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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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CN ON: Editorial: A Sensible Approach To Dealing With Drug Abuse

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Aug 2017 - In the wake of a recent spike in drug deaths in Toronto, municipal politicians have suddenly gone into overdrive suggesting ways to combat this scourge. In the space of a week we went from Mayor John Tory leading a plan to speed up the completion of three previously approved supervised drug injection sites in Toronto, to Board of Health Chairman Joe Mihevc suggesting it's time to consider decriminalizing heroin and other drugs.

CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On Overdoses

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency." Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.

CN ON: Harm Reduction Workers Want Action On Toronto Opioid 'Crisis'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 12 Aug 2017 - TORONTO - Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses. The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.

CN ON: Advocates Call For Interim Drug-Use Sites In Toronto

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Aug 2017 - The city is also being urged to declare a public-health emergency amid a string of overdoses and suspected related deaths Harm-reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim supervised drug-use spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.

CN MB: Criminals Paying For Mounties' Fentanyl Safety Gear

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 12 Aug 2017 - MANITOBA RCMP officers are being equipped with special masks and goggles to protect them in the event they're exposed to fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opiate. They will also switch to black latex gloves instead of the standard-issue blue ones to better detect the white powder.

US: Marijuana States Try To Curb Smuggling, Avert Us Crackdown

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 14 Aug 2017 - In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana. Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

Canada: 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Urged On Pot Use By Drivers

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 Aug 2017 - Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.

CN MB: Pot Legalization Dominates Roundtable

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Brandon Sun, 12 Aug 2017 - Initially slated to address the national opioid crisis, the majority of questions addressed during Friday's roundtable discussion centred on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire and Conservative Party of Canada health critic Rachael Harder headed the roundtable discussion at the Trails West Inn, whose question period quickly pushed aside the opioid crisis, which hasn't impacted Brandon as heavily as it has some other areas of the nation.

CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction Awareness

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
Airdrie City View, 10 Aug 2017 - Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction. Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.

US AZ: Column: Dead Letters

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Aug 2017 - Sessions' correspondence to marijuana states is full of smoke and mirror While certain federal administration officials take to Twitter to air their grievances, those stuck in last century use more traditional means for their loosely-supported rants.

US OH: Marijuana Cultivation Warehouse Approved For North Toledo -

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00
The Blade, 11 Aug 2017 - The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive. A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.

CN ON: Mayor Targets Opioids

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 01 Aug 2017 - On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues Another drug crisis, another drug strategy. In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.

CN ON: London's Opioid Response

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 02 Aug 2017 - Council committee backs mayor's crisis working group. London's response to the opioid crisis might become nearly as complex as the addictions that require it. City politicians voted in favour of yet another group focusing on solutions to opioid abuse Tuesday, but several admitted they were unclear on what, exactly, they were supporting.

CN ON: Editorial: Right Cause, But Wrong Guy In Botched Bust

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 02 Aug 2017 - When a man loses his home because of over-zealous - or mistaken - police work, hard questions need to be answered. We refer to the case of Royston Christie, 61. Cops booted in his door and hauled him off for allegedly trafficking fentanyl in April.

CN MB: Panel To Demystify Pot Rules For Elite Athletes

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 03 Aug 2017 - Educational materials put together for Canadians When Canada legalizes cannabis, Canadian athletes of all levels-including those vying for or competing in the Canada Games-will still have to be careful not to contravene anti-doping rules.

US NJ: Editorial: Adding One More Needed Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
Herald News, 01 Aug 2017 - When it comes to the state's medical marijuana law, progress has come in increments rather than great strides. New Jersey's Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, state law since 2010, has been implemented ever so slowly under Gov. Chris Christie, who has never hidden his disdain for the law. Yet those disappointed by the snail's pace of the law, and the establishment of new medical marijuana centers, have new reason to take heart.

Canada: Editorial: When It Comes To Pot Rules, We're In A Daze

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 04 Aug 2017 - If the legislative timeline holds, it will be possible for Canadians to legally buy marijuana by this time next year. But as revealed by the news this week that a major Canadian clearing house may refuse to settle some share trades involving cannabis firms, far too many questions remain unanswered.

CN NS: Green, Gray Or Black And White?

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:00
The Victoria Standard, 01 Aug 2017 - Victoria County's first and only medical marijuana dispensary opened in June. It is listed with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks and has a CRA business number, a bank account and 25 clients. The RCMP are well aware of it. However, dispensaries are illegal in Canada. So how does it still exist? The Standard's Carolyn Barber explores the making og a gray area where some choose to roll the dice. GREEN

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