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Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:45:05 -0700

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CN ON: Compassion Club Closes Its Doors

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 16 Mar 2017 - KITCHENER - Medical marijuana users in Waterloo Region are wondering where to turn now that the city's oldest compassion club has closed its doors following a recent police crackdown on local pot dispensaries. Organix Compassion shut down voluntarily Tuesday following a raid on another Kitchener dispensary, Green Tree Medical Dispensary. The pressure from police has struck fear into the region's pot dispensaries, who say they've stopped selling marijuana following warnings from the authorities.

CN BC: OPED: Perspectives On The Drug Overdose Crisis In BC

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT

BC Medical Journal, 01 Mar 2017 - Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 2, March 2017, page(s) 89 BC Centre for Disease Control Mark W. Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC British Columbia is in the midst of a public health crisis, with 914 documented overdose deaths in 2016. While there has been a steady increase in overdose deaths over the past 2 years, December 2016 had the highest monthly total of deaths ever recorded (128 deaths).[1] This is particularly alarming as it is happening despite a public health emergency announcement in April 2016 and a massive scale-up of the take-home naloxone program that has been used in over 3000 overdose reversals.

CN ON: Reward Offer Aimed At Fentanyl

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Sun Times, 02 Mar 2017 - Ontario Crime Stoppers organizations offering $1,000 for information In an effort to get the deadly opioid fentanyl off the streets, certain Crime Stoppers organizations in Ontario are offering a $1,000 bounty for information that leads to seizure of illicit forms of the drug.

CN ON: 'Escobars Of Marijuana'

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 01 Mar 2017 - In trouble for selling weed Nova Coates recognized the armed man in the black balaclava as soon as he burst into her Bank Street store. The clerk had served him as one of her "patients" at the Weeds Glass & Gifts marijuana dispensary.

CN ON: 'Budtenders' Fight Back

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 02 Mar 2017 - Charged pot shop workers protest against raids Sherry Morrison blames herself for her daughter's arrest on drug trafficking charges. Morrison says her daughter was inspired to become a cannabis activist after she saw first-hand how medical marijuana helped her mom cope with chronic pain.

CN ON: Pot Shop Raid A Downer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Sun, 21 Feb 2017 - Owner alleges thousands of dollars in damages Cory Stoneham admits he's an outlaw running an illegal pot business. And the owner of Weed the North accepts police raids go with the territory while dispensary operators await pot legislation from the federal government.

CN ON: Column: Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Here, And It's Real

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Peterborough Examiner, 14 Feb 2017 - Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast. But the rescue medication Naloxone, although critical ( just like Epipens are critical to treat anaphylaxis) is not the solution to this opioid crisis that has emerged over the past two decades in Canada. So much more is needed. Canada has one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the world: four to five times higher than countries like Germany or the UK. Peterborough has the honour of having the sixth highest rate of prescribed opioids in Ontario, where, in 2014-15 almost 2 million Ontarians received a prescription for a narcotic. Almost half of those addicted to opioids report that their introduction to the drug came by way of a prescription for pain for legitimate conditions like broken bones, arthritis or surgery. Although well-intentioned, the proliferation of opioid prescribing for non-malignant and chronic pain that occurred in the 1990s, has had devastating consequences. So much so that now opioid deaths in Ontario hover at about 700 per year, and rival motor ve! hicle collision as a leading cause of accidental death in young adults. Now, one in eight deaths of young adults aged 25-34 are due to opioids.

CN NS: 'Strong Advocate For Veterans'

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Cape Breton Post, 10 Feb 2017 - Vince Rigby remembered for work with veterans Friends of Vince Rigby are remembering him as a strong advocate for veterans across Cape Breton. Rigby's body was found by firefighters in an abandoned Robert Street building during a fire in Whitney Pier on Monday.

CN NS: N.S. Board Says Insurance Must Cover Man's Cannabis

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 03 Feb 2017 - Nova Scotia's human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage. Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.