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
Fireworks were expected at Vancouver city hall yesterday as "Prince of
Pot" Marc Emery was forced to defend himself at a business licence
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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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
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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
# 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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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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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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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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PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Destroy opium plants, or U.S. soldiers will
continue to abuse heroin and terrorism will continue to thrive in
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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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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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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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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