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1US CA: Marijuana Dispensaries, Adult Stores Face Rosemead BanMon, 29 Jun 2009
Source:San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2009

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.

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2 Canada: A Mexico Crackdown Puts the Squeeze on Cocaine DealersTue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Murphy, Kim Area:Canada Lines:250 Added:06/30/2009

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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3 Philippines: Editorial: 5th In The WorldMon, 29 Jun 2009
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines)          Area:Philippines Lines:52 Added:06/30/2009

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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4US CA: Medical Marijuana Moves MainstreamTue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Hull, Dana Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2009

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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5 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gangs Are A Byproduct Of ProhibitionTue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:McConnell, Tyson Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:06/30/2009

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 gangs.

Tyson McConnell

(Yep. Apparently she doesn't trust the public's judgment.)

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6 CN AB: PUB LTE: Make It Legal!Tue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Houtstra, James Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:06/30/2009

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 believe.

James Houtstra

(Her perspectives should still come second to the public's.)

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7 CN AB: PUB LTE: Politicians Ignore Drug TruthTue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Fagin, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:33 Added:06/30/2009

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 adult life.

Keith Fagin

(We're glad to hear that, Keith.)

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8 CN AB: LTE: Recipe For DisasterTue, 30 Jun 2009
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Mundrick, Donald Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:06/30/2009

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.

Donald Mundrick

(Leaving drug addicts untreated not in the interests of public safety.)

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9 CN AB: Column: Troubling Talk About Drug UseMon, 29 Jun 2009
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Breakenridge, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:96 Added:06/30/2009

Forget the talk that might lump me in with the most hardcore of the freedom fighters.

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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10 US: This Is Your War on DrugsWed, 01 Jul 2009
Source:Mother Jones (US) Author:Bauerlein, Monika Area:United States Lines:110 Added:06/30/2009

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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