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CN AB: Local Doc Says Pot Not The Be All, End All

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:00
Medicine Hat News, 25 Aug 2017 - Cannabis will not be the panacea everyone with an ailment is thinking it will be, says a local physician, and it is going to challenge law enforcement when it comes to impaired driving. "If there ever has been an issue in medicine as clouded by opinion and ignorance, it is medical cannabis," said Dr. Gaylord Wardell, anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Medicine Hat.
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CN BC: B.C. Medical Marijuana Firm Issues Recall Over Tainted Drugs

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Aug 2017 - A Vancouver Island medical marijuana producer has recalled products sold last year after a spot test of its supply by Health Canada showed two pesticides present in a sample of cannabis oil. The recall announced Thursday stems from a crackdown by the federal department in March after months of product recalls dogged the medical-cannabis industry, which is set to make billions of dollars once Ottawa legalizes the drug for recreational use.
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Canada: OPED: The Hidden Complexities In Substance Addiction

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Aug 2017 - Abstinence is seen as the key to sobriety, but the closer you look at those struggling, the clearer you see the real problem is pain Recently, a reporter asked me a question regarding First Nations' perspectives on abstinence and harm reduction as they relate to the public-health overdose emergency. I am still thinking about that question, as it is only recently that my own mind has changed on this subject.
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US MI: Communities Dilemma: Yes Or No To Medical Marijuana Businesses

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug 2017 - To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's communities. As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide whether they want in or out.
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US PA: Norco Drug Forfeiture Program Netted $132k Last Year

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
Morning Call, 21 Aug 2017 - Northampton County's drug forfeiture program netted $132,000 last year, the district attorney's office announced. Northampton County's drug forfeiture program seized more than $132,000 in the past year, on par with other years despite heightened scrutiny of the practice nationwide.
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US KY: Judge Questions Kentucky's Marijuana Ban

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 22 Aug 2017 - Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky shouldn't join them. A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that "we've pretty much decriminalized" the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state.
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CN BC: Drug Policy Needs A 'Total Rethink'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
Metro, 23 Aug 2017 - Overdose crisis linked to prohibition, expert says Vancouver In 2001, Doug MacPherson developed the City of Vancouver's Four Pillars drug strategy, a policy that emphasized concepts like harm reduction (such as safe injection sites) as well as addictions prevention, treatment and drug trafficking enforcement.
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Afghanistan: Most Of Heroin Consumed In Canada Is Of Afghan Origin

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
The Asian Pacific Post, 22 Aug 2017 - The Taliban in Afghanistan is now running significant heroin production lines in the war-torn country to provide jihadists and insurgents with billions of dollars, western law enforcement officials And much of that heroin is flowing into Canada.
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CN ON: Pot Doc Case Awaits Ruling

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
The Intelligencer, 24 Aug 2017 - Lawyers waiting for judge's decision before trial starts in September The outcome of two court challenges could impact the next move in the criminal case of a Coe Hill physician stripped of his medical licence, as Crown and defence lawyers gear up to start jury selection in preparation for trial next month.
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CN ON: Coe Hill Marijuana Doctor Case Awaits Ruling

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 24 Aug 2017 - BELLEVILLE - The outcome of two court challenges could impact the next move in the criminal case of a Coe Hill physician stripped of his medical licence, as Crown and defence lawyers gear up to start jury selection in preparation for trial next month. Dan Stein, Rob Kamermans' Toronto lawyer, said there are two things that must be addressed before trial proceedings commence on Sept. 11.
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CN NF: N.L. Gov Wrestling With Pot Legalization Issues

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
The Telegram, 24 Aug 2017 - A majority of interest groups want the government to sell cannabis through a Crown corporation like the NL Liquor Corp., whereas most members of the public want to see stand-alone stores selling marijuana once it's legalized. The issue of how legalized marijuana will be sold is shaping up to be one of the most thorny issues for the provincial government to address, based on a report on public sentiment around legalization.
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CN BC: Drug Problem Not Getting Better: RCMP Insp. Hunter

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 23:00
Alberni Valley News, 24 Aug 2017 - B&E numbers on the rise in Port Alberni The Port Alberni RCMP's officer in charge says the city's opioid crisis is not getting better. Inspector Brian Hunter was in council chambers on Aug. 14 to present the quarterly report for the RCMP department.
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US MI: New Petition To Legalize Marijuana In Michigan Gets OK

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:00
Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug 2017 - LANSING -- The Board of State Canvassers gave approval Thursday to a new proposed ballot effort to amend the state constitution to fully legalize recreational use of marijuana without taxing the drug. The proposal from Abrogate Prohibition Michigan of Midland would nullify all laws prohibiting or regulating the use of marijuana and impose no fines, taxes or penalties on its use.
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CN BC: Column: How Could A Spiritual Guru Die From Street Drugs?

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:00
Vancouver 24hours, 21 Aug 2017 - Last month, you could hear the collective global gasp when news broke that eminent Zen Buddhist Michael Stone had passed away in Victoria, B.C. The shock was a natural reaction to the unexpected death of a beloved force of nature, a powerful communicator who, through his ability to make ancient spiritual ideas fresh and relevant, helped improve the lives of countless people around the world. Stone left behind a wife and two children - with another on the way - and would have celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Saturday. But what also caused thousands of jaws to drop from the news was the Stone's cause of death: the charismatic, world-renowned and respected yoga/meditation/mindfulness expert, author, and speaker - who founded the Centre of Gravity in Toronto-died after OD-ing on street drugs.
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CN MB: Hard Dose Of Reality

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Aug 2017 - Spike in Winnipeg drug overdoses - including opioids The number of annual drug overdoses in Winnipeg is on the rise. Data from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show that emergency crews are responding to more overdoses, with 1,648 patients arriving with a drug overdose complaint at emergency rooms and urgent care facilities during the first seven months of this year. There were 2,565 such calls throughout 2016, up from 1,981 in 2014.
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CN ON: Column: Breaking The Rules To Save Lives Caught In Crisis

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:00
Hamilton Spectator, 19 Aug 2017 - Harm reduction workers follow correct belief relationships more important than rules Eight days of silence gives one sufficient time to engage in some of the contemplation and reading necessary for moving about more wisely in this world with our ever-increasing set of wicked problems. It also provides the space for taking in a book or three, a practice I neglect during my routinized day to day. So I have returned home from my retreat richer than ever, gleaning wisdom from both the silent and the written word.
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Canada: OPED: The Opioid Interventions Canada Needs Now

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - Canada is in the grip of an unprecedented opioid crisis. An estimated 2,458 Canadians died of opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 - more than the national count of motor-vehicle accident and homicide deaths combined. British Columbia reported 967 (mainly opioid) drug-overdose fatalities in 2016, and is on track for 1,500 in 2017. Alberta and Ontario have also seen substantial increases. Numerous interventions have been discussed and initiated recently - yet, the number of deaths continue to rise. Part of this deadly stalemate relates to the fact that, underlying the opioid crisis are two paradoxically linked challenges - neither of which are adequately understood or addressed by current responses. On the one hand, a substantial portion of the present crisis is due to years of systemic and non-evidence based overprescribing, which put too many people, for too long, on too high doses, of opioid drugs. To counter this, excessive opioid prescribing levels have to be substantially reduced in order to prevent even more Canadians being exposed to opioid misuse, dependence and undue death. These sensible reductions in harmful opioid prescribing at the individual and population level are the central objective of newly tabled Canadian prescription guidelines.
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Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 23:00
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

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:00
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

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:00
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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