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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:08:35 -0800

Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:10:02 GMT


Canada: Court Ruling Streamlines Drugged-Driving Trials

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 24 Feb 2017 - OTTAWA - Expert testimony can be admitted in drugged-driving trials without preliminary examination of evidence, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that could expedite the judicial process in the legalized-marijuana era. The 5-2 court decision on the case of an Ottawa motorist comes as the federal Liberal government prepares to introduce long-promised legislation to legalize the recreational use of pot.

CN BC: Heroin Concept Garners Attention

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Peace Arch News, 24 Feb 2017 - HEROIN CONCEPT GARNERS ATTENTION A public suggestion by the provincial coroner to provide heroin to addicts is turning some heads. The comments by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe last week came after it was learned 116 people in this province died of overdoses from illicit drugs in January.

CN SN: Column: Looking At The Legalization Of Marijuana

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 24 Feb 2017 - Friday mornings in the office tend to be a little bit slower, so we end up discussing a wide variety of topics. One topic of discussion, which was addressed were thoughts surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The Liberals ran on a platform, which stated they would pursue this legalization. Although it hasn't been a priority in government, I do feel that it is something that would generate revenue for the government. Much like the Government of Saskatchewan has a liquor tax, the Government of Canada could impose one on marijuana sales.

CN BC: Column: Confusion Reigning Supreme Over Federal Cannabis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Goldstream Gazette, 24 Feb 2017 - The saga of the Green Tree marijuana dispensary, the West Shore RCMP and the City of Langford is a microcosm of the Wild West cannabis policy (or lack thereof) which has caused confusion all over Vancouver Island. Consider what has happened in this tale so far: Green Tree opened its doors in January in Langford, only to get shut down the next day by the RCMP. Only a few weeks later it is back open for business, much to the consternation of the City of Langford, which refuses to issue a business licence. A few days later, the West Shore RCMP move in to shut it down again, this time arresting two people and seizing marijuana on the premises.

CN BC: Pot Dispensary Reopens, Shuts In Langford

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Goldstream Gazette, 24 Feb 2017 - Another arrest made Wednesday, City continues to issue bylaw violation tickets The saga of the Green Tree Medical Dispensary continues in Langford. A staff member at the marijuana retailer was arrested Wednesday afternoon, a day after the shop reopened again. Two arrests were made Feb. 15 after West Shore RCMP executed a search warrant on the premises.

CN ON: Brantford Police Shut Down Prince Of Pot

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Brant News, 23 Feb 2017 - Cannabis activist Marc Emery opens marijuana dispensary in city, police shut it down days later While his wife Jodie Emery was at Parliament Hill in Ottawa lobbying in defence of marijuana dispensaries, Canada's best-known pot activist Marc Emery - also known as the Prince of Pot - was in Brantford protesting the shutdown of Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West by Brantford police.

CN BC: Groups Demand Opening Of Bridge Street Injection Site

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Victoria News, 24 Feb 2017 - When Jack Phillips looks at the empty parking lot at 2920 Bridge St. in Rock Bay, he sees endless possibilities. It could be transformed into a garden, a bike shop or an area for people to bring their dogs. But most importantly, he sees a community harm reduction health centre and a supervised injection site by and for people who use drugs.

CN ON: Police Close Pot Shop

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Expositor, 23 Feb 2017 - Cannabis Culture outlet had opened on Colborne Street West on Sunday The legalized pot debate erupted in Brantford on Wednesday after the arrest of the owner of the newly opened Cannabis Culture store on Colborne Street West.

Canada: Registered Medical Marijuana User Numbers Soar

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 24 Feb 2017 - TORONTO - The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago, reaching nearly 130,000 by the end of last year, the most recent Heath Canada figures show. As of Dec. 31, 129,876 Canadians had signed up with the country's cannabis producers, a 32 per cent jump from the 98,460 registered at the end of September and a whopping 1,544 per cent increase from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid 2014.