Toronto 24hours, 07 Oct 2016 - More raids in T.O. Toronto Police Services executed three dispensary search warrants Wednesday night. Between the marijuana storefronts, Swed (3440 Lake Shore Blvd W.), Better Living (2791 Lake Shore Blvd W.) and The Corner Store (1128 The Queensway) only $24,000 of marijuana was seized. Six people ranging in age from 19 to 30 are now facing multiple criminal charges, including possession and possession of proceeds of crime.
The Daily Observer, 07 Oct 2016 - The drug trade is perpetuating violence and cruelty that is mind-boggling and unprecedented. The futile war on drugs simply cannot be won. Continuing to defy and ignore more than 100 years of failed prohibition is counterproductive and irresponsible. Prohibition, as history shows, whether it be for alcohol or illegal drugs, fuels violent crime. Law enforcement, in and by itself, simply does not, nor has ever, reduced or dried up the supply of illegal drugs. Reducing the amount of illegal drugs in any community only increases the violence . the lesser the amount, the greater the fight among drug gangs to control the remaining supply.Drug lords are not dumb; it's simple economics.
Barrie Examiner, 07 Oct 2016 - If you spot some pot, make the call. But provincial police are asking callers to exercise caution. Area residents are being asked to report any outdoor marijuana grow-ops they may happen to come across in their travels.
Medicine Hat News, 06 Oct 2016 - Alberta Health Services data shows more than 400 opioid deaths have been prevented across the province since the introduction of take-home naloxone kits. "It's important to note that that's certainly an underestimate," said Dr. Nick Etches, AHS medical officer for the Calgary Zone. "Because very often, if not the majority of the time, when someone uses one of these kits, they will not report it to us that they've used it."
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Oct 2016 - As they study the feasibility of opening safer injection sites in Hamilton, the city is seeking feedback from the community. A survey - posted online at www.hamilton.ca/VAN - will be open from Oct. 5 to 26 for anyone who lives or works in the city.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 05 Oct 2016 - Re: "Municipal politicians wrestle with fallout from overdose crisis," Sept. 28. Safe-injection sites, modelled on Vancouver's Insite, will soon be a reality in Victoria. The justification for these is that they reduce harm to the addict. On the other hand, it can be argued that they act as enablers so that the addict can avoid responsibility for his actions.
The Glengarry News, 05 Oct 2016 - The public has been credited with helping Ontario Provincial Police officers collar thieves and vandals in North Glengarry over the Summer. Now citizens are being asked to keep an eye out for illicit harvesters. "It is greatly appreciated," said Sgt. Simon Hardy. "It shows how effectively we can resolve matters when we work hand-in-hand with communities. I would like to thank the community for that."
Ottawa Sun, 05 Oct 2016 - Ottawa achieved a dubious distinction over the weekend when the capital saw its 50th shooting of 2016. With a quarter of the year left to go, that beats the previous record of 49 set in 2014. Now, I am not prepared to invite outrage and opprobrium from the left by suggesting that we might encapsulate the increased violence with the sobriquet of "welcome to Justin Trudeau's Canada." But it does suggest that while Canada enforces some of the toughest gun control legislation in the world, the criminals never have any difficulty in obtaining weapons.
Toronto Sun, 04 Oct 2016 - You know what they say: Candy's dandy. And liquor's quicker. But a combination of pot, hash and whisky - well, it's fast on its way to an LCBO near you. Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky, which is promoted by the Trailer Park Boys, suggests you should mix its booze with a "six-paper joint."
Toronto 24hours, 04 Oct 2016 - You know what they say: Candy's dandy. And liquor's quicker. But a combination of pot, hash and whisky - well, it's fast on its way to an LCBO near you. Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky, which is promoted by the Trailer Park Boys, suggests you should mix its booze with a "six-paper joint."
Ottawa Sun, 02 Oct 2016 - The legalization of marijuana, we are told, is coming. The Trudeau government has promised to introduce legislation by next spring. But on the streets of Ottawa, legalization appears to be in effect already.
Edmonton Sun, 02 Oct 2016 - Western Canada's first medical marijuana support service focused on helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain opened in Edmonton on Saturday. Reporter Juris Graney visited Marijuana for Trauma to find out what it was all about.
Toronto Star, 01 Oct 2016 - Licence suspension, $180 fine take effect Sunday for those caught driving while high Motorists stopped by police for driving while high on marijuana - or other drugs - will face the same penalties as drunk drivers starting Sunday in Ontario.
The Peterborough Examiner, 01 Oct 2016 - In the national back-and-forth conversation over how to treat illegal marijuana stores, Peterborough police have weighed in forcefully on the shut-'em-down side. That's not surprising and not a position that should be criticized. When the owner of a local Cannabis Culture pot franchise announced in August that he would open a George St. store we suggested police would be best to let the store operate while monitoring its promise not to sell to minors or to those without a doctor's letter stating they require marijuana for medical purposes.
Globe and Mail, 30 Sep 2016 - A $5-million investment from the province will help formalize and expand the mandate of an addiction treatment research and training program led by one of B.C.'s top public health researchers. Premier Christy Clark announced the new funding earlier this week as part of a total $10 million commitment to tackle the province's overdose crisis. Half will go to establishing the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, which has operated on a smaller scale for about a year as the Network for Excellence in Substance Dependence and Related Harms.
Nelson Star, 30 Sep 2016 - Politicians from three BC communities - Nelson, Merritt, and Squamish - - led discussions about marijuana dispensaries at the annual meeting this week of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in Vancouver. Those three communities have handled the current regulatory uncertainties very differently, said Mayor Deb Kozak of Nelson in a phone interview from Vancouver with the Star.
The Peterborough Examiner, 30 Sep 2016 - Cannabis Culture founder says two people were arrested Cannabis Culture was raided again and shut down by city police Thursday morning. The marijuana store at 282 George St. N. opened earlier this month and was raided by police within days, on Sept. 15.
Kingston Whig-Standard, 30 Sep 2016 - Beginning Sunday, offence will match penalties faced by drunk drivers Stiffer penalties for those who choose to drive while under the influence of drugs will be meted out beginning Sunday. The Ministry of Transportation announced Wednesday afternoon that the penalties would match those faced by drivers impaired by alcohol.
London Free Press, 30 Sep 2016 - Smoking marijuana can impair one's thought processes, but all the federal government needs to do is talk about it to achieve a state of surreal confusion. Consider the situation today. Marijuana is going to be legalized next year. Cool. In the meantime, illegal pot stores are proliferating under the guise of offering medical marijuana. Since they are illegal, and theoretically don't exist, they are unaffected by zoning regulations and business licence requirements. Little is known about quality of what they sell. When Health Canada received a report about dangerous toxins in pot sold in dispensaries in Vancouver, it did nothing. Police don't know what to do about this, and in Ottawa, they are not enforcing existing law.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 30 Sep 2016 - Re: "Overcoming addiction no simple matter," letter, Sept. 29. The letter-writer would have us believe that it is very challenging to overcome addiction to tobacco, alcohol, etc. He also informs us that it is no simple matter, and more is involved than simply stopping.