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CN ON: Saving Lives During Opioid Crisis

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Nov 2016 - Politicians, policy-makers discuss ways to prevent overdoses OTTAWA - As people continue to die from overdoses, health experts, policy-makers and grief-stricken family members brainstormed Friday on a battle plan to take on Canada's opioid-abuse epidemic.
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CN SN: Fentanyl, Meth Use Rising

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Nov 2016 - Police are seeing more fentanyl and crystal meth cases in the city and some locals have overdosed on fentanyl, they say. "Prior to, you know, within the last year, 2016, fentanyl really didn't exist here," said Moose Jaw Police Deputy Chief Cliff Froehlich.
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CN BC: Smoking Pot Could Help Drug Users Kick Addictions: Study

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:00
Metro, 17 Nov 2016 - Remember the old "gateway drug" theory that marijuana leads to harder drugs like cocaine or meth? Now researchers at the University of British Columbia believe the idea might actually work in reverse.
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Canada: Alternatives Better Than Outlawing Drugs: Study

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 15 Nov 2016 - Federal research looked at decriminalization worldwide OTTAWA- Alternatives to criminalizing a variety of illicit drugs in Canada could result in lower rates of use and fewer harms, such as addiction, overdoses and infectious diseases, says an internal federal study.
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CN ON: OPED: Canada's Negative Perception On Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 08:00
North Bay Nugget, 08 Nov 2016 - At one time in Canada, marijuana possession and or trafficking was punishable by a jail sentence or even deportation. But soon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will live up to his promise to legalize marijuana consumption and possession. However, Daniel Leblanc organized a poll through, that states nearly half of Canadians still don't support the legalization of the drug. Despite the support, weed will become legal, so the last thing to do is address the last percentage of unsure Canadians that this is the right choice.
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US ME: OPED: Maine Can Keep Pot Illegal And Avoid Making The Same

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 07:00
Bangor Daily News, 04 Nov 2016 - I've spent my 50-year career in public safety and the military trying to protect and keep people safe. Some of the most challenging things I have dealt with were not actions of individuals but the consequences of political decisions. With Question 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, you get to decide whether this law goes into effect. If it does, I can assure you the unintended consequences will be many. As a naval officer during the Vietnam War, I saw young men devolve into addiction - first with marijuana and then with harder drugs such as heroin. As Waterville police chief, I saw parents neglect their children and watched as young people let their ambitions wallow in a haze of marijuana smoke. As commissioner of public safety, which includes Maine State Police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine fire marshal's office, I read reports almost daily about marijuana-related incidents, crashes and crimes.
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US AZ: Oregon Congressman: Legalize It!

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 03 Nov 2016 - As Election Day Approaches, campaigns are making their closing arguments. Last week, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenhauer, a Democrat who represents Portland, made a trip to our desert town to support the passing of Prop 205.
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CN BC: A Case For Kits

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 27 Oct 2016 - School board wants to see Narcan kits in high schools. Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board is looking to the province to put Narcan kits in every high school in B.C. The motion to bring anti-overdose kits to local high schools passed unanimously at last night's school board meeting, led by school trustee Susan Carr.
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CN ON: Cocaine Use Among 18-25 Year Olds Is Growing In Huron County

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 07:00
Goderich Signal-Star, 26 Oct 2016 - The popularity of cocaine with 18 to 25 year olds in Huron County is growing, said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detective Constable Max Miller of the Huron County Drug Office, Community Drug Action Team. All street drugs are present in Huron Count y , but cocaine is becoming more popular with this demographic because it is seen as a party drug that has fewer negative side effects than methamphetamine, the detective said during a public forum the night of Oct. 19.
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CN MB: Editorial: Time To Ramp Up Opioid Fight

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 23 Oct 2016 - Manitoba stands on the edge of a opioid crisis that promises tragedy for families across the province and we're about to tumble into that dark abyss. Fentanyl is ripping through Winnipeg streets and is so prevalent and dangerous that the Winnipeg Police Service is considering having officers carry naxolone, an opiate antidote.
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CN AB: Column: Tough Topic For Parents

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 22 Oct 2016 - It's high time for many parents to start thinking about how they're going to talk to their kids about marijuana. The Trudeau government has said it will make the drug legal next spring, fulfilling a campaign promise that, in part, helped them to a majority government.
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US AZ: Speaker Advocates For No Vote On Marijuana Legalization

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 07:00
Mohave Valley Daily News, 21 Oct 2016 - BULLHEAD CITY - Proposition 205 is poorly written, creates two new bureaucracies and will greatly reduce Arizonans' ability to affect marijuana policy in the state, Laurence Schiff says. Schiff, a Kingman psychiatrist, outlined for the Colorado River Republican Women group several justifications for a "no" vote on the measure in the Nov. 8 election.
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CN BC: When Youth Turn To Drugs

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 20 Oct 2016 - As overdose-related deaths are on the rise, Maple Ridge services and advocates are looking to create strategies of prevention in the community. Following a recent case of fentanyl-related overdoses that put nine young people in hospital in a matter of 20 minutes in Delta, it was made clear to Strong Kids Team co-chair Susan Carr that fentanyl is reaching far and wide across the region, bearing no mind to age.
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US NV: OPED: All Huff And Puff

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:00
Elko Daily Free Press, 20 Oct 2016 - Nevadans will vote in coming days on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana here, as four other states have already done. Both advocates and opponents have made strident cases to support their views. However, the two camps cite data that appears to conflict. We have mixed views on this initiative, but we are interested in informational clarity.
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CN AB: Rocky Mountain High

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 16 Oct 2016 - Picturesque mountain resort town sits on major cross-country pot pipeline It's Canada's other Rocky Mountain high. The resort hamlet of Lake Louise has consistently ascended to the peak of per-capita cannabis possession incidents in the country as reported by RCMP.
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CN ON: Society 'Shifting' With Talk Of Legalizing Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 15 Oct 2016 - If you were in possession of marijuana and didn't want to face criminal charges in 2015, statistics show Kingston was the place to be in Canada. Postmedia Network analyzed 1,132 municipalities going back to 2005, looking at marijuana-related incidents and charges. In Kingston, while there were 15.63 incidents of marijuana possession per 100,000 people in 2015, there were only 13.55 resulting charges.
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CN ON: Sault Police Focus More On Hard Drugs Than Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 15 Oct 2016 - Lighting up a joint is still a popular choice for drug users even with the introduction of numerous other narcotics to Sault Ste. Marie in recent years. Marijuana use "is probably as much, or more, than it was in the past," said Staff Sgt. Jody Greco, head of Sault Ste. Marie Police Service's drug enforcement unit.
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Chronicle AM: DEA Kratom Ban Retreat, France's First Supervised Injection Site, More... (10/12/16)

Cocaine (STDW) - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 20:52

A new Pew poll has support for marijuana legalization at 57% nationwide, the DEA is forced to back away from its kratom ban, France opens its first supervised injection site, and more.

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New National Poll Has Solid Majority Support for Legalization. A new Pew Research Center poll released today has support for marijuana legalization nationwide at 57%, with 37% opposed. A recent Gallup poll had it at 58%. Pew says the numbers show that public opinion on the issue has flipped in the past decade. In 2006, only 32% supported legalization, with 60% opposed.

Delaware Legislator Vows to File Legalization Bill Next Year. State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D), the Senate majority whip, said she will introduce a pot legalization bill in January. "It's certainly being considered. It's going to be an uphill battle," Henry said Tuesday during a meeting of the state Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee. "But it's time, quite frankly. It's time to certainly look at it."

Nevada's Largest Labor Union Endorses Legalization Initiative. Culinary Union Local 226, the largest labor union in the state, is getting behind the Question 2 legalization initiative. The union represents some 60,000 workers in the Silver State.

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Florida Poll Has Initiative With Strong Lead. A new poll from the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida has more than three-out-four likely voters supporting the Question 2 medical marijuana initiative. The poll had support at 77%. The initiative needs 60% to win because it is a constitutional amendment.


In Unprecedented Move, DEA Backs Away from Kratom Ban -- At Least for Now. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has posted a notice in the Federal Register stating that it is withdrawing its plans to ban kratom using emergency scheduling powers. The DEA instead is opening a public comment period ending December 1st. The official notice indicates that comments received by the DEA will be considered -- along with formal input from the Food and Drug Administration -- before a determination is made about scheduling kratom. The DEA's proposed ban on kratom, a medicinal plant used for millennia in Southeast Asia and currently by millions in the US, was anticipated to go in effect as early as September 30. The DEA retreat came amidst enormous pressure on the agency from the public and lawmakers to halt the ban.


France's First Supervised Injection Site is Open for Business. France has now joined a growing list of European countries that operate supervised injection facilities for drug users. After the Socialist government pushed through legislation allowing them last year, the first one in France opened Tuesday near Paris's Gare du Nord train station.

Peru Renews Military Operations in Key Coca Growing Area. The Peruvian government announced last week that it is declaring a 60-day state of emergency in parts of the Valleys of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), a key coca producing region. The area had been under a state of emergency for 30 years until last year, when the government ended it after capturing several Shining Path operatives. But now, the military is back with twin briefs to fight drug trafficking and "narcoterrorism."

Cayman Island Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill.Lawmakers in the Caribbean island nation voted Monday to legalize the use of CBD cannabis oil for medicinal purposes. The measure still faces one final vote, and could require some tweaking before such medicines become available. No one in the Cayman Islands produces CBD cannabis oil, and it could be problematic to try to import it from the US because of federal marijuana prohibition.

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US NY: Marijuana Arrests Outnumber Those For Violent Crimes, Study

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 12 Oct 2016 - Arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana exceeded those for all violent crimes last year, a new study has found, even as social attitudes toward the drug have changed and a number of cities and states have legalized its use or decriminalized small quantities. And a disproportionate number of those arrested are African-Americans, who smoke marijuana at rates similar to whites but are arrested and prosecuted far more often for having small amounts for personal use, according to the study. The arrests can overwhelm court systems.
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US NY: Tallying The Toll Of A Staten Island Drug Wave In Flowers For

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 10 Oct 2016 - They are not like other mourners. They are raw. "Hysterical crying," said Jackie Berger, a florist. Some arrive at the other extreme, showing quiet resignation, even relief. "They knew this day was coming," said Frank Lettera, a funeral director.
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