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US MI: New Petition To Legalize Marijuana In Michigan Gets OK

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug 2017 - LANSING -- The Board of State Canvassers gave approval Thursday to a new proposed ballot effort to amend the state constitution to fully legalize recreational use of marijuana without taxing the drug. The proposal from Abrogate Prohibition Michigan of Midland would nullify all laws prohibiting or regulating the use of marijuana and impose no fines, taxes or penalties on its use.

CN BC: Column: How Could A Spiritual Guru Die From Street Drugs?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 21 Aug 2017 - Last month, you could hear the collective global gasp when news broke that eminent Zen Buddhist Michael Stone had passed away in Victoria, B.C. The shock was a natural reaction to the unexpected death of a beloved force of nature, a powerful communicator who, through his ability to make ancient spiritual ideas fresh and relevant, helped improve the lives of countless people around the world. Stone left behind a wife and two children - with another on the way - and would have celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Saturday. But what also caused thousands of jaws to drop from the news was the Stone's cause of death: the charismatic, world-renowned and respected yoga/meditation/mindfulness expert, author, and speaker - who founded the Centre of Gravity in Toronto-died after OD-ing on street drugs.

CN MB: Hard Dose Of Reality

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Aug 2017 - Spike in Winnipeg drug overdoses - including opioids The number of annual drug overdoses in Winnipeg is on the rise. Data from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show that emergency crews are responding to more overdoses, with 1,648 patients arriving with a drug overdose complaint at emergency rooms and urgent care facilities during the first seven months of this year. There were 2,565 such calls throughout 2016, up from 1,981 in 2014.

CN ON: Column: Breaking The Rules To Save Lives Caught In Crisis

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 19 Aug 2017 - Harm reduction workers follow correct belief relationships more important than rules Eight days of silence gives one sufficient time to engage in some of the contemplation and reading necessary for moving about more wisely in this world with our ever-increasing set of wicked problems. It also provides the space for taking in a book or three, a practice I neglect during my routinized day to day. So I have returned home from my retreat richer than ever, gleaning wisdom from both the silent and the written word.

Canada: OPED: The Opioid Interventions Canada Needs Now

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - Canada is in the grip of an unprecedented opioid crisis. An estimated 2,458 Canadians died of opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 - more than the national count of motor-vehicle accident and homicide deaths combined. British Columbia reported 967 (mainly opioid) drug-overdose fatalities in 2016, and is on track for 1,500 in 2017. Alberta and Ontario have also seen substantial increases. Numerous interventions have been discussed and initiated recently - yet, the number of deaths continue to rise. Part of this deadly stalemate relates to the fact that, underlying the opioid crisis are two paradoxically linked challenges - neither of which are adequately understood or addressed by current responses. On the one hand, a substantial portion of the present crisis is due to years of systemic and non-evidence based overprescribing, which put too many people, for too long, on too high doses, of opioid drugs. To counter this, excessive opioid prescribing levels have to be substantially reduced in order to prevent even more Canadians being exposed to opioid misuse, dependence and undue death. These sensible reductions in harmful opioid prescribing at the individual and population level are the central objective of newly tabled Canadian prescription guidelines.

Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.

CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 Total

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 18 Aug 2017 - Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday. A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.

CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The Workplace

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 17 Aug 2017 - Timmins business owners had pot on the mind Wednesday morning. About 40 people sat in on a presentation by lawyer Carly Stringer in the Schumacher Lions Den in the McIntyre Centre. The event, organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, focused on employer and employee obligations and rights regarding marijuana in the workplace.

CN ON: Spike In Overdoses Alarms Health Unit

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 17 Aug 2017 - Psst. Pass the word along. Much like the warning at the '60s Woodstock concert to avoid the brown acid, authorities are warning today's recreational drug users to carry naloxone kits in case their drugs are laced with fentanyl. "We're alerting recreational drug users that the MDMA (ecstasy) or cocaine they're taking could be tainted with fentanyl," said Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

CN ON: Oped: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect Children

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Oakville Beaver, 18 Aug 2017 - It may shock many Canadians to learn that 28 per cent of Canadian youths use marijuana - the highest rate among developed countries surveyed in a 2013 UNICEF report. This means that if you know four youths between the ages of 11 and 15, one of them is using marijuana.

CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly Truths

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day. It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot Shop

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue. The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.

CN ON: A Tale of Two Shootings

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Aug 2017 - One of the Trudeau government's stated policy goals for ending marijuana prohibition is to divert the profits reaped by gangsters toward legitimate shareholders. But an investigation by Greg McArthur and Molly Hayes offers a glimpse into the insidious nature of organized crime, finding that criminal groups easily exploited loopholes in the federal government's old medical-marijuana licensing regimes In the late afternoon of March 14 in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, a masked gunman jumped out of the passenger side of a black Jeep Cherokee, darted across a snow-dusted parking lot and unleashed a flurry of bullets into a black BMW. Thirty seconds later, he was back in the car, leaving Saverio Serrano - the son of a notorious Canadian Mafia figure and cocaine importer - wounded, and Mr. Serrano's 28-year-old girlfriend dead.

CN ON: Column: Legalizing Illicit Drugs Won't Solve Opioid Crisis

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 18 Aug 2017 - The hare-brained idea from Toronto that the country should consider decriminalizing or legalizing illicit drugs because current policy has failed is not just "crazy," it is insane. It would be laughable if the issue weren't so deadly serious.

CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
The News, 14 Aug 2017 - Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products This isn't your grandma's home remedy. Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.

CN NS: City Looks Into Pot Planning

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 14 Aug 2017 - Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality. In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.

CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot Plans

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Yukon News, 11 Aug 2017 - Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation. In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.

CN BC: RCMP Constable Inspired Cheech And Chong Character

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 2017 - Abe Snidanko, the relentless narcotics officer who was feared by the scourge of Vancouver's hippies and lampooned by the stoner comedy duo of Cheech and Chong, has died. He was 79. Constable Snidanko's name became a byword for the conflict between the establishment, including mayor Tom Campbell, and a burgeoning counterculture scene in the West Coast city.

CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The Way

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 Aug 2017 - IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally. Shoppers Drug Mart. Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.

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