The Economist, 06 Dec 2014 - LOCAL HEROIN Legal Narcotics In A Liberal City THE people queuing up at the Providence Crosstown Clinic are pioneers of a sort. They are heroin addicts whose habits have resisted conventional treatment. They hope to become the first in North America to get their fixes legally as part of a treatment programme rather than just for a clinical trial. "It's heroin that you know is good," says one addict waiting outside, who aspires to join the queue.
Globe and Mail, 05 Dec 2014 - This morning, Uruguayan officials will open 18 envelopes. Each will contain a proposal to grow two tonnes of marijuana on up to five hectares of land for sale to the Uruguayan government. Within a few days, up to five of the 18 bidders (one of whom is a Canadian) will be selected, and another part of Uruguay's experiment with legalizing and regulating marijuana will fall into place.
The Morning Star, 05 Dec 2014 - When one observes and considers the state of our society, it becomes obvious that we are headed in the wrong direction. One change that is occurring that shows people's contempt for the law is the belligerent attitude towards smoking marijuana. This I will break into two segments, those using it for medical purposes (which does seem to provide some benefit), and those who just want to smoke dope.
Thunder Bay Source, 04 Dec 2014 - During our next federal election don't be surprised to see the face and hear the music of legendary reggae performer, Bob Marley. Regardless of more serious, pressing matters, one recurring theme concerns the legal use of Mr. Marley's favourite herb - marijuana.
Innisfil Journal, 04 Dec 2014 - What would the legalization of marijuana look like in Canada? It was a question the Barrie-Innisfil federal Liberal riding association tackled during a town hall meeting Sunday. Association president Adam English told about 50 people - some of them medical and recreational marijuana users - the Liberal party wants to hear what voters think of its pledge to legalize marijuana if elected to govern next year.
Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Dec 2014 - No New Clients Until Feds Confirm Funding OTTAWA - The federal government is going to renew funding for the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court, but the province won't start admitting new clients to the program again until it gets more details from Ottawa on what the new agreement will entail.
Edmonton Sun, 04 Dec 2014 - Conservative Edmonton Sherwood Park MP Tim Uppal said he learned through news reports that his younger brother had been charged in a dial-a-dope operation busted by Edmonton city police. "Yesterday, I learned through the media of charges against my brother," said Uppal, 40, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, in an email response on Wednesday.
Barrie Examiner, 03 Dec 2014 - Town hall meeting takes a look at marijuana debate Elaine Whitfield sat in the audience of the Liberal town hall meeting with cautious optimism. Whitfield was one of approximately 50 people who attended the Liberal party's meeting at 92 Heritage Square earlier this week to discuss the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
Globe and Mail, 03 Dec 2014 - Cannabis use is a fact, the theory goes - dropping prohibition for regulation might lower consumption Uruguay is a small country trying a big experiment. The country of 3.3 million people, tucked between Brazil and Argentina, has legalized marijuana, a variation of the policy rather loosely articulated by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in Canada.
The Southern Gazette, 02 Dec 2014 - Canadian Safety Council raising awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs The Canadian Safety Council is concerned that not enough people are aware of the serious consequences of driving while impaired by drugs.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 02 Dec 2014 - To the Editor, Re: Pot producers partner on study, Nov. 18. Why is Canada's first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder not being conducted at the brain research centre of the province, Vancouver General Hospital, where the most diagnostic equipment for imaging the brain is located?
The Expositor, 01 Dec 2014 - Regarding Fred Rinne's Nov. 18 column, "Addiction awareness will require all of us," when it comes to battling addiction, the drug war is part of the problem. Illegal drug users are reluctant to seek medical attention in the event of an overdose for fear of being charged with a crime.
Metro, 01 Dec 2014 - A judge has given an absolute discharge to a man charged with trafficking marijuana after police raided his Lions Bay home and found 414 marijuana plants, although almost half most were seedlings. Michael Santos, an audio engineer with no criminal record, pleaded guilty to possessing about three kilograms of marijuana for trafficking.
Prince George Citizen, 01 Dec 2014 - A move intended to eliminate a problem area in the downtown may have had unintended consequences for businesses nearby. In a letter to city council, local lawyer Ben Levine said the city decision to remove the planters on Third Avenue and George Street in October resulted in an "immediate" increase in loitering around his office in the 1100 block of Third Avenue. The city removed the previous waist-high planter boxes often used as informal seating, and replaced them with planting areas flush to the ground.
The Observer, 29 Nov 2014 - People From As Far As Chatham-Kent Using Withdrawal Management Services In Sarnia- Lambton About one-third of people seeking help for addictions through Sarnia-Lambton's new withdrawal management program have been referred to an out-of-town residential care facility, a hospital executive says.
Toronto Star, 29 Nov 2014 - Ontario's Child Advocate Lauds Review Of Five Years' Worth Of Lab Tests At Sick Kids Ontario's child advocate is praising Queen's Park's decision to probe the reliability of hair drug tests performed at the Hospital for Sick Children, used in child protection and criminal cases.
The Morning Star, 28 Nov 2014 - Illicit substances, including tobacco and alcohol, are easily available to children and adolescents. As a parent, you have a huge impact on your child's decision not to use drugs. In most cases, children in elementary school have not begun to use alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug. That is why elementary school is a good time to start talking about the dangers of drug use.
Metro, 28 Nov 2014 - Force Hopes Tech Will Be Ready For Use Come 2016 City police say the rollout of a new Breathalyzer for alcohol impairment has been smooth but are still hoping the feds will approve a companion device to help them smoke out stoned drivers.
Kenora Daily Miner And News, 28 Nov 2014 - Substance Abuse And Mental Health Task Force Outlines Its Initiatives From Past Year The leaders of the Kenora Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force's five different pillars stood up at their AGM on Thursday morning, Nov. 27, to lay out what their branch of the task force has been up to for the past year and what they plan to do in the next several months.
Toronto Star, 28 Nov 2014 - Province Launches Review Of Controversial Motherisk Lab Program After Star Stories Queen's Park will probe five years' worth of hair drug tests performed by the Hospital for Sick Children, used in child protection and criminal cases, amid an ongoing Star investigation.