Illegal marijuana grow sites continue to thrive in our national
forests because recreational marijuana use, although against the law,
just doesn't seem to go away. Think of it as prohibition for the new
millennium. Instead of backwoods stills producing alcohol, we have
hidden gardens producing pot.
This, of course, has been going on for decades, but it wasn't until
our ongoing drought that it became a more serious problem. Cannabis
plants require lots of water and, generally, this water is diverted
from rivers and streams. We all feel the impact of that ... some much
more directly than others. Water sources may run dry by fall for 200
families on the Yurok Indian reservation in Humboldt County due to
growers diverting water for pot farms.
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Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the
effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in
the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors
propelling what he called an "extraordinary leap forward" in cannabis policy.
Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the International Cannabis
Business Conference held Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center.
The two-day conference, attended by an estimated 700 people, is aimed
at what organizer Alex Rogers, an Ashland businessman, called the
"high echelon of cannabis entrepreneurs."
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(AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning
marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin
through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the
red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith.
These days the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group
he formed in 1963 with late stars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has
reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in
Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer, 67, and
other adherents of Rastafari - a homegrown spiritual movement that
considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.
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The case was as sad and as tragic as we've seen in metro Denver in
A man, supposedly stoned on marijuana-infused candy, flipped out and
killed his wife with a gunshot to the head while their three children
were in their Observatory Park house. Or so the story goes.
Yet, recent court testimony from cops was that Richard Kirk had "low"
THC levels, a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when tested five
hours after the shooting. How in the world does that square with a
guy who was said to be hallucinating and subsequently asked his
7year-old son to kill him?
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No One Wants to Roll Out the Idea Until Assurances Are Made.
Despite 11th-hour success at pressing Colorado legislators to pass a
measure that would allow the marijuana industry to create the world's
first pot-banking cooperative, no one has officially attempted to create one.
Even with the flurry of international publicity that swirled last
spring around the groundbreaking effort-one that theoretically would
allow pot businesses to band together and form their own banking
entity - there has been lukewarm interest in giving it a try without
first knowing it's not a useless effort.
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LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
By Tom Shroder
Blue Rider, 426 pp. $27.95
LSD, ecstasy (MDMA) and other psychedelics are powerful,
mind-altering drugs that, as described by former Washington Post
Magazine editor Tom Shroder, "intrinsically [challenge] the
rationalist, materialist underpinnings of Western culture." For most
of a century, our society has struggled to come to grips with these
"profoundly threatening drugs," largely without success. They've all
been made illegal. For decades, the Food and Drug Administration and
the Drug Enforcement Administration have strictly banned scientific
investigations into their potential benefits - which is unfortunate,
since these psychoactive drugs also seem able to do incredible good,
particularly in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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The behavior described in the "Stop and seize" series [front page,
Sept. 7-9] resembles an extortionist fishing expedition based on the
"hunch" of police officers. These hunches (along with details that
infringe on motorists' privacy) are then entered into a database with
only loose oversight.
These forfeitures upend a basic tenet of our judicial system:
innocent until proven guilty. The government, which has vast
resources, money and influence at its disposal, is charged with
proving the guilt of those charged with crimes rather than asking an
individual with considerably less power and resources to prove his innocence.
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I thoroughly enjoyed your article concerning the growing amount of
pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. It was interesting to
learn about the large profit margins these businesses enjoy.
I'm just wondering when will the federal government jump on board and
legalize marijuana and end all this chaos caused by conflicting
federal and state laws? In my opinion, the federal government will
legalize marijuana when someone in the capital realizes the money to
be made from pot. Nothing gets people moving faster than money that
could be potentially made.
The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow-op on Lakeshore
Rd. has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another
complaint to Health Canada.
Coun. Martin Mazza said the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore
Rd. near Garrison Village will be harvested soon and already has a
bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health
Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.
Since then, the town has passed bylaws that require marijuana
greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet to be subject to site plan
controls and located at least 70 metres from sensitive land-use
areas, including residential properties.
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When CannaSearch job fair debuted in Denver in March, just a few
months after legal recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado,
organizers were overwhelmed by more than 1,200 job seekers, many from
out of state.
When the second CannaSearch takes over event space Mile High Station
on Tuesday-with employers offering more than 500 positions in
Colorado's still-growing marijuana industry-it will be an expanded
event that hopes to better serve applicants and businesses alike.
In addition to the larger digs, food trucks will be on site for
lunch. And the job fair, running 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and free for job
seekers, is bookended by ticketed events: an executive breakfast from
7:30-9 a.m. ($50) and an evening reception from 6-9 p.m ($15).
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The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug
policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad
legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through
thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in
which they participated.
Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy
released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing
violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention
because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian
president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary-
general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz,
former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and
former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious,
powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.
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In the face of a medical report highlighting the damage the drug does
to the young, Laila Harre's calls to decriminalise cannabis in order
to reduce its use flies in the face of common sense as well as being
contrary to recent direct experience that we have had in this country.
The same voices that are calling today for the decriminalisation of
cannabis also argued for the free availability of legal highs.
That free availability of legal highs did not result in reduced
usage; it had completely the opposite effect, the results of which
are still being felt in broken homes, sundered relationship and
damaged lives around our country.
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I find your headline "Evidence Mounts Against Cannabis" (Sept 11)
totally misleading and pure sensationalism, akin to the propaganda
propagated by the Hurst newspaper chain that lead to cannabis
becoming an illegal substance in America back in the 1920s.
The article that follows refers to a correlation between teens using
cannabis and a series of negative outcomes such as poor educational
achievement. Firstly, I would note that no one advocating
legalisation of cannabis would want teenagers using the drug in the
first place, and also that regulation, education and control will
limit the availability to the teen market.
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According to drug experts, New Zealand is said to be one of the
highest users of cannabis in the world. It may seem odd then that
there is no greater push to have it decriminalised or even legalised.
Only one significant party, Internet-Mana, is pushing in the election
campaign for reexamination of the laws governing dope and even within
that party the promotion of the policy has caused ructions.
If the high-use figures are accurate, this indifference is even
odder. In several other places in the world recently the authorities,
faced with high illegal use of cannabis, have given up and
decriminalised it or legalised it.
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No one wants to ruin the future of a young adult caught with a small
amount of marijuana ("Marijuana compromise," Sept. 9). However,
decriminalizing the offense can be complicated, as Police
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey notes. For instance, what do you do
with recidivists? The city's legislation does not address this issue.
Nine percent of all marijuana users become chronic users; among
teens, it's 15 percent. What message does decriminalization send to
middle and high school students? The wrong message.
John F. Rooney, Drexel Hill, email@example.com
As our politicians reconvene in Harrisburg on Monday, there will be a
group of patriots from all over the state to greet them with their
support of medical marijuana. I urge all Pennsylvanians to do their
own research on this. They will find that it is a safe alternative to
many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed every day with far
less harmful side effects.
There are a lot of politicians supporting a CBD-only bill. CBD
(cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. But for a lot of people, for the
medicine to work properly, some THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is
psychoactive, must be used.
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In November, voters will consider an amendment to our Florida
Constitution about legalizing medical marijuana. An amendment is very
serious and shouldn't be taken lightly.
The California Narcotics Officers Association says: "Marijuana is an
unstable mixture of over 400 chemicals, including toxic psychoactive
chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths."
There's strong evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful. The British
Lung Foundation found links between smoking marijuana and
tuberculosis, acute bronchitis and lung cancer. The BLF warned that
smoking three or four marijuana joints a day is as bad for our lungs
as 20 tobacco cigarettes.
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It's time the U.S. government changes the categorization of cannabis
as having no medical value and allows doctors to prescribe it to
patients for relief from cancer and many other diseases.
The U.S. Government's own website, http://cancer.gov, lists several
"possible" uses for marijuana against cancer. These include the
obvious such as pain relief, appetite stimulation and control of
nausea and vomiting.
But the site also discusses the possibility that pot may hinder the
growth of tumors, kill already existing tumors and even focus potent
chemotherapy drugs to kill cancerous cells while preserving healthy
tissue, as it has shown in testing on rats.
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OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of
fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy.
"A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in
teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice
minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using
of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are
funnelling to gangs."
The Liberal leader said evidence supports his policy to legalize,
regulate and tax marijuana sales like alcohol, a policy he insists
will make it more difficult for kids to access weed.
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REGINA - The terminally ill owner of Regina's Vintage Vinyl and Hemp
Emporium has already paid a hefty price after police raided his
properties and found he was growing more pot than allowed by his
existing medical marijuana licence.
On Wednesday, Pat Baumet received a further sanction, a six-month
conditional sentence to be served in the community.
After the frail-looking 53-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges,
production and possession of marijuana, federal Crown lawyer Hal
Wellsch stayed 14 other charges.
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The terminally ill owner of Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium has
already paid a hefty price after police raided his properties and
found he was growing more pot than allowed by his existing medical
On Wednesday, Pat Baumet received a further sanction, a six-month
conditional sentence - a jail term he can serve in the community.
After the frail-looking 53-year-old man pleaded guilty to two charges
- - production and possession of marijuana - federal Crown agent Hal
Wellsch stayed 14 other charges. The Crown also stayed all charges
pertaining to Baumet's 24-year-old son Dylan and 53-year-old Jocelyne
Lucy Fafard that had also been before the court on Wednesday.
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Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to
finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs.
LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of
becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs,
and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who
avoid it, researchers said yesterday.
The scientists analyzed studies on marijuana to determine its
long-term health and life effects.
"Our findings are particularly timely, given that several U.S. states
and countries in Latin America have made moves to decriminalize or
legalize cannabis, raising the possibility the drug might become more
accessible to young people," said Richard Mattick, a professor at
Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the
University of New South Wales, who co-led the study.
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I have also sent this letter to Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell
and Rep. Rick Larsen.
My 91-year-old wife, Alice, has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia,
Parkinson's, compressed and cracked vertebrae bones. She has been
suffering with pain for years. She is in an Everett rehab facility
having sleepless and pain-filled nights. Powerful medication has had
little or no effect to relieve her pain.
I discussed with the medical officials in this facility of trying to
use medical marijuana ointment to see if that would help give Alice
some temporary relief. Even our state has legitimized the use of
medical marijuana. I was told that federal regulations prohibit the
use of medical marijuana. The facility depends on federal funding for
Medicare and other federal funding. That funding could be stopped and
the doctor and nurses could lose their licenses.
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SEATTLE (AP) - As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors
over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state
are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small
Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional
Demands on the Northwest electrical grid would grow further if Oregon
voters pass a ballot initiative in November to legalize recreational
pot use, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said.
The council, which develops a long-term power plan for Washington,
Oregon, Idaho and parts of Montana, has been studying the impacts of
electricity needs for operations that grow legal marijuana indoors in
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Regarding "New 'wax' form of pot can be explosive, feds warn" (Page
B1, Saturday), isn't it time the Chronicle stopped being complicit in
spreading "Reefer Madness" nonsense from the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration? The two scare quotes from your article on 'dabs' or
'wax' is that it's twice as strong as regular pot and that people may
blow themselves up trying to make it.
People have been smoking hashish with the same strength as 'wax' for
millennia with no ill effects. If drug prohibition vanished, experts
would be making 'wax' commercially and the toking public wouldn't be
trying to make it. Pot use hasn't killed anyone in the history of its
use (including hashish, sensimilla, and 'wax').
People shouldn't get high and drive, but since the 1960s, auto death
rates haven't skyrocketed because of pot.
Rick Potthoff, Houston
Regarding Sandra Paul's letter of Sept. 8, "Voters must do their
homework on harmful effects of pot":
I am not aware of any particular problems "brought to schools,
hospitals and communities" in Colorado and Washington where
recreational use of pot has been legalized.
While I discourage marijuana use, I am acutely aware of the tens,
perhaps hundreds, of billions of dollars that have been squandered
nationwide in the futile attempt to eradicate planting, distribution
and sale of the drug.
As a field geologist (retired), I've had occasion to witness two
"raids" that involved many vehicles, helicopters, and SWAT teams and
DEA agents. From what I read, such raids have had no net effect on
usage. These billions could have been better used elsewhere.
Legalization would eliminate this waste.
Yes, Oregon has a drug problem, but its names are methamphetamine and
alcohol, both in use by high schoolers and both of which are
associated with violence and property crime. Marijuana, whatever its
effects, isn't associated with either of these.
Samuel H. Clarke
Medical marijuana has been known since Phoenician times for its
healing and psychologically uplifting properties for most.
I am speaking specifically about the plant being used as delineated
in Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182. When passed, Pennsylvania will
become the 24th state to exercise its states' right to afford doctors
the option of prescribing it.
The federal government has decreed this is a state matter. In other
parts of the world, patients are being effectively weaned off
antidepressants and pain and blood-pressure medications, to name a
sampling of why it's important. It is the only remedy for certain
conditions such as Dravet Syndrome.
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For the time being, your city can ban marijuana shops, just as it can
ban other things that annoy its citizens and give its regulators
palpitations. It can even ban things state law specifically
accommodates and licenses, as long as it's not a head-to-head
conflict or the Legislature didn't say shut up and take it.
City-by-city NIMBYism gets a pass.
Whether a ban is good or bad, beneficial or harmful, are separate
questions. For now, they are local questions, between local voters
and their municipal representatives, unless the Legislature or courts
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Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug
dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs and are less
likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it,
researchers have found.
In an analysis of studies on cannabis, the scientists said these
long-term health and life effects were important since several
countries are planning to relax legislation on it.
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug worldwide, despite a
trend towards decriminalizing it in some countries.
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Marijuana ministry advocate Roger Christie has finally been released
after four years in federal custody to a halfway house, and, boy, he
said upon his release, would he like to once again consume some of
his favorite plant. He added wisely, though, that would be only "when
I'm legally allowed to do so."
But, not even counting his four years of probation, that might be
never - unless he moves to Washington state or Colorado, where
marijuana is legal, and assuming Hawaii doesn't follow those states
down that road.
Here in Hawaii, Christie could try to qualify as a medical marijuana
patient - his effort to secure a religious exemption obviously didn't
succeed - but otherwise his greatest joy might be to just breathe the
fresh air of freedom, such as it is.
The news that police and state troopers are using "interdiction"
policies to supplement their budgets is terrifying. Worse still is
the idea that some officers praise the practice as an ideal
fundraising tool. But worst of all is the fact that they call it
There is a far more appropriate term: highway robbery.
Lawrence Burdick, Livermore, Calif.
The Post is to be commended for its three-part series "Stop and
seize." Will readers deluge their congressional representatives with
letters demanding a halt to the egregious practice brought to light?
I'm not optimistic. A dearth of letters is the likely outcome of a
citizenry weighed down by a hyperpartisan, near-useless Congress.
Edwin Stennett, Montgomery Village
Law enforcement confiscation of personal property without due process
is a deplorable practice, as is the use of fines and court fees to
raise revenue to operate municipal governments.
When law enforcement and courts are invited to generate revenue to
support operations, they run the risk of losing sight of their
fundamental goal of ensuring quality of life for all. As The Post's
reporting reveals, police and courts have become financially
self-interested parties in our system to the detriment of justice. I
hope that The Post's coverage leads to reflection about these
practices and change that returns law enforcement and courts to their
Sue Monahan, Monmouth, Ore.
It is astounding that, under civil forfeiture laws, the police can
seize anyone's cash, automobile or house by claiming that these
assets relate to criminal activity and then dare the victim to go to
considerable expense and effort to get his or her property back.
The best targets for this scam are transients, since it would be very
inconvenient for them to return to the site of the seizure as the
legal process drags on, and the poor, since after the seizure they do
not have the assets to hire a lawyer.
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To the Editor:
Re "The N.F.L.'s Absurd Marijuana Policy" (Op-Ed, Sept. 9): The
retired tight end Nate Jackson describes the daily pain of football
players, and asks that they be allowed to self-medicate with
marijuana. I reach a different conclusion: Football is too violent.
People should not be allowed to assault one another physically, even
on a gridiron in front of tens of thousands. The rest of us shouldn't
watch such mayhem.
Williamstown, Mass., Sept. 9, 2014
People in Philadelphia caught with small amounts of marijuana or
smoking it in public may soon face no more than a written citation
and a modest fine as the City Council moved Thursday to decriminalize
the drug after a reversal by Mayor Michael A. Nutter.
The mayor, who had scoffed at arguments that black men are unfairly
targeted in arrests involving marijuana, announced his support of
decriminalization this week. He had declined to sign a bill the
Council passed in June, saying it needed more study.
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It Took Four Years to Obtain Approval for One Pain Study.
Within a year, patients will be lining up to buy medical marijuana
legally in Minnesota.
But for the state's scientists, it's still a struggle to do basic
research into the plant's medicinal properties.
Kalpna Gupta, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota,
spent four years entangled in federal paperwork before winning
approval to study whether vaporized cannabis was an effective pain
relief treatment for patients with sickle cell disease. The research
itself will take another four years.
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You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago
aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of
Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not
be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish
historic prohibition of marijuana and allow medical marijuana to be
sold anywhere that other medicines are sold.
Sick people are not benefited by making it inconvenient, if not
difficult, to visit a business that will sell a substance that helps
people suffering from cancer, chemotherapy, AIDS and other serious
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BEIJING: A number of Australians are facing the death penalty in China
after being charged with serious drug offences.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said an unspecified number of
Australians had been detained, but it would not reveal any further
detail on specific cases.
"We are aware that a number of Australians have been detained in China
on serious drug charges," it said. "These individuals are receiving
appropriate consular assistance."
Government sources would not say how many Australians had been
arrested but that a "number" of Australians have been charged over
drug offences since late last year, although they had not yet been
through the full judicial process.
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An Irvine attorney was convicted Wednesday of having a PTA volunteer
falsely imprisoned in a drug bust that was part of a revenge scheme.
Kent Easter, 40, was convicted of one felony count of false
imprisonment by deceit in a retrial of the case, the Orange County
district attorney's office said. A judge declared a mistrial in
Easter's first trial in 2013 after jurors reported that they were
deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of convicting.
During the previous trial prosecutors argued that Easter and his wife
sought revenge because they felt the volunteer did not bring out their
son quickly enough when they came to his grade school to pick him up.
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An apparent robbery of a marijuana-growing operation in Fresno
resulted in a fatal gunfight Thursday that left two suspects dead and
a 15-year-old girl being used as a human shield by fleeing robbers.
Two of the alleged gunmen who broke into the house in south Fresno are
in custody and three remain at large, said Lt. Louis Hernandez with
the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were called to the house in the 5100 block of South Orange
Avenue about 4:10 a.m., initially for a report of a prowler. The
suspects identified themselves as law enforcement to the residents of
the house, Hernandez said, but the residents didn't believe them.
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Imagine something that might make you feel irritable or depressed,
talkative or confused ... giving you illusions (delusions?) of
grandeur, and even paranoia. Am I thinking about marijuana? No, I'm
Writer Dan Lyons, who often lectures the rest of us on his perceived
religious certainties, lays out a pretty paranoid view of marijuana
usage (letter, "Confusion persists about dangers of marijuana," Sept.
9). It can make you hungry or thirsty ... oh, the horror! It affects
your central nervous system! (So does a good cup of coffee.)
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Editor: I am writing with regard to MP Sean Casey's recently announced
stance in favour of decriminalizing marijuana.
The interview on Compass last week was lawyer-like in content,
stressing only one side of an argument, namely the early results of
Colorado's recent legalization, $77 million in tax revenues and the
seeming disappearance of criminal gang involvement in the marijuana
portion of the drug trade.
As an MP I feel you had an obligation to also have stressed, but
utterly failed to do so, that of course a substantial portion of that
$77 million in taxes as well as the cost of the marijuana would have
come from individuals dependent on the drug to the point that the
welfare of their families in terms of food, rent and mortgages may
have suffered; that many of the now more numerous 'users' would go on
to harder drugs in which the criminal element "would" be involved, and
that no doubt as the health-care system on P.E.I. has found, many of
these users would become addicts who seek the help of expensive
counseling and medicinal drugs in recovery attempts.
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"Reefer Madness" was a 1930's propaganda style film extolling the
dangers of marijuana.
The film has become infamous for its overdramatic portrayal that the
drug would lead to chaos for its users. Decades later the rationale
behind the effects of marijuana tends to be less extreme, but those
people against its legalization should realize it's only a matter of
time before other states decriminalize the substance.
The states of Washington and Colorado have become the lab rats for
studying the legalization of pot. So far, chaos has not ensued. The
latest news out of Colorado regarding marijuana was that the state
could be missing out on $21.5 million in taxes because of too high
taxes and fees (more government regulation), according to Fox31 Denver.
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Government-Funded Organization Seeks 'Evidence to Inform the
Discussion on Legislative Change,' As Parties Take Sides on Legalization
The Health Canada-funded Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is
calling for a broad review of marijuana policy, including a closer
look at the impact of legalization south of the border in Colorado
The centre says there is "momentum for policy change" when it comes
to marijuana and wants Ottawa to fund an independent study of the
economic and social effects of potential reforms, including
decriminalization and legalization.
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Is it worth the risk to lose a precious child to the use of
marijuana? This question is raised by the Sept. 2 story, "Will
traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?"
I applaud The Day for keeping the pot issue going, as it has by
quoting several other reliable experts, since Judy Benson's
front-page report, "Group urges wariness amid marijuana push: 'We
need to stop this train'," (June 18).
This may hopefully make Day's readers aware of the increasing pot
dangers, especially as evil "Big Marijuana" interests may start
lobbying the state, even before the gubernatorial elections in November.
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Barring Lawsuits, New Rule May Take Effect Late October.
TALLAHASSEE - State health officials Tuesday started the countdown
clock on a proposed rule governing the production and sale of a
medical marijuana strain approved earlier this year by the Florida Legislature.
The Health Department has worked most of the summer on the needed
rule and made the latest changes following a final public hearing
last Friday. Barring a possible legal challenge, the rule could be
ready to take effect by late October.
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MOONBEAM- There was laughter, tears and the occasional cloud of smoke
at Hempfest 2014 in Moonbeam earlier this month.
And though there was plenty of beer on hand, this party was BYOB:
Bring your own bong.
In a large hall inside festival organizer Robert "Willy Jack" Neron's
home in Moonbeam, live music and dancing kept around 100 people
entertained throughout the weekend. Outside, dozens of tents lined
Usually held in Sault Ste. Marie, Neron explained the path the
festival took to get back to his hometown of Moonbeam.
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