Calgary Herald City Hall - City council will look at bylaw changes so
the fire department has the authority to demolish abandoned drug houses.
"We're still not getting ahead of the problem," said Ald. Diane
Colley-Urquhart, who brought the motion forward.
The proposed changes would give the fire department the authority to
repair or demolish houses that harboured marijuana grow ops or drug
labs and now pose a safety risk.
There are 150 abandoned houses in the city, Colley-Urquhart said, of
which about 100 used to be "drug factories."
Erika Hargesheimer, general manager of Community and Protective
Services, said while the city has options under its community
standards bylaw and the Alberta Building Code, "there are examples
where we're not able to deal with the problem using the existing legislation."
Will P.E.I. get a long-term residential treatment facility for young
people struggling with addiction?
The Island's youth substance use and addiction project co-ordinator
says it's too soon to say.
"We are not able to answer that... because we need better programming
in the province to indicate that need," said Rod Stanley.
Government identified two main priorities for its youth addiction
strategy with input from public consultations, an advisory committee
and several working groups.
Stanley explained two main gaps were found: the need to beef up
prevention, education and early intervention in communities and a
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New "Georgia Meth Project" Steps Up Anti-Drug Push
While many people can use alcohol or other drugs - legal or illegal -
without risking job, jail or social isolation, that's not so for
everyone, says Sandra Conton, drug counseling coordinator for
Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, which contracts with the state's
Department of Human Resources and other agencies to provide local
drug counseling. For others, drug use becomes a way of avoiding
personal problems that eventually catch up with the user, she says.
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The University said in a hearing Tuesday that UGA's chapter of the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws violated
University copyright with a logo, but NORML's president said the logo
was protected as intellectual property.
The logo in question, a cartoon bulldog smoking while studying
underneath an arch, appeared on 50 shirts and NORML's Web site.
Megan Janasiewicz, program adviser of the Center for Student
Organizations, said student organizations must receive approval to
use the University's copyright.
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I enjoyed Ryan Burns' article "When Weed is Legal" (April 2) and I
don't have a problem with marijuana. In fact, I feel the government's
efforts to protect me has actually placed my family in a more
My concern is that J. D. wired 9,000 watts of lighting by himself. He
admits that his wiring experience comes from only four hours of
Internet reading and he can't fathom how so many growers burn their
houses down. I'm sure if I spent four hours on the Internet studying
how to grow marijuana, I could probably grow some plants but I
certainly would not be an expert. The same is true with J.D. trying
to wire a vital circuit. The main difference is that J.D.'s actions
could be detrimental to others. What about his fiancee and two dogs?
Or the innocent neighbors next door? Or the fireman who is injured -
or worse, loses his life - trying to save your house?
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Prop. 215 vague and confusing? Really? It is written in plain English
(not bullshit legalese) so anyone who speaks English can understand
it. A person needs a doctor's recommendation (a prescription is not
specified, so a verbal recommendation will do). Limits to the amounts
a patient needs were not included because the authors recognized that
different conditions and physiologies would require differing amounts
of medication. Laws relating to marijuana possession, use and
cultivation would not apply to medical cannabis users. Doctors would
not be liable to punishment for prescribing pot. What is confusing or vague?
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Vancouver's so-called Prince of Pot is vowing that he won't be smoked
out of his downtown stronghold.
Marc Emery, leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party, will know after a
hearing tonight (April 9) if city hall will issue licences or shut
down his businesses on West Hastings Street.
"We're still going to litigate to stay there," Emery told the
Straight. "We're not leaving."
A three-storey building at 307 West Hastings Street houses the
world-famous Cannabis Culture Headquarters, a retail store selling
pipes and bongs, shirts, books, and assorted items, as well as the
offices of Cannabis Culture magazine and Pot TV. Across the street is
a convenience store Emery opened last year.
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West Vancouver -- You say in your editorial One Metropolis, One
Police Force (April 7) that there "is no immediate solution" to gang
violence and their turf wars over the drug trade.
Legalizing drugs, making them a medical issue rather than a criminal
one, would largely terminate gang activity in the Lower Mainland by
cutting off the supply of money.
Perhaps it's time to repeat history, instead of ignoring it, and
learn a lesson from what happened when Prohibition ended in the U.S.
If the police are at your door, does a suspicious marijuana smell
give them the right to enter?
Editor's note: This is a guest column on privacy issues by local
lawyer D. James Anderson. This week he tackles police searches. Next
week, he'll look at who can let the police into your home or room.
Back in 1992, Crime Stoppers received a tip about a house that reeked
of pot when the front door was opened. The RCMP tried to gather
enough information using conventional and legal means to obtain a
search warrant. They failed. Doubtlessly frustrated, two RCMP
officers decided to knock on the front door to check for a
questionable contraband smell. Sure enough, when the door opened, the
aroma of growing weed blossomed around them. I don't know if they
smiled, but like to imagine they did.
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The sign in front of the home said it all: "This is NOT the crackhouse."
Neil LeMay shakes his head when he thinks about it.
"They were sick of people knocking on their door at 4 a.m. looking to
buy drugs," explains the superintendent of the provincial sheriffs
protection and investigation services.
The crackhouse was a few doors down, but drug-addled customers kept
mixing up the addresses.
To LeMay, the sign was a perfect example of how so-called drug houses
can destroy neighbourhoods and make life miserable for anyone
unfortunate enough to live near them.
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Manitoba justice officials are not seeking a jail sentence against a
medical-marijuana crusader found guilty of trafficking pot to clients
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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To the Editor,
Not only is cannabis (marijuana) able to help humans medically
(Pennsylvania Ponders Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Mar. 30, 2009), it
was created to do so from the beginning. Many people know of cannabis
as the Biblical tree of life and the very last page of the Bible tells
us the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.
Ending the luciferous practice of caging sick humans for using
cannabis is Biblically correct since Christ God Our Father, The
Ecologician indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants, saying
they are all good, on literally the very first page. The only Biblical
restriction placed on cannabis is that it is to be accepted with
thankfulness (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5). And "But whoever has the world's
goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him,
how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 John 3:17). Jesus Christ
risked jail to heal the sick.
In response to my letter, Ray Hagler ("Legalize marijuana? That's a
disastrous idea," March 14) misses the primary point, which is: The
war on drugs isn't working. Prohibition doesn't work. Never has, never
will. Only a small percentage of the total produced is confiscated at
a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Mr. Hagler's response was the typical, knee-jerk reaction to the
suggestion of legalization. His plaintive cry of "zombies in the
streets" is just so much hyperbole. And as for not knowing the harmful
effects of marijuana, of course we do -- it's been studied for
decades. It causes damage to the respiratory system. So does
breathing, for goodness' sake. If you want to get behind prohibiting
something really bad for us jump on the tobacco bandwagon.
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Re: "City wants bongs out of shop windows," the Now, March 31.
As a federally licensed medical marijuana user who is also married to
one, I would say that asking shops to keep bongs and pipes out of
plain view and away from kids, is commendable and reasonable.
But banning the devices is unconscionable because they are medical
assistive devices, not only for the licensed medical users like my
wife and I, but for the thousands of medical users who can't get a
licence because of the onerous and dysfunctional Health Canada licence
But then, discrimination against medical pot users seems to be the
standard in this country, not the exception.