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CN MB: Judge Slams Law, Delays Sentencing

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2017 - Gives mom convicted of drug smuggling time to arrange child care ahead of mandatory prison term In a case that has raised questions about the effect of mandatory minimum sentences, a Manitoba judge has taken pity on a woman he convicted by agreeing to give her more freedom before he sends her to prison.
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CN AB: Oped: Alberta Not Getting The Full Picture On Opioids

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 20 May 2017 - By any objective measure, the opiate crisis has affected British Columbia far more severely than Alberta. Both legal and illegal opiate use is more prevalent, and it was the first province to see this unprecedented number of deaths due to overdoses of fentanyl and other opiates.
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CN PI: OPED: Time To Focus On Preventables

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 20 May 2017 - In a recent Canadian Public Health Association discussion paper, "A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada," the point was made emphatically that our current approach to managing risk is not working. Here are some of its highlights:
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Canada: Pot Plans Respect International Treaties

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 20 May 2017 - Task force leader says Canada can be an example A former Liberal cabinet minister who led a federally appointed task force on legalizing cannabis says Canada's plan to green light the drug for recreational use is in keeping with the spirit of international treaties - all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
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CN ON: Legal Pot Poses Problems For Municipalities

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 20 May 2017 - Lambton County trains managers as local governments brace for expected challenges SARNIA - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace.
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CN ON: Municipalities Eye Workplace Pot Policies

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 20 May 2017 - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace. The County of Lambton recently held a training session for its 75 managers about marijuana and workplace safety. Among the chief municipal concerns around legalization include the potential for workers to believe it's legal for them to smoke marijuana on municipal property, as well as the potential for impaired driving if a high worker operates a municipal vehicle.
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CN BC: City Calls For More Fentanyl Test Strips

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 19 May 2017 - Six people died from overdoses last week in Vancouver As the number of overdose deaths continues to rise in Vancouver, the city announced it wants to see more fentanyl test strips made available to drug users.
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Canada: Streamlined Injection-Site Conditions Become Law

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 May 2017 - A piece of legislation that makes it easier to open supervised injection sites has become law, replacing Harper-era regulations that effectively stalled the harm reduction service as overdose deaths climbed. Under Bill C-37, which received royal assent on Thursday, agencies wanting to open a supervised-injection site must meet five streamlined conditions, down from 26 under the previous Respect for Communities Act.
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CN AB: Column: Tackling The Problem Of Opioids

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 19 May 2017 - We've all heard the very troubling news reports in Alberta and across Canada about the growing problem of addiction to opioids, especially fentanyl. Opioid addition is devastating families and causing an alarming number of deaths among those who - knowingly or unknowingly - make the mistake of using it. The issues associated with opioid addiction touch many different agencies, institutions, public and social service organizations. It touches families, and it touches individuals.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Booze Is Worse

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 May 2017 - In Larry Comeau's letter he quotes a report that marijuana related ER visits in Colorado among kids have quadrupled since legalization. Previously, marijuana possession and use was a felony. It might just be the increase in visits to the ER since legalization has something to do with users in Colorado no longer fearing prosecution if they seek help while under the influence. Is it not possible that mental illness issues in general are on the rise in young people unrelated to marijuana use? It would certainly seem so according to many recent studies. It has been my experience that those who want to indulge, will, be it legal or not. Those who don't won't be tempted by legalization. I am by no means an expert and these are just observations and speculation. I don't doubt there will be some growing pains when marijuana is legalized. I sincerely believe, however, many of these fears are being overstated. We are so worried about young adults buying marijuana at 18 but have no qua! lms about them buying one of the deadliest recreational substances available - alcohol.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Is Part Of God's World

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 18 May 2017 - Editor: Re: Legalized marijuana not part of God's law On May 15, letter writer D. Simpson should have read the first page of the Bible before ranting about the alleged evils of cannabis. In Genesis 1:69, God said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire Earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed."
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CN ON: Many Teens Get Into Cars With Impaired Drivers

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 18 May 2017 - One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking and one in five got in a car with a driver that consumed marijuana, according to a new University of Waterloo study. Half of all students in Grades 11 and 12 admitted to at least one risky behaviour, either driving after drinking or using marijuana or being a passenger in the car of an impaired driver.
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CN PI: LTE: Dangers Lurk With Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
The Guardian, 17 May 2017 - There was a Letter to the Editor on the subject of legalizing marijuana by a person who is in the business of treating youth who have addiction issues. I agree with what the person is trying to relay on this very important issue. The people who are in the business of treating people with addictions know first hand the dangers of this great idea that the government is bringing on and that is legalizing of marijuana. I know that from my own experience with addiction, that the results from the disease are so damaging and far reaching it boggles my mind how government can justify the legalizing of a drug that caused so much pain and suffering to addicts, family, friends and taxpayers.
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CN MB: Don't Sell Pot, Booze Together: MGEU

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2017 - WHEN marijuana is legalized in Canada, it should be sold in standalone publicly operated stores, the head of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU) says. Michelle Gawronsky said the union believes that Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. should be responsible for selling cannabis products, but that marijuana not be marketed in booze stores.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Can Help Our Economy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 17 May 2017 - Editor: This is in response to D. Simpson's letter in The Daily Courier on Monday, May 15, citing Matthew 15:11, "It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth." I'm sure that if God looks around the way the world works now, He would have more pressing matters than worrying about a little cannabis, which is a plant and not a drug, as it requires no tampering or time in a lab, unlike grains to make alcohol or poppies to make opium.
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CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Not Part Of God's Law

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 17 May 2017 - Dear Editor: In the New Testament, in Matthew 4:4, it states that "man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Further, it says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
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CN BC: CNV Slams Lid On Pot Shops

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00
North Shore News, 17 May 2017 - Weeds Glass gets business licence plucked Marijuana shops in the City of North Vancouver are in a green and grey legal area. Council revealed a closed-session decision to deny business licences to Weeds Glass and Gifts on Marine Drive as well as LotusLand Cannabis Club on East Second Street at a May 8 council meeting.
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CN BC: Cannabis May Help Wean People Off Crack, Study Finds

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 May 2017 - Cannabis has been identified as a potential substitute for users of legal or illicit opioids, but a new Vancouver-based study shows the drug may also help reduce people's cravings for another highly addictive substance: crack cocaine. Scientists at the BC Centre on Substance Use tracked 122 people who consumed crack in and around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside over a three-year period and found they reported using that drug less frequently when they opted to also consume cannabis.
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CN NF: Man In The Middle

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:00
The Telegram, 16 May 2017 - Worker anxiously awaits arbitration case Part 4 in a four-part series Scott Tizzard remains mired in a career no-man's land.
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CN ON: Pot Shops Face Round 2

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 16 May 2017 - Back in business after police raids, illegal marijuana dispensaries now in London bylaw enforcers' sights London appears to be taking a page from Toronto's playbook in its bid to crack down on illegal pot shops that refuse to die.
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