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Current Affairs 2005 - Reform (115 items)

Dec 16, 2005 One Thing Is Missing In The Agonizing Over Gang Jeffrey Miron, an economist at Boston University, has studied the links between violence and prohibition -- of both alcohol and other drugs -- over the past century. His research found a strong correlation not only between violence and a drug's legal status -- the moment it's banned, violence goes up -- but also between violence and the amount of money spent trying to enforce the ban.

Dec 15, 2005 This Man Loves Herb More Than You Edmonton-reared David Malmo-Levine was our keynote pot activist in the '90s, writing for The Gateway, organizing wild rallies and handing me lit joints on television as police stood at the edge of Gazebo Park, staring.

Dec 15, 2005 Ragga Little Pills Meanwhile, a more modest product call Med-Marijuana has hit pharmacy shelves across the country, promising pain relief for osteo-arthritis sufferers. The natural remedy carries a low profile in legalization debates since there's no potential to get high: all it offers is a dose of marijuana-seed oil in a gel caplet. But the product has rapidly gained a following in a middle-aged population tired of testing every new anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, gut-corroding arthritis pill being pushed by the mainstream pharmaceutical industry.

Medicines of the future....
Dec 15, 2005 Pharma's Frankenweed By wrongly classifying marijuana as an illicit drug, the government has effectively provided itself with a monopoly over the production of cannabis. Health Canada operates one of the largest grow ops in the world in Flin Flon. Perhaps it should take the initiative to bring this valuable plant into the conventional pharmacopeia. This is unlikely to happen, and even if it did we would likely see the same profit-driven recklessness that corrupts private sector drug development.

Dec 11, 2005 The Phony War On Drugs A Quick Reading of History Should Convince Stephen Harper That Get-Tough Attitudes to Drugs in Canada Just Makes the Problem Worse

Another suberb oped by Dan Gardener
Dec 11, 2005 Decriminalize Pot - Layton "Our view is there should be rules around marijuana use, personal use, age, driving, trafficking, mass production and marketing," he said. ... "When something is criminalized to the extent that marijuana is you have by definition created a context for organized crime," he said. With just five seats out of B.C.'s 36, a strong finish this election could translate into big gains for the NDP.

Besides the Greens, the NDP have the best platform for cannabis reform.
Dec 6, 2005 Marijuana Party Candidate Has Never Touched The Weed "The philosophies of the Marijuana party make a lot of sense," he said Monday. "The prohibition of drugs has not solved any problems with regards to crime."

Dec 6, 2005 Evidence Shows Harper's Justice Policies Harper said a Conservative government "would impose mandatory minimum sentences of at least two years for trafficking, selling or importing hard drugs like heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine."...Evidence from both Canada and the United States confirms that mandatory minimums fail to deter crime. In fact, a 2001 study commissioned by Justice Canada found absolutely no correlation between the crime rate and the severity of sentences.

Nov 29, 2005 Pot Can Help The Economy, Stupid Marijuana is part of the underground economy, so it is hard to say exactly what effect legalization would have on its price, but there should be enough of a reduction for pot to be cheaper than it is now, even after the government slaps a nice fat excise tax on it. Indeed, the added tax revenue is perhaps the biggest argument in favour of legalising pot. It could help pay for the health problems it is already causing, as well as an improvement in anti-drug programs.

Nov 26, 2005 Starry Skier Miller Rips Into Strict Drug Policy Calling the International Ski Federation's strict drug policy nonsensical and humiliating, the defending all around champion said... It's a system he slammed as being illogical and rife with hypocrisy for allowing cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and Creatine, while banning marijuana, which is available via prescription.

Nov 15, 2005 Logic Says Legalize Drugs - Reality Says It Won't Happen For one thing, nobody can even pretend any more that prohibition works... So the illicit drug trade -- and the destructive, ineffective war on drugs -- will be with us, and with Afghanistan, for a long time.

[Is that all we will ever conclude is that we should, but we won't?]
Nov 12, 2005 Meet The Marijuana User Next Door Surprise: The Rank And File Of Canada's Multi-Billion-Dollar Pot Industry Look A lot Like You And Me Ever wondered how your neighbours managed to afford that Land Rover or the cash to cover their kids' private school tuition? Maybe they have a sideline: a secret, subterranean income booster in the form of a marijuana grow operation. To some that might sound scandalous, while others might wonder why they hadn't thought of it themselves.

Nov 3, 2005 Marijuana Vs Alcohol - The Straight-Up Dope The California Research Advisory Panel has stated that "[pot] is responsible for less damage to society and the individual than are alcohol and cigarettes." So what's the deal? ... The Canadian Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that more violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol than any other drug.... It finds that when it comes to crime, most pot smokers cause no other misdeed than the possession of the pot itself. ... The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse states that nearly half of all car crash deaths involve alcohol. In the United States it's the number one contributing factor in young deaths, and accounts for a quarter of all youth hospital visits. Pot on the other hand, was involved in less than two per cent of drug-related visits to the hospital in 1994.

[Common sense tells us alcohol is more dangerous than pot... but then there's politics...]
Nov 1, 2005 The Cannabis Connoisseur Where wine is concerned, there is much to know...Legions of drinkers pore over the subject as if fact-gathering itself were the addiction. And so it is with another of the world's most popular intoxicants: marijuana. The average pot smoker may not know or care what type of weed is in the dime bag, so long as it gets him lit. But others can't stop obsessing over every detail of the subject from, say, how to produce kick-ass bubble hash from plant debris ( don't throw away those sticks! ) to questions about the Linnaean nomenclature of the subspecies cannabis indica.

[The Supreme Court sold out a huge culture of Canadians from every class, race, location to uphold the status quo... then sleep every night...]
Nov 1, 2005 Toking Diplomacy If you were the guy everyone called the prince of pot and the U.S. drug czar came to town rattling his saber, you'd probably have the sense to stay out of his way. At the very least, you wouldn't go out of your way to antagonize him, let alone pay $500 for the privilege.

Oct 31, 2005 Civic Election Gone To Pot The alleged pot supplier to the Da Kine Smoke and Beverage Shop on Commercial Drive, which sold marijuana over the counter, is one of 36 candidates battling for 10 seats on city council in the November civic election.

[The headline gets an F for being so typically cliche. Give us a break.]
Oct 28, 2005 Rolling Stone Article Irks Local Leaders In his article entitled "The Tale of Kid Cannabis", Rolling Stone contributing editor Mark Binelli writes: "Rumour had it that the town of Nelson had become a sort of hippie Shangri-La, a place where if you took more than ten minutes to find someone to sell you a dime bag, there was a good chance you were already high." Binelli described Baker Street's Holy Smoke Culture Shop, with its outdoor portrait of reggae legend Peter Tosh " large enough to rival Soviet-era portraits of Lenin," as "a second City Hall."

[ Many enterprising kids realize they can make far more money selling pot than be expoited at McJobs. Eventually the pot sellers buy the business and hire the pot buyers to work for them... it's all spelled it in Narco-Dollars for Beginners A MUST READ ]
Oct 28, 2005 The Evolving Politics of Pot Just about every time The Banner runs a story about a local police busting a marijuana grow operation, we receive a letter to the editor or two from people championing the other side of the story and urging our reporters to do the same.

[ The power of MAP ]
Oct 27, 2005 Our Neighbor To The North Stalling On Reform Vancouver's reputation as the Amsterdam of North America rests as much on good intention as actual practice. John P. Walters, the U.S. government drug czar, unintentionally helped the British Columbia city gain its reputation when he made a visit there in November 2002, as Canada was moving toward de facto, if not full legal decriminalization of marijuana. Walters threatened to slow cross-boarder traffic, through increased inspection of cars and trucks, in order to keep Canadian marijuana, particularly the highly coveted "B.C. bud," out of the U.S. The traffic jams, he warned, would harm tourism and trade.

Oct 27, 2005 This Bud's For All Of Us Bud Inc., by Ian Mulgrew ( Random House Canada, 304 pages, $35 ) After a week in Vancouver I realized that Mulgrew's new book will open the eyes of quite a few people when it comes out next month. Prohibition has failed. The police and courts are overwhelmed. The cultivators are laughing all the way to an offshore account. The only hope is that Uncle Paul and some of his colleagues will come to the glaringly obvious conclusion that Ian Mulgrew spells out again and again. Legalize it.

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