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Published: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:41:29 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:10:02 GMT


US MI: New Petition To Legalize Marijuana In Michigan Gets OK

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug 2017 - LANSING -- The Board of State Canvassers gave approval Thursday to a new proposed ballot effort to amend the state constitution to fully legalize recreational use of marijuana without taxing the drug. The proposal from Abrogate Prohibition Michigan of Midland would nullify all laws prohibiting or regulating the use of marijuana and impose no fines, taxes or penalties on its use.

CN MB: Hard Dose Of Reality

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Sun, 21 Aug 2017 - Spike in Winnipeg drug overdoses - including opioids The number of annual drug overdoses in Winnipeg is on the rise. Data from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show that emergency crews are responding to more overdoses, with 1,648 patients arriving with a drug overdose complaint at emergency rooms and urgent care facilities during the first seven months of this year. There were 2,565 such calls throughout 2016, up from 1,981 in 2014.

Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.

CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 Total

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Fort McMurray Today, 18 Aug 2017 - Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday. A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.

CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The Workplace

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Press, 17 Aug 2017 - Timmins business owners had pot on the mind Wednesday morning. About 40 people sat in on a presentation by lawyer Carly Stringer in the Schumacher Lions Den in the McIntyre Centre. The event, organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, focused on employer and employee obligations and rights regarding marijuana in the workplace.

CN ON: Spike In Overdoses Alarms Health Unit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Barrie Examiner, 17 Aug 2017 - Psst. Pass the word along. Much like the warning at the '60s Woodstock concert to avoid the brown acid, authorities are warning today's recreational drug users to carry naloxone kits in case their drugs are laced with fentanyl. "We're alerting recreational drug users that the MDMA (ecstasy) or cocaine they're taking could be tainted with fentanyl," said Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot Shop

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 18 Aug 2017 - Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue. The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.

CN ON: A Tale of Two Shootings

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

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.

CN BC: Health Authority Issues New Opioid Plan

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 17 Aug 2017 - The BC Centre for Disease Control issued a bold set of recommendations to address the province's unparalleled overdose crisis that includes providing drug users with clean opioids to take home and inject or allowing them to grow their own opium. The recommendations, if adopted, would push British Columbia closer to essentially legalizing and regulating the use of drugs beyond marijuana - something many of the province's top drug policy and public-health experts have called for. It has taken on a new urgency, they say, with fentanyl's domination of the illicit drug supply, which has led to a dramatic surge in overdose deaths.