Special To The Tampa Tribune
As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to
protect the constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we call on
all Floridians to protect it by voting 'no' on Amendment 2. This
amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana
for medical purposes, should be rejected - regardless of one's
position on the issue of medical marijuana.
Why should those who are both for and against medical marijuana vote
no on Amendment 2? We offer five reasons.
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Weekend Mailing of Ballots to Be Postponed
The state Supreme Court on Monday ordered election workers to
postpone the mailing of general-election ballots this weekend until
the court can decide whether it's legal for the county to add
advisory questions to the ballot.
The court order came shortly after Bernalillo County filed an
emergency petition Monday asking justices to intervene and authorize
the addition of two advisory questions - one centering on marijuana
decriminalization, the other on raising taxes for mental-health programs.
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Nevada Regulation Allows Limits on Cultivation of Marijuana
The cost of medical marijuana might already be headed upward in
Nevada, and the dispensaries and grow houses haven't even opened yet.
The situation has drawn concerns from not only the entrepreneurs who
hope to make lots of money from such operations but also from local
governments that have approved applicants hoping to break into the
At the heart of the matter is a state regulation that allows, but
doesn't require, the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health
to limit the cultivation of medical marijuana in Nevada. The state
estimates Nevada needs about 650,000 to 1 million square feet of
medical marijuana cultivation space to support the needs of Nevada
residents and out-of-state visitors with medical marijuana cards.
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WASHINGTON (AP)- The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that could make
it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to
buy marijuana in states where it's legal.
Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill.
The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare
debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana.
It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash
from ATMs in those stores.
U.S. law already prevents people from using welfare debit cards at
liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.
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The state health board rejects a caregiver cap but says parents got
the marijuana oil against the law.
The Colorado Board of Health on Tuesday rejected a proposal to cap
the number of patients that medical-marijuana caregivers can serve.
Photos by Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post Lonnie and Sandy Phillips
on Tuesday address the media at Arnold& Porter LLP in Denver, where
they announced a suit against four ammunition sellers. Their
daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the theater massacre.
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Secretary of State, NM High Court, 2 Counties Involved
SANTA FE - New Mexico's politically charged debate over marijuana
decriminalization intensified Tuesday with two counties, the
secretary of state and the state Supreme Court embroiled in legal
questions over November ballots.
And the governor had something to say, too.
Santa Fe County joined Bernalillo County in challenging Secretary of
State Dianna Duran's decision to not allow advisory questions on the
Nov. 4 ballot. Duran's office, meanwhile, said she would go to
federal court to challenge the state Supreme Court for holding up the
mailing of ballots to certain overseas voters.
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Let me be clear from the start. I hate drugs. I hate what drugs do to
the individual and the family and I do not believe anyone should take
any drug not prescribed. With that said, I firmly believe all drugs
should be made legal.
The illegal drug industry is a multibillion industry that fuels drug
wars in Latin America and anti-American activities worldwide. Whether
it is marijuana, cocaine, opium, or meth, when we buy an illegal drug
we pay the terrorists.
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Efforts Should Focus on Reducing Demand, Not Trying to Curb Sales
The "war on drugs" has been waged for 40 years and by any objective
assessment is very far from being won.
The growing realization of this fact is fuelling the gradual move
seen across many countries to decriminalize some aspects of drug
production, sale and use. We argue here that pretty much all efforts
to stop the production, transport and sale of drugs are a waste of
time and money.
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Stoping Prescription Drug Abuse Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach
State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track
the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in
Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such
medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally
developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has led to a drastic drop in
prescription drug abuse there, and it has the potential to become an
important element in Maryland's overall effort to reduce overdose
deaths from both legal and illegal drugs.
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The harmful effects of cannabis and its role as a gateway illicit
drug have been confirmed in a large study published last week. It
looked at the frequency of cannabis use before the age of 17, and
seven developmental outcomes up to age 30. The Antipodean researchers
found that those who are daily cannabis users are over 60 per cent
less likely to complete secondary school or to complete a degree
compared to those who have never used the drug.
Published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the authors also found
that daily users of cannabis during adolescence are seven times more
likely to attempt suicide, and are eight times as likely to use other
illicit drugs in later life.
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As former Florida Supreme Court Justices, we once took an oath to
protect the Constitution of the State of Florida. Today, we call on
all Floridians to protect it by voting "No" on Amendment 2.
This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize
marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected- regardless of
one's position on the issue of medical marijuana.
Why should those who are both for and against medical marijuana vote
No on Amendment 2? We offer five reasons.
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The logic used in the Sept. 4 editorial to criticize Walla Walla
County commissioners and others for banning marijuana sales in
certain areas is puzzling. ("Bans on access to marijuana undercut
intent of Initiative 502")
First, the editorial title seem to be inaccurate since the
commissioners did not "ban access" to marijuana. Users can buy it
elsewhere, just not in this county's prohibited areas.
Second, the commissioners' decision expresses more than their
"personal feelings." It supports the good of our county and its
residents, a point of view the U-B itself advocated when Initiative
502 was proposed and reinforced in this editorial.
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Pennsylvania has not only become part of the national movement to
legalize medical marijuana, but has shown the rest of the country
what a really well written bill looks like. SB 1182 is considered the
best in the country. It's so good that the Senate floor vote on Sept
16 should be 46-4 or better. It was voted out of the law and justice
A group named the Campaign for Compassion, in conjunction with
Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, is now considered the
strongest lobby in Pennsylvania. Not one of the 1,015 members are paid.
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The Sept. 11 editorial "The sheriffs of Nottingham" said that
Congress and the states should demand that forfeited assets not be
used to fund police operations and that they should limit the
application of civil forfeiture to kingpins. Both of these
recommendations are wrong. It is altogether right that cash and other
property forfeited by lawbreakers be used to help enforce the law.
And it would be wrong to limit forfeiture to kingpins. Why should
small-time criminals get a pass? There are many more small-timers
than kingpins. The instruments and fruits of their crimes should be
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D.C. Voters Should Reject the Rush to Legalize Marijuana.
THE DISTRICT'S law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana went
into effect only in July, but already voters are being asked to take
the even more far-reaching step of legalizing the drug. We supported
the elimination of harsh criminal penalties; jailing people who
smoked pot and saddling them with criminal records made no sense and
resulted in the unfair targeting of young black men.
But the rush to legalize marijuana gives us - and we hope voters -
serious pause. Marijuana, as proponents of legalization argue, may or
may not be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, both legal, but it
is not harmless. Questions exist, so it would be prudent for the
District not to make a change that could well prove to be misguided
until more is known. Foremost here are the experiences and lessons
learned by states that have opted for legalization.
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The city of Montreal will see supervised drug injection sites on its
territory in the near future, Mayor Denis Coderre announced Wednesday.
"Following the (2011) ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada where it
was clearly stated ... that these sites are important for public
health and security, it is clear this affects many people ..."
Coderre said. "There will be three supervised sites because if we
want to reach these people and help them, these sites are important,
be they permanent or mobile."
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What I find amazing is that at the same time as everyone is
condemning tobacco smoking, there is a move to promote marijuana use.
Smoking marijuana has many of the same negative effects on the lungs
as smoking tobacco does.
(Nobody should pretend pot is harmless.)
A Substantial Policy Platform Is Still Missing
On Friday evening in Markham, poor Justin Trudeau took the stage to
address the federal Liberals' Ontario supporters trailing bad news
behind him like a bunch of tin cans on a string. The Liberals'
average polling number in Ontario fell four whole points in August,
according to the polling aggregator threehundredeight.com. That
shrinks their lead over Stephen Harper's Conservatives to a
precarious four points in the province - and just seven points
nationwide. Some serious morale-boosting was obviously in order.
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The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good
thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days.
Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined Your 5-
step primer to investing in pot. Former Ontario health minister
George Smitherman, among others, is developing a business to be a
licensed medical marijuana producer. In other words, it's big business.
But the industry also is pushing the boundaries and expanding in
questionable ways. In April there were reports of one restaurant
serving up pot pizza. The crusts contain whole wheat hemp hearts and
the pies can be covered with pot-infused oil.
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Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as
Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the
Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has
sent the premier some weed in the mail.
"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Larsen said
in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with
Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a
joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF
negotiations a fresh start.
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THERE'S CONFUSION AT 12th and Cambie about how Vancouver should
regulate its burgeoning market for medicinal marijuana, according to
documents released in response to a Straight freedom of information request.
But one councillor appears to have taken a clear stance on cannabis.
That's Vision Vancouver's Kerry Jang, who in March 2014 received a
letter of gratitude for letting his position be known.
"As a non user I would like to personally thank you for your
commitment to these patients and their right to their medicine," one
citizen wrote. "Thank you for having a set of balls counsellor, they
are much needed and appreciated." (The author's name is redacted in
accordance with privacy laws.)
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Re: Sept. 10, Commentary
The former justices provide virtually no quotations from Amendment 2
to support anything they say. 'Most voters don't have the time or
inclination,' they say, 'to read the full text of the actual
amendment. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And we
In fact, Amendment 2 is less than 1,200 words long, takes up only
four standard-sized typed pages, and is available online by doing a
simple Web search for 'Florida Amendment 2 text.'
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One of the best reasons to support Amendment 2 is that it would end
the criminalization of severe pain patients and begin to show voters
that the monsters-under-the-bed stories they've been told all their
lives about cannabis are nonsense.
Chris Woodard, Tampa
Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful
effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a
congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more
comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it
was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug
Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.
"Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of
other data," he accused. Volkow and I were the witnesses, along with
a representative from the Food and Drug Administration. Connolly was
particularly interested in learning why NIDA and the FDA - both part
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - supported so
little research into the potential medical uses of marijuana. He
appeared exasperated by the focus on drugs' harmful effects, which
"impeded the ability to have legitimate research that could benefit
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IF YOU THINK BIG TOBACCO WAS BAD, WAIT TILL YOU GET A WHIFF OF BIG
MARIJUANA, SAYS KEVIN SABET
Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some
important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not
get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true -
and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly
high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest
policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating
drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream. But placing
faith that legalization will help any of these issues is misguided.
In fact, legalization threatens to further contribute to
disproportionate health outcomes among minorities, all the while
creating a massive new industry - Big Tobacco 2.0 - intent on
addicting the most vulnerable in society.
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New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens
Is Nothing Short of Alarming
One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout
his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't
inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the
results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were
published in the medical journal The Lancet.
But at least, despite his somewhat ambivalent moral attitude,
ex-President Clinton's progress in life was not impeded. Others in
his own age group and younger may not have been so lucky: The Lancet
research found that young people who smoke cannabis daily in their
teen years are 18 times more likely to become dependent on the drug
than those who have never smoked it. They are also eight times more
likely to use other illicit drugs than those who never smoked cannabis.
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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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