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CN BC: B.C. Residents Favour Pot-Only Shops For Their Legal Marijuana
British Columbians are split on how recreational marijuana should be sold once it's legal, but standalone shops like the dispensaries that line Vancouver's streets are the most popular option, according to a new poll.
CN AB: Fighting The Green Fight
Fentanyl crisis overtaking marijuana in Alberta You won't find many, if any, people working in law enforcement ready to admit that marijuana trafficking isn't still on their radar.
CN AB: Police Still Target Pot, But Grow-Op Busts Fall
You won't find many, if any, people working in law enforcement ready to admit that marijuana trafficking isn't still on their radar.
CN AB: Man Recounts Arrest That Left Him Hospitalized
Panic, Clayton Prince says - flat out panic is what caused him to flee from Calgary police officers one night last July.


CN BC: Editorial: Testing For Safety
As long as marijuana remains illegal in Canada, we are trapped in a grey area that takes away our power as consumers.
CN BC: Column: Drug Talk Still Important
Welcome back to a new school year. A very important discussion that needs to take place in your home is the old drug talk. Parents play a key role in reducing teen substance abuse.
CN BC: Editorial: Everything You Wanted To Know About Pot
Over the last decade, about half a million Canadians have been prosecuted for simple possession of marijuana, many of them young people. More than 100,000 others have been charged for growing pot, possessing it for the purposes of selling or actually selling it to other Canadians. Some of these have indeed been gangsters, but many others have not. In fact, Statistics Canada data shows that since 2006 - - excluding impaired driving - more Canadians have been busted annually for marijuana than for traffic offences.
US AZ Column: No To Proposition 205
I ask all of you folks who care about the young to vote against Proposition 205. Summarizing information from a number of sources in Arizona and Colorado, here are some of the primary reasons:


US CO: Amendment 71 Doesn't Empower The People
Re: "Colorado Amendment 71 tries to cut down on constitutional red tape," Oct. 4. I disagree with (County Commissioner) Dan Gibb's claim that Summit County voters "don't have a say" regarding the initiative process. Further, stating Amendment 71 has bipartisan support neglects the fact that opposition to Amendment 71 also enjoys bipartisan support, but more importantly includes the private sector, which is the vast majority of voters, rather than a list of inconvenienced politicians.
CN ON: Pot Dispensaries Needed, Wanted
Re Pot store optics, ethics questionable, Sept. 16 I'm a medical marijuana patient and I believe that I'm being discriminated against.
CN BC: Courts Send Wrong Message On Marijuana
Re: "Man convicted for dispensary pot buy," Oct. 4. With respect, I disagree with Chantelle Sutton's comment that her client "was guilty" of offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. In the recent decision of R. vs. Smith (involving a Victoria dispensary), a producer of unlicensed marijuana was acquitted because his products were for medical use. The Supreme Court of Canada made it clear that standing between patients and their medicine violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
CN AB: Give A Voice To Those Battling Addiction
Re. "Downtown Residents fed up with parade of addicts, drunks," David Staples, Oct. 12 I was dismayed with the language used in David Staples' column, the message of the column and especially the headline.
CN BC: Harm Reduction Reduces Deaths
Editor: As Kamloops and other municipalities contend with the current overdose epidemic, much discussion has focused on how best to respond. Most experts agree that we need a comprehensive system that includes scaling up access to evidence-based addiction treatment.
US FL: Laboratory Of The States
The only sure way to know if the dire warnings against Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) will happen is to vote it in and find out.
CN MB: Addiction A Medical Problem
It really makes my blood boil when I read about senseless deaths from drug overdoses that were very likely behind the demise of the two men recently found dead in their car.