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CN BC: LTE: Driver Was High On Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 23 May 2017 - Dear Editor: Times Square driver was high on marijuana and we here in Canada have a government barreling ahead with plans to legalize the wretched stuff. Makes all kind of sense to me. Does it to you? Paul Crossley
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CN ON: LTE: Pot Law Changes Will Hurt Canada

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 23 May 2017 - (Re: Pot laws creating concerns, April 19 edition) This excellent report by Jason Miller points out the growing concerns from municipal administrators as they try to come to grips with marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018. Councillor Mike Graham is correct that this is purely a political move by the Trudeau Liberals to fulfil an election promise and to rake in the billions expected from sales.
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CN ON: Hempfest Burns Out

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 23 May 2017 - Organizer cancelling event due to lack of sponsorship and declining health The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug. Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and long-time activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.
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CN ON: 'Parents Would Be Shocked'

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 23 May 2017 - Students vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin, says principal High school students are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school. The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.
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CN MB: Judge Slams Law, Delays Sentencing

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2017 - Gives mom convicted of drug smuggling time to arrange child care ahead of mandatory prison term In a case that has raised questions about the effect of mandatory minimum sentences, a Manitoba judge has taken pity on a woman he convicted by agreeing to give her more freedom before he sends her to prison.
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CN AB: Oped: Alberta Not Getting The Full Picture On Opioids

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 20 May 2017 - By any objective measure, the opiate crisis has affected British Columbia far more severely than Alberta. Both legal and illegal opiate use is more prevalent, and it was the first province to see this unprecedented number of deaths due to overdoses of fentanyl and other opiates.
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CN PI: OPED: Time To Focus On Preventables

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 20 May 2017 - In a recent Canadian Public Health Association discussion paper, "A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada," the point was made emphatically that our current approach to managing risk is not working. Here are some of its highlights:
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Canada: Pot Plans Respect International Treaties

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 20 May 2017 - Task force leader says Canada can be an example A former Liberal cabinet minister who led a federally appointed task force on legalizing cannabis says Canada's plan to green light the drug for recreational use is in keeping with the spirit of international treaties - all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
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CN ON: Legal Pot Poses Problems For Municipalities

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 20 May 2017 - Lambton County trains managers as local governments brace for expected challenges SARNIA - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace.
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CN ON: Municipalities Eye Workplace Pot Policies

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 20 May 2017 - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace. The County of Lambton recently held a training session for its 75 managers about marijuana and workplace safety. Among the chief municipal concerns around legalization include the potential for workers to believe it's legal for them to smoke marijuana on municipal property, as well as the potential for impaired driving if a high worker operates a municipal vehicle.
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CN BC: City Calls For More Fentanyl Test Strips

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 19 May 2017 - Six people died from overdoses last week in Vancouver As the number of overdose deaths continues to rise in Vancouver, the city announced it wants to see more fentanyl test strips made available to drug users.
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Canada: Streamlined Injection-Site Conditions Become Law

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 May 2017 - A piece of legislation that makes it easier to open supervised injection sites has become law, replacing Harper-era regulations that effectively stalled the harm reduction service as overdose deaths climbed. Under Bill C-37, which received royal assent on Thursday, agencies wanting to open a supervised-injection site must meet five streamlined conditions, down from 26 under the previous Respect for Communities Act.
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CN AB: Column: Tackling The Problem Of Opioids

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 19 May 2017 - We've all heard the very troubling news reports in Alberta and across Canada about the growing problem of addiction to opioids, especially fentanyl. Opioid addition is devastating families and causing an alarming number of deaths among those who - knowingly or unknowingly - make the mistake of using it. The issues associated with opioid addiction touch many different agencies, institutions, public and social service organizations. It touches families, and it touches individuals.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Booze Is Worse

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 May 2017 - In Larry Comeau's letter he quotes a report that marijuana related ER visits in Colorado among kids have quadrupled since legalization. Previously, marijuana possession and use was a felony. It might just be the increase in visits to the ER since legalization has something to do with users in Colorado no longer fearing prosecution if they seek help while under the influence. Is it not possible that mental illness issues in general are on the rise in young people unrelated to marijuana use? It would certainly seem so according to many recent studies. It has been my experience that those who want to indulge, will, be it legal or not. Those who don't won't be tempted by legalization. I am by no means an expert and these are just observations and speculation. I don't doubt there will be some growing pains when marijuana is legalized. I sincerely believe, however, many of these fears are being overstated. We are so worried about young adults buying marijuana at 18 but have no qua! lms about them buying one of the deadliest recreational substances available - alcohol.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Is Part Of God's World

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 18 May 2017 - Editor: Re: Legalized marijuana not part of God's law On May 15, letter writer D. Simpson should have read the first page of the Bible before ranting about the alleged evils of cannabis. In Genesis 1:69, God said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire Earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed."
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CN ON: Many Teens Get Into Cars With Impaired Drivers

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 18 May 2017 - One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking and one in five got in a car with a driver that consumed marijuana, according to a new University of Waterloo study. Half of all students in Grades 11 and 12 admitted to at least one risky behaviour, either driving after drinking or using marijuana or being a passenger in the car of an impaired driver.
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CN PI: LTE: Dangers Lurk With Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
The Guardian, 17 May 2017 - There was a Letter to the Editor on the subject of legalizing marijuana by a person who is in the business of treating youth who have addiction issues. I agree with what the person is trying to relay on this very important issue. The people who are in the business of treating people with addictions know first hand the dangers of this great idea that the government is bringing on and that is legalizing of marijuana. I know that from my own experience with addiction, that the results from the disease are so damaging and far reaching it boggles my mind how government can justify the legalizing of a drug that caused so much pain and suffering to addicts, family, friends and taxpayers.
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CN MB: Don't Sell Pot, Booze Together: MGEU

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2017 - WHEN marijuana is legalized in Canada, it should be sold in standalone publicly operated stores, the head of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU) says. Michelle Gawronsky said the union believes that Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. should be responsible for selling cannabis products, but that marijuana not be marketed in booze stores.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Can Help Our Economy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 17 May 2017 - Editor: This is in response to D. Simpson's letter in The Daily Courier on Monday, May 15, citing Matthew 15:11, "It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth." I'm sure that if God looks around the way the world works now, He would have more pressing matters than worrying about a little cannabis, which is a plant and not a drug, as it requires no tampering or time in a lab, unlike grains to make alcohol or poppies to make opium.
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CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Not Part Of God's Law

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 17 May 2017 - Dear Editor: In the New Testament, in Matthew 4:4, it states that "man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Further, it says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
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