So let's say you get caught with a basement full of marijuana plants.
Unpleasant, but no big deal - this is B.C., where the courts are known
for their gentle drug-crime sentences.
But the real nightmare has just begun. Because if you're like most
growers, you haven't been filing income tax returns. And the tax man
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency has caught the scent of a
billion-dollar industry, almost all of it operating outside the tax
system. The fact that it's an illegal industry makes no difference;
federal law states that if you earn income, you file an income tax
return regardless of the source.
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When a huge smiling mug of Canadian Alliance leadership hopeful
Stockwell Day hit the cover of the Globe and Mail last month it wasn't
for a solid fiscal conservative policy, but rather the headline over
the picture of the ex-preacher read, "I DID INHALE."
Politicians who have smoked dope in their past makes for juicy
headlines and usually sets off a number of ethical and moral debates
for both the elected representatives and those who report on the
nation's leaders. Is it simply attempting to flush out every skeleton
from a public official's closet or are questions of drug use relevant
to public policy - say the on-going debate of legalizing marijuana for
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The issue: A federal undercover operation on the Big Island has
resulted in 32 arrests and the seizure of $71,000 worth of illegal
Our view: The results show that illegal drug use is extensive in East
Hawaii and it isn't confined to marijuana.
WHILE the Legislature last week was approving medical use of
marijuana, agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration were
winding up a two-month-long undercover operation on the Big Island.
Thirty-two arrests were made, including a Hawaii County firefighter
and a man described as a drug boss. Nine of those arrested face
federal drug charges. The others face state charges.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Some 161 "party-goers" were rounded up by police in an
early morning swoop at an illegal pub and discotheque in Pandan Indah
industrial park here Sunday.
Of those detained, 102 were men and the rest were women aged between
18 and 35.
Police also recovered from the premises 13 pills believed to be
Ecstasy and 50 sticks of cigarettes believed to be laced with ganja.
Most of the patrons were still in head-swinging frenzy when police
stormed the premises.
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The controversial use of force to seize Elian Gonzalez is just
business as usual in the war on drugs.
In the debate over the federal government's use of force to return
Elian Gonzalez to his father, the left and right have magically
Liberals who protest the excessive use of police force under New
York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani have been quick to defend ferocious INS
agents in helmets, camouflage and ninja masks, brandishing assault
weapons, arguing that the ends justify the means. Meanwhile many
conservatives, some of whom never met a SWAT team they didn't like,
are up in arms over the civil-liberties abuses suffered by the Miami
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Marvin Chavez,founder of the Orange County Patient Doctor Nurse
Support Group for medical marijuana patients, returned to Orange
County and he's ready to resume his work - with a few key
Mr. Chavez, readers might recall, came home April 21 after serving 15
months in state prison for marijuana sales. He was released on bail
pending his appeal.
"I almost feel as if I haven't broken stride," he told us Thursday.
"I've found a new nurse to review applications, I'm catching up on
paperwork and making plans to get the group going again."
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A scion of the internationally known Rothschild family collapsed on a
Manhattan sidewalk and died of an apparent drug overdose after a
downtown party, officials said. Authorities said Raphael de
Rothschild, 23, died on the afternoon of April 22 outside a Chelsea
loft. William Corbin, a friend of Rothschild, was later arrested and
charged with heroin possession, according to police. The Rothschilds
played a major role in French business and culture. The helped make
Paris on of the most significant financial capitals in Europe.
The trial of former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate and cancer patient
Steve Kubby and his wife Michele on numerous counts of marijuana sales and
conspiracy is slated to begin today at the Placer County Courthouse in
Auburn, just east of Sacramento. The Kubbys were arrested after a long
surveillance on Jan. 19, 1999 in the house they rented near Lake Tahoe, and
more than 200 marijuana plants were seized.
The Kubbys, both of whom are medical marijuana patients with a physician's
recommendation, published an online winter sports magazine.
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A new federal party which aims to end marijuana prohibition in Australia,
will be launched at the eighth annual Nimbin Mardigrass and Cannabis Law
Reform rally on the weekend, organisers said today.
The president of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party, Michael
Balderstone, said the launch of the party on Saturday should help push drug
reform on the national agenda.
"The new party legitimises our political campaign and our attempts to make
the mainstream parties listen to our reform message," Mr Balderstone said
from Nimbin in far northern NSW.
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The government of Vietnam must be condemned in the strongest possible terms
for its execution of a Toronto woman who may have been innocent of any
Nguyen Thi Hiep, 43, had been convicted in 1997 of heroin smuggling while on
a visit to Vietnam in 1996. Her mother, Tran Thi Cam, 74, is serving a life
sentence for the same crime. Nguyen, whose family lives in the Toronto area,
was born in Vietnam but became a Canadian citizen in 1982.
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