The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit that sought to
challenge the validity of one of California's key medical marijuana
By refusing Monday to review the lawsuit brought in 2006 by San Diego
County and later joined by San Bernardino County, the court let stand
the state law requiring counties to issue identification cards to
qualified medical-marijuana patients.
The ID card program was adopted in 2004 under state State Bill 420,
the Medical Marijuana Program Act; the cards are meant to protect
patients by helping law enforcement officers discern protected medical
marijuana use from illicit recreational use.
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Their greatest crime was a distant connection to notorious players in
the latest round of gang turf wars in the Fraser Valley.
Four local boys - Ryan Richards, 19, Sean Murphy, 21, and high school
boys Joseph Randay, 18, Dilsher Gill, just 17, were shot dead for
having links to the infamous Bacon brothers and their Red Scorpion
On Thursday, Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich and school officials
took the unusual step to warn youth that they, too, could be targets
if they get into the drug trade, on any level.
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All four youth killed in Abbotsford over the last six weeks were
likely targeted for death because of their perceived link to the Bacon
brothers, police chief Bob Rich said Thursday.
Rich said all four were selling drugs and not high up in any
organization, but were thought by rivals to be linked to the Bacons
and their Red Scorpion gang.
"It appears to us that these gangs that have not been completely
successful in eliminating all the targets they want to high up in the
Bacon organization are now targeting people at any level and that
includes entry level drug dealers," Rich said.
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SAINT JOHN - At least 500 drug addicts in the city could get help as
early as June 1.
Today, the provincial government is expected to announce plans to open
a methadone treatment clinic at the Mercantile Centre on Union Street
and funded by the province.
The clinic will treat opiate addicts - those dependent on drugs such
as Dilaudid and heroin - with methadone, a synthetic opiate narcotic
that when administered once a day and in adequate doses, can usually
suppress a heroin addict's craving and withdrawal for 24 hours.
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Headlines in Wednesday's edition state the city is to consider
regulations on where medical marijuana can be grown? The same city
that has wasted how many dollars and spent how much time on deciding
on where to put a disc golf course without any results?
You gotta love this town ... it's so amusing.
- -- Vern Leathers, Chico
I have more than 10,000 clients in 50 U.S. States. I serve the veteran
community. Many are substance abusers, many of their children are
substance abusers, even grandchildren of war veterans are substance
I have significant knowledge in this area and would like to argue your
article's contents and ridiculous stance. I hear all the real time
drug news. I hear it from the sober, I hear it from the clinicians and
I hear of it from the veterans themselves who abuse.
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I would like to expand on Stephen DeBoever's letter concerning the
significance, or insignificance, of Operation Black Ice. I want to put
some numbers out there that everybody understands. With the economy of
the country, the state, the county and our cities in such dire straits
how can the cost of such an operation be justified?
I think it is a fair estimate that the hourly pay, plus the benefit
package, for each of those 100 officers is about $50 per hour. That
comes to $5,000 per hour. $40 per hour comes to $4 000 00 per hour. Do
the math!! Did they work 4 hours that day-$20,000. 8 hours that
day-$40,000. Assembly in the morning, serve warrants, make arrests,
searches, transport, paperwork ... More, less? How much did that one
day really cost us taxpayers?
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INDIANAPOLIS - Hey dude, can we talk?
Marijuana advocates who say pot is safer than alcohol want colleges to
wade into a hazy debate over whether schools' tough pot penalties are
actually worsening their drinking woes.
They argue that stiff punishments for being caught in a campus dorm
with pot steer students to booze and add to binge drinking, drunken
brawls and other booze-soaked troubles.
"You know, when you get high on marijuana you don't act violent - you
just kind of sit there," said Mason Tvert, leader of a Denver-based
group stoking the debate of pot vs. booze.
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Yes, Humboldt County loves its outlaw self-image. We all enjoy doing
our thing and flaunting it in The Man's face. We're the spiritual home
of freaks and rebels and dropouts everywhere, and we like it that way.
We've got hundreds of square miles of wilderness and four or five of
the prettiest, most human towns in the state, along with a couple that
may yet be redeemed.
Partly by design and partly by accident, we've largely resisted the
tidal wave of vapidity that has swallowed the landscape of almost
every other part of the country. Let's raise our glasses and hope it
stays that way for the next hundred years.
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End Of Appeals Gives Medical Marijuana Advocates Hope
The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on a lawsuit seeking to
invalidate California's medical marijuana law could open a new phase
in battles over implementation of the law, statewide and in the
Inland Empire, advocates said Monday.
The court refused to hear a case filed by San Bernardino and San
Diego counties, two of nine counties statewide that have refused to
issue identification cards to qualified patients, as required by
state law. The two counties argued in their suit that state law and
the card program were pre-empted by the federal ban on marijuana.
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