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Current Affairs 2006 - Statistics (28 items)

Mar 20, 2006 Canada's Growing Marijuana Problem "Cannabis is the biggest issue facing law enforcement now," says Inspector Paul Nadeau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ).

[Too bad identify theft, break and enter and other crimes that citizens would consider the biggest problems for them aren't also where the police put their resources]
Mar 20, 2006 PUB LTE: Marijuana Not A Gateway To Harder Stuff The Czech Republic is the only nation in the world where adult citizens can legally use, possess and grow small quantities of marijuana. ( In the Netherlands, marijuana is quasi-legal -- not officially legal. ) The Czech overall drug arrest rate is one per 100,000 population. The United States' overall drug arrest rate is 585 per 100,000 population. The Czech robbery rate is two per 100,000 population. The United States' robbery rate is 145.9 per 100,000 population, according to the FBI. According to our drug war cheerleaders, tolerant marijuana laws cause people to use other, much more dangerous drugs, like meth and heroin. Obviously, this doesn't happen in the Czech Republic. Why not?

Jan 26, 2006 Growing For The Neighbourhood The Fraser Institute estimates there are 17,500 grow-ops in the province, part of a multi-billion dollar provincial industry they estimate could translate into $2 billion of annual tax revenue....About 50,000 Canadians are arrested each year for marijuana-related offences and hundreds of thousands of Canadians already have criminal records for simple possession of marijuana.

Jan 12, 2006 High Times For Hemp Growers The Ste. Agathe-based HOCI moved from processing 800,000 pounds of hemp seed in 2004 to 2.5 million pounds in 2005. Growers' acres have risen from 1,200 acres in 2004 to nearly 10,000 acres expected for 2006. With production averaging around 700 pounds per acre for seed, the crop provides growers with a relatively good return compared to other crops they can grow -- even more if they grow it organically. And those returns will get even better if the fibre processing venture gets off the ground. There's even some work taking place in other parts of the world on using hemp oil for biodiesel production.

Jan 10, 2006 Rent-A-Narc Takes Aim at Grow-Ops The cash-for-tips program is the first in North America to seek private donations from companies and individuals to offset the costs of new police officers, Vern Nielsen, the board's vice-president, said Monday. Starting in July, three new RCMP constables will work exclusively on Crime Stoppers tips that point to drugs and property crimes in the Central Okanagan. Private donors have contributed more than $60,000 to the $250,000 annual cost of the three officers. A public fundraising campaign begins in February to make up the shortfall.

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 ....
Medical Marijuana Still Not Widely Available: Report The federal government's medical marijuana program doesn't work, the Canadian AIDS Society said in a report released Wednesday. The group's report suggests few users of medical marijuana obtain the drug through official channels. "Over 85 per cent of the people we consulted who used cannabis are currently relying on illegal sources for their supply of cannabis," said Lynne Bell-Isle, who worked on the 18-month project for the society.

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