Under A Plea Deal Marc Emery Is Bound To Serve Five Years Behind Bars
In The U.S.
Vancouver marijuana activist Marc Emery is taking his last puff of
freedom -- as the clock counts down on an extradition order that will
send him to a U.S. jail for five years.
Emery, founder of the B.C. Marijuana Party and publisher of Cannabis
Culture magazine, is currently out on bail waiting for Federal Justice
Minister and Attorney General Rob Nicholson to sign the extradition
order, which can be done any time after today.
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We all know Mike Holmes - the guy with biceps the size of tires, who
rights wrongs when it comes to home renovations. But at Marketplace,
we team up with Mike tonight to tackle a growing (no pun intended)
problem in Canada - homes that are used for marijuana grow-ops, then
sold to unsuspecting buyers.
The RCMP estimates there are thousands of houses being used for
grow-ops today, often in quiet, suburban neighbourhoods where you'd
least expect them. They're often quietly patched up - leaving new
homeowners stuck with mold, structural and electrical issues.
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Prohibition did not work with alcohol. It's not working with
The only fair solution is to treat marijuana abuse the same as alcohol
abuse. If a person is driving a car after excessive marijuana use, he
should be treated the same as a person disabled by excessive alcohol
use or abuse of any other mind altering substance.
I suspect that the pro-alcohol lobby is heavily involved in the fight
against the decriminalizing of marijuana. We could sure empty a lot of
jail cells if marijuana use was treated in the same way as alcohol
Government inaction in this matter is another example of the failure
of the best government that money can buy.
A Hawai'i County Council committee on Tuesday voted 7-2 against a
resolution asking the state Legislature to decriminalize marijuana,
the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
Councilman Kelly Greenwell, the measure's sponsor, and Emily Naeole
Beason voted for the resolution.
The Legislature cannot actually decriminalize marijuana, because the
drug is regulated by state and federal laws. But Greenwell said he
hoped an affirmative vote by the council would put pressure on the
Legislature to ease regulation of the drug.
The resolution now moves to the full council with a negative
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WAILUKU - Maui Economic Opportunity's Being Empowered and Safe
Together (BEST) community reintegration program is sponsoring a
community forum to share concerns on the effects of incarceration and
substance abuse on Maui families.
The forum will take place today, Thursday, Jan. 7, at Classrooms 1-2
of MEO's Weinberg Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku from 5
to 8:30 p.m.
The event's panel will be comprised of Rep. Mele Carroll, Danette
Kahele Arrojo, Lenny Hatori and Aunty Honey, whose daughter was sent
off island, and as a result, she is now caring for her
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HILO -- A Hawaii County Council committee has voted against a
resolution seeking to decriminalize marijuana despite a councilman's
threat to resign if his measure failed.
Councilman Kelly Greenwell decided Tuesday to stay even though only
one other colleague voted for the resolution that failed to gain the
support of seven others.
"I'm going to take back what I said about resigning from this council.
And the reason," he said, addressing supporters, "is because of you.
I'm not going to be a Sarah Palin. The hell with them who don't want
to vote this way. I'm going to stick with you guys, and we're going to
get this done."
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According to press reports, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was
furious over the death sentence given by Chinese courts to Akmal
Shaikh, a British national who was arrested with 4 kg of heroin in his
A few countries grant death sentence for drug offences. The execution
of Shaikh is in accordance with Chinese law so there is absolutely no
need for Brown to raise too much fuss over it.
I have seen what drugs can do to people, to families and to
communities and I strongly feel that the drug trade is one offence
that should carry a mandatory death sentence.
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China yesterday urged the United Kingdom to "properly settle"
differences that arose after the execution of a British drug
trafficker late last year, and "avoid impairment of bilateral relations".
Addressing the first regular press briefing of the new year, Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said: "The two countries may hold
different opinions on the issue, but we should follow the principle of
mutual respect, and refrain from damaging our relationship."
Jiang said that no one had the right to point a finger at the
judiciary, which she said was an independent authority whose
sovereignty should be respected.
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2009 IN REVIEW
The Media Awareness Project archived about 14,500 news clippings
during 2009. Here is our annual list of the ones most frequently
accessed by our users.
Making State First in Nation to Allow Judges to Waive Mandatory
Minimum Sentences in Drug-Free School Zones
By Daniela Perdomo
Why women have signed onto marijuana reform -- and why they could be
the movement's game-changers.
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By Gene Fellner
Regarding the Dec. 27 front-page article "Mexico questions its drug strategy":
The United States has survived the violence of its war on drugs, but
Mexico might not. This sad situation illustrates something that
nearly everyone except the folks in the U.S. government has known
since Prohibition turned our streets into battlegrounds: The
second-order effects of criminalizing drugs cause more harm than the
Gene Fellner, Derwood
Pubdate: Wed, 30 Dec 2009
2009 saw two letter writers achieve amazing numbers of published
letters. Russell Barth had 183 letters published. Robert Sharpe had
176 letters published. Since there may be letters from each which
were published but not newshawked to MAP we consider this
accomplishment a tie and recognize both of them as The 2009 Letter to
the Editor Writers of the Year.
Russell Barth writes to Canadian newspapers from his home in Nepean,
Ontario. Canada has less than an eighth the number of daily
newspapers as does the United States. MAP has archived a total of 678
of his published letters which you may read at
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Policy wonks and deficit hawks weren't the only ones paying attention
when President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated
Appropriations Act last week. HIV activists, public health experts
and communities of drug users celebrated--not for what's in the
appropriations bill, but for what's not in it: a ban on federal
funding for needle exchange programs, which has appeared in the
federal budget every year since 1988.
After two decades, this change is a historic achievement. Obama had
already missed one opportunity to lift the ban, neglecting to pull it
out of his budget in May. Still, that same month former Seattle chief
of police Gil Kerlikowske was sworn in as the director of national
drug control policy, calling for a new common-sense approach to drug
addiction. When the drug czar calls for an end to the war on drugs,
it's clearly the start of a new era.
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