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.
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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Grants Pass Lawmaker Says Medical-Marijauna Program Is In 'Shambles'
A bill introduced in Salem Wednesday would put the state in the
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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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