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1 CN BC: Column: Taxman Goes After Illegal GrowersMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Paterson, Jody Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:05/02/2000

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 cometh.

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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2 CN BC: Have Local Politicians Smoked Pot - And Does It Matter?Mon, 01 May 2000
Source:Nelson Daily News (CN BC) Author:Hall, Bob Area:British Columbia Lines:180 Added:05/02/2000

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 instance?

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3 US HI: Editorial: Big Island Drug RaidsMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)          Area:Hawaii Lines:67 Added:05/02/2000

The issue: A federal undercover operation on the Big Island has resulted in 32 arrests and the seizure of $71,000 worth of illegal drugs.

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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4 Malaysia: Police Detain 161 In Raid On Illegal PubMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Star (Malaysia) Author:Khoo, Simon Area:Malaysia Lines:70 Added:05/02/2000

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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5 US: Web: When Cops Become Combat TroopsTue, 02 May 2000
Source:Salon.com (US Web) Author:Bucqueroux, Bonnie Area:United States Lines:152 Added:05/02/2000

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 swapped sides.

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 Gonzalez family.

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6US CA: Chavez Is HomeMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Orange County Register (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/02/2000

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 differences.

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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7US CA: Drug OverdoseMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Orange County Register (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/02/2000

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.


8US CA: Kubby Trial BeginsMon, 01 May 2000
Source:Orange County Register (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/02/2000

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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9 Australia: Wire: Pro-Marijuana Party To Be Launched At NimbinTue, 02 May 2000
Source:Australian Associated Press (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:34 Added:05/02/2000

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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10 CN ON: Editorial: Executing Canadian Was A Barbaric ActFri, 28 Apr 2000
Source:Standard, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:04/28/2000

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 crime.

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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