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Current Affairs 2006 - Youth (33 items)

Jul 28, 2006 Officials Unite In The Fight Against Pot Use "Unfortunately, it appears that our society has grown complacent about marijuana use. A lot of people simply think that it's no big deal," Blain said. "It is a big deal. Marijuana use has claimed many lives, it is a health and safety hazard, and its production is linked to organized crime."

Unfortuantely the RCMP offer no facts or references to back their assertion that "Marijuana use has claimed many lives". This contradicts all scientific reports, yet it gets printed anyway.
Jul 22, 2006 Propaganda Film Hits Stage Evils of drug use will be explored at the Duncan Garage Showroom during next month's musical-comedy version of Reefer Madness. J.E. Productions' directors Maddison Popov and Brianna Wiens are using Kevin Murphy's script based on the 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film that's become a cult classic.

Jul 1, 2006 Judge Won't Accept Guilty Plea A man's attempt to plead guilty in court this week was derailed by a legal precedent that could support his acquittal. Justice Mark Hornblower said he would not accept the guilty plea to a charge of marijuana possession based on a previous ruling by himself, in which he said random drug searches at schools violate the Charter of Rights' protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Jun 3, 2006 Police Teaching Hard Lessons Two groups of teenaged boys picked a pretty place to get high on a recent Friday evening, but the timing of their visit to Bedford's Admiral Rock Park couldn't have been worse.

May 17, 2006 Single Joint Leads to Trafficking Charge for High School Student A Newfoundland and Labrador high school student is facing a charge of trafficking following an incident involving a single marijuana cigarette. ...RCMP Cpl. Phil Feltmate said the police wanted to educate students about the seriousness of the incident. "We're trying to get a message out to other kids or like-minded people around all the schools ... that we are promoting zero tolerance," Feltmate said. "Moving ... from one person to another is considered trafficking, whether it's one joint or 10 tonnes. It doesn't make a big difference with respect to the definition."

[What is the real message this student is getting?]
May 15, 2006 Mom Challenges CAS An Oakville mother of four who admits to smoking marijuana regularly is challenging a request by the Children's Aid Society of Halton to undergo a drug test.

May 11, 2006 Ottawa Schools End Random Drug Searches Sweeps Infringe On Charter Rights
Ottawa schools have ended random drug searches after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled spot searches without warrants violate students' constitutional rights.

May 2, 2006 Court Backs Sarnia Drug Acquittal Ontario's highest court has upheld the privacy rights of high school students by refusing to overturn the acquittal of a Sarnia youth charged with drug trafficking. The case focused on the random search of St. Patrick's high school in Sarnia by three Sarnia police officers and a sniffer dog on Nov. 7, 2002. The Ontario Court of Appeal refused the Crown's appeal and agreed with Ontario Court Justice Mark Hornblower when he disallowed the drug evidence.

Apr 11, 2006 McGill's Grass Gets Greener: New Club Lobbies For When drug enforcement agents from around the world gather in Montreal next month, they will be greeted by a protest organized by a newly-formed McGill club. In collaboration with a number of organizations, including Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, McGill's National Reefer Association ( NRA ) will be organizing a symposium involving former agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA ), criminology professors, and a police chief from Florida. The DEA has been invited to this conference, but has not yet responded.

Feb 20, 2006 More Students Smoked Out In Pictou County Dope Sting Police keep arresting more students in a cleanup of alleged lunchtime dope dealing and smoking near a rural Pictou County school. Video surveillance has revealed up to 50 young people smoking marijuana outside an Alma convenience store popular with Northumberland Regional High School students. That allegedly includes the 13 students arrested in a dramatic police sweep of the store parking lot on Friday.

Feb 2, 2006 Concert Staff Ignored Pot Smokers: Upset Mom Ellis, her nine-year-old daughter and two nieces, aged eight and 10, are all big fans of Nickelback, and Ellis thought it would be fun to take the kids to the Jan. 26 show. "I was naive. I've had people say to me, 'You should have done some research.' I never did," Ellis said. "Now that I know, it was irresponsible of me, but prior to ( the concert ) I was unaware and naive. I'm terribly upset with myself that I put my kids in this position." Ellis said she was forced to leave her seat, children in tow, as a man sitting near her lit up, even after she announced marijuana and children do not mix.

[What can you say about a parent who either has amnesia or has never been to a rock concert in their life, but decides to take very young children to one, then discovers pot is smoked at concerts, and turns it into a media event? And why did the media go along?]
Jan 5, 2006 Drugs - Let's Talk About Them According to the 2005 Drug Use Among Ontario Students survey, which looked at drug use of the past year among students in Grades 7 to 12, 62 per cent have drunk alcohol, 22.7 per cent report binge drinking and 26.5 per cent have tried cannabis. More than one quarter of students in Grades 7 to 12 report being a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking. And 22 per cent report being a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who used drugs prior to driving.

Jan 3, 2006 Straight Talk On Pot Recent Canadian statistics show that 39.1 per cent of Grade 7 students reported using marijuana at least once during the year ( 2003 Ontario Student Drug Use Survey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ) Here's what you should know about today's marijuana. [INSERT PROPAGANDA HERE]

Same old, same old ....

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