The Intelligencer, 01 Feb 2017 - Hearings for Rob Kamermans have been scheduled for February Court proceedings are taking another step toward trial this week for a former Coe Hill physician whose certificate to practise medicine was revoked in July.
Winnipeg Sun, 01 Feb 2017 - The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is urging the federal government to use a public health approach matched with strict regulation when legalizing marijuana. "This provides us with a very unique opportunity," said Dr. Sheri Fandrey of the AFM, which released a position statement Tuesday. "This is the first time since Prohibition that a substance which is currently illegal is becoming legal and fortunately the process has enough lead time that we can get ahead of the curve and start to provide some of the resources - educational, outreach, data collection - - prior to the change happening and cannabis being made legal.
Salmon Arm Observer, 01 Feb 2017 - It wasn't a big crowd and not many people got up to speak, but of those who did, the sentiments were similar - having a marijuana dispensary is okay. Coun. Ken Jamieson ran the Marijuana Retailers/Dispensaries public input session Monday night at Salmon Arm council chambers.
Cape Breton Post, 31 Jan 2017 - Former corrections employee sentenced on drug trafficking A Sydney Mines woman was given a two-year federal jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.
Shoreline Beacon, 31 Jan 2017 - The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone. The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.
The Telegram, 30 Jan 2017 - Get ready for the worst, intervention counsellor warns province Andy Bhatti has spent the majority of his life surrounded by hard drugs. As an interventionist, he can talk to you eloquently about the dangers of drug use, quote Canadian statistics, and offer his ideas about what programs and services are needed in order to help drug users and stop overdoses.
Nelson Star, 27 Jan 2017 - In Canada we are ruled by law, not by those who enforce the law or wield government power. Council must abandon the idea that laws can be enforced selectively according to the whim or discretion of city staff or officials. Similarly, a law cannot be considered "temporary" unless it specifies an expiry date or condition.
Victoria News, 27 Jan 2017 - Victoria police descended upon a downtown pot shop Wednesday morning, conducting a search warrant connected to the discovery of 30 pounds of marijuana on a commercial flight earlier this month. Officers arrived at the Remedy Medicinals Dispensary on Fisgard Street early in the morning and took three people into custody, but they were later released.
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 27 Jan 2017 - The owners of Green Aura, a marijuana dispensary in Chemainus, received another $200 ticket from the Municipality of North Cowichan last week. It's the second ticket from bylaw officers in a matter of weeks for the dispensary, given for not having a business licence, and co-owner Trevor Pewarchuk said he's "frustrated" with the municipality and the failure, so far, by the federal government to legalize marijuana.
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 27 Jan 2017 - It is past time for some clarity and action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana. The Liberals have promised to take this step, which we think is long overdue, but since they've come into office, they've been dragging their heels on making it happen.
Chilliwack Progress, 27 Jan 2017 - WeeMedical Wellness reps were given one last chance to make their case to city council before it voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke their business licence. Weemedical lawyer Mitch Foster said allegations by an anonymous source that marijuana was being "sold" from the storefront location on Fifth Avenue in Chilliwack were false.
Victoria News, 27 Jan 2017 - In an effort to address the concerns of neighbours nervous about the new overdose prevention site at Our Place, 24-hour security has been added to patrol a two-block area of Pandora Avenue and Johnson Street. The decision to add security patrols wasn't based on any unusual activity in the area, noted Our Place spokesperson Grant McKenzie, but is simply to make sure its neighbours feel safe.
Globe and Mail, 27 Jan 2017 - When Ottawa recently announced a multi-pronged strategy to fight the deadly fentanyl crisis - a strategy that includes supervised drug consumption sites - Health Minister Jane Philpott boasted of "our renewed, evidence-based approach to Canada's drug strategy." If Ottawa is so keen on an evidence-based approach to drugs, why did it walk away from mediation aimed at settling a lawsuit calling on the government to provide needle exchanges in prisons? Mediation sessions were scheduled this week but Ottawa's lawyers backed out at the last minute. The lawsuit, brought in part by a former inmate who acquired hepatitis C behind bars, is going forward.
Nelson Star, 27 Jan 2017 - Nelson Police Chief aims to educate public and those vulnerable to overdose The numbers are terrifying. Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart has the B.C.Coroners Service annual report sitting on his desk, as well as alarming Interior Health statistics that show fentanyl has come to the Kootenays.
Edmonton Sun, 26 Jan 2017 - Well it's almost February 2017 and marijuana has not been legalized. Well, you really can't blame Trudeau, because he is mostly traveling to different parts of the globe, so a lot of his work is not being done, but I am getting very impatient and can't wait for my first puff. It's supposed to be very good for you, good for the temperament, and is supposed help for my Tinnitus. So hopefully next time he's home he'll stay long enough to authorize and resolve it. Then he can go traveling. Sure hope this is soon so a fellow has a bit of relief from his issues. Jon Gross
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Jan 2017 - RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24) Excellent article by Howard Elliott on marijuana legalization. It also reinforces my belief that marijuana dispensaries in Ontario will all be outlawed if pot is legalized.
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Jan 2017 - RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24) Editorial chair Howard Elliott has created more fog for Spec readers. Try facts: The fact is Health Canada doesn't allow storefronts! Even licensed producers have to ship it. All "dispensaries" are illegal. Trudeau is causing havoc by not decriminalizing cannabis ... pending legislation changes.
Globe and Mail, 26 Jan 2017 - Toronto and Vancouver have taken different approaches to dispensaries selling ahead of legalization David Malmo-Levine has had numerous run-ins with Vancouver police in more than two decades fighting for the legalization of marijuana, the most intense being the time he says he was dragged by handcuffs while attempting to block a raid of a downtown cannabis seed store in the mid-1990s.
Packet & Times, 26 Jan 2017 - Two Oro-Medonte men were arrested this week for growing marijuana, despite having a licence to grow Angered over an "unjust" police raid over medicinal marijuana, two Oro-Medonte men feel victimized after being arrested at their home and taken away in handcuffs.
Hamilton Spectator, 24 Jan 2017 - It's not really anyone's fault that medical marijuana dispensaries exist in a legislative Wild West zone. Dispensing medical pot to people with the appropriate documentation is legal. Selling pot products to anyone else is still not legal. But it will be fairly soon, once the federal government and the provinces get together and hammer out distribution channels and a host of other serious questions and issues. Canada is not yet ready for legalized marijuana. It will be soon, which is why entrepreneurs across the nation are trying to stay ahead of the game, and dispensaries are sprouting at a great rate. Hamilton has something like 15, major centres such as Toronto and Vancouver have exponentially more.