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Current Affairs 2006 - USA (25 items)

Dec 8, 2006 Canada Looks To USA For Drug Policy Hints onservative cabinet ministers and their aides are consulting with "keen" U.S. government officials on a new national drug strategy for Canada, according to internal documents obtained by The Vancouver Sun.

[ Not really new news - the US has controlled global drug policy via the UN since the 1960's.]
Oct 18, 2006 US Begins Air Patrols On Alberta Border The "longest undefended border in the world" is becoming anything but. Jets and helicopters began continuous patrols of the airspace above the Montana-Alberta border starting on Mon, Oct 16, coinciding with the opening of the Great Falls Air Branch at the airport in Great Falls, Montana by the US Customs and Border Protection, part of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Oct 5, 2006US CO: Hippie-Hating And -Baiting Possession of an ounce of marijuana by adults will be legal if Colorado's Amendment 44 wins. ... Amendment 44 is about more than marijuana: It's about civil rights and America's future. "Yeah, the '60s are over with," the man growls, "but they forgot to tell them that up in Boulder." Or, apparently, in a good portion of Colorado. Today, hippies aren't supposed to exist; yet, look around, and there they are, the majority of whom had yet to be born when the '60s ended. I'd estimate that nationally, hippies comprise about 10 percent of the population; in Colorado, that figure is probably higher. We tend to recite the cliche that hippies no longer exist because powerful forces in America want us to think just that. They consider the counterculture a menace to Western civilization, something with no rightful place in today's America.

Sep 27, 2006 Golfing Grandpa Gets Teed Off At US Border The 48-year-old construction worker figures he's entered the U.S. by car or plane at least 60 times since the 1970s...All that for a mothballed misdemeanor that was taken care of at the time with a $250 fine...Kimberley swears he's had enough with the U.S.: "Europe is looking really good right now."

Sep 23, 2006 Pot Activist Settles VANCOUVER -- An American pot activist who launched an intense legal fight against extradition to the U.S., has quietly settled her legal and immigration issues. After negotiating a plea agreement of simple possession of marijuana with U.S. prosecutors, Renee Boje dropped her extradition appeal in B.C. and returned to California from B.C. last month.

Sep 3, 2006 US To Patrol Alberta Border By Air As Canadian border guards look forward to having guns on their hips within a year, the Americans will soon be patrolling the U.S.-Alberta border with two Black Hawk helicopters and planes equipped with radar taken from F-16 fighter jets.

Aug 25, 2006 Border guard convicted of drug smuggling A woman from Saskatoon who was an inspector for the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) will spend three years in a United States prison for helping smuggle more than 700 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S.

Aug 14, 2006 Sting nets cross-border team multiple drug arrests Victoria Police teamed up with U.S. navy personnel to nab more than a dozen suspected drug dealers last week during a three-day sting dubbed "Project Calypso."... Members of the Victoria Police Strike Force and Focused Enforcement Team worked alongside members of the U.S. Navy Criminal Investigative Services from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the investigation.

Use of foriegn military to wage war on Canadian citizens at home must be okay, as there is no outrage anywhere to be seen. Which is more scary?
Aug 4, 2006 Extradition Refused In Bedford Pot Case A Quebec judge has shut the door on a U.S. request to extradite 11 residents of the Bedford area of the Eastern Townships to face charges after a massive marijuana bust there last year... Frank Pappas, a lawyer for Jimmy Kimmell, one of the 11 respondents, said extradition requests from U.S. authorities are granted "99 per cent of the time" by Canadian courts. With 11 such requests turned down in a single shot, he said, "this is a first in Canada."

Jul 25, 2006 Prince Of Pot Weds As Extradition Hearing Looms Marc Emery, Canada's so-called Prince of Pot, got married Sunday to a woman who apparently doesn't mind the idea that her new husband could spend large parts of their marriage in court or in jail as part of his mission to legalize marijuana.

Jul 6, 2006 US Wants Emery Extradited U.S. officials say they're irritated by the slow speed of Canada's response to extradition requests.

And they say a prime example is the case of Vancouver marijuana seed king Marc Emery, who faces a request for extradition to the U.S. to face charges of marijuana distribution and money laundering.

"This 'Prince of Pot' -- Emery -- he still hasn't had his first extradition hearing," said Jeff Sullivan, criminal prosecution chief for the U.S. Attorney office in western Washington State.

"It's those kinds of things that are frustrating to us."

Jun 27, 2006 Marijuana Use 'Out of Control' Worldwide: UN Official. Marijuana use worldwide is "out of control" because it grows everywhere, is in high demand and erroneously is considered by many to be harmless, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, highlighted the marijuana problem at a news conference as he released his office's 2006 World Drug Report.

Jun 27, 2006 UN - Potent Pot No Soft Drug
Report Says The Effects Of Canada's Cannabis Now Rival Those Of Cocaine, Heroin
The increasing potency of marijuana -- spurred on by hydroponic growers in places such as B.C. -- means the world should no longer consider pot a "soft" drug, according to a report released Monday by the United Nations. "Today, the harmful characteristics of cannabis are no longer that different from those of other plant-based drugs such as cocaine and heroin," Antonio Maria Costa, director of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crimes, said in a written statement.

[I never believed they could revive Reefer Madness and get away with it, but these masters of propaganda have been perfecting their techniques for many, many years.]
Transnational Institute Press Release
June 26, 2006
UNODC World Drug Report 2006 full of scientific insults In its 2006 World Drug Report, released today, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) struggles to fabricate success stories about the effectiveness of the global drug control regime. Flawed comparisons are constructed with higher opium production levels a century ago, with higher prevalence figures for tobacco, and biased claims are made about cannabis. Martin Jelsma, coordinator of the Transnational Instituteís Drugs & Democracy Programme, after a quick read of the report today, considers it to be ďfull of scientific insultsĒ.
[Read More....]

From: Campbell, Larry W.: SEN
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: UNODC World Drug Report 2006 full of scientific insults
UNODC Executive Director, Antonio Maria Costa claims that the world is experiencing a devastating ďcannabis pandemicĒ. This gentleman is the same person who said we were putting "cannabis oil" on pasta. It was pointed out that is was hemp oil which is not a sativa product. He didn't know the difference and appeared not to care. Simply another high paid UN stooge. Isn't it amazing that the US only supports the UN when they toe the US "drug war" line.

Senator Larry Campbell
Ps. Feel free to distribute this email.
Jun 19, 2006 US Sends 'Harsh' Message To BC Smugglers SEATTLE - A U.S. federal judge who sentenced five B.C. first nations members for marijuana-smuggling advised them to spread the word back home about harsh U.S. penalties. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez sentenced them Friday to six months in prison and two years of probation for their roles in the smuggling scheme.

Jun 14, 2006 Roberts' Case Denied By Judge Local Paddy Roberts Will Appeal B.C. Supreme Court Judge's Decision To Allow Feds To Intervene In Emery Charges Slocan Valley's Patrick Roberts may have lost the fight to prevent Ottawa's involvement in his charges against B.C.'s Pot King Marc Emery, but he is willing to take his battle to the bitter end, even if it means the Supreme Court of Canada. By charging Emery and two accomplices, Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Greg Williams, with conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, Roberts could have prevented American drug-enforcement officials from charging the trio with the same crimes, thus preventing their extradition to the U.S. to stand trial. The Emery plot thickened when Canada's Federal Attorney General tried to stay Roberts' charges, which would clear the way for extradition. Roberts argued the federal government had no place in the legal battle, as the charges were conspiracy related, not direct drug charges, which would allow for federal intervention.

May 10, 2006 U.S. Drug Officials 'Very Impressed' MONTREAL--A top U.S. drug official and the U.S. Ambassador to Canada say they're pleased to be on the same page as the new federal government when it comes to law and order, particularly now that Ottawa has no plans to decriminalize marijuana.

[A Conservative majority will become Canada's worst fears come true]
Apr 12, 2006 American-Based Firms More Likely To Test You For Drugs B.C., Alta. Have High Percentage Of Firms With A U.S. Head Office You're more likely to be tested for drugs in the workplace if you work for an American-based company.

Apr 6, 2006 With US In Decline, Canada Must Step Up Pot Economy No matter the long-term outcome of the American empire, there is little doubt that its golden years have passed. Their oil's almost gone, they're getting attacked on their own land by an enemy they can't even identify and they're despised by most of the world.....Canada is stunting its growth by prohibiting pot. Inject marijuana-related income into our GDP and we'll not only be richer, we'll gain respect....We're not even playing our best cards yet.

Mar 15, 2006 US Study Declares Canada Drug Haven While the American government's annual international narcotics review pegs the country as "primarily a drug consuming" one, Canada remains a significant producer of high-quality marijuana and a transit point for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals used in synthetic drugs.

[The rest of the world should treat these US reports as nothing more than an a good laugh...]
Jan 27, 2006 Pot Activist Obeys Deportation Order To US VANCOUVER -- Before his deportation to California yesterday, Steven Kubby gathered his wife and two daughters to his side.

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