The Western Star, 21 Apr 2015 - Yes, the crime was always here. The murders, the forcible confinement, the drugs, the abductions. But can anyone really argue the frequency hasn't changed? That we, as a province, are not seeing more of it more often? Over the weekend in St. John's there was a six hour standoff with police. Jason Power, a 40-year-old Newfoundland man, is being accused of a few charges as a result, including having a knife for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, threatening to cause death or bodily harm to a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and breaching his probation.
The Journal Standard, 20 Apr 2015 - FREEPORT - While the Cook County state's attorney announced Monday that her office won't prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana cases, there's no such policy shift on the horizon for local prosecutors. State's attorneys in Winnebago, Boone and Stephenson counties said they will continue to offer programs already in place for low-level pot offenders.
Packet & Times, 18 Apr 2015 - Research indicates 50 to 70% of people with a mental illness also have a drug issue Of the patients admitted Orillia Soldiers ' Memorial Hospital's mental-health unit as a threat to themselves last year, records obtained under access-to-information laws reveal that 10% had used cannabis within the three days before.
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 2015 - Decision follows Star investigation into results used in criminal and child protection cases across Canada The Hospital for Sick Children has permanently discontinued drug and alcohol hair tests at its embattled Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory after an internal review "further explored and validated" previous, and as yet undisclosed, "questions and concerns."
Prince George Citizen, 16 Apr 2015 - TORONTO - A new report from Statistics Canada suggests marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults. The survey shows younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18- to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2015 - Lawyer suggests Sick Kids may 'have discovered more problems' The "stakes are too high" to allow the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk laboratory to perform hair drug and alcohol tests for use in court, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) says.
North Bay Nugget, 16 Apr 2015 - Drug dealers from Ottawa and southern Ontario continue to target North Bay, viewing it as a lucrative market. Cocaine, crack cocaine, magic mushrooms, heroine, Percocets and Molly (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), more commonly referred to as MDMA - the active ingredient in the party drug ecstasy - are encountered by police.
Globe and Mail, 16 Apr 2015 - Self-reported data show usage down 15 per cent over a decade in 15 to 17-year-olds Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18- to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
The Record, 16 Apr 2015 - StatsCan data comes from self-reported survey TORONTO - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18 to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
Shoreline Beacon, 13 Apr 2015 - The drug culture savvy of local grade five students gave Saugeen Shores Police Constable Ian Clark unfortunate "goose bumps", but also underscored the need for programs like D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Offered in 44 countries world-wide, D.A.R.E. is the leading program to teach the effects of substance abuse and violence, Clark said in an April 6 presentation to the Chantry Island Cham-bette's monthly meeting in Port Elgin.
Rome News-Tribune, 12 Apr 2015 - It's good news and bad news for Rome and Floyd County in the battle to curb methamphetamine labs here. First, the good news: the efforts of law enforcement to find and destroy home-grown meth-cooking operations of significant size in this area have been very successful. That, combined with stricter regulation and monitoring of ingredients used by labs, has caused a decline in local meth production. Now users have gravitated to the "one pot cook method," says Barry McElroy, assistant commander of the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force. This involves making a small quantity of meth in a soft drink bottle and then tossing the bottle away. In the past two years, McElroy's unit has been called to the sites of no more than two labs and they were not full-sized, active operations.
The Blade, 12 Apr 2015 - Polls show support, but ballot drive faces legal, social hurdles First of three parts Nearly 80 years since the United States effectively declared marijuana an illegal drug, support for legalization is spreading like a weed.
Barrie Examiner, 11 Apr 2015 - Authorities Say Local Sales of Ecstasy Appears to Booming After a three-month undercover investigation into cocaine sales in local bars, Barrie police recently arrested five people at two separate apartments on suspicion of selling cocaine on the Dunlop Street West strip.
Vancouver 24hours, 10 Apr 2015 - Marc and Jodie's online magazine claims pregnant women smoking pot helps with nausea and emotions - but studies say otherwise Marc Emery's online magazine, Cannabis Culture, encourages marijuana use during pregnancy for relief of nausea, loss of appetite and to help get emotions under control.
SF Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - The San Francisco Police Department worked hard to arrest Cassie Roberts. San Francisco cops along with Drug Enforcement Administration agents staked out Roberts and several dozen other Tenderloin denizens for weeks, recording and observing video of them from rooftops and parked cars. After a hand-to-hand-drug sale between Roberts and a confidential informant wearing a hidden body camera was caught on camera, a U.S. attorney went to a grand jury with Roberts' name. An indictment was issued, an arrest warrant was signed by a federal judge, and later, Roberts was apprehended and charged in federal court.
Boulder Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - When Bruce Barcott began to research a book about the legalization of marijuana in the United States, one of the first things that concerned him was how he was going to talk with his children about it. An author and science writer whose work appears in The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, Barcott, like many Americans, was a novice about cannabis, apathetic until he had to vote for or against legalization in Washington in 2012, his knowledge limited mostly to its longtime status as a drug promoted as being more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine by the federal government.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 06 Apr 2015 - Downfall of a Former Police Hero. Years before he was one of Philadelphia's dirtiest cops, Jeffrey Walker was a hero. In fall 1998, Walker specialized in drug busts for West Philadelphia's 16th Police District. On the streets, his aggressive work as an undercover cop and his appearance - tall, fit, with dreadlocks - earned him a nickname from drug dealers: Batman.
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - While patients are fighting for better access to medical marijuana, home grow-ops are giving Edmonton police a headache. The federal government made home growing illegal last year, but medical users fought the new regulations in court and won a temporary injunction allowing those who were currently growing for medical purposes to continue doing so.
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Apr 2015 - Men Told State Officer Cop Took Cash, Drugs What are the chances of two men who say they were carrying a large amount of cash and transporting marijuana being pulled over twice by police on the same day on interstate highways in New Mexico?
New York Times, 02 Apr 2015 - On Tuesday, 22 people serving sentences of decades or life for nonviolent drug crimes in federal prisons across the country received a personal letter from President Obama, commuting their sentences and ordering their release in late July. Each had applied to Mr. Obama for clemency - a power the Constitution unreservedly grants the president as a way to correct injustices or offer forgiveness, but which has fallen into near-total disuse in recent decades. Before Tuesday, Mr. Obama ranked as the least merciful president in modern history.