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Current Affairs 2005 - Cultivation (106 items)

Dec 23, 2005 Three Guilty In Murder Of Pot Growers Duong asked Dang to lure the couple to the trap because he was angry when Ton tried to cheat him out of profit from their marijuana growing operation in a Mississauga house.

Too bad they couldn't have settled their differences in court like all other business people. The public must learn the difference between drug-related and prohibition-related crimes... and don't expect the media to help...
Dec 15, 2005 New Law Cuts Off Power To Suspected Grow-Ops TORONTO -- Under a new provincial law, electricity distributors in Ontario can cut power to homes when they suspect residents are trying to grow pot.

What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Oh yeah, anything goes in the "war on pot"
Dec 13, 2005 Grow-Ops Growing In Number Since the start of 2005, police in Ontario have raided 15 farm-sized pot fields, with each property housing between 7,000 and 24,000 plants. Overall, the Orillia-based OPP Drug Enforcement Section is reporting a 100-per-cent increase in the number of plants seized over the past year. Between January and September, officers dismantled more than 600 grow operations and uprooted in excess of 400,000 plants. Seizures in areas surrounding Bancroft, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, and Kincardine are up 600 per cent, Elbers said.

Tax and regulate
Dec 13, 2005 Local Residents Shown How To Spot Drug Grow He said to look for windows covered up or lights that go on in dark houses at scheduled times of the day. Often the houses are uninhabited, so take notice of flyers building up or a lack of garbage. A strong, skunk smell would also be an indication of illegal activity. Loud buzzing noises emitted from generators or fans may be audible from outside the building as well. Watch for people entering and exiting through the garage door which may mean that the main entrances have been barricaded to prevent marijuana theft from other 'competititors'.

Are they educating the public on what to look for, or are they educating growers on what not to do?
Dec 9, 2005 Grow-Op Busting Initiative Wins Public Safety Award The initiative essentially involves the fire department filing freedom-of-information requests for hydro bills of suspected grow-op addresses. Once the information is obtained, officials knock on the door of the address with an order for an electrical inspection. ..Garis said the object of the project is strictly public and firefighter safety.

Using "safety" as a means to erode more privacy rights is a newer line in an old plot - maintianing prohibition.
Dec 8, 2005 More Guns In Grow-Ops According to StatsCan, there have been 137 marijuana-related homicides between 1992 and 2002.

Nice propaganda work... it should say "PROHIBITION-related homicides", but the mindless media copy police PR's verbatim.
Dec 8, 2005 Insurance Woes Force Man To Dismantle Medical Marijuana Grow Operation He is licensed to grow up to 15 plants for distribution to the patient. Because of the nature of the product, Selenski said he has taken numerous security measures to protect the operation, including cameras, alarms, guard dogs and a tall chain link fence...Even so, when he tried to have the equipment needed for the grow operation insured for about $3,000, he was told by his primary insurer to dismantle the operation within 30 days or risk losing his insurance on his shop and home as well,

More harrassement...Hopefully the stance of insurance companies will be challenged in court.
Nov 30, 2005 Plenty of Busts Via Snitch Line Surrey RCMP have made 120 grow-op busts so far this year, thanks to tips left on the city's new marijuana snitch line.

Want to get even with someone? Want to betray a friend? Got a gripe against an old lover? Forget about justice, the system makes it very easy for you to vent without ever facing the accused.Great role models, eh?
Nov 29, 2005 Officers Alarmed At Increase In Grow-Op Size The increasing size and plant yields of rural marijuana grow operations are an increasing concern to OPP drug enforcement officers.

Perhaps one day they will realize that cannabis is a plant like any other and they will never be able to eradicate nature.... until that day comes....
Nov 29, 2005 In Praise Of Punishment Consider the case of marijuana grow-ops. Anyone in Washington State convicted of running a grow-op can expect a minimum five years in jail. If they're growing on their own property they've just lost their house. If they have young children they can expect social services to remove them.

More lies considering Washington state has seen Pot Production On The Rise, not to mention a huge meth problem that could be from the clampdown on pot.
Nov 29, 2005 Botched Raid Battle Expected To End A Calgary woman's five-year fight against several police officers who bungled a drug raid at her rented southwest home is expected to come to an end today.

Nov 23, 2005 Cops Cope With Growing Problem Five years ago, 95 per cent of Ontario Provincial Police drug enforcement was proactive work. Now, it's 95 per cent reactive, and more than half of the workload centres around marijuana, Det. Insp. Frank Elbers said at OPP headquarters yesterday.

[Duh, so what's the logical answer?]
Nov 15, 2005 City Faces Lawsuit Over Raid On Legal Marijuana Growers Three medical marijuana advocates are suing the City of Vancouver for $400,000 after police raided a federally licensed indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of a rented east Vancouver home.

As of Nov. 4, 1,118 people were issued medical marijuana licences by Health Canada. In B.C., there are 217 licensed users.

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 10, 2005 Police Rules Weren't Followed, Inquest Told The night Heather Benson died in RCMP custody, some regulations were not followed, a coroner's inquest heard Tuesday. Benson died while being transported by the RCMP from Tagish to Whitehorse, when the police cruiser rolled off the road and into the ditch. She was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene of the accident as a result of chest wounds, on Sept. 27, 2003. Const. Jeff Monkman, who was driving the car, was convicted of careless driving in a trial held last February and fined $1,000.

[This sums up everything that is wrong with the system as we know it]
Nov 9, 2005 Nailing Marijuana Growing Operations Delta police may have the best, and simplest, way to deal with illegal drug growers -- investigate, arrest and make sure criminal charges stick.

Nov 9, 2005 Putting Pot In Perspective The last two weeks have seen the issue of marijuana grow ops rear its ugly head in Nanton. ...The grow op in question involved nine plants... Last month, Calgary Police Service Sergeant Roger Morrison told landowners at the MD of Ranchland that grow operations are generally the precursor to much worse things, namely funding the devlopment of methaphetamine labs...Pot grow ops may be used to fund meth labs in other places, but it would be great to focus on eliminating the very real problem of meth sellers and abusers in this area.

[It's amazing that the cops can keep dreaming up this crap to spew out to the lapdog media, though it looks like it may be a harder sell..]
Nov 8, 2005 Landlords Paying For Grow Op Costs Landlords harbouring marijuana grow operations have coughed up $142,000 to the Maple Ridge since a new anti-pot bylaw was passed 10 months ago, district staff say. The RCMP have taken the lion's share of the fines and fees so far, with $97,939 charged to landlords just for the police costs. The Building Special Inspection Fee has added $10,800, the Re-Occupancy fee another $9,000 and the Fire Department has charged $8,644. There have also been $15,987 in other charges.

[Imagine a world where plants were allowed to grow where they normally do...]
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...]
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.]

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