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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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CN ON: 'Guilty Of Caring'

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 05 Dec 2016 - Cop faces hearing over removal of cat from stoned owner's home An award-winning Durham Regional Police officer who rescued a "cowering" kitten from a stoned pet owner's home will face a police tribunal on Monday, charged with discreditable conduct.

CN MB: Column: Sometimes, The Drug Problem Is Your Kid

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 05 Dec 2016 - Parents need to realize addiction knows no demographic boundaries THERE are many ways a parent can lose a child to drugs. They might overdose and die. They might get lost to addiction, which is a kind of death. Or they might be killed by drug-related violence - such as Cooper Nemeth, whose body was found in a recycling bin in February, or TJ Wiebe, who was beaten, strangled and left to die in a field in 2003.

CN ON: Editorial: Two Solutions We Need Before Pot Is Legal

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Dec 2016 - Considering that the Trudeau government already has a growing problem with election promises, the last thing it wants is to wobble on marijuana legalization, which will come to fruition sometime in early to mid-2017. A task force, bureaucrats and politicians are working a legislative framework to go before Parliament next spring with a rollout plan to follow. But there are a couple of large flashing yellow lights on the road to legalization that the government needs to come to grips with first.

CN BC: Officer Intervention Rules To Change

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Dec 2016 - Watchdog to revise protocols for police actions during overdoses due to concerns about potential liability when helping victims British Columbia's police watchdog is changing a policy to allay officers' fears that efforts to provide life-saving interventions could subject them to investigation.

CN BC: Pot Sales In The City's Liquor Stores?

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
The Burnaby Now, 02 Dec 2016 - In December, city council will be considering a resolution by two groups in the liquor industry proposing a non-medical marijuana distribution model that permits pot sales only in licensed public and private liquor stores. Photograph By File It was one of the big promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the last federal election. While the country waits for the federal government to follow through on legalizing pot for recreational use, the City of Burnaby wants to make sure it's prepared to handle the drug when it happens.

CN BC: Column: Just Like Sodom And Gomorrah

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Maple Ridge News, 02 Dec 2016 - We've now had a few years of the low-barrier, harm reduction approach to solving or coping with our widespread illicit drug use epidemic. Maybe it's now time to review what has been accomplished. Almost every public health official, provincial housing authority, city councillor, police officer and drug counsellor in this province openly acknowledge the growing tragedy of drug overdose deaths in British Columbia.

CN ON: Editorial: Drug Screening: The Wrong Way To Go

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 05 Dec 2016 - The wrong way to go The Toronto Transit Commission has had five years to make a convincing case that there is a serious drug or alcohol problem among its staff that is putting public safety at significant risk. So far it hasn't.

CN MB: 'We Didn't Realize It Was This Bad'

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:00
Metro, 05 Dec 2016 - Firefighter union reacts to Winnipeg's overdose statistics Winnipeg firefighters and paramedics are responding to more overdose calls in 2016 than in the past five years, new data shows. From Jan. 1 to Nov.16, the city says the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has received 1,593 calls related to overdoses and poisonings, which are tracked together.

Canada: Trudeau Gets Tough On Dispensaries

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 04 Dec 2016 - With marijuana legalization looming, PM wants police to tackle unlicensed vendors A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to "enforce the law" and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries - even though weed legalization is looming.

CN NF: Gone To Pot

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 03 Dec 2016 - Marijuana dispensaries: how is this legal? It's complicated As news broke this week that CannaLeaf Medical Dispensary on Water Street was selling marijuana to anybody older than 19, and dozens of other dispensaries have opened in cities across the country, one question hangs over it all: how is this legal?

CN AB: Report Looks At Safe Sites

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Metro, 02 Dec 2016 - In 2014, there were 324 people in Edmonton sharing needles and injecting in public spaces, according to the group looking at safe consumption services in the city. That's more than what Vancouver saw before launching safe consumption clinic Insite, says Shelley Williams, chair of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services.

CN BC: Hope Outreach Takes On Kelowna Overdose Crisis

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 30 Nov 2016 - "I saved two lives last week," said a man in his early 30s, as he sidled up to a dozen or so of his peers,huddled under blankets on Leon Avenue. The comment, which would be remarkable in most circles, prompted little more than nods and utterances of similar anecdotes.

CN BC: IH: Safe Injection Services Available By Spring

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 30 Nov 2016 - A Kelowna safe injection site should be up and running by April, although what it will look like remains to be seen. Interior Health proposed two potential options last week - a fixed injection site at 477 Leon Ave. as well as a mobile site - and now they're embarking on the final community engagement process.

CN BC: Kelowna Safe Injection Site Debate Heats Up

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 30 Nov 2016 - Safe injection sites eyed in Kelowna The debate over a safe injection site in Kelowna continues to gain steam as community members take sides on the controversial topic. The Downtown Kelowna Association has come out against the Interior Health Authority's proposed Leon Avenue location, due to public safety concerns.

CN ON: Editorial: Get Onside, Ontario

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 04 Dec 2016 - Toronto has seen a 77-per-cent increase in overdose deaths between 2004 and 2014 Brooklyn McNeil was an Ontario scholar, singer, artist and harm reduction advocate. But the 22-year-old woman was also an injection drug addict who sadly died alone in June beside a dumpster in an east-end alley.

US: FDA Agrees To New Trials For Ecstasy To Help Soothe

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 30 Nov 2016 - CHARLESTON, S.C. - After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different medications. "Nothing worked for me, so I put aside the idea that I could get better," said Mr. Hardin, 37. "I just pretty much became a hermit in my cabin and never went out."

CN NF: Cannabis Candies Not For Children: Police

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 02 Dec 2016 - Police forces are warning parents after a raid Tuesday night at the Canna Leaf marijuana dispensary in downtown St. John's that the cannabis candies and cookies seized are similar to what can be purchased in regular stores in the province, but can be harmful to children. "They are infused with (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis," the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU - NL) stated in a news release.

CN NF: 'Technically Illegal'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 08:00
The Telegram, 29 Nov 2016 - Marijuana advocate approached N.L. police months ago about starting a dispensary Marijuana advocate Ryan Stratton said when he first heard about pot dispensaries popping up in St. John's, he was a little bitter.

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