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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:41:34 -0800

Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:10:01 GMT


CN ON: OPED: Demand Will Set Pot Price As Fair, And Likely Lower

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

The Record, 15 Feb 2018 - You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liar… As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on the pot economy.

CN AB: Stirring Pot In Calgary

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Metro, 16 Feb 2018 - Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community. This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey, which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city as they draft new rules for weed.

Canada: Guidelines Call On Doctors To Limit Pot Approvals

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 16 Feb 2018 - New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous clinical trials. The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy, according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.

Canada: Ottawa Still Not Ready To Launch Marijuana Legalization

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 16 Feb 2018 - With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.

Canada: Senate To Vote On Marijuana Bill June 7

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2018 - Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even Labour Day OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational marijuana.

CN AB: Focus Put On Education As Marijuana Legalization Looms

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Medicine Hat News, 15 Feb 2018 - Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal government will legalize the use of the drug. "We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the federal government have not yet been finalized."

Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of Cannabis

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2018 - If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself. Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.

CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through Senate

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2018 - The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House. Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.

CN ON: Column: It Wasn't The Positive Test It Was The Hair

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 09 Feb 2018 - Twenty years ago this Sunday, when Ross Rebagliati was told he had tested positive for a banned substance, he didn't have to ask which one. It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in snowboarding.