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CN ON: PUB LTE: Cannabis Not As Harmful As Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 19 Aug 2017 - The following is in response to the letter Marijuana worse than tobacco, which appeared Aug. 15. To the editor, Letter writer Don Edwards asserts that cannabis smoking causes more lung damage than tobacco because "marijuana [contains] several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco." With the exception of the active ingredients, cannabinoids and nicotine respectively, cannabis and tobacco smoke are almost identical.
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Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.
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CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.
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CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 Total

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 18 Aug 2017 - Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday. A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.
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CN ON: Oped: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect Children

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
Oakville Beaver, 18 Aug 2017 - It may shock many Canadians to learn that 28 per cent of Canadian youths use marijuana - the highest rate among developed countries surveyed in a 2013 UNICEF report. This means that if you know four youths between the ages of 11 and 15, one of them is using marijuana.
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CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.
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CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Is A Bigger Health Risk Than Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 18 Aug 2017 - I was a volunteer for the Lung Association for 30 years. I was president of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years. During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.
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CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Bigger Health Risk Than Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 18 Aug 2017 - To the editor: I was a volunteer for the lung association for 30 years. I was President of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years. During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.
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Chronicle AM: BC Calls for Radical Opioid Response, 2nd MI MJ Init, More... (8/17/17)

Canada (STDW) - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:41

BC health officials present some revolutionary recommendations for dealing with the opioid crisis, Alaska officials defend marijuana legalization, a second Michigan legalization initiative is okayed for signature gathering, and more.

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Alaska Officials Defend Legalization in Letters to Sessions. Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth have sent two letters to Attorney General Sessions defending their state's marijuana law and the wishes of state voters. Their letters are a response to a letter Sessions sent to governors of legalization states in July. "Marijuana regulation is an area where states should take the lead," they said in the first letter, dated August 1. "We ask that the DOJ maintain its existing marijuana policies because the State relied on those assurances in shaping our regulatory framework, and because existing policies appropriately focus federal efforts on federal interests," they said in the second letter, dated August 14.

Second Michigan Legalization Initiative Gets Okay for Signature Gathering. The state Board of Canvassers on Thursday approved a second marijuana legalization initiative for signature gathering. The initiative, from a group called Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, would end "all prohibitions on the use of cannabis in any form by any person" and specify that no taxes could be imposed. Another group, MI Legalize, is already halfway through the signature gathering phase for its initiative, which envisions legalization, taxation, and regulation.

Los Angeles Gets a Cannabis Czar. The city council voted on Wednesday to approve Cat Packer as executive director of the city's newly fashioned Department of Cannabis Regulation. Packer is a former Drug Policy Alliance state policy coordinator for California. She was also a campaign coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, part of the Prop 64 campaign. She will be charged with rolling out regulations for legal marijuana in the city.

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Washington King County Initiative to Ban Safe Injection Sites Likely Won't Make Ballot. A measure to ban safe injection sites in Seattle's suburban King County is unlikely to be on the November ballot. Petition organizers handed in sufficient signatures on time, but it took two weeks for the petitions to get from the King County Council clerk to King County Elections, so the initiative has missed an August 1 deadline to be certified for the ballot. It could go on the ballot in a February special election, but initiative sponsors say they fear it will be too late to prevent safe injection sites by then.

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British Columbia Health Authorities Call for Revolutionary Approach to Opioid Crisis. The BC Center for Disease Control has issued a set of recommendations for dealing with opioid use and overdoses that includes providing users with drugs they can take home with them and allowing people to grow their own opium. The current approach to addiction is backwards, BCCDC Executive Medical Director Mark Tyndall told the Globe and News: "We strongly advise people to stop using street drugs, and if they can't do that, then we offer them… Suboxone or methadone, and if that doesn't work, we basically tell them to go and find their own drugs even though there is a very real possibility of dying," he said. "What we should be doing -- especially in an environment of a poisoned drug supply -- is to start with access to uncontaminated drugs so at least people don't die, then move on to substitution therapy and eventually recovery."

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CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Even More Unhealthy Than Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 17 Aug 2017 - I was a volunteer for the lung association for 30 years. I was President of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years. During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.
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CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The Workplace

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 17 Aug 2017 - Timmins business owners had pot on the mind Wednesday morning. About 40 people sat in on a presentation by lawyer Carly Stringer in the Schumacher Lions Den in the McIntyre Centre. The event, organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, focused on employer and employee obligations and rights regarding marijuana in the workplace.
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CN ON: Spike In Overdoses Alarms Health Unit

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 17 Aug 2017 - Psst. Pass the word along. Much like the warning at the '60s Woodstock concert to avoid the brown acid, authorities are warning today's recreational drug users to carry naloxone kits in case their drugs are laced with fentanyl. "We're alerting recreational drug users that the MDMA (ecstasy) or cocaine they're taking could be tainted with fentanyl," said Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).
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CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot Will Yield Sky-High Health-Care Costs

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 16 Aug 2017 - I was a volunteer for the Lung Association for 30 years. We advocated to help smokers quit and pointed out the dangers of smoking tobacco products. I was president of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years. During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.
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CN BC: LTE: Pot Stance Off-Base

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 16 Aug 2017 - I am disappointed and alarmed at the lack of balance in the editor's recent editorial on marijuana in the Citizen. He ignores the science that has clearly documented the neurotoxic effects of marijuana in the developing brain of the teenager. Having worked here in Prince George as a family doctor for 31 years and since then for nine years as a G.P. psychiatrist I see the destruction that this drug is responsible for when it sparks psychoses in some individuals. The incidence of this condition will rise with legalization of this drug. This rise in the incidence of psychosis has already been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed to legalization of marijuana.
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Canada: Weed Legalization A Budding Dilemma

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Aug 2017 - Doping landscape is tricky for athletes as Canada moves toward legalizing marijuana CALGARY- Canada's elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?
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CN ON: Court Rules Rights Violated In Grow-Op Case

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Aug 2017 - Police needed a warrant for hydro records turned over by local utility, ruling says The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that police investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op in a Hamilton home needed a search warrant to obtain hydro records from a local utility company.
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Canada: Athletic Landscape Grows Hazy As Legal Marijuana Looms

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Aug 2017 - Canada's elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off? The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It's already legal for personal recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.
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CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Will Add To Health Care Costs

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 16 Aug 2017 - I was a volunteer for the Lung association for 30 years. We advocated to help smokers quit and pointed out the dangers of smoking tobacco products. I was president of the Ontario Lung association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung association for two years. During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.
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CN ON: City Will Open 3 Injection Sites

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 15 Aug 2017 - T.O.'s top doc says move is in response to opioid crisis Toronto's will open three "interim" supervised injection sites this week. Dr. Eileen da Villa, the city's chief medical officer of health, confirmed Monday that the opening of the three sites has been accelerated in response to the opioid overdose crisis.
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CN ON: Toronto Rushes To Open Interim Supervised Drug-Use Sites

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Aug 2017 - After a wave of overdose deaths, Toronto public health officials are scrambling to open interim supervised drug-use sites, including one in a harm-reduction clinic near Yonge-Dundas Square that could be operating within days. The move, announced by the city's medical officer of health on Monday, comes after volunteer front-line workers and activists set up a controversial pop-up supervised drug-use site in an east-end park. The group, calling itself the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, says the city has been dragging its feet in responding to the opioid crisis.
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