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Canada: Column: The Smoke Between Neighbourly Rights

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Jun 2017 - THE QUESTION I am a long-time closeted cannabis user and I am looking forward to the legalization of pot next summer. But until then, my question has to do with my rights as a homeowner and a pot smoker versus the rights of my neighbour to not smell said marijuana. Now, I don't spend the whole day out there smoking, just one joint here or there. Yesterday afternoon, they smelled my J and proceeded to speak loudly to each other within earshot of me as to how rude this is. Is it rude Dave? Am I allowed to indulge in a smoke in my own yard? Legalization is going to change how much smoke you smell walking down the street, I think it's already changed. Whether we want it or not, it's coming … stinky smoke and all. Who's got the right though?
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Address Root Causes Of Drug Abuse

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Journal, 10 Jun 2017 - People do not just wake up one day and decide, "I am going to become a drug user." There are social causes that bring about drug use which need to be dealt with in order to reduce this problem. Drug use is more prevalent among people who are disadvantaged. If we really want to stop this epidemic of opioid overdose, there needs to be public policy in place that will lessen the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged people in order to stop drug use before it starts.
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CN ON: LTE: Safe Injection Sites Not The Answer

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 10 Jun 2017 - Re: Supervised injection sites to be considered by region - June 7 Whenever I see or hear someone talking about supervised injection sites, I can't help but hear "they're going to do it anyway ..." in the back of my mind, because that's the rationale that people who are for injection sites use. Only, these people usually add something like "at least they'll be safe ..." to further justify their position that this is helping addicts.
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CN NF: If You Build It, They Might Come

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 07:00
The Telegram, 10 Jun 2017 - Advocates support idea of supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's, but unsure if drug users would use it Advocates endorse supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's The number of supervised injection and consumption facilities - often referred to as safe-injection sites - in Canada will soon grow exponentially.
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CN BC: Od Numbers Level Off, But The Crisis Remains

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:00
Coast Reporter, 09 Jun 2017 - The Sunshine Coast's medical health officer says it would be a mistake to draw any conclusions from a slight drop in the number of overdoses being reported at Sechelt Hospital. "We have more work to do," said Dr. Paul Martiquet. "We don't want to give any false sense of reassurance to the community that we aren't exposed to what the Downtown Eastside is - because we are."
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CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize Immediately

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Jun 2017 - Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn't follow their lead. In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.
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CN BC: Instability Threatens Opioid Fix

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 09 Jun 2017 - Advocate fears lack of action due to power vacuum A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province's political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.
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CN NF: PUB LTE: Wrong Prescription For The Cannabis Act

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:00
Advertiser, 08 Jun 2017 - On May 29, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial written by its editor-in-chief, Dr. Diane Kelsall, titled "Cannabis legislation fails to protect Canada's youth." Dr. Kelsall takes issue with three aspects of Bill C-45, the federal government's Cannabis Act. She argues that the minimum age for buying and consuming cannabis should be 21 instead of 18, with limits on the potency of cannabis for people under 25; that home cultivation should be prohibited; and that the federal government should set national regulations for distribution and retail. These well-intentioned suggestions are misguided and potentially harmful.
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CN ON: City To Ban Pot Shops A For Now

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:00
The Expositor, 08 Jun 2017 - Zoning bylaw amendments to prohibit retail outlets until marijuana legalized City councillors are putting in place a temporary prohibition on pot stores. On Tuesday night, councillors voted unanimously in favour of zoning bylaw amendments that prohibit cannabis (marijuana) retail outlets in the city. The amendments also apply to county land that has come under the jurisdiction of the city as a result of the Jan. 1 Brantford-Brant County land deal.
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CN SN: Planning For Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 08 Jun 2017 - City starts preparing for marijuana laws, which are likely to change in 2018. The federal government is one year away from legalizing marijuana, but city council is already taking steps to prepare for the change.
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CN AB: LTE: Hazards Of Pot Use Are Already Evident

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:00
Calgary Herald, 08 Jun 2017 - Re: "Talking pot: NDP launch marijuana survey online," Herald Online, June 2. Anyone interested in the impact of legalized marijuana only need look at what has happened in the U.S. In Colorado, there has been an increase in young people at ERs from pot smoking and consuming edibles. In Washington state, road deaths have doubled since legalization.
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CN ON: LTE: Governments Undermining Our Health

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 08 Jun 2017 - RE: Teens and drugs (June 3) Last Saturday's front page article exposed yet another warning as to the addictive, harmful effects of marijuana on youth. The federal government is not listening. In the same edition of The Spectator, Thomas Froese's piece highlights how assisted dying has removed us from the precious nature of life in both its joys and it sorrows. Once encoded, our laws are there in perpetuity.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Gone To Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 06 Jun 2017 - Larry Comeau seems to believe that legalizing marijuana amounts to "government adding another dangerous drug to the mix". The pot is already out there and legalizing it will not increase usage. However I do agree that all drug usage needs national attention. The federal government should set up a new agency which will receive 100% of the new taxes raised through the production and distribution of marijuana. This agency would invest in education and rehabilitation for all drug users including alcoholics. I would hate to see all this new tax revenue disappear down the bottomless pit we call government budgets.
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CN PI: LTE: 'No' To Methadone, Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 06 Jun 2017 - A pioneer in methadone now says methadone isn't working. People on methadone are using other drugs. It is my opinion that under the methadone program the province has become the drug dealer. What is the province going to do when Justin Trudeau legalizes marijuana? Intelligence isn't an attribute required for a politician. People are seeing provinces sue tobacco companies for health care costs. It won't take long for the provinces to sue companies selling marijuana for health care costs. Methadone isn't working for addictions to heavy drugs so how is the province going to pay for addictions to marijuana? Justin Trudeau campaigned for Wade MacLauchlan in the last provincial election, it is time both leaders provide answers. I think both methadone and legalizing marijuana are a joke.
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CN AB: More Drugs? Really?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 05 Jun 2017 - How is this not an emergency? I find it mind-boggling that the Trudeau government has made legalizing marijuana its top priority rather than developing a national strategy to cope with the opioid crisis that is killing thousands of young people from coast to coast. Why on earth, with this opioid crisis, would any sensible government want to add another dangerous drug to the mix, with so many long-term effects of pot unknown. Larry Comeau
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Hypocrisy On Pot Vs. Alcohol

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Citizen, 05 Jun 2017 - Re: Medical journal blasts Liberals over pot age limit, May 30 While I understand the Canadian Medical Association Journal's concern for the potential harmful effects of marijuana consumption on the "young" brain, I also find the criticism of the government's plan somewhat hypocritical.
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CN AB: LTE: More Drugs? Really?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Jun 2017 - How is this not an emergency? I find it mind-boggling that the Trudeau government has made legalizing marijuana its top priority rather than developing a national strategy to cope with the opioid crisis that is killing thousands of young people from coast to coast. Why on Earth, with this opioid crisis, would any sensible government want to add another dangerous drug to the mix, with so many long-term effects of pot unknown. Larry Comeau
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CN ON: MADD Tackling Drug-Impaired Driving

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 05 Jun 2017 - Drunk driving rates across the country aren't going down. The statistics may be consistent, but MADD volunteer Amy St. Amour is hopeful that events like Strides for Change can keep the issue in people's minds.
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CN ON: Spike In Violent Home Invasions Tied To Drugs

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 05 Jun 2017 - Guns, yes - but knives, pepper spray, hammers, bats, batons and pipes have all been wielded as invaders strike in Hamilton The number of violent home invasions in Hamilton nearly doubled last year, highlighting a growth in what police say is crime fuelled by the illegal drug trade in the city.
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CN ON: Ottawa Approves 3 Toronto Supervised-Injection Sites

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jun 2017 - The federal government has approved three supervised-injection sites for Toronto, further expanding a contentious harm reduction service in its latest effort to counter a surging number of overdose deaths in Canada. Illicit fentanyl and chemically similar drugs have caused fatal overdoses to skyrocket. Opioid overdoses in Ontario increased 11 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period the year before, B.C. is on pace to have 1,400 deaths this year, and fentanyl-related fatalities in Alberta in the first quarter of 2017 are 60 per cent higher than in the same period last year.
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