Metro, 21 Jul 2016 - The spike in Calgary's crime severity index (CSI) can largely be linked to the increase in the city's drug activity and economic slump, according to Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin, as fentanyl and other opioid use remains high across the province. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released a report that showed Calgary's CSI index jumped by 29 per cent, the largest increase in Canada's metropolitan areas. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime.
Ottawa Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Ottawa is now a Wild West of potrepreneurs. The city and police have been left in an awkward position by the federal Liberal government, which has sparked up a marijuana retail race but won't introduce legislation to legalize it until next spring. If legalization is going ahead, it needs to happen in a sensible, smart way.
Metro, 21 Jul 2016 - Medical marijuana shop challenging review board It's going to be business as usual for a local medical marijuana dispensary, despite a decision from the Utility and Review Board. Tasty Budds, which has three locations in Halifax Regional Municipality, appealed a decision by the municipality in February to deny the business an occupancy permit.
The Daily Courier, 20 Jul 2016 - Owner of medical marijuana dispensary in Penticton defiant after losing appeal to have business licence restored Moments after city council vaporized his business licence Tuesday, the owner of a Penticton medical marijuana dispensary vowed he won't be deterred from continuing to supply his clients.
Maple Ridge News, 20 Jul 2016 - Maple Ridge will work with Fraser Health Fraser Health will identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses, and Maple Ridge could be one.
Penticton Western, 20 Jul 2016 - There's an event being held Wednesday in Spirit Square (Campbell River) featuring two of the most well-known names in Canadian marijuana advocacy. Marc and Jodie Emery will speak about "reasonable access" to the product - which many say should be seen as medicine. But the city has passed a bylaw prohibiting marijuana operations - including dispensaries - from operating within city limits until the federal government comes up with legislation concerning legalization.
Campbell River Mirror, 20 Jul 2016 - There's an event being held today (Wednesday) in Spirit Square featuring two of the most well-known names in Canadian marijuana advocacy. Marc and Jodie Emery will speak about "reasonable access" to the product - which many say should be seen as medicine. But the city has passed a bylaw prohibiting marijuana operations - including dispensaries - from operating within city limits until the federal government comes up with legislation concerning legalization.
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2016 - A steep and steady climb in the number of drug overdoses has put increased pressure on health authorities in British Columbia to open additional spaces for users to consume illicit substances under medical supervision. Fatal drug overdoses have increased almost every year since 2009, spiking with the emergence of illicit fentanyl in 2012. Advocates have long called for more supervised-consumption sites - particularly in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.
Penticton Herald, 20 Jul 2016 - Dear Editor: Forty-three fentanyl overdoses were recorded in a 48-hour period in the city of Surrey. This is not acceptable. Drug dealers who deal in fentanyl should be treated a lot more harshly than dealers who don't. I know someone personally on the Coast who lost a son who thought he was taking ecstasy, but it was laced with fentanyl. Some kids found him the next day dead in a public washroom. His family is completely devastated. I implore Crown counsel to consider attempted murder charges for anyone selling fentanyl. These idiots know full well that it is deadly - even in small doses - so they are knowingly risking the lives of their "clientele."
Surrey Leader, 20 Jul 2016 - Fraser Health will quickly identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses. Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.
Penticton Western, 20 Jul 2016 - Jukka Laurio made some passionate arguments that he should be allowed to continue selling marijuana when he appeared before Penticton city council Tuesday. However passionate, Laurio failed to get the support of council for his business licence, with only Coun. Tarik Sayeed and Mayor Andrew Jakubeit voting not to suspend his licence. On the other hand, council did vote to have staff look into issues around setting up regulations regarding sales of medical marijuana over the recommendations of city staff.
Penticton Herald, 20 Jul 2016 - Store owner says he will continue selling to his clients after city cancels business licence Moments after city council vaporized his business licence Tuesday, the owner of a Penticton medical marijuana dispensary vowed he won't be deterred from continuing to supply his clients.
Globe and Mail, 19 Jul 2016 - After an unprecedented spike in overdose admissions to Surrey Memorial Hospital over the weekend, health authorities are stepping up a program to provide more drug users with overdose kits. The move comes along with a call from Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal for "an emergency summit" to discuss an alarming increase in the number of overdoses in British Columbia.
Chronicle Herald, 19 Jul 2016 - The ink is barely dry Monday's Utility and Review Board decision declaring one medical marijuana dispensary illegal, but the owners of Auntie's Health and Wellness Centre are busy preparing to open their doors at 1547 Barrington St. this Friday - with or without a business occupancy permit. Owner Shirley Martineau's dispensary will focus on patients battling cancer.
Penticton Herald, 19 Jul 2016 - Dear Editor: Why are the Liberals thinking of legalizing marijuana? Is it possible that they don't know what's on their own website where Health Canada has posted serious warnings against its use - particularly, for anyone under the age of 25? (Health Canada consumer information cannabis) Is the government blind to the following detrimental effects of legalization in places like Colorado?
Globe and Mail, 19 Jul 2016 - Mark Ware was working with patients suffering from a painful blood disease in the late 1990s when he noticed that many of them were self-medicating. The sickle cell anemia research clinic where he was working was in Jamaica, and the pain reliever of choice for a growing number of his patients was cannabis. The episode put the British-born, Jamaica-raised doctor on the path that has made him a world-renowned expert on the use of cannabis in pain management.
London Free Press, 18 Jul 2016 - Regarding the article Bat-wielding ' hero' slammed by critics (July 13). I don't agree with Dave McCallum threatening two intravenous drug users with a baseball bat, but I sympathize with him. Living in the core, I see drug paraphernalia littering the sidewalks. I witness people cooking drugs in Market Lane. Needles are discarded in Ivey and Harris parks. Isn't it better for everyone that this activity happen at a safe injection site rather than in our streets?
Globe and Mail, 18 Jul 2016 - Svante Myrick, the young mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., made international headlines earlier this year when he backed a drug strategy that included the opening of a supervised-injection site. While two such facilities have existed in Vancouver for more than 13 years - and Toronto recently approved three - supervised consumption remains a controversial idea for many in North America. If approved, Ithaca's could be the first of its kind in the United States. The Globe and Mail spoke with Mr. Myrick, who recently visited Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where he toured the Insite supervised-injection site; the Providence Crosstown Clinic, where drug users who were part of a clinical trial receive prescription heroin; and other social-service providers.
The Calgary Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - QUESTION: I admit I probably smoke pot a bit more than I should (it's legal in our state), but now my wife is getting after me because she says I'm addicted to it and turning into the equivalent of an alcoholic. Can harmless drugs like pot really do that to you? - Z.K. ANSWER: No drug is harmless, and experts I have consulted agree that almost any drug can become addictive - including marijuana. When that happens, a person becomes more and more dependent on it, and may find it almost impossible to break away from it on their own. Gradually it ruins their life and destroys their relationships.
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high. In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new MPs to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside testing technology, before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.