Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Oct 2016 - HALIFAX - The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana has some provincial politicians raising concerns about drug-impaired driving. Three provincial justice ministers made a point of highlighting the issue Friday at the conclusion of a meeting in Halifax between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts.
The Sault Star, 15 Oct 2016 - Lighting up a joint is still a popular choice for drug users even with the introduction of numerous other narcotics to Sault Ste. Marie in recent years. Marijuana use "is probably as much, or more, than it was in the past," said Staff Sgt. Jody Greco, head of Sault Ste. Marie Police Service's drug enforcement unit.
The Morning Star, 14 Oct 2016 - Welcome back to a new school year. A very important discussion that needs to take place in your home is the old drug talk. Parents play a key role in reducing teen substance abuse. More than half of all Canadian kids will try drugs at least once between Grades 1 and 12, but many will choose not to experiment. Please talk openly with your child about substance abuse and set a no-use rule for all drugs and alcohol. Remember, with the advent of newer drugs like fentanyl talking to our kids about illicit drugs is more important than ever.
Maple Ridge News, 14 Oct 2016 - Recently, following the death of a friend's son due to an overdose of fentanyl, I questioned, when will the hurting end? The answer to that question is still unclear, but hope is emerging that our community cares and is willing to work together to bring to an end the epidemic of drug overdose deaths.
The Tribune, 13 Oct 2016 - The aftershock of an armed robbery at a medical marijuana farm in Port Colborne last month is still rippling through city council chambers. On Tuesday night, councillors discussed what could be done to ensure what happened at the Pinecrest Road property in September doesn't happen again.
The Province, 13 Oct 2016 - Re: First pot shop fined under new bylaw, Oct. 9 There is a bylaw that prohibits smoking in public buildings and within six metres of doors and intakes. The maximum fine is $10,000. There is a maximum fine of $2,000 for smoking in parks and beaches.
Rossland News, 12 Oct 2016 - Rossland's first marijuana dispensary opened its door last week. Rossland Dispensary is the first business of its kind in the Golden City, opening the same week that Nelson city council moved forward with an amendment to prohibit marijuana dispensaries in all zones of Nelson. The Queen City currently has seven dispensaries, all of which operate without a business license, since Nelson won't issue them to illegal businesses. But the City of Rossland has taken a different approach, and Rossland Dispensary is operating with a business license.
Whistler Question, 11 Oct 2016 - Councillors deliberate as zoning amendment for marijuana dispensaries put on hold A request sent to the Village of Pemberton (VOP) council has presented officials with a hot topic for debate. In a letter presented at the VOP's Oct. 4 council meeting, Joseph Le asked officials to consider amending the VOP zoning bylaw governing the licensing of businesses to allow for medial cannabis dispensaries to open up in Pemberton's downtown core.
The Intelligencer, 11 Oct 2016 - Louis Hopper is appalled by a startling discovery he made in a park space near his Montrose Road subdivision. Hopper found a section of a Montrose Road-area park littered with drug paraphernalia during a routine walk in the neighbourhood with his dog Friday.
Hamilton Spectator, 11 Oct 2016 - There's an addiction crisis: Morality has no place here. This is a health issue. Period. As Hamiltonians begin to debate the possibility of introducing safe injection sites in our city, it is important to understand that Canada and the United States are in the grips of an addiction crisis like we have never seen in our history.
Kamloops This Week, 11 Oct 2016 - Editor: As Kamloops and other municipalities contend with the current overdose epidemic, much discussion has focused on how best to respond. Most experts agree that we need a comprehensive system that includes scaling up access to evidence-based addiction treatment.
Kamloops This Week, 11 Oct 2016 - Editor: Russian roulette and drug use have one thing in common recently - they both may kill you. With new drugs being cut into almost all recreational drugs, you never know what is loaded and what isn't.
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.
The Journal-Pioneer, 08 Oct 2016 - MLAs hear methamphetamine has replaced prescription pills as biggest drug issue in P.E.I. It used to be prescription pills. Now if anyone asks RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook what the biggest problem drug is in P.E.I. he says it's methamphetamine. "We've gone from a downer to an upper as our biggest problem here," he said. Cook joined RCMP Chief Supt. Joanne Crampton for a presentation Friday to MLAs on the health and wellness committee. During the presentation, Cook said he wasn't going to give the credit to the police for the reduction in opiate use. "To me it's the methadone program has made the biggest difference in regards to the prescription opiate problem here," he said.
Globe and Mail, 08 Oct 2016 - Ottawa's move to allow for accredited lab testing would take worry out of the safety of cannabis - and without the sense of guilt When Mandy McKnight's severely epileptic son was four, he suffered as many as 80 seizures a day. After prescription drugs failed, the Ottawa mother turned to cannabis oil, which she had heard could help. The impact was remarkable: Within 24 hours, the seizures subsided and it was 10 days until he had another.
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."
Winnipeg Free Press, 08 Oct 2016 - WINNIPEG police officers will soon join fire and paramedic emergency workers in carrying the antidote to fentanyl overdoses. Deputy police chief Danny Smyth confirmed to the Winnipeg Police Board Friday they are working with health officials on how officers can carry doses of Naloxone and administer it.
Winnipeg Free Press, 08 Oct 2016 - It really makes my blood boil when I read about senseless deaths from drug overdoses that were very likely behind the demise of the two men recently found dead in their car. Drug laws must change, as drug dealers are under no compulsion to produce a pure product in a standard dosage, and they profit handsomely from the sale of their adulterated wares. If drugs were regulated and sold at cost to those with addictions, it would be better for all concerned.
Packet & Times, 07 Oct 2016 - If you spot some pot, make the call. But provincial police are asking callers to exercise caution. During a warrant execution at an address located on Side Road 5 in Ramara Township on Thursday, 10 people were arrested and charged with drug-related offences.
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.