The Labradorian, 16 Jan 2017 - What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana? Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.
Cape Breton Post, 16 Jan 2017 - Why are patients who legally acquire medical marijuana being illegally charged sales tax on this medicine? Correspondence to get clarification on why this is so included federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and our two MPs - Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner. Health Minister Philpott replied that "tax policies fall within the purview of Hon. Bill Morneau" and forwarded my inquiry to him. MP Eyking replied with what are the existing regulations on marijuana that represent outdated information considering the ongoing changes with medical marijuana.
Metro, 16 Jan 2017 - A local marijuana advocate is compiling criticism against Ottawa's task force report on legalization in order to make sure Manitoba's cannabis community "has a voice." Steven Stairs, a medical marijuana user and grower who helps organize Winnipeg's 420 rallies, said he reached out to Kildonan MLA Nicholas Curry to talk about the highs and lows of the report.
Edmonton Sun, 16 Jan 2017 - I write in response to the column by Senator Betty Unger published in the Jan. 11 Sun. I write as a citizen with a serious question for one of my Senators. These are legislators who have the power to make laws which affect all of us. It is imperative that they have a full understanding of the subjects on which they rule. So here is my question: Canada claims to be a free society. In a free society, there are limitations on freedom where there is a good justification. Traffic laws are examples. For a limitation to be acceptable, it must be demonstrable that there is a significant harm to be avoided and that there is no other realistic way to avoid that harm. If our laws do not adhere to that standard, then we are not a free society. I want to live as freely as possible, as do most Canadians. The lies which led to cannabis being made illegal in the first place have been thoroughly refuted. Prohibition has been a proven failure at controlling drug use. With that understanding, ! I ask you to justify the continuation of restrictions on Canadians' use of cannabis (marijuana). My question is: Why is pot illegal? Bruce Symington
Metro, 16 Jan 2017 - Local businesses concerned over medical marijuana in the workplace Edmonton's Chamber of Commerce is developing a policy to deal with medical marijuana in the workplace as concerns mount among employers and workers.
Ottawa Sun, 15 Jan 2017 - Mayor Jim Watson may be willing to bow out of the official debate over supervised injection sites, but his police chief, laudably, isn't. In a letter this week to the Sandy Hill Community Centre, Chief Charles Bordeleau raises several concerns about security if a legal drug injection operation is opened at that location. He calls the centre's plans so far "inadequate."
The Recorder & Times, 14 Jan 2017 - To the editor: Recent letter writer Stan White of Colorado claims organized crime in Colorado has diminished. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some pot advocates simply refuse to see any negative side of legalizing marijuana. Had he done proper research, he would discover that Colorado drug traffickers are making millions shipping Colorado marijuana, which they grow illicitly, to other states. In one raid alone, state and federal officials seized over 22,000 pounds of the drug destined for other states. Organized crime is also taking advantage of legalized marijuana in Washington state and selling it on the black market.
The Saturday Okanagan, 14 Jan 2017 - Health authority applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site; the process could happen right away or take years A mobile supervised injection site is in the works for Kelowna, Interior Health announced Friday afternoon. IH will be applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site. "In order for people to be able to use drugs under supervision, we need an exemption," said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer with IH. "Health Canada needs to clear us to be able to do that."
Toronto Star, 13 Jan 2017 - Re Province must 'step up' on injection sites, Jan. 9 I do not understand why the city is being pressured to establish safe injection sites for drug addicts. Will they then be expected to set up safe drinking sites for alcoholics?
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - There's been an "incredible benefit" to last month's creation of overdose-prevention sites in Kamloops, said Bob Hughes, something that goes beyond ensuring drug users are safe - many of them are talking with the medical staff there about some of the reasons they are in their lifestyles. The executive director of ASK Wellness Centre said that as staff hand out safe drug-use equipment - a program the agency has done for years to help combat infections and other diseases associated with drug use - they're also looking for opportunities to ask clients about housing needs other health issues and whether they're ready to try rehabilitation programs or other services that might see them make changes in the way they live.
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - Editor: I think the development of more powerful street drugs (i.e. fentanyl, meth, etc.) of course is driven by the profits available for cheaper more powerful lethal drugs. I think it may be time to look at legalizing drugs so we can better control them.
The Daily Courier, 13 Jan 2017 - Editor: With regards to the letter on Jan. 10, Chasing drug users a waste of time: I strongly question the author's assertion that "these self-inflicted drug users" are using "the greatest amount of our medical resources."
Globe and Mail, 13 Jan 2017 - A new U.S. government-funded report showing clear evidence cannabis is an effective remedy for those with chronic pain underscores the need for more research into how marijuana can help fight the deadly opioid crisis ravaging North America, according to one of Canada's leading pain researchers. A report released Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine outlined nearly 100 conclusions about the benefits and harms of cannabis on a range of public health and safety issues.
Penticton Herald, 13 Jan 2017 - Former gang member shares harrowing tales with students from South Okanagan schools If you don't think gangs have a presence in your small community, think again. "Street-level drug trafficking groups in Williams Lake or Osoyoos don't have the ability to import kilos of cocaine from Mexico or Central America," said Staff-Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which fights gang activity across B.C.
The Delhi News-Record, 12 Jan 2017 - The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasn't exaggerating last year when it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful synthetic opioids. Norfolk paramedics responded to 37 drug overdoses in all of 2014. This rose to 59 in 2015. In 2016, the total was 90.
Toronto Sun, 12 Jan 2017 - Re "Millions for safe injection sites" (Shawn Jeffords, Jan. 10): So the Liberals have millions to help save the lives of drug addicts. But for the poor child with a rare disease and parents who are not rich - too bad. For the person with a rare cancer that needs treatment out of the country - too bad. The fact is the Liberals don't really care about any of them. But the lefties who support the safe injection sites are the ones who vote them in, time after time, and we all know the Liberals will do anything to win. Norman Shifman
The Record, 12 Jan 2017 - Re: Fentanyl called 'national crisis' - Jan. 9 According to B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake's hyperbolic assessment of things, the cutting of street drugs with the lethal substance fentanyl puts us in a "national crisis." I would agree with the use of that term if our prescribed drugs were found to be contaminated with fentanyl, but for illegal drugs?
Brandon Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - This is a direct reply to "Heed Cigarette Lessons For Pot," a letter written by John Fefchak of Virden. I totally agree with you on one point. We can't find intelligent life, especially when we have people like you comparing the scourge of cigarettes to something like marijuana.
Cloverdale Reporter, 11 Jan 2017 - "It's one thing to have a sick child," says Andra Dunn. "But to have one that is actually gone?" She doesn't answer her own question; it's not an answer she can give. In 1987, Dunn gave birth to two twin boys. In 2014, she buried one.
Globe and Mail, 11 Jan 2017 - The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation did not say "create a marijuana marketing board." Yet its recommendations would, if implemented, effectively impose a supply management system on cannabis. Suppliers would be licensed, and subject to production limits. These controls would be set so as to "align supply with likely demand." A marijuana marketing board would protect existing producers, and keep prices high. For the Task Force, this was precisely the point. They wanted to encourage "market diversity," create "a space for smaller-scale production" and prevent "the development of monopolies or large conglomerates."