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CN ON: Column: Matt Mernagh

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
NOW Magazine, 08 Jan 2015 - Author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook (Green Candy Press) and host of The Mernahuana Zone webcast, Tuesdays at Vapor Central. @mernahuana The younger stoners jokingly refer to me as the Lady Gaga of Ganja for my cannabis costumes at our 4/20 smoke-outs. But my style is more David Bowie. Outlandish clothes help hide my physical shortcomings - in my case my crooked spine.
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CN ON: Pot Plant Proposal Welcome News

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 08 Jan 2015 - Planned Medical Marijuana Facility Would Bring 100 Full-Time Jobs A Toronto-based company hopes to transform the remaining section of the former PPG plant in Owen Sound into one of the largest medical marijuana production facilities in North America.
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CN ON: Police Chief Pens Open Letter On Gang Violence

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
Metro, 08 Jan 2015 - Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau wrote an open letter to city residents about recent street gang violence, distributed Wednesday. In the letter while saying "we live in a safe city," Bordeleau acknowledges an increase in "targeted, street gang-related shootings," and says the incidents are related to illegal drugs, the availability of guns, and the "increased willingness of street gang members to use them."
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Don't Rely On Blind Trust

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 07 Jan 2015 - Re: PM defended. I would like to start by saying I hope Sylvia Posch read the letter above her's in the Nov. 28 edition of The Morning Star. This is the typical misinformation our conservative government is feeding the uninformed.
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Canada: Drugs, Contraband Slipping in at Major Airports

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 07 Jan 2015 - Screening Gaps Mask Air Cargo Risks: Audit Better oversight, training and detection technology are needed to keep illicit drugs and other contraband from slipping into the country in air cargo, an internal audit says.
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Canada: Going To Pot: Could Marijuana Legalization Come To Canada?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 05 Jan 2015 - Could marijuana legalization come to Canada? Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it - marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets.
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Canada: Trudeau Calls For 'Evidence-Based Approach' On Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2015 - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is hinting he'd repeal the Conservatives' controversial prostitution legislation, as he and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair vie to be the favoured alternative to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election scheduled for later this year. With Mr. Mulcair offering policy prescriptions such as a national child-care program, Mr. Trudeau is taking aim at Mr. Harper's record, including the prostitution bill and the government's income-splitting plan, which will reduce the tax burden on families with stay-at-home parents.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Drug War

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Jan 2015 - Re "Gunning for solutions" (Tony Spears, Jan. 2): The drug trade is perpetuating this violence and cruelty that is simply mind-boggling and unprecedented. The futile war on drugs simply cannot be won. Why we continue to defy and ignore more than 100 years of failed prohibition is simply mind-boggling, counter-productive, and irresponsible. Prohibition, as history shows, whether it be for alcohol or illegal drugs fuels violent crime, including the lucrative gun trade. It's easily argued with certainty that law enforcement, in and by itself, simply does not, nor has ever reduced or dried up the supply of illegal drugs. Illicit drugs have been with us forever and will be with us long into the future. The so-called war on drugs, at an outrageous economic, social and human cost in this country and the world over, will simply not stop the demand for and use of illegal drugs. Often overlooked is the fact that the lucrative drug trade distorts economic realities in countries the wor! ld over. It is easily argued that the financial benefits of legalizing illicit drugs are huge. It is now, as experts argue, time to retreat on the war on drugs. Ending it is the moral and politically correct thing to do. I agree that with defence lawyer Michael Spratt's that "doubling down on failed solutions" does not and has never worked." What we need is a strategy that focuses on crime prevention through social development! Who is up to this challenge? Emile Therien
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CN BC: PUB LTE: MP Column

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 04 Jan 2015 - Regarding the Dec. 10 column by MP Colin Mayes, Drug use a concern. According to Mr. Mayes, few people are talking about substance use and he is surprised to learn that a number of families in his riding have to deal with raising their grandchildren because their parents are addicted to drugs.
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Canada: Medical Pot Users Wait After Sellers Weeded Out

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 04 Jan 2015 - More patients registering, but complaints mounting over low supply and high prices VANCOUVER- Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near constant headache.
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CN ON: Residents Oppose Medical Marijuana Facilities

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Jan 2015 - Both Applications Appealed Niagara Falls Review The owners of two properties in Niagara Falls who were hoping to eventually be allowed to grow medical marijuana on those properties might want to consider other options.
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CN ON: LTE: Gang Busters

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 03 Jan 2015 - Reading in the Ottawa Sun how people are mad at police for not doing enough to curb the gun violence by gangs and making them feel unsafe in their own streets. The police are doing all they can. When they do something and a criminal gets hurt, we get on their case and cry "police brutality", when they do capture someone and he goes to court, the judges more than likely will throw the case out or slap the wrist of gang bangers and they are out in the street again, armed, for the next event. We have taken away the edge from law enforcement and given criminals the edge instead! What do you want? You can't have it both ways. Either give the police the tools to get the job done to protect us or let criminals run rampant over us as they are doing now. Gangbangers are not stupid!
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CN ON: Niagara Falls Says No To Medical Grow Ops

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
Niagara This Week, 02 Jan 2015 - Council to appeal committee of adjustment decisions at OMB NIAGARA FALLS - City politicians voted to appeal a Committee of Adjustment decision that could have paved the way for medical marijuana grow ops in the city.
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CN ON: Taking It To The Streets

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
Sudbury Star, 02 Jan 2015 - Not everyone basks in the afterglow of a merry Christmas and a happy new year. As many as 10 people died of drug overdoses last year in Sudbury during the Christmas season. In a 12-month period in Sudbury, 86 people died from overdosing. That number doesn't take into account the physical, mental and emotional consequences suffered by people who survived.
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CN BC: Newsmaker Of The year: Deb Kozak

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 02 Jan 2015 - For defeating a three-term incumbent to become Nelson's first female mayor, the Starhas named Deb Kozak its 2014 Newsmaker of the Year. As she was sworn in last month, Kozak said it was "no small thing to be the first woman elected mayor in 117 years" and that she "felt the weight of the chain of office" on her shoulders - similar to what Annie Garland Foster must have felt when she became the first woman elected to city council in 1920.
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Canada: New Medical Pot Regime Beset By Complaints

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 02 Jan 2015 - Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache. For years, Simpson took a dozen or more Tylenol 3 pills a day, but they caused unpleasant side-effects and weren't completely effective.
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Canada: New Medical Pot Regime Beset By Complaints

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
The Record, 02 Jan 2015 - Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.
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CN ON: Ottawa Gun Violence May Diminish in Wake of Drug Raid:

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 08:00
Ottawa South News, 01 Jan 2015 - Month-Long Investigation Nets Marijuana, Hash, Cocaine, Cash The Ottawa police takedown of an illicit drug network involving three generations of the same family and the mail-order distribution of marijuana from Ottawa to Nunavut likely has dealt a blow to Ottawa drug dealers that could translate into less gun violence, according to the head of the Ottawa police drug unit.
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CN ON: New Drug Awareness Program Geared for 8 to 11-Year-Olds

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:00
Petrolia Topic, 31 Dec 2014 - For Max*, the downward spiral of addiction started off slowly and at supposedly the most innocent of times, when he was in elementary school. He started off experimenting with tobacco and marijuana around the tender age of 12.
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CN ON: LTE: Gang Gun Violence: No End In Sight

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:00
Ottawa Citizen, 30 Dec 2014 - Re: Shooting prompts call for action, Dec. 29. With the 47th shooting in Ottawa at Bank and Slater streets early Monday morning, there seems little chance of gang gun violence ending anytime soon.
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