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CN AB: Column: Green Path The Wrong One

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - Prime Minister Trudeau's pot legalization plan bad for the country's young people Last summer the Trudeau government established a task force to study marijuana legalization and regulation. Their mandate was to consult with Canadians about developing a framework for legal access to marijuana (cannabis).

CN ON: 'Cat-And-Mouse Game' With Local Pot Shops

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - When Arash Zadeh heard a marijuana dispensary on Hunt Club Road had temporarily closed after an armed robbery, he saw an opportunity. He asked his real estate agent to find out whether the landlord was interested in renting the space to him and his business partner Hadi Shureih. "I called (the agent) and said, 'I'm sure the community is not very impressed with this (shop), so can we get in?"

US PA: Graphic: Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths Skyrocket

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 11 Jan 2017 - Overdose Deaths Up Sharply in Pa. Drug-related fatalities rose 23.4 percent in Pennsylvania last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Philadelphia Division reports in its second annual statewide analysis. Previous years' data come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also relies on death certificates from coroners' offices but has not yet released U.S. or any state numbers for 2015.

US MD: OPED: Opioid Abuse Cause For Pause Among Physicians

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - Op-ed: Physician anesthesiologists can help fight opioid abuse. The opioid dilemma puts pressure on every physician to pause and reflect. Physician anesthesiologists are dedicated to providing pain relief in the safest manner possible, which includes prescribing and managing opioid therapy when medical conditions warrant. What we face now is too many tragic instances of patients emerging from pain treatment regimens only to see their lives destroyed later through addiction.

US PA: Part-time Donora Police Officer Charged With Stealing Heroin

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 Jan 2017 - A part-time Donora police officer has been arrested for stealing 133 stamp bags of heroin that were seized as evidence after the execution of a search warrant. James B. Johnson V, 29, of Monongahela, was charged Tuesday with several drug offenses, theft, obstruction, tampering and misapplication of entrusted property.

US NJ: Former Heroin Addict Inspires Christie's Reform Efforts

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - Six months ago, AJ Solomon visited Gov. Chris Christie at the State House to apologize for using heroin while a member of the governor's advance team. [photo] Governor Chris Christie told the story of AJ Solomon, a recovering heroin addict, to illustrate his focus on combating drug addiction in New Jersey. Here, the Governor hugs Solomon as he exits after the address.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com)

US NJ: Christie Shines Light On N.J. Fight Against Addiction

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - Christie this week reaffirmed his public commitment to making N.J. a national leader in fighting drug addiction. [photo] Governor Christie speaks about drug addiction at a Walgreens in East Brunswick on Dec. 22, 2016.(Photo: Nicholas Pugliese/STATE HOUSE BUREAU)

US NJ: N.J. Gets $1.3m Grant To Fight Heroin Addiction And

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - New Jersey will receive a $1.3 million grant to target the heroin trade and illegal prescription drug activity as law enforcement and legislators team up to lower rates of addiction and overdoses, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced Thursday. [photo] A grant from the U.S. Justice Department would target the heroin trade and misuse of prescription drugs.(Photo: RECORD FILE PHOTO)

US NJ: Christie Hopes More Addicts Will Get Treatment Under Trump

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Chris Christie holds a baby boy facing perinatal addiction while the boy's grandmother looks on while he was touring the Jersey Shore Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Neptune, N.J. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The baby boy is 49 days old and suffers from withdrawal symptoms transferred from his mother who had addiction issues. (Photo: Tim Larsen/Governor's office) With changes to health care among the top priorities for President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office next month, New Jersey is likely to gain greater flexibility in Medicaid and possibly help drug users get access to treatment, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.

US NJ: Heroin Busts Come With An Offer Of Detox To Help Break Cycle

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - One is a former nurse. Another used to be in law enforcement. There were a recruiter and a graphic designer. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino at the press conference on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

US MA: Opioid Death Toll Again Hits Triple Digits In Worcester

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10 Jan 2017 - WORCESTER - Last year was another rough year in the fight against opioid addiction, and Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. had some numbers to prove it at a forum Monday night at Worcester Technical High School. The district attorney said there were 148 overdose deaths in Worcester County last year, and he cautioned that as toxicology test results come back, that number could still rise. He said for four years that number has been in the triple digits, and said it has impacted the cities and the suburbs. He said that in nearly three quarters of those overdose deaths, the powerful drug fentanyl played a role.

US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First Doses

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
The State, 10 Jan 2017 - Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures. It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.

CN ON: 'Vulnerable' Pot Shops Reluctant To Report Robberies

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 09 Jan 2017 - The "vulnerability" to robbery that medicinal pot shops face is "nothing new," an advocate says in the wake of a violent knife-point holdup in Toronto's west end. Tracy Curley says dispensaries have become marks in a recent "rash" of robberies due to their prohibited "high-value" inventory and she noted many shops are not reporting such crimes to police for fear of being raided.

CN ON: Ontario Agrees To Fund Three Injection Sites In Toronto

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 10 Jan 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown healthcare facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.

CN ON: Anticipating Fentanyl Spread, Ontario To Help Fund Injection

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.

CN ON: Ontario Agrees To Fund Three Toronto Injection Sites

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 10 Jan 2017 - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown health-care facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.

China: China Refutes Claims Itas A Major Source Of Fentanyl

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - State-run Chinese media have expressed skepticism that the country is a key source of fentanyl, despite an agreement with the RCMP that was seen as a tacit admission of China's role in fuelling the unfolding overdose crisis in Canada. A Globe and Mail investigation last year revealed how fentanyl is manufactured in China and how easily it is shipped to Canada, and border officials here have intercepted dozens of such shipments.

CN ON: Province To Help Pay For Injection Sites

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Jan 2017 - Top doc supports local drug program Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins supports the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's request for a supervised injection site and says there will be provincial money available to help set it up.

US MA: Books Detail The How-To's On Cultivating Pot

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 10 Jan 2017 - Massachusetts lawmakers have already shown they're willing to tinker with the marijuana legalization law passed by voters in November. But for now, at least, it's legal for adults 21 and older to grow marijuana plants at home: Six plants per person and 12 per household. (Note: Home growing is legal indoors only in Massachusetts.) Curious about how to get started? The Boston Public Library has a perhaps surprising number of books about pot, including several volumes on home growing. They include:

US MD: Entrepreneurs Announce Plans To Apply To Open A Medical

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan 2017 - [photo] SAFED, ISRAEL -- A worker at a cannabis greenhouse at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed, Israel. (Uriel Sinai / Baltimore Sun) Two Silver Spring-based entrepreneurs said Monday they hope to open a medical marijuana growing and processing plant in Baltimore.

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