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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."
Erb has bought a majority stake in Deviant Fibres, a hemp goods store in Terrace.
Yes it is true cannabis is safer then plain old water. All forms of water not just treated or
untreated water either!
A simple search using the words "water intoxication" will provide lots of credible fact
based information on how just consuming to much water can kill a human being.
It is just not possible to consume enough cannabis to cause a human death. The
worst likely side affects in consuming to much cannabis is a person could be sick
to their stomach (throw up) and then have a real good sleep.
This can't be said for water, aspirin, coffee, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs or even a
whole host of daily activities that humans risk life and limb pursuing each and everyday
of their lives.
Prohibition of cannabis makes less sense then prohibiting water, aspirin, coffee, alcohol,
pharmaceutical drugs and many high risk activities humans take on every day of their lives.
There are many annual human deaths and accidents the home let alone when we go to
work, drive a vehicle and enjoy taking part in most all recreational activities.
With this in mind I ask you is it not long over due the global community put a end to harmful
and even failed reefer madness policies in regards to prohibition of cannabis?
Knock, Knock, Sniff, Sniff
Editor’s note: This is a guest column on privacy issues by local lawyer D. James Anderson. This week he tackles police searches. Next week, he’ll look at who can let the police into your home or room.
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