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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:42:45 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:10:02 GMT

 



CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: Experts

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 15 Jun 2017 - Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.



CN YK: Opioid-Related Death Rate Called No Surprise

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Whitehorse Star, 12 Jun 2017 - The Yukon and British Columbia experienced the highest rates of apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada last year. According to a new national report from the federal government, the territory and province had a rate of over 15 deaths per 100,000 population compared to a national rate of 8.8 in 2016.



CN ON: Dispensary Owners Hope For Discharge

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 08 Jun 2017 - 'Is it justice in the community?' - Judge criticizes Waterloo Regional Police decision to launch a raid KITCHENER - A provincial court judge criticized the Waterloo Regional Police's decision to raid an illegal marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo last summer, suggesting a warning might have been sufficient to close it down.



CN NS: Marijuana Grower Funds Man's Fight For Insurance Coverage

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 29 May 2017 - One of Canada's largest medical cannabis producers says it will fund a Nova Scotia man's ongoing legal fight to have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan - the latest move in a nationwide push by industry, patients and their advocates for more widespread cannabis coverage. Aurora Cannabis Inc., a publicly traded grower based in Alberta, announced this week that it will bankroll elevator mechanic Gordon Skinner's coming defence this fall in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.



CN BC: Column: Benefits, Risks Of Medical Marijuana

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Courier, 29 May 2017 - DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future? ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides. One of the downsides is an unrealistic expectation of its usefulness by believers. I increasingly see claims that marijuana (or one of its extracts) can treat or cure almost every known disease. It also is hampered by its status as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so high-quality research is difficult to do. Finally, it has been used for many years as a recreational drug (which is partially responsible for the first two downsides). This has led to resistance to the idea among nonbelievers that it might have legitimate use. The psychological effects for which it is used recreationally can cause it to be intolerable for some. Further, a small percentage of people (estimates range between 2 percent and 6 percent) have difficulty quitting the drug, even when they want to.



CN BC: Column: Exploring Pitfalls, Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Penticton Herald, 29 May 2017 - DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future? ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides.



CN ON: Legal Pot Poses Problems For Municipalities

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 20 May 2017 - Lambton County trains managers as local governments brace for expected challenges SARNIA - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace.



CN ON: Municipalities Eye Workplace Pot Policies

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 20 May 2017 - With Canada ready to legalize marijuana by next July, Ontario municipalities are ablaze with activity prepping for the impacts of that move - including in the workplace. The County of Lambton recently held a training session for its 75 managers about marijuana and workplace safety. Among the chief municipal concerns around legalization include the potential for workers to believe it's legal for them to smoke marijuana on municipal property, as well as the potential for impaired driving if a high worker operates a municipal vehicle.



Canada: Editorial: Declare A Health Emergency, Yesterday

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 23 May 2017 - In 2015, more Canadians were killed by opioid-related overdoses than lost their lives at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 1995, at the peak of that earlier public-health disaster, 1,764 Canadians were killed by the blood-borne virus. The latest estimates are that opioids claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Canadians in 2015. And all indications are that the death toll is rising, not falling. Part of the problem may have to do with this: Doctors are not just prescribing opioids, but prescribing them widely and liberally. For example, the number of prescriptions for opioids and their derivatives increased 5 per cent in Ontario over the three years ending 2015-16. Last year, Ontario doctors wrote 9.1 million orders for opioid painkillers.