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CN BC: OPED: New Pot Laws Could Bust Rural BC's Economy

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:00
Focus, 22 Sep 2016 - BC growers worry they will be cut out of the equation as governments move towards legalization. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize marijuana could cripple an underground economy in British Columbia that experts at Simon Fraser University's Sauder School of Business estimate is worth $2 to $5 billion dollars a year.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Drug Use Is Not A Simple Issue

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:00
Cambridge Times, 22 Sep 2016 - Re: Letter to the Editor titled "Illegal drug use simply isn't safe, stop it" published on Sept. 13. The letter-writer suggested abstinence, adding, "The logic here, to me, is so simple." Alas, drug policy is not simple. We as a society can make drug use more or less harmful to consumers and non-consumers alike.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: All Drug Use Should Be Decriminalized

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 22 Sep 2016 - I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied to other drugs as well - like cocaine, for example. I feel this way not because I am in favour of drug use, but because an iron-fisted "war on drugs" attempt to eradicate drug use doesn't work and is counterproductive. Greater problems are caused by making drugs illegal than by the effects of the drugs themselves.
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CN BC: Ottawa Failed To Act On Tests Showing Toxins In Retail Pot

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Sep 2016 - Health Minister Jane Philpott's office was warned nearly a year ago that dangerous contaminants had been found in retail marijuana sold by unregulated storefront dispensaries, but the federal government appears to have done nothing to act on the concerns. Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail through the Access to Information Act show test results from a Health Canada-accredited lab were sent to the government last fall, and to Dr. Philpott's office a few months later, revealed cannabis from several Vancouver dispensaries contained pesticides and fungicides "not approved for any human use."
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CN ON: Creating Safe Injection Sites Won't Be Easy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 21 Sep 2016 - Drug problem 'already in everybody's backyard,' physician says Advocates of safe injection sites for intravenous drug users in Hamilton believe they face an uphill battle in gaining public acceptance for the idea. But they feel the effort is worth it. "I don't expect it will be easy. I've already had one particular communication that was rather disturbing. I'm sure it won't be the only one," said Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr, whose ward would likely end up with a site if the city allows them.
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CN ON: Health Unit To Develop Regional Drug Strategy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 21 Sep 2016 - A new coordinator has been hired to help develop a regional drug strategy, says the area medical officer of health (MOH). Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, the MOH of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, provided some information about the strategy to the health unit board during its most recent meeting in Port Hope.
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CN ON: Pot Store Owner Unfazed By Graffiti

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 21 Sep 2016 - The windows at Cannabis Culture on George St. N. were found sprayed with graffiti Tuesday morning, but supporters cleaned it up as a courtesy to the pot shop owner. Cannabis Culture has been closed since a police raid last Thursday.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Trudeau On Right Track

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
The Expositor, 21 Sep 2016 - I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied as well to other drugs, such as cocaine. I feel this way not because I am in favour of drug use (I wouldn't dream of using these substances myself ) but because an iron-fisted "war" to eradicate drug use doesn't work and is counterproductive. Greater problems are caused by making drugs illegal than by the drugs themselves.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Bank Needs To Change Its Policy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 21 Sep 2016 - Dear Editor: The Royal Bank of Canada has stated its policy on industries or businesses which deal with products involving marijuana. The bank has stated that it will not loan money to any company or business which deals with marijuana. The rationale the bank gives for this policy is that is too much of a financial risk for the bank to undertake. This comes on the eve of marijuana becoming legalized in Canada and flies in the face of all the evidence which states that marijuana is a very useful medication for thousands of Canadians.
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CN BC: Should We Be Pot-Production Capital Of The World?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 21 Sep 2016 - City council is considering allowing marijuana production facilities to set up shop in Campbell River. At its Monday meeting, council gave first and second reading to a zoning amendment bylaw that would permit industrial medical marijuana production plants in specific areas of the city.
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CN ON: Column: Safe Drug Use Sites A Way Station To Hell Or The

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 21 Sep 2016 - Moral dilemmas, NIMBY-ism and budgets pose obstacles Coun. Donna Skelly was curious what safe injection places for drug addicts look like. So Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Hamilton associate medical officer of health, drew her attention to slides of the Insite facility in Vancouver, one of two legally operating injection sites in Canada, both in Gastown.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: War On Drugs Doesn't Work

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:00
Sentinel Review, 20 Sep 2016 - I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied to other drugs as well, like cocaine, for example. I feel this way not because I am in favour of drug use (I wouldn't dream of using these substances myself ), but because an iron-fisted "war on drugs" attempt to eradicate drug use doesn't work and is counterproductive, in the sense that greater problems are caused by making drugs illegal than by the effects of the drugs themselves.
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CN ON: City Seeks Local Input On Injection Centres

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Sep 2016 - Crack pipes, overdose kits also get panel's OK Hamilton will join the vanguard of Ontario cities studying whether to give drug users a legal, supervised site to inject opioids such as heroin. The board of health voted Monday to study supervised injection sites - so long as the cost fits within the 2017 budget.
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CN ON: Home Grown Ideas

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Activists want pot treated like beer, tobacco When the feds finally roll out their plan to legalize marijuana, advocates want to see home-grown weed treated like tobacco or alcohol. The Toronto Sun spoke with several cannabis advocates who cited the need for laws that allow people to grow pot at home - similar to those permitting the cultivating of tobacco or the brewing of beer for personal use.
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CN ON: Middle-Aged Adults Fuel Surge In Weed Use

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Pot use is on the increase among adults. A recent U.S. study found that for the first time since at least 2002, middle-aged Americans are more likely to smoke marijuana than teens. And here in Ontario, Dr. Robert Mann, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), says they're seeing more people over the age of 18 sparking up the green, as well.
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CN ON: Biz Gone To Pot

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Marijuana shops struggling with image, lack of regulation Two of Ottawa's most popular pot shops have closed after Canada Post intercepted shipments of marijuana mailed to them from B.C. Don Briere, the president of the B.C.-based Weeds Glass & Gifts chain, says he hopes his dispensaries on Bank Street and Montreal Road will reopen if he can figure out a way to ship the dried weed, cannabis-laced brownies, candy, concentrates and other merchandise across the country. Weeds buys the products from growers and "bakers" in B.C.
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CN AB: Column: Safe Injection Not A Gateway

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Sep 2016 - People get twitchy when you start talking about safe injection sites. A clean, safe spot where needle drug users can use needle drugs. Vancouver's still the only spot in the country but that could be changing if the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta gets their way.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Regulation Is Tragically Overdue

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 17 Sep 2016 - Re: "More marijuana research needed," editorial, Sept. 13. It should come as no surprise that the Medical Cannabis Research Roundtable is calling for more funding for cannabis research. The usual bottom line on most cannabis studies - and there have been thousands of them - is that more research and research grants are warranted.
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CN BC: Oped: Feds Should Say No To City Pot Tax Grab

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 17 Sep 2016 - City politicians, never shy about demanding more money from beleaguered taxpayers, are now trying to get a cut of future cannabis taxes. In last year's Liberal election platform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana, touting a "new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied."
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CN ON: Cannabis Culture Owner Out On Bail After Raid

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 17 Sep 2016 - Richard Standen, the owner of the Cannabis Culture at 382 George St. in downtown Peterborough, walked away from court on bail Friday afternoon after being arrested in a city police raid Thursday. Standen didn't say whether he's reopening the store.
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