The Coast, 19 Jan 2017 - The law is still against business owners like Shirley Martineau, even as Canada remains high on legalization. Even though it may seem like the illegality associated with weed today is akin to the criminal severity of something like jaywalking, the fact is that here in Nova Scotia, under many circumstances, having, selling or smoking the stuff could still get you thrown in jail.
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Jan 2017 - An advocate for Winnipeg's homeless and addicted population says the city is in "denial" about its injection drug problem. Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project, looks at other large urban centres in Canada and says Winnipeg is lagging behind in addressing its hard drugs problem.
Nelson Star, 18 Jan 2017 - Happy New Year everyone! The beginning of a new year is both a time of personal contemplation and looking forward. And so it is for council. It is hard to believe that we are midway through this term. In the past year we saw vigorous and thoughtful debate on some complicated issues. 2016 tested council and the results will shape and define future direction.
The Northern View, 18 Jan 2017 - City eyes temporary ban on commercial marijuana outlets The City of Prince Rupert stepped into hazy territory Monday night when councillors discussed how to navigate the potential legalization of marijuana.
The Observer, 18 Jan 2017 - Public meeting on medical-marijuana production zoning scheduled Feb. 6 St. Clair Township is moving to restrict where medical marijuana producers can set up shop in the municipality. A 6:45 p.m. public meeting is planned for council chambers in Mooretown on Feb. 6 to gather input on a proposal to change the township's official plan, restricting licenced medical marijuana production sites to industrial-zoned areas.
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Jan 2017 - RE: Safe injection sites Providing safe injection sites for drug addicts is fine, but until the federal and provincial governments get really serious about stopping the importation of these illegal drugs by: 1. giving the newest and best testing equipment to our custom officers and police 2. flooding the Internet that our kids watch with warnings of personal death by the use of illegal drugs that are bought on the street and 3. by giving the courts the power to sentence the drug dealers maximum sentences when convicted. This pandering to drug users and dealers has to stop.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 17 Jan 2017 - Island Health aims to open an overdose prevention site at Nanaimo's Wesley Street supportive housing complex this month. At a special council meeting Thursday, Nanaimo council authorized the use of 437 Wesley St., a supportive housing complex for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to be used for Island Health's temporary overdose prevention service.
Globe and Mail, 16 Jan 2017 - 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?
The Labradorian, 16 Jan 2017 - What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana? Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.
Cape Breton Post, 16 Jan 2017 - 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. Health Minister Philpott replied that "tax policies fall within the purview of Hon. Bill Morneau" and forwarded my inquiry to him. MP Eyking replied with what are the existing regulations on marijuana that represent outdated information considering the ongoing changes with medical marijuana.
Metro, 16 Jan 2017 - A local marijuana advocate is compiling criticism against Ottawa's task force report on legalization in order to make sure Manitoba's cannabis community "has a voice." Steven Stairs, a medical marijuana user and grower who helps organize Winnipeg's 420 rallies, said he reached out to Kildonan MLA Nicholas Curry to talk about the highs and lows of the report.
Edmonton Sun, 16 Jan 2017 - 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? Bruce Symington
Metro, 16 Jan 2017 - Local businesses concerned over medical marijuana in the workplace Edmonton's Chamber of Commerce is developing a policy to deal with medical marijuana in the workplace as concerns mount among employers and workers.
Ottawa Sun, 15 Jan 2017 - Mayor Jim Watson may be willing to bow out of the official debate over supervised injection sites, but his police chief, laudably, isn't. In a letter this week to the Sandy Hill Community Centre, Chief Charles Bordeleau raises several concerns about security if a legal drug injection operation is opened at that location. He calls the centre's plans so far "inadequate."
The Recorder & Times, 14 Jan 2017 - To the editor: Recent letter writer Stan White of Colorado claims organized crime in Colorado has diminished. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some pot advocates simply refuse to see any negative side of legalizing marijuana. Had he done proper research, he would discover that Colorado drug traffickers are making millions shipping Colorado marijuana, which they grow illicitly, to other states. In one raid alone, state and federal officials seized over 22,000 pounds of the drug destined for other states. Organized crime is also taking advantage of legalized marijuana in Washington state and selling it on the black market.
The Saturday Okanagan, 14 Jan 2017 - Health authority applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site; the process could happen right away or take years A mobile supervised injection site is in the works for Kelowna, Interior Health announced Friday afternoon. IH will be applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site. "In order for people to be able to use drugs under supervision, we need an exemption," said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer with IH. "Health Canada needs to clear us to be able to do that."
Toronto Star, 13 Jan 2017 - Re Province must 'step up' on injection sites, Jan. 9 I do not understand why the city is being pressured to establish safe injection sites for drug addicts. Will they then be expected to set up safe drinking sites for alcoholics?
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - There's been an "incredible benefit" to last month's creation of overdose-prevention sites in Kamloops, said Bob Hughes, something that goes beyond ensuring drug users are safe - many of them are talking with the medical staff there about some of the reasons they are in their lifestyles. The executive director of ASK Wellness Centre said that as staff hand out safe drug-use equipment - a program the agency has done for years to help combat infections and other diseases associated with drug use - they're also looking for opportunities to ask clients about housing needs other health issues and whether they're ready to try rehabilitation programs or other services that might see them make changes in the way they live.
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - 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.
The Daily Courier, 13 Jan 2017 - 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."