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161 CN BC: Pot Activist Focuses On Prosecution DealFri, 05 Jun 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Carneiro, Fernando Area:British Columbia Lines:35 Added:06/05/2009

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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162 CN BC: Olympic Toke?Wed, 20 May 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:05/21/2009

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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163 CN BC: Emery Licence On HoldWed, 20 May 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Salkin, Mine Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:05/21/2009

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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164 CN BC: Ill Women Users Stigmatized - ReportFri, 01 May 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Salkin, Mine Area:British Columbia Lines:38 Added:05/03/2009

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 Research Institute.

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165 CN BC: City Art Gallery Goes To PotTue, 21 Apr 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Salkin, Mine Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:04/22/2009

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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166 CN BC: Thousands Expected At Pot RallyFri, 17 Apr 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Salkin, Mine Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:04/17/2009

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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167 CN BC: Emery Says Olympics Being Used As An Excuse To Oust HimTue, 24 Mar 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:03/24/2009

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.


168 CN BC: Cops Sieze $120k Of Drugs In 'Compassion' Ring BustThu, 19 Mar 2009
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Armand, Dominique Area:British Columbia Lines:33 Added:03/19/2009

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 medical marijuana.

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169 CN BC: More BC Drivers High Than DrunkThu, 11 Dec 2008
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Hodson, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:12/12/2008

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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170 CN BC: Insite Show Halted By CopsFri, 24 Oct 2008
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Cootauco, Maria Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:10/25/2008

Permits for benefit featuring Bedouin Soundclash rejected: Police

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 show.

"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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171 CN BC: Giuliani Brings Get Tough Message To VancouverFri, 19 Sep 2008
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Hodson, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:09/20/2008

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 worse."

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172 CN BC: Larsen Resigns As NDP 'Not Campaigning On Coca Plants'Thu, 18 Sep 2008
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Hodson, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:43 Added:09/19/2008

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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173 CN BC: Creative Crime SolutionsWed, 10 Sep 2008
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Thompsom, Kristen Area:British Columbia Lines:41 Added:09/11/2008

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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