Compassion dictates that we vote yes on Amendment 2. Have opponents of
the amendment really not had relatives who could have died with less
pain and suffering? Do none have a relative with disease symptoms that
could be eased with medical marijuana?
How can these people be so callous? Perhaps they will find themselves
wishing for medical marijuana someday.
Vote yes on Amendment 2.
How much money can you make harvesting marijuana during this time of
year? My friend says there's work for me up north but I wanted to
know what you think.
- -Mike Grant-Labor
Yes. You can make good money. But the money is not particularly easy
to get. It requires long hours and hard work, like being on an
Alaskan fishing boat, except you probably won't be thrown overboard
or washed out to sea.
The going rate for trimming a pound of cannabis is about $200. A
newbie can do maybe a pound in a 12-hour day. And that's with decent
pot. If the bud is larfy or small or riddled with mold, it may take
longer. People with more experience can do maybe two pounds. I know
someone who can do three pounds in a day, but she grew up on the
mountain and is a bit of a legend. Plus, trimming can be boring as
hell. You basically sit in a cabin and trim until your muscles cramp
up, then you switch hands and trim some more. Perhaps if you are with
some cool folks, there may be good conversation and decent food. But
really, you just sit and trim and trim and sit. It can be a bit
meditative if you have the right mindset, but mostly it's like
working an assembly line.
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The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war
in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start, according
to a scathing new report from the Special Inspector General for
Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan opium poppy crop, providing
the raw material for the bulk of the world's heroin supply, reached
record levels in 2013 and is likely to climb even higher this year,
the report finds.
"The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into
question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability" of the past
decade of counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, Special Inspector
General John Sopko concludes. "Given the severity of the opium
problem and its potential to undermine U.S. objectives in
Afghanistan, I strongly suggest that your departments consider the
trends in opium cultivation and the effectiveness of past
counternarcotics efforts when planning future initiatives."
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A B.C. man is one step closer to reclaiming some of the money seized
from him by border officers at the Vancouver International Airport
almost four years ago, following a recent decision by the Federal
Court of Appeal.
On Jan. 5, 2011, Robert Bo Da Huang was scheduled to fly out of
Vancouver International Airport to Hong Kong.
In the departures area, he was approached by a Canada Border Services
Huang admitted to the officer that he was carrying more than $10,000
in cash and he had not reported that fact.
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Regular readers of this opinion page know that we are not wholly
opposed to a state expansion of medical marijuana. Throughout
Florida's 2014 legislative session, we advocated passage of the
Charlotte's Web bill that legalized a specific strain of medical
marijuana that drastically reduces seizures in children with severe
epilepsy. The bill was debated and sculpted in legislative committees.
It earned the approval of the Florida House and Senate. And it was
rightly signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
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The producer of a documentary about marijuana laws has shared the
proceeds from the film's Kelowna premiere with families struggling to
pay for medical cannabis.
Adam Scorgie presented Kyla Williams, her mother Courtney Williams and
grandfather Chris Nuessler with a cheque for $3,500 from the proceeds
of the premiere of The Culture High.
The 2 1/2-year-old Summerland girl suffers from a severe seizure
disorder, but has shown a dramatic improvement since the initiation a
few months ago of treatment with cannabis oil.
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PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to
legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest
groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a
dangerous drug or medical miracle.
Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative,"
Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state,
providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate
Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical
marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.
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SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to
get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election,
part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are
advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana.
The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium
on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.
The City of Palmetto led the way in Southwest Florida last month, with
the passage of a new law that prohibits any medical marijuana
operations from its downtown and would force potential purveyors to
seek permission from city commissioners.
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Party may be consider legalization
OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the
NDP says of marijuana.
That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An
NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the
health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.
The plan contrasts with that of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who said
he wants to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.
The NDP's official policy will be published in a supplemental document
alongside a Commons health committee report, which is scheduled to be
tabled in the House Tuesday or Wednesday.
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TORONTO - Marc Emery is often hailed as the Prince of Pot, a beloved
champion of marijuana legalization and Canadian sovereignty.
But in Citizen Marc, the famed activist is portrayed as an ambiguous
figure, driven as much by a quest for celebrity and libertarian
politics as he is by principle.
"There's no question that Emery loves getting attention, yet there's
also the question that he's politically effective as an activist,"
said director Roger Evan Larry, who co-wrote the film with Sandra
Tomc. "We leave it to the viewer to parse that out."
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