The Ontario Liberals' plan to sell marijuana in government-operated
stores may have provided some clarity on what has been a confusing
strategy by the federal Liberals to legalize marijuana.
But controlling weed like the province controls alcohol creates more
problems than answers to what has been a hands-off approach both
levels of government have managed on the issue. The entire roll out of
the legalization of marijuana by the federal government has been
botched with governments unsure about a distribution network or
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Hamilton police are busting fewer students and confiscating less pot
despite a steady increase in drug surveillance at city schoolyards.
Plainclothes officers conducted 103 random drug sweeps at high schools
in 2011, but arrested only 11 students - down from 28 the year before,
when there were 30 fewer drug sweeps.
They seized 143.3 grams of marijuana - a little more than five ounces
- - last year, compared to 368.2 grams in 2010.
Last year's lower drug haul continued a downward trend since 2008,
when police seized 434 grams, or nearly a pound of pot, in 44 sweeps
that brought six arrests.
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I don't know if Mayor Fred Eisenberger ever smoked pot. If he did, he
wouldn't feel out of place at the post-election party of candidates
vying for the mayor's job in the municipal election later this year.
Of the four candidates who have declared an intention to run for the
city's top elected job, two are marijuana activists - Michael
Baldasaro and Andrew Haines.
Maybe Fred did smoke pot when he was a much younger man, but didn't
inhale? If I were mayor of this city, I'd be smoking weed every day. A
good stoner may be exactly what this city needs.
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On May 10, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed an order of
extradition sending Marc Emery to a federal institution in the United
States of America.
His crime was selling one of Earth's most basic forms of sustenance,
growth and life -seeds. Marijuana seeds.
When Health Canada first began giving out licences to medicinal
users, they recommended to MPs and licensed users that new growers
should purchase seeds online from Canadian sellers like Marc Emery
(Marc Emery Direct Seeds). NDP Health Critic Svend Robinson can
testify to that fact.
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Homicides, Attempted Murders, Robberies And Sex Assaults Jump In
First Six Months
Most categories of violent crime jumped in the first half of 2007,
as the city saw more murders, attempted murders, robberies and
sexual assaults than for the same period last year.
Even so, Hamilton police are anything but downbeat about the trends,
citing drops in assaults, break-ins, stolen vehicles and thefts
valued over $5,000.
"As you can see from the report, it's somewhat of a good news
story," Deputy Chief Ken Leendertse told members of the police
services board in a presentation on Monday.
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After previously being given the cold shoulder, the Hamilton Police
Service will get $425,000 in provincial funding to boost its guns and
gang unit, after all.
Premier Dalton McGuinty dropped by Central Station Wednesday morning
to announce a new "crime package" that will provide $6.3 million for
anti-guns and gang efforts at police forces outside of Toronto.
His government had already provided $51 million to Toronto last
Hamilton's share of the new money is enough to hire five officers. The
existing guns and gangs unit presently has five officers, but has had
as many as 15.
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City Should Make Breaking the Law 'A Little More Costly,' He Says
A Mountain councillor is calling on the city to consider bulldozing
homes used to grow marijuana.
Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead said he favours adopting the City
of Niagara Falls' approach to dealing with home grow-ops after
problems experienced by a "high-end neighbourhood" on the West Mountain.
"The building sat there boarded up and causing all kinds of concerns
in the neighbourhood," he told members of the police services board on Monday.
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Re: Mountain Grow-Op's Wiring Packed Potential Wallop
"Sergeant Michael Webber said police found the home's electrical
wiring had been dangerously altered".
Considering how often police get caught lying and exaggerating when it
come to marijuana busts, I am surprised that there is a single
reporter in Canada still willing to relay their reports
But then, one hand washes the other, doesn't it?
Here is an example: Any time there is a bust, the police say that each
plant (no matter what size) is "worth $1000 on the street".
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An East 24th Street home was evacuated and its hydro service cut off
after police discovered what they say was a potentially explosive
marijuana grow operation.
Sergeant Michael Webber said police found the home's electrical
wiring had been dangerously altered after executing a mid-morning
search warrant Jan. 11.
"Someone within the home grounded the electrical service into the
residence's main gas line," he said.
"Obviously this has the potential for explosion. If the home had
received an electrical surge it would have caused an ignition and it
would have went up in flames -- not only the home itself but possibly
the neighbouring homes."
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Chief Credits Project HALT For Big Drop In Robberies
A police clampdown on crack addicts is being credited for the
seizure of more than $1 million in illegal drugs and a big drop in
robberies in the downtown area.
Police Chief Brian Mullan said Project HALT successfully tested the
theory that crack users are responsible for most street-level crime.
The two-month initiative that ended Aug. 3 used "accumulated
intelligence" to target people known to be involved in street-level
trafficking and drug use, particularly in areas by crack houses, he said.
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Re: City's straight talk on pot to keep the teenagers off the weed
As a federal medical marijuana license holder, I resent the fact that the
media continues the propaganda and misinformation about marijuana.
This will make things even more confusing for teens. Why can't anyone just
tell the truth when it comes to pot?
Kids should not be using pot, alcohol, or tobacco - period! I think
caffeine should be in there too. But misinforming them, as history has
shown, will lead to more problems. If we lie to kids about pot, and they
find out we have lied to them, they won't listen to a word adults say about
meth, heroin, crack, safe-sex, or impaired driving. Once bitten, twice shy,
as they say.
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Re: "Is your teen getting high legally?" (11-04-05).
The question that needs to be asked is: Why don't children believe
those who warn them about the dangers of cough syrup? The answer:
Because when the drug war cheerleaders lie about or grossly exaggerate
the dangers of marijuana, they lose all credibility.
When children find out that they have been lied to about marijuana,
they make the logical assumption that they are also being lied to
about the dangers of other drugs like meth, heroin, household
inhalants and cough syrup. A recipe for disaster.
As parents, we have the opportunity to teach our children and model
healthy lifestyle behaviours and practices. Included in the long list
of teachings, is informing our children about substance use and abuse,
and in particular, about marijuana.
Marijuana today is much different than it was back in the '70s, and
today's youth are embracing it with enthusiasm. Recent Canadian
statistics show that 39.1 per cent of Grade 7 students reported using
marijuana at least once during the year (2003 Ontario Student Drug Use
Survey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). The level of
use increases as the grades advance showing 45 per cent of Grades 12s
are smoking 'the bud'. Additionally there is an increase in
marijuana-impaired driving, where 1 in 5 (20 per cent) student
licensed drivers, in Grades 10 to 12 report driving a vehicle within
one hour of using marijuana. Youth attitude is lax about this drug and
we know that marijuana is not a benign substance.
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Pharmacist Irene Hogan Displays Many Of The Over-the-counter Products
Teens Are Using To Get High.
Important Information For A Healthy Lifestyle
It's cheap. It's legal. And your kids could be using it to get
If you're a parent of a teenager, chances are you've talked to your
child about saying no to drugs and alcohol. But what about
non-prescription pharmaceuticals found in your own medicine cabinet?
The ministry of health, along with school boards, have made substance
abuse a priority in the curriculum taught to Ontario teenagers, but
they only focus on a few addictive products. Locally, the City of
Hamilton's public health and community services health promotions
specialist, Jennifer Jenkins, said their focus is "on educating
residents about marijuana - due to the large numbers of teens who use
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Hamilton has taken a strong lead in crime reduction.
Statistics Canada just released its Crime Statistics for 2004 showing
Hamilton with a 13 per cent decrease in overall crime.
No other city even came close to Hamilton in crime reduction. Ottawa ranked
second at 10 per cent.
Most of the 27 other cities included in the report showed declines in the
lower single digits.
Police Chief Mullan admitted the numbers are impressive and in the past
Hamilton generally mirrored stats of the overall country.
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A focus on "hard-core" repeat offenders and successful pre-charge diversion
programs are being credited for a 31 per cent decrease in youth crime in
Hamilton since 1996.
Deputy Police Chief Ken Leendertse called the drop "a pleasant surprise"
that defies public perceptions.
Only drug crimes - mostly involving marijuana - bucked the downward trend,
more than doubling over the same period. Assaults, break-ins, car and other
thefts all dropped by more than 50 per cent.
Overall, police statistics show 3,074 youths were involved in crimes last
year, compared to 4,451 in 1996.
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RE: four RCMP officers that have fallen in the line of
First, prohibition creates the violence and crime. Legalizing
marijuana will end the cycle of violence and crime.
Second, there isn't a single activist I know who hasn't expressed
outrage and sadness at these officers' deaths. But, the attempt to
demonize the marijuana culture by politicizing the actions of a
deranged, dangerous individual is more than pathetic.
It shows complete disregard for the untimely deaths of four human
beings. It also forces the hand of anti-prohibitionists to defend the
cannabis culture from a disparaging and illogical attack.
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Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan says he is considering following
Toronto's lead of introducing random drug testing for officers in senior
and high-risk positions.
While he and the police services board are still reviewing a judge's
recommendations that prompted Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino's move to
introduce such tests to his ranks beginning in March, Chief Mullan said he
wants to know if one of his officers has a drug problem.
Toronto Police also plan to implement psychological testing and spot
financial background checks for officers in high-risk jobs, and faces a
battle from its union, one a Hamilton police union rep says would be
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Morelli defends budget saying it's lower than Halton, Niagara, but
high due to seniority pay
Hamilton's Police Services proposed 2005 budget has broken through the
$100 million level.
For the fifth year in a row, the police budget rose, with this year's
proposed budget jumping $4.5 million, from $98.2 million last year to
a proposed $102.8 million.
"Of the $4.5 million, $3.9 million is for wages and salaries," said
Hamilton councillor and Hamilton Police Services Board chair Bernie
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Womankind Addiction Service, which opened in Hamilton recently, is the
first of its kind in Ontario providing support for women addicted to
alcohol or drugs through the whole course of recovery.
"Usually women have to go somewhere for withdrawal, somewhere else for
treament and somewhere else for after-care," said Debbie Bang, manager of
Womankind. "They have to go here and there and sometimes with a stroller
and diaper bag. It's no wonder they can't make it.
"This is a blending of services. A one-stop shop."
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