Metro, 11 Jan 2017 - Police say have to get warrant again to shut down a store Despite a raid on Chinatown's Cannabotanix Dispensary at 646 Somerset St. Friday that saw two people arrested, the shop was back to normal operations Monday.
Globe and Mail, 11 Jan 2017 - The stigma illegal-drug users face today is reminiscent of the attitudes toward gay men when AIDS broke out in the early 1980s In 1981, doctors in New York began noticing the first signs of a modern-day plague.
Chilliwack Progress, 11 Jan 2017 - The bold suggestion by a Chilliwack emergency physician to provide prescription heroin and a safe place to consume opiates sparked much discussion last week. However, the suggestion by Dr. Marc Greidanus is nothing new.
Edmonton Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - Prime Minister Trudeau's pot legalization plan bad for the country's young people Last summer the Trudeau government established a task force to study marijuana legalization and regulation. Their mandate was to consult with Canadians about developing a framework for legal access to marijuana (cannabis).
Ottawa Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - When Arash Zadeh heard a marijuana dispensary on Hunt Club Road had temporarily closed after an armed robbery, he saw an opportunity. He asked his real estate agent to find out whether the landlord was interested in renting the space to him and his business partner Hadi Shureih. "I called (the agent) and said, 'I'm sure the community is not very impressed with this (shop), so can we get in?"
Winnipeg Free Press, 11 Jan 2017 - Re: Thoughts on pot (Letters, Jan. 5) Letter-writer James Teller misinterpreted statistics from Washington state on cannabis and driving. The cited report states "results of this study do not indicate that drivers with detectable THC in their blood at the time of the crash were necessarily impaired by THC or that they were at fault for the crash; the data available cannot be used to assess whether a given driver was actually impaired, and examination of fault in individual crashes was beyond the scope of this study."
Chronicle Herald, 10 Jan 2017 - Auntie's Halifax marijuana dispensary is among a nation full of shops that have begun selling recreationally, despite federal laws that promise prosecution. Raids have been conducted by police in Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto over the past year, including those of recreational marijuana shops owned by company Cannabis Culture.
The Brock Press, 10 Jan 2017 - Legal marijuana in Canada will take the shape of a tightly controlled and heavily regulated market, according to a panel appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The panel was created last year to investigate the issue of marijuana legalization in Canada. They've urged the creation of an environment where adults can safely and legally use marijuana, while also cracking down on the cannabis black market. The panel was chaired by former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan. Their final report states their recommendations, if put into effect, will "strike a balance between implementing appropriate restrictions, in order to minimize the harms associated with cannabis use, and providing adults access to a regulated supply of cannabis while reducing the scope and scale of the illicit market and its social harms."
The Daily Courier, 10 Jan 2017 - Editor: Chasing self-inflicted, overdosed people is nothing but a waste of time, one that places a greater burden on our emergency personnel. In chasing these self-inflicted overdosed people, are we neglecting those who need emergency personnel for legal, not criminal, issues, such as accidents, heart attacks, other injuries etc.?
The Record, 10 Jan 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown healthcare facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.
Hamilton Spectator, 10 Jan 2017 - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown health-care facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.
Ottawa Sun, 10 Jan 2017 - Top doc supports local drug program Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins supports the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's request for a supervised injection site and says there will be provincial money available to help set it up.
Toronto Star, 10 Jan 2017 - City will begin hiring staff immediately and start on renovations for three centres to be funded by the province Overdose deaths of more than 250 Torontonians a year is a preventable "epidemic," the city's public health boss declared as Ontario agreed to fund supervised drug-injection services at three sites.
Toronto 24hours, 09 Jan 2017 - We're navigating such tricky times, economically, politically and socially. Discord isn't just rampant on a global level - we're out of harmony even in our own backyards. This week, in my backyard, which happens to be in the heart of Toronto's LGBT community, many are understandably outraged following the physical assault of a young gay man on Church Street, sacred ground and assumed safe space for LGBT people for decades.
Toronto Sun, 09 Jan 2017 - Group wants limits set on pot-booze mix Ottawa needs to establish levels of impairment for motorists who consume a mix of alcohol and marijuana, according to MADD Canada. Canada's Liberal government plans on introducing a bill to legalize pot in the spring and there are currently tests being done on marijuana breathalyzers.
Toronto 24hours, 09 Jan 2017 - The "vulnerability" to robbery that medicinal pot shops face is "nothing new," an advocate says in the wake of a violent knife-point holdup in Toronto's west end. Tracy Curley says dispensaries have become marks in a recent "rash" of robberies due to their prohibited "high-value" inventory and she noted many shops are not reporting such crimes to police for fear of being raided.
Toronto Star, 09 Jan 2017 - Minister has yet to confirm funding for life-saving service The federal MP responsible for intergovernmental affairs says the province is standing in the way of supervised injection in Toronto. As B.C. experiences an ongoing crisis in fentanyl overdoses that killed 374 drug users last year, Toronto has requested federal permission to open three supervised injection sites meant to monitor and protect against overdose and disease.
Calgary Herald, 09 Jan 2017 - Leave it to a University of Calgary political science professor to connect legal pot to the fentanyl crisis. These people are afraid to take cold medicine. Marijuana is only illegal because of turn-of-the-century racism, and the overdose epidemic has been allowed to escalate because the victims are poor. It's the so-called Calgary School's world view manifest.