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CN BC: Editorial: Get Serious On Crime At Casinos

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 16 Apr 2016 - B.C. plans to crack down on money laundering at casinos. We hope the government's heart is truly in its task, given that total government revenues from commercial gambling in 2013-14 totalled $1.17 billion. The move is long overdue. The government has made it easier for organized crime to use B.C. casinos for money laundering and loansharking since it ditched the gambling-crime investigative task force seven years ago.
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Canada: Court Strikes Down Two Laws

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Rules Two Tough-On-Crime Laws Unconstitutional OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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Canada: Court Strikes Down Two Laws

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Rules Two Tough-On-Crime Laws Unconstitutional OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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Canada: Mandatory Minimums Killed

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Strikes Down Previous Tory Government Laws OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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CN BC: Inside Insite: B.C.'s Supervised Injection Clinic

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Apr 2016 - Supporters of Vancouver Facility Have Faced Many Obstacles but Are Seeing Successes Before there was fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid at the centre of an ongoing national crisis, there was OxyContin, another drug that took the lives of vulnerable populations. And before Oxy, there was heroin.
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CN BC: B.C. Declares Public Health Emergency As Overdoses

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Apr 2016 - British Columbia has declared a public health emergency after another surge in drug-related overdoses and deaths, making it the first province in the country to take such a step as others, including Ontario and Alberta, work to combat the effects of fentanyl. "This is, frankly, a crisis," provincial health officer Perry Kendall said.
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CN ON: Bongs, Hash Pipes? Not Near Our Kids, Parents Say

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 15 Apr 2016 - Every week, one Unionville resident stopped in at the local convenience store to buy milk and lottery tickets. That is until she noticed some of what she considered unsightly items for sale - hash pipes, bongs and rolling papers.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Medical Merits Of Pot Go Back Thousands Of

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 14 Apr 2016 - Columnist Tom Fletcher missed the bull's eye regarding cannabis (marijuana), implying it's an "inconsistent" herbal remedy that hasn't been studied much because it's been illegal ("Bowing to the power of judges," The Leader, March 2). Government-subsidized prohibitionists in North America have hindered research progress, however, the plant has been documented medically for more than 5,000 years medically without a single death. That's safety and consistency on a Biblical scale. - --- MAP posted-by: Jo-D
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CN ON: Sticking It To Watson

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 14 Apr 2016 - Ex-Vncouver Mayor Pans Ottawa Boss Over Safe-injection Sites The politician who championed supervised injection sites in Vancouver says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson should try to understand drug addicts before rejecting a plan that would keep more of them alive.
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CN SN: Legalization And Liberals

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:00
Planet S, 14 Apr 2016 - Trudeau promised to make marijuana legal. Where's that at? Instead of "Hump Day" on April 20, thousands of Canadians will celebrate "Hemp Day" through the annual 4/20 protest against pot prohibition. With the Trudeau Liberals committed to legalizing cannabis, spirits should be high.
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CN BC: More Eyes For Surrey Mounties

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Cloverdale Reporter, 13 Apr 2016 - Surrey Greenlights Traffic Camera Access for RCMP Surrey RCMP will be given real-time access to more than 400 traffic cameras in the city, and the full force of the regional Mounties to put an end to this year's shootings.
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CN BC: City Council Moves To Make Pot Dispensaries Illegal

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 13 Apr 2016 - City council is considering changes to its zoning bylaw that would prohibit marijuana operations - including dispensaries - in Campbell River. City staff said the city's position is that the sale of marijuana is illegal, as dictated by the federal government.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Store Offers Health Options

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Sooke News Mirror, 13 Apr 2016 - Re: Marijuana dispensary will only sell to people who have medical need (News, April 6) Sooke's only four-way street light gives us more time to ponder the impact of the new business in town. Reactions to Sooke's Medijuana storefront location will run the spectrum, from the focus on new risks to local children to the assumed downgrade of our community reputation.
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CN ON: Students Dare To Face Peer Pressure

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 13 Apr 2016 - Officer-Led Program Emphasizes Good Decision Making Knowledge is power. and Emily Hind feels powerful after graduating from the North Bay Police Service's dare (drug abuse resistance education) program Tuesday morning.
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CN ON: Focus on Officer's Actions, Crown Tells Jury

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Apr 2016 - BARRIE - It doesn't matter that Wasaga Beach OPP Const. Kara Darnley was duped by her boss into thinking her fiance's friends were drug dealers. What matters, the Crown says, is that she took the phony police information that she believed was confidential and showed it to him.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Drug Prohibition Fuels Gun Play

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 13 Apr 2016 - Re: Surrey police get help to battle gun violence, April 9 Wringing our hands and condemning gun violence at the latest drug-related "drive-by shooting in Surrey" headline will achieve absolutely nothing. What we must do is acknowledge the truth of drug economics 101: If we, the people, don't accept responsibility for the manufacture and distribution of any drug, then organized crime will do it for us.
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CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Therapy Smoke And Mirrors

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Observer, 13 Apr 2016 - Re: "Marijuana for Trauma opens" Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 Improved access to medical marijuana for our soldiers so that they can deal with the trauma of combat, are you serious? Where is the valid and reliable research to support the benefits of medical marijuana for soldiers affected with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? There are numerous short-term studies out there stating that medical marijuana is safe for the treatment of PTSD and that there are no risk factors, but I strongly urge people to consider that this assumption is based off of low-quality scientific evidence.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Skof Misses Mark

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 12 Apr 2016 - Matt Skof, the president of the Ottawa Police Association, erred in concluding that Vancouver's supervised injection site, Insite, has failed to reduce HIV infections based on a comparison of infection rates in B.C. with other provinces. Insite serves one neighbourhood of one city. Drug users in other cities do not have access to supervised injection sites, so it would be unrealistic to expect Insite to reduce infection rates throughout the province.
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CN ON: LTE: Senseless Site

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 12 Apr 2016 - Please, let's stop this ludicrous idea about allowing a drug injection site here. This idea makes absolutely zero sense. These people cannot think straight to begin with, by allowing this, we are basically saying "Sure! It's OK to use drugs." This is how they will see it! Let's not waste one thin dime on this ludicrous idea, instead, let's build a centre to get them off drugs. This sure makes a heck of a lot more sense.
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CN ON: Column: Injection Sites Overdue By Yet Another Year

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 12 Apr 2016 - Our urban affairs columnist is growing frustrated over the delays for supervised injection sites. When the topic of supervised injection sites comes up, I prepare to get frustrated. So last week, as the Sandy Hill Community Centre held the first of a series of public consultations on a proposed site, I braced for the usual Groundhog Day dance of official mulishness, denial of evidence, and delay, delay, delay.
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