300 vying for five medical licenses
The race is on to secure the five licenses to be granted under New
York state's medical marijuana program, which takes effect in January.
And the cash--crop lottery could bring in millions for the
Statewide revenues will likely total $239 million in 2016 and more
than $1.2 billion by 2020, according to a report issued by GreenWave
Advisors late last year.
"Let the cash register ring for New York state," says Green Wave's
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Prescription Painkillers Can Prove Deadly, but Alternatives Remain
Illegal in Texas.
The days before Thanksgiving should be filled with turkey recipes and
touch football, building up to the excitement of the Christmas
season. For six people in Harris County, however, those days were
their last. Over a period of two days in November 2013, half-a-dozen
Houstonians died of prescription drug overdoses ("Pain pill OD data
largely unsound," Page A1, April 26).
Drugs kill someone in Harris County almost every day. None of those
deaths are due to marijuana. Our laws fail to reflect this public
safety risk, and it is time for a change.
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I'm a 50-year-old regular user of marijuana and the last thing I want
to do is come across as a whiner.
However, I have to say that the title you chose for your piece on the
weed lounge (HelloOccifer) was inaccurate. The largest problem we
users of "dope" face is the lack of knowledge by those who are
non-users and those against legalization. Your joke would only apply
to alcohol users, since marijuana doesn't make you slur your words.
(At least not when it's used on it's own.)
The Cheech & Chong shtick continues to feed into the idea that abuse
of marijuana is somehow okay with adult marijuana users and, frankly, it's not!
Frank A. Healy Jr.
(We hope not all pot smokers are like Cheech & Chong)
Federal authorities are cracking down on new designer drugs like
N-Bomb, also known as "Legal LSD," hoping legislation aimed at making
the synthetic hallucinogen illegal to possess in the Bay State will
prevent more teen overdose deaths.
"There's no such thing as a safe synthetic drug. One dose can kill
you," DEA spokesman Anthony Pettigrew said of N-Bomb, a synthetic
drug gaining popularity among teens that can appear in a variety of
forms. "Anytime someone uses any synthetic drug, including N-Bomb,
they're playing Russian roulette."
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Right after last November's general election, in this very column, I
made the contention that marijuana was more popular than either
gubernatorial candidate - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and
Democrat Gary King - at least in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
I made that claim based on the number of votes that (nonbinding)
marijuana-decriminalization initiatives received in Santa Fe and
Bernalillo counties. In both counties, the pro-marijuana position got
more votes than either of the candidates.
But Martinez and King shouldn't feel bad. As The Washington Post's
Wonkblog pointed out last month, recent polls in large swing states
show that marijuana is more popular among voters than any of the 2016
candidates for president.
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Using Saliva, the Cannibuster Would Provide Police With a Suspect's
THC Level in Minutes
AKRON, OHIO - Two University of Akron students are developing a
mobile device similar to a Breathalyzer that will test the level of
marijuana in one's system.
Called the Cannibuster, it could be a significant roadside tool for
law enforcement as more states allow the medical and recreational use
of the drug.
"Marijuana is considered to be the fastest-growing industry in the
United States today," said University of Akron biomedical engineering
student Kathy Stitzlein, who came up with the idea. "We want to be on
the cutting edge."
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Candidates Consider Loosening Ban on Public Use of Pot.
Sixteen months after Colorado launched legal recreational marijuana
sales, the center of the burgeoning industry in Denver is asking to
extend shops' evening closing hours and revisit the outright ban on
And many City Council candidates in Tuesday's election are receptive
- - including several with a good shot of winning or proceeding to a runoff.
Industry concerns center on competing with pot shops in neighboring
cities that have closing hours later than Denver's 7 p.m. cutoff for
both recreational and medical stores. Some in the industry also want
to provide tourists with safe, legal places to smoke or consume their
purchases, since hotels typically don't allow it in rooms.
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Nevada Lawmakers Get Up-Close View of Colorado's Pot Business
With medical marijuana already here and full legalization on the
ballot in 2016, a group of Nevada legislators took a trip to Denver
last weekend to get an up close look at how the state is handling its
booming cannabis market.
What they saw was impressive, according to Sen. Patricia Farley,
R-Las Vegas, who said Nevada would do well by mirroring the laws and
regulations Colorado has put into place.
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I've been coming to Trenton-the state capital-for 20 years to protest
and to utilize state services, but I never lived in Trenton.
Hopefully that will be changing ASAP: I'm looking for a little spot
to call home. I've been living at my mom's house for the last year
and a half since returning from California. But this past year I've
mingled, smoked, and schmoozed with hundreds of Trentonians. I don't
know what it is about TRENTON, but I'm loving it to the point I'm
attempting to live and open a business here.
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OKLAHOMA'S three-strikes law for drug felony convictions, on the
books since 1989, underscores the importance of policymakers
occasionally reviewing state statutes to determine whether there's a
better way to handle crime and punishment. The answer, generally, is yes.
As Jennifer Palmer reported in today's Oklahoman, 54 state prison
inmates are serving sentences of life without parole for drug
violations. They were sentenced under the three-strikes law, which
mandates a life sentence when two convictions for any drug felony are
followed by a drug-trafficking conviction.
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Minister Terry Lake says Vancouver is 'operating in the interests of
their citizens' by overhauling regulations
B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake is backing Vancouver over the federal
government in the city's bid to regulate medical marijuana
dispensaries over Ottawa's objections.
"I understand why Vancouver has done what they have done, because of
the vacuum created by the federal government," Mr. Lake told reporters
in Victoria on Wednesday, making his first comments on the
"I think they are operating in the interests of their citizens and at
least putting some regulatory framework in their city and, as our
public health officers have said, they think they are doing it for the
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Fentanyl joining the deadly mix of prescription medication police are
finding in abundance in region
WATERLOO REGION - Cocaine, methamphetamine and a list of prescription
drugs continue to be the drugs of choice among users and dealers in
But another drug that has been causing havoc in bigger cities across
the country is the potent opiate - fentanyl.
Waterloo Regional Police say fentanyl is available locally and in one
case a dealer was selling heroin laced with fentanyl.
Fentanyl is prescribed as a painkiller, and the strong opioid is used
by cancer patients. It has become a popular illicit drug. Street users
chew or smoke pieces of the time-release patches.
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Public Promise: Marijuana outlet will come down hard on anyone allegedly
involved in selling to minor
The owner of a Vancouver pot dispensary raided by police Wednesday
said he will deal "very harshly" with whoever was involved in
allegedly providing edibles to a minor.
Vancouver police said they began investigating a Weeds Glass and Gifts
location in the 2900-block West 4th Avenue in March after reports that
a 15-year-old was hospitalized after allegedly purchasing edible
marijuana products from the store, in addition to reports of "other
events involving young people."
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The other day as I scrolled through my Facebook the usual
advertisements popped up, but I also saw numerous references to 420,
April 20. Now I'm not sure how that time/day was chosen, but similar
to people drinking and saying, "It's five o'clock somewhere," a 420
culture has developed surrounding marijuana.
This sparked our topic of debate this week, should marijuana be
As I began researching the topic it became evident that a lot of money
surrounds the production and sale of it. According to one article I
came across, cannabis is actually the largest cash crop in the United
States. If it were legalized more people could benefit from the
production of marijuana and hemp. Although the article said that
Canada and some European countries have developed industrial hemp
production it could further be used in numerous other forms including
use as bio-fuel. It would also allow for the diversification of crops
grown allowing farmers to have a wider range of produce. Currently it
is a specialty crop in Canada.
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Thank you to some of your recent letter writers who have shown the
courage to condemn marijuana.
I have seen the devastating effects of this drug up close and
personal. Two of the large companies I worked for (as a health and
safety person) were under my jurisdiction and out of six fatal
accidents I investigated, five were caused by these individuals using
marijuana - toxicology tests showed heavy concentrations of THC in
I would like to point out to our young people that if it does get
legalized that doesn't make it any less harmful. Legalizing alcohol,
nicotine and marijuana is a huge money grab for a few and a heavy tax
burden for the rest of us, not to mention all the sickness and
suffering it causes.
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Re: Marc Emery? Call him irresponsible, Column, April 25
Shelley Fralic has it right. While I support legalizing marijuana,
Marc Emery's comments regarding teen use of marijuana are dangerous
Researchers of neuroscience and neuropsychology, who have examined
teenagers' brains after use of marijuana, tell us that their brains
show weaknesses in neuropsychological functioning related to:
attentive behaviour, learning, information processing, spatial skills,
memory processing, planning and problem solving, even after 28 days of
abstinence. Teenage brains are still developing and THC can damage,
delay, and deter normal brain development, particularly in the
Dr. Kathryn Patten
Adjunct Professor, Educational Neuroscience; Director, Neuro Emotional
Literacy Program, Simon Fraser University
Re: Marc Emery? Call him irresponsible, Column, April 25
Shelley Fralic scorns Marc Emery's opinion that fast cars, alcohol and
athletics might cause more harm to teens than marijuana use. But,
given the statistics for death and injuries from street-racing,
downtown's alcohol-driven "entertainment district," and hockey
concussions, his point seems valid.
Many of us may have read Michael Smyth's column, Culture of Silence,
in the Province newspaper.
There was also coverage on television news.
The coverage tells of gun-packing drug dealers who have turned Surrey
into a war zone. MLA Harry Bains is grieving the death of his nephew,
Arun Bains, who died as a result of one of these shootings.
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton spoke at a packed public meeting and police
distributed some 800 information booklets to parents as part of the
effort to break the cycle of violence.
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Vapour lounge draws activists, medical marijuana users - and opinions
The clock strikes 4:20 p.m. on a sun-baked Friday afternoon in the
capital, and the patrons of Ottawa's most buzzworthy new establishment
A lighter flickers into service as a heavily-tattooed gentleman, idly
flipping through a magazine, sparks a half-spent roach hanging from
A vaporizer whirs to life at nearby table while three puffy-eyed dudes
await their turn to take a pull. The unmistakable aroma of bongwater
hangs heavy in the air.
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I'm a 50-year-old regular user of marijuana and the last thing I want
to do is come across as a whiner. However, I have to say that the
title you chose for your piece on the weed lounge (Hello Occifer) was
inaccurate. The largest problem we users of "dope" face is the lack of
knowledge by those who are non-users and those against legalization.
Your joke would only apply to alcohol users, since marijuana doesn't
make you slur your words. (At least not when it's used on it's own.)
The Cheech & Chong shtick continues to feed into the idea that abuse
of marijuana is somehow okay with adult marijuana users and, frankly,
Frank A. Healy Jr.
(We hope not all pot smokers are like Cheech & Chong.)
I am amazed at how opposition to the marijuana industry ("Pot
dispensary forecast cools," April 24) continues to be thinly veiled
in regulations and opinions of how the industry should operate.
Unfair filters that no other industry has to face continue to be
barriers to success of the industry. Politicians should just be
honest and say they don't want it in their community.
San Diego, for instance, is failing the industry by restricting the
number and spacing of dispensaries. Washington is cleaning up a mess
now because of similar restrictions. These are passive-aggressive
approaches to inhibiting the industry's success.
A truly free market will determine a healthy industry. Has San Diego
ever determined the number of liquor stores or gas stations in each
district, or how close they are together?
Let's start with how Mayor Jim Watson is right.
He's right to be frustrated over the city's apparent inability to do
anything about the marijuana smoking going on at Buzz On.
It's a ludicrous set of circumstances that finds the city with the
authority to strictly regulate the smoking of tobacco - which is
perfectly legal - while simultaneously having its hands tied when it
comes to restricting the consumption of a largely illegal substance.
That's why Watson called this week for the police to crack down on
the patrons of the marijuana vapour lounge.
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Something to toke about - Part 3
This is the column I don't want my grandma to read. That's right,
folks-this week we're talking about weed lube.
This winter, when storms were slamming Halifax and we were all
hibernating, two people I know decided to get creative. My friend and
his girlfriend (let's call them Jack and Diane) whipped up some
cannabis-infused lubricant. As Jack explained, "The original point
was to get pussy-high."
He found a recipe online for a cannabis lube made with coconut oil
and cocoa butter. Considerate gentleman that he is, Jack thought his
partner might enjoy the experience. She was totally game.
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The story of marijuana as medicine at the state Capitol this year was
a story of careful preparation, dogged grass-roots politics and
compassion for those who suffer from chronic illnesses. And don't
forget the impact of money.
Bills to establish marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have stalled in
the state Legislature for years, but dispensaries suddenly emerged
this year as one of the most talked-about issues for lawmakers. It
was an issue so important they refused to allow it to die.
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THE emotional circus surrounding the executions of Bali Nine drug
masterminds Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is wrong on so many levels.
One lowlight was the grandstanding 11th hour intervention by a group
of actors telling Tony Abbott to "show some balls".
But nothing was as bad as the unscrupulous opportunism of the drug
No sooner had the shots been fired on Nusakambangan Island than the
drug liberalisers started capitalising on acute media-driven
sympathy, declaring the executions were proof the "war on drugs" is futile.
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Decriminalisation Would Safeguard Families and Drive the Gangs Out of Business
Outside of their families and friends, few tears will have been shed
for the eight heroin smugglers just executed by firing squad in
Indonesia. They may have claimed to have become reformed characters
in jail, but they knew the Indonesian penalty for trafficking drugs.
Yet the pantomime of death played out in the full glare of the global
media reminded us of two things: first, the hideous barbarity of the
death penalty; and second, the dreadful futility of the war on drugs.
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With State Prisons Over Capacity, Some Are Calling for Reversal of Harsh Law
Kevin Ott drew his first strike when he was arrested for a small bag
of methamphetamine in his pocket in 1993.
A year later, authorities caught the self-described country boy from
Okemah with marijuana plants growing at his home. That strike got him
15 months in prison.
Still in his early 30's, Ott took strike three in 1996 when police
found 3 1/2 ounces of meth in his home, enough for prosecutors to
charge him with trafficking. His punishment: life without parole.
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Emergencies Soar As the Drug's Use Here Becomes Rampant
Drug overdose calls to 911 in London are skyrocketing, with
paramedics responding to more than three times the calls they fielded
only two years ago, The Free Press has learned. Since January this
year, paramedics have dealt with 251 drug overdoses - that's an
average of more than two a day, and more than triple the number of
calls during the same period in 2013. "Saddened" by the dramatic
spike, the region's medical officer of health says the numbers prove
London agencies need to start working differently and together to
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Last Thursday we published a column by Danielle Marr advocating a
rethink of Canada's pot laws. Here, the case for keeping the leaf off limits.
People smoke recreational pot for one reason: to affect their
judgment. People do not smoke white pot to go with fish, red pot to
go with meat or foamy pot to cool off while mowing the yard. They
smoke pot to affect judgment. Period. It makes such concepts as
"socks smell funny" funny.
The active principal in pot is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is
detectable in the urine six months after ingestion. This means
judgment is affected for six months. This is significantly different
than wine or beer. I know the dopers will poo-poo (spelling intended)
this fact, but they are relating to a buzz they identify as "high."
The body adjusts to the buzz, but the THC remains, as does the
judgment effect. For reference, watch an old Cheech and Chong bit. A
stoner is a stoner, night and day, sleeping or driving, working or
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The public will have a say in the city's proposal to regulate the
growing number of marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver after city
council decided Tuesday to send the issue to public hearing.
The move, which is unprecedented by a Canadian municipal government,
came after city manager Penny Ballem outlined a series of regulations
to ensure the city has some control over the 85 pot shops.
Regulations call for an annual $30,000 licence fee for dispensary
operators, criminal record checks and keeping pot shops 300 metres
from schools and community centres.
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The battle lines being drawn over Vancouver's plans to regulate pot
dispensaries should seem familiar. The last time we saw two sides
forming in this exact configuration was the tussle over Vancouver's
supervised drug injection site, Insite.
Recall that the city, under former NPA mayor Philip Owen, first led
the charge. The province backed the project arguing that it was a
matter of health care and therefore under the province's jurisdiction.
When Ottawa was run by the Liberals and former Prime Minister Paul
Martin, Insite was granted a certificate through Health Canada that
allowed it to have illegal drugs on the premises. Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority was a partner in the project.
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If there were any doubt where Mayor Jim Watson stood on the city's
first vapour lounge, which opened on Montreal Road recently, he put
it to rest on Wednesday.
"I'm not impressed with it at all," Watson told reporters after
Wednesday's council meeting. "I think it's the last thing this city needs."
The mayor had plenty to say about Buzz On - where patrons pay a
membership fee to smoke their own marijuana on the premises - and the
frustration he feels about the city's inability to deal with the
controversial new establishment.
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Freddie Gray's Death Has Sparked Discussions of Many Injustices, but
at Its Heart Is the Breakdown in Relations Between Police and the Community
The death of Freddie Gray and the riots that followed have brought
Baltimore's problems to the forefront of national, even
The drug addiction, poverty, failing schools, health disparities,
deteriorating housing, broken families and unemployment that plague
neighborhoods like the one where Gray lived and was arrested in have
been on full display, and they have become a part of the larger
discussion about what it would mean to bring about justice in the
wake of his death.
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Regarding Jeff Jacoby's thoughtful April 26 column "What price is too
high for a miracle drug?": The need for the anti-overdose drug
naloxone would be less pressing if Massachusetts had done a better
job implementing the medical marijuana law passed by voters in 2012.
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
shows that states with open medical marijuana access have a 25
percent lower opioid overdose death rate than marijuana prohibition
states. States with established access showed a 33 percent reduction
in overdose deaths.
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Jeff Jacoby seems to suggest that pharmaceutical companies should be
applauded for more than doubling the price of the life-saving
anti-overdose drug naloxone in response to increased demand, thus
ensuring that "inventories of the drugs aren't immediately depleted"
(Opinion, April 26). As a result, he claims, "more lives are being saved."
That's nonsense. A given supply of a drug ultimately saves the same
number of lives whether it is disseminated all at once or rationed.
Meanwhile, allowing the drug companies to raise prices as long as
demand outstrips supply gives them a powerful incentive against
rapidly increasing manufacture; they can maximize their profits by
doing so slowly, thus keeping supplies low and prices high.
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The riots in Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of an
African-American man in police custody have produced anguished and
thoughtful reactions. Here's a sampling.
David Simon, former Baltimore Sun police reporter and creator of "The
Wire" TV show, in an interview with the Marshall Project: [The] drug
war which Baltimore waged as aggressively as any American city was
transforming in terms of police/community relations, in terms of
trust, particularly between the black community and the Police
Department. Probable cause was destroyed by the drug war. ... [It]
made everybody in these poor communities vulnerable to the most
arbitrary behavior on the part of the police officers, it taught
police officers how not to distinguish in ways that they once did.
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Ex-Mountie says there's a lot of dirty money involved in real estate
purchases and building boom
Vancouver is "emerging as a critical money laundering hub" for
international criminals, due to a convergence of factors including
drug money, international connections, an active port, and a hot real
estate market, experts say.
International criminals looking to "wash" ill-gotten gains in
Vancouver remain a persistent problem, said Kim Marsh, a
Vancouver-based financial crime specialist with decades of experience
in law enforcement and private investigations.
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He Said Drug Squad Stayed Within the Law.
Michael Spicer, one of six Philadelphia police narcotics officers
charged in a federal corruption case, testified in his defense
Friday. And with his career and his freedom in question, he sought to
set a few things straight.
He never saw anyone on his squad plant drugs, he said. Nobody stole
anything, either. And most important, Spicer stressed, nobody ever
tried to throw anyone off a balcony.
"I don't think I even went out on that balcony. That never happened,"
he said, rejecting an allegation that in 2010 he threatened to toss a
drug suspect from his Old City apartment's third-floor terrace.
"That's a complete lie."
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WASILLA -- A different kind of blight is emerging from heroin use in
the Valley: discarded hypodermic needles littering roadsides, parks
and waterways from Butte to Houston.
Valley residents say they find syringes without trying -- at a school
bus stop in Big Lake, riding horses in Houston, in the sand next to
Houston Fire Capt. Christian Hartley found 30 needles in a stretch of
road near a gravel pit just off the Parks Highway in April. Last
year, most of the hypodermics turned up along the Parks Highway --
maybe users just threw them out vehicle windows, he said -- but this
year most cluster along King Arthur Drive, Houston's busiest artery.
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In the past several days there has been a great deal of hype
regarding the "4/20" smoke-in in Vancouver.
Being an octogenarian, I fail to understand the perceived importance
of this event, where approximately 30,000 individuals gather to smoke
and promote the possibly addictive, harmful drug marijuana.
Being at my stage of life, I have several concerns and questions
regarding the pro-marijuana stance on this illegal product. I am not
opposed to medically, professionally prescribed marijuana.
My main concern is the way the pro-marijuana lobby is promoting this
product as a heath enhancer. There have also been statements made
such as "parents should not be concerned about use by youth; there
should not be any age restrictions for use; and it's OK to drive after use.
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I don't support people using drugs, but the "war on drugs" isn't
working. If drugs were regulated or decriminalized, and addiction
were treated as a health problem, gang related activities would
disappear. Black markets and gangsters flourish under prohibition.
It is lame to blame parents. Addiction has many causes. Sometimes
it's related to lifestyle, sometimes genetics. Often people start
using drugs to self-medicate for an undiagnosed mental-health issue
like anxiety, depression or ADHD. Once hooked up with illegal
suppliers, it's hard to break the secrecy of underground
relationships. We need a different approach than prohibition.
Mae Burrows, Burnaby
Re: Ottawa blasts city pot shop plan; Health Minister Rona Ambrose
sends letter to mayor, warning dispensaries are illegal, April 24
Health Minister Rona Ambrose is entitled to express her political
position about Vancouver's efforts to regulate medical cannabis. What
she is not entitled to do is lie.
Her letter claims that "normalizing the use and sale of marijuana can
have only one effect: increasing marijuana use and addiction."
This is blatantly false. In fact, countries which provide some form
of regulated access to cannabis, such as the Netherlands, have lower
usage rates than aggressively prohibitionist countries such as the U.S.
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We hear a lot of discussion and opinions with regards to the use of
marijuana and the establishment of dispensaries in our communities.
Nowhere do I hear mention of an increase of any problems arising from
the presence of marijuana dispensaries.
Our government leaders should be guided by statistics and science
when attempting to reduce a problem or increase the level of safety,
as has been done with alcohol and tobacco.
Ryan Usenik Langley
Re "Blair cops to political ambitions" (Kevin Connor and Joe
Warmington, April 27): Complete shocker that someone with the
integrity displayed by former police chief Bill Blair his entire
career would announce he was going to attempt to win the Liberal
nomination and then run in a riding in which he has never lived. Then
he follows that up with turning his back on police brethren
nationwide by proclaiming he's in favour of legalizing marijuana. A
man who not only ran Toronto's drug squad, but trained other drug
enforcement officers in other jurisdictions. Perhaps he should have
taken some time to decide his next career move. Jumping into bed with
Junior Trudeau just seems so wrong on so many levels.
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Many people strolling bohemian Commercial Drive simply smirked as
they saw the dispensary's sidewalk sandwich board advertising its
"grand reopening" with the offer of a free joint or pot cookie.
Some climbed the stairs, passed the prominent "No Minors" sign and
stepped inside Health Lifestyle's second-floor shop, where friendly
staff were busy restocking the shelves Friday afternoon with glass
bongs and a variety of buds, butters and edibles. The dispensary
planned to hand out a free joint or cookie to any member over this
weekend to celebrate reopening after a Feb. 5 police raid.
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More than 70 per cent of the marijuana-related businesses in
Vancouver are in violation of proposed new city rules that would
limit how close they can be to schools, community centres or each other.
According to an analysis by The Vancouver Sun, of the 84 pot shops in
the city, 61 (72 per cent) are within 300 metres of a school,
community centre, neighbourhood house or another marijuana-related business.
That would not be permitted under new rules the city has proposed to
try to regulate the city's expanding number of medical marijuana dispensaries.
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The Supreme Court of Canada decided Thursday it will hear an appeal
of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offences in a Vancouver
case, which could provide clarity on how sentencing policy fits in
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It's the first challenge under the Safe Streets and Communities Act
of 2012 brought in by the Stephen Harper government requiring
one-year mandatory minimum jail terms for drug convictions.
Downtown Eastside resident Joseph Lloyd was 25 when he was caught
carrying less than 10 grams of heroin, crack cocaine, and crystal
meth. When he was sentenced, he told the court he was addicted to all
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The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will hear the
appeal of mandatory minimum sentencing for a Vancouver drug dealer.
Joseph Lloyd was convicted of possession for the purpose of
trafficking after he was arrested by police two years ago for
carrying fewer than 10 grams of heroin, crack cocaine and crystal
methamphetamine. The amount of drugs considered possession for the
purpose of trafficking is more than six grams.
At sentencing, Lloyd told the court he was addicted to all three
drugs, according to the Pivot Legal Society which intervened in the
case at a B.C. Court of Appeal hearing.
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Let's call a cease-fire on the NFL's senseless war against marijuana.
When Broncos rookie Shane Ray messes up and gets pulled over by
police with 35 grams of marijuana in his car, he needs to answer to
his mom, not NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"My mom just started crying," Ray said, when I asked how he broke the
news to Sebrina Johnson about getting busted for pot possession 80
hours before the draft's opening bell.
"And when something like that happens, you understand that it was
such a disappointment. But, even through that, she said we were going
to get through it. She backed me. All anybody could ask for is
forgiveness when they make a mistake, and my mom forgave me."
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Drug, Weapon Charges Dropped After Evidence Ruled Inadmissible
KITCHENER - A judge threw out key evidence in a Kitchener drug case
after ruling a police officer made "deliberate and flagrant"
violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Justice Gary Hearn also concluded the officer tailored his evidence
to try to justify his actions.
"Members of the public ... should expect that when they are detained
by the police or questioned by the police ... that their charter
rights will be respected and they will not be detained nor arrested
without reasonable and probable grounds," Hearn wrote in a ruling last week.
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