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1 CN ON: Column: We Must Weigh The Costs Of Fighting The War OnWed, 11 Mar 2009
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Goulet, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:03/12/2009

Who's winning the war on drugs? Not us. There are renewed calls to legalize various drugs, especially marijuana. If you read The Ottawa Citizen you'll have seen Dan Gardner's articles, which make a strong, reasoned case for decriminalizing illicit drugs.

One of the main points raised is that by making drugs illegal, we have created a lucrative criminal enterprise, one that draws in otherwise law-abiding citizens. Joe the Mechanic or Jane the Housewife, hard up for money to pay their mortgage, decide to grow a little weed on Grandpa Elmer's old farm. Joe and Jane smoke a joint themselves once in awhile, so they see no real harm in it. Yeah, it's illegal. But that's why the money is good for those who take the risk of growing it and selling it.

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2 CN ON: PUB LTE: The 'War On Drugs' Has A 28-Year Legacy Of FailureWed, 18 Feb 2009
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Reimer, Rick Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:02/22/2009

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - - Albert Einstein

To the Editor:

The North American "War on Drugs" has been a dismal failure since it was declared by Richard Nixon in 1971. Jurisdictions with the harshest penalties have the highest drug use rates. Countless so-called "criminals" languish in jails although they represent no harm except (arguably) to themselves. Nonsensical criminal records impede employment, trade and travel. Mind-boggling amounts of resources go into the investigation, prosecution and punishment of people for committing no crime other than choosing drugs of which the government does not currently approve. Other acts that are truly crimes may be committed by people in the "drug trade," but those criminal acts result not from the use of drugs, but from the prohibition,which drives those people into a black market. Police, in order to investigate, enter into unholy alliances that would make the average citizen cringe. In the meantime, virtually none of the avowed goals of this war have been achieved and, as in all conflicts, the poor have suffered the worst.

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3 CN ON: Walk For The ChildrenWed, 08 Oct 2008
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Kendall, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:10/09/2008

Community Of Pikwakanagan Backs War On Drugs Task Force

In an effort to raise awareness and promote the efforts of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan's War on Drugs Task Force, a walk through the community took place last Wednesday afternoon. Children carrying placards with messages like "Our children our future" and "Say no to drugs" joined Chief Kirby Whiteduck, councillors, members of the task force and the community at large in the walk from the health centre to the community centre, a distance of more than two kilometres.

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4 CN ON: Hemp Education 101Wed, 19 Mar 2008
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Weldon, Kate Area:Ontario Lines:182 Added:03/24/2008

Did you know hemp played a vital role in the settlement of North America and helped win the Second World War?

Many people don't, but now with the help of a new video on YouTube more than 1,400 do.

Robbie Anderman and Errol Francis of the Hemp Workers' Cooperative, based in the Killaloe area, put together "Hemp - The Environmentally Sustainable Alternative, Part One: Hemp History 101."

They worked countless hours - Anderman figures they both put in more than 30 hours researching and editing the roughly nine-minute film.

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5 CN ON: Marijuana Maverick Says It's About RightsWed, 18 Jul 2007
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Weldon, Kate Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:07/22/2007

'I Love My Country. It's Getting Less And Less Free And It's Scary,' Says Rick Reimer

With another day in the spotlight over, Rick Reimer says he's not about to lie down.

Two weeks ago a civil suit, launched by Reimer, was thrown out of court with Ottawa Justice C. McKinnon saying that Reimer "was the author of his own misfortune."

Reimer claims he has everyone's interests in mind.

"It's not publicity," says Reimer, who's been lighting up joints on a daily basis since he was 13. "What I want to do is to make sure people stand up for their right."

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6 CN ON: Rick Reimer Girds For Battle In Nova Scotia Court NextWed, 24 Aug 2005
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Johnston, Krista Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:08/29/2005

'Killaloe Rastaman' Plans To Contest Public Intoxication Charge

Rick Reimer says he will now personally be entering a not-guilty plea to a public intoxication charge laid against him last month at the Second Annual Atlantic Hempfest.

After being invited to attend a pro-marijuana demonstration in Halifax Sept. 10, Reimer made the decision to appear in court two days later and has asked that his trial be scheduled for the same day.

"Since I will already be in the province, I will appear at court at 9 a.m., on Monday Sept. 12," Reimer said, adding that he and other medical exemptees will be openly smoking pot outside the court.

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7 CN ON: Drug Counsellor Discusses Drug Issue And EasyWed, 02 Mar 2005
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Chryssanthis, Kristina Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:03/05/2005

The local drug problem in the Valley is not going away anytime soon. According to local addiction counsellors, prescription drug abusers are more determined than that.

Concerned members of the community gathered at the Madawaska Valley District High School library this past Monday night to discuss youth drug addiction.

"It's not going to go away, it's a coping mechanism," Chris Cancade, Renfrew County Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment/Referral Service addiction counsellor, said at the meeting.

"You're still going to have kids using drugs."

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8 CN ON: Community Will Wage War on Drug ProblemWed, 15 Dec 2004
Source:Barry's Bay This Week (CN ON) Author:Chryssanthis, Kristina Area:Ontario Lines:245 Added:01/06/2005

Parents, students and medical staff in the community gathered to combat the developing drug problem in the area head on.

This past Wednesday evening, a Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) parent council meeting was the staging ground for the first battle against drug abuse in the area. A larger than usual crowd came out to discuss their concerns about the local increase in drug use, especially at the high school.

"In the last month or so, I won't say there has been an increase use of drugs, but many suspensions have been drug related," Mike Shulist, MVDHS principal, said to open the discussion.

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