Re: Fact And Fiction On Medical Pot | June 22, Editorial
The referenced Lancet article concluded that while pot use is higher
in states that have legal pot as medicine, usage did not increase when
the medical marijuana law was enacted.
Corroboration is found in another statistic in the same database used
by researchers who wrote that article. In 15 of the last 16 years,
12th-graders have said that marijuana availability has decreased from
the year before. During that 16-year period, almost 20 states enacted
medical marijuana laws. These two facts, taken together, directly
contradict the Florida Sheriffs Association's assertion that enacting
medical marijuana laws makes pot easier for adolescents to get.
John G. Chase, Palm Harbor
Is a tomato grown in your garden good for you?
Have you seen a study demonstrating in a double-blinded fashion that
definitive fact? Has that tomato been submitted to Health Canada for
No, it hasn't.
That tomato doesn't need to because we know that it has health
benefits and so we grow it in our gardens, we buy it at stores, in
various forms, and consume it and live our lives free of tomato
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Nanaimo grower Tilray sheds third of its workforce
Nanaimo medical marijuana growing company Tilray has laid off a third
of its workforce - 61 employees - to "more efficiently serve
patients," according to a statement from chief executive officer Greg
Tilray, which laid off 61 staff Friday, opened its $25-million,
60,000-square-foot marijuana growing facility in Nanaimo last April
and was planning to expand the operation to 265,000 square feet over
the next two years.
The surprising announcement Friday comes less than three months after
Nanaimo city officials touted Tilray's plan to quadruple the size of
its growing facility and create at least 200 new jobs.
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EVERETT - For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a
year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance
regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.
Everett has been operating under six-month temporary ordinances since
Since then, three retail stores have opened in the city, but no
marijuana production or processing businesses have opened. Businesses
and residents have been waiting and lobbying the city to adopt a
The current ordinance expires July 27.
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B.C. has undoubtedly the highest drug offence rates reported by police
across the country and its reputation has remained steadfast over
three decades, according to data compiled by Statistics Canada.
The statistics agency says that apart from 2012, British Columbia has
had the highest reported drug offence rate among all provinces from
the early '80s to 2013.
Within the province, it's the Kelowna and Metro Vancouver regions that
are leading the pack. And regardless of whether charges are laid or
not, marijuana appears to be a big reason.
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B.C. Compassion Club Society appealing to Vancouver councillors to not
force them to move due to new regulations
After considering shutting down their operations for good in light of
new regulations on medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the B.C.
Compassion Club Society is going to appeal to city councillors to stay
Since 1997, the non-profit society has operated in East Vancouver-
dispensing medicinal marijuana and offering other holistic services.
A few years later, a public school opened across the street. Under
Vancouver's new regulations, the society must relocate.
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A former manager in Health Canada's old medical marijuana program is
expected to open Ottawa's first National Access Cannabis (NAC) centre.
The company first opened its doors in Victoria, B.C. in March and will
officially open a second location Monday morning at 1111 Wellington
St. W. in Hintonburg.
The centre bills itself as an educational centre for Canadians
considering cannabis as an alternative medicine, which offers
resources on how to use the drug safely.
The company's CEO, Gulwant Bajwa, worked on the Marihuana Medical
Access Regulations (MMAR) program, which was repealed on March 31,
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Methadone is once again going to be offered at the Whitehorse
Three years after inmates started being forced off the drug, justice
officials say they are now equipped to start offering it again.
In March 2012, the department cancelled the program, which started in
2008. That prompted a tongue-lashing from advocates and the president
of the Yukon Medical Association, who called the decision "inhumane."
At the time, the jail didn't have the means to continue the program
safely, spokesperson Caitlin Kerwin said Thursday.
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Locally owned pot shop set to open here July 1
MEDICAL marijuana users will soon have a local joint to buy their
Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters, a marijuana dispensary, is set to
open officially at 1404 Main St., on July 1. It's the former home of
Vapes on Main, a medical marijuana cafe.
Owner Glenn Price, a medical marijuana user himself, said he has been
open with both the city and the province about the nature of the
business he is opening.
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Marijuana is not harmless. Of course, it isn't. It is sad that its
proponents claim that it is. Having said that, the question still is,
should it be illegal?
Have our current harsh laws against marijuana kept even one person
from trying it who wanted to? Have the laws made it difficult to
obtain? We spend billions of tax dollars - yes, billions - every year
sending out the SWAT teams and busting rinky-dink potheads who are
lighting up in their own homes ... has this had any effect at all on
consumption and demand in America? Are we winning the War on Drugs?
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I'm a bit confused again. In this debate concerning the marijuana
bakery downtown, I have read several statements in letters that say
Glenwood Springs does not want to become a destination resort for
I think Glenwood has been positioning itself as a destination resort
for decades. Apparently only for certain types of tourists.
These letter writers are assuming that the marijuana industry will
bring undesirable tourists who will frequent only marijuana stores.
Please define for me what a marijuana tourist looks like. Does he
hike, or ski, or eat, or just smoke pot? Will this tourist rent a
room or sleep under the bridge? Is the marijuana tourist married with
children? Is the marijuana tourist male or female? Is the marijuana
tourist educated? Does the marijuana tourist have money? Is the
marijuana tourist a professional or a bum?
Was it the feared marijuana tourist who came to Colorado and voted
marijuana be legal, or was that you and your neighbor? I'm pretty
sure it was you and your neighbor, but correct me if I'm wrong, please.
The "ick" factor is the product of decades of propaganda that is
clearly demonstrated by the following quote from the father of the
War on Drugs, Richard Nixon ("Marijuana support group needs new name" June 22).
From the mouth of Richard Nixon:
"You know it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out
for legalizing marijuana is Jewish."
And, "the whole problem is really the blacks."
(Reference: Recorded in the White House tapes in conversations
between Richard Nixon and H.R. Haldeman on May 26, 1971, at 10:03
a.m. in the Oval Office and documented in "The Haldeman Diaries,"
being published by G.P. Putnam's Sons).
The real "ICK" factor is this drug war waged against our own people
that really is the hidden tool of deep-rooted hatred and racism.
Robert R. Ryan, president, Ohio NORML
The State of New Jersey is funding several reforms in the name of
abandoning the failed "war on drugs." These reforms include forcing
Drug Court (DC), funding re-entry services and retrofitting jails as
treatment centers. There is only one problem; these reforms actually
fund the "war on drugs."
The key tenet of the "war on drugs" is criminalizing people who use
drugs and stripping rights from them via arrest, incarceration and
institutionalization. These "reforms" are all post-arrest,
post-incarceration, and leave failed drug criminalization in tact.
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COLUMBUS (AP) - A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and
recreational use in Ohio began delivering hundreds of thousands of
petition signatures in its effort to get the issue before voters.
Organizers for Responsible Ohio said Tuesday they were submitting
more than 695,000 signatures to Secretary of State Jon Husted. That's
more than the roughly 306,000 needed to qualify for November's ballot.
Husted's office will review the signatures and make the determination.
The amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and
establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the
state, including one in Lorain.
COLUMBUS (AP) - State lawmakers scrambled Tuesday to address warnings
from lawyers across the political spectrum that an effort to ban
monopolies from Ohio's constitution would have legal consequences far
beyond scuttling a marijuana legalization effort this fall.
The powerful Senate Rules & Reference Committee was forced to defer
its vote after two days of hearings and hours of negotiations failed
to result in an acceptable compromise. The panel planned to convene
after a floor session Tuesday afternoon, with the potential for
deliberations to stretch into the evening.
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Matt Noffs means well. But he has fallen for a crackpot idea in his
quest to help the addicts at the Ted Noffs Foundation crisis centre
founded by his grandfather. He wants legally sanctioned "ice
consumption rooms" where methamphetamine addicts can smoke, snort or
shoot up to their heart's content. No surprise who has been
whispering in his ear.
"Alex Wodak and I have been drawing up an idea of how an ice
consumption room could work in the same way that they have, you know,
crack rooms in the States, where people go to smoke crack," Noffs
told ABC radio yesterday. "It's a ventilated room; you contain a
person for a period of time."
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The debate in Langley City over the number of pharmacies which have
set up shop is actually part of a larger debate involving the use of
drugs in society - legal, illegal, tested, patented and perhaps
somewhere in between.
In Vancouver, council has approved legalizing medicinal marijuana
dispensaries. These have popped up in that city on many corners, and
because they exist in a gray zone, with medicinal marijuana legal, but
only available from federally-approved sellers, the business is
In Langley City, council has been unable to limit the number of
pharmacies setting up shop. They operate legal businesses, and because
many of them dispense methadone, which is a legal drug, some people
think there is a link to criminal activity. That has yet to be proven.
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Gordon Clark wrote an excellent column in Monday's paper. The
pro-marijuana side argument is full of partial truths and, in some
I work in five secondary schools and have seen first hand the trouble
regular marijuana use causes our youth. Pot may not kill you but it
will kill your dreams.
Last month, I attended a conference on drug and alcohol abuse in
Boise, ID. Leaders from both the state and school system in Colorado,
which legalized marijuana in 2012, presented, and the impact from
legal, recreational marijuana has been significant on kids, especially
kids in school.
Thanks for publishing the column; I'm sure the pushback has be
Doug Rogers, School District 22, Vernon
Am I the only one who sees the huge hypocrisy in Vancouver city
council allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries, yet forcing the
hookah shop to close after being in business for 17 years?
I cannot believe that a city council would so openly defy federal
laws. The whole lot of them should be fired, including the mayor. If
they had done their jobs properly and nipped the first dispensaries in
the "bud" immediately, like other cities, the number of pot shops
wouldn't have grown to nearly 100.
Sylvia Taylor, Surrey
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is applauding Vancouver city
council for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, but warns that
the new bylaws are too restrictive.
Policy director Micheal Vonn said patients will see their right to
edible pot - granted in a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision -
disappear with the city's ban on brownies and cookies from
Vonn also said the city's requirement that dispensaries be at least
300 metres from schools, community centres and each other promotes an
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