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1 CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalize Marijuana And Reap The Tax BenefitsThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Wanless, T. R. Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:03/12/2009

When will our provincial and federal governments get their acts together and legalize all drugs, including marijuana?

These drugs should be distributed to the public under government control, and all taxes should apply.

At the same time a system of rehabilitation for users should be set up in at the point of distribution, in order to wean people from the problem.

Any persons found guilty of selling hard drugs should get an automatic sentence of life imprisonment, with no parole for 25 years. In Singapore you would get the death penalty.

Anybody should be allowed to grow marijuana for their own use, but selling to others would call for some jail time.

T.R. Wanless

Victoria

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2 CN QU: Help Us Smoke Out Grow Ops, Cops UrgeThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Bruemmer, Rene Area:Quebec Lines:150 Added:03/12/2009

Plea To Public. Beaconsfield Tip Sheet Tells How To Spot Them

If your neighbour is never home, his house has several windows so well covered no light shines through, and an inordinate amount of air vents emanate from the basement, police would appreciate it if you gave them a call.

Your neighbour might be running one of the 10,000 locations growing copious amounts of marijuana in Quebec - more than half of them in the Montreal area.

In the wake of a raid on a grow operation on Beaurepaire Drive in Beaconsfield in late January, the municipality has included a tip sheet in its monthly newsletter on how to spot grow houses.

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3 US OR: Bill Would Give State Control Of Pot GrownThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Kettler, Bill Area:Oregon Lines:94 Added:03/12/2009

Grants Pass Lawmaker Says Medical-Marijauna Program Is In 'Shambles'

A bill introduced in Salem Wednesday would put the state in the marijuana-growing business.

Rep. Ron Maurer, R-Grants Pass, said House Bill 3247 would address problems in the medical-marijuana program and ensure patient safety.

"The system we have currently is in shambles," Maurer said Wednesday in a telephone interview from Salem. He said marijuana grown for medical use has been diverted to illegitimate uses, and some medical-marijuana growers have had their plants stolen. Others may be using cannabis laced with herbicides or toxic chemicals.

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4US OR: State May Take Over Growing Medical PotThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) Author:Loew, Tracy Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:03/12/2009

Lawmakers Say House Bill Would Improve Public Safety

The state would take over growing and distributing marijuana to patients in the medical-marijuana program under a bill introduced in the Legislature on Wednesday.

"Our current system isn't working, and we need to move quickly to protect patient safety," said Rep. Ron Maurer, R-Grants Pass.

House Bill 3274 directs the state to establish and operate a marijuana production facility and distribute the drug to pharmacies for dispensing to cardholders and primary caregivers. The bill imposes a $98-per-ounce tax on marijuana, which would cover the state's costs of operating and securing the production center.

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5US OR: Oregon House Bill Would Tax Medical MarijuanaThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Har, Janie Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:03/12/2009

A Republican Lawmaker Offers Another Suggestion: Have State Grow It

SALEM -- Here's the latest money-raising proposal to come from lawmakers: a $98 tax on every ounce of medical marijuana sold.

Better yet, says Republican Rep. Ron Maurer, the state should grow the drug and dispense it to authorized users through pharmacies.

Radical? For sure. Even California, a state where dope dispensaries run rampant, doesn't have government workers growing pot.

Maurer knows exactly how outrageous his idea sounds. That's why the health care clinic owner from Grants Pass coaxed two Democrats and a fellow Republican to sponsor House Bill 3274 with him.

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6 CN BC: Support For Tighter SentencingWed, 11 Mar 2009
Source:Agassiz Harrison Observer (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/12/2009

A new poll shows B.C. residents strongly support a series of proposed justice reforms to curb gang activity and nearly two-thirds also back the legalization of marijuana.

Angus Reid Strategies surveyed Canadians across the country and found at least 95 per cent of the B.C. respondents back mandatory minimum sentences for serious drug crime like drive-by shootings and designating gang-related homicide first-degree murder.

Those proposed changes are being spearheaded by the federal Conservative government.

The B.C. government's call to loosen evidence disclosure laws to allow speedier prosecution of gangsters also got 86 per cent support in the province.

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7 CN BC: 'Never Too Late For Help'Wed, 11 Mar 2009
Source:Agassiz Harrison Observer (CN BC) Author:Vandepol, Michelle Area:British Columbia Lines:153 Added:03/12/2009

Local Cheam Band member Chemaine Douglas recently shared her story of drug addiction and the road to sobriety in a DVD commissioned by the Sto:lo Tribal Council and filmed by Bear Image Productions called Drugs Destruction. The video was shown at the late February conference on drugs, gangs, and organized crime at the Ramada Conference Centre in Abbotsford. In addition to Chemaine, it features three others interviewed - two of those are mothers of addicts and the other is a youth whose father is an addict.

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8 US: Choice Of Drug Czar Indicates Focus On Treatment, Not JailThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Johnson, Carrie Area:United States Lines:133 Added:03/12/2009

The White House yesterday said that it will push for treatment, rather than incarceration, of people arrested for drug-related crimes as it announced the nomination of Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske to oversee the nation's effort to control illegal drugs.

The choice of drug czar and the emphasis on alternative drug courts, announced by Vice President Biden, signal a sharp departure from Bush administration policies, gravitating away from cutting the supply of illicit drugs from foreign countries and toward curbing drug use in communities across the United States.

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9Mexico: Fears In U.S. Drug War Will Destabilize MexicoThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Lochhead, Carolyn Area:Mexico Lines:Excerpt Added:03/12/2009

WASHINGTON -- Concern about a potential failed state - not Pakistan, not Somalia, but California's neighbor Mexico - is mounting in Washington as an all-out war involving 45,000 Mexican military personnel fails to quell rising drug violence that is spilling from such Mexican cities as Tijuana into the United States. An estimated 6,290 drug-related murders occurred in Mexico last year, six times the standard definition of a civil war, said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a leading scholar on the issue at the Brookings Institution.

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