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1US CA: Palm Springs City Council Approves Pair Of Marijuana DispensariesThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Desert Sun, The (Palm Springs, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/05/2009

The Palm Springs City Council gave final approval Wednesday night to an ordinance allowing two medical marijuana dispensaries within certain industrial zones in the city.

The measure will go into effect after 30 days, making Palm Springs the first city in Riverside County officially to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

The dispensaries will be nonprofit collectives or cooperatives and will only be allowed in the CM, M1 and M2 industrial zones. Cooperatives and collectives will not be allowed within 1,000 feet of each other or within 500 feet of schools, public parks, playgrounds, churches, youth centers or residential areas.

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2 US CA: Medical Marijuana Use No Longer Means Automatic License SuspensionThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Times-Standard (Eureka, CA) Author:Faulkner, Jessie Area:California Lines:90 Added:03/05/2009

The use of medical marijuana can no longer be the sole grounds for losing driving privileges.

In a policy revision -- or clarification, depending upon who you speak with -- the state Department of Motor Vehicles has determined, in writing, that the use of medical marijuana prescribed by a physician is to be treated the same as any other prescription medication that may affect safe driving.

The update came about after the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed suit on behalf of a 53-year-old Atwater woman who lost her driver's license due to her use of medical marijuana.

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3 US WA: LTE: Says Marijuana Should Not Be LegalWed, 04 Mar 2009
Source:Bellingham Herald (WA) Author:Kubiac, Gary Area:Washington Lines:40 Added:03/05/2009

The argument for legalizing marijuana originally started out about medical reasons. My input is that if there is a medical issue, the body needs all the strength it can have to fight this disease or issue and needs to not use all its resources to fight incoming toxins - which is what marijuana is. It is not a normal positive for the body to absorb. Using marijuana forces the body to fight this toxin and the original ailment.

Now the legalization has evolved to step two; legalizing it for all. It is sort of like if the speed limit is 60 mph, then why not 70?

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4 US NJ: Edu: PUB LTE: Reasons To Stir The PotWed, 04 Mar 2009
Source:Daily Targum (Rutgers, NJ Edu) Author:Berger, David Area:New Jersey Lines:127 Added:03/05/2009

Why do I vehemently advocate and defend the position that the legalization of marijuana is an endeavor worth pursuing with conviction and dedication? Because I believe the law should strive to be virtuous, and unjust laws ought to be challenged and repealed.

I believe that the United States Constitution is the closest embodiment of a sovereign authority that the people of this great country should ever heed. I believe it is imperative for society to adapt and mature in unison with the ever-changing present.

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5 US WI: Edu: Column: Marijuana Laws Ridiculous, ImpracticalThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Badger Herald (U of WI, Madison, WI Edu) Author:Szarzynski, Kyle Area:Wisconsin Lines:97 Added:03/05/2009

Being a communist executive in a hippie town, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz expressed his support for the legalization of marijuana last Friday on Pulse Madison 1670 AM. Just the previous week, it was revealed a police officer filed a report detailing how my alder, Mike Verveer (also a fire-breathing radical), was in a room of a local restaurant in which the drug was almost certainly being smoked.

Only in Madison, I guess.

Yes, in few other cities would either the mayor's statement or the alder's whereabouts not have done serious political damage. In most of our parochial land, giving the only reasonable opinion as to what should be the legal status of Cannabis sativa, let alone operating within a 10-foot radius of its consumption, would qualify as political masochism.

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6 CN BC: Substance-abuse Trends DiscussedWed, 04 Mar 2009
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:03/05/2009

Substance-use trends among Peninsula youth will be discussed at a parent forum March 11 at Elgin Park Secondary.

The 7 p.m. event is being offered by the Surrey school district in partnership with Surrey and White Rock RCMP. Organizers caution that the content is meant for mature audiences.

Topics will include: school district initiatives aimed at prevention, intervention and enforcement; the magnitude of the problem on the Peninsula; trends; and, the influence of technology on youth drug use. As well, a young man will share his recent triumph over addiction.

The forum is free; registration is not required, however, anyone needing childcare must register with Colleen Correia at 604-599-7461 by March 9.

Elgin Park Secondary is located at 13484 24 Ave.

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7 US CA: PUB LTE: Legalization AdvocacyThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:California Lines:42 Added:03/05/2009

Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.

Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits.

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8 Mexico: On the Trail of the TraffickersThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Economist, The (UK)          Area:Mexico Lines:399 Added:03/05/2009

Illegal Drugs Are Causing Havoc Across the World. Over Four Articles, We Look at Attempts to Curb Supply and Cut Demand, Beginning in Mexico

IN RECENT months Mexicans have become inured to carefully choreographed spectacles of horror.

Just before Christmas the severed heads of eight soldiers were found dumped in plastic bags near a shopping centre in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern state of Guerrero. Last month another three were found in an icebox near the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Farther along the border near Tijuana police detained Santiago Meza, nicknamed El Pozolero ("the soupmaker") who confessed to having dissolved the bodies of more than 300 people in acid over the past nine years on the orders of a local drug baron.

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