Strathmore Standard -- Despite losing the Crowfoot federal election, Max
Cornelssen, the Marijuana party candidate achieved at least one of his goals
during the campaigning process.
"I'm an opportunist and in Stettler we've been promoting farmer grow-ops, to
grow hemp for bio-mass fuel," Cornelssen said.
"We've been promoting that (industrial hemp) for the past three months and
it was an opportunity to speak to the public forums and carry the message to
Industrial hemp comes from the same family of plants as marijuana, however
is much lower in Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC.
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The comparatively benign appearance of bicycle police doesn't mean serious
suspects can expect a ride on the handlebars to the station.
All bicycle officers actually belong to the tactical team and take turns
patrolling on bikes, which gives them the jump on suspects in a foot chase
where cruisers can't go, although they'll call the cruiser for backup once
the arrest is made.
"Any arrest any officer can do in a cruiser, we've done it on a bike," says
Mike Alarie. "Drugs, breach of probation, assaults, robberies."
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The secretary of state's office said Friday that it has verified more
than half of the required number of signatures of registered voters to
place a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions on
the Nov. 2 ballot.
From Monday through Thursday, the office verified as valid 47,648 of
51,804 signatures checked so far on the petition for the proposal,
said Jill Belin, director of the elections division.
To qualify for the ballot, the petition must have at least 80,570
signatures of Arkansas' registered voters.
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LEGAZPI CITY-The provincial mobile police chief of Oriental Mindoro
province, Superintendent Rodrigo Foja, was shot dead in a cockfight arena
in Calapan City at around 5 p.m. Sunday.
The gunman was killed by Foja's assistant who was slightly injured.
Foja had been given awards for his drive against illegal drugs and
"jueteng," an illegal numbers game.
The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.
We correct all errors of fact.
If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221
Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday
An initiated act proposed by the Arkansas Alliance for Medical Marijuana
would legalize marijuana's use for people with "debilitating medical
conditions" who obtain a registry card from the state. The proposed act
defines the eligible medical conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive
status, AIDS, or treatment for those conditions. Also included in the
definition are chronic or debilitating diseases or conditions that cause
one or more of the following: wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea,
seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms. The definition included in
an article July 3 was incorrect.
SACRAMENTO - Across America, the PTA has long fought to prevent student
drug use, but last month its California leaders found themselves sparring
with federal drug officials in the state Capitol.
The two sides squared off in an Assembly hearing over a bill that would
outlaw "suspicionless" drug testing. A handful of schools in California and
nationwide have begun testing students without any evidence of drug use,
and the PTA opposes it.
"As parents, we're certainly concerned about addressing issues of student
drug abuse," said Kathy Moffat, a spokeswoman for the California State PTA.
"But a random drug-testing program implies there is no trust."
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HELENA - Initiatives to more than double the taxes on most tobacco
products and legalize marijuana for medical purposes qualified for the
November ballot Friday.
That brings to seven the number of initiatives and referendums that
will go before voters in the fall general election.
Initiative 149 calls for increasing the 70-cent tax on a pack of
cigarettes to $1.70. The tax on chewing tobacco would jump from 35
cents to 85 cents an ounce, and the tax rate on other tobacco products
would double from 25 percent to 50 percent of the wholesale price.
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Re: Deputy Sheriff Macias Letter "Poor Excuse for Pot"
Sheriff Macias' letter highlights the pervasive ignorance running amok
among Ventura County Sheriff employees.
As a Ventura County narcotics officer, Macias has been trained by
Federally funded CNOA (California Narcotics Officers Association)
which clearly rejects any published scientific studies proving the
efficacy of cannabis medication. CNOA's position paper (available at
cnoa.org) perpetuates the lies and propaganda demonizing marijuana,
has been adopted by sheriff Bob Brooks and his employees. Ventura
County Sheriff should rely on POST (California's Peace Officers
Standards & Training) for a more accurate information and training
With the ongoing budget problems we are facing here in Ventura County,
the Sheriff needs to spend narcotics funds on narcotics enforcement
rather than the persecution and prosecution of sick people.
Lisa Cordova Schwarz
In a recent letter, a reader stated that users of medical marijuana do
not need anything but marinol. There are different ways to medicate
with marijuana without smoking but I don't think your reader should be
telling anyone about what is best for them unless he is a doctor with
experience in this area.
He should educate himself about the different strains of cannabis and
how each one works to help a particular type of disease, nausea, pain,
I'm going on 70 and don't need him or anyone who does not educate
themselves fully trying to say what is good for me and why. He sounds
like he works for a federal prosecutor.
Some people only change their mind when they have a need in their own
A Myrtle Creek man was convicted last week of all four charges against
him in the beating and robbery of a man growing medical marijuana.
A jury of seven men and five women found Jeffry T. Lindenmeier, 19,
guilty of first- and second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit
robbery and second-degree assault. The jury deliberated about an hour
and a half before reaching its decision Wednesday following a two-day
Lindenmeier, one of six men and teenage boys to be charged in the
March 21, 2003, attack on Craig Hobbs, will be sentenced Aug. 13.
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Devastation struck makers of office furniture between 2000 and 2002 as
industry sales plunged 28 percent--or $4.1 billion--and domestic
furniture companies laid off tens of thousands of workers.
Yet at a firm called Unicor, office-furniture sales jumped nearly 30
percent during the same period because of two distinct advantages:
The company's workforce of prisoners earns between 23 cents and $1.15
per hour. And federal agencies are required to buy from Unicor, which
is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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