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1 US KS: Winds Of Change Blow In Prospect CorridorSun, 07 Aug 2005
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Horsley, Lynn Area:Kansas Lines:291 Added:08/07/2005

"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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2 CN BC: OPED: Government Must ChooseFri, 05 Aug 2005
Source:Williams Lake Tribune, The (CN BC) Author:Star, Vernon Morning Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:08/07/2005

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 marijuana?

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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3 Canada: A Prince Takes On Bush's AmericaSun, 07 Aug 2005
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Nerenberg, Albert Area:Canada Lines:82 Added:08/07/2005

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, or worse.

"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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4US OH: Effect On Families Costing Taxpayers In One Ohio CountySun, 07 Aug 2005
Source:Plain Dealer, The (OH) Author:Gillispie, Mark Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:08/07/2005

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 Summit County.

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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5 CN BC: Column: Police Blowing Smoke With Emery 'Priorities'Sun, 07 Aug 2005
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Smyth, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:88 Added:08/07/2005

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 his website?

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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6 US PA: Symposium To Explore Meth ProblemSun, 07 Aug 2005
Source:Bucks County Courier Times (PA) Author:Scheid, Brian Area:Pennsylvania Lines:77 Added:08/07/2005

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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7 CN BC: Editorial: Just Say No To ExtraditionFri, 05 Aug 2005
Source:Victoria News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:08/07/2005

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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8 CN BC: Grow Ripper Gets Two YearsSat, 06 Aug 2005
Source:Richmond Review, The (CN BC) Author:Hemel, Martin van den Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:08/07/2005

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 sentence.

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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