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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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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Re: "Unpaid pot bills, June 1.
Oh, please! Pay for your pot. Osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia are not terminal.
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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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
"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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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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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"
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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
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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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
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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.