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- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:11 06 March 2014
- Written by PAUL BROOKS PAUL BROOKS
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.
- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:57 06 March 2014
- Written by ASHLEY MATERI ASHLEY MATERI
Artists say recent hefty fine a step in the right direction
Local tattoo artists and parlour owners are celebrating the recent $48,000 fine given to a Calgary couple on Jan. 22 under the Public Health Act for unsanitary conditions at a home-based tattoo parlour in Huntington Hills.
Celeste Moran and Bruno Labreque are the homeowners of the unapproved parlour that their son Rye Robert Moran set up in their basement, and were fined $24,000 each for nine infractions, including performing tattoos in a bedroom not adequately separated from other home activities, lack of an approved sanitizer on site and using reusable stainless steel grips without proper evidence of sterilization. Rye Robert Moran faces similar charges and will be sentenced on April 28 by a different judge.
- Published on Sunday, 02 March 2014 21:05 02 March 2014
- Written by Paul Brooks Paul Brooks
Statistics show 64 per cent increase in use amongst young people
Crystal meth use is on the rise in Alberta and young people appear to be especially vulnerable. But the provincial government appears to have not yet taken the same kind of public action it did the last time crystal meth abuse was making headlines in the province.
The Calgary Journal has obtained data from Alberta Health Services (AHS) showing the number of individuals age 12 to 24 seeking treatment for crystal meth abuse in Alberta has skyrocketed from a low of 681 in fiscal 2009-10 to 1,116 in 2012-13. That's an increase of almost 64 per cent in the past five years.
Those numbers come amidst reports of rising rates of crystal meth trafficking and possession in Calgary and Edmonton.
- Published on Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:02 02 March 2014
- Written by KRYSTAL NORTHEY KRYSTAL NORTHEY
Mount Royal University students and faculty weigh in on budget expectations
Though tight-lipped, Alberta's education minister Dave Hancock, is hinting that the upcoming provincial budget may be gentler on Alberta's post-secondary institutions than last year's budget, which slashed $147 million from operating grants.
"The circumstances on the income side have certainly improved, but we still have to pay for the groceries with today's revenue," Hancock said before a meeting with Mount Royal University executives earlier this month.