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Chronicle AM: Teen Pot Use Not Up, Federal Police Killings Bill Filed, Mexico Mayhem, More (12/16/14)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:16

The Monitoring the Future teen drug use survey is out, the "CRomnibus" bill also killed highway drug use surveys, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) wants better information on police killings, a damning report is released in Mexico, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Drug Use Survey Finds Teen Marijuana Use Declining Even as States Legalize. The annual Monitoring the Future survey of teen habits is out today, and it finds that legalization has not sparked an increase in teen pot smoking. The survey found that 24% of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders reported past use marijuana last, down from 26% the year before. And among 12th graders, the number who reported daily use also declined from 6.5% last year to 5.8% this year. There's much more to the survey; click the survey link to see it.

Medical Marijuana

Iowans Organize to Push for More Effective Medical Marijuana Law. The legislature this year passed a bill allowing for the use of low-THC cannabis oil to treat people with epilepsy, but that's not good enough for a new group, Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis. The group today announced it had formed to push legislators to make it possible to produce and dispense medical marijuana.

Driving

Omnibus Spending Bill Cut Funds for NHTSA Roadside Drug Use Surveys. The $1.1 trillion spending bill that has gotten so much attention over its marijuana provisions also bars the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from using funds to complete its "National Roadside Survey." It was a voluntary survey that only collected data from people willing to participate, but came under congressional criticism after a Texas TV station aired a program about a Fort Worth checkpoint where police ordered motorists off the road at random to collect samples.

Law Enforcement

Federal Bill Filed to Increase Reporting of Deadly Force by Police. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) has filed HR 5866, which would "require the Attorney General to issue rules pertaining to the collection and compilation of data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers." The bill next was not available at press time. The bill has five cosponsors -- all Democrats -- and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Drug Testing

WorkForce West Virginia Drug Testing Doesn't Find Many Dopers. In its annual report to the legislature, WorkForce West Virginia, the state's employment services program, reported that it had subjected 1,205 people to drug testing upon their seeking tuition reimbursement for employment training programs. Only 1% of them failed. No word on the cost of drug testing all those people.

International

Mexican Federal Police Accused of Collaborating With Local Cops in Case of Missing Student Teachers. In an article published over the weekend, the respected Mexican political weekly Proceso reported that federal police worked together with Iguala police in the September attack on teachers' college students that left 43 missing and presumed dead and which has sparked protests across the country. Proceso also reported that federal police likely tortured key witnesses whose testimony was critical in the federal attorney general's investigation of the case. "We have information that proves the federal government knew what was happening in the moment it was happening, and participated in it," Anabel Hernández, the lead reporter for the Proceso piece, said in an interview. "The government has tried to hide this information." There's much more at the link.

Armed Civilians Block Western Mexico Highways Seeking Crackdown on Cartels, But… Hundreds of armed men blocked highways around nine cities in the Western state of Michoacan over the weekend as a means of pressuring the government to crack down on the Knights Templar cartel. They unfurled banners calling for the arrest of cartel leaders. But at least some of the armed men were identified as members of Los Viagras, a group of gunmen who had once served as the Knights Templar's armed wing and who are now trying to displace them from the drug trade in the state.

Canadian Federal Government Loses Again in Bid to Block Home Medical Marijuana Cultivation. Health Canada earlier this year issued new medical marijuana rules that prohibited home growing and shifted production to commercial operations, but it has so far been blocked by the courts from implementing them, and now it has been blocked again. Patients won an injunction earlier this year to allow them to continue growing their own. Health Canada appealed that decision, but the Federal Court of Appeal has now upheld the injunction.

Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt Calls Again for Legal Hash in Lebanon. Veteran Lebanese power-broker Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Druze community, has renewed his call for legal hash production. "It's time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so," wrote in Arabic on his Twitter feed. He expanded his comments in an interview with Al-Jadeed TV. "Never in my life have I smoked marijuana, but I support growing cannabis for medical use and to improve the living conditions of farmers in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Let's legalize cannabis and regulate its cultivation."

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Canada: New Supply System Beset By Complaints

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Dec 2014 - Low supply and high prices among list of patients' concerns after production became restricted to commercial firms Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.
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CN NS: Editorial: Missing The Boat On Medical Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 16 Dec 2014 - When it comes to health care, we need to be open to new means of helping people. Medical marijuana comes with built-in controversy because it's been an illegal substance for so many decades. It's time to get rid of that stigma and have a more honest review of the potential medicinal benefits. Practical uses of the drug have been slow to catch on in the medical community, purportedly due to a lack of information - but also, some suspect, because of lingering suspicions from the level of lawmakers.
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CN ON: City Plans Pot Rules Meeting

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 16 Dec 2014 - Owen Sound has kick-started a process that could establish areas of the city where Health Canada approved medical marijuana production facilities are permitted. City council approved a staff recommendation Monday night to hold a public meeting on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment that, if approved, would allow the buildings on industrial lands that meet certain criteria.
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CN ON: Column: Court Ruling On Cellphones Ravages People's Privacy

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 15 Dec 2014 - My worry is that the police will go on fishing expeditions, gather blackmail information or 'accidentally' post photos online The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that police can, without a warrant, search the cellphones of people they have just arrested is one of the most sinister in its history. Justice Minister Peter MacKay is thrilled with the ruling. You should not be..
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CN SN: Editorial: A Fine Line In The Supreme Court

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 15 Dec 2014 - As of last week, police can search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in this decision in a 4-3 vote with the majority stating that "cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade," according to the Globe and Mail. Until now, these types of searches included items such as purses and briefcases. The cellphone search does, however, have to be "tailored to its purpose, which will generally mean that only recent emails, texts, photos and the call log will be available," the Globe and Mail article said.
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Canada: Medical Pot Firms: Supply Scarce Due To Red Tape

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 13 Dec 2014 - OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry. This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: The Cost Of Doing Business

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Dec 2014 - The article on Project Distress ( Drug arrests target higher echelons, Dec. 12) has a misleading title. To the drug dealer, police drug sweeps are merely a cost of doing business, and to police, they are little more than a public relations gesture. Since the Harrison Act was passed in the U.S. in 1914, drugs have only gotten cheaper, purer and more readily available. The rational thing to do about the drug problem is legalize, standardize, and tax it, but that is not politically expedient.
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CN NS: Truro Police Officers Trained As Drug Recognition Experts

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 12 Dec 2014 - 'We recognize that this is a major concern and having this training will help us make the roads that much safer' TRURO - It's an additional tool that they can keep in their arsenal of things, and it was something the force has needed.
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CN AB: Cellphone Ruling Praised

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Dec 2014 - Top cop says Supreme Court decision will aid police in drug trafficking cases Edmonton's police chief is applauding a decision made by Canada's top court that allows police to conduct a limited search of cellphones during an arrest, but only under strict conditions.
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CN ON: Trio Admit To Roles In Shooting Death During 2012 Drug

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Record, 12 Dec 2014 - Murdered drug dealer's father speaks after Kadeem Garbriel admits to killing KITCHENER - Kadeem Gabriel was recruited to do the dirty work in exchange for some free marijuana. Now he faces a life sentence after admitting Thursday to second-degree murder in a drug rip-off gone wrong in the parking lot of a Kitchener apartment building more than two years ago.
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CN ON: Youth Crime On Decline

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Standard Freeholder, 12 Dec 2014 - The good news is Cornwall is a safer place this year than than it was last year. Chief Dan Parkinson told the Cornwall Community Police Board that crime rates are down across the board. "It's a good news story," said Parkinson.
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CN ON: Shootings Linked to Gang Fight Over Drug Turf: Cops

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Metro, 12 Dec 2014 - Police Increasing Patrols As Area Sees Third Shooting in Two Weeks With three shootings on Penny Drive in the past two weeks, Ottawa police have increased their presence in the neighbourhood and residents will continue to see more police patrolling their streets, says the force's chief.
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Canada: Top Court Rules In Favour Of Warrantless Cellphone

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Dec 2014 - In a crime ruling that earned it rare praise from the federal government, the Supreme Court of Canada said police may search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. Cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade, the majority said in a 4-3 ruling. It said police have been given the "extraordinary power" to do warrantless searches during an arrest, under common-law rules developed by judges over centuries, because of the importance of prompt police investigations. Until now, those searches typically included purses and briefcases. Civil liberties groups had urged the court to exempt cellphones.
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CN ON: Drug-Impaired Driving A Concern

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 12 Dec 2014 - The number of provincial drunk driving charges are down compared to 2013, but drug-impaired driving rates have substantially increased. According to OPP statistics, in 2014 up to the end of September, 5,685 impaired charges were laid by the OPP, down 17% from the same period in 2013 which saw 6,842 impaired charges laid; however, compared to the same period in 2013, there was a 32% increase in 2014 in the number of drug-impaired driving occurrences.
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CN BC: Column: Drug Use A Concern

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 10 Dec 2014 - I am always puzzled by the national media's focus on trivial issues and missing the more important challenges facing society and governments. Our society is being under-minded by substance abuse and very few people are talking about it. One in five Canadians (21.6 per cent ) has a substance or alcohol abuse problem. Substance abuse costs us $40 billion per year in Canada. Eighty per cent of federal offenders have a history of substance abuse issues. Six million Canadians are in recovery. Contrary to the solutions of the NDP and Liberals to legalize marijuana, because they say it is just a soft drug, studies found that 40 per cent of people that start using marijuana move on to harder drugs.
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CN ON: Tweed Release No Laughing Matter

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00
Metro, 10 Dec 2014 - 'Nothing funny about it.' Medical marijuana patients upset about grower's 'lighthearted' news release Dozens of medical marijuana patients are upset over a recent media release sent out by Tweed Inc. that they say makes light of their debilitating illnesses.
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CN ON: OPED: Drugs Are A Health Matter, Not A Criminal Issue

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 09 Dec 2014 - There is a discussion that is gaining traction in many circles across the country and at many levels, and it's about drugs. Not medications like antibiotics or blood pressure pills, but psychoactive substances that, when ingested, inhaled, injected or absorbed through skin or mucous membranes, affect brain chemistry and alter mental functions. These include legal substances like the highly addictive nicotine in tobacco, or the alcohol that is found in beer, wine or spirits. It includes prescribed narcotics and stimulants. And it includes a wide range of illegal substances like cannabis, methamphetamine, LSD and heroin.
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CN ON: Motherisk 'Wrecked My Life'

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 08 Dec 2014 - She Provided 70 Clean Urine Samples, Yet Her Girls Were Taken From Her at Birth Because of Controversial Hair Test The last time Christine Rupert saw her daughters was in a dingy church basement in Kitchener, surrounded by awkward and emotional reunions between other parents and their kids.
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CN NF: Justice Slams Officers For Disregard Of Charter Rights

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 08:00
The Western Star, 08 Dec 2014 - A Supreme Court justice has thrown out evidence from a traffic stop in the case against two Quebec men charged with drug offences in the fall of 2011. Justice Laura Mennie granted the application to exclude evidence from the Oct. 24, 2011 traffic stop that led to the charges of two counts each of trafficking in marijuana and cannabis resin and two counts each of possession of illegal drugs for the purposes of trafficking against Sylvain Charbonneau, 59, and Jean Dessailliers, 44.
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