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News

CN BC: City Calls For More Fentanyl Test Strips
Six people died from overdoses last week in Vancouver As the number of overdose deaths continues to rise in Vancouver, the city announced it wants to see more fentanyl test strips made available to drug users.
CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths Leap 61 Per Cent
Provinces chief medical officer calls for heightened efforts amid deepening crisis Alberta's top doctor is calling for expanded efforts to combat a high number of opioid deaths as health officials released a new report on fentanyl overdoses Friday.
CN MB: Judge Slams Law, Delays Sentencing
Gives mom convicted of drug smuggling time to arrange child care ahead of mandatory prison term In a case that has raised questions about the effect of mandatory minimum sentences, a Manitoba judge has taken pity on a woman he convicted by agreeing to give her more freedom before he sends her to prison.
Canada: Pot Plans Respect International Treaties
Task force leader says Canada can be an example A former Liberal cabinet minister who led a federally appointed task force on legalizing cannabis says Canada's plan to green light the drug for recreational use is in keeping with the spirit of international treaties - all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.

Opinions

CN AB: Oped: Alberta Not Getting The Full Picture On Opioids
By any objective measure, the opiate crisis has affected British Columbia far more severely than Alberta.
CN PI: OPED: Time To Focus On Preventables
In a recent Canadian Public Health Association discussion paper, "A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada," the point was made emphatically that our current approach to managing risk is not working.
CN AB: Column: Tackling The Problem Of Opioids
We've all heard the very troubling news reports in Alberta and across Canada about the growing problem of addiction to opioids, especially fentanyl.
CN BC: Column: Beware Of 'Evidence-Based' Policy Positions
A term we hear with increasing frequency is the claim that we need "evidence-based policy" on this or that public issue. With the possible new importance of the B.C. Green party - we'll know more after the final election count on May 24 - you'll be hearing the phrase a lot more as the Greens love the term like yogis love mantras.

Letters

CN MB: Booze Is Worse
In Larry Comeau's letter he quotes a report that marijuana related ER visits in Colorado among kids have quadrupled since legalization. Previously, marijuana possession and use was a felony. It might just be the increase in visits to the ER since legalization has something to do with users in Colorado no longer fearing prosecution if they seek help while under the influence. Is it not possible that mental illness issues in general are on the rise in young people unrelated to marijuana use? It would certainly seem so according to many recent studies.
CN BC: Marijuana Can Help Our Economy
Editor: This is in response to D. Simpson's letter in The Daily Courier on Monday, May 15, citing Matthew 15:11, "It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth."
CN BC: Marijuana Is Part Of God's World
Editor: Re: Legalized marijuana not part of God's law On May 15, letter writer D. Simpson should have read the first page of the Bible before ranting about the alleged evils of cannabis.
CN AB: Marijuana Law Actually Protects Kids
Re: "Marijuana law doesn't protect kids," April 21, Opinion - Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis, The News:
CN AB: Safe Injection Sites Needed In Suburbs
There can be no doubt a safe injection site needs to be in the McCauley community health centre or in the Boyle Street Co-op or the George Spady Centre.
CN ON: Untold Benefits
With a few exceptions, I understand as of July 1, 2018, it will no longer be a crime in for a person over age 18 to possess 30 grams or less of marijuana.
CN ON: Trudeau Has It Right On Marijuana
TRUDEAU HAS IT RIGHT ON MARIJUANA Marijuana has been a concern of late. I am not a user. I feel that Trudeau government has it right. Prohibition of alcohol was never fully imposed in Canada but it was in the United States. Prior to prohibition being enacted in the United States, bars were dominated by men. During prohibition, speakeasies began to pop up and were more appealing to women. Therefore more alcohol was consumed. Also, it unknowingly fostered criminal organizations that are still here today.