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CN BC: PUB LTE: Not Fighting Phoenix

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 05 Feb 2015 - You can have "Fighting Tuberculosis" or "Fighting Poverty" and all the other things that we can agree are worth fighting against, but "Fighting Phoenix" (your headline on the front page of the Jan. 27 edition) has the implication that the reader is somehow engaged with you in some noble campaign against some specific evil. You wouldn't say Fighting Harper, would you? The drug war is much too huge an issue for me to get into here, but the opinions of the RCMP and Mayor Marc Lefevbre are predictable and somewhat yesterday, given the fact that in several jurisdictions south of the border marijuana can be sold legally, even without a prescription.
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CN AB: Parents Get Streets Sense On Drugs

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:00
Okotoks Western Wheel, 04 Feb 2015 - Education: Detective Doug Hudacin guest speaker at St. John Paul II Collegiate Marijuana, booze and cigarettes aren't the gateway to drug use for teens according to a Calgary Police Service drug expert.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Support Medical Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 03 Feb 2015 - What is wrong with using marijuana? Nothing. It is a person's freedom to choose to smoke tobacco, drink alcohol or eat sugar. These highly-addictive items cause a myriad of expensive health and social problems, but are legal. Two are heavily taxed by the government.
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CN BC: 'We're In Limbo And We Feel Lost,' Say Couple

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 03 Feb 2015 - "After you've taken a lot of opiates and codeines, you remain in bed all day, you can't get up, get any exercise, or get out of the house," said medical marijuana user John Whitlock during last Thursday's rally for Phoenix Pain Management at Parksville city hall. He said finding medical marijuana to help manage his pain after an operation for a fused disc in his back, "opened up a door. It allows me to get out of bed and make it through the day."
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CN BC: Editorial: PV Weed Priority

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 03 Feb 2015 - Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre is in quite the pickle. On Thursday, eight people with signs and their own version of Bob Dylan showed up at Coffee With Council and asked the mayor what he was going to do to help his constituents who use marijuana as medicine.
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CN BC: Dispensary Debate Heating Up

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 03 Feb 2015 - Eight medical marijuana users went to Parksville city hall Thursday in support of a compassion club, but were told "municipalities have little power over the issue," by Mayor Marc Lefebvre. The supporters and patients of Phoenix Pain Management Society like John Whitlock asked that the city "considers asking police to shift their priorities, based on the people's will."
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CN ON: Editorial: Make It Rare, Not Routine

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 02 Feb 2015 - A legal challenge alleging that strip searches by Toronto police discriminate against aboriginal people is shining yet another spotlight on a vexing issue that has been before the Toronto Police Services Board since 2002. Lawyers for Toronto resident Megan Anoquot - who has been strip-searched more than once - are arguing that police employ a "stereotypical approach and systematically strip search Aboriginals rather than engaging in a case-by-case basis."
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Canada: Column: This Message Is Brought to You by ... Yourself

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 31 Jan 2015 - What we learned this week, in response to a House of Commons order-paper question by Liberal MP Scott Simms, is that through Health Canada our government spent just over $7-million on anti-pot ads targeting the parents of teens. This amount is nearly $2-million more than Health Canada spent in total on advertising the previous year on a range of issues - -including immunization, adverse drug reactions and food safety.
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CN ON: An Appeal To Facebook, A Jail Term Cut Short

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 30 Jan 2015 - Lawyers Point Out Mistake in Mandatory Minimum Sentence, Leading to Sarnia Man's Freedom Call it trial by Facebook. When justice wasn't served inside a Sarnia courtroom this month, an unconventional appeal was spontaneously mounted in a much less hallowed hall: an online comment thread.
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CN BC: Report Shows Steady Decline In Substance Abuse In Local Youth

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 30 Jan 2015 - A recent report that looks at the health of B.C. youth shows improvements when it comes to injuries and substance abuse for students in the East Kootenay region. The report is released every five years by the McCreary Centre Society.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Eves Is On Right Track On Pot Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 30 Jan 2015 - Re Ex-premier Eves joins medical pot company, Jan. 24 I guess Ernie Eves' implied fears about legalizing marijuana have to do with "everybody sitting around smoking pot," as if that's a negative. Compared to a bunch of people sitting around boozing it up, cops would prefer to deal with people high on marijuana since the alcohol incidents usually involve more violence. At least Eves is heading in the right direction.
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CN ON: Column: The Piercing Damage Of Cuts To Needle Exchanges

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 30 Jan 2015 - Queen St., just west of Dufferin, outlines a sharp edge of roughness in my neighbourhood; here, you watch where you step. On a recent morning, I found evidence of hard drinking on the sidewalk - use your imagination; evidence of hard sex - use your imagination; and evidence of hard partying, in the form of a forlorn scarf of blue feathers fluttering on the pavement. I was on my way to the community health centre where there is evidence of much that is good in Parkdale: a free dental clinic; the help of various physicians, social workers, physiotherapists; and specific care for things such as diabetes or sore feet. And a needle exchange. I was not there to exchange needles. I was there because last spring - and I don't know how this slipped under my radar - Toronto Public Health stopped funding the needle exchange outreach program.
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Canada: Editorial: Health Canada, Gone To Pot

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Jan 2015 - Medical marijuana is a legal drug in Canada. True, it is only supposed to be available to people with a doctor's prescription - but that can be said about hundreds of other pharmaceuticals. What's more, since there's no patent on pot, the easy-to-grow plant is really just a generic prescription drug. In Canada, all sorts of generic drugs are safely produced by drug companies, prescribed by doctors and sold by pharmacists. The system works. Except when it comes to medical marijuana. A decade and a half after the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered the government to give access to pot to those in medical need, the matter is still not settled. The system is chaotic. Confusion reigns.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Doesn't Add Up

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
The Expositor, 29 Jan 2015 - Re: $2M in pot seized (Jan. 24) Twenty police officers were spotted at a restaurant last Saturday night having coffee and doughnuts. One officer looked as if he was 250 pounds and his plate sported six sprinkly doughnuts. Doughnuts were 60 cents each. Wanting to aggregate total consumption and cost I figured we could multiply 20 officers by six doughnuts for a total consumption of 120 doughnuts. Therefore 120 doughnuts multiplied by 60 cents equals a total cost of $72 at that night's coffee break.
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CN ON: Psych Ward A Hotbed Of Smuggling

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
London Free Press, 29 Jan 2015 - Victoria Hospital Crisis: Day Passes Were Scrapped and Visiting Hours Slashed to Stem the Flow London's Victoria Hospital scrapped day passes and slashed visiting hours to stem the flow of illegal drugs into a psychiatric ward already in crisis from overcrowding and violence, The Free Press has learned.
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CN SN: PUB LTE: Include Student

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
The StarPhoenix, 29 Jan 2015 - The article Student banned from using medical marijuana at school (SP, Jan. 15) is very disturbing. It makes no mention that student Michael Wileniec's presence at Nutana Collegiate caused any problems for staff or students. Why can't he go to school?
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Regulated Pot Past Due

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 29 Jan 2015 - I would like to thank David Asper for coming out of the cannabis closet and advocating for a regulated market (Time to regulate marijuana, Jan. 24). The time for that action was 30 years ago; it is now long past due that we repeal the entire war on drugs. It is prohibition that brings the harm to society.
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CN BC: Column: Local Governments Are Trying Their Best To

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 28 Jan 2015 - They likely won't all be approved, but according to Kelowna city staff, there are 15 proposals to build commercial medical marijuana facilities in the city. None have received the much sought after licence required from Health Canada under the new federal rules that went into effect last March. But it is the feds, not the city, that gets the final say on whether those pot plants will be allowed to get up and running here.
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CN BC: Local Physicians Focus On Teen Substance Abuse

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 28 Jan 2015 - Parents may worry about cocaine or other drugs but substances closer at hand may present more harm to their children. The Vernon School District will present a public discussion on the medical aspects of teen substance abuse Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Vernon Secondary School.
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CN SN: PUB LTE: Stick To Education

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
The StarPhoenix, 28 Jan 2015 - I am concerned about the article Student banned from using medical marijuana at school (SP, Jan 17). Surely there is more to this story. If not, the ruling is a most astonishing example of a Kafkaesque bureaucracy gone mad by functionaries unqualified to make it. It would be laughable if they were not possibly destroying a young man's future.
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