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1 Canada: Column: Ontario's Pot-Store Plan Is Legitimate A And PatheticTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Picard, Andre Area:Canada Lines:103 Added:09/14/2017

Ontario's puritanical plan to sell marijuana in sterile state-run stores would be laughable if it was not a striking reminder that a) with just nine months before legalization, there is still no comprehensive plan in place and; b) foot-dragging legislators seem to have lost sight of why cannabis needs to be legalized in the first place.

So here's a refresher: Prohibition does more harm than good; when you prosecute people for possessing a commonly used substance, you make a mockery of the law, you push otherwise law-abiding citizens to the black market, saddle people with criminal records for no good reason, waste the time and resources of police and the courts and forego tax revenue.

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2 US IL: Can Marijuana Rescue Coal Country?Sun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) Author:Ferguson, Mark Lynn Area:Illinois Lines:537 Added:08/13/2017

Johnsie Gooslin spent Jan. 16, 2015, tending his babies -- that's what he called his marijuana plants.

More than 70 of them were growing in a hydroponic system of his own design.

Sometimes, he'd stay in his barn for 16 hours straight, perfecting his technique.

That night, he left around 8 o'clock to head home. The moon was waning, down to a sliver, which left the sky as dark as the ridges that lined it. As he pulled away, the lights from his late-model Kia swept across his childhood hollow and his parents' trailer, which stood just up the road from the barn. He turned onto West Virginia Route 65. Crossing Mingo County, he passed the Delbarton Mine, where he had worked on and off for 14 years before his back gave out. Though Johnsie was built like a linebacker, falling once from a coal truck and twice from end loaders had taken a toll. At 36, his disks were a mess, and sciatica sometimes shot pain to his knees.

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3 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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4 CN BC: Canada's Dare AmbassadorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Len Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Timmins teen selected as the national rep for a you advisory board for D.A.R.E. in the U.S. . A young Timmins woman has been selected as the first ever Canadian to join the national youth advisory board for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the United States. Alexya Racicot, a 16-year-old student of Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault, will soon be travelling to Hawaii and also to Texas to help advise and shape D.A.R.E. programs in the future.

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5 CN BC: LTE: Drug Reactions Part Of ProblemFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC) Author:Lucky, Jerry Area:British Columbia Lines:72 Added:01/09/2017


Re: Delve deeper into drug issue, Dec. 28 editorial.

Quite frankly, I was appalled at the tone of your editorial, which I assume was written in reply to your paper's online survey results that showed an overwhelming response from your readers who wanted to see governments reduce spending to fight the current drug crisis.

Your passive-aggressive and condescending tone to somehow guilt the reader was, to be blunt, shameful. How dare you accuse us of lacking empathy or sympathy.

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6 US CT: OPED: Treat Heroin Crisis As An EpidemicSun, 03 Jul 2016
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Salcedo, Sylvester L. Area:Connecticut Lines:84 Added:07/03/2016

On June 20, The Day published a guest commentary by Jim Spellman of Groton, "Stopping heroin at the source," which contended that "two appropriate recommendations have been offered to counter the heroin crisis - treat it as an epidemic and counter it as a village."

Left unclear was who determined that these are the two appropriate recommendations in all of Connecticut.

But, on his first point, I will agree that the heroin crisis in our state should be treated as an epidemic.

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7 CN ON: Students Dare To Face Peer PressureWed, 13 Apr 2016
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:04/14/2016

Officer-Led Program Emphasizes Good Decision Making

Knowledge is power. and Emily Hind feels powerful after graduating from the North Bay Police Service's dare (drug abuse resistance education) program Tuesday morning.

Emily, 10, said she will use the knowledge she gained when facing peer pressure.

Emily, a Grade 5 student at J.W. Trusler, is one of about 25 who have spent the past 10 weeks learning about drugs and alcohol, the harmful effects of tobacco, the importance of making good choices and confident speaking.

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8 CN BC: From 'Yes 2 Know'Thu, 24 Mar 2016
Source:Alberni Valley News (CN BC) Author:Slepian, Katya Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:03/26/2016

RCMP Brings Drug Awareness to Students in the Valley

Port Alberni kids transitioning between elementary and high school will get a burst of drug awareness thanks to a new two-day program.

Yes 2 Know is a province-wide RCMP-led initiative that seeks to give youth the knowledge about how to say 'no to drugs' now.

The program goes beyond the DARE education that Grade 5 students receive.

The Port Alberni Yes 2 Know edition takes place from April 5-6 and is a partnership between the RCMP, the school district parent advisory council and sponsors like Valley Vision and Brent Manson's office.

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9 CN ON: Column: We Need To Find A New Way To Talk About DrugsFri, 29 Jan 2016
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Kraemer, Justine Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:02/03/2016

It seems like only yesterday Ontarians were faced with the news that, after many years, the sex education curriculum in public schools was getting a much needed revamp.

Imagine if you will, in an alternate reality, that this new curriculum contained a directive to teach students that masturbation led to blindness. In 2016, we would collectively consider this absurd. We would identify this as blatant attempt to frighten students from seeking out any sexual encounters in the vain hope that they will put any ideas of sex from their minds indefinitely.

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10 CN ON: Two Decades Of The DARE ProgramMon, 01 Feb 2016
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Moore, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:02/03/2016

It was a full-house at the Timmins Public Library on Saturday afternoon as 40 youngsters celebrated Daren the DARE Lion's 20th birthday.

The lion is the mascot for the Timmins Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which also marked 20 years of serving the community at the event on Jan. 30.

"Twenty years in anything is quite the achievement, so we're proud of that," said Const. Rick Lemieux, the Timmins Police DARE officer. "We had 40 spaces available, and 40 kids showed up, so it's a huge success; they're having a blast."

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11 CN AB: New Resource Officer For Coaldale SchoolsTue, 19 Jan 2016
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Ashbee, Stan Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:01/19/2016

Coaldale schools have a new RCMP School Resource Officer (SRO).

His name is Const. Doug Sokoloski and he's all geared up since the RCMP took over policing duties from the Lethbridge Police Service on Jan. 1.

Previously, Sokoloski was stationed in Pincher Creek for more than seven years. Part of his duties in the community was working within the M.D.

"I was a community policing officer. Part of that was school resource officer and traffic and public relations were the other few main components. I have done that, of course, at the normal detachment level when I was in Raymond/Magrath - schools were part of our mandate and in Fort McMurray, as well," said Sokoloski., who has been a member of the RCMP for more than 19 years.

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12 CN ON: Drug Use Prevention Program Is About KidsFri, 18 Dec 2015
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ibbotson, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:12/23/2015

An updated program of drug, mental health and social media awareness is being presented to children and youth in Brantford schools.

Part of a changeover that began in 2014 as a pilot project across city schools in both the public and separate boards resulted in an agency name change to TICK (Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids) from the former DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).

"The DARE program met the needs of our community for a long time," said TICK Inc. president Susan Reid.

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13 US WA: Column: Reefer Madness 2.0Wed, 09 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:119 Added:12/09/2015

The "Just Say No" campaign kept me off drugs.

NOT! Still, I appreciate Nancy Reagan for using ignorant scare tactics to at least try to keep kids like me away from the Devil's Lettuce. Drugs are for adults, and having a dialogue about that notion is important.

The conversation does not, however, require a sizzling egg to represent your brain on drugs.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education campaigns, aka DARE, were all the rage in the 1980s and '90s, sucking up hundreds of millions of tax dollars on TV spots, branded backpacks, stickers, and even cartoons featuring Daren the Lion. At its peak, the program was deployed in 75 percent of American schools, with police officers leading classroom discussions and assemblies that students absolutely loved-not because of the content, but because it got us out of math class.

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14 US CA: LTE: Prop. 47 Successful?Fri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Edwards, Lloyd Area:California Lines:40 Added:11/27/2015

If you claim success is reducing the jail population that is correct. We have long known that most crimes are drug related. Endangering lives by robbing people and stores at gunpoint, breaking into your home or car and taking your precious items to be sold for pennies on the dollar to finance their drug habit, all manner of violence with drug dealers on the streets, sex crimes like prostitution and credit card fraud, identity theft and gang violence are all related to drugs.

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15 US WA: Column: The Lone ReeferWed, 18 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:128 Added:11/19/2015

Our King County Sheriff is outspoken in his support for legalization.

The sky has not fallen because we have legalized marijuana in Washington. Is it going to work long-term? I don't know; we'll have to wait and see. But clearly, what we were doing before-the War on Drugs-did not work, so it was time to try something new. The citizens suggested legalizing marijuana-and I support it."

It's a reasonable-enough statement, but somewhat surprising in that it comes from our own King County Sheriff, John Urquhart. "I still think it was a good decision for the citizens of Washington," Urquhart told me in an interview last week. "The initiative [I-502] passed statewide with 56 percent supporting it, and 63 percent in King County, so that's clearly what the citizens wanted."

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16 CN NF: Keeping It RealSat, 07 Nov 2015
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF) Author:Crocker, Diane Area:Newfoundland Lines:116 Added:11/08/2015

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program Gives Kids the Tools to Make Healthy Decisions

Gone are the days of preaching to children not to do drugs.

Now when the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary presents the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to students, the idea is to give them the tools necessary to take control and make healthy decisions.

The key to doing that is keeping it real, said Const. Scott Mosher.

Mosher, the RNC's media relations and community liaison officer, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Corner Brook's weekly luncheon at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday.

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17 US OH: KASICH: Marijuana Legalization In Ohio Could Harm Drug AbuseSun, 01 Nov 2015
Source:Daily Record (Wooster, OH) Author:Kovac, Marc Area:Ohio Lines:74 Added:11/03/2015

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich said he has voted against state Issue 3 and voiced concern about the impact the marijuana legalization amendment could have on efforts to combat drug abuse.

"I just think it sends the wrong message," he said. "When you run around telling kids not to do drugs, young kids, and then they read that we might legalize marijuana, I just think it's a mixed message. It's not good."

Backers of Issue 3, however, said the proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana in Ohio would actually help the state in its efforts to counter opioid addiction.

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18 CN ON: DARE Campaign Offers Reason To SmileThu, 10 Sep 2015
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Hale, Alan S. Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:09/12/2015

Smiley-faced cookies are returning to local Tim Hortons coffee shops next week to help raise money for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.

It is a program which members of the Timmins Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police will once again be conducting with students in local schools starting next week.

The Smile Cookie campaign has been a fundraising initiative in Timmins since 2003, and in that time it has raised $160,000 for the DARE program. This year, local police officials are hoping to raise another $8,000 from cookie sales.

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19 US: Column: Truth For DARETue, 04 Aug 2015
Source:New York Post (NY) Author:Markowicz, Karol Area:United States Lines:101 Added:08/05/2015

Why Marijuana Decriminalization Is Inevitable

IT seems appropriate that an organization called DARE would do something bold. Grow and behold: Marijuana plants in Arlington, Wash., where recreational pot is legal.

That's what seemed to happen last week, when Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the wellknown anti-drug group - which has schoolchildren sign pledges to abstain from drugs and report on their parents if they see them engaging in drug use - seemingly did the unthinkable. It posted an op-ed calling for the legalization of marijuana.

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20 New Zealand: Column: Where Now With Drug LawsWed, 22 Jul 2015
Source:Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand) Author:Matthews, Philip Area:New Zealand Lines:288 Added:07/22/2015

Drug Laws Have Been Liberalised From Portland to Portugal. Why Is New Zealand Missing the (Magic) Bus? Philip Matthews Talks With Decriminalisation Advocate Ross Bell.

Drug law reform. Is there any better example of a heart versus head issue? Logic and rationality tells you that the system does not work, that drugs are a medical issue not a criminal one.

But your gut says lock all the junkies and potheads up.

It is Ross Bell's job to wrestle with these dilemmas. For 11 years he has been chief executive of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, a charitable trust charged with preventing and reducing harms caused by drug use.

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