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CN ON: More Help Needed: Top Cop

Treatment (MAP) - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 27 Sep 2017 - Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said he will need more resources to address marijuana dispensaries operating in the city and keep them closed. Speaking at the police services board this week, Bordeleau said they have long held the opinion that the dispensaries operating in the city are illegal and have executed search warrants and arrested staff as a result.
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CN ON: Will You Try Edible Pot Products?

Treatment (MAP) - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 27 Sep 2017 - New study says almost 50% of Canadians would Nearly half of Canadians say they are interested in trying cannabis-laced edibles such as brownies when marijuana is legalized, according to a study by Dalhousie University professors.
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CN ON: Wynne To Work With Mayors On Pot Concerns

Treatment (MAP) - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 27 Sep 2017 - As legalization approaches, premier promises to help municipalities manage costs Premier Kathleen Wynne insists the province will not let Ontario cities go to pot once the federal government legalizes marijuana next July. Wynne emerged from a meeting Tuesday with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area mayors and regional chairs promising a clampdown on illegal storefront "dispensaries" and vowed to help municipalities cope with weed.
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CN ON: Location Of Marijuana Stores Not Yet Determined - Grant

Treatment (MAP) - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:00
Tribune Express, 27 Sep 2017 - Ontario has announced the province's plan for the distribution of marijuana, ahead of legalization planned for next spring. Recreational cannabis will be sold through a chain of specialty stores operated by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The plan is to open 150 marijuana stores by the year 2020 and 40 stores by next summer. According to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack, it has not yet been determined as to where these stores will be located across the province and what that would mean for the Prescott-Russell region.
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US MI: Michigan Lawmakers Want Reprieve For Medical Marijuana

Treatment (MAP) - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 27 Sep 2017 - Medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to stay open while the state decides who will get a license for the lucrative cannabis business under a pair of bills to be introduced in the state Legislature. Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, and Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, will introduce the bills in the Senate and House this week to counteract an advisory by the state to dispensaries that they should close before Dec. 15 or risk their chances at getting a license.
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CN ON: Smoke Pot Possession Records

Treatment (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 26 Sep 2017 - That's the desire of Mayor Mike Bradley, who has asked the PM to give his idea serious consideration SARNIA - Sarnia's mayor wants the federal government to eliminate the criminal records of Canadians convicted of possessing marijuana after recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.
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CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For Police

Treatment (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 26 Sep 2017 - The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.
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CN ON: How To Smoke Cannabis Safely

Treatment (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 26 Sep 2017 - By this time next year cannabis - or marijuana, pot, or hash - will be legal in Canada, and public health units like the one in Elgin-St. Thomas are bracing for impact. They released an updated set of safer-use guidelines last week in an effort to inform public opinion before the drug becomes legal. The ESTHU guidelines are a clearer version based off the official, reported guideline package released in June by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
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CN BC: Guest Editorial: Input Sought For Pot Outlook

Treatment (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 26 Sep 2017 - The fledgling B.C. NDP government has decided how it will deal with the looming legalization of marijuana: continue talking it to death. Dispensary owners, illegal producers, consumers, patients, parents - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth explained Monday that everyone's opinion is being sought because "one size does not fit all" and "we need to get it right."
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CN NS: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drug Possession? Not A Bad Idea

Racism (MAP) - 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

Racism (MAP) - 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

Racism (MAP) - 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

Racism (MAP) - 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?

Racism (MAP) - 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

Racism (MAP) - 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

Racism (MAP) - 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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Taiwan: Taiwan Seeks Ottawa's Aid To Stop Drug Smuggling From Canada

Asia (MAP) - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 31 Aug 2017 - A Taiwanese prosecutor is calling on Ottawa to provide better co-operation and intelligence to help stop the flow of Canadian marijuana, after two massive busts in the Asian country earlier this year. More than 70 kilograms of marijuana shipped from Vancouver were seized in April and June by Taiwanese customs at the Port of Keelung.
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CN ON: MP Says Pot Law Talks Must Address Racism

Racism (MAP) - 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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Afghanistan: Most Of Heroin Consumed In Canada Is Of Afghan Origin

Asia (MAP) - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
The Asian Pacific Post, 22 Aug 2017 - The Taliban in Afghanistan is now running significant heroin production lines in the war-torn country to provide jihadists and insurgents with billions of dollars, western law enforcement officials And much of that heroin is flowing into Canada.
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CN ON: A Tale of Two Shootings

Police Raids (MAP) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Aug 2017 - One of the Trudeau government's stated policy goals for ending marijuana prohibition is to divert the profits reaped by gangsters toward legitimate shareholders. But an investigation by Greg McArthur and Molly Hayes offers a glimpse into the insidious nature of organized crime, finding that criminal groups easily exploited loopholes in the federal government's old medical-marijuana licensing regimes In the late afternoon of March 14 in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, a masked gunman jumped out of the passenger side of a black Jeep Cherokee, darted across a snow-dusted parking lot and unleashed a flurry of bullets into a black BMW. Thirty seconds later, he was back in the car, leaving Saverio Serrano - the son of a notorious Canadian Mafia figure and cocaine importer - wounded, and Mr. Serrano's 28-year-old girlfriend dead.
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