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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.

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.

CN ON: LTE: Guns Aren't The Issue

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 12 Mar 2018 - It is a misnomer for the media to always mention "guns and gangs" when it comes to the violent exchange between gangs. Guns are not the problem; the problem is the control of drugs and contraband, which the gangs are fighting over. Gangs, no matter where, will use whatever means available to get their share of the lucrative and fast-growing drug market. In my opinion, a review of the escalation of drug availability and use would be more beneficial than creating ad hoc committees to study guns and gangs.

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.

CN AB: PUB LTE: Evidence Shows Safe-Injection Sites Work

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - Jason Kenney stated recently that the best way to combat drug addition in general, and the opioid crisis in particular, is by controlling supply. This demonstrates that he is little more than a cynical, career politician. He will say whatever he thinks will resonate with his base in the hope of becoming the next premier. Mr. Kenney has routinely prostrated himself at the alter of the free market, and is one who regards state intervention in the economy as devil's work. He knows that where there is a demand, entrepreneurs will invest capital with the aim of meeting that demand. In light of well-established and widely accepted market theory, Mr. Kenney should know - as I suspect he does - that the best way to address crises such as the one we are witnessing is to also address the demand side of the equation.

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 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.

CN NS: PUB LTE: Opportunity Knocks For Marijuana Bootleggers

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The News, 08 Mar 2018 - To the editor, Bootleggers in Pictou County sell beer at double the price because of all the risks involved. Marijuana is mostly supplied by organized crime. These people face all the risks of the bootlegger and more. There have been murders, kidnappings, torture, etc., all in the quest for control of the marijuana trade.

CN NS: PUB LTE: Weed Woes

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Coast, 08 Mar 2018 - To see how the NSLC's marijuana distribution will be a disaster take a tour of Halifax's "medical" marijuana dispensaries. There are a dozen, or more, at least. They all have lines, seven days a week, from open to close. Their inventory (marijuana) is sourced in the industrial black-market production infrastructure in BC which is vast, efficient and already produces a variety of products (in-demand strains of marijuana) and product formats (oils, vape cartridges, topicals, edibles, etc). Many people don't fully understand that these dispensaries are actually all illegal and will be shut down upon legalization. Currently, the only legal way to purchase medical marijuanais through the mail from a licensed producer.

CN AB: Support For Marijuana Is Divided In Poll Of Local Contentious

March 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 07 Mar 2018 - With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains divided on its use. The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.

CN ON: Column: To Reduce Stigma, Increase Research

March 6, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Mar 2018 - Medical cannabis take-up hampered by lack of research and red tape I picked up a View magazine while I was waiting for the bus a few weeks back. There was an article on the 15 or so uses of cannabis, so after I caught up with CATCH (Citizens at City Hall), I turned to the article on cannabis looking for some useful information.

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