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CN ON: Funding For Weed Training

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00
The Recorder & Times, 10 Mar 2018 - New provincial funding to help police officers detect impaired drivers is a good start, but Brockville's chief of police says they are still being left with too many unanswered questions. The province announced Friday it is "stepping up support for municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of cannabis."
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CN ON: Provincial Dollars Help Cities With Pot Legislation

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00
The Sault Star, 10 Mar 2018 - The provincial government will provide $40 million of its revenue from the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help municipalities with the costs of implementing legislation. But municipalities have not yet received any more information about what that will mean exactly.
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CN AB: Police Witness Suffering On Front Lines Of Battle Against

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - DOWNTOWN UNIT HAS AIDED USERS SUFFERING FROM OVERDOSE The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the downtown policing unit.
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CN AB: Early Indications Are Decrease In Drug Debris Downtown With

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - One of the most desired outcomes of opening the ARCHES Supervised Consumption Site in Lethbridge is a reduction in the number of incidents of public drug use and disposal of drugdebris in the downtown core. While it is too early to say whether or not that outcome has been achieved, Terra Plato, CEO of the Lethbridge Public Library, stated the early signs at the Main Branch were positive.
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CN AB: Support For Marijuana Is Divided In Poll Of Local Contentious

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Lethbridge Herald, 07 Mar 2018 - With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains divided on its use. The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.
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US IL: Editorial: An FBI fable: The Case Of The Cannabis Candidate

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Chicago Tribune, 08 Mar 2018 - There's a lot of truth-bending in political campaigns. Remember then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's false assertion in 2015 that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks? Or how about Hillary Clinton's tall tale in her 2008 campaign that on a trip to Bosnia, "I remember landing under sniper fire. aE& We just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." That, too, didn't happen. Benjamin Thomas Wolf's Pinocchio moment is also a doozy.
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US KY: Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Say No To Medical Marijuana Bill

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 06 Mar 2018 - FRANKFORT -- Four law enforcement officials and a doctor urged state lawmakers Tuesday to say no to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. For more than an hour, opponents of House Bill 166 told members of the House Judiciary Committee the ills they see in it.
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CN PI: Sobering Message

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 08 Mar 2018 - P.E.I. students moved by powerful anti-impaired driving presentation Jordan Gillis knew it was a bad idea to get into the car. The person offering to drive him home had been smoking pot - enough to impair his ability to drive safely.
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CN ON: No Downside To A Supervised Injection Site, Says Ex-Addict

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
The Record, 08 Mar 2018 - John Lavergne believes a safe injection site will help save lives KITCHENER - John Lavergne lost eight friends last year. All of them died of an opioid overdose. Six of them were in Waterloo Region. Three of them hadn't used in months and had a relapse. They couldn't tell their partners, friends or families they were using again.
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CN ON: Smuggling, Ods Flag Growing Opioid Agony At Troubled Jail

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
London Free Press, 08 Mar 2018 - Deadly fentanyl is tightening its grip on London's jail, with reports of several female inmates overdosing early this week, one needing five doses of naloxone spray to be revived. Twice in the last week, large amounts were found on women trying to smuggle the druginto the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), sources say.
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CN ON: London's Anti-OD Site Saves Two Lives

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
London Free Press, 05 Mar 2018 - Two people using fentanyl at London's temporary overdose prevention site on the weekend were resuscitated by a nurse after they overdosed, Middlesex-London's medical officer of health says. "These people were inexperienced, and fentanyl is a drug where it's easy to miscalculate how much you are taking. If this had happened in a back alley or stairwell somewhere, it could have easily resulted in death," Dr. Chris Mackie said Sunday.
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US NJ: New Jersey Lawmakers Weigh Legalizing Marijuana

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 05 Mar 2018 - TRENTON -- The first New Jersey legislative hearing on the legalization of marijuana held since Gov. Murphy took office -- after he promised his support -- unfolded Monday before more than 100 people. More than a dozen experts traveled from as far as Colorado and Massachusetts to office advice on legalization, a topic gaining traction after Murphy, a Democrat, replaced Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican adamantly opposed to it, in January.
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US KY: Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill Shelved By House Committee

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Mar 2018 - FRANKFORT -- Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to continue their fight. Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary Committee voted 14-4 to "pass over" the measure. That's a procedure to put off voting on the bill until a later date.
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US: States Mull 'Sanctuary' Status For Marijuana Businesses

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00
Daily Herald, 05 Mar 2018 - JUNEAU, Alaska -- Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben Bartlett to his office with a novel idea.
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CN BC: Column: You And I Pay Interest On The Debt

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00
The Daily Courier, 05 Mar 2018 - Last week, the Liberal government introduced the 2018 budget. As is customary in Canadian democracy, it is the role of the Liberal government to promote what it views as the merits of their budget. As the Official Opposition, it is our job to illustrate the concerns we have with the budget. On that note, I have a few. It has become clear over this mandate, that the prime minister excels in making promises, but often falls short on the delivery of said promises. For example, we were promised electoral reform, a national housing strategy, infrastructure investment, new fighter jets for our military…the list goes on. This budget is no exception. Mr. Trudeau distinctly promised Canadians that after a series of small deficits, his government would return to a balanced budget in 2019. This budget demonstrates that the Liberals have no intention whatsoever of returning to balance in 2019.
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CN ON: Stigma Here To Stay

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00
Toronto Sun, 05 Mar 2018 - Pot still considered taboo during workdays The late, great George Carlin apparently once joked that the 1960s-era crackdown on the business man's "three-martini lunch" shouldn't affect the working stiff's "two-joint coffee break."
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US: For All Their Risks, Opioids Had No Pain-Relieving Advantage

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00
Los Angeles Times, 06 Mar 2018 - For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks. Now researchers have hard data that challenges this view.
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US CA: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Kratom Hits San Diego Area

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
Los Angeles Times, 03 Mar 2018 - A San Diego County resident is among 40 people nationwide to become infected with salmonella bacteria linked to kratom, the controversial tropical herb that many have begun using to treat opioid addiction despite an import ban from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 44-year-old, whose gender and city of residence were not released, became ill in January.
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Canada: Time For Companies To Assess Their Cannabis Policies

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Mar 2018 - What will you do if your employee returns from lunch smelling of marijuana? That's one of several issues companies may have to deal with once the federal government legalizes the use of cannabis later this year. What is it about legalized marijuana that differs - or not - from other substances, such as alcohol, which are already prohibited from use at work?
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CN NF: Nipping It In The 'Bud'

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
The Telegram, 03 Mar 2018 - Lawyer Denis Mahoney outlines a plan for employers surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada How are employers going to deal with the use of cannabis in the workplace once it becomes legal later this year?
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