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CN NF: Editorial: Pot To Trot

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 30 Nov 2016 - It's a lot of fuss over a gram of "Green Lantern" marijuana and four THC-containing extra-strength sativa gummy bunnies - two green, two yellow. But a $25 purchase by The Telegram's James McLeod is certainly making waves. It's a lot of fuss over a gram of "Green Lantern" marijuana and four THC-containing extra-strength sativa gummy bunnies - - two green, two yellow. But a $25 purchase by The Telegram's James McLeod is certainly making waves. McLeod bought the marijuana products at CannaLeaf Medical Dispensary, a marijuana dispensary operating in plain sight on Water Street in downtown St. John's.
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CN BC: Column: Support Available For Drug Users

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:00
Saanich News, 30 Nov 2016 - On April 14, 2016 the B.C. Ministry of Health announced the number of drug-related overdoses in the province had become a public health emergency, citing 474 preventable overdose deaths in British Columbia in 2015. In the six months that followed, they collected more data about overdoses (both fatal and non-fatal) and tried to proactively warn people about risks. During that same period, hundreds more died of illicit drug overdoses - 622 in the first 10 months of 2016, with at least 60 per cent of those directly linked to fentanyl.
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CN BC: Support Growing For Supervised Injection Sites

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:00
Victoria News, 30 Nov 2016 - When Marianne Alto walked into a public hearing at City Hall regarding the proposed supervised injection sites, she was surprised by what she heard. A number of residents expressed support last week for the supervised injection sites that many are seeing as a new tool to help reduce the number of overdose deaths on Vancouver Island.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Alcohol Is Also Harmful

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 29 Nov 2016 - Dear Editor: This is in response to the letter entitled "Once addicted, addicted for life" by Ralph Wand of Penticton (Herald, Nov. 28). Judging by his letter, I would only have to guess that Mr. Wand is completely ignorant and uneducated when it comes to marijuana. I have many friends past and present who smoke pot and have never ever tried anything more potent in the form of chemical drugs.
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CN NF: 'Technically Illegal'

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 29 Nov 2016 - Marijuana advocate approached N.L. police months ago about starting a dispensary Marijuana advocate Ryan Stratton said when he first heard about pot dispensaries popping up in St. John's, he was a little bitter.
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CN NF: The Straight Dope

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 29 Nov 2016 - Editor's note: Reporter James McLeod had a tip: A shop in Downtown St. John's was selling pot to people who never had a prescription. He asked if we wanted him to try and buy some for a story. We said yes. The sale of marijuana is already a big issue in our community. That importance will only grow in the coming months as the federal government prepares legislation to legalize. So James proceeded and this story reflects his experience. Our hope is it informs the community and prompts necessary debate on this issue. Telegram able to buy marijuana products with ease
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CN BC: Poll Will Ask Businesses For Their Views On Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 28 Nov 2016 - Businesses in Penticton's downtown core will be polled this week on the contentious issue of marijuana dispensaries. "The Downtown Penticton Association cannot endorse or support the illegal use, temporary or otherwise, of any retail space in downtown Penticton," DPA executive director Lynn Allin said in an interview with The Herald. The issue is scheduled to come before Penticton city council at its Dec. 6 meeting, when temporary-use permits could be allowed for as many as seven dispensaries in Penticton. Three of them are for locations on Westminster Avenue, three on Main Street (two of which are downtown and one in the 1600 block) and one on Martin Street.
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CN BC: Column: Prohibition Won't Solve Overdose Epidemic, But Safer

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 11/27/2016 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 27 Nov 2016 - Suppose 700 people died in a terrorist attack. Would you shrug it off because it didn't happen near you? Suppose 700 people died from a toxic chemical sprayed on farm vegetables. Would you still expect to see those vegetables for sale at your local supermarket? Not * likely!
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CN BC: Column: Yes A We Can Raise Drug Free Kids!

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
The Link, 26 Nov 2016 - "Children are our most valuable gifts of nature. Let us try our best to safeguard those gifts. Cultivating a garden requires hours of vigorous digging, planting, watering and weeding. The flowering and fruit only come as a result of backbreaking work, constant self-giving and taking in all that is life sustaining from the world around us", (Joseph A. Califano). As a parents it is our solemn duty to become good role models for our children, protect them from unhealthy life style, and inspire and motivate them to achieve their dreamed goals. Substance abuse is on the rise worldwide and Canada is not immune. It is frightening to know that: 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually, 60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24, Canada has become the second largest consumer of prescription opioids, second only to the United States, and with a 203% increase in usage between 2000 and 2010. More than a 100 Indo-Canadian young men have lost their lives in BC gangland violence alone not to talk about other cities of Canada where there have been some stray incidents of Indo-Canadian gang related violence. In 1980,law enforcement listed just a handful of gangs who controlled the criminal markets in British Columbia.Today, it's estimated that 188 criminal groups are vying for a share of the province's illicit markets. Drugs now kill, seven a day in Canada, more than cars and guns. The total number of illicit drug deaths in BC in October was 63, up from 57 in September.
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CN ON: OPED: Legalizing Pot Isn't Apt To Be Economic Windfall

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
Packet & Times, 26 Nov 2016 - Several economic myths have surrounded legalization of marijuana. This has maintained the illusion it would be a bonanza for federal and provincial treasuries because of the supposed enormous tax revenues that legalization would generate. The Parliamentary Budget Office in Ottawa is to be congratulated for blowing up some of these myths in its report, published this month, on projected pot tax revenues following legalization in Canada in 2017 or 2018.
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CN BC: Mobile Drug-Use Service Touted

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:00
Kamloops This Week, 25 Nov 2016 - A mobile supervised drug-use service is being considered for Kamloops. Locations and stops would be determined based on overdose and substance-use data, as well as feedback from those who would use it.
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CN MB: Column: Keeping Watch, Saving Lives

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Nov 2016 - Opioid crisis draws attention to supervised drug-use sites, but Manitoba's not interested - so far A DECADE ago, fentanyl, the killer synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine, was a relatively unknown drug. Today, it's everywhere - and it's at the heart of a national crisis claiming the lives of hundreds of Canadians.
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CN ON: Column: Weeding Out Vets' Medical Needs

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 25 Nov 2016 - Holy smokes! Veterans are getting punished for the acts of some shady medical marijuana companies. Last week, Vice News broke a story about the rising costs of medical marijuana for veterans and it shed light on the reasons for the drastic spike.
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CN ON: Column: Weeding Out Vetsa Medical Needs

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 25 Nov 2016 - TORONTO - Holy smokes! Veterans are getting punished for the acts of some shady medical marijuana companies. Last week, Vice News broke a story about the rising costs of medical marijuana for veterans and it shed light on the reasons for the drastic spike.
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CN AB: Airdrie Mom Hopes To End Marijuana Stigma

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:00
Airdrie City View, 24 Nov 2016 - An Airdrie mother of four and cancer survivor is striving to end the social stigma surrounding marijuana. Using a multimedia approach, Melinda Sarpal, 37, is documenting her journey to open Cannabliss - a retail store promoting holistic education and tools focusing on cannabis and health - in Airdrie.
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CN BC: Docs Say Prescription Heroin Helps

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 24 Nov 2016 - This Christmas, Dianne Tobin will celebrate one year free of heroin. It will be the longest she's remained off the drug in 40 years. "It's been touchy at times, because I went down [in dosage] so fast," she told the Georgia Straight over coffee in the Downtown Eastside. "It was tough at first, going down so much at one time. But it was working for me."
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CN BC: Council Weeds Out Marijuana Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:00
Castlegar News, 24 Nov 2016 - Castlegar council and staff held a public hearing Monday evening regarding two proposed zoning amendments. Only a handful of residents attended the meeting. The first amendment adds specific wording to the zoning bylaw to prohibit marijuana dispensaries in the city of Castlegar. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no dispensaries open until such a time as they are legalized by the federal government and to then enable the city to regulate the locations of such businesses through zoning rules.
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CN ON: Pot Shops Reopen After Police Raids

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 22 Nov 2016 - Two of the pot shops raided by police two weeks ago are back in business. The Green Tree dispensaries on Preston Street and Montreal Road opened on the weekend. Both were sparsely stocked Monday with a few jars of dried weed selling for $10 to $14 a gram. The popular edibles - cannabis cookies, brownies, candy and pop - will be available later this week, said a clerk at one of the stores.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Legal, Supervised Drug Use Will Eliminate Many Of The

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2016 - To the editor: An addiction is requiring or needing something urgently on a regular basis. Tobacco, booze and other chemicals are an example. Then, the next question is: how do we become addicted? Some become addicted after a serious injury, etc. after a doctor has prescribed a chemical to ease their pain or discomfort.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Nurses Call For Harm Reduction To Address Opioid

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2016 - To the editor: Canada is experiencing a serious opioid epidemic. While it has only recently been in the headlines, there has been a growing trend toward misuse and illegal use of opioid prescriptions in the last few years, a trend nurses across Canada have seen first-hand. Whether or not people obtain these drugs by prescription, the difficulty of withdrawing from them is having a serious impact on our universal and publicly funded health system.
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