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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.

CN ON: Column: Opioid crisis in Peterborough: Overdose Prevention

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The Peterborough Examiner, 13 Mar 2018 - In 2018 we find ourselves battling an opioid crisis that has been years in the making. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain and were originally derived from opium but now also include synthetic preparations. In the mid-1990s, their use by physicians was heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, leading to greater prescribing for both acute and chronic pain. Patients using opioids can develop a dependency or addiction.

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 AB: Column: Getting Drugs Off Streets Requires A Team Effort

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 12 Mar 2018 - Last week there were two rallies organized to address the opioid crisis - one in the city and the other on the Blood Reserve. On Monday night, I attended the Community in Crisis March that started at City Hall and ended with a candlelight vigil at Galt Gardens. Several very touching speeches were given by citizens who have been impacted by the opioid crisis and are determined to fight back. Our Mayor and local MLA Maria Fitzpatrick also provided remarks echoing the sentiment that this crisis sees no boundaries - it does not discriminate. They also reaffirmed we must continue with harm reduction efforts and band together as communities.

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: Editorial: Banning Pot From Apartments Has Whiff Of Hypocrisy

March 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 09 Mar 2018 - There's no buzzkill like bureaucracy. A new proposal by Ottawa Public Health to ban marijuana - once it's legal - from condos and apartments, seems like overreach to us. As the Sun's Andrew Duffy reports today, Ottawa's acting medical officer of health has recommended that the province extend its proposed ban on pot smoking in common areas of condos, apartment buildings and university residences. Dr. Vera Etches said the province should prohibit smoking cannabis, e-liquids and herbal shisha products in condos, apartment buildings, university residences, hotels and their balconies.

CN ON: Column: First Nations Want Part Of The Pot

March 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 09 Mar 2018 - Same tribe, different mindsets. On Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the shores of Lake Ontario, dead centre between Toronto and Montreal, there are more than 20 pot dispensaries and at least 30 smoke shacks selling cheap cigarettes.

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.

US IL: Editorial: An FBI fable: The Case Of The Cannabis Candidate

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Chicago Tribune, 08 Mar 2018 - There's a lot of truth-bending in political campaigns. Remember then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's false assertion in 2015 that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks? Or how about Hillary Clinton's tall tale in her 2008 campaign that on a trip to Bosnia, "I remember landing under sniper fire. aE& We just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." That, too, didn't happen. Benjamin Thomas Wolf's Pinocchio moment is also a doozy.

CN PI: Sobering Message

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Journal-Pioneer, 08 Mar 2018 - P.E.I. students moved by powerful anti-impaired driving presentation Jordan Gillis knew it was a bad idea to get into the car. The person offering to drive him home had been smoking pot - enough to impair his ability to drive safely.

CN ON: No Downside To A Supervised Injection Site, Says Ex-Addict

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 08 Mar 2018 - John Lavergne believes a safe injection site will help save lives KITCHENER - John Lavergne lost eight friends last year. All of them died of an opioid overdose. Six of them were in Waterloo Region. Three of them hadn't used in months and had a relapse. They couldn't tell their partners, friends or families they were using again.

CN ON: Smuggling, Ods Flag Growing Opioid Agony At Troubled Jail

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 08 Mar 2018 - Deadly fentanyl is tightening its grip on London's jail, with reports of several female inmates overdosing early this week, one needing five doses of naloxone spray to be revived. Twice in the last week, large amounts were found on women trying to smuggle the druginto the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), sources say.