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CN ON: Taking Dead Aim At Illegal Drugs

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Jun 2014 - Illegal drugs are taking a terrible toll in London and Middlesex County, killing people in such shocking numbers that health officials plan a counterattack. Last year alone, 41 people died of drug overdoses, a death rate double the Ontario average. Put another way, nearly four times as many people died of overdoses as were killed in motor vehicle crashes. The scourge of drugs is clogging emergency rooms, taxing police and paramedics and outpacing services to help addicts, reveals a new report by the Middlesex London Health Unit. While such problems are everywhere in Ontario, they are taking a more severe toll here.

CN ON: Editorial: Misplaced Worry Over New Methadone Clinic

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 21 Jun 2014 - That wasted, skeletal junkie you're picturing? The heroin abuser who sucks away at our city's social services like a decaying vampire? That isn't what methadone clients look like. Not for the most part, anyway. You could be sitting beside one of them right now. A co-worker. A friend. A family member.

US TX: Cannabis Brownies Leave Teen Facing Life

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Press, 24 Jun 2014 - A Texas teenager could face up to 99 years in prison for making and selling brownies infused with cannabis, despite the product being legal elsewhere in the United States. Jacob Lavoro, 19, was arrested on April 14 after a neighbour smelled suspiciously pungent smoke and called the police. The authorities allege that after entering his apartment they found an illicit baking operation that included the brownies, a pound of cannabis, hash oil and US$1675 (NZ$1900) in cash.

CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke Not A Laughing Matter

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 24 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.

US WA: Washington State To Require Approval Of Packaging For Edible

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 25 Jun 2014 - SEATTLE - Washington State will require its approval of all packaging for edible marijuana products, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday, a pre-emptory move to ban cartoons, toy images and any other labels that might appeal to children. Mr. Inslee announced the emergency set of rules on how marijuana-infused edible products are marketed and sold in retail shops as part of the state's response to reports of overdoses and under-age consumption in Colorado.

Canada: Journal Lights Up Debate On Pot Prescriptions

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jun 2014 - It was a discussion with a patient, who attempted suicide after failing to respond to antidepressants, which recently prompted Dr. David Juurlink of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to do something he had never done. The man explained how after years of suffering anxiety and work-related stress, and not responding to psychotropic drugs, he only felt at peace when smoking a joint during his evening walk with the dog. For the first time in his 20-year career, Juurlink, an internist and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, suggested the patient talk to his family doctor about medical marijuana. "This was a revelatory clinical encounter for me," recalls Juurlink in a commentary published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Endorsing the use of medicinal cannabis for this patient was the right thing to do." He wasn't the only one weighing in on the issue. So too did Dr. Meldon Kahan, medical director of Substance Use Service at Women's College Hospital, and Dr. Anita Srivastava, a family physician at St. Joseph's Health Centre, who also co-authored a commentary. The two opinion pieces are part of a new debate format in the CMAJ that will feature experts with opposing views.

US FL: Editorial: Clouds Around Pot Initiative Need Clarifying

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 24 Jun 2014 - The best headline off of Florida's newly signed medical marijuana law, known as the Charlotte's Web law, appeared on the Gawker website last week: "Florida legalizes boring medical weed that doesn't even get you high." That's precisely why the new Charlotte's Web law is such a good one. It is exactly what it appears to be: a legal way for people with clearly defined illnesses to get access to a specific type of cannabis with very low THC, meaning it really won't get users high.

US OR: OPED: Talk Straight To Your Kids About Pot

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Portland Tribune, 24 Jun 2014 - We can debate the science of marijuana, a drug, and challenge the soundness of public policy about it without ever reaching a consensus about the wisdom of legalizing or criminalizing it or finding some sort of middle ground. But in the meantime, there should be no dispute among us that we must openly and honestly talk about it with our kids or grandchildren, especially when it comes to our own use way back when or now, regardless of whether we ever inhaled.

US MN: Medical Marijuana -- What You Need To Know

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Post-Bulletin, 23 Jun 2014 - Medical marijuana is coming to Minnesota next summer. Rather than joints or other illicit forms of the street drug, medical pot will be made into oils, vapors or pills by two Minnesota manufacturers to be chosen by the state yet this year.

CN AB: Users Say Feds Blowing Smoke With New System

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 23 Jun 2014 - Medical marijuana consumers complaining about Health Canada's attempt to criminalize home grows Few suppliers and a lack of willing doctors are among the concerns being raised by Alberta medical marijuana users testing a new federal system for supplying the drug.

US WA: Ad Campaign Targets Marijuana DUIs

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 22 Jun 2014 - Drive High, Get a DUI Pot May Be Legal, Driving Under Influence Isn't MOUNT VERNON - With marijuana retail stores set to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) wants to make it clear that while marijuana use may be legal, driving under its influence is not.

UK: Met Urges Khat Users To Quit Ahead Of Ban

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Evening Standard, 23 Jun 2014 - SOMALI khat traders in London were today urged to switch to running cafes and driving taxis in a bid by Met officers to avoid arrrests when a new ban on the drug comes into effect tomorrow. Detectives said they want to avoid "criminalising the community" when khat - a herbal stimulant popular in the Horn of Africa - becomes a class C substance. The change follows a decision by Home Secretary Theresa May to ban the drug, which has been outlawed in other European countries, to avoid Britain becoming a trade hub for a substance that is illegal elsewhere.

CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke Not A Laughing

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 23 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.

CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke Not A Laughing

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 23 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough- Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough- Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.

CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke Not A Laughing

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 23 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.

CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke Not A Laughing

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 23 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.

Vatican: Pope Speaks Against Making Drugs Legal

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 Jun 2014 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging in the United States and elsewhere. Francis told delegates attending a Rome drug enforcement conference that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects."

Canada: Column: Peter Mackay, Minister Of Wrong Again

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Jun 2014 - At this point I'm impressed with the sheer breadth and scope of Justice Minister Peter MacKay's ineptitude. These days he's wrong about so many things and manages to communicate this wrongness in so many mediums, I'm in awe. The man is wrong everywhere! He just keeps popping up wrong! Peter MacKay is like the Zelig of wrong! He's wrong in the House of Commons - - and throws papers on the floor. He's as wrong in four-year-old as he is in adult.

CN ON: Column: Peter Mackay's Inner Kamikaze on Full Display

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Jun 2014 - When it comes to assessing the performance of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, one of the main Conservative actors of the just concluded parliamentary season, the first question is where to start? Should item one on the list be the minister's Internet surveillance bill, a proposed law whose intrusiveness may not pass muster with the courts? Bill C-13 would give telecommunications and Internet providers legal immunity for voluntarily handing over their customers' private data to law enforcement agencies.

CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.