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CN ON: Editorial: Don't Repeat Errors Of Booze

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 11 Sep 2017 - The Ontario government seems determined to repeat the mistakes of the past by giving a new state-run monopoly total control over the sales of marijuana Ontario's Liberal government deserves a lot of credit for finally loosening up the province's antiquated and paternalistic system for selling wine and beer. It's made it easier for consumers to purchase alcohol safely and responsibly, while also being treated more like actual adults.
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CN NS: Opposition: Nova Scotia Government Dragging Heels

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 11 Sep 2017 - With the release of Ontario's marijuana legalization framework on Friday, Nova Scotia's opposition is concerned the provincial government is dragging its heels. The first province to have constructed a comprehensive legalization plan, Ontario's framework includes plans to open 150 standalone stores, and to have the province's liquor control board oversee all recreational pot sales.
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CN NS: Column: N.S. Government Still In Legal Pot Haze

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 11 Sep 2017 - There are concerns Nova Scotia isn't moving fast enough to deal with new standards regulating the legal sale of marijuana, and it could mean other provinces get a leg up. Nova Scotia's plans to get into the pot business are eerily reminiscent of a late-20th century, would-be-pusher - distinguished by stealth and uncertainty. No one knows what, if anything, the province has done to prepare for July 2018, when cannabis is legal in Canada, and the province's vague statements are neither illuminating nor reassuring. That's in sharp contrast to New Brunswick, where preparations are public and well-advanced. Nova Scotia is behind Newfoundland too, where public consultations are complete and a report has been produced, and Prince Edward Island, which is conducting consultations now.
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Canada: Canadians Don't Buy PM's Marijuana Pitch, Poll Says

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Sep 2017 - Fewer than one in 10 Canadians are buying the federal government's argument that legalizing marijuana will lead to lower consumption levels among young Canadians, a new poll has found. In addition, a majority of Canadians doubt the new system to legally distribute marijuana to adults across Canada will be fully operational by July 1, 2018, which is the Liberal government's deadline to end the 94-year-old prohibition on the drug.
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Canada: Ottawa Won't Meddle With Provinces' Pot Laws

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 11 Sep 2017 - Minister refuses to weigh in on Ontario's regulation pitch OTTAWA- The federal government appears ready to take a hands-off approach as provinces begin rolling out how they plan to police the sale and use of marijuana once it becomes legal.
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CN ON: Liberals 'Not Listening To Industry'

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Sun, 09 Sep 2017 - When Abi Roach heard Premier Kathleen Wynne's announcement on the rollout of government-regulated marijuana sales Friday, she said she nearly smashed her TV. The owner of Hotbox Cafe in Kensington Market says the decision to shut down weed dispensaries and vape lounges - such as the one she has run for 18 years - and force people to only smoke cannabis at home will only drive business underground.
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US KY: Former Jackson County Sheriff Arrested On Marijuana

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Sep 2017 - Former Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman was involved in a marijuana-growing operation and possessed enough anabolic steroids to indicate he was trafficking in the drug, Kentucky State Police have charged. A detective for the state police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations unit for the eastern half of the state arrested Peyman at his farm south of McKee Wednesday at 4:44 p.m. after serving a search warrant, according to the citation.
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CN ON: Ontario To Allow Sale Of Cannabis At Dozens Of Storefronts

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 08 Sep 2017 - Province will be first to outline how it plans to tackle distribution once legalization takes place Ontario is planning to open dozens of government-run stores across the province to sell cannabis and will allow for the drug's online sale after the federal government legalizes its recreational use.
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UK: Teen Died After Five Bags Of Ecstasy 'Exploded' In Her

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
New York Post, 05 Sep 2017 - A teenage law student from Britain died while on holiday in Ibiza after five bags of ecstasy exploded in her stomach, an inquest heard. Rebecca Brock, 18, was discovered with a pool of blood next to her head in a hotel room after traveling to the party island for a friend's birthday.
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US: Opioid Use Responsible For 20 Percent Of Drop In American Men

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Morning Call, 07 Sep 2017 - Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger. "The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now intertwined in many parts of the U.S.," Krueger, who was chief economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration, wrote in the study released Thursday at a Brookings Institution conference in Washington.
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US: Teen Marijuana Use Falls To 20-Year Low, Defying Legalization

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Washington Post, 07 Sep 2017 - In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation's 12- to 17-year-oldsA dropped to their lowest level inA more than two decades, according to federal survey data released this week. Last year, 6.5 percent of adolescents used marijuana on a monthly basis, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That represents a statistically significant drop from 2014,A when the nation's first recreational marijuana shops opened in Washington state and Colorado.
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CN BC: City Hears Addictions Advice

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 07 Sep 2017 - Canada should declare opioid crisis: Doctor The head of Portugal's addictions directorate is urging Canada to declare the opioid overdose crisis a national health emergency. On a tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the innercity neighbourhood home to many people who struggle with addictions and mental health, Dr. Joao Goulao said the sheer number of deaths caused by the tainted supply of illicit drugs warrants the declaration.
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CN ON: Grow-Ops Upsetting Residents

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 07 Sep 2017 - Issues related to the legal production of marijuana are making increased demands on Norfolk County's time and resources. Norfolk council members have been surprised in recent months by the number of complaints they are receiving from rural residents who find themselves living next door to legal grow-ops.
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CN BC: Feds Not Looking To Decriminalize Illicit Drugs

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Prince George Citizen, 08 Sep 2017 - VANCOUVER - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has closed the door on decriminalizing illicit drugs to combat a national overdose crisis but British Columbia's addictions minister says unprecedented deaths are a "wake-up call" to reconsider that stance. Trudeau said decriminalization is not the approach Canada will take to deal with deadly overdoses often involving the opioid fentanyl.
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CN MB: OPED: U.S. Offers Lessons For Legalization

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 08 Sep 2017 - IF Canada's experience with legal recreational marijuana parallels what is taking place in U.S. states, we have much to anticipate in terms of entrepreneurial ferment, job creation, wealth expansion and boosted tax receipts. Legal recreational marijuana has been law in Colorado for three and a half years, and a little more than three years in Washington. Oregon staggered its rollout of recreational marijuana between 2015 and last year, Alaska and Nevada's programs are up and running and soon to follow are Massachusetts, Maine and the cannabis behemoth known as California.
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CN ON: Opioid Crisis Coming

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 06 Sep 2017 - Niagara needs a multi-pronged approach to head off the increasing number of people overdosing on opioids like fentanyl, said associate medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji. As part of that approach, members of Niagara's public health committee voted Tuesday to hire additional staff to implement an enhanced provincial government program that includes outreach services to assist people dealing with opioid addictions, opioid use surveillance, and increased distribution of naloxone kits, paid for with $250,000 in provincial funding.
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CN NS: Medical Marijuana Operation Re-Opened

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 06 Sep 2017 - After the RCMP raided three local medicinal marijuana dispensaries last week, one store has already re-opened. Maritime Medicinal, one of the three Bible Hill dispensaries, reopened its Main Street location immediately after officers cleared out Friday afternoon.
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Canada: Eat Your Green

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Sep 2017 - Fledgling entrepreneurs are trying to get started in the edible marijuana business in advance of next summer's promised legalization. As Corey Mintz reports, they have all the stresses of any other food business, as well as other, more unique concerns Buying and selling marijuana in Canada is currently a very grey market - - almost legal but with a shrug emoji attached. Along this legally nebulous frontier, no one has more of an uphill battle than the makers and distributors of edible products.
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CN BC: Council Considers New Ways To Stop Pot Shops

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
The Daily Courier, 05 Sep 2017 - The owners of unlicensed pot shops in West Kelowna could be fined up to $500 every day they stay open. New municipal regulations intended principally to drive the pot shops out of business will be considered today by city council.
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Canada: OPED: One Size Fits All Is Not Good Enough For Harm Reduction

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 04 Sep 2017 - Earlier this month, people in Canada witnessed the importance of community resistance and activism on issues of drugpolicy reform. Vancouver's lead organizers and front-line workers in Toronto pushed Health Canada to do what is right and necessary in order to effectively respond to the overdose crisis. A community of care, driven to save the lives of friends, family and neighbours, set up two white tents in Toronto's Moss Park. Inside, volunteers at this pop-up "overdose prevention site" supervise drug use and save lives - something the federal government should have been doing long ago, when communities across Canada first began sounding the alarm. I visited the site last week and was moved by the commitment and compassion of the volunteers who were valiantly saving lives, day after day.
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