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US MA: Walgreens Agrees To Better Monitor Opioid Dispensing
[photo] A Walgreens in Boston. An investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey found that some Walgreens pharmacies failed to monitor patients' drug use patterns and didn't use sound professional judgment when dispensing opioids and other controlled substances - a concern because of soaring overdose deaths in Massachusetts.
US IL: Traveling To Denver For Pot Clubs? Rules Are Still Up In The
[photo] Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. Denver is starting work on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places like restaurants, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure last November. (Brennan Linsley / AP)
US CA: Sacramento Has A Date For When It Will Start Accepting
The city of Sacramento soon may begin accepting applications from businesses wanting to cultivate marijuana.
US CA: City Devastated By Oxycontin Use Sues Purdue Pharma, Claims
[photo] A bottle of Oxycontin pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times) A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkillers' manufacturer Thursday, alleging the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community.

Opinions

Canada: I Was Fired For Using Medical Marijuana. What Are My
THE QUESTION I did not inform my employer during a job interview that I used prescribed medical marijuana, but did ask our crew leader during my second shift if I could use it to combat pain I was feeling from walking all day (because of torn labrum in both hips). I explained that there is no THC in this marijuana - CBD only - so essentially it's impossible to be "high" or intoxicated. She was more than okay with me using the medicine, but after my second day on the job, her boss sent me a text message terminating my employment. What are, or were, my rights in this situation?
Canada: Column: Ontario's Brutal Assault On A Good Couple
Canadians have rights, don't they? We love our Charter and the robust, even convoluted, legal system that surrounds it. Yet increasingly we live in a fools' paradise because one of the worst things that can happen to us is to be sucked into precisely the elaborate legal system we think protects us.
CN ON: We Haven't Sorted Out Injection Sites Just Yet
Helping addicts heal is noble, but let's not ignore safety concerns From the look of things, Ottawa is going to get a supervised-injection site whether we like it or not. With a supportive federal government planning legislation to speed up the process for injection sites and the Ontario government backing a Sandy Hill proposal - in spite of the objections of Mayor Jim Watson and police Chief Charles Bordeleau - the die is cast.
CN ON: Editorial: Chief Shows Sterner Stuff Than Mayor
Mayor Jim Watson may be willing to bow out of the official debate over supervised injection sites, but his police chief, laudably, isn't.

Letters

CN AB: Reefer Madness
I write in response to the column by Senator Betty Unger published in the Jan. 11 Sun. I write as a citizen with a serious question for one of my Senators. These are legislators who have the power to make laws which affect all of us. It is imperative that they have a full understanding of the subjects on which they rule. So here is my question: Canada claims to be a free society. In a free society, there are limitations on freedom where there is a good justification. Traffic laws are examples. For a limitation to be acceptable, it must be demonstrable that there is a significant harm to be avoided and that there is no other realistic way to avoid that harm. If our laws do not adhere to that standard, then we are not a free society. I want to live as freely as possible, as do most Canadians. The lies which led to cannabis being made illegal in the first place have been thoroughly refuted. Prohibition has been a proven failure at controlling drug use. With that understanding, ! I ask you to justify the continuation of restrictions on Canadians' use of cannabis (marijuana). My question is: Why is pot illegal?
CN NS: Medical Marijuana Illegally Taxed
Why are patients who legally acquire medical marijuana being illegally charged sales tax on this medicine? Correspondence to get clarification on why this is so included federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and our two MPs - Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner.
CN MB: Finding Fault With Stance On Pot
This is a direct reply to "Heed Cigarette Lessons For Pot," a letter written by John Fefchak of Virden.
CN BC: In Wake Of Opioid Crisis, Regulate Drugs
Editor: I think the development of more powerful street drugs (i.e. fentanyl, meth, etc.) of course is driven by the profits available for cheaper more powerful lethal drugs. I think it may be time to look at legalizing drugs so we can better control them.
US WI: Gary Storck: 'Dr.' Scott Walker Needs Update On
Dear Editor: Gov. Scott Walker indicated in a recent interview that he believes the only medical use from the cannabis plant is limited to just one cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), and only for use for childhood seizure disorders that don't respond to conventional treatments.
CN BC: Illegal Drug Users Aren't So Different From The Rest
Editor: With regards to the letter on Jan. 10, Chasing drug users a waste of time: I strongly question the author's assertion that "these self-inflicted drug users" are using "the greatest amount of our medical resources."
CN MB: Cannabis And Cars
Re: Thoughts on pot (Letters, Jan. 5) Letter-writer James Teller misinterpreted statistics from Washington state on cannabis and driving.