Vote on new rules may make medical marijuana less accessible to those in need
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta's governing council is scheduled to vote on introducing rules for the use of marijuana for medical purposes this Friday. Some medical marijuana users and advocates say they fear parts of the CPSA's proposed rules are going to make marijuana less accessible to people in need.
This vote comes as the federal government prepares to repeal its Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) program at the end of the month, and implement the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) on April 1.
Under the new federal regulations, physicians can no longer authorize patients to grow their own marijuana. Instead, physicians can authorize patients to purchase marijuana from a licensed producer.
One-of-a-kind program going strong after 12 years
The RCMP's Project Kare program was established in 2002 in response to the alarming number of missing and murdered women in Edmonton. According to RCMP officer Joe Verhaeghe, Edmonton has a high number of women involved in street-based sex work. He also described Alberta's capital as a northern gateway city, which draws a higher number of vulnerable populations to Edmonton.
"The places where it's an issue, are places like Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray and Edmonton," said Verhaeghe. "The economy is good, there is oil field activity and lots of money."
Calgary's sixth oldest home to find its place in nearby park
McHugh House will soon have a new home and continue to stand as an inspiring historical resource.
City Council met behind closed doors on Feb. 24 to discuss and vote on the costs associated with moving Calgary's sixth oldest home, saving it from demolition by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.
Council made a decision later that evening, unanimously approving to save the home without public debate.
Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley confirmed the total cost to move the home to its new location is $450,000. The City will take $300,000 from the fiscal reserve and another $150,000 from the Beltline Community Investment Fund (BCIF).