Substance abuse – NCSAPCB http://ncsapcb.org/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:28:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ncsapcb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Substance abuse – NCSAPCB http://ncsapcb.org/ 32 32 SWLA Arrest Report – December 31, 2021 https://ncsapcb.org/swla-arrest-report-december-31-2021/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 17:18:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/swla-arrest-report-december-31-2021/

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Calcasieu Correctional Center Reservation Report for December 31, 2021.

Trevor Dawson Kimbell, 21, Orange, TX: Battery aggravated.

Shannon Rae Austin, 43, Lake Charles: Contraband defined, some prison smuggling activity prohibited; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule II; out of state prisoner.

Brian James Mire, 56, Sulfur: Driving while intoxicated, third; careless operation; failure to report an accident.

Hasani Oba Williams, 41, DeQuincy: Criminal mischief; battery of a policeman.

Chasity Rynal’e Tezeno, 41, Lake Charles: bikes, front lights, taillights, side and rear reflectors; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule I; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule II.

Anthony Joseph Paim, 31, Lake Charles: Domestic Violence Battery.

James Thomas Goodwin, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Schedule II; no car insurance; hand and arm signals or signal lamps; violations of registration provisions, license plate changed.

John Joseph Semien, 32, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Schedule II.

Dammon A White, 49, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Hazardous Substance, Schedule II.

Newton Rodney Gage Thigpen, 28, Lake Charles: domestic violence battery, endangering children.

Christopher Layne George, 39, Lake Charles: direct contempt of court (5 counts); domestic violence battery, endangering children; domestic violence battery.

Antonio Vincent Green, 38, Lake Charles: direct contempt of court (2 counts); domestic violence battery; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule II (4 counts).

Clint Lee Mott, 37, Sulfur: Illegal Possession of Stolen Items of $ 1,000 to Under $ 5,000.

Paul Anthony Redmond, 54, Sulfur: direct contempt of court; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule II.

Kyle Joseph Natali, 30, Sulfur: Driving with hit and run, death or grievous bodily harm; homicide and driving; operation while intoxicated, third offense.

Beau Alexander Powell, 28, Vinton: reckless operation; drive a vehicle while the license is suspended; maximum speed limit; traffic control signals; registration, commercial vehicles, expired plate.

Valdo Clarence Hahn, 36, Sulfur: When lit lamps are needed; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Schedule II; prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia; drive a vehicle while the license is suspended.

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SAMHSA Works To Turn National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Into Three Digit Number | 2021-12-31 https://ncsapcb.org/samhsa-works-to-turn-national-suicide-prevention-lifeline-into-three-digit-number-2021-12-31/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/samhsa-works-to-turn-national-suicide-prevention-lifeline-into-three-digit-number-2021-12-31/

Rockville, MD – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is helping to upgrade the National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention to a three-digit number – 988.

According to a press release, Congress has designated the updated dial code in 2020 and the Department of Health and Human Services, through SAMHSA, is investing $ 282 million for the transition. This funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Biden administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

The 988 number is expected to be available for calling, texting or chatting nationwide from July.

“The conversion to this easy-to-remember three-digit number will strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline network, providing the public with easier access to rescue services,” the statement said. “The Lifeline is currently helping thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day. “

Citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SAMHSA notes that suicide was the 10th leading cause of death nationwide in 2019. It was also the second leading cause of death among young people that year.

A CDC analysis released in 2020 and using data from 2016 found that men working in mines, quarries, and oil and gas extraction had a suicide rate of 54.2 per 100,000 workers. The overall average rate for men was 27.4. In addition, men and women in the construction and mining industries had suicide rates of 49.4 and 25.5, respectively.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 all year round at (800) 273-8255 (TALK).

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AG Shapiro Announces 75% of Pennsylvania Counties Including Allegheny and Montgomery Commit to Billion-Dollar Opioid Settlement to Date https://ncsapcb.org/ag-shapiro-announces-75-of-pennsylvania-counties-including-allegheny-and-montgomery-commit-to-billion-dollar-opioid-settlement-to-date/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:20:41 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/ag-shapiro-announces-75-of-pennsylvania-counties-including-allegheny-and-montgomery-commit-to-billion-dollar-opioid-settlement-to-date/

More counties are expected to join the settlement that will bring up to $ 232 million by 2022

HARRISBURGAttorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that 50 counties, including 5 of the 6 largest counties in the Commonwealth, have agreed to join the landmark opioid settlement that would bring more than $ 1 billion to Pennsylvania, with up to to $ 232 million delivered in 2022.

“Pennsylvania lost 5,172 lives from overdoses in the last year alone – that’s 14 Pennsylvanians a day. This regulation will provide resources to launch programs that will change lives and impact families in our Commonwealth who struggle to find treatment and help for those suffering from drug addiction. These funds will be used to provide and expand life-saving treatment options, prioritizing areas most affected by this crisis, ”said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The $ 26 billion global settlement with Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen – the country’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson requires significant changes in the industry that will help prevent this type of crisis from happening again in addition to the funds . Pennsylvania was one of the main states negotiating the settlement, which was announced in July.

“When the county filed its complaint in May 2018, we sought two things: to prevent these companies and other similar companies from engaging in the acts and practices that led to the opioid crisis, and to be able to provide additional resources to communities and families. in our county who were most affected by their actions, ”said Rich Fitzgerald, County Manager for Allegheny. “The settlement agreement reached by Attorney General Shapiro and several other states provides for significant changes in the industry and up to $ 1 billion that Pennsylvania is expected to receive. We want our residents to benefit from this agreement and have the resources now and intend to sign. “

“Delaware County has worked hard to ensure that its share of the state’s settlement proceeds accurately reflects the many challenges presented to the county by the opioid epidemic,” said Kevin Madden, County Councilor. Delaware and member of the Substance Treatment and Overdose Prevention Coalition. “While no money can ever truly explain the lives opioids have ruined, these settlement funds that will be received over the next decade and beyond will allow the county to educate its citizens and help remedy the scourge of opioid abuse and the devastation it causes for thousands of residents and their families.

While it is up to the local governments that signed the regulation to decide where the funds will ultimately be allocated, the regulation says that every dollar of funding must be used to tackle the opioid crisis. A list of approved sanitation uses for opioids can be found in Schedule E of the Janssen Settlement Agreement. The remaining 17 counties and several subdivisions have until next month to sign and are urged to do so as soon as possible.

“Continuing litigation is incredibly risky, as we’ve seen in Oklahoma where a $ 465 million judgment was overturned by the state Supreme Court after years on appeal, and in California where a a number of counties and cities have lost their cases after seven years of the search. We cannot afford to wait – we need these funds to flow into our communities now. We know that no amount will bring all this back. that we lost, but this settlement will give communities the money to save lives now, ”said AG Shapiro.

The following counties joined the settlement agreement: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie , Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Liban, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union , Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

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Parents of Ethan Crumbley: Prosecutors say parents of suspect who shot Michigan deliberately ignored signs that their son was a threat https://ncsapcb.org/parents-of-ethan-crumbley-prosecutors-say-parents-of-suspect-who-shot-michigan-deliberately-ignored-signs-that-their-son-was-a-threat/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 20:06:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/parents-of-ethan-crumbley-prosecutors-say-parents-of-suspect-who-shot-michigan-deliberately-ignored-signs-that-their-son-was-a-threat/ Ethan Crumbley, 15, was indicted as an adult in the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, which left four students dead. The shooting also left seven others injured, six students and a teacher.
Crumbley faces one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to kill and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. On arraignment, the judge pleaded not guilty at the request of Crumbley’s lawyer.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested on four counts of manslaughter and pleaded not guilty.

“The defendants were in a better position than anyone in the world to prevent this tragedy, but they did not,” the file said.

CNN has contacted the couple’s lawyers for comment.

Prosecutors ‘file responds to Crumbleys’ request to change bail, details how couple are over $ 11,000 in arrears on payment for their house, sold their horses, and “have already shown they will run away if he had the opportunity “. The file also states that the parents had four cell phones at the time of their arrest and “attempted to destroy one of the phones.”

In the case, prosecutors said the bond was “properly set” at $ 500,000.

“The facts set out in the brief we submitted to the court today speak for themselves,” Oakland County, Michigan, Assistant Chief Attorney David Williams said in a statement. “And based on these facts, we firmly believe that the bond between James and Jennifer Crumbley has been properly established.”

The record alleges that when the Crumbleys left their son’s school on November 30, more than an hour before the shooting began, they knew their son was depressed and “fascinated by the guns.”

The file details Ethan Crumbley’s state of mind in the six months leading up to the shooting, saying his parents knew he was “sadder than usual”, that his only friend had moved and that he sent his mother disturbing texts about his condition. of spirit.

Prosecutors allege that while their son struggled, his parents spent several hours a night, three to four nights a week, in a barn tending to their horses and that one of the parents was having extramarital affairs.

The file says the defendants were focused on their “own issues”, including “substance abuse issues”.

Parents alerted school officials to threats 2 weeks before Michigan campus rampage, $ 100 million claim

Prosecutors also allege Ethan Crumbley tortured animals and kept a “baby bird’s head in a jar on his bedroom floor.”

“Instead of paying attention to their son and asking him for help, they bought him a gun,” the file says.

Prosecutors also allege in the record that after the shooting the Crumbleys retained attorneys for themselves but not their son and that Jennifer Crumbley told a colleague and in a text that “the fate of her son is done and that she has to take care of herself. ”

Prosecutors accuse the Crumbleys of ‘willfully disregarding’ clear evidence their son posed a serious risk to other students on the day of the shooting and argue all parents had to do was say school that they had recently bought a gun for him, ask him where the gun was, open his backpack “or just bring it home”.

Prosecutors said their case against the couple was strong and “even stronger” than it was when they were arraigned.

Prosecutors allege Ethan Crumbley made

The file joins two versions of a drawing was reportedly made by Ethan Crumbley during a geometry test on the day of the shooting which included a photo of a gun and the words: “Thoughts won’t stop, help me.” Prosecutors allege that Crumbley made “changes” to the design after its discovery.

“In school shootings, it is not uncommon to find evidence of intent and planning after the shooting. What is new in this case is that the defendants have been informed, in graphic form , of the serious risk represented by their son before the shooting, “indicates the file.

A teacher found the drawing on Crumbley’s desk, prosecutors said. This led to school officials holding a meeting with Crumbley and his parents, who were tasked with helping provide counseling to their son within 48 hours, school officials said.

Parents refused to remove their son from school that day and he was allowed to return to class, prosecutors said.

Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne said because the suspect had no disciplinary action on his file, school trustees decided to allow him to return to class, rather than sending him to this. that they thought was an empty house.

The Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, has a national helpline – 800-662-HELP (4357) – which provides a free and confidential treatment referral and information in English and French. Spanish 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. .

Carolyn Sung of CNN contributed to this report.

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Rock Island Approves Members of New Police Community Relations Commission | Politics and Elections https://ncsapcb.org/rock-island-approves-members-of-new-police-community-relations-commission-politics-and-elections/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 19:49:02 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/rock-island-approves-members-of-new-police-community-relations-commission-politics-and-elections/

Among its roles, the commission will be able to examine complaints lodged by residents against the police service. A complaints system will be in place at Town Hall, the Police Department, online and at the Martin Luther King Community Center. The commission will also be able to review police incidents and provide feedback on the actions of officers and residents to prevent future problems.

Appointed for a one-year term

Bill Sowards: Sowards is a longtime resident of the town and retired from the Rock Island Police Department after 30 years. He is a member of the Labor Day Parade and Zoning Advisory Boards, Trustee for the Township of South Rock Island and was previously Rock Island Citizen of the Year.

Jack Fulscher: Fulscher lives on Rock Island and is the owner of Fulscher and Sons Tattoo Machines in Moline.

Frank Nowinski: Nowinski has lived on Rock Island for over 40 years and is a local lawyer. He has been involved with the Rock Island Jaycees, the Rock Island Preservation Commission and is a member of the Development Association of Rock Island (DARI).

Marieon Anderson: Anderson is a student at Rock Island High School. He is on the honor roll, captain of a football team, basketball player, member of a theater club, and president of the school’s iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) program. He coaches both the Future Rocks and the Little Rocks and is a member of the Umpire Club.

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California To Require Healthcare Workers To Get COVID Vaccines https://ncsapcb.org/california-to-require-healthcare-workers-to-get-covid-vaccines/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 00:26:25 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/california-to-require-healthcare-workers-to-get-covid-vaccines/

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California will require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Details on the requirements were limited. Newsom said there would be more information available on Wednesday in an official announcement.

Newsom is expected to make its announcements at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday. You can watch it live on our special events live streaming page.

California already requires all healthcare workers to be fully immunized. This mandate came into effect on September 30.

The original tenure included doctors, nurses, technicians, janitors and other workers in hospitals, dialysis centers, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and drug treatment centers. Last month this was extended to health workers in homes, hospices, centers for the disabled and in centers for the elderly.

Recall fire requirements are starting to spread throughout the state. University of California President Dr Michael Drake on Tuesday sent a letter to the 10 Chancellors of the UC System, saying booster shots of the COVID vaccine will be needed for students, faculty and staff.

“Under current UC policy, students, faculty and staff are required to keep their immunization status up to date,” Drake wrote. “The policy requires COVID-19 boosters for those who are eligible. ”

In Silicon Valley, the mayor of San Jose has proposed requiring booster injections for all city employees, as a condition of employment, and residents or visitors entering city facilities. If the proposal passes the city council vote, San Jose could become the first city in California with such a mandate.

The Omicron Covid-19 variant is now the most dominant strain in the United States, accounting for more than 73% of new COVID-19 cases within three weeks of the first report, according to estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control of United States. and Prevention.

Data courtesy for California

Stay with News Channel 3 for ongoing updates.

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Mental health and wellness supports offered to the Brock community while on vacation – The Brock News https://ncsapcb.org/mental-health-and-wellness-supports-offered-to-the-brock-community-while-on-vacation-the-brock-news/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:13:38 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/mental-health-and-wellness-supports-offered-to-the-brock-community-while-on-vacation-the-brock-news/

As Brock University’s vacation close approaches, students, staff, and faculty are reminded of several mental health and wellness resources available to them during vacation and early on. of the new year.

Support for student mental health and well-being

Students seeking mental health support and personal counseling can access licensed professional counselors 24/7 through the “My Student Support Program (My SPP)” mobile app. Free, confidential, real-time text chat and phone support are available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese (Simplified Chinese via chat).

In addition to live and immediate support, the app also offers an extensive library of mental health and wellness resources, including articles, podcasts, infographics, and videos; free and unlimited access to the LIFT virtual fitness application; and anonymous, evidence-based self-assessments that can help students identify risks for mental health problems such as depression, general anxiety, and substance abuse.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. When creating a profile, students must enter “Brock University Student Counseling Program” as the school.

Support for employee mental health and well-being

Brock University employees have free and confidential access to mental health and wellness supports through the University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), LifeWorks. All Brock faculty and staff, and their immediate family members, can access EFAP support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-844-880-9137.

The LifeWorks wellness website and mobile app are also available to all current Brock University employees. Staff and faculty can register at brockuniversity.lifeworks.com using a unique invite code included in an email received from LifeWorks to their Brock email in April 2021. Once registered and logged in, employees can invite up to five family members to join LifeWorks. Platform. The LifeWorks mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

LifeWorks offers articles, podcasts and videos on a variety of topics; self-assessments of financial, mental, physical and social well-being; automated fitness trails and access to live chat to coaches via the LIFT session app; and exclusive discounts and special offers called “perks”.

Topics for articles, podcasts, and videos include:

  • Health – addiction, alcohol, drugs, child safety and mental health, health care providers, mental health support, anxiety, depression, stress, diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, mindfulness, sleep, pregnancy, illness heart, long-term illness, mental and physical health of the elderly.
  • Family – caring for a new baby, adopting a child, babysitting, coping with death and loss, friends and family relationships, family law, wills, divorce / separation, caring for parents older, work-life balance, communication with children.
  • Life – critical incidents, natural disasters, suicide prevention, living or caring for a person with a disability, moving, moving for work, legal issues, end of life planning, personal growth, organization, personal communication, couples, friends, being single, planning for retirement and transition.
  • Work – career development, networking, training, communication skills with managers, leadership and motivation, labor relations, flexible and remote working, time off and time off, time management.
  • Money – financial planning, investing, taxes, income changes, money management, budgeting, debt, savings, fraud and identity theft.

The LifeWorks platform also offers several free online self-guided wellness programs. CareNow programs are based on cognitive behavioral therapy and include techniques and strategies that employees can use to become and stay healthy.

CareNow programs include:

  • achieve financial well-being
  • anxiety
  • Communication
  • to face
  • depression
  • pain
  • mindfulness
  • separation / divorce
  • stress
  • substance abuse
  • stopping smoking and nicotine
  • work-life balance

A recording of a recent briefing that reviewed many of the EFAP offers available to Brock employees is posted on YouTube:

Additional information about the EFAP is available in the Health, Safety and Wellness toolkit on SharePoint.

Questions about the EFAP or the LifeWorks platform – including resources, programs and employee login details – can be emailed to employeehealth@brocku.ca

Additional health and wellness resources for students and employees

Therapist-guided cognitive behavioral therapy sessions are offered free of charge to all residents of Ontario through Mind Beacon, with funding from the Government of Ontario. The website also offers a wide range of articles and virtual events related to mental wellness.

Mental health supports and resources are also available through:

Health concerns, including advice regarding COVID-19, can be requested through Telehealth Ontario by calling 1-866-797-0000.

Brock Recreation Services offers free access to fitness classes through ExpressFit on Demand. The Brock University Library offers a free YouTube Library Yoga playlist.

Brock University Campus Security can be reached by calling 905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis) or x4300 (non-crisis).

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Vikings drop CB Bashaud Breeland following altercation with coaches and teammates in training https://ncsapcb.org/vikings-drop-cb-bashaud-breeland-following-altercation-with-coaches-and-teammates-in-training/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 22:42:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/vikings-drop-cb-bashaud-breeland-following-altercation-with-coaches-and-teammates-in-training/

A verbal altercation during practice on Saturday led to the informal exit of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

Less than an hour after the organization announced it had surprisingly given up on Breeland, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider’s Ian Rapoport shed light on the situation.

Pelissero and Rapoport reported that the 29-year-old veteran’s ouster came after he engaged with coaches during training, removed his crampons and engaged in a showdown with several teammates who were attempting to calm the situation.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters earlier today that Breeland was a late addition to the injury report. Zimmer noted that he would be listed as questionable for their Monday night football clash with the Bears over an unrelated injury issue.

Breeland, a key Minnesota high school offseason addition, has started in all 13 games this season and has a total of 55 tackles, two interceptions and five assists defended. The Vikings will now look to Mackensie Alexander and Cameron Dantzler to help them take over.

Washington’s fourth-round pick in 2014, Breeland spent the previous two seasons as a member of the Chiefs, where he was instrumental in the club’s winning campaign at Super Bowl LIV in 2019. He missed the first four. games the following season after violating the NFL’s drug addiction policy.

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NDP Introduces Bill to Tackle Overdose Crisis and Save Lives “Canada’s NDP https://ncsapcb.org/ndp-introduces-bill-to-tackle-overdose-crisis-and-save-lives-canadas-ndp/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 06:32:26 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/ndp-introduces-bill-to-tackle-overdose-crisis-and-save-lives-canadas-ndp/

OTTAWA – More than 20,000 Canadians have died of overdoses in the past five years, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid overdose epidemic has worsened further. Yesterday NDP Mental Health and Addiction Critic Gord Johns introduced a private member’s bill to tackle this emergency by decriminalizing personal possession and taking an approach to substance use health-based.

“As Canadians experience the COVID-19 pandemic, another pandemic has also impacted our communities. Despite what they say, the Liberals have continuously ignored calls from health experts, police chiefs and major Canadian cities to treat the opioid crisis like a health crisis, ”Johns said. “The bill I introduced will ensure that people with drug addiction problems are not treated like criminals. This will make it easier for people to get the help they need without the stigma and unsafe supply that people with drug addiction have always faced. “

If passed, the bill would decriminalize drug possession for personal use, ensure clearing of criminal records, ensure low-barrier access to a safe supply, and expand access to essential crime reduction services. harms, treatment and recovery.

British Columbia and major Canadian cities including Vancouver and Toronto have already submitted decriminalization demands to the federal government, but the Liberals are not responding with the urgency required by these demands that will ultimately cost lives. to more Canadians.

“It is essential that we take a health-based approach to this crisis and not one that punishes those who need our help most,” added Johns. “I hope parliamentarians from all parties will support these urgent and necessary measures to fight the overdose epidemic in Canada and remove the barriers preventing people from getting the help they desperately need.”

Johns, NDP health critic Don Davies and all New Democrats will continue to push the Liberal government to ensure that more families do not suffer the tragic and preventable loss of their relatives.

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Malta becomes first EU country to legalize marijuana https://ncsapcb.org/malta-becomes-first-eu-country-to-legalize-marijuana/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 15:00:47 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/malta-becomes-first-eu-country-to-legalize-marijuana/

Malta on Tuesday became the first country in the European Union to agree to officially legalize the recreational use and cultivation of marijuana, the latest sign of a more liberal approach to the substance taken in the bloc in recent years.

“It’s revolutionary,” said Owen Bonnici, the Maltese Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation who introduced the bill, in a telephone interview. The new law would end the criminalization of people who smoke marijuana and reduce criminal trafficking in the substance, he said.

“Malta can be a model for harm reduction,” he added.

The law, passed by parliament and only waiting for the president’s signature, which is considered a formality, to come into force, allows people to carry up to seven grams of marijuana, grow up to four plants in their apartments and keep up to 50 grams of dried cannabis at home.

Similar forms of decriminalization exist in other European countries, such as the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, but in these cases possession of a small amount of cannabis can still be a tort and cafes or cannabis social clubs are “tolerated” or only banned. de facto authorized by court decisions.