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CN ON: Toronto Police Opt To Supply Officers With Naloxone

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - As a national opioid crisis wages on, Toronto police have decided to equip their downtown frontline officers with the opioid antidote naloxone. "This is about life and death, and that's what we signed up to do," Chief Mark Saunders told the Toronto Police Services Board at their meeting Thursday.

CN ON: Legalized Marijuana Worries Landlords

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
North Bay Nugget, 23 Feb 2018 - Fifty North Bay and area landlords have revived the Near North Landlords Association in response to the province's new standard lease form, which takes effect in April, and the legalization of marijuana later this year Landlords are concerned that, as of April 1, they won't be able to refuse a tenant who has a dog, explains group member John Wilson of North Bay.

Canada: How Canada's Capital Markets Hinder The Cannabis Industry

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - Regulatory upheaval under the Trump administration in the U.S. cannabis industry is providing Canadian companies with the chance to be global leaders. However, disagreement between the different gatekeepers of Ontario's financial markets may squander this opportunity. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration issued a memorandum indicating it would not enforce federal prohibitions on marijuana in states that authorized its use. This was referred to as the "Cole Memorandum" (after then-deputy attorney-general James Cole). It essentially allowed marijuana producers in certain states to operate their businesses despite the federal laws that technically made the production of marijuana illegal.

CN BC: B.C. Estimates $75-Million In Cannabis Taxes In First Full

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 22 Feb 2018 - LEGALIZATION British Columbia is expecting legalized cannabis to bring in $75-million a year to the province in taxes, with legal sales estimated to be worth a billion dollars. This week's provincial budget estimates that once the drug is legalized later this year, the province will take in $50-million in the current fiscal year and $75-million in 2019-2020, the first full fiscal year under legalization.

CN AB: Council Dials Back Pot Restrictions

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Feb 2018 - A number of on-the-fly changes were proposed Calgary city councillors have proposed a number of relaxations on proposed cannabis retailer rules. On Wednesday, during a council committee, administration presented their land use bylaw rules to ready the city's policies ahead of marijuana legalization. But just like rolling your first joint, the process wasn't easy. The rules will now be smoothed over and sent to an April council meeting before being passed into official law.

CN ON: Ellis Defends New Pot Law

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 22 Feb 2018 - Liberal MP says he wasn't thrilled about it at first, but changed his views Cannabis was on the menu at the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast Wednesday at the Travelodge Hotel, and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was pushing it - from a business point of view.

CN NS: Reducing The Risks NHCS Doing Its Part To Combat Opioid

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 21 Feb 2018 - Harm reduction is more than a job for Karen Kittilsen Levine. Reducing the numbers of people dying from opioid addiction and blood-borne disease is something she's determined to do. "We began doing outreach in Pictou County on November 1 and have more than 40 clients, and we're beginning outreach in Amherst within a few days," said Kittilsen Levine, who is the harm reduction coordinator for the Northern Healthy Connections Society.

US SC: SC Lawmaker Proposes Cannabis Oil For Some Inmates

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
The State, 21 Feb 2018 - South Carolina could allow prison inmates with physical or mental-health issues to be treated with cannabidiol oil, an active ingredient found in marijuana plants. The S.C. House budget-writing committee OK'd an amendment Tuesday that would authorize the S.C. Department of Corrections to start a pilot program to study the effects of cannabidiol oil use on inmates.

CN MB: Editorial: No Need To Rush To Pot

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day. He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have the luxury of biding it.

CN MB: Checkpoint Targets Drugs, Booze

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Feb 2018 - A NORTHERN Manitoba First Nation is building a permanent checkstop on the only highway into the community to combat the illegal drug and liquor trade. "It's like a border crossing and you'll have no choice but to go through it. And if you don't want to be searched, you're not going to go in," Norway House Chief Ron Evans said.

Canada: Column: We Should Treat Heroin Like Other Prescription Drugs

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 20 Feb 2018 - Every morning, Kevin Thompson takes a short stroll from his apartment to the Crosstown Clinic, where he signs in, gets his prescription medicine, then sits in a small room and injects it before heading off to work. He follows this routine up to three times a day and has done so virtually every day for more than a dozen years.

Canada: Tattoo, Needle Programs In Prisons Could Curb Hep C: Memo

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Feb 2018 - OTTAWA - Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the federal prison service has told the Trudeau government. A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to round out existing and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison.

CN NS: Decision Casts Doubt On Accuracy Of Lab Testing Results

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 20 Feb 2018 - Two years after the province abandoned using an Ontario laboratory for drug and alcohol testing in custody cases, a decision by a Sydney Supreme Court justice is casting doubt on whether a Halifax lab is any more reliable. The decision by Justice Theresa Forgeron of the court's Family Division rejected a bid by the Department of Community Services to have the director of the Capital Health Authority's toxicology lab, Dr. Bassam Nassar, give expert opinion evidence concerning urine testing samples from a Cape Breton father.

CN AB: Editorial: No Need To Rush To Pot

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day. He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have the luxury of biding it.

CN AB: Medical Marijuana Users Wait For Coverage

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for coverage.

CN BC: Driving High On B.C. Highways

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers from hitting B.C.'S streets.

CN MB: Unchartered Territory

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018 provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax. The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is expected to go on sale sometime later this year.

US TX: Pete Sessions At Opioid Addiction Summit Talks Marijuana

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb 2018 - Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign against the medical and recreational legalization movement. The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said, to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.

US MD: Column: Rodricks: Baltimore Should Call Off The War On Drugs

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Would Baltimore be better off if we called off the war on drugs? Yes. There would almost certainly be less violence here. The downside: Barring a sudden and significant change in the city's economic base that could lead to more jobs for men who have been involved in the illegal narcotics trade, we would still have too many neighborhoods with open-air drug markets. But first things first. Let's deal with the violence.

CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Cannabis Retail Rules Show Sense

February 18, 2018 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 18 Feb 2018 - The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of other provinces. The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be making a reasonable stab at doing just that.