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1 CN BC: Urban Legend: Baking With WatermleonWed, 18 May 2011
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:118 Added:05/21/2011

Watermelon wants to become the Martha Stewart of weed.

Perhaps best known for selling watermelon and pot cookies at Wreck Beach, the blond-haired potrepreneur and activist has just launched an online marijuana cooking show and she's got a pot cook book in the works.

"I want to teach everyone how to get the proverbial weed into the proverbial brownie," she says, grinning.

"I'm not confessing to selling cookies now anymore. What I'm selling now is my marijuana cooking show. You know it's not illegal to sell information. Nobody busted Cheech and Chong for producing Up in Smoke."

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2 CN BC: Seed MoneyThu, 11 May 2006
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:05/14/2006

West Van homeowners now on the hook if their renters go into the marijuana grow-op business.

It used to be that after cops busted a rental property grow-op the owner might slap on a new coat of paint, re-carpet and put the house on the market - or find some unsuspecting new tenants.

Those days have gone up in smoke.

West Vancouver has adopted a Controlled Substance and Nuisance Bylaw, which requires owners to pay for the cost of dismantling the grow-op as well as the cost of bringing the residence up to a certain health and safety levels before it can be inhabited again.

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3 CN BC: Fighting Crystal MethThu, 26 Jan 2006
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:194 Added:01/29/2006

After getting fitted with a caged hockey helmet, shoulder pads and a kidney belt, Debbie, a West Vancouver mother of three, politely asked the sporting goods salesman to punch her as hard as he could.

"I was getting ready for the physical confrontation," she explained.

Debbie's fighting crystal meth.

Her daughter Julia (not her real name) is like most teenaged girls.

She's crazy about MSN-ing friends, makeup, exercising and counting calories. Last week, during an interview with The Outlook, Julia, decked out in a grey Ecko sweat top and pants, had just stepped out of the shower and wanted her mother to French Braid her long, raven-coloured hair before it dried.

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4 CN BC: A Youthful Fight Against MethThu, 26 Jan 2006
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:01/27/2006

N. Van Group Spreads Word About Drug.

When Aleyna Golinsky was asked to join the North Vancouver Crystal Meth Task Force, she had no clue the drug was so prevalent on the North Shore.

"It's made in North Vancouver and sold [in North Vancouver]. It's in your neighbourhood," explained the 20-year-old. "I didn't realize."

After learning more about the depth of the problem, Golinsky and a group of four others in their late teens and early 20s -- her sister Adrianna Golinsky, Denise Wong, Yudi Duque and Daniela Ugarte -- formed a youth committee that is leading the task force's youth awareness campaign.

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5 CN BC: Tackling Meth And GunsThu, 12 Jan 2006
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:159 Added:01/18/2006

This week, two more questions for the North Shore's federal election candidates.

QUESTION: How do you suggest tackling the crystal meth epidemic plaguing the Lower Mainland?

John Weston, Conservative

"A Conservative government will ensure offenders caught trafficking, importing/exporting or producing crystal meth will face mandatory minimum prison sentences. They won't get a slap on the wrist; they'll get serious jail time. A Conservative government will also make the raw materials in crystal meth, such as pseudoephedrine, harder to obtain."

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6 CN BC: Spike In Gun Seizures Connected To Drug Trade: PoliceThu, 12 Jan 2006
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:01/15/2006

When body armour-clad West Van police officers recently executed a search warrant inside the International Plaza they recovered, among other things, a loaded .357 calibre handgun and bullet-proof vest.

The police investigation had started after a 911 call about a gun shot on the Squamish Nation's Capilano Reserve one evening in May.

WVPD officers were assisted by the Integrated Gang Task Force when arresting a 22-year-old man who was later charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm and several other charges.

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7 CN BC: Descent Into Drug AddictionThu, 10 Nov 2005
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:154 Added:11/11/2005

When her 14-year-old daughter was finally locked up inside the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre, Debbie, a West Vancouver mother of three, slept soundly.

"It's a relief for me; she's locked up. It was the first time I could sleep for months," recalled Debbie, who asked that her last name not be used for the story. "I knew where she was. I knew she was safe. I didn't need to bar the windows and hide things of value.

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8 CN BC: Fighting Crystal MethThu, 08 Sep 2005
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:108 Added:09/12/2005

North Van Sets Up Task Force To Battle Deadly Drug

When the superintendent of the North Van RCMP asked Sheryl Armstrong, a sergeant with the detachment's general investigation section, to head up the enforcement side of North Vancouver's new task force on crystal meth, she wasn't completely aware of the death-grip the drug already had on some of this community's youth.

But less than a week after her conversation with Superintendent Gord Tomlinson, Armstrong visited a safe house in North Vancouver and met a pair of 12-year-old girls who were addicted to meth. She later learned of several other youngsters - one just eight years old - who had also fallen prey to the drug that is cheaper, more addictive and deadlier than crack cocaine.

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9 CN BC: Help Is Close To HomeThu, 04 Aug 2005
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:110 Added:08/07/2005

In a telephone book-sized strategy paper produced by the North Shore Task Force on Substance Abuse in 2002, one of the stated goals was to offer local treatment for those struggling with substance abuse.

Soon, as a result of diligent work by the task force and Vancouver Coastal Health, youth and adults who are battling drugs and alcohol will no longer have to leave the North Shore for treatment. As early as November, a new daytime addiction treatment facility - known as "daytox" -will open at 15th and Lonsdale.

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10 CN BC: An Inspiring Road To Drug Abuse RecoveryThu, 28 Jul 2005
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:08/01/2005

When he was working at a North Vancouver hair salon more than a decade ago, John Langer wore long-sleeve sweaters in the summer to hide the track marks that dotted his rail-thin arms. At the time, he was living in a rooming hotel on East Hastings and taking the SeaBus to work. He was shooting heroin and doing coke.

His drug use was a cyclical pendulum that had started back in his early teens. At 14, he was doing pot, LSD, opium and pills. In and out of the court system in Ontario, he soon found his way to the streets. By 17 he was living in B.C. and developing a serious coke habit that forced him to do petty crimes to feed his expensive addiction.

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11 CN BC: Crystal Death - Meth A Deadly DrugThu, 28 Jul 2005
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:184 Added:07/29/2005

It's cheaper, more addictive and deadlier than crack cocaine. And crystal meth, also known as ice" or glass," is no longer just a problem on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside or out in the burbs. It's popular and plentiful on the North Shore - and teenagers seem particularly at risk.

It's a problem," explained West Vancouver youth outreach work Jan Riddell, who says she's seen a spike in the use of the deadly, highly addictive drug in the past two or three years among West Vancouver teens. Certainly in the last year even more so."

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12 CN BC: Heading South? Read ThisSun, 13 Feb 2005
Source:Chilliwack Progress (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:223 Added:02/20/2005

Nineteen Days In A U.S. Border Prison Wasn't In The Plans.

The prison yard denizens resembled a casting call for HBO's gritty TV drama, Oz.

Tattoo-covered toughs pumping iron in the corner; Mexican gang-bangers from East LA circling around like sharks inside the razor wire-ringed field under the watchful eye of Khaki-uniformed guards. A 6'5" balding Russian guy named "Gordo" hustling phone cards and chocolate. Sometimes fights erupted.

Steve Eyre just stood with his back against a chain-link fence smoking a Marlboro. It still seemed surreal to him - like a scene from the movie Midnight Express. But this wasn't a movie set.

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13 CN BC: Up In SmokeThu, 25 Nov 2004
Source:Outlook, The (CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:11/28/2004

North Van's first-ever hemp store may go up in smoke unless its owners apply for a business license.

Hemplicious, located at 209 Lonsdale, has been operating without a valid business licence since opening on October 1.

On Dec. 6, North Vancouver City council will receive a report from the City's property-use inspector stating that the owners of Hemplicious should "either obtain a business license or cease to operate within the municipality."

Should the business continue to operate unlawfully, staff would be directed to seek appropriate recourse, including an Order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia to cease and desist to operate in the City.

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14 CN BC: West Enders Give MLA An Earful Over Drug CultureThu, 28 Aug 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:88 Added:09/01/2003

The current state of fear and loathing in the West End cannot be blamed entirely on displaced skid-row dealers and junkies.

"Yes, there's been some displacement but clearly the changes that we see in the West End are to a great extent the result of other factors," says VPD Inspector Larry Weeks, who spoke last Thursday at a community forum on the growing concern over safety in the neighbourhood.

Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt organized the meeting in response to the barrage of telephone calls he's been fielding from constituents fed up by the increase in crime and drug-dealing in the West End.

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15 CN BC: Dealers Turning Bute Into DrugThu, 12 Jun 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:95 Added:06/15/2003

The VPD's drug dragnet through the streets of the Downtown Eastside has displaced pushers and addicts to the West End, according to Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt.

Drug dealing has become so brazen at the corner of Bute and Davie Streets that residents now refer to the intersection as the "Bute Street Boutique."

There's been an ongoing problem in the neighbourhood with crystal meth dealers but "now we're having a problem with crack dealers," Mayencourt told the WestEnder.

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16 CN BC: Heavy Police Presence Harassing Poor And SickThu, 24 Apr 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:91 Added:04/27/2003

Officer, if I am under arrest or being detained, please tell me so. If I am free go, please tell me so. If I am under arrest, please tell me why. I want to exercise my right to silence and my right to speak to a lawyer before I say anything to you. I do not consent to be searched. If you need me to do something, you must first command me and explain why. I will not willingly talk to you until I speak to a lawyer.

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17 CN BC: City Council Nixes Police Call For More TroopsFri, 11 Apr 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:04/16/2003

Like U.S. Marines in Baghdad, the Vancouver Police Department has vowed to take back the inner city one block at a time if necessary--but city council isn't backing them with the necessary funds.

In November, the VPD began deploying a minimum of two officers to the corner of Main and Hastings, nearby the Carnegie community centre--24 hours a day, seven days a week--to deter the open use and trafficking of crack and heroin at the city's most notorious open drug markets.

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18 CN BC: 'In-Site' Safe-Injection Site Ready, Waiting ForThu, 13 Feb 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:02/19/2003

She knows all about the needle and the damage done. She has lived and worked in the Downtown Eastside for more than a decade and knows too many people who've OD'd in alleys and cheap rooming hotels.

Liz Evans knows a safe injection site won't solve the area's inveterate drug epidemic, but given proper supervision, fewer addicts will end up wearing toe-tags, she believes.

"It doesn't solve all the problems, but it's a necessary step to eliminate unnecessary deaths," Evans said Thursday as she gave a tour of a new safe injection site for IV drug users proposed for the Downtown Eastside.

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19 CN BC: Granville, Davie Meth-Dealing HotspotsThu, 30 Jan 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:80 Added:01/30/2003

Crystal meth dealers have set up shop at the corner of Bute and Davie.

"They're tapping into the youth and gay community in that area," says Vancouver Police Department Inspector Dave Jones. "The dealers aren't nice people and what they're selling is pure poison."

Known on the street as "ice" or "crystal," the sugar-like powder is usually sold in Ziploc baggies for under $5. And the drug is as addictive as it is inexpensive. Meth is more addictive than cocaine and, unlike crack, which produces a fleeting 20-minute high, crystal meth lasts between eight and 12 hours. For a user to become addicted it only takes about a month of occasional use; odds of relapse are 93 per cent.

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20 CN BC: In The City - Cops Keeping Dealers MovingThu, 23 Jan 2003
Source:Westender (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Beddall, Justin Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:01/26/2003

Vancouver Police Department Insp. Bob Rich calls it the "Seinfeld approach" to policing.

"It's about doing nothing but it works."

In November, the VPD began deploying a minimum of two officers to the corner of Main and Hastings, near the Carnegie community centre--24 hours a day, seven days a week--to deter the open use and trafficking of crack and heroin at the city's most notorious open drug markets.

In the past, more traditional methods such as beat patrols and undercover operations have had only short-term success in breaking up the open drug scene at Main and Hastings. So far, the 24/7 police presence has worked. Today, the 100 or so regulars that used to loiter around the corner have decamped, making the Carnegie centre once again accessible to the community.

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