening U.S. job market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or vape as they please. The result is the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests, which for decades had been a requirement for new recruits in industries ranging from manufacturing to finance. As of the beginning of 2018, Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based health care company with around 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. The company stopped testing for marijuana two years ago. "We don't care what people do in their free time," said Liam Meyer, a company spokesperson. "We want to help these people, instead of saying: 'Hey, you can't work for us because you used a substance,'" he added. The company also added a hotline for any workers who might be struggling with drug use.

CN ON: Funding For Weed Training

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Recorder & Times, 10 Mar 2018 - New provincial funding to help police officers detect impaired drivers is a good start, but Brockville's chief of police says they are still being left with too many unanswered questions. The province announced Friday it is "stepping up support for municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of cannabis."

CN ON: Provincial Dollars Help Cities With Pot Legislation

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Sault Star, 10 Mar 2018 - The provincial government will provide $40 million of its revenue from the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help municipalities with the costs of implementing legislation. But municipalities have not yet received any more information about what that will mean exactly.

CN ON: Apartments Gone To Pot?

March 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 09 Mar 2018 - Proposed ban on balcony marijuana smoking ignites debate Should condo owners and tenants be allowed to smoke pot in their homes and on their balconies? Ottawa Public Health's newly released position paper has ignited debate on those questions, and set the scene for a confrontation between pot smokers who want to exercise their hard-won right to use legal weed later this year, and non-smokers who want to be protected from the effects of second-hand smoke.

US PA: Legalized Pot In New Jersey - Not So Fast

March 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 09 Mar 2018 - When New Jersey State Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a 62-page bill and primer on how to legalize marijuana almost one year ago, he chuckled when asked if it had a prayer of passing. The legal sale of recreational marijuana had not yet begun in any other East Coast state, and yes, Chris Christie, the Republican governor at the time, had threatened a veto.

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.

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