"We have a wide array of incentives at our disposal. Can you think of any
place that is more deserving of these tools than the Prospect Corridor?"
Troy Nash, Kansas City council member
On a recent day, a stone church on Prospect Avenue maintained its dignity
in the rain, surrounded by a closely clipped lawn.
But next to the church parking lot an out-of-town trash hauler had
deposited an entire dumpster's contents - piles of wood and old window
frames, tires, a filthy blanket, black garbage bags and fast-food waste.
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As marijuana activist and pot seed seller Marc Emery sits in a Vancouver
jail waiting on extradition hearings to the U.S., Canada finds itself faced
with a question it hasn't been able to answer for close to four decades.
In which direction should the government go when it comes to dealing with
It is time for the Canadian government to finally take a stand and map out
a clear approach on marijuana and its billion dollar underground economy.
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Marc Emery May Be A Pothead, But He's OUR Pothead
Marc Emery never leaves Canada. He worries that if he did the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) would grab him and sock him away forever,
"I haven't left Canada in seven years," he told me in an interview about a
year ago across the street from his headquarters on the Pot Block on
Vancouver's East Side.
"Even if I went to other countries, the United States would have me picked
up on a warrant. There's no security unless you're in your home country."
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Methamphetamine has proven expensive in Clermont County.
A drug task force in the southwest Ohio county has spent hundreds of
thousands of dollars searching for and destroying meth labs. More than 100
have been found since 2000 -- the second-highest total in the state, behind
And now officials want to raise taxes to help pay for methamphetamine's
most tragic consequence -- the neglect and abuse of children whose parents
make and use the highly addictive drug.
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B.C. Tolerated Him Until DEA Involvement
I chuckled when I heard Const. Howard Chow of the Vancouver Police
Department explain why city cops hadn't busted Marc Emery before the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration forced the issue.
"It was a matter of priorities and resources," Chow said.
Oh, come on. What sort of "resources" do you need to catch a civil
disobedient who gives the finger to the law and then posts the evidence on
Even the knuckleheads from those Police Academy movies could collar a guy
who sells 585 varieties of pot seeds on the Net and whose favourite place
to spark up a paper-towel-roll-sized joint is in front of the cop shop and
a bank of news cameras.
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Louise Kennedy said methamphetamine is quickly becoming Bucks' worst kept
secret and one of its biggest problems.
"A lot of people are saying, 'How could Bucks County have a problem with
meth?' " she said. "Well there is a really big problem here."
Kennedy is a community engagement specialist with the Bucks County Council
on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. And she'll be on hand Sept. 30, when
the council helps organize a symposium on the synthetic drug epidemic. The
summit will focus mainly on the rising meth problem, but focus on other
drugs such as GHB, scientifically known as gamma hydroxybutyrate, or more
commonly known as the date rape drug.
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Let's hope the U.S. government's efforts to extradite Marc Emery, Canada's
self-professed Prince of Pot, forces our government to legalize and
regulate marijuana in the way that alcohol is regulated.
The war on pot has been a colossal waste of time, money, energy and lives.
Pot has its dangers - such as memory loss and lung disease - but they pale
beside the perils of alcohol and tobacco.
Adults should be free to choose their own poisons.
But let's not be Puritanical here. Booze and pot afford users pleasure and
if taken in moderation they do little harm. It can even be argued that they
enhance health and smooth out the rough edges of hectic modern life.
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Accused Have Been In Custody Since Arrests In April
One of a trio of armed grow rippers who targeted a Hamilton home last April
was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday. Richmond's Michael
Medaric, 42, who was originally charged with armed robbery, pled guilty to
the lesser offence of robbery in Richmond provincial court.
A conviction of armed robbery would have resulted in a minimum four-year
The trial of Medaric and two other men-Steven G. Keall, 22, and Kristopher
L. Kinghorn, 24, both of Vancouver-began this week, but ended after at
least two of them entered guilty pleas.
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