UNDER the red-herring rubric of "public health practice and a
balanced four-pillar approach to drug policy," Provincial Health
Officer Perry Kendall claims that "methadone maintenance, needle
exchanges and supervised injection sites have proven to reduce the
risk for HIV and to engage vulnerable individuals in health and
Kendall made this high-ground claim in a letter to the editor of the
National Post published May 30.
The phrase "proven to reduce the risk for HIV and to engage
vulnerable individuals in health and social services" is pure
tricksterism, a cunning deception impregnated with the sperm of misinformation.
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A THIRD of Britain's Euro MPs support the decriminalisation of
cannabis, according to a study.
They were second only to the Dutch in their support for a change in
Research by Manchester University shows a significant proportion of
British MEPs who answered a survey believe the drug should be made
legal despite growing health fears over its use.
There are thought to be two million regular users of the drug in
Britain. Studies suggest it is linked to severe mental illness such as
schizophrenia. Thirty-seven of Britain's 78 MEPs took part in the study.
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GREENSBORO -- A drug-sniffing police dog? On a university campus?
This pooch may have its work cut out for it.
UNCG police welcomed its first four-legged officer to the force last
month. Now in training, Aja, a German shepherd bred overseas, should
be ready for duty by fall semester.
The dog and her handler, Sgt. David Combs, spend four days each week
in north Greensboro with K9 officers from the city police department.
So far, so good, said Combs, a 16-year veteran of the campus force.
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While Serving A Warrant, Concord Authorities Say, They Came Across
Illegal Cultivation Of Psychoactive Fungus
CONCORD -- In the world of narcotics enforcement, seizing cocaine,
methamphetamine and marijuana is a daily chore. But it's rare for
authorities to come across psilocybin mushrooms -- the so-called
'shrooms of the '60s -- as Concord detectives did recently.
Sidney Wayne Bishop, 40, was loudly strumming his electric guitar in
his Colfax Street home on April 21 when he was surprised by a search
warrant from officers looking for marijuana.
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A B.C. Supreme Court case may challenge one of the main underpinnings
of Surrey's new grow-op program.
Last week, a BCSC judge ruled B.C. Hydro had to return power to a
South Surrey home after shutting it off because police escorted
municipal inspectors onto the property.
This was deemed equivalent to a warrantless search by police.
Under Surrey's program, high consumers of power are served warning of
a pending municipal inspection.
High power consumption is a sign of a potential marijuana grow operation.
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Alan Ferguson entirely missed the point of Alan Randell's letter.
Randell was speaking of how The Province and other media degrade drug
dealers and users simply because, right now, drugs are illegal.
Alcohol was made legal again in the U.S. because bathtub gin and
other homemade alcohol were killing people.
If we had clean drugs distributed by reputable outlets (think alcohol
and cigarettes), then there would be no street trade, no crime and no
"parasitic" drug dealers.
I'm a successful businesswoman who raised three responsible children
as a single mom.
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Destroying The Nation's Mainstay Crop Could Complicate US Troops'
Efforts To Win Hearts And Minds.
Washington - A bumper crop of poppies in Afghanistan is prompting
Congress to push a reluctant US military into a bigger role to rid
the country of the illegal trade.
The reason? Officials have long suspected that the centuries-old
opium industry is funding the Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan.
But direct intervention is tricky for US troops. If a key part of
their counterinsurgency campaign is to win the hearts and minds of
Afghans, the thinking goes, Americans can't be seen as the face of an
effort to burn fields and eradicate a livelihood that is illegal but
central to the country's fragile financial system.
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Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Victor Montori's comments that his
patients must choose medications on the basis of "the least painful
poison," rather than by the benefit, exposes a plight affecting all
patients ("Diabetics face risk on drug choices," News, June 5).
Many patients often begin exploring the medical uses of cannabis to
treat the side effects of conventional medications. That's why it's
so maddening to hear politicians say things such as, "There are other
options," as Rudy Giuliani said recently when asked about medical
cannabis for cancer patients.
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Childhood and adolescence should rightfully be a time of love,
learning and life. But for thousands of young Canadians, their
journey to adulthood is marred forever by street-gang involvement,
which almost always means an active role in the massive business of
illicit street drugs, too.
I have seen and heard of too many cases to count demonstrating the
connection between gangs, drugs and youth. Consider these:
eight-year-old gangsters on BMX bikes dealing crack and crystal meth
in North Winnipeg; 14-year-old gangsters on the west coast, driving
prepaid rental cars for $100 per eight hour shift, delivering drugs
through widespread dial-a-dope operations; 16-year-old First Nations
gang members travelling from big cities to remote James Bay
communities selling "dime bags" of marijuana cut with oregano for
$50, five times the going street price in the south; young Ontario
and Quebec ecstasy cooks making colourful $20 pills of uncertain
composition for the urban club scene, thus generating massive profits
for their street-gang masters; and murder after countless murder of
young men in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, a majority associated
with street gangs and the drug trade.
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Alan Randell's comparison of the "persecution" of today's drug dealers
with that of blacks or Jews is loathsome.
To suggest that the role of the drug dealer in our society is anything
other than parasitic is simply laughable.
Show sympathy to the addicted, but not for those who encourage and
profit from their illness.
As for Randell's assertion that The Province is the problem, "blame
the messenger" has never been less valid.
To the Editor,
Re: Distribution of crack kit surprising, May 31.
Help. Someone please pull the knife out of our backs.
We are decent, honest, hardworking, concerned people who along with
others have been struggling to keep our neighbourhood a safe place to
raise our families.
But we seem to be thwarted at every turn. How many front page news
articles were about a neighbourhood corner store selling crack pipes?
All the while VIHA was giving crack pipes away! Why didn't VIHA come
We are all for harm reduction. But how about some harm reduction for
Pat and Linda Shannon,