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Illicit drug users and doctors who treat them push to end ‘stigmatizing’ language [29.01.2017] Calling someone a junkie was once the norm, but many people who use illicit drugs and those who treat them say the word addict is just as stigmatizin...
Gangs less involved in cannabis compared with other drugs: Statscan [23.01.2017] Canada’s organized crime groups and gangs are much less likely to produce and traffic marijuana than they are other illicit drugs such as cocaine and...
Canada’s marijuana industry needs innovation to thrive, not protection [11.01.2017] The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation did not say, “create a marijuana marketing board.” Yet its recommendations would, if implemen...
Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms' [09.01.2017] Britain could soon see its first "fix room" for drug users - a safe space where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision. But who...
Pot task force recommends legal cannabis sales be limited to users over 18 [13.12.2016] The task force appointed by the federal government to study the legalization of marijuana said cannabis sales should be restricted to those 18 and ol...
Ottawa moves to facilitate more injection sites as death toll climbs [09.12.2016] Ottawa will introduce a bill that is expected to reduce barriers to opening and operating supervised drug-con­sumption sites in Canada. The move come...
The next big bubble could be in Canada’s soaring pot market [07.12.2016] The surge of capital into Canada’s nascent marijuana industry has sent stock prices soaring – and brought warnings it’s a bubble that could soon burs...
Marijuana task force submits report outlining framework for legal system [29.11.2016] Canada’s new legal marijuana regime is expected to feature a mishmash of provincial rules and a heavily regulated production system that will initial...
Pot ban on drivers won’t work, health experts say [07.11.2016] It would be unrealistic to bar drivers from having any trace of marijuana in their system when it becomes legal in Canada, as B.C. has suggested, bec...
Pot tax would reduce profits, allow black market to thrive: report [31.10.2016] The parliamentary budget watchdog says Ottawa stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars – not billions – from the first year of recreational...
Panel: Advances towards Cannabis Regulation [04.10.2016] In spite of the prejudices and legal obstacles that persist in relation to a legal market for cannabis, it is undeniable that a strong movement towar...
Canada faces choice on international drug treaties over legalized pot [02.10.2016] As Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do a...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
Health Canada to allow safety testing of medical marijuana [10.08.2016] Health Canada is easing its prohibitions against safety testing of medical marijuana, which will allow registered growers and patients to have the pr...
Most of Canada’s marijuana growers are otherwise law-abiding: advocates [08.08.2016] Contrary to RCMP wisdom, organized crime groups play a relatively small role in Canada’s underground cannabis trade. The majority of people behind il...
Legalize pot, but bring in quality controls [30.07.2016] The take-home message from a Globe and Mail investigation that tested pot purchased in dispensaries for chemicals, is a lack of quality controls on m...
Restrictions on pot-safety testing put public at risk, scientists warn [27.07.2016] Health Canada’s restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns – ...
Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework [17.07.2016] The government called on former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan to lead a nine-member task force on marijuana legalization and regulation. She...
The goal of legalized cannabis shouldn’t be corporate gold [14.07.2016] Canada has a tradition of overregulation and one can already sense that the government is poised to place a myriad of restrictions on production and ...
Toronto board of health approves supervised injection sites [03.07.2016] The stories of Toronto residents who died of overdoses on Toronto streets were heard for hours by board of health members, told by their friends, fam...
To better understand pot, Ottawa should look to Colorado [02.07.2016] Not being first has its advantages when it comes to social policy reforms. The State of Colorado has compiled a deep trove of useful data when it com...
Ottawa vows strict regulation of recreational marijuana [29.06.2016] The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, an...
NDP demands immediate decriminalization of marijuana [12.06.2016] The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. ...
Justin Trudeau may have made the best case for legal pot ever [10.06.2016] Trudeau's argument for legalization is concerned less with creating benefits, and more with reducing harms. He starts from the same place that many l...
New hire is a signal Ottawa is taking a strict line on recreational marijuana [01.06.2016] The Liberal government is sending further signals it plans a strict regime for recreational marijuana by hiring former public safety minister Anne Mc...
Canada's marijuana legalization plan flouts 3 UN drug conventions [16.05.2016] The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes Canada's adherence to the UN drug control conventions, according to a commentary in t...
Will Canada become America's cannabis capital? [13.05.2016] Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalise recreational marijuana consumption on a federal level, opening the door to investment, l...
Health Canada overturns ban on medical heroin [12.05.2016] Health Canada has moved to allow doctors to apply for special access to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to severe addicts, which would overturn...
Why Canada’s cities aren’t cracking down on marijuana stores [04.05.2016] Canada’s municipalities are in a tough position when it comes to pot. Faced with a previous federal government that had no interest in legalizing mar...
Rethinking drug prohibition on a global scale [01.05.2016] Last month, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in history to reconsider international drug prohibition with an eye toward pol...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app...
Rethinking the global war on drugs [25.04.2016] The U.S. is in the untenable position of violating the existing treaties — now that four states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Th...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the...
B.C. declares public health emergency as overdoses surge again [13.04.2016] British Columbia has declared a public health emergency after another surge in drug-related overdoses and deaths, making it the first province in the...
Canada on drugs at the UN: Standing up for a long-overdue policy shift [12.04.2016] The applause persisted until the chair of the session eventually gavelled it to an end. The occasion? Canada’s statement at the UN Commission on Narc...
How Canada got addicted to fentanyl [07.04.2016] The supply chain for illicit fentanyl begins in China, but the problems Canada is experiencing start right here at home: No other country in the worl...
Canadian official causes stir with ‘progressive’ speech at UN narcotics conference [15.03.2016] The Liberal government used its first foray into the global anti-narcotics arena this week to signal a clear shift away from the war-on-drugs philoso...
France has highest (number of) teen cannabis smokers [14.03.2016] France and Canada have the highest percentage of 15-year-old cannabis smokers among 42 well-off nations surveyed by the World Health Organization. Wh...
Health Canada flagged nine key considerations in legalizing marijuana [04.03.2016] As the Liberal government began moving on its commitment to legalize marijuana, Health Canada flagged nine key considerations – from health risks and...
Majority of Canadians agree pot should be legal: poll [29.02.2016] A strong majority in Canada agree with the Liberal government’s plan to legalize marijuana, and half of them feel users should be able to grow their ...
Marijuana advocates say ‘next fight’ is legalizing storefront dispensaries [24.02.2016] The federal government should use a court decision ordering it to rewrite the rules on medical marijuana as an opportunity to legalize the storefront...
Federal prosecutors maintain hard line on pot as legalization looms [21.02.2016] As Canada heads toward a new era of legal marijuana use, federal prosecutors are still trying to jail people who grow small amounts of cannabis in th...
Legal pot has its benefits, but little economic impact [17.02.2016] Each week, there seems to be a new headline declaring that piles of cash will soon flood into the economy once legalization comes into effect. The la...
The right way to do drugs [12.02.2016] It is like a hash-induced hallucination: row upon row of lush, budding plants, tended by white-coated technicians who are bothered by the authorities...
Liberals’ vow to legalize pot creating chaos, police say [06.02.2016] Canada’s frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party’s promise to event...
Canada’s medical pot producers set sights on recreational users [28.01.2016] Canada’s producers of medical marijuana are sitting on a seven-tonne stash of weed, with the inventory steadily growing as supply exceeds demand in t...
Tax revenues from legal pot could reach $5-billion a year: economist [27.01.2016] A new report from CIBC World Markets says Canada’s federal and provincial governments could reap as much as $5-billion annually in tax revenues from ...

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