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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 01:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.
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Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.
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CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
The Calgary Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.
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CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 Total

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Fort McMurray Today, 18 Aug 2017 - Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday. A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.
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CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The Workplace

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
The Daily Press, 17 Aug 2017 - Timmins business owners had pot on the mind Wednesday morning. About 40 people sat in on a presentation by lawyer Carly Stringer in the Schumacher Lions Den in the McIntyre Centre. The event, organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, focused on employer and employee obligations and rights regarding marijuana in the workplace.
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CN ON: Spike In Overdoses Alarms Health Unit

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Barrie Examiner, 17 Aug 2017 - Psst. Pass the word along. Much like the warning at the '60s Woodstock concert to avoid the brown acid, authorities are warning today's recreational drug users to carry naloxone kits in case their drugs are laced with fentanyl. "We're alerting recreational drug users that the MDMA (ecstasy) or cocaine they're taking could be tainted with fentanyl," said Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).
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CN ON: Oped: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect Children

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Oakville Beaver, 18 Aug 2017 - It may shock many Canadians to learn that 28 per cent of Canadian youths use marijuana - the highest rate among developed countries surveyed in a 2013 UNICEF report. This means that if you know four youths between the ages of 11 and 15, one of them is using marijuana.
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CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.
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CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot Shop

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue. The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.
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CN ON: A Tale of Two Shootings

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Aug 2017 - One of the Trudeau government's stated policy goals for ending marijuana prohibition is to divert the profits reaped by gangsters toward legitimate shareholders. But an investigation by Greg McArthur and Molly Hayes offers a glimpse into the insidious nature of organized crime, finding that criminal groups easily exploited loopholes in the federal government's old medical-marijuana licensing regimes In the late afternoon of March 14 in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, a masked gunman jumped out of the passenger side of a black Jeep Cherokee, darted across a snow-dusted parking lot and unleashed a flurry of bullets into a black BMW. Thirty seconds later, he was back in the car, leaving Saverio Serrano - the son of a notorious Canadian Mafia figure and cocaine importer - wounded, and Mr. Serrano's 28-year-old girlfriend dead.
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CN ON: Column: Legalizing Illicit Drugs Won't Solve Opioid Crisis

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Sudbury Star, 18 Aug 2017 - The hare-brained idea from Toronto that the country should consider decriminalizing or legalizing illicit drugs because current policy has failed is not just "crazy," it is insane. It would be laughable if the issue weren't so deadly serious.
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CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
The News, 14 Aug 2017 - Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products This isn't your grandma's home remedy. Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.
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CN NS: City Looks Into Pot Planning

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 14 Aug 2017 - Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality. In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.
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CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot Plans

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Yukon News, 11 Aug 2017 - Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation. In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.
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CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong Character

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 2017 - Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79. Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.
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CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The Way

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally. Shoppers Drug Mart. Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.
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CN AB: Pot Legalization Survey Generates Huge Response

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 14 Aug 2017 - Albertans have a lot to say about legalizing cannabis outside medical purposes, judging by the number of people who shared their thoughts with the province in a recent survey. Just over 45,000 Albertans took the online questionnaire about how the province should approach legalization, according to the Justice and Solicitor General's office.
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US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For Tennessee

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 13 Aug 2017 - The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade. Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.
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CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin Increase

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
London Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London. Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.
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