Pot activist Marc Emery said he'll no longer fight his looming
extradition to the United States where he faces drug charges and will
instead focus on cutting a deal with prosecutors.
"My lawyers put it to me bluntly," Emery said on Thursday. "Canada
has never not accepted an extradition request from the U.S. and the
Conservative government hates you."
He now plans to plead guilty to one charge of drug distribution if
two more serious charges are dropped. His lawyers are asking for a
jail sentence of five years while American prosecutors are asking for eight.
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2010 Torch Reminds Many Of Marijuana Joint
All hail - or inhale - the 2010 Olympic Torch.
Or, as it's jokingly known around Vancouver, the Olympic Toke.
Composed of stainless steel, aluminum and sheet moulding, the torch
was designed to invoke snow, ice, skiing and skating, but to many,
the metre-length white torch looks suspiciously like a marijuana
joint, especially when lit.
That the torch bears a resemblance to Vancouver's biggest cash crop
was evident right away to Jodie Emery, editor of Cannabis Culture magazine.
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Hearing On Prince Of Pot's Business Operations Delayed
Pot activist Marc Emery will have to wait nearly two months to learn
if he can keep open his three businesses on West Hastings Street.
Barbara Windsor, the city's chief licence inspector, said Emery's
company, Avalon Sunsplash Limited, should not have its business
licence renewed due to his 2004 conviction for drug trafficking and
police reports of open drug use on the premises.
Windsor said the 420 Convenience Store, the Cannabis Culture Magazine
and Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters had a "significant
number of city bylaw breaches" since 2001.
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Scoring street drugs is often the easier alternative to pain relief
than acquiring prescription medication, according to a report based
on a group of female users in the Downtown Eastside.
A two-year study conducted by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug
Users Care Team found that 70 per cent of women requesting health
services were stigmatized by the health-care system.
"It's easier to get drugs on the street than drugs from a doctor,"
said Dr. Amy Salmon, principal investigator from the Women's Health
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Thousands Light Up Joints To Celebrate Cannabis Culture At 4/20 Event
A crowd of more than 5,000 people lit joints and got high outside the
Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday to celebrate 4/20, the annual
cannabis culture gala.
The impenetrable mass of people at the event counted down to 4:20
p.m., and then proceeded to spark up joints, pipes and bongs. The sky
filled with a massive plume of smoke.
From teenagers to the middle-aged, the festivity attracted a wide
demographic of pot smokers.
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Mine Salkin Smoking marijuana may be a criminal offence, but
Vancouver police won't be looking to make arrests at a pro-pot rally
on Monday that is expected to attract thousands of people.
Const. Jana McGuinness said officers will be present at the event,
which takes place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery every April 20.
"As long as there isn't a public safety issue, where things would
move into the streets, then the event will be able to continue," she said.
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The "Prince of Pot" believes that Vancouver is using the upcoming
Olympics as a last-ditch effort to boot him out of town.
Marc Emery, outspoken pot activist and leader of the B.C. Marijuana
Party, has never needed a business licence for his various Hastings
Street stores because they operated under the umbrella of his political party.
With the Games approaching, however, he feels Vancouver police are
nagging city hall to turn up the heat and close the businesses: the
420 Convenience Store, the Cannabis Culture store and Cannabis
Culture magazine's administrative office.
"This is the last great chance for the Conservative government to get
rid of us," he said yesterday, adding that he has complied with every
government, health and safety order to date.
Dozens of large bags filled with pot and mushrooms were displayed by
North Vancouver police yesterday after busting a dial-a-dope operation
on a tip from Crimestoppers.
The sophisticated ring called itself a compassionate association that
provided - at a cost - drugs to sick people. It had more than 1,000
clients, for whom it provided menus and even issued receipts.
RCMP Cpl. Marlene Morton said yesterday that so-called compassion
clubs are illegal in Canada and that there are legal ways to obtain
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B.C. drivers are more likely to be under the influence of drugs than
of alcohol, a new survey suggested yesterday.
Preliminary findings from the 2008 British Columbia Roadside Survey
found that 10.4 per cent of people driving at night showed evidence of
drug use. By comparison, 8.1 per cent of drivers had consumed alcohol.
"We've spent the past 25 to 30 years dealing almost exclusively with
alcohol and driving," said Doug Beirness, senior research and policy
analyst at The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).
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Permits for benefit featuring Bedouin Soundclash rejected:
A free concert that was to be put on by Bedouin Soundclash last night
in front of the Insite clinic in the Downtown Eastside didn't happen
after police say event organizers didn't have proper permits to put on
"The city had declined a permit that was requested by the group,"
Const. Jana McGuinness said last night. "The city is concerned that
pedestrians or motorists may be unduly put at risk by the event."
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Supervised drug injection sites, like Vancouver's Insite, are a
'terrible mistake' that will exacerbate drug problems, former New York
mayor Rudy Giuliani said yesterday in Surrey.
Giuliani, the Republican mayor of New York City during the 9/11
terrorist attacks, said he favours prosecuting drug dealers and
funding drug rehabilitation programs.
"I think we can rehabilitate people who use drugs," said Giuliani, a
former prosecutor, prior to his speech at the Surrey Regional Economic
Summit yesterday. "But we should not encourage them to use drugs.
That's a terrible mistake, it's just going to make the drug problem
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The co-founder of the B.C. Marijuana Party resigned yesterday as the
federal NDP candidate for the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast riding.
Dana Larsen, 37, resigned after questions about his involvement in the
Vancouver Seed Bank and Tokers Lounge on East Hastings Street.
He used to manage the retail outlet, which sells seeds of rare and
medicinal plants, including coca plants, the basis for cocaine.
He is no longer associated with the store and according to an employee
coca seeds are not stocked anymore.
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New Downtown Court Based On U.S. Model
A new provincial court opens its doors in the Downtown Eastside today,
offering an innovative approach to curbing the cycle of poverty and
drug addiction that fuels crime in Vancouver.
The Downtown Community Court, which is modelled after a similar system
in the U.S., aims to determine why offenders commit crimes, and
instead of punishing them, help them overcome those problems.
"This is perhaps the most creative thing to be done in the criminal
justice system in the 35 years that I've been here," said British
Columbia Attorney General Wally Oppal.
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