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Medical marijuana growers uninspected by Health Canada [03.07.2012] More than 15,000 people are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada, but Health Canada has no record of staff ever inspecting any of the growers ...
Most Canadians firmly in favour of decriminalizing marijuana: poll [02.07.2012] Two-thirds of Canadians think the law should be changed so that people caught with small amounts of marijuana no longer face criminal penalties or fi ...
Feds hike danger rating on ecstasy while health officers urge drug policy reform [23.06.2012] Several top public health officials are proposing a rethinking of current illegal-drug policies they assert spurs on a global problem involving ecsta ...
Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer [13.06.2012] B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and Brit ...
Ottawa drags out medical pot reform [11.06.2012] The federal government's plan to revamp Canada's medical marijuana program and address court-raised constitutional concerns seems half-baked. The pro ...
Former Supreme Court justice blasts minimum sentences for marijuana offenders [15.05.2012] Canada’s new mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders are based on “very bad criminal law policy” and constitute a threat to public health as w ...
What comes after the war on drugs [19.04.2012] At the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed doubt about the war on drugs. “I think what everybody believes and agrees with ...
Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs [28.03.2012] The use of illegal drugs remains a serious threat to community health. However, despite the substantial social costs attributable to illegal drugs, a ...
Ottawa's ideology-based drug policies under fire [28.03.2012] A number of leading figures in Canadian public health are criticizing the federal government's approach to drug policy, suggesting political ideology ...
Whither a Progressive Pot Policy? [01.03.2012] Cannabis has been taking centre stage in recent weeks. Former attorneys-general and Vancouver mayors in British Columbia have called for regulation a ...
Stephen Harper repeating same old mistakes with tougher pot laws, global group says [01.03.2012] The Global Commission on Drug Policy says it’s “very weird” that Canada is taking a tougher line on marijuana when governments across the globe are r ...
The OxyContin disaster [24.02.2012] Who is going to clean up the mess OxyContin has left behind in Ontario? Health Minister Deb Matthews' move to delist the addictive prescription paink ...
U.S. officials tell Tories war on drugs has failed [22.02.2012] A high-profile group of current and former U.S. law enforcement officials has written to the Conservative government with a surprising message: Take ...
Why a former B.C. attorney-general is supporting the pro-pot movement [19.02.2012] Geoff Plant has felt for years that the prohibition of marijuana is wrong. Now that the former B.C. attorney-general is out of government, he has dec ...
Legalize weed, yes, but the demon's in the details [16.02.2012] Marijuana will be legal in Canada one day. It may not be for eons – or at least until the federal Liberals or New Democrats gain power, which could b ...
Former B.C. attorneys-general call for legalization of marijuana [14.02.2012] Spurred in part by the point-blank shooting of a known gangster in an upscale Vancouver hotel, four former attorneys-general of British Columbia have ...
Policy pitfalls could quickly kill buzz around Liberal pot proposal [19.01.2012] If Liberals are serious about presenting voters with a credible plan to legalize and regulate cannabis in the next federal election, they have a lot ...
Canadians in favour of relaxing pot laws: poll [17.01.2012] The results come as the Liberal party voted overwhelmingly to support legalization of the drug at its biennial policy convention on the weekend, seem ...
Increased enforcement not curtailing marijuana use, report finds [22.12.2011] Increased funding for anti-cannabis law enforcement does not meaningfully reduce the drug’s potency, price or availability and creates a lucrative op ...
B.C. medical group recommends pot legalization [22.12.2011] Some B.C. medical health officials are now advocating for marijuana to be legalized, arguing that the government's costly enforcement activities are ...
Conservative senator opposes omnibus crime bill [16.12.2011] Conservative Senator Pierre Claude Nolin says he can't support the massive Bill C-10 mainly because of a section that deals with growing marijuana pl ...
Ten Years of Medical Marijuana in Canada [12.12.2011] In Canada, possession of medical marijuana is controlled under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, which came into effect in the summer of 2001 ...
Medical marijuana debate rages among researchers, doctors [11.12.2011] Research into medicinal marijuana is undergoing a surge of interest, with more evidence emerging not only of its ability to ease human suffering, but ...
Equal access to medical marijuana eludes Canadians [09.12.2011] Data obtained by the Ottawa Citizen through the Access to Information Act put a face to the typical medical marijuana patient for the first time, 10 ...
Legal changes cause questions for medical marijuana users [09.12.2011] The Tories omnibus crime legislation casts a shadow on the future of the medical marijuana program. The toughening of drug trafficking laws means tha ...
It's time to end the phoney war on drugs [29.11.2011] We are supposedly engaged in a "war on drugs." What war on drugs? A phoney war, because it provokes that which it proclaims to repress. Take three co ...
Dr. Evan Wood: There is nothing conservative about supporting marijuana prohibition [28.11.2011] Imagine an extremely expensive government policy proven to be completely ineffective at achieving its stated objectives. Consider also that whenever ...
Four former Vancouver mayors back call for an end to pot prohibition [23.11.2011] Four former Vancouver mayors have endorsed a coalition calling for an end to pot prohibition in Canada that they blame for rampant gang violence. Lar ...
Doctors refuse to OK marijuana use [01.11.2011] A decade after Canada legalized the medical use of marijuana, most doctors are still refusing to sign the declarations patients need to get legal acc ...
Legalizing pot would cut gang violence: experts [28.10.2011] A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British Columbia, a ...
Budding research may remove stigma around cannabis cultivation [20.10.2011] Two Canadian researchers hope their work — mapping the cannabis sativa genome — will get rid of the stigma which they say surrounds the cultivation o ...
Breaking the Silence [01.10.2011] This brief report outlines the links between cannabis prohibition in British Columbia (Canada) and the growth of organized crime and related violence ...
U.S. wanted Vancouver's supervised injection site closed [30.09.2011] A diplomatic cable shows U.S. officials opposed the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver and wanted the federal and municipal governments to ...
B.C. drug injection clinic can stay open, Supreme Court rules [30.09.2011] The Supreme Court of Canada has opened the door to supervised drug injection clinics across the country in a landmark decision that ordered the feder ...
Medical marijuana law under review [29.09.2011] Health Canada began two days of closed-door talks Wednesday about changes to the controversial medical marijuana law that has faced legal challenges ...
Canada needs a more realistic public health approach to cannabis, study finds [23.09.2011] Canada's existing public health approach to cannabis use is unrealistic and should be adjusted to reflect the way the system approaches alcohol. An a ...
Bring back the free crack pipes [05.09.2011] When you hear that your government is helping addicts shoot up or smoke crack, it's normal to wonder: how can this possibly be good? Until recently, ...
Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada (LRCUG) [01.09.2011] More than one in ten adults – and about one in three young adults – report past year cannabis use in Canada. While cannabis use is associated with a ...
Free crack cocaine pipes enable the saving of lives [21.08.2011] In 2008, Safeworks, an outreach program of Alberta Health Services, began a harm reduction program aimed at mitigating the effects of sharing crack p ...
Free crack pipe service discontinued in Calgary [19.08.2011] A decision to stop a clean crack-pipe distribution program has disappointed those working to rehabilitate street addicts. Since 2008, Alberta Health ...
Drug users to receive crack pipes as part of pilot project [02.08.2011] Vancouver health officials will distribute new crack pipes to non-injection drug users this fall as part of a pilot project aimed at engaging crack c ...
Uptake, benefits of and barriers to safer crack use kit (SCUK) distribution programmes in Victoria, Canada [30.06.2011] Crack use is prevalent amongst street drug users in Canadian cities, and associated with severe drug use, health and social problems. Whilst few targ ...
Insite’s next battle: supervised inhalation [14.05.2011] Insite’s operators have twice applied for a federal health exemption to allow crack cocaine smokers to use the room – the request was rejected in 200 ...
No evidence to contradict studies that supervised drug injections save addicts’ lives [12.05.2011] Under tough judicial grilling, the Harper government conceded it had no evidence to counter scientific research showing supervised drug injections sa ...
Former mayors speak out for Insite [11.05.2011] Divided by politics but united by drug policy, five former Vancouver mayors have issued a last-minute plea to Ottawa to drop its appeal of earlier co ...
Globe editorial: Supervised injection for the sake of public health [11.05.2011] Vancouver’s supervised drug-injection clinic, Insite, saves lives and prevents human misery. Providing addicts with a safe, sterile place to inject h ...
The arguments for and against Vancouver’s supervised injection site [11.05.2011] When the Supreme Court of Canada convenes to consider Vancouver’s supervised injection site, it will hear detailed arguments that hinge on the fine p ...
Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits? [30.04.2011] Crack smoking has increased in Vancouver despite the harms associated with its use. Many people who smoke crack share their equipment, thereby increa ...
It’s time to inject some Insite into this campaign [19.04.2011] For all the thunderous warnings about Stephen Harper’s hidden agenda, there has been remarkably little talk in this election about one of the few rea ...
Dying for a change on safe-injection site [18.04.2011] A health-care facility that saves lives and prevents the transmission of deadly diseases should be hailed as an innovative advancement in medical car ...

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