The City Council will consider taking emergency steps today to stop
the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries and adult
businesses in the city.
The council will consider adopting urgency ordinances placing
moratoriums on both types of businesses.
The immediate ban on medical marijuana dispensaries is necessary in
light of recent changes to state and federal law that have created "a
dramatic increase in inquiries from individuals interested in opening
these types of businesses," according to a staff report on the subject.
The meeting, which will be held at 8838 E. Valley Blvd., is scheduled
to begin at 6p.m.
Up Here, As the Violence Grows, Bodies Pile Up
Same Drug War, New Border
The latest mayhem started at the end of March, when 21-year-old Sean
Murphy, a popular former high school hockey player, drove into a
withering blast of gunfire near Bateman Park. He was probably dead
before his car coasted to a stop in the weeds.
That same night, Ryan Richards, 19, abruptly left a friend's house
after getting a cellphone call. His body was found the next morning
behind a rural produce store. The stab wounds on his hands told the
tale of a furious fight for his life. The undertaker apologized to
his family for not being able to conceal them.
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Here is another dubious distinction for the Philippines: from 1998
to 2007, the country ranked fifth in the world in the amount of
shabu confiscated, according to the United Nations Office on Drug
and Crime. The UNODC, in its 2009 World Drug Report, noted that
in this area, the Philippines ranked only behind China and the
United States, which have considerably larger populations, and
Thailand and Taiwan.
The positive point here is that shabu, or methamphetamine
hydrochloride, is being seized by authorities. But this does not
dispel the fact that shabu is being manufactured in large quantities
in this country, which has become a major shabu exporter and
transshipment point for the international drug trafficking industry.
The UNODC report noted that Philippine-made shabu is shipped to
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US. "Manufacture often occurs
in industrial-sized laboratories operated by transnational organized
crime with most chemists being foreign nationals," the report said.
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David Goldman has a chronic headache, but help is on the way. A
driver arrives at his apartment and rings the doorbell, checks
Goldman's ID card, then hands over a small bag of marijuana.
"It's really nice to have the convenience of delivery," said Goldman,
a retired teacher who orders medicinal marijuana about once a week
from the Green Cross, a medical marijuana delivery service. "I trust
their product, and their prices are competitive."
As Californians consider legalizing marijuana, the Green Cross in San
Francisco is a signal of just how mainstream pot has become. In some
ways, the medical marijuana dispensary is just like any other retail
business: It takes credit cards; it's reviewed on Yelp; and it
promises delivery within an hour - there's even a $10 discount if the
pot is late.
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It's obvious that Justice Minister Alison Redford realizes the
solution to minimizing gang activity is having things be legal! Yet on
the other hand, she has convinced herself that one day there will not
be a demand for substances to abuse. She places the blame for gangs on
customer shoulders. It is not the intention for drug users to fuel
gangs and criminal activity as Redford insinuates. Prohibition is the
objective of the judicial system, and a byproduct of prohibition is
(Yep. Apparently she doesn't trust the public's judgment.)
Re: Justice Minister Alison Redford. There is a simple solution to the problem of
marijuana funding gangs. Make it legal! Perhaps Redford should shut her mouth for a
second and do a little research on the legalization of marijuana in the Netherlands and
its effects on usage, regulation and taxation. Or perhaps look at the surveys that say
the vast majority of Canadians support marijuana legalization. The last time I checked,
this is our country, isn't it? There is more to the marijuana question than the ancient,
Americanized and simply pathetic rhetoric than what Redford would pretend to have us
(Her perspectives should still come second to the public's.)
I want to thank Dave Breakenridge for his courage to write the June 29
column "Troubling talk about drug use." Politicians have no courage to
speak the truth about prohibition. They have no interest in what is
best for our communities, only what will get them elected. The public
needs to demand these spineless politicians read the government-funded
studies and speak the truth so we can get safer communities with less
gang-related violence. Cannabis consumers are peaceful people. We are
from all walks of life and contribute to our communities in a positive
way everyday. I have responsibly consumed cannabis for 38 years. I
have never been charged with any violent crime. Sadly, I was convicted
of possession of a small pipe with cannabis resin when I was 16 and
sentenced to 30 days in a adult prison. Despite this, I have always
had a job, raised a family, paid taxes and paid off a home mortgage
and contributed to my community in a peaceful, positive way all my
(We're glad to hear that, Keith.)
Re: "Helping addicts get clean in methadone clinics is tough at the
best of times but harder still with NIMBY backlash,"
(Michael Platt, June 29).
Think about it. Drug addicts wandering around a family neighbourhood
with little kids and old people? That is a recipe for disaster. And
when something happens, people will wring their hands and say nobody
could have seen this coming. How about a better idea? Waive the
rezoning fee. Leave the clinic where it was, as that was a pretty good
location for everyone.
(Leaving drug addicts untreated not in the interests of public
Forget the talk that might lump me in with the most hardcore of the
Forget trying to rationalize that the sole reason there is violence
around the drug trade is because drugs are illegal and the dealers are
competing for a market share.
Forget the argument alcohol was once the subject of violent organized
crime clashes, during a time when it was prohibited.
Legalize drugs? What have you been smoking?
Those arguments don't take well in Alberta.
Oh, and nix the line about marijuana being less harmful, and drug
users more apt to be a harm to themselves rather than to others.
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Since 1998, the Drug Czar Has Been Mandated to Lie to the American
People. So What Would a Fact-Based Drug Policy Look Like?
AMONG OUR LEADERS in Washington, who's been the biggest liar? There
are all too many contenders, yet one is so floridly surreal that he
deserves special attention. Nope, it's not Dick Cheney or Alberto
Gonzales or John Yoo. It's a trusted authority figure who's lied for
11 years now, no matter which party held sway. (Nope, it's not Alan
Greenspan.) This liar didn't end-run Congress, or bully it, or have
its surreptitious blessing at the time only to face its indignation
later. No, this liar was ordered by Congress to lie--as a prerequisite
for holding the job.
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