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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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CN AB: Police Taking More Drugs Off City Streets

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Sep 2014 - Users Urged to Stop. Deaths Elsewhere Should Serve As Warning, Say Top Narcotics Cops Calgary police are reporting a major upswing in seizures of opiates, ecstasy, cocaine and other drugs so far in 2014, but they believe investigative efforts, not a spike in dealers, is likely behind the increase.
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CN AB: EDGE Sets Record

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 27 Sep 2014 - Big Year for Drug/Gang Fighting Cops Members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement unit (EDGE) have had a record-breaking year for seizures of marijuana, buffing agent and cash. So far this year, police have seized 200 kg of marijuana, 27 kg of buffing agent and nearly $1.4 million in cash. The unit seized $1.3 million cash for the entire year last year and had 6.3 kg of marijuana at this time last year.
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Chronicle AM: OR Marijuana Poll, Colombia Drug Accord, Big Philly Drug Case Dismissal, More (9/26/14)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 20:16

A new poll is surely leading to nail-biting in Oregon, a dirty narc is costing Philadelphia prosecutors dozens of drug cases, Colombia reveals details on drug accords with the FARC, a Canadian drug policy rally is coming next week, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Latest Oregon Poll Has Initiative at 44%. A new SurveyUSA poll has support for the Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative at 44%, with 40% opposed, and 16% undecided. The high number of undecideds may be an artifact of the way the poll question was asked -- it asked if voters were "certain" to vote for or against the measure. An even split among undecideds would result in passage of the initiative. This is a decline from an August SurveyUSA poll, which had the measure at 51%, but the questions were worded slightly differently in the two polls. Click on the links for more poll details.

Law Enforcement

Philadelphia Judge Dismisses 59 Drug Cases Involving Dirty Narc. The cases involved former narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker, who has been convicted of plotting to rob drug dealers. That brings to 160 the number of cases involving Walker that have been vacated since he was indicted in May 2013. Another 58 cases remain open. Walker is now cooperating in a broader probe of the narcotics unit, where six officers were charged in July with robbing, beating, and kidnapping drug suspects.

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Colombia Reveals Details on Drug Policy Treaty Provisions With FARC. Colombia Reports has an in-depth look at the drug provisions in the work-in-progress peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the leftist rebels of the FARC. A preliminary agreement was released Wednesday in the face of criticism over the lack of transparency in the process. The two sides have agreed on national-level programs to conduct consensual illicit crop substitution, address drug use through a public health approach, and beef up law enforcement to combat criminal groups involved in drug trafficking. Click on the link for much more.

Mexican Congressman Assassinated By Drug Cartel. Prosecutors in the state of Jalisco are saying they believe Dip. Gabriel Gomez Michel, who was abducted from a highway on the outskirts of Guadalajara on Monday, was most likely killed by a drug cartel. The bodies of Gomez and his driver were found in his burned out vehicle on Tuesday and positively identified on Wednesday. Prosecutors are pointing the finger at the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a relatively new entrant in the cartel wars.

Mexico Arrests Eight Soldiers in Apparent Execution of Drug Gang Suspects. Seven soldiers and their commander have been arrested over the killing of 22 suspected drug gang members in a June 30 incident in the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state. The army had said the victims died in a fire fight with soldiers, but witnesses said they were killed in cold blood, and further suspicions were raised by the one-sided nature of the conflict. Only one soldier was slightly injured. Witnesses said only one person died in an initial confrontation; the rest were killed after surrendering. The army said they were members of La Familia Michoacana.

Canada First Annual National Drug Reform Rally Set for Tuesday. The first Annual National Rally for Canadian Drug Policy Reform will take place September 30 in Ottawa. A day earlier, proponents will meet with members of parliament to discuss evidence-based drug policy reforms. The rally is sponsored by the Canadian Drug Reform Network, the Canadian Harm Reduction Coalition, and Canada NORML, among others. Click on the link for more information.

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CN NS: Experimenting With Medical Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 26 Sep 2014 - More Data Needed to Determine Effectiveness, Pain-Treatment Specialist Says At least a dozen physicians raised their hands at a pain conference in Halifax on Friday when asked if they have prescribed medical marijuana for their patients.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Fed's Drug Policy Futile

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Sep 2014 - Re: Drug policy seriously outdated (Sept. 22). In a world of dark-ages drug policy, thank God for this sliver of light. Most of the civilized world is moving forward into an enlightened policy on the use of drugs. The failed policy of "the war on drugs," however, is still determinedly, stubbornly, and stupidly pursued by the Harper government, which insists on policies that defy scientific evidence, compassion, and common sense.
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