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The New York Times - Repeal Prohibition, Again

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The New York Times
Repeal Prohibition, Again
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Share your views on the Editorial Board's call to repeal the federal ban on marijuana.

In coming days, we will publish articles by members of the Editorial Board and supplementary material that will examine these questions. We invite readers to offer their ideas, and we will report back on their responses, pro and con.

The Opinion Pages High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html

 

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Book by B.C. researcher says media, police not talking straight on pot

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By The Canadian Press — CP — Dec 25 2013

For the book, titled "Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media, and Justice," Boyd examined 2,500 articles from four major daily newspapers in British Columbia from 1995 to 2009.

She found news coverage about cannabis enforcement in B.C. frequently contained inaccurate information or exaggerated claims about the size and scope of the underground marijuana industry, the sorts of people associated with grow-ops, and the industry's connection to gangs.

Assertions by police - particularly the RCMP, which is responsible for policing in much of B.C. — were left unchallenged, she says, and politicians, in turn, relied on such misinformation to push for stricter drug laws.

For example, the news articles she examined repeatedly asserted marijuana grow-ops are inextricable linked to gangs and other criminal organizations. Police spokespeople were frequently quoted explaining that modern-day grow-ops are not "mom and pop" operations.

But Boyd says the federal government's own research does not support that claim.

She cited a Justice Department study that was completed in 2011, obtained by a reporter through an access to information request, that examined a random sample of 500 marijuana grow operations. Of those, just five per cent had apparent links to gangs or organized crime.

"This study wasn't released by our federal government, and you could see why," says Boyd.

"It doesn't fit with their Safe Streets and Communities Act, which frames marijuana grow-ops as always being associated with organized crime and gangs. I would say it's probably the reverse."

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Sensible B.C. among causes supported by lottery millionaire

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Erb has bought a majority stake in Deviant Fibres, a hemp goods store in Terrace.

He’s also developing an online merchandise operation. He plans to donate 30 per cent of sales from that venture to those he sees as victims of Canada’s pot laws.

Marijuana, according to Erb, leaves him in a state of enhanced mindfulness.

“People have asked what it does for me,” he says. ”It makes whatever I’m doing more enjoyable.


http://www.theprovince.com/business/million+with+heart+Lotto+jackpot/9055519/story.html


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Beckley Foundation: Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market

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Extraordinary Beckley Report Hundreds of Millions in Revenue to be Gained from Regulation of Cannabis Market Sept. 2013

Commissioned by the Beckley Foundation and carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex UK New Beckley Report

Extraordinary Beckley Report Hundreds of Millions in Revenue to be Gained from Regulation of Cannabis Market in England and Wales New Report from The Beckley Foundation Quantifies Cost-Benefit of Cannabis

“In these times of economic crisis, it is essential to examine the possibilities of more cost-effective drug policy.”

”Our present prohibitionist policies have proved to be a failure.”

“Cannabis comprises 80% of all illicit drugs consumed worldwide.”

“If we are to protect the young, surely governments can do a much better job than the cartels.”

Amanda Feilding
Director of the Beckley Foundation

http://www.beckleyfoundation.org/2013/09/cannabis-market-in-england-and-wales-cost-benefit-analysis/


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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 06:55
 

LPC - Desirable Future - Calgary

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Liberal Party of Canada - Calgary East

Desirable Future

September 4, September 18 and September 25th

Calgary East Federal Liberals are hosting speakers to talk about issues of poverty, public health, taxes and more. Come to the Marlborough Park Community Association 6021 Madigan Drive NE on September 4, September 18 and September 25th for a speaker’s series on your taxes, programs where those taxes go and where you want your tax money to go.

On Sept. 4, join Joe Ceci from Momentum Community Economic Development Society to kick off our series with a focus on poverty. Joining Joe will be Minaz Sorathia from Nature's Food and Spice to talk about how Bill C-36 and Health Canada have directly impacted his business.

On Sept. 18 we will be having members from the Calgary 420 Community joining us with speaker Keith Fagin. Brian Seaman from the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center from the University of Calgary will also discuss the issues surrounding prohibition of cannabis and how to get out of it this legal situation. Lindsay Elizabeth Amantea of the Liberal Party of Canada will also be joining us to discuss the drafting of the Liberal Policy.

We will have feedback forms to hear what you think. If there are issues you'd like to share your thoughts on, please email us your address at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we can forward a survey to you or do it on-line through the new survey: http://calgaryeast.liberal.ca/survey/171/



This will help us develop policy.

Other speakers will be announced on Facebook page. We hope you will join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/644975205515428/permalink/651676491511966/

See video of Sept. 18 / 2013 cannabis discussion here.

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Sensible BC public marijuana forum live online
http://SensibleBC.ca/live/

 

Saturday, May 4 / 2012
Global Marijuana March (Alberta)
Calgary City Hall, Edmonton City Hall, Lethbridge City Hall and Medicine Hat City Hall

 

May 22nd, & May 23rd, 2013
12th Annual Harm Reduction Conference
Venue: The Coast Calgary Plaza Hotel
Moving to the Mainstream

 

May 24 - 26, 2013
2013 Treating Yourself Expo (4th Annual)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 

Thursday, June 20 / 2013
http://epcorcentre.org/ZiggyMarley
EPCOR CENTRE Presents Ziggy Marley
Tickets go on sale May 3, but we have a presale code for you starting May 1 at 10:00 am!
Go to EPCOR website and enter MARLEY into the promo code box:

 

Friday & Saturday, July 26, 27 / 2013
http://www.kgbcomedy.com/
The 8th Annual Kootenay Gut Buster
Crawford Bay BC

Special 420 promo code FourTwenty2013 and get a discount and 420 communities get a $20.00 donation!

 

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