Published on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 23:49
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."
Published on Sunday, 20 October 2013 18:10
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.
Published on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:14
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.”
Director of the Beckley Foundation