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CN NS: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drug Possession? Not A Bad Idea

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Cape Breton Post, 21 Sep 2017 - NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt seem radical to many. Broad-based decriminalization would beast ark reversal after decades of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a layer of complication to the already complicated task of legalizing marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next summer. The Trudeau government' s current position on decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full with pot.
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CN BC: Column: Opioid Crisis Deserves More Attention Than Pot Plans

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 21 Sep 2017 - Nothing seems to have the cops and local and provincial politicians scrambling more these days than their attempts to get ahead of the federal government's plans to make marijuana legal by next summer. But that should hardly be too much of distraction to allow the toker in the Prime Minister's office, the cute and clever Justin Trudeau, off the hook when it comes to effectively dealing with a more immediately critical drug issue, the opioid crisis.
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CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drugs? Not A Bad Idea

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Sep 2017 - NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt seem radical to many. Broad-based decriminalization would be a stark reversal after decades of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a layer of complication to the already-complicated task of legalizing marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next summer. The Trudeau government's current position on decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full with pot.
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CN ON: Column: No Shortage Of Fear And Alarm At Pot Hearings

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 16 Sep 2017 - It's difficult to analyze the impact of Ottawa's coming marijuana legislation with studies and numbers and examinations of other jurisdictions. This is the type of social legislation that sparks emotions that can't be allayed with pie charts.
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Canada: Column: Who's Looking Out For The Children?

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Sep 2017 - As marijuana legalization looms, let's remind lawmakers that the focus must be on public health, not criminal justice Twenty-year-old me can't believe 40-year-old me has come to this, sending out a warning call about the dangers of marijuana. There is more than a fragrant whiff of do as I say, not as I did about this column.
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CN ON: Column: Spend Real Money To Teach About Pot

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Sep 2017 - It's difficult to analyze the impact of Ottawa's coming marijuana legislation with studies and numbers and examinations of other jurisdictions. This is the type of social legislation that sparks emotions that can't be allayed with pie charts.
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CN QU: Edu: Editorial: McGill Cannot Ignore The Fentanyl Crisis

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:00
The McGill Daily, 11 Sep 2017 - Content Warning: drug use and overdose Last week, public health officials in Montreal warned of an imminent fentanyl crisis that poses a serious risk to the city's drug users. Fentanyl is an opioid prescribed to relieve chronic pain, but its intensity is 40 times that of heroin, and its toxicity 100 times that of morphine. Fentanyl can be found in opiates, as well as party drugs such as cocaine, PCP, and MDMA. Because it's often present without the consumer's knowledge, it can easily cause a fatal overdose. In British Columbia, 706 overdose deaths from January to July 2017 involved fentanyl. In Montreal, there have been 24 confirmed drug overdose cases since the beginning of August 2017. Faced with this growing public health crisis, the McGill community must waste no time in supplying the tools and information necessary to keep students safe.
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CN ON: MP Says Pot Law Talks Must Address Racism

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 23 Aug 2017 - OTTAWA - The plan to legalize marijuana should recognize that the black community has been overly-criminalized for using the drug, says a Liberal MP who is calling on the government to consider that perspective. "We do know that black Canadians have been disproportionately charged with and are imprisoned for possession of small amounts of cannabis," Greg Fergus, a Quebec MP who chairs the Liberal black caucus, said on Tuesday.
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CN BC: Editorial: Pot's March To Respectability

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 11 Aug 2017 - Part two of two Marijuana is like Pink Floyd. The English group remains hugely popular. A cover band played Prince George earlier this year, sold out the Playhouse and earned a standing ovation at the end. Former Floyd man Roger Waters is currently touring the biggest arena venues in North America, mixing in a few new songs with the Floyd classics.
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