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1 CN MB: Pot Proponents Come Out In Full ForceTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kirbyson, Geoff Area:Manitoba Lines:75 Added:04/22/2009

Thousands Light Up For 4/20 Event

At first whiff, Bob Marley would have been pleased.

The late reggae singer and arguably the world's most famous smoker of marijuana would have felt right at home among the estimated 3,000 who congregated on the lawns of the Legislative Building on Monday afternoon to mark 4/20 -- a worldwide celebration of pot and a protest against anti-marijuana laws.

But the legendary Rastafarian, who regularly sang about the benefits of marijuana, would no doubt have been disheartened by the large number in the crowd who saw 4/20 as nothing more than a day to get stoned in public and not get in trouble rather than an opportunity to convince governments to legalize -- or at least decriminalize -- the popular drug.

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2 CN MB: PUB LTE: Stop Subsidizing GangstersTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Manitoba Lines:34 Added:04/22/2009

The whole issue of marijuana legalization demonstrates the insanity and hypocrisy inherent in our society.

These 4/20 people are asking that a herb with dozens of medical applications be legalized and regulated into the legitimate economy - -- not just so they can enjoy it, but also so it will reduce the profits reaped by gangsters due to the prohibition on it, and reduce the public violence and soaring costs associated with it. These "potheads" want something that is unregulated and subsidizing gangsters to be regulated and taxed.

Yet the potheads get labelled as the crazy ones.

(Another sin tax, just what we need.)

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3 CN MB: Head Shop's Grand Opening PopularTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Sanders, Carol Area:Manitoba Lines:63 Added:04/22/2009

THE official grand opening of a head shop near a high school was a tempest in a weed pot.

"T-shirts and posters are our biggest sellers," said Lara Edwards-VanMuijen behind the counter of LaMota on Portage Avenue, kitty-corner from St. James Collegiate. The shop has been open for two months, selling marijuana pipes and other pot-related paraphernalia.

"Business has been good," said Edwards-VanMuijen. The owner of the store, Alejandro Chung, was unavailable for comment.

LaMota was packed at 1 p.m. Monday for its official grand opening on 4/20 -- the 20th day of the fourth month and the traditional rallying day for marijuana proponents.

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4 CN MB: Editorial: Hiding 'Head Shop' PointlessTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Turenne, Paul Area:Manitoba Lines:68 Added:04/22/2009

The St. James-Assiniboia school board thinks locating a head shop close to a St. James Collegiate will encourage more high school students to smoke pot.

Truth be told, the board might be right, but putting any effort into restricting where such shops can set up is a waste of time.

High school students are going to smoke pot whether they have to go to the nearby head shop to buy pipes and bongs, or whether they have to go to the head shop across town.

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5 CN MB: Potheads Light Up - Dim View Taken Of ShopTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Turenne, Paul Area:Manitoba Lines:66 Added:04/21/2009

As pot smokers celebrated their unofficial annual 4:20 holiday outside the Manitoba Legislature and elsewhere yesterday, a new St. James head shop was holding its grand opening -- much to the chagrin of the area's school board chair.

A store called La Mota, which is Spanish slang for marijuana, officially opened its doors yesterday at 1859 Portage Ave., a stoner's throw from St. James Collegiate.

Head shops like La Mota typically sell smoking implements like pipes, bongs and rolling papers, as well as counterculture books, posters, clothing and other goods.

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6 CN MB: LTE: Mixed Messages On PotThu, 16 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Wiebe, Floyd Area:Manitoba Lines:26 Added:04/17/2009

Selling pot is illegal. Selling pot paraphernalia is legal. To kids especially, that is a mixed and dangerous message. Every year, we raise over $50,000 to help kids teach each other about drug awareness. When these kids leave their school, they invariably pass by one of these stores. They now have a mixed message. "After all, a store can sell me a bong!" It may be legal, but is it right? When does "right" finally win?

Floyd Wiebe

TJ's Gift Foundation

Winnipeg

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7 CN MB: LTE: Pricky PotheadsThu, 16 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Taylor-Young, David Area:Manitoba Lines:40 Added:04/17/2009

It sure doesn't take long for the potheads to complain when anyone criticizes their beloved weed. Well, let me inject some reality into the debate.

After working in high schools for over 20 years, I can state without hesitation that students who are daily, chronic smokers of pot almost always begin a pattern of non-attendance as their use progresses, show a steady decline in their marks over a full range of subjects and usually end up dropping out of school altogether.

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8 CN MB: PUB LTE: Strip Searches For Kids?Thu, 16 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Manitoba Lines:32 Added:04/17/2009

Re: Flin Flon trustees consider drug tests (April 14). Why not do strip searches and drug test every kid every morning before school? "Pee in the cup, junior, or you don't get to learn anything today." It will create jobs, but better yet, it will stifle any ideas the kids might have about privacy and fairness.

These in-school drugs tests will do little to curb drug use, but then, that isn't the point. The point of this kind of testing is to scare kids into obedience and compliance, and accustom the next generations to an ongoing and ever-present police presence in daily life. By the year 2030, people will accept the government's ownership of their bodies and minds, and the very notion of privacy will be a thing of the past. Orwellian police states don't pop up overnight, they creep in slowly.

Russell Barth

Nepean, Ont.

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9 CN MB: Flin Flon Trustees Consider Drug TestsTue, 14 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:51 Added:04/15/2009

Flin Flon school trustees could decide tonight whether to launch Manitoba's first in-school alcohol and drug testing for students.

Whether the testing is legal, how accurate the tests are, how great a need there is for testing, and who'll conduct and analyse the tests - -- are issues that are still uncertain, Flin Flon school board chair Trish Sattelberger acknowledged Monday.

"We haven't implemented any program -- it's in the draft stage," Sattelberger said. "It's hard to say when it could be implemented. It would be a division-wide thing, it wouldn't just necessarily be the high school."

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10 CN MB: Pot-Paraphernalia Shop Alarms School TrusteesTue, 14 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:92 Added:04/14/2009

Want City Council To Take Action

A drug paraphernalia shop about to open a block away from St. James Collegiate and George Waters Middle School has school trustees imploring city council to keep drug-related businesses away from schools.

St. James-Assiniboia School Division has asked city council to review its bylaws and regulations "to prevent drug paraphernalia businesses from establishing in proximity to schools."

The business will open next week on Portage Avenue just east of Ferry Road.

"We were voicing a concern about it being so close to a school," said superintendent Ron Weston.

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11 CN MB: PUB LTE: Legal Pot Is The AnswerWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Manitoba Lines:28 Added:04/09/2009

RE: Canada's forgotten war on drugs (April 6).

The U.S. and its psychotic laws against marijuana are what is causing all of this misery around the world. The rest of the world needs to tell these pushy bullies to grow up and legalize pot so that people can grow their own. Then the demand for Canadian and Mexican pot would disappear, along with the crime and violence associated with it.

But the U.S. doesn't want to end the war on plants because it keeps their privately owned jails full to the brim. It is all a scam.

Russell Barth

Nepean, Ont.

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12 CN MB: Pot Crusader May Avoid Jail SentenceThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:McIntyre, Mike Area:Manitoba Lines:65 Added:04/09/2009

Manitoba justice officials are not seeking a jail sentence against a medical marijuana crusader found guilty of trafficking pot to several clients across Canada.

Grant Krieger feared he would die behind bars after jurors found him guilty during his high-profile Queen's Bench trial last fall. But the Calgary resident returned to Winnipeg for sentencing Wednesday and learned the Crown agrees he can remain free in the community under a conditional sentence. The judge has reserved her decision until next month.

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13 CN MB: Manitoba Won't Seek Jail Term For Pot CrusaderThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:38 Added:04/09/2009

Manitoba justice officials are not seeking a jail sentence against a medical-marijuana crusader found guilty of trafficking pot to clients across Canada.

Grant Krieger said he feared he would die behind bars after jurors found him guilty during his high-profile Queen's Bench trial last fall. But the Calgary resident returned to Winnipeg for sentencing Wednesday, and learned the Crown agrees he can remain free in the community under a conditional sentence.

The judge has reserved her decision until next month.

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14 CN MB: OPED: Canada's Forgotten War on DrugsMon, 06 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Ford, Tom Area:Manitoba Lines:101 Added:04/08/2009

YUCATAN, Mexico -- The Canadian guy at the swim-up bar seemed ready to fall off his stool and float away.

In an effort to help him focus, I asked him about Canada's involvement in Mexico's brutal drug war.

"What involvement?" he said.

And that's the problem. A lot of Canadians don't know about our stake in Mexico's war against drug lords, which now has a higher death rate than the war in Iraq.

The war's statistics are staggering: More than 7,000 people killed this year and last; 50,000 Mexican troops and federal police battling five big drug cartels armed with rocket-launchers, machine guns, grenades and armour-piercing sniper rifles over a drug trade valued at $50 billion a year.

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15 CN MB: PUB LTE: Minimum Sentences WrongMon, 06 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Myk, Allan Area:Manitoba Lines:38 Added:04/06/2009

I would like to express my opposition to the bill requiring mandatory minimum sentences, especially in regards to the cultivation of marijuana. In light of the fact that a Senate committee report on marijuana found that marijuana is relatively harmless to society especially when compared to alcohol and other drugs. I ask that Canada decriminalize its use and production, in small amounts for personal use.

Let me make it clear that I do not want to see my fellow citizens serving six months in prison for growing a plant. It is clear to me and many other citizens that the marijuana issue is, and always has been, a victim of politics, and not reason or scientific principle. While I do not claim that using marijuana is particularly beneficial to all people, it is certainly less harmful than most other drugs including tobacco and alcohol, and less addictive as well.

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16 CN MB: Editorial: Drug Traffickers Pose Threat To North American StabilityMon, 30 Mar 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:58 Added:03/31/2009

To many people, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was simply stating the obvious when she acknowledged last week that American demand for illegal drugs has fortified Mexican narco-mafias and fuelled that country's drug violence. But Mexico had not heard such a high-level U.S. official accept shared responsibility for generating and solving the drug wars, and the positive reviews Clinton has been getting remind us that a little mea culpa goes a long way.

The day before she arrived in Mexico City, on her first visit as secretary of state, the Obama administration promised to address the problem of southbound weapons trafficking and money laundering. Clinton also sought to quell fury over recent U.S. intelligence assessments that Mexico risks becoming a "failed state" along with other countries riven by violence, such as Pakistan. President Felipe Calderon had grown accustomed to unqualified praise from the former administration of George W. Bush, which sought to bolster the remaining right-of-centre governments in Latin America, and was blindsided by the sudden talk of no-go areas in Mexico coming from U.S. military and law enforcement quarters. In a joint meeting with Clinton, Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa pointedly noted that there are many places in both countries where the two women wouldn't venture.

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17 CN MB: Cops Face Obstruction ChargesFri, 20 Mar 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:McIntyre, Mike Area:Manitoba Lines:98 Added:03/21/2009

Case Stayed After Two Accused Of Fabricating Evidence In Drug Case

At first glance, it must have looked like an open-and-shut case -- a Winnipeg man apparently caught red-handed with a stash of cocaine and cash.

But now it is the arresting officers, not the suspected drug dealer, who are before the courts facing serious criminal allegations.

The Crown attorney stayed charges of trafficking and proceeds of crime against the 20-year-old accused based on information that surfaced at his preliminary hearing last fall, according to court documents. That surprise development triggered an internal Winnipeg police investigation that ended this week with the arrests of the two officers who arrested the young man in May 2008 following a search of an inner-city home.

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18 CN MB: Editorial: Addicted To FailureWed, 18 Mar 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:58 Added:03/18/2009

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is meeting in Vienna this week, seeking a new course for the international war on drugs. A strategy session was held last week and will continue at lower levels until the end of this week as envoys try to work out a document that would replace a 10-year program adopted in 1988 aiming at eradicating all illegal drugs, from marijuana to heroin, under the slogan "A Drug-Free World -- We Can Do It."

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19 CN MB: Column: Time To Upset Drug Lords' Billlion-Dollar AppleSun, 15 Mar 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Marshall, Robert Area:Manitoba Lines:102 Added:03/15/2009

President Barack Obama's youthful drug use, including cocaine, seems to have had little effect on the support he enjoys while leading the free world through the most troubling times in recent history.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has not been as fortunate. The now-famous photo of Phelps smoking from a bong ended with a contract termination and his picture being yanked off the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box.

With such confusing messages is it any wonder that there is little consensus among stakeholders in the war on drugs?

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20 CN MB: OPED: The Denial GameWed, 11 Mar 2009
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Sutherland, Mike Area:Manitoba Lines:93 Added:03/11/2009

Violent crime is going up and more people severely beaten

So we're No. 2.

Frankly I'm a little surprised we aren't No. 1, and I'm not talking Slurpee capital either.

In a recent article Maclean's magazine, it listed Winnipeg as the second most dangerous municipality in the country.

Of course some say the stats are misleading, or out of date, but if Maclean's had said we were the second safest place in the nation, I'm sure those critical of the article wouldn't be so hung up on slamming the stats.

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