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Lawyers, cops spar over the war on drugs

Location: 
Montpelier, VT
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Times Argus (VT)
URL: 
http://timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070608/NEWS01/706080365/1002/NEWS01

Marijuana: Mendocino County Supervisors Say Legalize It

County supervisors in Mendocino County, California, part of the state's marijuana growing "Emerald Triangle," voted Wednesday to send lawmakers a letter urging them to legalize marijuana. The move is a belated response to Proposition G, a voter-approved initiative passed six years ago.

"Whether you love marijuana or hate marijuana, you can agree it's time for a change," said Supervisor John Pinches, who took part in a 4-1 board vote Tuesday in support of a letter asking lawmakers to legalize marijuana.

The letter, written by Pinches, is addressed to North Coast US Rep. Mike Thompson and copied to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, to both US senators from California, and to other area members of Congress and President Bush.

"The time has come to call upon our leaders in federal government to initiate, sponsor and support legislation that calls for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of this multibillion dollar crop," states the letter, signed by Board Chairman Kendall Smith and approved by the board.

Councilman calls for drug legalization

Location: 
Baltimore, MD
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Baltimore Examiner (MD)
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/a-765861~Councilman_calls_for_drug_legalization.html

Talk: A Changing View of Drugs in Society

The view on drugs is changing around the globe. Join us in a session that explores the controversial new public health model that challenges the fundamentals of drug prohibition. Topics include: * Alternative legal options that better manage substances. * Regulated market for illegal drugs based on public health and human rights. * Incremental steps towards this new model, which reduces harms to all in society. * Canadian and global debate on harm reduction/drug policy reform. The presenter is Mark Haden of Vancouver Coastal Health, Addiction Services. Note: No registration required but seating is limited.
Date: 
Mon, 06/25/2007 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: 
410 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Europe: Finnish Left Party's Youth Organization Calls for Marijuana Legalization

The Left Youth of Finland, the youth organization of the Left Alliance Party (link to official web site in Finnish here) narrowly approved a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana use and home cultivation. The resolution passed by a two-vote margin at the group's annual convention last weekend, according to Finnish media reports.

While a four-year-old Left Youth drug policy statement said there should be no punishment for personal marijuana use or growing, the group had previously hesitated to call for legalization. In fact, the same policy statement that said marijuana use should not be punished also said that "Cannabis should not be legalized in Finland."

Passage of the resolution comes some six months after Left Youth's Satakunta area chairman was sentenced to a fine for growing and smoking marijuana.

Among those opposing the resolution was new Left Youth president Jussi Saramo. He said the matter needed more consideration and should have been debated in the broader context of overall policy toward intoxicants. "However, as chairman, I stand behind the decision," he added. "We don't need any more drugs, but victimizing the users does not help," Saramo added.

Passage of the resolution puts the Left Youth at odds with its parent organization, the Left Alliance. Party chairman Matti Korhonen criticized the youth group, saying holding a vote at a convention is not the proper way to decide important issues. "The party's starting point is one of zero tolerance," he added.

The Left Alliance, formed in 1990 from former socialist and communist parties, receives around 10% of the vote in Finnish elections. With three strong parties, Finnish governments typically involve multi-party coalitions. The Left Alliance joined coalition governments led by the left-leaning Social Democrats in 1995 and 1999, but it is not part of the current coalition government led by the conservative National Coalition Party.

Under current Finnish drug laws, which changed two years ago to include the offense of "drug use," possession of up to 10 grams of hashish or 15 grams of marijuana is typically punished by a small fine. Growing marijuana plants, however, is still considered a "drug production" offense and is punished more severely.

Marchers aim to legalize marijuana

Location: 
Sarasota, FL
United States
Publication/Source: 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
URL: 
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070505/NEWS/705050478

Marijuana: It's That Time Again -- Marijuana Marches Set for Saturday in More Than 200 Cities Worldwide

On Saturday, tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of marijuana aficionados and supporters will take to the streets of more than 200 towns and cities around the globe in the annual Million Marijuana March pro-legalization demonstrations. Long coordinated by veteran New York City marijuana (and ibogaine) activist Dana Beal and his organization Cures Not Wars, and lately joined by Canadian "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery and Cannabis Culture magazine, the marches are now in their fourth decade.

Marches or other events will take place in most major North American and European cities, as well as numerous smaller towns and cities, especially college towns like Asheville, Boulder, and Chapel Hill. Latin America will also be represented, with rallies set for Buenos Aires and other Argentine cities, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Sao Paulo. Kingston, Jamaica, will also be on the marijuana map this year. Capetowners will march in South Africa, and marches are scheduled for cities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Israel as well.

Check out the complete list of cities to find the one nearest to you and then go out and exercise your rights. The Chronicle will be covering the event in San Francisco, and we will have scene reports from around the world next week.

“Sowers of violence and terror”

Location: 
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
California Catholic Daily (CA)
URL: 
http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=7c3a2857-c218-4b24-99ae-f80427d856e7

[Amherst] Rally Aims For Change in Marijuana Laws

Location: 
MA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Chicopee-Holyoke Republican
URL: 
http://www.masslive.com/chicopeeholyoke/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-8/117722668192960.xml&coll=1

Police Arrest 78 People at [Denver] Marijuana Rally

Location: 
Denver, CO
United States
Publication/Source: 
CBS4-TV Denver
URL: 
http://cbs4denver.com/topstories/local_story_110225932.html

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