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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:23:38 -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: 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.

Canada: Court Ratifies Police As Experts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 24 Feb 2017 - The Supreme Court has ruled that specifically trained officers can be experts in drugged-driving trials Police officers trained to recognize if drivers are high can be treated as experts in drugged driving trials without a preliminary examination of the evidence, the Supreme Court has ruled in a decision that could help expedite such prosecutions once marijuana is eventually legalized.

CN AB: Athabasca RCMP Are Reminding Motorists That Marijuana Is Still

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Edmonton Sun, 17 Feb 2017 - After a spike in roadside drug seizures, Athabasca RCMP are reminding people marijuana is still illegal. The past month has seen a spike in drug seizures through traffic stops, with approximately 10 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine and 300 grams of marijuana and marijuana products - such as hash and hash oil - in 15 separate incidents, said Cpl. Curtis Harsulla, spokesman for the Athabasca RCMP.

CN ON: Letter: Pot Dispensaries Will Be Out Of Luck

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 26 Jan 2017 - RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24) Excellent article by Howard Elliott on marijuana legalization. It also reinforces my belief that marijuana dispensaries in Ontario will all be outlawed if pot is legalized.

CN ON: Column: Another Study Finds Little Medicinal Use For Pot

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 25 Jan 2017 - Another week, another massive study by top doctors and scientists finding limited medicinal value to marijuana. When liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd they have such a blind spot with pot. A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - reviewed 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana and concluded there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" for only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity.

CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug Tests

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Metro, 20 Jan 2017 - Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device. Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

CN BC: City To Ban Marijuana Outlets

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Richmond News, 18 Jan 2017 - Richmond is taking a proactive approach to prevent the potential proliferation of marijuana dispensaries in the city, as was witnessed in Vancouver over recent years. Chief licence inspector Carli Edwards, a former City of Vancouver bureaucrat, identified a gap in the City of Richmond's zoning bylaws, which do not specifically prohibit the retail sale of cannabis.

CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Langley Times, 20 Jan 2017 - With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.