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CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
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US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border Questions

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 07 Feb 2018 - WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen. The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization Simple

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Feb 2018 - The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast. The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.
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US WI: Wisconsin Man Terrell Banks Says Marijuana Led Him To Stab

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 07 Feb 2018 - He smoked pot, grabbed a steak knife and meditated, cops say. Then his mom walked in. Terrell Banks told police the paranoia set in after he smoked weed. Banks, a 23-year-old from Racine, Wisconsin, allegedly said the marijuana "put him beyond his comfort zone," even though the drug has never made him feel that way before, according to Fox6.
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US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City Limits

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Feb 2018 - After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately. State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.
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Canada: Pot Plan On Track: Feds

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 07 Feb 2018 - Liberals insist recreational marijuana will be legal in July OTTAWA - The Trudeau government insists it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July - but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.
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CN NS: Left Out

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Queens County Advance, 07 Feb 2018 - Here's why there won't be any legal pot access in Queens County When marijuana becomes legal across Canada July 1, Queens County residents won't be buying any of the recreational drug from the local NSLC.
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CN BC: Recreational Cannabis Will Mirror Alcohol Model, Government

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but substances won't be sold together in single outlet British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
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CN BC: B.C. Cities Can Just Say No To Pot Shops

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 06 Feb 2018 - 'Authority' included in new guidelines According to the province's latest cannabis retail laws, announced Monday in Victoria, city governments - such as Richmond - will be able to decide whether to allow pot shops.
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Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns Over

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year. The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.
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US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
The Blade, 06 Feb 2018 - Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.
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US PA: Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Helped Cut Opioid Deaths

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - States with medical marijuana dispensaries saw "a significant decline" in opioid deaths over a 10-year period, according to a report published this week by the Journal of Health Economics. "The evidence suggests that Pennsylvania will see a reduction in opioid dependence and a reduction in overdose deaths" following the opening of the dispensaries, said David Powell, an economist for the RAND Corporation, in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.
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US NJ: Judge: Insurance Company Must Pay For Medical Marijuana For

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - In what could be a precedent-setting decision, a New Jersey administrative law judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffers from lingering neuropathic pain in his left hand after an accident while using a power saw at an 84 Lumber outlet in 2008. Judge Ingrid L. French took testimony from the worker, a 39-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and a Cherry Hill psychiatrist/neurologist who said the marijuana treatment was appropriate because it would allow the patient to reduce his prescription opiate use and lower the risk of serious side effects.
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Canada: Column: Whisky Raids A Cautionary Tale For Pop-Up Pot Dealers

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Feb 2018 - It may be easier to halt fly-by-night marijuana sellers once legal, because with regulation come clear rules Somewhere in warehouses where Vancouver contraband goes to die are the raw ingredients for quite the party.
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CN NF: Column: Embracing Practical Considerations

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
The Labradorian, 05 Feb 2018 - I've been publicly advocating legalization of marijuana as long as I have been an op-ed writer, approximately 16 years. Since that battle is won, I will not rehash all the reasons. Now that it is upon us, just a few months from implementation, the time has come to move on to practical considerations.
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CN ON: Public Health Handing Out More Naloxone Kits

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - 453 people were revived 'from the brink of death' in 2017, Hamilton city officials hear More than one-quarter of naloxone kits distributed through Hamilton Public Health last year were used to revive someone from an overdose.
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CN ON: OPED: Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized Now

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - Millions of criminals are Canadians buying pot from Canadians, writes Jeremy Kemeny Everyone smoking recreational marijuana right now is a criminal. That is according to Canadian law and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who - planning to legalize this summer - has encouraged authorities to enforce these rules.
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CN ON: What's Next For Cannabis Crime?

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 03 Feb 2018 - Lawyers contemplate class action to push government into cannabis amnesty OTTAWA - At Anthony Morgan's law office, the calls keep coming: Parents of young black men hoping their son's marijuana possession charge will be wiped clean when the country legalizes the drug this year.
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US MD: Industrial Hemp Advocates Hope This Is Their Year In Annapolis

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Feb 2018 - The industrial hemp plant has a lot of boosters. They praise it for its hardiness and versatility. They say its oils yield food and medicine, its fibers produce clothing and plastic-like auto parts. They contend that when planted strategically, it can absorb manure and other pollutants before they flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
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US PA: Oped: How Can I Supervise Heroin Injections And Live With

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Feb 2018 - A Philly nurse on safe injection sites "You want me to do what?" "Where's your compassion?" "What a waste of resources!" "I have an obligation to help people stay healthy." These are conflicting responses I imagine nurses and health-care professionals may have when asked to provide care at safe injection sites, places where people can use drugs under medical supervision. There aren't any such sites right now. But the City of Philadelphia announced that it will encourage setting them up. Should health-care professionals participate? It's a dilemma wrought with ethical, moral, legal, and regulatory issues and more questions than answers. As a nurse, I can understand and appreciate both sides.
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