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1 CN AB: Industrial Hemp LucrativeThu, 08 Jul 2004
Source:Strathmore Standard (CN AB) Author:Gold, Jackie Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:07/08/2004

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 the people."

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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2 CN ON: Suspects Unsuspecting Of Police Officers On BikesFri, 16 Jul 2004
Source:Guelph Tribune (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:41 Added:07/19/2004

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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3US AR: Ban Bid: 47,648 Names OK So FarSat, 17 Jul 2004
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2004

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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4 Philippines: Oriental Mindoro Police Exec Shot DeadMon, 19 Jul 2004
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Virola, Donna Area:Philippines Lines:21 Added:07/19/2004

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.

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5US AR: Getting It StraightTue, 13 Jul 2004
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2004

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 through Friday.

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.

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6US CA: State PTA Backs Ban on Random Drug TestingMon, 19 Jul 2004
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Banks, Gabrielle Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2004

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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7 US MT: Voters to Consider Two More Initiatives on BallotSat, 17 Jul 2004
Source:Missoulian (MT) Author:Anez, Bob Area:Montana Lines:87 Added:07/19/2004

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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8 US CA: PUB LTE: Lies PerpetuatedSun, 18 Jul 2004
Source:Ventura County Star (CA) Author:Schwarz, Lisa Cordova Area:California Lines:40 Added:07/19/2004

Dear Editor:

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 materials.

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

Camarillo

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9 US CA: PUB LTE: Medical Pot Use, KnowledgeMon, 19 Jul 2004
Source:Santa Maria Times (CA) Author:Henry, Gerard Area:California Lines:35 Added:07/19/2004

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, depression.

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 family.

Gerard Henry

Orangevale

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10 US OR: Man Convicted of Assaulting Medical Marijuana GrowerSun, 18 Jul 2004
Source:News-Review, The (OR) Author:Sowell, John Area:Oregon Lines:46 Added:07/19/2004

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 trial.

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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11 US: Prison Labor Is Cheap, Tough for Private Companies to BeatSun, 18 Jul 2004
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Kaiser, Rob Area:United States Lines:185 Added:07/19/2004

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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