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CN AB: Pot Centre Opens For Vets Suffering PTSD

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 02 Oct 2016 - Western Canada's first medical marijuana support service focused on helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain opened in Edmonton on Saturday. Reporter Juris Graney visited Marijuana for Trauma to find out what it was all about.

CN ON: Second Raid At Pot Shop

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 30 Sep 2016 - Cannabis Culture founder says two people were arrested Cannabis Culture was raided again and shut down by city police Thursday morning. The marijuana store at 282 George St. N. opened earlier this month and was raided by police within days, on Sept. 15.

CN ON: Drug-impaired Drivers Face Stiffer Penalties

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 30 Sep 2016 - Beginning Sunday, offence will match penalties faced by drunk drivers Stiffer penalties for those who choose to drive while under the influence of drugs will be meted out beginning Sunday. The Ministry of Transportation announced Wednesday afternoon that the penalties would match those faced by drivers impaired by alcohol.

CN ON: Column: What Will Canada Gain From Legalization Of Pot?

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 30 Sep 2016 - Smoking marijuana can impair one's thought processes, but all the federal government needs to do is talk about it to achieve a state of surreal confusion. Consider the situation today. Marijuana is going to be legalized next year. Cool. In the meantime, illegal pot stores are proliferating under the guise of offering medical marijuana. Since they are illegal, and theoretically don't exist, they are unaffected by zoning regulations and business licence requirements. Little is known about quality of what they sell. When Health Canada received a report about dangerous toxins in pot sold in dispensaries in Vancouver, it did nothing. Police don't know what to do about this, and in Ottawa, they are not enforcing existing law.

CN ON: Badawey 'Livid' Over Pot Farm

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 30 Sep 2016 - Vance Badawey recalls arguing against a proposed medical marijuana greenhouse on Pinecrest Road back when he was Port Colborne's mayor. Now as Niagara Centre's MP, Badawey feels he's in a better position to deal with the issue that city council was then powerless to prevent.

CN BC: Pot Producer Sought Fungicide Approval

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Sep 2016 - Tilray says it wanted to use controversial product in belief it was being employed at non-licensed operations, but later halted its bid One of Canada's largest medical marijuana producers, which raised concerns with Health Canada over harmful chemicals found in cannabis sold at Vancouver dispensaries, sought permission to use a controversial fungicide on its own crops last year, but says it later abandoned the idea.

CN ON: Couples With Reefer Sadness

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Sep 2016 - Smoking up more than your partner causes problems With dispensaries popping up on every corner and a popular pro-legalization prime minister, some Canadians have a case of reefer madness. But for couples learning their drug-use preferences are incompatible, the result can be reefer sadness instead.

CN BC: Substance Abuse Research Centre Plans For B.C. Revealed

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 29 Sep 2016 - The provincial government announced that it is putting another $10 million toward addiction treatment and overdose prevention strategies, with half of that amount planned to establish a new British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse. The research centre will be tasked with positioning B.C. "as a leader in delivering evidence-based addiction treatment," according to a release, by determining best practices and helping link stakeholder agencies, including health authorities, care providers and academic institutions.

CN AB: Near 300% Increase In Meth Busts

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 28 Sep 2016 - Shift in drug habits, supply chain blamed The Calgary Police Service has seen a 292 per cent increase in methamphetamine seizures in the second quarter of 2016, compared to the same time last year, according to a report presented to the Calgary Police Commission on Tuesday.

US AZ: Prop 205: Let's Make a Deal

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 29 Sep 2016 - Will Arizonans make a deal to sacrifice regulatory concerns to eliminate the majority of marijuana felony arrests? Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Much of the literature condemning the marijuana legalization initiatives takes issue with the new system the proposition would put in place.

US WI: For Small-Town Cops, Opioid Scourge Hits Close To Home

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 29 Sep 2016 - Flood of fentanyl and heroin is straining budgets, putting police at risk as drug networks spread During an attempted drug-trafficking bust this spring on Chicago's South Side, police Sgt. James Madden took off running after a young man, chasing him into a darkened yard before losing the trail.

CN ON: Watson: Pot Shops Should Feel The Heat

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 29 Sep 2016 - Mayor Jim Watson suggested Wednesday that police need to smoke out marijuana dispensaries, which are sprouting all across Ottawa. "I would like to see everyone obey and respect the law," Watson told reporters Wednesday. "If marijuana is going to be legalized, as the prime minister has indicated, then that's fine, we'll live with those rules and regulations and these shops can then open legally, but we don't know the timeframe of that and while they're breaking the law, I think the law should be enforced."

CN ON: Tougher Rules For Driving Impaired By Drugs

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 29 Sep 2016 - WATERLOO REGION - New legislation will mean harsher penalties, including licence suspensions, for motorists who drive while impaired by drugs. The new provincial rules, which take effect on Sunday, will allow police to suspend the licence of drivers impaired by drugs just like they do for drunk drivers who are charged with impaired driving.

CN ON: Cannabis Culture Store Plans To Reopen Today

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 27 Sep 2016 - The Cannabis Culture store in downtown Peterborough plans to reopen for business on Tuesday at 10 a.m. after closing following a city police raid earlier this month. Marijuana advocate and Cannabis Culture stores chain founder Marc Emery said Monday afternoon that the store at 382 George St. N. will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m. and resume its operating hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CN ON: OPED: Dangers Of Stoned Driving Loom Large

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 27 Sep 2016 - As the federal government is planning to introduce legislation next year to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana in Canada, there is an unprecedented urgency to end a new driving behaviour before it is too late. We have to get this right. It's essential all public safety officials and elected representatives make sure the same knowledge that exists around seatbelts and car seats saving lives exists around driving sober from alcohol and drugs.

CN BC: RCMP Raid Second Pot Shop

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
Alberni Valley News, 27 Sep 2016 - Port Alberni RCMP arrested four Port Alberni residents at the Port Alberni Cannabis Club on Bute Street on Thursday, Sept. 22. This is the second search warrant the RCMP have executed at a marijuana dispensary in Port Alberni this month. West Side Alternatives on Athol Street was raided by RCMP on Sept. 16. Five individuals were charged and are awaiting their December trial date.

CN ON: City Wants Marijuana Farm Licences Revoked

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 28 Sep 2016 - Port Colborne will ask Health Canada to revoke licences to grow medical marijuana at a greenhouse on Pinecrest Road, in the wake of last week's armed robbery there when two people were held at gunpoint. Niagara Regional Police reported last week that while searching the property, officers found 3,400 plants growing in the greenhouse.

CN ON: Second Pot Shop To Open Downtown

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 28 Sep 2016 - Cannabis Culture reopens after raid, while Trent University business student prepares to open another marijuana store Peterborough's marijuana store, Cannabis Culture, reopened Tuesday morning, with city police announcing that the opening has their attention.

CN ON: Top Cops Want Tools To Handle 'Potent' Drugs

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 28 Sep 2016 - City police brass want more training, and equipment, for officers to deal with potentially hazardous narcotics. Fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamines are increasing in popularity among drug users, said Deputy Chief Sean Sparling during a Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board meeting Tuesday at Civic Centre.

CN ON: Column: It's Time To Debate A Safe Injection Site

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Sep 2016 - Each day 700 people line up to get into the Insite supervised safer injection facility in Vancouver. They come to inject pre-obtained heroin and cocaine in a clean environment, with clean needles, under the watchful eye of nurses, addiction doctors, counsellors and peer volunteers.

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