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CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot Plans

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
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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CN MB: Hidden Danger

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Winnipeg Sun, 12 Aug 2017 - Family finds drug paraphernalia tucked away in hotel room A Winnipeg hotel is changing protocols for housekeeping staff after a family found a syringe and "rocks" of drugs inside their room last weekend.
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CN ON: Editorial: A Sensible Approach To Dealing With Drug Abuse

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Aug 2017 - In the wake of a recent spike in drug deaths in Toronto, municipal politicians have suddenly gone into overdrive suggesting ways to combat this scourge. In the space of a week we went from Mayor John Tory leading a plan to speed up the completion of three previously approved supervised drug injection sites in Toronto, to Board of Health Chairman Joe Mihevc suggesting it's time to consider decriminalizing heroin and other drugs.
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CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On Overdoses

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency." Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.
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CN ON: Harm Reduction Workers Want Action On Toronto Opioid 'Crisis'

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
The Record, 12 Aug 2017 - TORONTO - Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses. The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.
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CN ON: Advocates Call For Interim Drug-Use Sites In Toronto

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Aug 2017 - The city is also being urged to declare a public-health emergency amid a string of overdoses and suspected related deaths Harm-reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim supervised drug-use spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.
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CN MB: Criminals Paying For Mounties' Fentanyl Safety Gear

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 12 Aug 2017 - MANITOBA RCMP officers are being equipped with special masks and goggles to protect them in the event they're exposed to fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opiate. They will also switch to black latex gloves instead of the standard-issue blue ones to better detect the white powder.
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US: Marijuana States Try To Curb Smuggling, Avert Us Crackdown

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 14 Aug 2017 - In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana. Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.
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Canada: 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Urged On Pot Use By Drivers

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Toronto Star, 14 Aug 2017 - Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.
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CN MB: Pot Legalization Dominates Roundtable

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Brandon Sun, 12 Aug 2017 - Initially slated to address the national opioid crisis, the majority of questions addressed during Friday's roundtable discussion centred on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire and Conservative Party of Canada health critic Rachael Harder headed the roundtable discussion at the Trails West Inn, whose question period quickly pushed aside the opioid crisis, which hasn't impacted Brandon as heavily as it has some other areas of the nation.
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CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction Awareness

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:00
Airdrie City View, 10 Aug 2017 - Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction. Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.
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US AZ: Column: Dead Letters

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 23:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Aug 2017 - Sessions' correspondence to marijuana states is full of smoke and mirror While certain federal administration officials take to Twitter to air their grievances, those stuck in last century use more traditional means for their loosely-supported rants.
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US OH: Marijuana Cultivation Warehouse Approved For North Toledo -

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 23:00
The Blade, 11 Aug 2017 - The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive. A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.
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CN ON: Mayor Targets Opioids

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 23:00
London Free Press, 01 Aug 2017 - On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues Another drug crisis, another drug strategy. In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.
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CN ON: London's Opioid Response

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 23:00
London Free Press, 02 Aug 2017 - Council committee backs mayor's crisis working group. London's response to the opioid crisis might become nearly as complex as the addictions that require it. City politicians voted in favour of yet another group focusing on solutions to opioid abuse Tuesday, but several admitted they were unclear on what, exactly, they were supporting.
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