New York Times, 09 Oct 2016 - PORTLAND, Ore. - The budtenders of the Rose City are relentlessly helpful with tips pairing a marijuana strain that is "equal parts fruity and musky" with a stimulating Sichuan dish. As Oregon, the place where empires once clashed over the global trade of beaver furs, glides into a second year of legalized recreational pot, the state is determined to show the world that a certain kind of drug prohibition belongs in history's Dumpster. Soon, with the likely passage of legal pot in California next month, all of the West Coast - from the tundra of Alaska to the sun-washed suburbs of San Diego - will be a confederacy of state-regulated marijuana use.
The Record, 08 Oct 2016 - TORONTO - Is it possible to ingest cocaine by kissing someone who has just snorted the powerful stimulant drug? Enough that its chemical signature would show up on an athlete's doping tests? That's reportedly what happened to Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber, who tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine after winning the Canadian title in Edmonton in early July.
Toronto Star, 08 Oct 2016 - Judge who acquitted Nosakhare Ohenen says case raises 'serious prospect' that police planted drugs on him In 2010, a judge ruled that Nosakhare Ohenhen's version of events detailing his arrest, including the allegation that Toronto police planted drugs on him, to be a "fabrication" and "totally implausible."
Toronto Sun, 07 Oct 2016 - Judge blasts cops for actions that sent man to prison for 5 years It's another black eye for Toronto Police delivered from the judicial bench. Unfortunately, it comes rather late for Nosakhare Ohenhen. Long after the admitted drug dealer finished serving five years in prison, Justice Michael Quigley has acquitted him of all charges at his retrial, slamming Toronto cops for racial profiling and suggesting they may have even planted the drugs found in the man's Jaguar when he was stopped on Aug. 21, 2008.
Metro, 07 Oct 2016 - Vancouver firm designs new tool for law enforcement Turns out there's an easier way to catch motorists driving high than offering them munchies. A Vancouver start-up has invented what it claims is the world's first device that can tell accurately if you're either drunk or on drugs - based on an eye test inside a headset.
Vancouver 24hours, 06 Oct 2016 - A Maple Ridge school trustee is proposing that anti-overdose kits be made available at all B.C. secondary schools as part of the battle against the often-lethal use of the drug fentanyl. Susan Carr, vice-chairwoman of the Maple Ridge board, said her awareness of the drug 's dangers go back three years, when she had a family member become addicted to the drug - the individual is in recovery now.
The Record, 06 Oct 2016 - WATERLOO REGION - Of the 26 charges laid last year for driving while high on drugs, one driver had 17 different drugs in his system. "The driver was severely addicted," said Const. William Hand, co-ordinator of the drug cognition expert program with Waterloo Regional Police, which has nine officers trained as specialists in recognizing the signs of those driving high.