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CN ON: OPED: Resources To Prevent Cannabis Addiction Must Work

April 22, 2017 - 3:00am
The Tribune, 22 Apr 2017 - I have to admit, I felt less than enthusiastic a few weeks ago when I heard the Canadian government was going to follow through on its promise to legalize cannabis. We knew this was an election promise the Liberals were destined to keep. And yet, I did not share the enthusiasm of the activists blowing smoke on camera as the dates for introducing the legislation and the July 2018 implementation were announced. I am pretty much a law and order kind of citizen. My exposure to cannabis has mainly been limited to the times when I encountered teens smoking in parks, behind high schools or occasionally in high school washrooms. My only addiction, at least what I am willing to admit publicly, is dark roast coffee.

Canada: Canada's Catholic Bishops Warn Against Marijuana Legalization

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Catholic Register, 18 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - Legalizing marijuana shows a "disregard" for public health and safety, Canada's Catholic bishops charge. The bishops' statement came one day before the Liberal government announced the introduction April 13 in the House of Commons of the Cannabis Act, which will eventually "legalize, regulate and restrict access" to marijuana.

CN AB: Column: Making The Illegal Safer

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Vulcan Advocate, 18 Apr 2017 - There's very little middle ground in the debate about safe injection sites. Lines are quickly drawn between the supporters and the opposition. I suspect that you could do a bit of political polling during a discussion about "supervised consumption sites" and the lines dividing the participant camps would likely reveal a left-right political split as well.

Canada: Column: What Was Justin Smoking?

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises. It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's time to make it legal.

Canada: Editorial: The Countdown To Legalization Begins

April 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 17 Apr 2017 - And just like that, the Trudeau government has started the clock on the creation of a multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry in Canada, one as big as the beer industry. By the end of next year, pot will be just another lifestyle choice for Canadians, like deciding on a restaurant for dinner or which smartphone best expresses your special uniqueness. One day, you may end up knowing someone who works as a quality inspector on a joint-rolling assembly line. It's a monumental move, and the fact that we knew it was coming doesn't lessen its impact now that it's here. Where the United States is moving state-by-state on this contentious issue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are legalizing an iconic and popular narcotic in one fell swoop on a national basis. It is a generational reform.

CN ON: Column: Fat Chance Pot Bill Will Do Any Good

April 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2017 - Tell me what is the difference between a gangster in a stairwell and a licensed retailer in a pot shop? I mean, if you get down to the nub of the thing, it's all just window-dressing, pretending that one is less exploitive than the other.

Canada: Provinces Prepare For Pot Bill

April 13, 2017 - 3:00am
Prince George Citizen, 13 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says legalizing marijuana is already proving to be a "tremendous" undertaking for the provinces and territories - and it's only going to get worse today. That's when the federal government introduces its long-awaited legislation to legalize pot across Canada, a seismic policy shift that has provincial, territorial and municipal governments looking for something to hold on to.

US FL: A Florida Sheriff Catches Attention, And Some Heat, With An

April 12, 2017 - 3:00am
New York Times, 12 Apr 2017 - Maybe it was the ski masks that did it. Or it could have been the steely look in the eyes of Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Peyton Grinnell as he deadpanned: "We are coming for you. Run." Perhaps it was the muted background music: an eerie melody that wouldn't have been out of place in a Batman movie.

Canada: Editorial: To Regulate Pot, Look At Tobacco And Booze

April 12, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - The Liberal government is about to introduce legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana. What's the best way to do that? That's what Ottawa has been puzzling over ever since the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, made their bold promise in the last election campaign. For answers, look at how Canada has succeeded, and failed, in dealing with another recreational product both popular and problematic for public health: tobacco.

Canada: Column: Why Stop With Pot? Let's Decriminalize All Drugs

April 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 11 Apr 2017 - Canada is preparing to legalize and regulate possession of marijuana - with a target date of July 1, 2018. It's a long overdue public policy with sound economic and health arguments to back it up, notably: More harm is caused by criminal prohibition and prosecution than the use of marijuana itself; Criminal laws prohibiting possession do not deter use; Decriminalization of possession does not lead to greater use; Decriminalization frees up resources for police and the courts to deal with more serious crimes;

CN BC: Edu: Column: Deadly Doping

April 10, 2017 - 3:00am
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - FENTANYL AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE DEATH TOLL Knowing the signs of an overdose can save someone's life, especially with inconspicuous opioids like Fentanyl lurking in common street drugs. It begins with high-like symptoms - euphoria, relaxation and drowsiness, and cedes to shortened breath, a slowed heart rate and unconsciousness. The effects of Fentanyl set in quickly. The trouble is, anyone can fall prey because the opioid often goes undetected until it's too late.

CN ON: Overdoses, One Fatal, Spark New Concern

April 9, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 09 Apr 2017 - Four others in serious condition after ecstasy use at two city dance clubs Five overdoses near Toronto nightclubs early Saturday, including one that killed a 24-year-old woman, triggered a health warning and calls for clubs and authorities to take new steps to save lives.

CN BC: Services Save Lives, Says Interior Health Official

April 7, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 07 Apr 2017 - More drug users accessing care, says chief medical health officer Drug overdose deaths remain high, but Interior Health is reaching more drug users and saving more lives through its overdose prevention services, says chief medical health officer Dr. Trevor Corneil.

CN ON: Editorial: Clear The Haze Soon Around Marijuana

April 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Northumberland Today, 06 Apr 2017 - This July 1 is canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal. In a weekend news leak that had the added benefit of diverting attention from an insipid federal budget, CBC reported the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

CN ON: Editorial: Clear Haze Around Pot Legalization

April 5, 2017 - 3:00am
The Simcoe Reformer, 05 Apr 2017 - This July 1 is Canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal. It has been reported that the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

CN ON: The Politics Of Being Canada's Joint Chief

April 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 02 Apr 2017 - He doesn't seek the limelight and he doesn't look any too comfortable in it, but former Toronto top cop Bill Blair is adapting to life in Ottawa. As the Liberals' point man for decriminalization of marijuana, he's steering radical changes . . . cautiously OTTAWA- Bill Blair, the former undercover drug cop who rose to become Toronto police chief and now leads Justin Trudeau's charge to legalize marijuana, long ago gave up his gun and uniform. But his guard is still up. He defensively shifts position in a room when he's with a minister, switching to what he calls "protective mode." He tries to be casual: "I didn't have a first name for a decade," he tells a reporter. "Now that I've got it back" - just call him "Bill." And yet he's still all "Yes, ma'am. No, ma'am."

US NY: In School Nurses Room: Tylenol, Bandages And An Antidote To

March 29, 2017 - 3:00am
New York Times, 29 Mar 2017 - At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse's office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains. Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse's office, including in its elementary schools.

CN BC: NDP Health Critic 'Disappointed' By Federal Overdose Response

March 27, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 27 Mar 2017 - MP Davies says Liberal budget is a fifth of what Tories proposed The New Democratic Party's health critic calls the amount of money devoted to fighting the ongoing overdose crisis in the federal budget shocking.

CN ON: Search For Naloxone Kits Now Easier

March 27, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 27 Mar 2017 - Provincial website has list where to find the drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose WATERLOO REGION - People eager to get a naloxone kit and training on how to use it can now easily search online for local places that stock them.

CN ON: Harm Reduction Advocate Stood Up To Injustice, 'Worked Until

March 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 25 Mar 2017 - She was especially proud of her work with students, broadening their compassion Holly Kramer, a force in the Toronto harm reduction field and a fierce advocate for those affected by adoption, died on Sunday, at age 58, after a battle with cancer, according to friends.