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Canada: Trudeau Gets Tough On Dispensaries
With marijuana legalization looming, PM wants police to tackle unlicensed vendors A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to "enforce the law" and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries - even though weed legalization is looming.
CN NF: Gone To Pot
Marijuana dispensaries: how is this legal? It's complicated As news broke this week that CannaLeaf Medical Dispensary on Water Street was selling marijuana to anybody older than 19, and dozens of other dispensaries have opened in cities across the country, one question hangs over it all: how is this legal?
CN AB: Report Looks At Safe Sites
In 2014, there were 324 people in Edmonton sharing needles and injecting in public spaces, according to the group looking at safe consumption services in the city.
CN BC: Hope Outreach Takes On Kelowna Overdose Crisis
"I saved two lives last week," said a man in his early 30s, as he sidled up to a dozen or so of his peers,huddled under blankets on Leon Avenue.

Opinions

CN ON: Editorial: Get Onside, Ontario
Toronto has seen a 77-per-cent increase in overdose deaths between 2004 and 2014 Brooklyn McNeil was an Ontario scholar, singer, artist and harm reduction advocate. But the 22-year-old woman was also an injection drug addict who sadly died alone in June beside a dumpster in an east-end alley.
Editorial: Get Rid Of Fentanyl Market
Victoria police and the Canada Border Services Agency are to be commended for a major drug bust that prevented 6,000 potentially lethal doses of fentanyl from reaching the streets. But law enforcement, no matter how diligent, is not enough to stem the deadly toll from this powerful drug.
US GA: The Debate Of Marijuana Use In Georgia Continues
The debate over whether Georgia will become a safer space for marijuana, in medicinal or any other form, is poised to pick up speed next year. But only if the incoming Donald Trump administration doesn't shut it down.
CN MB: OPED: Fighting Together On World Aids Day
TODAY marks World AIDS Day. We celebrate advances made in the fight against HIV, look back on how far we've come and honour those we've lost, while also looking to the future and what we have left to accomplish.

Letters

CN BC: Use Reliable Info To Assess Safe Injection Sites
To the editor: I can certainly understand the initial negative reaction that many people would have towards the idea of safe injection sites. It seems like a counter-intuitive initiative that enables addicts instead of helping them. Additionally, it's fair to worry that providing services to addicts normalizes illegal drug-use, opposed to affirming the idea that it's a problem.
CN BC: Front-Line Workers Support Safe Injection Sites
To the editor: Interior Health is proposing Safe Injection Facilities (SIF) in Kelowna and Kamloops.
CN BC: Kids Denied The Truth
Sadly kids are not told the truth very often like 100 people die each day directly from tobacco use.
CN BC: Alcohol Is Also Harmful
Dear Editor: This is in response to the letter entitled "Once addicted, addicted for life" by Ralph Wand of Penticton (Herald, Nov. 28).
CN SN: Nurses Urge Change To Opioid Policy
Canada is experiencing a serious opioid epidemic. While it has only recently made headlines, there has been a growing trend toward misuse and illegal use of opioid prescriptions in the past few years, one that nurses across Canada have seen firsthand.
CN BC: Safe Drug Sites Help Save Lives
To the editor: Interior Health is proposing Safe Injection Facilities (SIF) in Kelowna and Kamloops.
CN AB: Accept it: Some Like Marijuana
Re: "Legalized pot will add to epidemic," Letter, Nov. 23. Calling pot a very psychoactive, gateway drug that has very severe effects on the developing brain is misleading. Not only is "very psychoactive" very subjective, there is no evidence to support that marijuana is a gateway drug.