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CN ON: Pot Should Be Sold Like Alcohol, Says Addiction Centre

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Oct 2014 - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. "Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults," said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH.
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CN NK: RCMP Officer Who Smoked Medicinal Pot Found Dead

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 08 Oct 2014 - The death of RCMP Corporal Ron Francis, who helped draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency first responders, is a terrible loss that underscores the need to deal with the issue, the RCMP's commanding officer in New Brunswick said Tuesday. "It's unfortunate that this condition, if you will, took over and consumed him, but he didn't let go," assistant commissioner Roger Brown told a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Fredericton. "His goal was to try to make some sense of it himself and to bring an awareness to what this is all about."
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CN NK: Mountie's Death a Terrible Loss: RCMP

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 08 Oct 2014 - Force Was Working With Colleague Who Wanted to Smoke Pot in Uniform FREDERICTON - The death of RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who helped draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency first responders, is a terrible loss that underscores the need to deal with the issue, the RCMP's commanding officer in New Brunswick said Tuesday.
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CN PI: Column: New Marijuana Facts

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 06 Oct 2014 - With clever names like Peace of Mind, Girl Scout Cookies, Train Wreck and Tsunami, it's a good bet that the marketers of legal marijuana finished high school. That's less certain for their younger customers. New research shows daily marijuana use before the age of 17 cuts your chances of graduating from high school or getting a college degree by 60 per cent.
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CN ON: Column: Legalized Or Not, The Fact Is Marijuana Use Is

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Oct 2014 - Q: I read with interest your column of a few weeks ago, concerning the student leaving home for school, with his mother's worry about drugs, and the misuse of them. Your advice was, I believe, very correct in pointing out the inherent dangers of marijuana use. I have yet to hear from any professional source that marijuana use is anything but harmful to young adults, trying to forge their way in a difficult world. The current public debate surrounding legalizing marijuana is very troubling. I request that professionals such as yourself contribute to the public discussion, especially since I believe the stakes are so high for our young people.
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CN BC: Vancouver Restricts E-cigs

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 03 Oct 2014 - Vancouver City Council voted Wednesday night to place restrictions on e-cigarette use. The electronic vapourizers are now subject to the same rules as tobacco cigarettes, which means they cannot be used in public places or within six feet of doors or windows, sold to minors or advertised in any way that could reasonably be seen by minors. The decision came after two days of debate at City Hall. On Tuesday, councillors heard from Vancouver Coastal Health experts, who raised concerns about the chemicals in e-cigarettes, potentially harmful effects of second-hand vapour, as well as voicing fears that electronic-cigarette use in public spaces will renormalize smoking.
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CN NS: PUB LTE: Nonsensical Law Denies Ability To Control Pain

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
The News, 03 Oct 2014 - To the editor, It seems ludicrous: a law that prevents me from healing myself. I have a rare disease (cramping fasciculation syndrome) which keeps me up night after night with plenty of pain and no sleep. The medicines prescribed for this disease have so many side effects that they should just be called poison, for me at least.
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CN ON: Hamilton Pot Activists Open Vapour Lounge

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 02 Oct 2014 - Facility Offers Safe Place for Medical and Recreational Users Hamilton's pot lovers and cannabis crusaders may have found a new home - Melan-Headz Hamilton Vape, a just-opened "vapour lounge" on Barton Street East that advertises itself as "420 friendly."
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CN BC: Council Mulls E-Cigarette Ban

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Oct 2014 - Health. Uncertainty Over Possible Effects on Marijuana Users Pushes Vote Back Vancouver councillors are huffing and puffing over the proposal to ban e-cigarettes from wherever smoking is banned.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug Laws Kill Users: Activists

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.
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Chronicle AM: UMass Snitch Policy Review, Baby Bou Bou SWAT Grand Jury, More (9/30/2014)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:31

Medical marijuana news from several states today, the Baby Bou Bou SWAT raid case is before a grand jury, UMass examines its student snitch policy, DA candidates in Houston are fighting over drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

Mississippi Group Wants Legalization Initiative. A group of activists filed a petition Monday with the secretary of state's office seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. This is the first step in putting a measure before the voters. The group is called Mississippi for Cannabis. We're not sure if these are the same folks, but there is a Legalize Marijuana in Mississippi Facebook page.

Medical Marijuana

Colorado Supreme Court Hearing Patient's Wrongful Firing Lawsuit Today. The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who worked for the Dish Network until he was fired four years ago for testing positive for marijuana. Dish Network argues that even though medical marijuana is legal under state law, it is still illegal under federal law, and the firing was thus justified.

New York US Senators Ask Feds to Approve State's Request to Transport Medical Marijuana Across State Lines. US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Charles Schumer (D) Monday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) request for the Justice Department to allow the state to import high-CBD cannabis oil from out of state. "As members of Congress whose constituents suffer from these illnesses, we feel that the federal government ought to do what it can to help these children," the senators wrote. "Therefore, we are requesting that you provide the state of New York with a waiver that would prohibit federal prosecution for the importation of cannabidol in the rare cases where medical marijuana is imported between two states with legalized medical marijuana, and the amount is small, finite and prescription-based."

Second Annual Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Festival This Weekend. The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition is hosting the festival to celebrate the eighth year of the state's medical marijuana program. Click on the link for more details.

Wisconsin Activists Target Recalcitrant Legislators With Billboards. Sick and tired of seeing bills blocked in the state legislature, medical marijuana activists are targeting two key opponents, Republican state Sens. Mary Lazich and Leah Vukmir, in a newly unveiled billboard campaign. The billboards urge readers to call the two senators and ask them why Wisconsin patients have no access to medical marijuana.

Drug Policy

Harris County, Texas, (Houston) DA Race All About Drugs. A debate over the weekend between Republican incumbent Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Democratic challenger Kim Ogg was all about drugs. The candidates both suggested that they would allow some low-level marijuana possession offenders to avoid permanent criminal records, although Ogg would go further than Anderson. They also tussled over whether or not to press felony charges for trace amounts of cocaine or crack pipes, with Anderson taking the harder line. Click on the link for more flavor.

Prescription Opiates

Doctors' Group Issues Pain Reliever Guidelines, Says Not Appropriate for Many Cases. The American Academy of Neurology has released a new position paper, Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, that says the risks of opioid pain relievers outweigh their benefits in treating chronic headaches, low back pain, and fibromyalgia. "Whereas there is evidence for significant short-term pain relief, there is no substantial evidence for maintenance of pain relief or improved function over long periods of time without incurring serious risk of overdose, dependence, or addiction," the group concludes. The position paper calls for increased screening, monitoring, and drug testing of opioid-using pain patients, but has little to say about actually treating chronic pain.

Law Enforcement

UMass to Review Whether to Allow Students to Act as Drug Snitches. In the wake of the heroin overdose death of a student who had been arrested by campus police on drug charges, but who was allowed to become an informant for police, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst said Monday it would review the program that allows police to recruit students as snitches. Questions have been raised about whether the program gets students appropriate treatment for drug problems and whether the students' parents are notified of violations, as they are with alcohol violations.

Georgia Grand Jury Hearing Evidence on "Baby Bou Bou" SWAT Raid. A Habersham County grand jury Monday began reviewing evidence in the case of "Baby Bou Bou," the toddler who was seriously injured when a SWAT team member on a drug raid threw a flash bang grenade into his play pen. The SWAT team found neither drugs nor the individual they were seeking. The grand jury will review the evidence surrounding the drug raid and determine if criminal charges should be filed against authorities who executed it.

International

Eleven Killed in Mexico Cartel Clashes in Chihuahua. Mexican prosecutors said clashes last Friday between Sinaloa and Juarez cartel members in the town of Guachochi, Chihuahua, in the Tarahumara mountain range, left 11 people dead. No Mexican security forces were involved, they said. The isolated region, home to the Tarahumara Indians, has been the scene of repeated clashes between rival drug gangs.

Canadian Drug Reformers Rally in Ottawa. Drug reformers, health lobbyists, and the Liberal Party's health critic, Hedy Fry, gathered on Parliament Hill Tuesday to advocate for more enlightened drug policies. Current policies unfairly criminalize drug users and don't effectively treat addiction, they said. Click on the link for more detail.

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CN ON: Officer 'Fabricated' Drug Deal Evidence

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 29 Sep 2014 - 'Inexcusable Deceptive Conduct' By Veteran Toronto Constable Prompts Judge to Toss Out Trafficking Case The confidential informant's tip was alarming. A Markham convenience store was peddling more than milk and eggs; if you knew to ask a certain employee, he would hook you up with heroin. The informant told Toronto police he had bought some himself. So in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2012, Const. Robert Warrener, a 20-year Toronto police veteran and member of the drug squad, pulled into the Daisy Mart lot, parked where he could see the store and the employee's grey Toyota, and settled in to watch. His goal was to witness activity that would back up the informant's claims, in turn providing vital evidence police needed to obtain a search warrant.
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