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1 Mexico: State of WarWed, 01 Apr 2009
Source:Foreign Policy (US) Author:Quinones, Sam Area:Mexico Lines:257 Added:03/30/2009

Mexico's hillbilly drug smugglers have morphed into a raging insurgency. Violence claimed more lives there last year alone than all the Americans killed in the war in Iraq. And there's no end in sight.

What I remember most about my return to Mexico last year are the narcomantas. At least that's what everyone called them: "drug banners." Perhaps a dozen feet long and several feet high, they were hung in parks and plazas around Monterrey. Their messages were hand-painted in black block letters. They all said virtually the same thing, even misspelling the same name in the same way. Similar banners appeared in eight other Mexican cities that day--Aug. 26, 2008.

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2US CA: Optimism At Pot Co-OpMon, 30 Mar 2009
Source:Monterey County Herald (CA) Author:Mintz, Howard Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/30/2009

Amid Hints From Attorney General, Medical Marijuana Dispensor Hopes Federal Fight Near End

For at least the past six years, one of the fiercest struggles in the federal government's war with the states over medical marijuana has been waged from a nondescript Santa Cruz warehouse, tucked between an auto repair shop and an electrical contractor.

These days, there is unprecedented optimism inside that warehouse, where the feisty Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana appears to be on the brink of outlasting the feds and winning the most important legal fight still left in the courts over California's nearly 13-year-old voter approved medical pot law.

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3US CA: Santa Cruz Medical Pot Outfit On The Brink Of SurvivalMon, 30 Mar 2009
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Mintz, Howard Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/30/2009

For at least the past six years, one of the fiercest struggles in the federal government's war with the states over medical marijuana has been waged from a nondescript Santa Cruz warehouse, tucked between an auto repair shop and an electrical contractor.

These days, there is unprecedented optimism inside that warehouse, where the feisty Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana appears to be on the brink of outlasting the feds and winning the most important legal fight still left in the courts over California's nearly 13-year-old voter approved medical pot law.

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4 US CA: OPED: Time to Regulate MarijuanaThu, 26 Mar 2009
Source:San Francisco Bay Times (CA) Author:Mirken, Bruce Area:California Lines:89 Added:03/30/2009

What if there were an action the state of California could take that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to preserve vital state services without any tax increase? And what if that same measure could, without any new expense, help protect our endangered wilderness areas while making it harder for our kids to get drugs?

That is precisely what AB 390, just introduced by California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would do.

By taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to the way beer, wine and liquor are now regulated, Ammiano's measure would take California's largest cash crop - estimated to be worth about $14 billion in 2006 - - out of the criminal underground. By bringing a huge underground economy into the tax system, it would open up a major pool of new revenue without raising anyone's tax rates.

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5 CN ON: New Law TestedWed, 25 Mar 2009
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:03/30/2009

Court: Police Use Drug Recognition Officer

The first use of new law in Sarnia brought a driver suspected of being impaired by drugs before the courts Tuesday.

The 26-year-old man, who was involved in a collision Monday evening collision, was arrested after being examined by a newly-trained drug recognition officer.

"That's a first for the Sarnia Police Service, and perhaps a first for Lambton County and the area," said Sarnia police Const. Bill Baines. "There will be more."

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6 CN ON: Expulsion LiftedWed, 25 Mar 2009
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Isaacson, Fiona Area:Ontario Lines:136 Added:03/30/2009

Education: Teen Allowed to Return to Pcvs After Expulsion Over Off-School Marijuana Incident

A review board has quashed the expulsion of a 17-year-old Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School student, says the boy's mother.

Jean Grant said the three-member Child and Family Services Review Board issued its decision Monday.

The Child and Family Services Review Board is a tribunal that conducts reviews and hearings on matters affecting children and families in Ontario, such as school expulsions.

Grant was challenging the school's decision to expel her son Quin after an incident involving marijuana that took place off school property.

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7 CN NS: Pensioner Fined for Growing Pot in BackyardMon, 30 Mar 2009
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Ware, Beverley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:44 Added:03/30/2009

BRIDGEWATER - A Lunenburg County grandfather has been fined after police found marijuana plants growing in his tomato patch. Prosecutor Leigh-Ann Bryson said the RCMP got a warrant to search the Newburne Road property of Anthony Edwin Eisnor on Sept. 5.

When officers got there, they found 24 mature plants in his backyard and tomato patch.

Defence lawyer Tom Feindel said the 69-year-old pensioner suffers from a kidney disease called Bartter's syndrome, and the pot helps relieve the pain.

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