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CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Legalization Will Enable More Research

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 10 Jun 2018 - The costs and benefits of cannabis and cannabis policies are difficult to calculate, but cannabis legalization will remove many impediments to research. A recent study finding an association between chronic cannabis use by young people and diminished life outcomes acknowledged "while we controlled for multiple potential confounds, it is possible that there are other explanatory mechanisms that have not been accounted for ... in the current study."
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CN MB: Manitoba Seeking Assurance From Feds On Banning Homegrown Pot

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 01 Jun 2018 - Manitoba's Justice Minister is calling for federal legislation to confirm that provinces can ban the home growth of marijuana plants. "I think that is clear that is provincial jurisdiction to make that decision. (But) I believe the federal (Justice) Minister made some comments that were a little concerning, so we wanted clarification on that," said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, following a speech to Manitoba Chambers of Commerce members on cannabis legislation Thursday. "We've called (for) some clarification from the federal government. If they could put it specifically in legislation, that would be best."
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Canada: Medicinal Cannabis Use Can Help Mitigate Symptoms Of PTSD

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 31 May 2018 - People who have post-traumatic stress disorder but do not medicate with cannabis are far more likely to suffer from severe depression and have suicidal thoughts than those who use marijuana, new national research says. Based on cross-country data from Statistics Canada, the observational study by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use shows that Canadians with PTSD who use medicinal cannabis are 60 per cent to 65 per cent less likely to have major depressive episodes or thoughts of suicide compared with those who do not treat their symptoms with medical marijuana. The study is the first national-scale indication of the effectiveness of cannabis at mitigating the hallmark symptoms of PTSD. It was presented on Thursday at the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association in Montreal.
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Canada: Column: The Cannabis Experience From The U.S. Tells Us The

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 29 May 2018 - In 2012, Washington State voted to legalize marijuana. By 2014, the world's first system for legally growing, processing and retailing cannabis was operating. As Canada prepares to go live with pot sales in a few months, what can we learn from four years of practical, hands-on experience in the western United States?
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CN ON: Looking North Of The Border To Limit Heroin Deaths

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00
New York Times, 24 May 2018 - TORONTO - An aging construction worker arrived quietly in the building's basement, took his seat alongside three other men and struck his lighter below a cooker of synthetic heroin. A woman, trained to intervene in case of an overdose, placed a mask over her face as his drug cooked and diluted beneath a jumping flame. He injected himself, grew still and then told of the loss of his wife who died alone in her room upstairs - an overdose that came just a few months before this social service nonprofit opened its doors for supervised injections.
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CN BC: Craft Cannabis Growers In B.C. Sound Alarm Over Survival Of

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 18 May 2018 - Open letter sent to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her B.C. counterpart David Eby Jessika Villano sells a potent array of dried cannabis, oils, salves and even bud-infused bath bombs at Buddha Barn Medicinal Society - all grown and processed by small-scale British Columbia producers.
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CN ON: Column: Enabling Drugs While Shunning Sugar

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 11 May 2018 - It'€™s all about harm reduction and improving community health outcomes No doubt some Hamiltonians are chuckling to hear city council is considering banning sugary drinks from city buildings to protect people's health.
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Canada: Column: Amidst Senate Efforts To Slow The Legalization Of Pot

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 04 May 2018 - The Senate seems determined to slow the Liberal government's timeline for marijuana legalization and Justin Trudeau seems just as determined to deliver his legalization on time - give or take a few weeks. The prime minister will get his way, but that doesn't mean the Senate, and Indigenous leaders, are not flagging some important issues.
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Canada: Column: Canadian Cannabis A Bong Show

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 03 May 2018 - Canada is squandering first-mover advantage with cannabis, the most significant consumer product launch in history, at a time when our economy is starving for growth. How do you choke on $60 billion-plus of growth opportunity and hundreds of thousands of purposeful jobs? You roll it into the hands of the federal government, and they then shotgun it out to ten provinces, three territories and all the bureaucrats and bulls* that comes with this plan. There is no efficiency or scale.
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CN ON: LTE: Stop Drugs Or Die

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 01 May 2018 - "You can't help dead people - that's the point of injection sites" There you go again, being a "bleeding heart." A recent letter writer is correct. Injection sites are encouraging and abetting druggies in their bad habits. There is no point to safe-injection sites.
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CN MB: Editorial: Cannabis Sales Won't Balance Budget

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 01 May 2018 - Cannabis sales likely won't prove a financial bonanza. Those counting on help from cannabis sales to balance the provincial budget are in for a disappointment. As far as Statistics Canada can tell, cannabis prices in this country have been dropping for the past three years, perhaps the past dozen years. Since weed-market watchers in the United States have found roughly the same thing, it's probably true.
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Canada: Marijuana Legalization Should Be Put Off Until First Nations

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 01 May 2018 - OTTAWA - A Senate committee says Ottawa should put off legalizing marijuana for a year until Canada and First Nations can negotiate tax sharing, produce culturally appropriate education materials and ensure First Nations are able to regulate for themselves whether they want pot to be legal in their communities or not. The Senate Aboriginal Peoples committee released a report Tuesday after studying the impact the government's legalizing pot bill could have on Indigenous communities.
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Canada: CREA Calls For Moratorium On Homegrown Marijuana

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 30 Apr 2018 - Canada'€™s real estate industry organization is calling for a moratorium on growing recreational marijuana at home until the government sets out nationwide regulations for the practice. Ottawa'€™s proposed marijuana legalization regulations allow Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants at their residences. Medical users are already allowed to grow at home after a federal court ruled in 2016 that the government cannot ban patients from growing their own cannabis.
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