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1 CN AB: Crews May Get Power To Raze Drug HousesWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:04/09/2009

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."


2 CN PI: Too Soon To Tell If There'll Be New Youth Drug FacilityWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Mayne, Lori A. Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:60 Added:04/09/2009

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 day-treatment program.

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3 US GA: New 'Georgia Meth Project' Steps Up Anti-Drug PushWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Flagpole (GA) Author:Huie, John Area:Georgia Lines:89 Added:04/09/2009

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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4 US GA: Edu: NORML Official Contests UGA Stance On Bulldog LogoWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Red and Black, The (U of Georgia, GA Edu) Author:O'Neil, Carey Area:Georgia Lines:67 Added:04/09/2009

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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5 US CA: PUB LTE: Growing ConcernsThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcatia, CA) Author:Cherry, Robert Area:California Lines:39 Added:04/09/2009


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 dangerous situation.

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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6 US CA: PUB LTE: Growing ConcernsThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Siegfried, Rick Area:California Lines:45 Added:04/09/2009


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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7 CN BC: Prince Of Pot Marc Emery Vows To Defend His HeadquartersThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Pablo, Carlito Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:04/09/2009

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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8 Canada: PUB LTE: No Profit, No Turf WarsThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Edwards, Carol Area:Canada Lines:25 Added:04/09/2009

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.

Carol Edwards


9 CN AB: Column: Knock, Knock, Sniff, SniffThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:See Magazine (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Anderson, D. James Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:04/09/2009

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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10 CN AB: Column: A New Provincial Law Giving Sheriffs TheThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Hanon, Andrew Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:04/09/2009

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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11 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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12 US PA: Edu: PUB LTE: Cannabis BiblicallyTue, 07 Apr 2009
Source:Quad, The (West Chester U, PA Edu) Author:White, Stan Area:Pennsylvania Lines:33 Added:04/09/2009

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.

Stan White


13US CA: PUB LTE: Missing The PointMon, 06 Apr 2009
Source:Times-Herald, The (Vallejo, CA) Author:McCoy, Michael J. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/09/2009

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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14 CN BC: PUB LTE: Keeping Bongs Hidden Is Ok But Banning Them Is WrongTue, 07 Apr 2009
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC) Author:Barth, Russell Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:04/09/2009

The Editor,

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 program.

But then, discrimination against medical pot users seems to be the standard in this country, not the exception.

Russell Barth

Nepean, Ont.


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