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CN ON: Editorial: Stripping Away Rights

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 19 Feb 2015 - Quebec Outrage Young people should not be strip-searched by school officials Quebec's education minister has stepped back from defending the strip-searching of a 15-year-old girl at school. Provincial officials now say they'll review rules that were used to justify taking such an extreme measure.
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CN ON: Cops Alter Story On Cuffed Lawyer

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 19 Feb 2015 - After denying Laura Liscio was arrested in court attire, Peel officers concede it's true Peel police admit they were wrong about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Toronto lawyer in Brampton court last week but refuse to reveal details about the false claims.
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CN QU: Quebec Reviewing Strip-Search Policies

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
The Record, 19 Feb 2015 - Quebec Education Minister Yves Bolduc says he wants to tighten the rules surrounding the controversial practice of strip searches of students in high schools in the province. Bolduc said Wednesday that he's ordered an independent expert to look into two such cases recently in Quebec - one in the provincial capital that has caused waves this week and another in the Beauce region.
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CN QU: Quebec To Review Strip Searches In Schools

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Feb 2015 - Policy draws criticism after 15-year-old girl forced to remove her clothing over suspicions she was dealing marijuana Quebec's Education Minister has ordered an independent review of the province's school strip search policy after an uproar over a 15-year-old girl who was made to remove all her clothes over suspicions she was dealing marijuana.
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Canada: Editorial: They Shouldn't Be Part of Our Schools

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Feb 2015 - With one noticeable exception, everyone can see that a Quebec City high-school principal went too far last week when she strip-searched a student suspected of dealing pot. A female staff member held a blanket in front of the student, a girl aged 15, while the principal, also female, inspected each item of clothing as it was handed to her. The girl says she was left naked and humiliated, a version of events the school is not disputing. The story is shocking and unacceptable, made worse by the fact that the one person who doesn't see it that way is Yves Bolduc, Quebec's Minister of Education.
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CN NS: PUB LTE: An Upside To Legalizing Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, 18 Feb 2015 - Our prime minister would have us believe that if we vote for Justin Trudeau, he will legalize cannabis. However, as far as I can see, Mr. Harper has already made cannabis legal for a very large number of Canadians. I would rather see people use cannabis than the prescription drugs that are not prescribed for them.
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CN QU: Strip Search Of 15-year-old Quebec Girl Sparks Fury

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 18 Feb 2015 - But education minister defends high school principal's actions MONTREAL - Quebec's education minister is under fire for defending high school officials who strip-searched a 15-year-old female student they suspected of selling drugs - an incident that has shocked some but appears to be well within the bounds of Canadian law.
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CN ON: Province Does Not Track Corrections Centre Overdoses

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 18 Feb 2015 - The province is not tracking how many inmates are overdosing in jails across Ontario. The government has no central database of this information, despite drugs being such a concern that the regional coroner is planning an inquest that will examine the overdose deaths of four inmates at the Barton Street jail.
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CN ON: Drug Treatment Court Is Proof People Care

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Feb 2015 - 'Jack' was on the right track until he slipped up. But a kind judge has faith in him On his lunch hour, Jack hustles to the courthouse to get his gold star from the judge. He's had a drug free week and the accomplishment is met with a star for his journal and a round of applause from Justice Marjoh Agro and all the lawyers, police, addiction experts and clients in the room.
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CN ON: Column: Have Mercy On Drug Users Who Hurt As We All Do

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2015 - The war on drugs has been a catastrophe that has multiplied human pain. One risks one's unincarcerated life to take illegal drugs. But people still do it. This mystery cries out to be solved. Rather than studying worthy half-measures, like legalizing medical marijuana, arresting dealers, rehab, all the things we try in this Calvinistic part of the world that deplores human weakness, British journalist Johann Hari decided to be bold. In his new book,Chasing the Scream, Hari decided instead to study the whole mess, the pain that makes people ingest anything that will fill "an inner void," and the way we punish people for suffering.
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CN BC: Weeds Store in Sechelt Won't Happen, Says RCMP

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:00
Coast Reporter, 13 Feb 2015 - Weeds Glass and Gifts, Vancouver's largest chain of medical marijuana dispensaries, is poised to open a store in downtown Sechelt - even though Sunshine Coast RCMP is "strongly encouraging" the company to reconsider its decision. "Ideally we'd like to save them all the hassle and money and tell them that this isn't something we would stand by and allow to happen in our community," detachment spokesman Const. Harrison Mohr said Tuesday.
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CN BC: LTE: Why Legalize The Gateway Drug?

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 10 Feb 2015 - Perhaps I would agree with legalizing marijuana use if I really believed that it is wholly for the treatment of medical issues. Some people claim that pot controls pain and makes living more comfortable. As a cure for anything, marijuana use is not proven and is therefore speculative. As a medium for creativity in the arts, pot may help that minority of the "gifted" in society, but legalization is unnecessary.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: The Government's Failed Drug Policy

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 10 Feb 2015 - While it is convenient to brand the Liberals as pot-smoking supporters of medical marijuana, that position is only a smokescreen by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to replace reality with fiction. The Conservative's approach to marijuana is not serving anyone least of all, our children. The prime minister's approach has failed to keep marijuana out of the hands of Canadian youth.
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CN ON: Broader Probe Urged After Hair Test Error

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2015 - Woman in Custody Fight Accused of Pot Abuse When Motherisk Delivers False-Positive Result Sarah was in the midst of a bitter child custody fight with her ex when she got drug test results she feared could tip the scales in his favour.
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CN BC: LTE: Crack Down On Illegal Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Vancouver Sun, 10 Feb 2015 - Re: Dispensaries can't get product legally, Feb. 3 This article further perpetuates the myth that patients and others looking to medical marijuana are forced to use unregulated and illegal dispensaries because a lack of access or "government regulations." It is simply false.
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CN BC: Local Criminology Instructor Squares Off With Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Comox Valley Record, 10 Feb 2015 - North Island College criminology instructor/addictions consultant Geri Bemister squared off with pot activist Marc Emery, among others, in a panel discussion about Canadian marijuana laws, Wednesday at UVic. Emery was recently released from prison in the U.S., where he was incarcerated on drug charges.
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Chronicle AM: Jamaica Decrim a Step Closer, DC Legalization Battles, Pot and Driving, More (2/9/15)

Canada (STDW) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:23

The fight over legalization continues in DC, Jamaica is now one vote away from decriminalizing ganja, the NHTSA has a study out saying there is no evidence pot use increases the risk of crashes, and more. Let's get to it:

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

Drug Czar Nominee Says DC Should Be Able to Legalize Marijuana. Acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office) Michael Botticelli has said that the District of Columbia should be able to determine its own marijuana policy. "As a resident of the District I might not agree about legalization," Botticelli said, "but I do agree with our own ability to spend our own money the way that we want to do that." Federal law requires the drug czar to oppose marijuana legalization, but that didn't stop Botticelli from endorsing home rule for the District even if that meant legalization.

DC Council Cancels Hearing on Taxation and Regulation Bill in Face of Legal Threats. The DC council was supposed to hold hearing on a taxation and regulation bill today, but abandoned those plans after the District attorney general warned lawmakers they and their staffs could face fines or even jail time if they went ahead. Incoming DC Attorney General Karl Racine warned the council in a letter late last week that holding the hearing would violate a congressionally imposed spending restriction prohibiting the city from moving forward on legalization and regulation. Council members and invited witnesses, some of whom had traveled hundreds of miles to testify, instead held an informal roundtable discussion on the topic to avoid the risk of being found in contempt of Congress.

Idahoans Not Ready to Legalize Marijuana, Poll Finds. An Idaho Politics Weekly poll found that only 33% supported legalization, with 64% opposed -- and they mean it. More than half (53%) of respondents were "strongly opposed," while another 11% were "somewhat opposed." Only 17% said they "strongly supported" legalization, with another 16% "somewhat supporting" it.

Sentencing Policy

Kansas Bill Would Cut Marijuana Sentences. The Kansas Sentencing Commission is pushing a bill through the legislature that would end prison sentences for the first two marijuana possession offenses and allow for increased use of good-time sentence reductions. The bill has been endorsed by the Department of Corrections and many legislators and has passed out of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.

Drug Testing

Montana Food Stamp Drug Testing Bill Passes House. The House last Friday approved House Bill 200, which would require applicants for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to be screened for possible drug use. Those deemed to be suspected of drug use after screening would be subjected to drug tests.

Tennessee Welfare Drug Testing Scheme Yields Few Positives. Six months after the state rolled out its controversial law to drug test some people applying for public benefits, the first results are in, and they're not very impressive. Some 16,017 people applied for the Families First cash assistance program; only 279 were deemed to have provided reasonable suspicion that they were drug users, and only 37 of them tested positive for drugs. Eight people were disqualified for refusing to answer the drug questionnaire; another 81 were denied benefits after dropping out of the application process.

Driving

NHTSA Says No Evidence Marijuana Use Increases Crash Risk. A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released last Friday found no evidence marijuana use increases the risk of getting in a traffic accident. While pot smokers are 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than non-users, NHTSA attributed that to factors other than marijuana use itself -- particularly that younger men are more likely to get in crashes. "Other factors, such as age and gender, appear to account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users," the study found. The study is the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use By Drivers.

Law Enforcement

Utah Town Pays Big for 2012 Drug War Killing of Danielle Willard. The city of West Valley City, Utah, will pay $1.425 million to the family of Danielle Willard to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the city and two police officers. Willard was shot and killed by Det. Shaun Cowley as she sat in her car in an apartment complex parking lot. When detectives approached her vehicle, she began to back up. Two opened fire, but only Cowley was on target, hitting her in the head and killing her. Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill found the shooting unjustified, but a district court judge threw out charges against Cowley. Cowley was later fired for mishandling evidence and dereliction of duty, and the West Valley Vice Narcotics Unit was disbanded. It has just been reconstituted.

Missouri Activists Issue Report on Drug Task Force Misconduct. Show Me Cannabis has released a comprehensive report on misconduct in the state's anti-drug task forces. The report is "Drug Task Forces in Missouri: Secret, Dangerous, and Unaccountable; A Thorough Exploration of Patterns of Gross Misconduct."

International

Jamaican Senate Approves Ganja Decriminalization. The Senate approved marijuana decriminalization last Friday after five hours of debate. Up to two ounces will be decriminalized, Rastafarians will be able to grow their own, and the country will begin to move toward setting up a legal marijuana industry. The measure must still pass the lower House, but is expected to do so.

Vancouver Looks to Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries. Even though they are illegal under Canadian law, at least 60 dispensaries operate in Vancouver, and the municipal government is now moving to come up with a way to regulate them -- not shut them down. Click on the link for more details.

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CN BC: Vancouver Looks To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Feb 2015 - When Dana Larsen opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver's east side in 2008, he was more than a little nervous about what could happen. There were already a handful of other storefront operations in the city openly defying federal drug laws by selling marijuana, hash and other cannabis products to customers claiming a medical need. But it still wasn't clear how long police and the local government would allow that to continue.
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CN ON: Biker Gang Has Moved In

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:00
The Beacon Herald, 07 Feb 2015 - Law Enforcement: The Gate Keepers Said to Be Support Club of Hells Angels A support club for the Hells Angels has set up in Stratford. The Gate Keepers, who have chapters from southwestern Ontario to the Maritimes, have been in Stratford "for months" and have leased a Downie Street building, Stratford Police Chief John Bates confirmed.
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CN BC: Strip Search Botched, Says Judge

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 06 Feb 2015 - A judge has chastised Kelowna RCMP for videotaping a woman as she was strip-searched in the detachment. In a court decision released online this week, Judge Ellen Burdett criticized the force for ignoring a 13-year-old law that outlines the proper way to conduct strip searches.
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