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Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief
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
CN AB: $1.2m Pledged For Supervised Drug-Use Site
Associate minister confident Ottawa will approve proposal for Beltway operation A proposed supervised drug-consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre will receive a $1.2-million funding boost from the province, as the number of fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta continues to mount.
CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 Total
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.
CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The Workplace
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.

Opinions

CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths
One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.
CN ON: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect Children
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.
CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths
One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.
CN ON: Decriminalizing Drugs No Fix For Opioid Crisis
Decriminalize or legalize crack and that will reduce the opioid crisis and save lives? 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.

Letters

CN ON: Cannabis Not As Harmful As Tobacco
The following is in response to the letter Marijuana worse than tobacco, which appeared Aug. 15. To the editor,
CN BC: We Want Our Pot
Your front-page article about "scofflaw" cannabis retailers fails to acknowledge the enormous consumer demand, without which the proliferation of marijuana shops wouldn't be possible.
CN BC: Doctor Has It Wrong
Dr. Michael O'Malley asserted that "incidence of psychosis has already been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed to legalization of marijuana." ("Pot stance off-base," Letters, Aug. 16).
CN ON: Marijuana Hasn't Caused An Overdose Death
Letter writer Simon Guillet rails against marijuana and conflates it with opioids and heroin. He obviously is not aware that marijuana has not caused an overdose death in recorded history.
CN MB: Slow Movement On Marijuana
Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than 100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does.
CN BC: Legalized Drugs Are Best Way To Save Lives
Re: "Consumption sites save lives," editorial, Aug. 9. The answer to ending the fentanyl crisis was given in the editorial, but even as it quoted the words from Jack Phillips of the Society of Illicit Drug Users, it seemed to be oblivious to the message. The editorial quoted his words: "As long as people are using crap drugs, they will overdose and continue to die."
CN ON: Reducing Drug Use, Deaths
Re Rethink before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7 Rosie DiManno's column is well-reasoned but wrong. This century's problems aren't due to irrationality, not that there isn't a lot of that to go around, but rather to ignoring the facts and evidence.