Drug News (International)

Philippines: War on Drugs Continues; 6 Killed, 1,545 Surrender

Tue, 2016-07-12 01:00
Manila Bulletin, 12 Jul 2016 - The war on illegal drugs continues with six suspected illegal drugs suspects, including a policeman on AWOL (Absence Without Official Leave), killed in three separate shootouts in Quezon City on Monday and Sunday. Meanwhile, at the Eastern Police District yesterday, it was learned that 1,545 persons suspected to be involved in illegal drugs in the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan have surrendered to authorities in accordance with the government's "Oplan Tokhang" in the period of July 1 to 8.

Canada: Test To Nab High Drivers?

Mon, 2016-07-11 01:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Roadside saliva collection needs to be in place: MADD Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.

CN ON: Letter: Pot And Heroin

Mon, 2016-07-11 01:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Re "T.O. health board OKs safe injection sites" (July 5): Isn't it funny how marijuana laws are still being enforced when the federal government has said it is going to be legalized, yet, safe injection sites are in the process of being approved in Toronto? What if a police officer stops two people near one of the safe injection sites, one with pot and the other heroin? Who is arrested and who isn't? I appreciate that the marijuana dispensaries were acting outside the law but heroin users will now get a pass if council approves the sites. But to my knowledge there are still laws against the use and trafficking of controlled substances, including heroin. The timing of these two moves by the City of Toronto couldn't be better.

Canada: Half Of Voters Say Tear Up Pot Rap Sheets, Poll Finds

Mon, 2016-07-11 01:00
London Free Press, 11 Jul 2016 - Half of Canadian voters believe people in jail for marijuana possession should be released and those with criminal records for pot possession pardoned, new polling shared with The Free Press suggests. That percentage rises among the young, the low-income, the highly educated, and, not surprisingly, the 47 per cent of survey respondents who've taken a few tokes themselves, the Forum Research survey found.

Canada: Package Pot Like Cigarettes: Cancer Society

Mon, 2016-07-11 01:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Object would be to discourage use by young people The federal government's task force on marijuana should look to restrictions for cigarettes when considering how legal pot should be packaged, the Canadian Cancer Society's Rob Cunningham says.

CN ON: 'How Can We Make Fun Safe?'

Sat, 2016-07-09 01:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Jul 2016 - Groups work to reduce drug overdoses, sex assaults during summer festivals With the summer festival season in full blast, there's a dark side to the fun in the sun. One local service agency is helping festival-goers who use drugs avoid the deadly mistakes that have killed people in Ottawa and across Canada by offering low-tech checking kits.

CN NF: 'This Is Desperately Needed Here'

Fri, 2016-07-08 01:00
The Telegram, 08 Jul 2016 - Federal government contributes $30,000 for study to see if drug treatment court in NL can be viable In the 26 years he has been in practice, St. John's lawyer John Duggan has represented many drug-addicted criminals

CN ON: Judge Laments Drug Court's Loss As He Jails Addict Again

Fri, 2016-07-08 01:00
London Free Press, 08 Jul 2016 - Billy Robbins wanted out of jail to deal with his drug addiction. The judge wanted to use his sad case to prove a point. "Your case highlights the struggles . . . in this courthouse with the dissolution of the drug treatment court and the position of the Crown attorney not to participate in the program," Ontario Court Justice Wayne Rabley said before sentencing Robbins to more jail time.

CN BC: Pot Shops Continue To Operate In Limbo

Fri, 2016-07-08 01:00
Penticton Western, 08 Jul 2016 - At least three marijuana dispensaries are continuing operations despite notices from the city, as the future of retail marijuana hangs in limbo for Penticton. None of the four operations the city is aware of are permitted for storefront sale of marijuana products. Three have been notified, including the Herbal Green Apothecary, associated with the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, the first dispensary that will have the opportunity to appeal its business license cancellation to the city.
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