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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:58:18 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:10:02 GMT


CN ON: City's Licensing Committee Endorses Ontario's Pot Plan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - A city committee has endorsed the province's highly regulated approach to marijuanalegislation, despite pleas from dispensary operators and pot users. The licensing committee voted 4-1 Monday in favour of city staff recommendations endorsing Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to sell marijuana only in government run, LCBO-type shops across Ontario after federal legalization takes effect next year.

CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot Penalties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.

CN ON: Zero Tolerance Province

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2017 - Pot legalization brings tougher penalties for all impaired drivers The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.

CN ON: Driving High Will Net Stiff Penalties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - Ontario modelled new laws on U.S. drunk-driving fines Ontario will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday said those 21 and under, commercial drivers and novice motorists will face stiffer penalties if caught behind the wheel while under the influence of cannabis or booze.

CN ON: Drive High, Pay Up To $450 Under New Law

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 19 Sep 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for young people aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

US MA: Mass. High Court Says Sobriety Tests Aren't Evidence For Pot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 19 Sep 2017 - Members of the Mass. State Police performed a sobriety test on a driver in Chicopee in 2011. The state's highest court on Tuesday limited which evidence can be used in court to prosecute drivers suspected of operating under the influence of marijuana, handing a victory to civil rights advocates in a closely-watched case.

CN ON: Politicians Back Group To Tackle Opioid Crisis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - While politicians were busy debating whether to create a new group to deal with an opioid crisis, community agencies went ahead and formed it themselves. That created a confusing conversation at a city hall committee on Monday night, when politicians debated the opioid crisis working group for the third time since Aug. 1.

CN ON: Editorial: Publish Statistics

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - News that Toronto is one big step closer to a long-term safe injection site is most welcome, particularly as this city, like many in North America, grapples with a growing opioid addiction crisis. It's also a reminder of the important work ahead. In the month since a pop-up injection site opened in Moss Park, the volunteer staff has accommodated nearly 2,700 visits and administered 26 doses of naloxone, the antidote to these deadly drugs.

CN NS: Column: Stirring The Pot On Legal Weed

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Metro, 19 Sep 2017 - We need to figure out how to sell weed in Nova Scotia - we also need to get more stores to sell healthy food. Maybe we can use one problem to solve the other: allow stores to sell weed if they also offer a minimum quantity and quality of fruit and vegetables.