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Current Affairs 2005 - Consequences (46 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 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 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 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 20, 2005 Pot and Your Pooch Dogs have been getting high on B.C. Bud for years, according to several local veterinarians who have treated pets who have ingested marijuana.However, there have been no cannabis-related deaths, says Brocklehouse. "They'd have to eat a helluva lot," says Shaw, speculating on what it would take before a canine OD-ed on marijuana, but that could change with any reconfiguration of street cannabis.

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 2, 2005 Mountie Charged With Assault After Lillooet Home Raided [ A Lillooet Mountie has been charged with four counts of assault with a weapon.It is alleged a police officer used excessive force by Tasering a 19-year-old woman in her back as she lay on the ground face down during a drug raid Feb. 5. The woman's dog was also allegedly Tasered during the raid. Police said they found trace amounts of cocaine on a scale, plus four ecstasy pills in a coat and a bag of marijuana in the woman's home.

Nov 1, 2005 Pass the Weed, Dad Parents Are Smoking Dope With Their Kids. What Are They Thinking?

[Probably the same thing that parents who allow their kids to drink a little wine with dinner or special occasions is - how to responsibly use the substances they will encounter in life. The hypocrasy surrounding pot politics is another sympton of our mainstream alcohol culture. Besides, prohbition has been around so long, many parents smoked with their parents, (even grandparents), so critical mass keeps building. ]
Oct 23, 2005 Mould-Busting Biz Grows Fast If the police crackdown on marijuana grow operations continues at the current clip, demolition man Victoire Wozny is going to have a hard time keeping up. Wozny, owner of a demolition and construction firm called "Slic Vic," specializes in gutting and rebuilding homes that have been all but destroyed by the grow operations they've housed.

[Of course this kind of business wouldn't exist if people could grow thier own pot safely, but why let logic get in the way of a good drug war?]
Oct 23, 2005CN AB: Minister Spearheads Child Seizure Law Exposing children to illegal drug activity is child abuse, Alberta's children's services minister says, and proposed legislation allowing the apprehension of children in grow ops or other drug houses will make that clear. "It's an addition to the toolbox," Heather Forsyth said Friday.

[How much uglier can the war on pot get? What about the kids growing up in violent alcoholic homes? When will they get a break?]
Oct 22, 2005 Legal But Unjust MANITOBA should be embarrassed that a provincial court judge was pressed this week into personally making phone calls to find legal counsel for Chinese immigrants charged in connection with a marijuana grow operation. She then had to deny bail to most of the 28 accused, found sleeping in a tiny house next to the rural pot farm. All but one cannot speak English and they have no criminal records. They are in custody largely because they are poor and they have no local address.

[Every day we are reminded about how broken the system is, yet it perpuates unabated... imagine some of the headlines in a few years if we stay the course...]
Oct 22, 2005 Beating the Drug Police Just three months after selling his first bag of fake pee from Herbal Essentials, store owner Kelly Hermansen is moving between 35 and 50 units a week of it, along with other drug-masking products. Although most customers are marijuana smokers, a drug that can stay in the system up to a month, other shoppers are meth and cocaine users, Hermansen says.

[Cat & mouse, cops & robbers, the war on some substances goes on and on and on]
Oct 19, 2005 For A Saner Drug Policy The authors review the spectrum of control over psychoactive drugs, a category that includes alcohol, tobacco, prescription painkillers and illegal drugs. At one end, society widely tolerates and even promotes drinking alcohol while placing tighter controls on smoking. At the other, it makes the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana, cocaine and heroin illegal, driving them underground and fuelling crime. Both the legal drinking and smoking and the illegal snorting and injecting come with a huge social cost. The illegal drugs do less overall damage because they are not as widely used, but they inflict more damage on the individuals who use them.

[Intelligent discussion is permitted here and there as long as it is never replaces the propaganda mill run by the police and media]
Oct 12, 2005CN BC: City Targets Hydroponic Sales Gaetz said it is not possible to prohibit the sale of hydroponic equipment, particularly as the items can be used for legitimate agricultural purposes, such as growing tomatoes. Rather the plan would be to regulate the sales by calling for information from the purchaser such as who they are and what they intend to use the product.

[The desperate war on pot will keep going to any extreme for it's continuance]
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 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 8, 2005 Court Upholds 'Pot Grow Op' Home Seizure "What makes this case stand apart from the rest of the dwelling restraints and forfeitures in B.C. is that all previous forfeitures have been by way of consent," said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Diane Blain. This is the first case in B.C. to be contested since the amendments under Bill C-24 in 2001.

Sep 8, 2005 Chong Says He Was Targeted For His Hippie Persona Edmonton-born Tommy Chong rose to fame in the 1970s as one half of the dope-smoking comedy duo Cheech and Chong. In 2003, Chong was charged in the United States with conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia and sentenced to prison, what he now calls an assault on his civil liberties.

[The powers-that-be have been trying to systematically rid the world of counter-culture types since the 60's... it is just getting more fierce now. ]
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]

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