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CN ON: City To Open Interim Safe-Injection Site

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 15 Aug 2017 - Move follows weekend opening of unsanctioned site in Moss Park After an unsanctioned safe-injection site opened in a downtown park over the weekend, Toronto Public Health has announced it will open an interim site where people can shoot their drugs in a safe environment.
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CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
The News, 14 Aug 2017 - Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products This isn't your grandma's home remedy. Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.
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CN NS: City Looks Into Pot Planning

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 14 Aug 2017 - Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality. In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.
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CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong Character

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 2017 - Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79. Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.
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CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The Way

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally. Shoppers Drug Mart. Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Slow Movement On Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than 100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does. Their products are still there today; all of them are the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Hasn't Caused An Overdose Death

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 14 Aug 2017 - Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history. It's the "safest therapeutic substance known to man … safer than most foods," wrote DEA judge Francis Young after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony.
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CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge Response

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 14 Aug 2017 - Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey. Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.
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CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin Increase

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London. Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 When it comes to dealing with addictive drugs as a society, Rosie DiManno misses the point entirely, partly because she based her argument on a bad interpretation of the facts.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 Rosie DiManno should think twice about decriminalizing drugs. Canada gave the concept serious consideration in 1972 with the Le Dain Commission and thought about it some more with the House of Commons Special Committee on Non-medical Use of Drugs in 2002.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 If drugs were legal and pure, and users could read the instructions on the packet and ask their doctor or pharmacist how much will give them a good high and how much will kill them, surely there would be fewer accidental overdose deaths.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 Rosie DiManno's column is well-reasoned but wrong. This century's problems aren't due to irrationality, not that there isn't a lot of that to go around, but rather to ignoring the facts and evidence.
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CN ON: LTE: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 We lost a son to suicide two years ago at the age of 29. Marijuana is the starter drug that was the beginning of the end. Now we will have to watch many other youth never get started in life and many more die too young. We need to teach our youth, and adults for that matter, to deal with life straight up, not turn to a crutch when life gets tough. Face your problems with a clear head. I speak from experience. Alcohol or drugs do not solve problems; they mask them.
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CN ON: LTE: Pot A Real Danger

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 12 Aug 2017 - I am concerned the federal government plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use by July 2018 when there is so much well researched information available about its harmful effects and when so many health associations have expressed grave concern. The only plausible reason I can see is that it is viewed as a source of revenue, yet The Free Press reported in Weighing the pot-ential impact (July 29) that the "marijuana boss for the city of Denver" stated 100 per cent of revenue there went toward regulation, education, enforcement and public health.
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CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot Plans

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00
Yukon News, 11 Aug 2017 - Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation. In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.
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CN ON: LTE: Messed Up

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Aug 2017 - Re "Rethinking the war on drugs" (Shawn Jeffords, Aug. 5): A safe injection is something received from a nurse or a doctor. What you people are doing is so messed up. Other countries arrest illegal drug users, they don't baby them. It's illegal for a reason - it kills you! Perhaps the do-gooders can set up a private track for drunk drivers. I know addiction - I quit smoking 20 years ago. It was hard but entirely possible. S. Haskett Courtland, Ont..
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CN BC: B.C. Officials Eye Portugal's Drug Policy

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Aug 2017 - Canadian health authorities, including the province's health officer, say European country's model could help combat opioid crisis Canadian health-care experts, including British Columbia's provincial health officer, want the federal government to strongly consider Portugal's approach to drug policy, including the decriminalization of personal possession.
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CN ON: Not Time To Talk Decriminalization: Tory

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 10 Aug 2017 - Mayor John Tory says now is not the time to engage in a divisive debate about decriminalizing heroin. Tory was reacting to comments made Friday by Board of Health Chair Joe Mihevc, who suggested the 'war on drugs' hasn't worked and it might be time for Toronto to try a new approach.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Canadians Should 'Embrace The Weed'

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 09 Aug 2017 - The following is in response to the letter Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike which appeared July 31. To the editor: Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.
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