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1 CN BC: Specifics Of Drug Substitution Plan Out In WeeksFri, 08 Jun 2007
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Mickleburgh, Rod Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:06/09/2007

VANCOUVER -- Specific plans for trials of Mayor Sam Sullivan's controversial proposal to wean drug addicts from illegal narcotics by giving them substitute pills should be unveiled "within weeks," the mayor said yesterday.

There will be five separate studies, all of them related to "testing the effectiveness of substitution ... to convert illegal injection drug users to legal pill medicine users," he said.

His plan is an improvement over the use of methadone by heroin users seeking to kick their habit, he said, because it will also cover cocaine and crystal meth addicts.

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2 US CO: LTE: Self-Fulfilling ProphecyThu, 07 Jun 2007
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:McClain, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:41 Added:06/09/2007

I hope Mr. Psychologist knows that if any wrong things come from his comments, like students getting STDs, pregnant or drug-related health issues, he can potentially be sued. This is a society where young people do take to heart what is told to them, and it is also a society that is sue-happy. If anything whatsoever goes wrong with his advice, he can be sued. He must realize that this is a real consequence when giving information out to school-aged children.

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3 CN BC: LTE: No Sympathy For The SickFri, 08 Jun 2007
Source:Saanich News (CN BC) Author:Peckham, Austin Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:06/09/2007

Re: "Unpaid pot bills, June 1.

Oh, please! Pay for your pot. Osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia are not terminal.

Austin Peckham

Victoria

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4US: New Frontier for Medical Cannabis -- Topical PotSat, 09 Jun 2007
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Mishra, Kavita Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:06/09/2007

Anti-Inflammatory Traits Helped Heal Skin of Mice in Study

Skin allergies may be the next reason to use marijuana -- a topical form, at least.

Scientists have long suspected that marijuana, used for recreational purposes and to help fight chronic pain, nausea and even some mental disorders like anxiety and depression, also had anti-inflammatory effects in the body.

Now they think they know why.

In a study published in the current issue of the journal Science, researchers show exactly how they think that works, elucidating how the body's own cannabinoids, compounds that are similar to the ones found in marijuana, reduce inflammation.

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5 US NY: Cocaine: Hidden In Plain SightMon, 11 Jun 2007
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Ryzik, Melena Area:New York Lines:216 Added:06/09/2007

SKIING on the beach tomorrow?"

"Late-night ski lift looking for a snow bunny."

"Where are the cool Brooklyn ski bums? I've got tons to share."

"Take a ride on the snow train."

The come-ons in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist last week - - or any week - are as plentiful as they are obvious (and cheesy). Using a variety of euphemisms that have been around since Jay McInerney wrote about Bolivian Marching Powder, posters invite others to join them for a line or a lost weekend fueled by cocaine.

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6 US WI: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Makes Life BearableSat, 09 Jun 2007
Source:Capital Times, The (WI) Author:Storck, Gary Area:Wisconsin Lines:47 Added:06/09/2007

Dear Editor: A recent column, "Dying people shouldn't be denied basic liberty," makes many good points, but before physician-assisted suicide is considered, other options should first be available, like legal access to medical marijuana.

Cannabis has shown the ability to make life bearable again for the chronically and terminally ill. Patients whose quality of life has greatly degraded, despite all modern medicine can offer, might find the will to live if cannabis were a legal option. Families would gain additional time together.

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7US CA: Medical Marijuana Suit Could Break New GroundSat, 09 Jun 2007
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Hacking, Heather Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/09/2007

A Superior Court case heard in Chico is raising the question whether a medicinal marijuana case can be tried in civil court -- a step that would open up law enforcement to fighting lawsuits from people who have plants confiscated or destroyed.

"This is new ground we're breaking," Judge Barbara Roberts said at the beginning of the discussion Friday morning.

The case involves a man who was approached by a Butte County sheriff's deputy for growing too many marijuana plants. David Williams and his spouse both had prescriptions for medicinal marijuana use. But Williams was growing 42 plants in a "collective" medicinal garden.

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8 CN ON: Man Pleads Guilty to Pot-By-Post PlanThu, 07 Jun 2007
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Tracey, Scott Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:06/09/2007

Plea Crafted to Protect Grower's Licence

A medical marijuana crusader accused of mailing pot to fellow users in the United States and Britain pleaded guilty yesterday to committing mischief by using Canada Post services "without proper authority."

Following Marco Renda's plea, federal prosecutor David Doney asked the court to withdraw three counts each of trafficking and exporting a controlled substance and a single count of possession of a controlled substance.

Justice Walter Gonet gave Renda, 47, formerly of the Mount Forest area, a conditional discharge and put the man on probation for two years.

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9 CN BC: Man Extradited in Internet Drug CaseFri, 08 Jun 2007
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kruchak, Matthew Area:British Columbia Lines:80 Added:06/09/2007

A Victoria man has been extradited to the United States after the Internet was used to deal drugs across the border.

Douglas James Sharples, 35, was sent to Newark, N.J., last Friday to face a charge of importing 53 grams of crystal meth. The drug had been mailed to an American undercover agent.

If found guilty, Sharples faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. He had been in custody at Wilkinson Road jail in Saanich since RCMP arrested him in February of last year.

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10 US CO: PUB LTE: A Mindset That Wants to Punish People forThu, 07 Jun 2007
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Fisher, Harry Area:Colorado Lines:32 Added:06/09/2007

Wayne Laugesen's May 31 rant calling for Dr. Joel Becker's imprisonment is indicative of a mindset that wants to punish people for telling the truth. The psychologist had said to high school students: "I'm going to encourage you to have sex, and I'm going to encourage you to use drugs appropriately (resounding applause from kids). And why I'm going to take that position is because you're going to do it anyway."

What is wrong with this? Is it not better to face problems realistically than to live in a fantasy world? High school students do, in fact, have sex and use illegal drugs. It is a more rational approach to try to lessen the potential harm that such activities can cause rather than sticking one's head in the ground with zero-tolerance policies that are unenforceable and doomed to failure. Laugesen is not a help, but a hindrance in protecting the youth.

Harry Fisher/Woodland Hills, Calif.

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