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Terrace B.C.’s 4-20 event parties on in the rain

By | Erb4Herb, News Media

Terrace Standard April 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Carry Palagian and Claude Dumont keep warm with their ‘Party with your bud’ blanket at the 4/20 event today at the spare parking lot behind the arena. The event goes until 5 p.m. — image credit: MARGARET SPEIRS

Terrace’s own marijuana advocate and multimillionaire Bob Erb began with about 40 people at his two-hour Erb 4 Herb 4-20 event this afternoon.

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NDP, Liberals say health committee

By | Drug Policy, News Media

By Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau October 21, 2014 OTTAWA — The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee’s report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology. The report, called Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana, recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada and raise awareness about the drug’s harmful effects. “Look at the name of the study — it says it all,” committee vice-chair and NDP health critic Libby Davies said. She called the majority report “biased” and “disturbing.”

Marijuana’s Health Risks and Harms

Report of the Standing Committee on HealthBen Lobb Chair


Pursuant to its mandate under Standing Order 108(2), the Committee has studied marijuana’s health risks and harms and has agreed to report the following:

The HTML version of this report will be available soon. In the meantime, the Committee is pleased to make available the report entitled Marijuana’s Health Risks and Harms (.PDF, 745 KB) in printable format

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

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

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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.”


By The Canadian Press — CP — Dec 25 2013


Who’s afraid of the big, bad weed? Canada

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Marijuana production “is a $7-billion-a-year industry in B.C. that’s currently in the hands of criminals. That’s not a sensible approach to drug policy.”
Who’s afraid of the big, bad weed? We are, apparently. Forty-one years after the Le Dain commission recommended decriminalization in Canada (and a commission appointed by that noted hedonist Richard Nixon came to the same conclusion in the U.S.), our thinking about the management of pot has actually regressed. It’s like we’re trapped in a time machine where the only in-flight movie is Reefer Madness.

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.

Why it’s time to legalize marijuana

By | Drug Policy, News Media

After decades of wasted resources, clogged courtrooms and a shift in public perception, let’s end the war on weed

Sometime this year, if it hasn’t happened already, the millionth Canadian will be arrested for marijuana possession, Dana Larsen estimates. The indefatigable B.C.-based activist for pot legalization is thinking of marking the occasion with a special ceremony. True, it will be impossible to know exactly who the millionth person is, but with the Conservative government’s amped-up war on drugs, it won’t be hard to find a nominee. As Larsen notes, the war on drugs in Canada is mostly a war on marijuana, “and most of that is a war on marijuana users.”