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Current Affairs 2005 - Police (93 items)

Oct 26, 2005 RCMP Families Map Out Role On Election Trail Eight family members of the murdered officers were in Ottawa on Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Paul Martin and MPs from other parties. They want the government to scrap plans to decriminalize marijuana and to impose tougher sentences on cannabis grow-operators and other convicted criminals.

[What would our gun laws or drunk driving laws look like if we let victims of these crimes set the agenda for legislation?

And to think this was never about pot, but stolen car parts, it looks like any excuse will do to further one's own agenda]

Oct 22, 2005 Mountie Lied, Judge Says, Throwing Out Drug Case Ruling that an RCMP officer blatantly lied to try to salvage the crumbling credibility of an undercover informant, a judge yesterday tossed out three drug conspiracy charges against a Montreal criminal lawyer, bringing an abrupt end to his trial.

[The snitch society we must endure to police victimless crime will always lead to corruption... mostly left uncovered..]
Oct 20, 2005 Cotler's State Of Insecurity Civil rights the Federal Minister of Justice, Irwin Cotler, was well known as a human rights champion before entering public life. But there seems to be little room for champions of freedom in a government obsessed with security. ...The minister had one opportunity to strike a blow for freedom with the proposal to decriminalize marijuana, but the promise to liberate millions of Canadian pot-smokers from the clutches of the criminal law became too controversial for a government preoccupied with building a Great Wall of surveillance to keep tabs on subversives, terrorists and home-grown criminals.

Oct 12, 2005 Grow Ops Are Dangerous, Police Say Because of the potential dangers involved in dismantling a marijuana grow operation the OPP have changed how they deal with them. In earlier years he said they went in quickly and dismantled the operation quickly but that often left the officers exposed to a number of potentially dangerous situations and to the possibility of developing long-term health problems because of their exposure to chemicals and mold. Today the officer explained they don't rush into grow operations and when they do go in they wear protective clothing and a ventilator masks. They also wear boots that protect them from electrical shocks.

[Perhaps the public was associating cannabis growing to harmless plant/flower growing, whereas the police want to associate pot growing/meth lab dangers. The propagnada machine runs in high gear]
Oct 7, 2005 Officer To Stand Trial On Drug Charges A police officer facing numerous charges spanning several years and jurisdictions will stand trial on local charges next week, a judge has ruled, despite a bid from the crown for more time to scrutinize new information brought forth by the defence. Ned Maodus, 41, a former resident of Mono, is a senior drug investigator with Metro Toronto Police who, along with five other officers, faces drug related charges and allegations of wrongdoing.

Oct 6, 2005 Kid Cannabis How a Chubby Pizza-Delivery Boy From Idaho Became a Drug Kingpin:
Nate Norman was hanging out with his buddy Topher Clark when he came up with The Idea. The two friends were sitting around Nate's house, a dumpy little place near the cemetery, and both of them were extremely stoned. And yet The Idea had more legs than your typical pot-inspired idea. It did not involve a second Twinkie inside the first one. It did not involve genetically modifying the bugs so their blood would not be blood but windshield-wiper fluid. It was, in fact, based on a practical application of global economic theory. That, and cheap weed in Canada.

[ 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 1, 2005 Mounties avoiding oversight, complaints commissioner says The head of the RCMP complaints commission says the Mounties are hiding behind the cloak of national security to keep her from investigating allegations of a late-night raid at a private residence that resulted in no charges but thoroughly traumatized a family....The Mounties resist civilian oversight because they have an "us-against-them mentality," says Ms. Heafey, who will retire from the commission later this month after seven years.

[The longer the RCMP are allowed to continue in this manner, the worse the policing situation will become]
Sep 29, 2005 City Hiring More Police City council has approved the hiring of two police officers under a provincial officer partnership program. The two officers will tackle the issues of youth and organized crime, marijuana grow-ops and methamphetamine labs.

[More jobs for cops... isn't that what prohibition is all about and why they lobby so intensely for it?]
Sep 27, 2005 Families Of Slain Mounties Seek Harder Drug Law The family members, still scarred by the shooting deaths of the officers by a violent outcast near Mayerthorpe, Alta., called on the government to scrap the marijuana bill and introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for those who grow cannabis on a commercial scale.

[How unfortunate that the families of the slain Mounties would exploit their deaths to lobby for tougher sentences on cannabis and organized crime, particularly when the garden was incidental to the police being called in to assist in a car repossession. Instead, the families should be demanding an investigation into why the police brass chose to send the victims to assist at the residence of a "cop-hater" without appropriate precautions which could have possibly spared their lives, especially when full-geared SWAT teams are sent in to take down an individual tending a few plants. That is the real issue that gets clouded over in the rush to further demonize cannabis. It is also unfortunate that many professions have much higher on-the-job fatalities than police work, yet this is never acknowledged. See: Pot & Murder]
Sep 19, 2005 Dog Search Sends Signal Drugs and alcohol do not belong in a school setting. That's a great message to send to all students in Edson whether or not they attend Parkland Composite High School. Last Thursday's school search using an RCMP dog will hopefully hammer into students' minds that they shouldn't be messing with drugs. Otherwise, they are messing with their future.

[Have they ever stopped to ask the students exactly what message is being hammered into thier heads with the heavy handed tactics? Didn't think so...]
Sep 17, 2005 Pot Use Puts Parents On The Spot A CAS worker had showed up unannounced at their East Mountain home saying she was investigating Baby Christian's welfare based on this written report filed by Sutthery on Aug. 30: "I, officer Sutthery, had a conversation with the owner of the pot cafe in which Chris Goodwin admitted to using marijuana every day. Goodwin also said his wife uses every day." With those two sentences, an investigation and a political firestorm were launched.

[Parents are allowed to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in front of their children, but as usual, all perspective is lost when it comes to cannabis]
Sep 11, 2005 Mountie Wants Parents Punished For Raising Children In Grow-ops B.C.'s top "grow-op cop" said the courts should hand out longer jail sentences to parents who raise their kids in marijuana drug houses.

[Good idea - bust up more families and have more kids grow up in foster care, then we can have more repurcussions from the war on pot]
Sep 8, 2005 Judge Scolds Officer For Lying In Court A metro man who admitted in court to being involved in criminal activity will not be prosecuted on a slew of drug and weapons charges because a Halifax Regional Police officer lied on the stand and officers unlawfully searched the man's home.

[Every once in awhile, justice prevails still]
Aug 27, 2005 Pot Farms Flourish Massive outdoor marijuana grow-ops like the one busted near Oak Lake this week - the largest in the province's history - are sprouting up across Canada and there are likely more right here in Westman, says a police source. Indoor grow-ops in residential neighbourhoods - often upscale or suburban areas - have grabbed the media spotlight in recent years, but an Ontario-based investigator said police agencies nationwide are also starting to see a trend in large-scale outdoor pot farms.

Aug 23, 2005 No Place For Texas Rangers Increasing Presence Of American Agents Is Making A Mockery Of Canadian Values

Aug 20, 2005 Hydroponic Store Owners Should Help Us If indoor growing supply shops tracked customer purchases and informed police of suspicious buys, it would make stopping large-scale marijuana operations easier...But....."A lot of our customers are vegetable growers concerned about pesticides and preservatives and those that want to grow their own vegetables year-round,"

[The lengths the police must go to continue this war on consensual "crime" is nothing short of mind boggling]
Aug 13, 2005 Legalize Pot, Focus Sights On Crystal Meth The arguments for legalizing pot to better fight hard drugs are so strong that Ottawa's failure to move in that direction seems to be due to outside pressure. Either it's organized crime, hoping to keep pot illegal to keep profits flowing, or it's police agencies -- domestic or American -- nervous that their budgets will be slashed if this bogeyman is removed.

[Only police and organized crime support prohibition, yet that seems to be all it takes]
Aug 5, 2005 Marc Emery out on bail B.C. Marijuana Party leader Marc Emery has been released from the pre-trial centre in Port Coquitlam after posting $50,000 bail.

Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, Greg William INFORMATION

Jul 27, 2005 Beleaguered Drug Cop Sued Again $2.4-Million Suit For Assault. Six Colleagues In Squad Charged With 40-Corruption Related Offences

Jun 1, 2005CN ARTIC: Police dismantle drug pipeline to the North ARTIC: Dozens of suspects appeared in court today in connection with the massive dismantling of a criminal ring that trafficked marijuana from Montreal to the Far North. ... Gordon McGregor, the president of the police chief's association of aboriginal communities, said the drug ring has created enormous social problems in the communities affected. "We see high rates of suicide, we see a lot more violence, and we see more lot more situations where weapons are involved," McGregor told reported today.

[The northern communities should file a class action suit stating prohibition opens them to greater societal harm, and they need protection against such an unjust law. If there is problems of that magnitude associated with cannabis, than without a supply of non-toxic, less harmful herb , their communities are more susceptible to greater harm and violence from gasoline sniffing, alcohol, and eventually crystal meth, which is easier to smuggle.

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