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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia TORONTO - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Fault War On Drugs

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 18 Jul 2014 - Re: Good Samaritan immunity law could save lives - July 14 Regarding Kayla Follett's thoughtful commentary, the drug war is part of the problem. Illegal drug users are reluctant to seek medical attention in the event of an overdose for fear of being charged with a crime.
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CN ON: Free Pot In The Park

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - Vouchers for Medical Grass Hidden Christie Park was up in smoke on Thursday. A group calling itself Marijuana Info Bureau (MIB) held a treasure hunt for free pot and dozens of hopefuls showed up for the search.
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CN ON: Column: Jury System All Powerful in Canada's Criminal

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 18 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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CN BC: LTE: Don't Legalize Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Province, 18 Jul 2014 - The dedication of The Province to the legalization of marijuana could be very suspicious. How can anyone in his right mind promote something that makes people mentally unstable? Who would like to deal with such people on a daily basis, in all kinds of situations, in all kinds of work and public places?
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Chronicle AM -- July 17, 2014

Canada (STDW) - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:31

Marijuana decriminalization comes to the nation's capital, Vermont is set to study marijuana legalization, New Jersey residents press for "decarceration," Canadians are ready for marijuana reform, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

The District of Columbia is Decriminalized. The decriminalization of the possession of an ounce of less of marijuana is now the law in the nation's capital. A law passed by the DC city council and signed by Mayor Vincent Gray (D) went into effect one minute after minute. Small time pot possession is now punishable only by a fine of $25. But the cops can still take your stash.

Vermont Launches Study of Marijuana Legalization. The state has hired the RAND Corporation to sort through the issues around legalizing marijuana in the Green Mountain State. The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) says the study is needed because lawmakers are expected to take up the issue during the legislative session next year. A report is expected to be issued by January.

Medical Marijuana

UFCW to Start Representing Washington State Medical Marijuana Workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367 announced this week that it expects to represents workers at a Puyallup medical marijuana collective. The UFCW represents a variety of retail, food processing, manufacturing, and production workers, but has also been active in the medical marijuana industry and has a Cannabis Workers Rising campaign, especially in California, where it has organized numerous work sites.

Drug Policy

Netroots Nation Gathering to Take Up Drug War Issues Friday. The ninth annual gathering of progressive voices known as Netroots Nation, meeting in Detroit this week, will address the war on drugs during a panel Friday. The panel is called "Marijuana Arrests: The Gateway to Mass Incarceration." The panel will take place at 4:30pm and can viewed live online here.

Sentencing

New Jersey Campaign to Reduce Incarceration Gets Underway. Residents of Essex County have launched a campaign to get lawmakers to pass legislation that would reduce incarceration in the Garden State. More than a thousand of them have signed a Change.org petition urging legislators to pass a bill they call the New Jersey Decarceration Act, which would lead to a large-scale release of nonviolent drug and other offenders.

International

Canadians Ready for Marijuana Reform, Poll Finds. An Ipsos-Reid poll commissioned by the Department of Justice has found that seven out of 10 Canadians are ready to decriminalize or legalize marijuana. Some 37% of respondents said it should be legalized, while another 33% said it should be decriminalized. Only 14% supported the status quo, while 12% wanted harsher penalties. The poll was commissioned by the government in December, but it hid the results until the newspaper The Star managed to obtain them.

Malaysian Court Sentences Nigerian Student to Death for Marijuana Trafficking. A Malaysian High Court judge sentenced Nigerian college student Uchechukwu Nelson Ohaechesi to be hanged after he was convicted of trafficking 26.5 kilograms of marijuana.

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CN ON: Column: Juries Can Also Sit In Judgment Of Our Laws

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 17 Jul 2014 - My column last week advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more. More noteworthy is the fact a criminal jury can serve as society's conscience.
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Canada: High Time Marijuana Laws Loosened, Majority Of

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 17 Jul 2014 - OTTAWA- A strong majority of Canadians think the federal government should either legalize marijuana or decriminalize the possession of small amounts, according to a new Department of Justice poll obtained by the Star. The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened.
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CN SN: OPED: Narcan Helps Paramedics To Save Lives

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 16 Jul 2014 - What if you could save a life? Just one life. Would you? For almost all of us, the answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes. Without question, regardless of anything, a life, just one life, is worth saving.
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CN ON: OPED: Legalize Soft Drugs To Reduce Availability Of

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Petrolia Topic, 16 Jul 2014 - Does caffeine lead to cocaine use? Obviously not. But what would happen if caffeine was outlawed? Naturally, a black market would emerge. Drug gangs, which are highly skilled at operating outside the law, and have pre-existing distribution channels, would begin trafficking illegal caffeine pills. If people were forced to use black market distribution chains to obtain a mild stimulant such as caffeine, would they be more likely to opt for a stronger stimulant such as cocaine? Almost certainly.
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CN ON: Editorial: Saluting The Resilience Of Rade Kovacevic

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 16 Jul 2014 - A bookie would have given long odds to anyone seeking a wager in August 2010 that Rade Kovacevic would in a short time be a darling of the local business community and a key player in a burgeoning research-linked firm spotlighted for its innovation. After all, in August 2010, Kovacevic was a principal in a local cannabis club that had just been raided by the Guelph Police Service, and he and other stakeholders with the organization were facing multiple charges. He and the others charged vigorously asserted their innocence, claimed that the investigation against them was improper and vowed that they would not be found guilty. But isn't that the usual line from suspects - particularly ones with a somewhat prominent profile in the community?
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CN NS: OPED: Witnesses Of Drug Overdose Fearful To Contact

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 16 Jul 2014 - What if you could save a life? Just one life. Would you? For almost all of us the answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes. Without question, regardless of anything, a life, just one life, is worth saving.
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CN BC: Column: Pot's Positive Potential Is Hard To Ignore

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Whistler Question, 15 Jul 2014 - A few weeks ago I wrote about the eternal issue of kids and booze. Now it's time to talk about adults and pot. I am always amazed by the number of people who, at some social occasion, will puff on a joint with the caveat that their spouse doesn't know. These people either have partners without a sense of smell or they are deluding themselves.
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CN NS: Funding To Help Prevent Drug Use Good News For

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 15 Jul 2014 - ' It's beyond amazing. It should've been done a long time ago' TRURO - Local youth are ecstatic programming that has changed their lives for the better can be offered to more people thanks to substantial federal funding.
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CN ON: OPED: Good Samaritan Immunity Law Could Save Lives

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 14 Jul 2014 - What if you could save a life? Just one life. Would you? For almost all of us, the answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes. Without question, regardless of anything, a life, just one life, is worth saving.
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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries Can Serve As Society's

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 14 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries Can Serve As Society's

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 14 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries Can Serve As Society's

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 14 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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CN BC: LTE: Think Of The Children!

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Province, 13 Jul 2014 - What is wrong with our society? How can parents keep their children in line and off drugs when the police and the media are putting out the impression that it is OK to use and sell drugs on Canada Day. Correct me if I am wrong! I was watching the news on Canada Day and right in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery there was the sale of illegal drugs. It said that they were selling marijuana and hash brownies on the street and police were just watching.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Thanks For Editorial

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Province, 13 Jul 2014 - Thank you for your editorial on Thursday! Reasoned, articulate opinions in the mainstream media will, hopefully, encourage change in the archaic practice of turning marijuana users into criminals. The ridiculousness of this ongoing exercise in futility, the criminalization of pot, is becoming obvious to all but the most head-in-in-sand individuals.
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