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Current Affairs 2006 - Cultivation (72 items)

Dec 20, 2006 Breaking The Law To Expose Pot Grow Ops Some Surrey residents are calling in bogus break-in complaints to get Mounties to raid suspected marijuana growing operations. The tactic was disclosed by a senior drug investigator during a B.C. Supreme Court sentencing hearing for a husband-and-wife team busted during a 2003 crackdown by Surrey Mounties.

Dec 19, 2006 'Pot Pirates' Worry Police Cops are growing increasingly concerned over sometimes not being the only ones armed and wearing police uniforms. An increase in the number of marijuana crops found this year guarded by 'pot pirates' wielding high-powered firearms and using booby traps has provincial police worried about public safety and their own.

Dec 17, 2006 Buyers Live With Grow Op Homes' Shady Pasts "Every time we met a neighbour, it was like, 'You're the guy who lives in the grow op,' " he said, noting the stigma of living in a drug den never bothered him. "It was fine because my neighbour right next to me was living in one too. There were seven of them on my block, so we weren't the only ones. I don't think it's a big deal."

Dec 15, 2006 Felger Pleads Guilty To Three Pot Charges Abbotsford's marijuana advocate Tim Felger says he's broke after he pleaded guilty Monday in Chilliwack Supreme Court to three counts of cultivating pot for the purpose of trafficking. He was sentenced to six months in jail, a 10-year ban on firearms and a $210,000 fine.

Dec 15, 2006 Social Workers Unsure How To Deal With Grow-Op Kids B.C.'s social workers say they want the government to draft clear guidelines on dealing with children found in marijuana grow- operations "without having to wait for children to die." But Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen says current legislation provides clear enough guidelines so further action is not needed. ...But Christensen said legislation allows the removal of children found in a grow-op "and typically that is what happens."

Dec 14, 2006 Canadian Weed Board Will Need A Bigger Cafeteria Eureka! Get this: The Canadian Weed Board.

Eh? Eh?

The column is now open for questions.

Yes, you, Q, you have a question?

Q: Just five. What? Why? Where? When? And, in particular, insofar as it certainly bears repeating: WHAT?!

A: Exactly as stated. Parliament passes legislation not to abolish, not to weaken, but to preserve forever the Canadian Wheat Board, on two conditions: 1 ) instead of a soft "Wh..." and an "...e-t," a hard "W.." and an "...e-d," a virtual homonym, and 2 ) instead of selling grain, the marketing monopoly moves exclusively into cannabis, marijuana, goof grass, spliff, mary jane, dope, jazzleaf. Everybody wins. The Canadian Whe..er, Weed Board gets to keeps its existence as a 500-employee federal bureaucracy. Farmers, released from historic board restrictions and obligations, gain the freedom to sell their grain to anybody at any time.

Dec 12, 2006 Judge Rejects Story, Accepts Pot Case Plea She rejected Harry Emdin's defence of duress, but a judge acquitted the Sault Ste. Marie man of two serious drug charges. Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu found him not guilty last week of producing marijuana and possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking. However, Pardu convicted him of simple possession for having more than 70 marijuana plants in his McNabb Street apartment. She suspended sentence Friday and placed Emdin on probation for six months.

Dec 12, 2006 6 Kids Seized In Drug Houses Six children have been taken into custody following two marijuana grow op busts in Calgary, their parents set to become the first in the city charged under provincial legislation aimed at protecting kids living in drug homes...."It comes down to organized crime and making profits. They will sacrifice their families to make a profit," said the Ward 13 alderman. "I hope that if these parents are found guilty, that they never get their kids back."

[ Pure evil - the spin that it is heartless criminals making profits, rather than possibly families trying to supplement meager incomes with a bit of extra income so they won't have to live on the street. Either way, tearing families apart for growing plants (that many people are eager to buy) ensures there are emotionally scared victims for life - and we allow these people to rule our lives? Are we insane?]
Dec 7, 2006 Mouldy Myths Cops Warn of Rampant Mould at Pot Ops but Public Health Says There's No Fungus in Sight Should a b-movie blob threaten the city, Toronto cops will have lots of experience battling make-believe enemies. Fact is, menacing claims last week by our finest that the grow ops busted at 2600 Jane were rampant with mould may be plain untrue.

Dec 7, 2006 Mouldy Myths Cops Warn of Rampant Mould at Pot Ops but Public Health Says There's No Fungus in Sight Should a b-movie blob threaten the city, Toronto cops will have lots of experience battling make-believe enemies. Fact is, menacing claims last week by our finest that the grow ops busted at 2600 Jane were rampant with mould may be plain untrue.

Dec 6, 2006 Huge Pot Sweep RCMP have dedicated six officers full-time to investigating and busting marijuana grow-operations in the Central Okanagan since Oct. 30. Working with six other drug-section members, the Green Team raided 23 grow-ops and seized 10,500 pot plants, worth an estimated $8.4 million on the street.

[Everyone must feel so much safer now]
Dec 4, 2006 Heat's On Grow Ops TORONTO -- As fire chief in Niagara Falls, Ontario's new Fire Marshal garnered a reputation for helping police tear down marijuana grow ops through his aggressive approach to fire prevention.

[Grow op mania has infected officials across the country, causing them to pay an inordinate amount of time and money rooting out gardeners]
Nov 29, 2006 Pot Bylaw May Be Redundant Orillia wants to create a bylaw to help recoup costs from dismantling marijuana grow-ops, but Niagara Falls has been doing it without one for years, The Packet & Times has learned. Legislation to do it already exists, said Jim Jessop, an inspector with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. "All the tools we need to deal with it, we have now," he said.

[Laws, laws, laws and more laws for pot - it is like a national neurosis]
Nov 27, 2006 Grow-Op Building Plagued By Mould Ontario Conservative leader John Tory and Councillor George Mammoliti knocked on doors and held an impromptu town hall meeting yesterday in the lobby of 2600 Jane St., where police on Thursday found millions of dollars' worth of marijuana being grown in 22 units of the building.

Nov 24, 2006 Drug Dealers Upgrade Weaponry To Protect Marijuana Traps such as nails driven into weighted wooden boards and suspended overhead in trees, and spikes attached to tied-back tree saplings, are being increasingly found during police investigations, Det. Supt. Frank Elbers of the Ontario Provincial Police drug enforcement section said yesterday.

[ And in other prohibition-related news... when will there be honesty in the media?]
Nov 24, 2006 22 Grow-Ops In One Highrise When Toronto's drug-squad detectives arrived at an apartment building on Jane St. just north of Sheppard Ave. W. yesterday morning armed with search warrants for five apartments, they knew they'd have a busy day. But nothing prepared them for what they found when they started searching the other apartments in the building. By 6 p.m. yesterday, stunned detectives had uncovered a $6.6 million marijuana grow-operation with some 6,600 plants being grown in 22 apartments.

Nov 22, 2006 Drug Producer Registry An Idea Worth Pursuing Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ) National Chemical Diversion Coordinator, Corporal Brent Hill, recently provided a piece of that puzzle. Speaking to the Perth County Task Force on Crystal Meth, Corp. Hill said he would like to see a national registry created of those found guilty of manufacturing illegal drugs, similar to that used to keep tabs on sex offenders. Such a registry would provide rapid access by police to current vital information about convicted drug producers. A person convicted of a designated drug offence could be required to report to the appropriate registration centre to re-register annually and every time they change their address or legal name....Would the registry differentiate between chemical drug producers and small-scale marijuana growers, and should it? Regardless, this is an idea that shouldn't be allowed to get mired in the legislative system for years. It should be examined fully, post haste.

[Using the extremes of the crystal meth scare as propaganda to snag someone growing a plant in their backyard by making "drug producers" seem the same as someone with an obvious mental defect and unwitting victim, is illogical and hopefully unconstitutional. Also, if registries for real crimes involving victims continues, will there be a drunk driver registry so everyone can know when a convicted drunk driver moves to the neighbourhood? Is this what we want?]
Nov 17, 2006 Project Aims To Zap Grow-Ops Last May, the province amended legislation to the BC Safety Standards Act. BC Hydro is now required to divulge the "name of account holder, civic address, and relevant consumption records for residential homes that meet or exceed 93 kilowatt-hours per day, which is three times the normal consumption rate," according to the staff report. ...The project is expected to be financially self-supported: Revenue generated through fines will offset the cost of additional personnel. ...As it stands, investigations will only be conducted on single family residences.

[Another "tool" to circumvent individual rights - of renters, and now home owners.]
Nov 14, 2006 Drug-sniffing Dogs Check Out Renters Property Management Companies, A Car Dealer, Schools, Even Some Parents Hire Canine Detectives To Uncover Narcotics Forty Lower Mainland apartment owners, worried that one of their suites could be the site of an illegal marijuana growing operation, have decided that business has finally gone to the dogs. Sniffers, to be precise. Four of them specially trained to detect the slightest whiff of anything potentially illegal.

Oct 30, 2006 Judge Calls For Stiffer Penalties For Grow-Ops A B.C. Supreme Court judge has waded into the debate over sentencing for marijuana grow-ops, saying sentences are "notorious" for being ineffective. Justice Sherman Hood, who made the comments during the sentencing of a repeat offender in Port Alberni, says the problem in B.C. has become "critical."

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