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
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
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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
Sometimes, he'd stay in his barn for 16 hours straight, perfecting his
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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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
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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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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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
Previously, Sokoloski was stationed in Pincher Creek for more than
seven years. Part of his duties in the community was working within
"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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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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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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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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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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Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program Gives Kids the Tools to Make
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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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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Smiley-faced cookies are returning to local Tim Hortons coffee shops
next week to help raise money for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
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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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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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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