The Now, 25 Aug 2016 - The Editor, Surrey's "Rig Dig" program is in jeopardy. The Rig Dig program allows for the collection of used needles in the area surrounding city hall and the "Strip." As the Now recently reported, in 2015, this program was responsible for the collection of 600,000 discarded used needles. Many of these needles still had blood in them.
The Peterborough Examiner, 25 Aug 2016 - On April 20, 2016, Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott told a special session of the UN General Assembly in New York that Canada would introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 to legalize the use of marijuana. The date of her announcement was 4/20 - the day that has become synonymous with international cannabis advocacy. This 4/20 was actually the afternoon time that a group of adventurous 1970's California high school students would meet to fire up, and the nomenclature stuck. Scarborough Southwest MP and former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has been tapped to head the file, having previously supported a public health approach to legalization. As announced during last fall's election campaign, a new task force on marijuana legalization and regulation headed by Anne McLellan will consult extensively with the provinces, territories, health authorities and law enforcement.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 25 Aug 2016 - Nanaimo city councillors want to know how the City of Victoria plans to regulate marijuana dispensaries, but there was agreement, something needs to be done about the pot shops here. Nanaimo continues to see dispensaries open and sell bud to brownies and T-shirts despite still being illegal. After an RCMP crackdown on dispensaries in December, council agreed to look at licensing regulation options, but the issue hasn't landed on the table for discussion yet with a staff report still in the works.
Vancouver 24hours, 24 Aug 2016 - B.C. Civil Liberties Association remains concerned with ethics of the concept With some recent support by way of B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth, Diane Sowden is hopeful to see secure care implemented after years of advocacy.
Surrey Leader, 24 Aug 2016 - B.C. communities struggling to deal with unregulated marijuana sales are looking for help, or a piece of the action as growers and sellers compete for a share of the expanding legal market. Pot problems are high on the agenda for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in September, as local governments continue to deal with fire hazards and retail outlets selling untested marijuana products in defiance of federal and local laws.
Kelowna Capital News, 24 Aug 2016 - As we continue to move down the road to legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, we must also continue to research its effects-both the potentially therapeutic and the potentially harmful. For years there has been a perceived link between marijuana use and the development of psychotic symptoms. Though an association has been seen, there have been limitations in the studies done to date.
Globe and Mail, 24 Aug 2016 - Philpott Says Effects of Respect for Communities Act - Introduced in 2015 - Being Monitored, Leaves Door Open to Changes If Needed Canada's Health Minister says Ottawa has no plans to repeal Conservative government legislation that harm-reduction advocates say makes opening new supervised-consumption sites unduly onerous - if not impossible.
Globe and Mail, 24 Aug 2016 - Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal component is added, a new study suggests. Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to earn sugary treats.
Maple Ridge News, 24 Aug 2016 - New Measures to Fight Plague of Overdoses in Region Two people die of a drug overdose every day in B.C., and almost three every month in Maple Ridge. With drug overdose deaths at emergency levels, the Fraser Health Authority will be considering supervised consumption services in Lower Mainland cities, among many measures.
Hamilton Spectator, 23 Aug 2016 - TORONTO - A Hamilton medical marijuana physician has been handed a three-month suspension for misconduct. Dr. Ira Price pleaded no contest to allegations heard by the discipline committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, including altering a medical record and misleading a college investigator.
Globe and Mail, 23 Aug 2016 - Advocates Say Clean Paraphernalia for Inmates Will Curb Blood-Borne Illness Rates in Prison, but Correctional Staff Say They're Unsafe The availability of illicit drugs in B.C. prisons underscores the need for needle exchanges to curb the transmission of blood-borne illnesses behind bars, civil liberties advocates say, but correctional staff are strongly opposed to the idea, arguing that the increased availability of clean needles could do more harm than good.
Toronto Star, 22 Aug 2016 - For most Canadians, the image of exploited labourers toiling in fields of drug crops recalls the seamy side of Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. But it could apply to some medical marijuana farm workers right here in Ontario, Canada's biggest employer of migrant labour. They're among the thousands who enter Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker and Seasonal Agricultural Worker programs, arriving with "closed" work permits that tie them to one employer and force them to return to their countries after four years at most, with no possibility of permanent-resident status.
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Aug 2016 - Draft regulations consider freelance dispensaries illegal It turns out police have already raided at least two Hamilton storefront medical marijuana sellers this year. The raids raise questions about the fate of all self-styled dispensaries in the city - particularly since newly released draft regulations for medical marijuana now specifically label freelance storefront sellers as illegal.
The Peterborough Examiner, 20 Aug 2016 - There are no villains in the current controversy over marijuana stores that are popping up in villages, towns and cities across Canada. And the closest thing to a victim would be police forces left to decide whether to lay charges or wait for the inevitable legalization - - in some form - of a drug most Canadians don't see as particularly harmful.
Toronto Sun, 20 Aug 2016 - 'Epidemic' of drugs forces judge to acquit jail guard Instead of hard time, inmates are doing high time in prisons that sound more like drug dens than detention centres. An Ontario judge was recently forced to acquit a jail guard and an inmate on drug trafficking charges because the "epidemic" of illicit substances in the jail left a reasonable doubt about whether the pair were responsible for the pot and hash oil discovered during a search.
Ottawa Sun, 20 Aug 2016 - 'Epidemic' Of Drugs Forces Judge to Acquit Jail Guard LONDON - Instead of hard time, inmates are doing high time in prisons that sound more like drug dens than detention centres. An Ontario judge was recently forced to acquit a jail guard and an inmate on drug trafficking charges because the "epidemic" of illicit substances in the jail left a reasonable doubt about whether the pair were responsible for the pot and hash oil discovered during a search.
London Free Press, 19 Aug 2016 - Police say they were just enforcing the law when they raided an illegal pot shop days after it opened, but at least two other dispensaries have long operated in London without any crackdowns. Why police moved to shut down Tasty Budd's, when other dispensaries still quietly operate, is one question that emerged in the fallout Thursday, but police weren't providing any immediate answers. Officers descended on Tasty Budd's on Wharncliffe Road Wednesday, seizing more than $13,000 in marijuana products and charging the store's franchisee and an employee with drug-related offences.
Nelson Star, 19 Aug 2016 - A Kootenay resident was having lunch on Victoria St. this week when he noticed something unusual - what he took to be a three-foot marijuana plant brazenly displayed outside a local dispensary. "I was having lunch with my wife at El Taco and we noticed the Green Room next door. My wife was like 'what's that?' and I said I'm pretty sure it's a dispensary," the resident told the Star.
Nelson Star, 19 Aug 2016 - The lawyer who successfully overturned the former Conservative government's ban on the home growing of medical marijuana is praising a move by the federal Liberals to create a new licensing system for doctor-approved patients. Kirk Tousaw said the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, which take effect Aug. 24, appear to be much the same as the old home growing licenses that prevailed until 2014 when the Conservative government tried to outlaw them and force approved patients to buy only from licensed commercial producers.
Kelowna Capital News, 19 Aug 2016 - To the editor: Re: Rash of Drug Overdoses Speeding Up Needing for Local Safe Injection Site, Aug. 10 Kelowna Capital News. What a terrible message Interior Health is giving to our youth, not only that intravenous drug use is OK but come on down to their site and they'll supply the equipment and show you how to use it.