Media Coverage: Health Officers Open Medicine Paper, “Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs “

On March 28, 2012 provincial health officers from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, along with Stop the Violence BC coalition member Dr. Evan Wood released a paper in Open Medicine calling for the reevaluation of current drug law enforcement practices.

For complete media coverage listing, please see the links below.

Print and Online

Steigerwald, L. (12/03/29). Some Canadian health experts have noticed the drug war and tough on crime things are not working so well Reason Magazine.
Staff. (12/03/29). Decriminalize pot movement gathers steam 24 Hours. Vancouver.
Staff. (12/03/29). D’abord une question de sante Metro (Montreal). Montreal.
Staff. (12/03/29). Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies under fire CTV.ca.
Quan, D. (12/03/29). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Canada.com. National.

Pemberton, K. (12/03/29). B.C.’s chief medical officer latest to support legalizing pot Vancouver Sun. Vancouver.
Myles, B. (12/03/29). Des medecins s’en prennent a C 10 Le Devoir. Montreal.
McCulloch, S. (12/03/29). Government should rethink marijuana laws, health officer says Victoria Times Colonist. Victoria.
Dreisinger, A. (12/03/28). Vancouverites on pot CBC. Vancouver.

Dakin, S. P. (12/03/28). Tough drug laws harm health and safety, doctors say CBC.ca.
Connelly, J. (12/03/28). Top B.C. doc: Regulate pot like booze, tobacco Seattle Post Intelligencer. Seattle.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Truro News. Truro.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Cape Breton Post. Cape Breton.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Kelowna Daily News. Kelowna.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Huffington Post. National.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies The Canadian Press.
Boivin, M. (12/03/28). Drogues: le Canada fait fausseroute, selon une etude Le Soleil. Montreal.
(12/03/28) 24 Heures. Montreal.
Experts slam Ottawa’s drug policy; Sentencing for minor offences ‘ineffective’. (12/03/28) Chronicle Herald. Halifax.
Drogues: les politiques d’Ottawa sont critiquees. (12/03/28) Metro (Montreal). Montreal.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Olds Albertan.
Strang critical of Ottawa’s war on drugs approach. (12/03/28) Chronicle Herald. Halifax.
McCulloch, S. (12/03/28). Government should rethink marijuana laws, health officer says Times Colonist

Pemberton, K. (12/03/28). B.C’s chief medical officer latest to support legalizing pot The Vancouver Sun.
Tough drug laws harm health and safety, doctors say. (12/03/28) CBC News.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). ‘War on drugs’ isn’t working, doctors say Edmonton Journal.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘war on drugs’ Canada.com.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology-based drug policies Brandon Sun
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Alaska Highway News. Anchorage.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Nanaimo Daily News. Nanaimo.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Cannabis Culture.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Vancouver Sun. Vancouver.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Provincial health officers call on feds to pull back from ‘War on Drugs’ Montreal Gazette. Montreal.
Should marijuana be taxed and regulated in Canada? (12/03/28) CBC News.

Top BC doc: regulate pot like booze, tobacco. (12/03/28) Seattle PI.
Wood, E., McKinnon, M., Strang, R., Kendall, P. . (12/03/28). Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs Open Medicine.
Van Rassel, J. (12/03/28). BC coalition urges end to marijuana prohibition Edmonton Journal.
Vandermeer, J. (12/03/28). NDP deputy leader Libby Davies will continue to advocate drug law reform Cannabis Culture
Steigerwald, L. (12/03/28). Some Canadian health experts have noticed the drug war and “tough on crime” things not working so well reason.com.
Quan, D. (12/03/28). Doctors argue law ‘ineffective’ The Star Phoenix.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies iPolitics.

Doctors call drug legislation ‘ineffective,’ demand reform. (12/03/28) Regina Leader Post. Regina.
Weeks, C. (12/03/28). Scrap minimum terms for drug crimes, two medical officers urge Globe and Mail. National.
Jones, K. (12/03/28). B.C.’s top doc weighs in on marijuana debate Metro (Vancouver). Vancouver.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge.

Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies CP24. Toronto.

Radio

Zandbergen, R. (12/03/29) CBC. Kelowna.
White, D. (12/03/29) CBC. Whitehorse.
Veinnotte, T. (12/03/29). The Todd Veinnotte Show News 95.7. Halifax.
Updike, L. (12/03/29) CBC. Winnipeg.
Turnbull, J. (12/03/29) CBC. Sudbury.
Sara, S. (12/03/29). Simi Sara Show CKNW. Vancouver.
Roberts, J. A. (12/03/29) CBC. Victoria.
Lederhouse, C. (12/03/29) CBC. Regina.
Castle, P. (12/03/28) CBC. New Brunswick.
Burris, D. (12/03/28) News1130. Vancouver.
Brown, P. (12/03/28) CBC. Edmonton.
Breakenridge, R. (12/03/28). The Rob Breakenridge Show QR77. Calgary.
Blades, T. (12/03/28) CBC. St. John’s.
Bains, M.  CBC. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) AM770. Calgary.
(12/03/28) AM640. Toronto.
(12/03/28) 660 News. Calgary.
(12/03/28) CKNW. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) News 91.9. Moncton.
(12/03/28) News 88.9. St. John’s.
(12/03/28) CFAX 1070. Victoria.
(12/03/28) Radio NL. Kamloops.
(12/03/28) Newstalk 980. Regina.
(12/03/28) Fairchild TV. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) NewsTalk650. Saskatoon.
CFAX Live. (12/03/28) CTV2. Victoria.
Hill, A. (12/03/28). Saskatoon doctor endorses call for evidence based drug policy News Talk 980 CJME.
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One the Link
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One St. John’s
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One Regina,
(12/03/28)CBC News,
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One Edmonton,
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One Charlottetown,
(12/03/28)CBC Radio One Calgary.
(12/03/28) Radio Canada. National.
(12/03/28) Radio Canada. National.
On the Coast. (12/03/28) CBC. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) CBC. Montreal.
(12/03/28) CBC. Halifax.
(12/03/28) CBC. Victoria.
Early Edition. (12/03/28) CBC. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) CBC News Network. National.
(12/03/28) CBC. Winnipeg.
The National. (12/03/28) CBC. National.
Poll: Should marijuana be taxed and regulated in Canada? (12/03/28) CBC.ca.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies 680News. Toronto.

Television

Karim, N. (12/03/29). Decriminalize pot, say docs CTV Morning Live. Vancouver.
House, T. (12/03/29). National News Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. National.
Hartland, L. (12/03/28) CTV. Victoria.
(12/03/28) CHEK. Victoria.
(12/03/28) Global Maritimes. Halifax.
(12/03/28) Global News. National.
(12/03/28) Global BC. Vancouver.
Question Period. (12/03/28) CPAC. National.
Rethinking Canada’s drug policy. (12/03/28) CTV Canada AM. National.
(12/03/28) V Tele. Montreal.
(12/03/28) CBC Maritimes. Halifax.
(12/03/28) OMNI News. Toronto.
(12/03/28) CTV Morning Live. Winnipeg.
(12/03/28) Global Saskatoon. Saskatoon.
(12/03/28) CTV2. London.
(12/03/28) CTV. Calgary.
DiBattista, L. (12/03/28) CBC. Toronto.
(12/03/28) CTV News Channel. National.
More calls for legal pot. (12/03/28) CTV. Vancouver.
(12/03/28) CTV. Halifax.
Call for ban of illicit drugs. (12/03/28) CTV. National.
Ottawa’s ideology-based drug policies under fire. (12/03/28) CTV News.
Pemberton, K. (12/03/28). B.C’s chief medical officer latest to support legalizing pot Global BC.

Branswell, H. (12/03/28). B.C.’s top medical officer wants pot decriminalized CTV News.
Ottawa’s drug policy under fire from health providers. (12/03/28) CTV News.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies CityTV Toronto. Toronto.

Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Global Maritimes. Halifax.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Global Toronto. Toronto.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Global News.
Branswell, H. (12/03/28). Public health leaders criticize Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies Global Saskatoon. Saskatoon.
Ottawa’s ideology based drug policies under fire. (12/03/28) CTV. Montreal.

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