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1US CO: Loveland Shop To Offer Medical PotFri, 10 Apr 2009
Source:Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) Author:Crowl, Douglas Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/11/2009

LOVELAND - Loveland's first medicinal marijuana dispensary will open this week - more than eight years after Colorado voters legalized the drug for such use.

Rich Present, 37, and Drew McNeil, 33, plan to open Nature's Medicine today at 843 Cleveland Ave.

Along with selling marijuana, Nature's Medicine will provide a variety of alternative health-related services, such as low-cost acupuncture and massage, meditation, and a variety of herbs and supplements.

The business will also contract out for more intensive home care; and in August, a certified nursing assistant will join the staff.

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2 Canada: This Was Somewhat More Than Trash TalkFri, 10 Apr 2009
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Tibbetts, Janice Area:Canada Lines:61 Added:04/11/2009

Supreme Court Upholds Warrant

When you put out the trash, don't expect a constitutional right to privacy of the contents.

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Thursday that police can sift through garbage if it has been set out at the edge of your property for municipal collection because "abandoned" goods do not trigger Charter of Rights protection.

The decision rejected Calgarian Russell Patrick's quest to overturn his drug conviction on grounds police violated his right against unreasonable search and seizure when they snatched rubbish, obtaining enough evidence to get a search warrant for his home and then charged him with trafficking ecstasy.

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3 US: Obama Taps Addiction Specialist for No. 2 Drug CzarSat, 11 Apr 2009
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL)          Area:United States Lines:84 Added:04/11/2009

PHILADELPHIA -- In another clear break from past policy, President Obama announced Friday that he intended to nominate as the nation's No. 2 drug czar a scientist often considered the No. 1 researcher on addiction and treatment.

A. Thomas McLellan, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist, will be charged with reducing demand for drugs, a part of the foreign-supply-and-domestic-demand equation that many policy experts say has been underemphasized for years.

"We're blown away. He understands," said Stephen J. Pasierb, president and chief executive of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, that addiction "is a parent, a family, a child issue."

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4 US CA: Despite Federal Ruling, Cities Still Prohibit MarijuanaFri, 10 Apr 2009
Source:Camarillo Acorn, The (CA) Author:Bertholdo, Stephanie Area:California Lines:134 Added:04/11/2009

Now that the discrepancy between federal and state medical marijuana laws has been resolved, cities throughout California are reexamining their stance on whether to allow local cannabis clubs permission to operate.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced March 18 that medical marijuana dispensaries permitted under state law would no longer be prosecuted, but according to a recent survey of mayors and other city officials, the cannabis clubs in Camarillo, Moorpark and the Conejo and Simi valleys are still not welcome.

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5 CN NT: Community Plans Strategy To Stop DrugsWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Slave River Journal (CN NT) Author:Stokell, Samantha Area:Northwest Territories Lines:77 Added:04/11/2009

Concerned citizens are rallying against drugs in their community by getting together and facing the issue head on.

Community members are forming a community drug strategy to deal with drugs in the area, after a week of drug awareness workshops in Fort Smith by Detective-retired Steve Walton. He assisted other grassroots efforts in Alberta and thinks this will help stop drugs in the community.

"A drug coalition is an effective step because criminals hate it. It causes them anxiety," he said. "The community becomes a hard target and they will move to a softer target. The impact is a positive step forward. The community is doing the right thing."

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6US CA: PUB LTE: Obama Is Right On Medical MarijuanaSat, 11 Apr 2009
Source:Times-Herald, The (Vallejo, CA) Author:Armentano, Paul Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/11/2009

President Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of "change." A few months into his presidency, it is clear that part of this "change" pertains to the way Washington governs U.S. marijuana policy.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently reaffirmed that he will not authorize federal justice resources to target or prosecute medical cannabis users or providers that are compliant with state law. Holder's statements clarify recent remarks he made when he said that the Justice Department would uphold President Obama's campaign pledge not to use the power of the federal government to circumvent state medical marijuana laws.

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7 US NY: Edu: PUB LTE: Government Pushes A Brainwashing Anti-Drug PolicySat, 11 Apr 2009
Source:Cornell Daily Sun, The (NY Edu) Author:White, Stan Area:New York Lines:44 Added:04/11/2009

To the Editor:

Re: "Relax, Mr. President, You're Falling Out of Touch," Opinion, April 3.

A sane argument to perpetuate prohibiting, persecuting and exterminating cannabis (marijuana) and hemp doesn't exist. Another reason to end cannabis prohibition that doesn't get mentioned is because it will lower deadly hard drug addiction rates.

DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) will have to stop brainwashing youth into believing lies, half-truths and propaganda concerning cannabis, which creates grave future problems.

How many citizens try cannabis and realize it's not nearly as harmful as taught in DARE-type government environments? Then they think other substances must not be so bad either, only to become addicted to deadly drugs. The old lessons make cannabis out to be among the worst substances in the world, even though it's less addictive than coffee.

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8 US WA: KITSAP Prosecutor Drops Medical Pot ChargesThu, 09 Apr 2009
Source:Port Orchard Independent (WA) Author:Bermant, Charlie Area:Washington Lines:114 Added:04/11/2009

The Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday afternoon it has dropped criminal charges against a local medical marijuana patient.

Olalla resident Glenn Musgrove, 56, was accused of unlawful use of a building for drug purposes. A WestNET report said that one of Musgrove's neighbors reported the marijuana grown for medicinal treatment was being sold for profit.

Musgrove's caregivers, David May and Jena Milo, were also facing prosecution.

All charges were dismissed.

"After looking over the case, we've decided we will not proceed," said Felony and Juvenile Division Chief Tim Drury. "We do not think we can convince a jury of his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

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9US CO: Marijuana Forum Set For CU Next WeekendFri, 10 Apr 2009
Source:Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) Author:Vaillancourt, Lance Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/11/2009

Pro-Pot Student Group Examines Issues Prior To 4/20 Celebration

BOULDER, Colo. -- A pro-pot student group at the University of Colorado has finalized preparations for a three-day symposium on all things marijuana-related that will precede the annual April 20 "4/20" campus smoke-out session.

Senior Alex Douglas, director of the CU Boulder chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML@CU, announced Thursday afternoon that the schedule for next weekend's event is set.

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10 US VA: Review: Behind Mexico's Drug TraffickingSat, 11 Apr 2009
Source:Virginia Gazette, The (Williamsburg, VA) Author:Westrate, David L. Area:Virginia Lines:97 Added:04/11/2009

Professor George W. Grayson's new book, "Mexico's Struggle With Drugs and Thugs," could not be more timely. It is a must read to understand what is going on in Mexico today.

We are bombarded with news stories of the unprecedented violence in Mexico, particularly in the northern border areas along the United States. The situation is commonly referred to as a war, and commentators speculate daily whether Mexico will deteriorate into a failed state, with unthinkable consequences for the United States.

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