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1 CN BC: Rule 1: Leave Your Weed At HomeWed, 20 May 2009
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Kieltyka, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:05/23/2009

MARC EMERY'S date at city hall turned into a standoff when police discovered a bag of bud in the unattended backpack of a documentary filmmaker.

Fireworks were expected at Vancouver city hall yesterday as "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery was forced to defend himself at a business licence panel.

But the real drama went down outside council chambers.

A tense standoff developed between a dozen Emery supporters and police scheduled to testify at the hearing after a big bag of weed was discovered in an unattended backpack.

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2 US OH: Edu: PUB LTE: Should Marijuana Be Legal?Wed, 20 May 2009
Source:Guardian (Wright State U, OH Edu) Author:Nye, Shawn A. Area:Ohio Lines:54 Added:05/23/2009

Although I do not know whether it is an intelligent decision or not to legalize marijuana, I do feel that the opinion to have marijuana remain illegal should not be justified on the basis that it is addictive or the effects that it has on any other aspect of the human body. I say this due to the fact that there are countless numbers of items on the market, to which the average American citizen consumes or uses, that also contribute to depression, anxiety, loss of motor skills, increased heart rate etc. We as human beings accept these effects because we are told by propaganda and the media that a particular item will cure a sickness, enhance sexual performance, increase physical endurance, allow you to be more socially accepted by your peers, and more, Or maybe it's just to relax after a hard days work.

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3 US AL: PUB LTE: Drug Dealing Claim Raises QuestionsWed, 20 May 2009
Source:Montgomery Advertiser (AL) Author:Nall, Loretta Area:Alabama Lines:40 Added:05/23/2009

In response to Rep. Alvin Holmes' claim that a drug dealer set up shop in the Statehouse and now has a claim on his life, I have four things to say.

# Who were the drugs being dealt to?

# In order to find out the answer to that, I say we drug-test all elected officials and state employees and find out. If I have to be drug-tested to work at Wal-Mart, and kids have to be drug tested to play in the band, then those elected to run government, control the checkbook of the entire state and be in a position of power, which they use to put other people in prison for using drugs, certainly should be drug-tested.

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4US NC: Column: Ethan Nadelmann on Arnold's Brave Call for a Pot DebateSat, 23 May 2009
Source:Asheville Citizen-Times (NC) Author:Steigerwald, Bill Area:North Carolina Lines:Excerpt Added:05/23/2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger proved last week (May 5) he's not a girly-man when it comes to the debate over whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed in California. Gov. Arnold called for a large-scale study of the consequences of legalizing pot for recreational use in California and suggested that the study might benefit from looking at the effects of drug legalization moves already made by European countries.

It's true that Schwarzenegger is a lame duck and that his politically daring call was driven largely by his bankrupt state's search for new sources of tax revenue.

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5US MN: Pawlenty Vetoes Medical Marijuana, Signs Legacy BillSat, 23 May 2009
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Kaszuba, Mike Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:05/23/2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed an emotionally charged proposal late Friday to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes, but signed into law a plan to disburse hundreds of millions of dollars from the Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesotans last year.

Four days after the Legislature ended with a stormy adjournment, the governor issued five vetoes Friday night on issues from election law to mortgage-foreclosure proceedings.

He also signed a bill late Thursday that allows police to pull over drivers solely because they or their passengers are not wearing seat belts. Currently, officers must spot another traffic offense before they can stop a vehicle and ticket someone for not being strapped in. The new law is effective June 9, and carries a $25 fine.

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6 CN BC: Medical Marijuana Issue DiscussedSat, 23 May 2009
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:05/23/2009

The issue of medical marijuana hits the airwaves Tuesday (May 26) on CHLY 101.7 FM radio.

The topic will be discussed on Pam Edgar's Living for the Health of It show from 2-4 p.m.

"Polls show the vast majority of Canadians are in favour of legal access to medical marijuana but most are not aware of the strength of the benefit to those who suffer from a variety of serious ailments," said Glenda Allard Barr, a former designated medical marijuana grower licensed by Health Canada and a guest on Tuesday's show.

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7 US FL: Former Drug Czar Sees Heroin Risk To SoldiersWed, 20 May 2009
Source:Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Author:Abramson, Andrew Area:Florida Lines:68 Added:05/23/2009

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Destroy opium plants, or U.S. soldiers will continue to abuse heroin and terrorism will continue to thrive in Afghanistan.

That's the message from former U.S. drug czar, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was Wednesday's keynote speaker at a conference for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers at PGA National Resort.

McCaffrey, a retired four-star general who served as the nation's drug czar under President Clinton, believes that drug abuse among soldiers has doubled in the last four years.

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8 US RI: Marijuana Dispensaries Pass HouseWed, 20 May 2009
Source:Call, The (Woonsocket, RI) Author:Baron, Jim Area:Rhode Island Lines:110 Added:05/23/2009

PROVIDENCE - Following the lead of the Senate, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved by a lopsided majority a bill approving the establishment of a non-profit "compassion center" to distribute medical marijuana to authorized patients.

After just over 10 minutes of debate the House voted 63-5 to pass the bill introduced by Providence Rep. Thomas Slater. A companion bill passed in the Senate last month on a 35-2 vote.

Before the measure can become law, the House must pass the Senate version of the bill and/or the Senate must pass the House version of the bill and send it to Gov. Donald Carcieri who, according to his spokeswoman, is "expected to veto it."

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9 CN NF: Column: Retired From The Ring, But Still FightingSat, 23 May 2009
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Johansen, Michael Area:Newfoundland Lines:96 Added:05/23/2009

George Chuvalo is 71 years old, but he looks like he could still defend his title as Canadian heavyweight champion.

The retired boxer is short and stocky, but so muscular, with forearms as thick as many a thigh, that even a tall, strong man might feel weak beside this son of Croatian immigrants who was born and raised in west Toronto - the rough end of town.

Chuvalo, who says (only half-joking) that he became a professional boxer even before he was a teenager, was never knocked out in his long career and had been a contender for the highest boxing championships in the world. He has stood in the ring against men like Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, giving them all what were likely the hardest fights of their lives.

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10 CN BC: Column: A Creative Solution To Drug WarFri, 22 May 2009
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Langmann, Kurt Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:05/23/2009

A recent opinion poll shows that the Metro Vancouver public is generally supportive of a series of proposed justice reforms to curb gang activity and that "nearly two-thirds also back the legalization of marijuana" as a means of taking the profit out of the drug trade that fuels much of the recent gangland shootings.

While there is a good argument in favour of these measures it should be noted that none of them are a panacea to the crime wave that's plaguing the region.

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