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CN BC: Ottawa Failed To Act On Tests Showing Toxins In Retail Pot
Health Minister Jane Philpott's office was warned nearly a year ago that dangerous contaminants had been found in retail marijuana sold by unregulated storefront dispensaries, but the federal government appears to have done nothing to act on the concerns.
CN ON: Creating Safe Injection Sites Won't Be Easy
Drug problem 'already in everybody's backyard,' physician says Advocates of safe injection sites for intravenous drug users in Hamilton believe they face an uphill battle in gaining public acceptance for the idea. But they feel the effort is worth it. "I don't expect it will be easy. I've already had one particular communication that was rather disturbing. I'm sure it won't be the only one," said Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr, whose ward would likely end up with a site if the city allows them.
CN ON: Health Unit To Develop Regional Drug Strategy
A new coordinator has been hired to help develop a regional drug strategy, says the area medical officer of health (MOH).
CN AB: Hempfest Organizers Aim To Butt Out Pot Myths
A two-day expo aimed at clearing the air about marijuana use in Canada is expected to draw big crowds in Calgary.

Opinions

CN ON: Safe Drug Use Sites A Way Station To Hell Or The
Moral dilemmas, NIMBY-ism and budgets pose obstacles Coun. Donna Skelly was curious what safe injection places for drug addicts look like.
CN AB: Column: Safe Injection Not A Gateway
People get twitchy when you start talking about safe injection sites. A clean, safe spot where needle drug users can use needle drugs.
CN BC: Oped: Feds Should Say No To City Pot Tax Grab
City politicians, never shy about demanding more money from beleaguered taxpayers, are now trying to get a cut of future cannabis taxes.
CN AB: Oped: U.S. Pot Laws In The 21st Century
Sometimes we hear or read things in the news that are simply questionable. Then we read further and realize that, yes, someone actually did this or said that, or accomplished this or that. And our understanding of the world grows, and our credulity is assigned new standards.

Letters

CN ON: All Drug Use Should Be Decriminalized
I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied to other drugs as well - like cocaine, for example.
CN ON: Drug Use Is Not A Simple Issue
Re: Letter to the Editor titled "Illegal drug use simply isn't safe, stop it" published on Sept. 13.
CN BC: Bank Needs To Change Its Policy
Dear Editor: The Royal Bank of Canada has stated its policy on industries or businesses which deal with products involving marijuana. The bank has stated that it will not loan money to any company or business which deals with marijuana.
CN ON: Trudeau On Right Track
I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied as well to other drugs, such as cocaine.
CN ON: War On Drugs Doesn't Work
I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied to other drugs as well, like cocaine, for example.
CN BC: Marijuana Regulation Is Tragically Overdue
Re: "More marijuana research needed," editorial, Sept. 13. It should come as no surprise that the Medical Cannabis Research Roundtable is calling for more funding for cannabis research. The usual bottom line on most cannabis studies - and there have been thousands of them - is that more research and research grants are warranted.
US: First Try To Understand The Opioid Epidemic
There is a danger in doing something to solve a problem without fully understanding the possible consequences of such actions ("States Fight Opioid Epidemic With Data," U.S. News, Sept. 3). I am acutely aware of the problems with the current opioid epidemic. A 26-year-old patient of mine recently died of an unintentional heroin overdose. I am also acutely aware of the law of unintended consequences in medical policies.