Vancouver 24hours, 30 Jul 2015 - About 20,000 licensed marijuana users in B.C. are now part of a class-action lawsuit certified this week by the Federal Court of Canada after their names were printed on envelopes referencing medical marijuana. Their lawyers allege this was a significant breach of their privacy.
Edmonton Sun, 30 Jul 2015 - The closure of The Mobil Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society's dispensary goes to show in numerous cases the law does not understand what or why it is enforcing a law that often is not supported by the majority of people. This is one which affects people who need pain relief that they cannot get from pharmaceuticals. I have a severe case of shingles and a friend suggested I try marijuana. I tried it and it was more effective with just two or three puffs than the morphine with no severe side affects, which the morphine had. These people that got their marijuana from MACROS will now go underground to obtain it. Is this the right way to go, I think not.
Victor Harbor Times, 29 Jul 2015 - Two Victor Harbor girls have travelled more than 14,000 kilometres to trial a medical marijuana treatment for the degenerative lung disease they share. Tabetha, 12, and Georgia-Grace Fulton, eight, travelled to Victoria, Canada, to access the politically-controversial cannabis treatment.
Globe and Mail, 29 Jul 2015 - A cannabis evangelist is vowing to refuse an order from the City of White Rock to tear down the marijuana-focused "church" in his beachfront home by the end of the week. Several months ago, Robin Douglas erected a large tent for Church of the Holy Smoke patrons to gather in the backyard of the home he rents across the road from the tourist promenade along White Rock's beach. Mr. Douglas said up to 50 people a day drop by the makeshift lounge to hang out, smoke cannabis and ponder questions "regarding their spirituality." He said he guarantees patrons protection from police if they are inside his yard, but makes sure they know they could be arrested if they leave the sanctuary.
Nelson Star, 28 Jul 2015 - Physicians and police urge caution following at least four critical drug overdoses since April Physicians and police are urging the community to think twice when using illicit drugs following at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.
Vancouver 24hours, 28 Jul 2015 - It looked like a chocolate smoothie, it tasted like a chocolate smoothie, but it was much more than just a chocolate smoothie. A New Westminster woman ended up in the emergency room Saturday after unknowingly ingesting a quarter bottle of marijuana-laced smoothie.
Globe and Mail, 27 Jul 2015 - The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office is getting more and more ingenious - too ingenious. This month, Seyed Nima Razavi Zadeh was convicted of sexual assault. He is in custody pending sentencing. In the interim, the CFO is moving to seize his condominium, which he bought nine years ago for $290,000. The CFO will argue that the condominium unit was a "staging ground" for his crime and possibly others. Yes, Mr. Razavi Zadeh committed a crime, was convicted and will be sentenced. But the civil forfeiture law was created to go after the proceeds of organized crime. In this case, as in many others, the CFO is stretching the law far beyond its original intent and beyond what the Charter of Rights and Freedoms should allow. Does his crime justify the expropriation of his property without compensation, or even making him homeless?
Vancouver 24hours, 27 Jul 2015 - This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy? HARM REDUCTION ALLOWS CYCLE OF MISERY TO REPEAT ITSELF I have a lot of sympathy for injection drugs users. Addiction consumes mind, body and soul - without treatment, the disease gets progressively worse, leaving only incarceration or death. That is, unless you frequent Insite, the safe-injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. There, the mortal consequences of hardcore drug use are suspended..
Vancouver 24hours, 27 Jul 2015 - This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy? INSITE SAVES LIVES AND GIVES ADDICTS A CHANCE TO CLEAN UP We know addiction results in violence, depression, illness and early death. We've learned how addiction can devastate families, friends, and colleagues. We have seen people-once children full of potential - become addicts contorting their bodies in the middle of busy streets, pestering citizens for change, or selling their bodies.
Winnipeg Sun, 26 Jul 2015 - Meet the man behind Winnipeg's first medical marijuana dispensary Fifteen years ago, Glenn Price had his wrist gashed open when moving a large mirror that shattered. The damage required 500 stitches, Price said, and the scar to prove it still weaves through his skin to his hand, where extensive nerve damage has left him without feeling in his fingers.
Toronto Star, 25 Jul 2015 - McGill study found traces of substances in drinking water that could harm environment Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and morphine, among other illicit and prescription drugs, have been detected in surface water in southern Ontario rivers, a new study says.
Lethbridge Herald, 25 Jul 2015 - PROVINCES WANT EASIER ACCESS TO OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE Health Canada has agreed to review the prescription-only status of an antidote used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses. A number of provinces have called for naloxone to be easier to access, so people who might one day need it can keep it on hand.
Guelph Mercury, 25 Jul 2015 - TORONTO - Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodon and morphine have been detected in surface water in southern Ontario rivers, among other illicit and prescription drugs, a new study says. The drugs originate in wastewater discharged into the Grand River watershed, according to a McGill University report published last week in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Edmonton Sun, 25 Jul 2015 - Three charged after dispensary raided by city police ALERT squad More than 1,000 patients suffering from chronic pain, cancer or epilepsy are without their medicine of choice after police shut down an Edmonton medical marijuana dispensary.
Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Jul 2015 - Now that neighbouring U.S. states have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good U.S. relations ( Conservatives losing the war on drugs, Editorial, July 22). Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a chronic case of reefer madness best cured with medical marijuana - the drug's not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as Harper seems to think.
The News, 24 Jul 2015 - Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune "Mary Jane," admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But when she became pregnant - her son Ever is four now - she gave up the weed. "You Oughta Know" what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child.
The Province, 24 Jul 2015 - In the race to make big bucks on a "marijuana breathalyzer," retired Mountie Kal Mahli and "law enforcement agencies" are mistakenly equating the effects of cannabis use with those of alcohol abuse. A recent U.S. study found that traffic fatalities declined almost 10 per cent in states with medical marijuana. Don't take my word, Google it. One often hears that something "is worth it if even one life is saved." If it were anything else they'd be aggressively passing legislation to save lives. Nine per cent is a lot of lives saved by cannabis.
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Jul 2015 - Trudeau Reaffirms Support for Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed to legalize and regulate marijuana, if elected, removing the legal grey area surrounding Winnipeg's first medical marijuana shop.
Guelph Mercury, 24 Jul 2015 - Guelph member of Parliament Frank Valeriote said he respects anyone who seeks public office. But he seemed to make it clear he saw little value in a perennial electoral rival of his expressing an interest to do just that once again in his riding. When asked about Kornelis Klevering's declaration of interest in running federally in Guelph in the next federal election, the retiring incumbent MP questioned the sensibility of the proposed candidacy.
Vancouver 24hours, 23 Jul 2015 - Housing interventions does nothing to reduce drug abuse, despite carrying some benefits for the homeless and mentally ill, according to a two-year study out of Simon Fraser University. Julian Somers, SFU health sciences professor, and his team monitored the substance use of nearly 500 individuals randomized into two groups - - one group received independent housing along with support services, known as housing first, while the other received regular treatment.