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CN BC: Pro-Harm Reduction Victoria Cop Awarded $20,000

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 25 Apr 2016 - A Victoria police officer who was repeatedly told by management to limit his public views on drug policy has been awarded $20,000 by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Const. David Bratzer's run-ins with senior officers in his department began after he joined The Law Enforcement Against Prohibition advocacy group in 2007.
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CN ON: Editorial: This Isn't The Better Way

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Apr 2016 - Randomly testing workers is unjustified since the transit commission already conducts fairly extensive screening If the Toronto Transit Commission had proof of a serious drug or alcohol problem among its staff - something putting public safety at significant risk - it would have good reason to institute mandatory screening for impairment. But that's not the case.
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CN BC: LTE: What About Shooting?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 25 Apr 2016 - Does anyone else find it a little strange and disrespectful that the 420 pot event is held throughout North America each year on the anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre? For the families of the 12 students and one teacher killed, the 24 students and teachers that had life-changing injuries, plus the families and students who were traumatized by the two shooters, April 20, 1999 altered their lives forever.
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CN BC: LTE: 4/20 Pot Party Created Trouble For West End

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 25 Apr 2016 - What idiot at Vancouver city hall authorized the change in the venue for the 4/20 marijuana rally to Sunset Beach? It took us more than an hour to get down Pacific Street. Nice job! Next year, hold the event on the Golden Mile on Point Grey Road and see how they like it. We are super congested in the West End and the new proposed construction on Davie Street hasn't even begun.
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CN BC: LTE: Can We Now Drink Beer In Public?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 25 Apr 2016 - What a wonderful day for the potheads on 4/20, great weather and clouds of marijuana smoke in the air. But is inhaling pot smoke less dangerous than tobacco smoke? I doubt it. B.C.'s health minister said the government wanted to keep the profits from the sale of marijuana out of the hands of criminals. She could have added, "into the hands of government."
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CN BC: LTE: Emery Could Do More

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 25 Apr 2016 - Marijuana activist Jodie Emery seems like a passionate and enthusiastic woman. It's a shame that she doesn't use that energy and enthusiasm to encourage our young people to focus on getting a good education or a good job. Instead, she promotes the use and sale of pot and at the end of the day we're left with a bunch of misguided young people who look up to weak, attention-seeking individuals like Emery who is only qualified for the position of "activist!"
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CN ON: Marijuana Traffic Deaths Spike In U.S.

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 24 Apr 2016 - Colorado Legalized Weed TORONTO - Concern over higher rates of impaired driving once Canada legalizes marijuana has surprisingly mellowed as the feds move forward with the long-awaited new legislation.
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Canada: OPED: Marijuana Regulation Enough To Make You Dazed And

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 Apr 2016 - If you're having a hard time following Vancouver's position on marijuana - recreational or otherwise - you're not alone. On the same day the city allowed an unsanctioned and unpermited 4/20 event to take place on Sunset Beach, as well as a smaller event that shut down Robson Street, Councillor Kerry Jang was talking tough about shuttering the vast majority of the city's medicinal marijuana outlets.
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CN BC: Vancouver Finds Success In Treating Drug Addicts

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 23 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Dave Napio started doing heroin over four decades ago, at 11 years old. Like many addicts these days, he heads to Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside neighborhood when he needs a fix. But instead of seeking out a dealer in a dark alley, Mr. Napio, 55, gets his three daily doses from a nurse at the Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe the narcotic at the center of an epidemic raging across the continent.
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CN BC: Dispensary Can Stay Open

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Apr 2016 - Club has city permission despite school proximity Vancouver's oldest marijuana dispensary and compassion club received the city's blessing to stay open even though it doesn't meet the strict distance requirements from schools under the new dispensary regulation regime.
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CN BC: The Race On To Develop Marijuana Breathalyzers Before Drug Is

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 22 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER - Companies developing breathalyzers to detect marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient in suspected cannabis-impaired drivers appear to be entering a crowded field as Canada prepares to legalize pot. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Wednesday at a special United Nations session on drugs that legislation to begin the process of legalizing and regulating pot will be introduced next spring.
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CN AB: Editorial: Pot's Revenue Stream Likely The Main Reason For

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 22 Apr 2016 - Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will legalize the use of marijuana, the dangers of the drug have seemingly disappeared. It is worth being reminded of some of them. Marijuana contains a mind-altering chemical that can have long-term effects including hampering the development of the brain and its function, according to the website of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Young people are particularly vulnerable in terms of impaired memory and ability to learn. The damage can be permanent. There are also the potential risks of mental illness including hallucinations, paranoia, depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. There is, of course, the risk of addiction too.
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CN BC: Column: Getting Blunt On The Legalization Of Weed

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Apr 2016 - It's not easy being green, man. However, thanks to a cheekily-timed announcement by Health Minister Jane Philpott on April 20, the international cannabis-infused counterculture holiday and coincidentally Hitler's birthday, it may be getting a bit easier.
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CN BC: West Kelowna Businessman Embracing Medicinal Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 22 Apr 2016 - West Kelowna resident Neil Young loves to be immersed in the community and to help people. A former hotel industry worker, Young, 29, has taken that love of people to a new initiative that is aimed at helping people who are facing a variety of health concerns.
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CN BC: Lake: Pot-Legalization Laws Must Protect Young People

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 22 Apr 2016 - B.C.'s health minister says he came away from a marijuana summit in New York City this week even more convinced pending legalization must protect young people and address public safety. Terry Lake attended the April 18 and April 19 Cannabis Science and Policy Summit, where his daughter Stephanie, a PhD student, was a presenter.
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CN BC: Vancouver Fights Opioid Crisis With Prescriptions for

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 22 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Dave Napio started doing heroin over four decades ago, at 11 years old. Like many addicts these days, he heads to Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside neighborhood when he needs a fix. But instead of seeking out a dealer in a dark alley, Napio, 55, gets his three daily doses from a nurse at Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe the narcotic at the center of an epidemic raging across the continent.
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Canada Will Move to Legalize Marijuana Next Year

Canada (STDW) - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:02

This article was produced in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, elected last fall, campaigned on a promise that his Liberal government would legalize marijuana. Now, we're getting an idea of just when that is going to happen.

[image:1 align:left]Speaking at the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem Wednesday, Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government will introduce legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana in spring 2017.

"Our approach to drugs must be comprehensive, collaborative, and compassionate. It must respect human rights while promoting shared responsibility. And it must have a firm scientific foundation. In Canada, we will apply those principles with regard to marijuana," she said.

"To that end, we will introduce legislation [to legally regulate marijuana] in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals. While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety."

Canada's is a parliamentary system, which generally means that if the government introduces a bill, it becomes law. There could be unforeseen bumps in the road, but it appears all but certain that the land of the maple leaf is soon going to become the land of the pot leaf, too.

In the meantime, government officials, including legalization point man former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, are emphasizing that until the law changes, marijuana remains illegal except for medicinal purposes. After a Canadian Supreme Court decision in March, medical marijuana users will be able to grow their own, a right that was taken away by the previous Conservative government.

But within a couple of years, any adult Canadian should be able to join them.

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CN MB: Smokers Anticipate Feds' Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Apr 2016 - POT advocates called for marijuana legalization at Wednesday's 4/20 festivities, but it could be the last time they have to. A group of weed smokers clouded up downtown and gathered at the Manitoba legislature to celebrate the herb. The usual premise of 4/20 is to encourage politicians to look into either legalizing or decriminalizing the drug, but now that Justin Trudeau is prime minister, that could change.
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CN BC: Legalization Likely To End Pot Counterculture

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER - Stoner subculture will likely take a hit with the incoming legalization of marijuana in Canada because as the cause vanishes, so will celebration of the drug, say experts. The declaration comes as the federal government announced a spring 2017 deadline for introducing new marijuana laws and while thousands of people gathered across Canada for the annual April 20 'Weed Day' protest, also known as 4-20.
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CN AB: Activists Welcome Legalization Of Pot

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 21 Apr 2016 - The annual pot-themed gathering at the legislature had a festive vibe Wednesday, after signals on the same day from the federal government that pot could be legal as soon as next spring. Keith Fagin, head of 420 Alberta, described the government's announcement timing as "tongue in cheek," as it coincided with 420, the annual day of celebration for lovers of cannabis culture.
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