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Pot’s potential to treat opioid addiction the focus of new UBC professorship (Dr. Evan Wood & BCCSU)

VANCOUVER—The first professorship in Canada aimed specifically at researching the role cannabis can play in addressing the overdose crisis is being created at the University of British Columbia.

Canopy growth to fund Professorship of Cannabis Science at University of British Columbia to research the role of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis (SPH & BCCSU)

VANCOUVER and SMITHS FALLS, ON, June 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Canopy Growth Corporation is proud to announce that it will contribute CDN $2.5 million to the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and BC Centre on Substance Use (“BCCSU”) to fund research into the potential utility of cannabis in addressing the overdose crisis.

Legal pot isn't a threat to public health or safety, doctors tell Senate (BCCSU)

VANCOUVER — There's little evidence that legalized marijuana poses a threat to public health and safety, and there may be benefits, says a new study from Canadian doctors and researchers.

Decision on hearing over proposed zoning changes to Vancouver’s Chinatown set for Tuesday (SPH)

The public is expected to learn Tuesday whether a city staff recommendation to prohibit towers and restrict storefront widths in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood will be referred to a public hearing.

B.C. guidelines focus on mother and baby fighting opioid addiction (BCCSU)

A new set of guidelines issued this month aims to help new moms and their babies overcome addiction to opioids side by side.

For the Record Information (CHÉOS)

Development/Construction - Doug Nordan has joined Spire Development Corp. as director of assets and development. Nordan was previously vice-president, asset management, with Beedie Development Group.

City of Vancouver should slow down, talk to community about changes: Chinatown group (SPH)

A group representing Chinatown property and business owners as well as residents wants the city to put the brakes on proposed zoning and design changes.

Artificial intelligence can help fight opioid addiction, says doctor (VCH)

VANCOUVER—Artificial intelligence and machine learning could be a key aid in ramping up efforts to stem the overdose crisis, according to an American doctor and researcher.

"Why decriminalize?" asks Vancouver's First United Church at a public discussion happening June 7 (Dr. Evan Wood)

This Thursday (June 7), Vancouver's First United Church will hold a panel discussion on decriminalization. That is, on what would happen if Canada were to remove criminal penalties for the personal possession of drugs, including hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.

B.C. startup developing wearable tech that could save drug users from overdosing (VCH)

VANCOUVER—Gordon Casey worked in finance in the Caribbean for 15 years, and when he moved to Vancouver in 2016 he saw an opportunity to use his earnings for good — he poured $50,000 of it into a tech startup aimed at saving lives in the opioid crisis.

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