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News

CN SN: Coach Jones Taking Wait-And-See Approach On Carter's Pot
Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones remains "disappointed" in Duron Carter.
Canada: Sun Life To Add Medical-Marijuana Coverage
Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users
CN AB: Guideline Calls On Doctors To Rethink Pot Prescriptions
A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.
CN AB: Stirring Pot In Calgary
Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.

Opinions

CN ON: Demand Will Set Pot Price As Fair, And Likely Lower
You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liarÂ…
Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of Cannabis
If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself.
CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through Senate
The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House.
CN ON: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse
Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly.

Letters

CN BC: Cannabis Compassion Club Confident Of Legal Win
Re: "Cannabis: City asks for public feedback" in the Feb. 7 issue of the Nelson Star. I want to voice my disappointment with this article.
CN NS: Marijuana Legalization Seems 'Surreal'
Marijuana legalization for someone my age is somewhat difficult to imagine. As a teenager growing up in the early 1970s in Cape Breton, I strayed off the approved path (like thousands of my peers across our beautiful island and millions more across our country) and smoked marijuana.
CN AB: Cafes The Answer?
In regards to legalization of marijuana, I think that we should take a similar approach to Amsterdam in the sense that it is frowned upon to smoke in public but there are designated 'coffee shops' where smoking is allowed and encouraged I feel like many small businesses could profit from becoming a 'smoke bar,' similar to some of the hookah bars around town and that will keep people out of the busy streets and away from vulnerable people, children, disabled, etc.
CN BC: The Plight Of The Dispensaries
Dear editor: If cannabis legalization gets any more costly, we may need to revert back to the black market model. At least then, patients needn't struggle to get their medication. The current victims of the legalization effort are the dispensaries, and with them the patients.
CN ON: Safe Injection Site Offers Compassion
Re: Advocates pushing for safe injection site, by Brian Cross, Jan. 26. In this excellent article it mentions several people who advocate for a safe injection site and express the urgent need for an overdose prevention site.
CN ON: Legalize Drugs, Stop Violence
There is absolutely no question that the gun violence being experienced in Ottawa is fuelled by the drug trade. The futile war on drugs simply cannot be won. Why we continue to defy and ignore more than 100 years of failed prohibition is mind-boggling, counterproductive and irresponsible.
CN ON: Ottawa Messing Up Legal Pot Plan
I had to laugh when I saw the bit about Ottawa city planners trying to keep legal pot shops out of neighbourhoods "experiencing socio-economic stress," which I suppose is government bafflegab for "poor."