To the editor: Starting with the assumption that drugs are chemical
stupidity, marijuana is relatively harmless. Alcohol kills 40,000
Americans every year. Even in Fairbanks, drunk drivers have killed
innocent children. Alcohol is involved in the majority of crimes in
Alaska if you count fetal-alcohol-syndrome-related crimes. Tobacco
kills 300,000 Americans every year. Tobacco is legal and unregulated
because multinational corporations derive billions of dollars in
profit. Americans are free to choose various kinds of stupidity, even
if it kills them.
JUNEAU - The debate in the state capital building about Alaska's new
marijuana law has caused some conservatives to side with an entity
they generally abhor - the federal government.
In the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday lawmakers who have spent
much of the session pounding their chests over federal overreach
pointed to federal laws for proof that marijuana is still illegal,
regardless of what voters did last year.
"Marijuana is illegal in this state because it's against federal
law," said Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks. "I think the people of
Alaska were lied to on that point. I think it needs to be clarified
on the record that it's against federal law and nothing we do here is
going to change federal law."
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Six Now Head to Hearing Officer for OK; S.D.'S First Legal Shop to
San Diego - Six proposed medical marijuana shops cleared a key hurdle
on Tuesday as San Diego continues to move forward with allowing the
city's first legal pot dispensaries to open.
The City Council rejected environmental appeals filed against each of
the dispensaries, moving them one step closer to receiving final
approval from the San Diego Planning Commission.
An Otay Mesa dispensary that got such approval in late January is
expected to open in mid-March and become the city's first legal
dispensary, a member of the shop's management team said Tuesday.
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Dealers selling drugs to kids. They should be sent away for life. If
one of the kids dies, they should get death themselves.
- - James Christenson
More pot hits Manitou
If you've heard some Dylan and now refuse to work on Maggie's Farm,
there's new acreage in Manitou Springs. Emerald Fields
(emeraldfields.com) tentatively plans to open on March 16 in the old
Wild Ginger building at 27 Manitou Ave., becoming the town's second
and final recreational marijuana store. Though the company currently
operates a store in Glendale, the new outlet will become its flagship
operation, says director of marketing Caitlin Murphy.
"We're gonna have a huge selection of edibles, lots of great flower,
different price tiers," she says. "Lots of great merchandise as well,
for tourists, since Manitou's a big tourist spot."
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In Federal Court, There's No Such Thing as Medical Marijuana-So a
Rural Family of Medical Marijuana Patients Is Being Treated Like Drug
Before Rhonda Firestack-Harvey was part of a nationally watched court
case that could change the course of the federal drug war, she lived
quietly with her husband in their modest double-wide mobile home two
hours northwest of Spokane.
Rhonda suffers from carpal tunnel and osteoarthritis. In 2011, she
got a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana for her achy joints.
Her husband, Larry, also got medical authorization to use marijuana
to treat pain caused by gout. Washington State was one of the very
first states to approve medical marijuana, way back in 1998, and
under state law, medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow their
own medicine. When Rhonda and Larry started a grow on their property,
Larry posted a sign with a green cross on it near the plants, hoping
it would communicate to anyone flying over that this was a medical
grow, not a criminal operation.
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At 76, the pater familias of the legalization movement won't slow down.
I'll be honest. My expectations about a press conference with Tommy
Chong, of the famous stoner duo Cheech & Chong, were that there would
be some cliched humor, some pantomimed puffing, and photo ops galore
for hippies of a bygone era. And there was some of that. But there
was also something I didn't expect: a fresh perspective on the new
The reason Tommy Chong matters-and the reason I'm writing about his
recent visit to Seattle's CannaCon-is that each and every time
there's a mention of legalization or the counterculture or pot
smoking, there's inevitably a reference to Cheech & Chong. Even if
the name is never spoken, a haze of Cheech & Chong wafts through the
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Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are urging the UK to begin
decriminalising the use and possession of almost all drugs, following
the example of Portugal.
The Virgin founder and deputy prime minister are to address a
conference on fighting drug addiction today, and in an article on the
Guardian website they write: "As an investment, the war on drugs has
failed to deliver any returns. If it were a business, it would have
been shut down a long time ago. This is not what success looks like.
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IT'S nearly three years since I used this literary real estate to
provoke conversation on the decriminalisation of drugs. I didn't know
then if it was an appropriate response. I still don't.
Watching convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran
Sukumaran being driven off yesterday in armoured vehicles to be
executed was one of the saddest things I've ever seen.
The talkback callers on Triple M's Hot Breakfast also made me think
many things, none of which I had an answer for. Why should I care
about a couple of greedy drug smugglers?
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The Change Would Affect Large Operations.
The city of Denver is proposing changes that would limit unlicensed,
nonresidential marijuana cultivations to 36 plants.
The officials behind the proposed change, which chiefly would affect
oversized collective grows and caregivers with a large number of
plants, hope the amendment would make for safer conditions, clearer
law enforcement options and fewer opportunities for untracked
marijuana to escape into the black or gray markets.
The City Council's Safety and Well-being Committee unanimously
approved the proposal Tuesday, but members including Robin Kniech and
Albus Brooks voiced worry that the rules don't go far enough. The
unlicensed, nonresidential grows exist in the cracks of Colorado's
marijuana legalization amendments, and they suggested exploring a new
kind of licensing for those that are allowed by state regulations.
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High-Value Crop Would Be for Research and Development, Not for Sale
SANTA FE (AP) - The New Mexico Senate has given a thumbs-up to
allowing farmers in the state to grow industrial hemp for research only.
The Senate voted 33-8 Monday to approve Albuquerque Democrat Sen.
Cisco McSorley's legislation.
The federal government currently allows growing hemp for research. A
bill pending in Congress would approve cultivation for commercial
production as well.
The state will be poised to capitalize on the drought-resistant plant
as a cash crop once federal restrictions are lifted, McSorley said.
Farming groups have supported the legislation because of ongoing
drought in the state and hemp's potential as a cash crop.
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After just five days of pot being legal in the nation's capital, the
D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new limits on marijuana use.
The legislation introduced last week by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D)
prohibits smoking in bars, clubs and virtually anywhere outside a
private home where people could gather.
Although Bowser stood up to Congress last week and legalized
marijuana over threats of jail time from House Republicans, the mayor
immediately asked for the new curbs. She said they are needed to
close a loophole in a voter-approved ballot measure that could allow
clubs with membership fees and access to the drug to form in the city.
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Adam Eidinger was flying high.
As chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, he helped spearhead the push
to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital. When the law went into
effect Thursday, he retreated to his campaign headquarters and took a
victory toke, then another and another.
Now, just a few days later, Eidinger is feeling low. On Tuesday, the
D.C. Council passed emergency legislation - offered by Mayor Muriel
E. Bowser (D) - that Eidinger says will undermine some provisions of
the original law and hamper further liberalization of marijuana use.
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Regarding your recent report on heroin overdoses, I applaud Gov.
Larry Hogan's efforts to reduce such deaths ("Hogan wades into
Maryland's long battle against heroin," Feb. 28).
As a treatment professional, we are facing a much more complex
problem than drug use. Addiction is a powerful thing, and the
governor's new approach is anything but more of the same. Treatment
and prevention lie at the heart of the work ahead.
The advocacy community and families impacted by the opioid epidemic
approached Mr. Hogan several months ago to share their concerns
regarding the devastating impact addiction is having on communities.
However, the early coverage of Mr. Hogan's plan harked back to his
election campaign and politicized the issue.
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Homes Currently Only Legal Place for Usage
The D.C. Council on Tuesday barred private clubs from allowing
marijuana usage on their premises, dashing the hopes of some pot
entrepreneurs who sought to host events where patrons could partake
and share with others.
The emergency legislation, which passed unanimously and takes
immediate effect, says any business that violates the law could have
its business license revoked. It clarifies pot legalization laws that
took effect five days ago.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sought the measure to close a loophole in
the voter-approved ballot measure, Initiative 71, that she believed
left room for clubs to potentially charge membership fees for access
to pot parties.
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Republican Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, demonstrated proof
he doesn't understand history regarding government's effort to prohibit
cannabis (marijuana) by inferring Colorado's actions an "experiment."
In fact, like the original prohibition with alcohol, known as the Grand
Experiment, the sequel with cannabis prohibition is indeed the
More accurately, cannabis prohibition, the act of government caging
humans for using a relatively safe God-given plant has been a Luciferous
Frankenstein experiment at best.
Colorado isn't experimenting in re-legalizing cannabis but rather we
ended the experiment, and in doing so ended one America's worst policy
failures in history.
KIRKLAND LAKE - Cannabis crusaders will be demonstrating in Kirkland
Lake today in support of a local shop owner whose store was raided by
police last month.
A rally is planned in front of the Tripping Daisy at 22 Lebel Ave at 5
p.m. in support of owner Darren Delaney, who says police seized about
$25,000 in merchandise that can be used for marijuana
British Columbia cannabis activist Dana Larsen and Toronto medical
cannabis activist Matt Mernagh will be leading the gathering. They
plan to rally in front of Delaney's store before marching on to the
Kirkland Lake OPP detachment. They will then gather at Kirkland Lake
Inn and Suites for speeches.
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If Americans and political leaders honestly care to lower heroin
addiction rates ("War on heroin starts with teens," Feb. 27 and "Hogan
creates two panels for fight against heroin," Feb. 25), they should
end cannabis (marijuana) prohibition.
An important reason to end cannabis prohibition that doesn't get
mentioned is because it increases hard drug addiction rates by putting
citizens who choose to use the relatively safe God-given plant into
contact with people who often also sell hard drugs.
Furthermore, government claims heroin is no worse than cannabis - and
that methamphetamine and cocaine are less harmful drugs - by insisting
marijuana is a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, while
methamphetamine and cocaine are only Schedule II substances.
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In the United States , where doctors write more than 250 million
prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and
overdose represents a public health crisis.
More than 15,000 Americans died from an overdose of prescription
opioids in 2013.
In other parts of the world, however, the crisis is that strong
painkillers such as morphine aren't available at all. More than 70%
of the world's population live in countries with no access to
opioids. That has been the case in India, where I am a palliative
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When it comes to marijuana, Washington comes off as the granny state
of recreational pot when compared with Colorado. Let's face it, the
rollout here has been glacial.
As of last week, Seattle had just nine state-licensed stores. Nine.
But change is coming to this state's nascent marijuana experiment. A
major player is poised to enter the market.
Some of this state's most business-savvy Native American tribes are
evaluating the risks and opportunity to grow or sell marijuana, as
well as the relatively untapped potential in medical-marijuana research.
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TAMPA - Not so long ago, they ran what authorities described as the
most active pill mill in the United States, and now they are getting
out from under long prison sentences by helping prosecutors jail
other pill pushers.
In the process, they're pulling back the curtain, showing jurors what
it was like at what has been called ground zero for pill mills, the
prescription narcotic equivalent to the "cocaine cowboy" days in South Florida.
The Tampa Bay Wellness Centre was so popular, according to court
testimony, and was drawing so many patients that parking had become a
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The District of Columbia has joined an exclusive American club:
Residents of the nation's capital can now legally grow and consume
recreational marijuana in their homes.
Some members of Congress are threatening to intervene. But as of
Thursday the District had joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington
state in permitting the general public to use marijuana. While
Colorado and Washington are reaping the tax benefits of a regulated
industry with hundreds of retail stores, D.C. residents must either
grow their own or get it for free.
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"Park Ranger" (not an actual park ranger) wonders about herb and the
great outdoors: "What's the regulation or position for state parks
and pot? I ask this question because I live right at the door of
Chugach State Park. So if public consumption and sales are illegal in
Anchorage, whoever smokes or eats brownies can just go for a hike
around Flattop and such? Or does Alaska State Parks have some regulations now?"
To answer this question, first we'll need a bit of definition.
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The letter by Ms. Coltellaro (ADN, March 2) is admirable for its
belligerent defense of her interpretation of the Ballot Measure 2 law
regarding legal marijuana use. However, she must have skipped Section
17.38.110 of that measure, the section entitled "Local Control." This
section sets forth the steps that local governments may take to adapt
the marijuana laws to their own situations or preferences. I admire
Wasilla for immediately taking the initiative and enacting its own
controls - and I deplore the fact that so few other local governments
have done so. The attempt to do so by one Anchorage Assembly member
was instantly shot down by others with dollar signs blinding their foresight.
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Kevin Coe's point is well taken ("Sorry, high rollers," ADN, Feb.
27). However, with hundreds of regulated stores selling cannabis in
Colorado, we're talking mere technicalities.
Although Uncle Sam couldn't care less what Colorado's (Washington,
Oregon and Alaska included) constitution reads, in reality Colorado,
and the entire nation more strongly, could care less what Uncle Sam believes.
Further and more important, God indicates He created all the
seed-bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very
first page of the Bible and God's law trumps U.S. Constitution law.
Technically, then, cannabis has never been illegal.
American's level of contempt for the discredited prohibition of
cannabis renders the federal government insignificant. Cannabis
prohibition is over.
- - Stan White Dillon, Colo.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A House committee is trying to determine how
much pot can be grown at one house.
The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee will consider a
12-plant limit for each house as part of its bill addressing
municipalities' role in regulating marijuana.
The voter initiative allows an individual to possess up to six
plants, three of which can be mature.
An aide to Rep. Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, chair of that committee,
said municipalities have raised concerns about how many plants can be
grown at a household with multiple people, and the limit was meant to
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The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out
of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury.
Those 12 people may also decide the future of federal prosecutions
targeting marijuana growers.
A Washington, D.C., civil rights attorney representing Rhonda
Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg made an
impassioned plea to jurors Monday afternoon to throw out what he
called an "overzealous, overreaching" case built by federal prosecutors.
"They roped in this innocent family," said Phil Tefleyan, who has
taken the lead in the trial of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five,"
which is now down to three. They face drug and firearms charges that
carry mandatory prison sentences of more than a decade.
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If marijuana is a gateway drug what is baby aspirin? If marijuana was
truly being treated like a medicine, where are the privacy
protections that come with all drugs? Do you need a state sponsored
card to eat your anti depressants? Your sleeping pills?
Daniel Hackett, Marysville
Steve Siebold's point is well taken ("Time To Legalize Marijuana,"
Feb. 28), however, the problem isn't the war on drugs but rather the
war on a relatively safe God-given plant... More specifically a war
against the "spirit of truth."
Stan White, Dillon, Colorado
Marijuana Convention in D.C. Helps Put Growers in Business Legally
Part patchouli, part power suit, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts
gathered over the weekend for the District's first cannabis
convention since the city legalized recreational marijuana - offering
a glimpse of the emerging markets that could take hold in the nation's capital.
Although the faint smell of marijuana hung over the Southwest D.C.
hotel's exhibition hall - where attendees could get tips on how to
grow it, buy products to smoke it and speak with consultants on how
to market it - nowhere could it be found.
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R.I. Growers Can Attest to Perils of New Market
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - A tiny spider mite is all it could take to cripple
Seth Bock's business.
Bock grows marijuana, legally, for a living, and the peril presented
by just one small insect illustrates how difficult it can be to
establish a thriving dispensary.
His is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island,
and his experience provides vital lessons for companies in
Massachusetts that have won licenses to grow and sell marijuana. The
first is expected to open in April.
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Marijuana legalization took effect Tuesday in Alaska, and a last week
the Unalaska City Council voted to amend city ordinances to reflect
the new reality, though with tight restrictions on public use.
The council voted 6-0 in a special meeting Friday morning, Feb. 20,
to have the new rules in effect when legalization arrived a few days
later. The new rules set $100 fines for smoking pot in public and for
consumption by persons under 21 years of age.
Former City Councilor Dennis Robinson said the council should respect
local voters' 57 percent approval of Ballot Measure 2 allowing the
possession of 1 ounce of marijuana in November. That's when they
disregarded the city council's dire warnings. In a Oct. 28
resolution, the city council opposed legalization as an "extreme
measure" and "a step backward."
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In regard to Wasilla enacting strict new marijuana rules: Will that
town be micromanaging gun laws as well? America. Home of the
opinionated. If you really want to do something impressive, Wasilla
dear, why don't you close your bars? By the way, what's your take on
the gay marriage thing? Would my sister and her wife be allowed to
walk on your streets? When the majority passes a law, you are just as
bound to it as anyone. It seems incredibly illegal of you to think
you can simply circumvent the majority rule. I, for one, am most
assuredly speaking out.
- -- Susan Coltellaro
SPOKANE - Federal prosecutors in Spokane are trying to convince a
jury that a cancerstricken man and his family were illegally growing
and distributing marijuana on their northeastern Washington property
despite claims by the "Kettle Falls Five" that they were instead
raising legal medical cannabis for their personal use.
The case against Larry Harvey's family has become a cause celebre
among the marijuana community, which sees it as a disconnect between
state and federal marijuana laws. Washington state last summer
allowed legal recreational sales, although the raid on the Harvey
home happened in August 2012. And Congress late last year effectively
barred the Justice Department from interfering with states that have
medical marijuana systems.
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I am fully supportive of the proposed House Bill 5892. I think it is
important that Connecticut legislators be aware of the positive
changes that could potentially take place for many families, should
this bill be passed. Unfortunately, I know of many ill children who
could benefit from the use of medical marijuana if it were legal.
It is extremely disheartening that many families have to be displaced
and act as "refugees" in order to properly care for their ill loved
ones. The use of medical marijuana has been extremely effective for
many children just like Cyndimae Meehan, in ways that traditional
anti-epileptic drugs have not.
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Amid all the uncertainties surrounding the legalization of marijuana
in the District of Columbia, a few things are clear. Among them is
that Congress has better things to do than meddle in the purely local
affairs of the District.
That District officials and employees have been threatened with jail,
by no less than the chairman of a powerful congressional committee,
for their good-faith efforts to follow a voter mandate, is utterly
inexcusable. Such a spectacle - and the fact that the District is
under congressional attack for undertaking virtually the same steps
as its counterparts in Colorado, Washington and, most recently,
Alaska - should bring home to the rest of the country the need to
redress the historic injustice of the city's limited political powers.
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Bill to Allow Nonsmoking Use Wins Bipartisan Support
A Delaware County Democratic senator continues the push to legalize
medical marijuana, but dual-party support might not be enough to push
along the legislation.
The bill, Senate Bill 3, was presented by Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of
Upper Merion, and Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, R-48, of Lebanon, at
the Senate Government Committee hearing Wednesday. It garnered
bipartisan support in the Senate for the second time.
"Today's hearing made it clear that we can create a medical cannabis
protocol in the commonwealth that is among the best in the country,"
Leach said in a prepared statement after the hearing.
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A FORMER UK Government adviser has said Scots should go Dutch and
open cannabis cafes.
Professor David Nutt, who has advised the Department of Health, said
it could be "very good" for the economy. Prof Nutt sacked by the UK
Government in 2009 for saying horse riding was more dangerous than
ecstasy also blasted plans to ban legal highs.
Speaking ahead of a talk in Edinburgh, Prof Nutt said: "If Scotland
had a sensible medical cannabis policy you'd get a lot of health
tourists and that would be very good for your economy. People could
have a cuppa in cafes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and have a spliff as
they do in Amsterdam."
10-Year-Old Suffers Rare Kind of Epilepsy
Family Says Extract Could Ease Her Seizures
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but
intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease
causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents
guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or
Her Boise, Idaho, family learned that oil extracted from marijuana
had helped other children and wanted to see if it would help Alexis, too.
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Trying to find help for a child who doesn't want it tough for parents
Tough love can hurt. Susan (not her real name) says she did everything
she could to get help for her young son who was suffering from mental
health problems and drug addiction.
None of it worked and the last time she saw her 17-year-old son was on
Dec. 7, when he left home to live in Youth Haven, a shelter in Barrie
for teens in crisis.
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A psychedelic response to post-traumatic stress
In an extraordinary project, local research scientists and therapists,
specializing in newly resurgent psychedelic medicine, are seeking to
confirm what others elsewhere have recently discovered. It appears
that highly illegal ecstasy-MDMA- helps people overcome the living
hell of treatment-resistant PTSD. In two studies done in Switzerland
and the U.S., it has been shown that pure MDMA, plus intensive
psychotherapy, can cure people whose lives have been shattered by
horrific traumas, ones that-even after years-keep returning in
flashbacks and nightmares.
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Good for the North Dakota House defeating legalizing medicinal use of
marijuana (aka 'pot'). The legislator who introduced the bill made
the uneducated argument that "this is not a drug issue but a quality
of life issue for the people of North Dakota." Oh, really.
In a western state where now pot is legally obtainable, my grandson,
at age 11, was introduced to pot on his school campus. Last year, at
171/2 years of age, he entered a youth rehabilitation facility for 45
days at the parent's expense.
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Your Feb. 15 editorial "No cartel" is spot on, and Ohio voters should
pay close attention.
Legalization of marijuana in Ohio for whatever use is inevitable. But
if ResponsibleOhio's ballot initiative succeeds, Ohio's constitution
would be amended to establish a monopoly of growers, testers, and distributors.
My first objection when I heard of the proposed 11 investors was: Who
picked these people, and why them? Why was this opportunity not open
to any potential investor willing to abide by state regulations?
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A proposal to collect DNA from people convicted of some misdemeanors
is a bad idea.
Less than three months ago, California voters adopted Proposition 47,
an initiative that reduced six felonies to misdemeanors. By far, most
of the affected crimes are for drug possession.
It's not always easy to glean a clear statement from such a vote
beyond the basic fact of it: Voters wanted those crimes to be treated
as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Still, it's a fairly safe
assumption that voters wanted their criminal justice resources to be
focused less on crimes they considered less serious, especially drug
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Drug Crop Eradication Devastates the Environment and Forces Producers
Underground, Often to Areas With Fragile Ecosystems.
UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) - As the call for the decriminalisation of
drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British
charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the
global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key UN
anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a
"Illicit drugs are now purer, cheaper, and more widely used than
ever," says the report, titled Casualties of War: How the War on
Drugs is Harming the World's Poorest, released Thursday by the
London-based Health Poverty Action.
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How many more prisons will we build before we wake up? Intoxication
is intoxication. Alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs,
cocaine-there is no difference. People choose to alter their
consciousness. Get over it.
Forty years of a war on drugs hasn't reduced the use or abuse of
anything. It's time to look past the moralizing and accept reality.
Getting high is not a criminal act. What we fear, the force behind
prohibition, is the fear that an intoxicated person will harm others.
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When it comes to marijuana, the majority of young Republicans are far
closer to the Democratic view than they are to older members of their
Pew poll data shows 63 percent of Millennial Republicans - those born
between 1981 and 1996 - support legalized marijuana. That's a higher
percentage than Generation X and Silent Generation Democrats.
Boomer Democrats still have young Republicans beat, and the gap of
support between Boomer Democrats and Republicans is the largest of
any age group at 28 points. Overall, Republicans are not supportive
of legalization. As of October, only 31 percent of all Republicans
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(An editorial from the Toronto Star distributed by The Canadian
Quebec's education minister has stepped back from defending the
strip-searching of a 15-year-old girl at school. Provincial officials
now say they'll review rules that were used to justify taking such an
But what's there to review? Young people should not be strip-searched
by school officials. Period.
Rather than acknowledging the obvious, however, and admitting that
staff at a high school in the Quebec City area had gone too far,
Education Minister Yves Bolduc initially cited security concerns in an
attempt to justify the search.
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How would you feel if your daughter was ordered to strip naked by her
teachers and wrongfully accused of selling drugs?
When news broke that a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Quebec City was
forced to remove her clothing to prove she was not carrying drugs I
couldn't help but think of my daughter when she was that age.
The girl was accused of dealing pot after a teacher confiscated her
phone and went through her text messages, in one of which she had
joked about selling marijuana.
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Conditional sentence for pot grow-op
A so-called Freeman on the Land will not have to plant his roots in
jail following a conviction for running a marijuana grow operation.
Scott Peters was given a 13-month conditional sentence Thursday that
allows him to remain free in the community. He was placed on daily
house arrest and must perform 100 hours of community-service work.
The Crown was seeking up to six months behind bars for Peters, who was
convicted by a jury last month following a bizarre, three-day trial.
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