Legalization promises a boom for Alberta

Testing and research laboratories across Canada are preparing for the October 17th legalization of cannabis, expecting a boom in business once recreational cannabis is finally made legal. Canada has forty two laboratories that are authorized to test and research cannabis, which includes experimenting on cannabis samples. Four of these laboratories are in Alberta, which is … Continued

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Marketing of opioids to end in Canada

In response to a call to action from Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, wherein she asked pharmaceutical companies to restrict their marketing of dangerous opioids in light of the climbing death toll from opioid abuse across the country, Oxycontin’s manufacturer Purdue Pharma is one of five drug companies that has just announced it will … Continued

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Opioid alternatives ineffective and potentially harmful

Canadian medical professionals are trying to substitute alternative drugs for back pain in an effort to stem the opioid addiction crisis sweeping across North America; unfortunately, many of these alternative prescriptions, according to a study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), are ineffective and risky. In late June, the CMAJ published a study showing … Continued

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B.C. Cannabis producers concerned about being shut out of market

Small-scale cannabis producers in British Columbia could be denied access to the impending legal market if the federal and provincial governments don’t make essential changes to the legalization policy. In an open letter to federal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and B.C. Attorney General David Eby, five B.C. industry groups have claimed that this exclusion will … Continued

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How drug addiction hijacks the brain

The human brain is naturally wired to reward itself with the “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine when its basic needs of food, water, and sex are met. Addiction taps into this reward system to “trick” the brain into wanting more. This is why opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, which increase dopamine production in the brain, have taken … Continued

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Cannabis Legal as of October 17, 2018

It’s official: recreational marijuana will be legal across all provinces and territories of Canada as of October 17th, 2018. Originally, the cannabis legalization date had been set for July, but confrontation between the Red Chamber and the House of Commons as well as procedural problems and delays made the Canada Day deadline impossible for the … Continued

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Intention irrelevant in breach of drug and alcohol policy

A Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has reached its decision in the case of Terra Nova Employers’ Organization versus Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 2121, 2018 NLCA 7. The grievor had been employed as an on-call millwright by Magna Services Limited and based at the Terra Nova offshore petroleum production platform, but was … Continued

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Quebec’s Government-Run Cannabis Stores

Although there is no official date set for the legalization of cannabis, Alain Brunet, CEO of Quebec’s liquor board, has said whenever the time comes, the SAQ will be ready to serve Quebec consumers both in store and online. While the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) will oversee the sale and distribution of cannabis … Continued

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Mussels showing up positive for opioids

After transplanting clean mussels from Whidbey Island to eighteen urban shores around Seattle’s Puget Sound, Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has found evidence that opioids have reached the open seas. Traditionally used as a barometer to measure ocean pollution, filter feeders like mussels absorb contaminants from the water in which they live and store … Continued

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New police curriculum to detect drug-impaired driving

Introduction to Drug-Impaired Driving In preparation for the legalization of cannabis across Canada, a new drug-impaired driving training program is being formed to aid law enforcement in their efforts to help prevent Canadians from driving while under the influence of drugs. The course will include information on most drug use as well as alcohol impairment, … Continued

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