Canada’s ‘Prince of Pot’ at war with US drug war

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Psychedelic rock booms through The Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands in the middle of it all, proclaiming his goal of defeating the U.S. war on drugs.

Known as the Prince of Pot, Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle. Emery has agreed to plead guilty in Seattle to one count of marijuana distribution in exchange for dismissal of all other counts, and the U.S. District Attorney is pressing for a sentence of five to eight years in a U.S. prison.

The case is the latest twist in Emery’s two-decade-long fight against the prohibition of marijuana in North America. To his supporters, he is a brave crusader for the use and sale of a drug with both recreational and medicinal value. To drug officials, he is a criminal and the biggest purveyor of marijuana from Canada into the United States.

Emery sits “right smack in the middle” of the North American debate over marijuana prohibition, said Allen St. Pierre of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Washington, D.C. St. Pierre predicted that Emery’s trial would “kick-start it all again.”

But drug officials say they are simply going after one of the world’s top 50 drug traffickers. U.S. authorities claim Emery’s seeds have grown $2.2 billion worth of pot. Continue reading

UPDATE: Billy Bob Thornton Booed Onstage, Cancels Canada Tour

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Billy Bob Thornton’s trip north of the border took another turn for the worse Thursday night, and then ended abruptly on Friday (April 10).billy_bob

First he battled with a Canadian radio host who introduced Thornton – much to his dismay – as a movie star while he was promoting his music career. Then, at a concert Thursday night, where Thornton’s band the Boxmasters opened for Willie Nelson, he attempted to explain the bizarre interview but ended up fighting with the audience too. The next day, Nelson’s official Web site said the Boxmasters had dropped off the tour.

“It seems as if when I say something it’s in the news,” Thornton told the crowd at Massey Hall, according to the Toronto Star. The audience immediately began booing, to which Thornton replied, “Boo all you want, but I want to say something – we’re really happy to be here, but I need to say something. I talked to this a–hole yesterday.” Continue reading

Russia bomber neared Canada before Obama visit

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian fighters scrambled to intercept an approaching Russian bomber less than 24 hours before U.S. President Barack Obama‘s visit to Ottawa last week, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said on Friday.russian_missile

The long-range Bear bomber did not enter Canada’s Arctic airspace but the two Canadian CF-18 fighters had to order the plane to “back off”, MacKay told a news conference.

Obama spent a few hours in the Canadian capital on February 19 on his first foreign trip since becoming president.

“I’m not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit but it was a strong coincidence, which we met with the presence, as we always do, of F-18 fighter planes … and sent a strong signal that they should back off and stay out of our air space,” MacKay said.

He also said Russia had stepped up its bomber flights toward the Canadian Arctic in the last few years, reviving a practice that was common during the Cold War.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was very concerned by the incident. Continue reading

Criminals Dumping Weak US Dollar for Euro

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OTTAWA (AFP) – The weakened US dollar has fallen out of favor with organized crime groups to pay for drug shipments or to settle scores, a Canadian government report said Friday.

And if the greenback continues its slide in 2008, as expected, more and more criminals are likely to exchange euros for illicit goods, said Criminal Intelligence Service Canada in its annual report.

“The US dollar weakened significantly against other major currencies in 2007 and according to some economists, is expected to depreciate further in 2008,” said the report. Continue reading

Plans for North American Union Dead in the Water

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The Three Amigos

The much heralded and hyped plan for a North American Union (a merger of the US, Mexico and Canada) appears to be dead on the drawing board.  Let’s see what Lou Dobbs has to say about this one.

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The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is dead, says Robert A. Pastor, the American University professor who for more than a decade has been a major proponent of building a North American Community.

“The new president will probably discard the SPP,” Pastor wrote in an article titled “The Future of North America,” published in the current July/August issue of the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Affairs.

The SPP, which critics contend is a step toward a North American Union, is an agreement to increase cooperation on security and economic issues signed by the leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada in 2005. Despite having no authorization from Congress, the Bush administration launched extensive working-group activity to implement the agreement. The working groups – ranging from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and immigration – have counterparts in Mexico and Canada. Continue reading

Man Beheads Passenger on Greyhound

Can you say Manchurian Candidate?

Can you say Manchurian Candidate?

TORONTO — A man who witnesses said stabbed and beheaded his seat mate on a Greyhound bus in Canada made his first court appearance Friday, while police offered no motive for the savage attack against a 22-year-old carnival worker.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton, Alberta, was charged with second-degree murder, an indication police don’t think the attack was premeditated. He shuffled into the courtroom Friday in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with his head bowed and feet shackled. Continue reading

Canada’s Cannabis Crops Create New Class of Organized Crime

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In the first of two pieces on organised crime accompanying his Radio 4 series How crime took on the world, Misha Glenny visits British Columbia in Canada where homegrown marijuana has become big business.

As we walk into John’s basement, the smell is so overwhelming it almost knocks me off my feet.

In front of me stand 120 marijuana plants whose thick bushy leaves cover the strong stems.

John explains quite nonchalantly that this is just a small growing operation, or grow-ops as they are known throughout Canada.

But he pays loving attention to the crop – adjusting temperature, light and nutrient supply – to ensure that it enjoys the best possible environment.

Every two to three months, John harvests some 8lbs (3.6kg) of his crop, worth about $20,000.

So even if he didn’t work at other jobs, that nets him a tidy salary (untaxed of course) of about $80,000 a year. Continue reading

Canadian Rapper Gets 6-Years For Murder

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A Toronto hip hop artist who fatally stabbed a 24-year-old father of two during a domestic dispute has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Clinton “Mikey G” Gordon picked up a knife when the deceased, Mohamed Hussein, angrily brandished a baseball bat, Superior Court Justice John McMahon said yesterday.

“This is a tragedy for which unfortunately both Mr. Gordon and the deceased must bear responsibility,” the judge said.
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Stupid Couple Put NewBorn On Craigslist

Yes they are stupid. Utterly stupid for even attempting this stunt and then to claim it was a joke. This baby better be hauled away from these lunatics asap. Here is the unbelievable story:

Mommy, Daddy why did you put me for sale on Craigslist?

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – A couple has been arrested in what Canadian police said on Tuesday was an apparent offer to sell a seven-day-old baby girl on Craigslist for C$10,000 ($10,100).

A woman who saw the offer on the popular website alerted police who tracked down the 23-year-old mother and 26-year-old father using a cell phone number that was listed in the advertisement.

Vancouver police said the couple told investigators the offer was a hoax, but were arrested for public mischief with other criminal charges possible as the investigation continues.

“There are so many questions here,” Constable Tim Fanning told reporters.

Police said the advertisement described the baby as “very cute” and “unexpected” and that its parents, who could not afford to care for it, wanted to give it a good home.

The child was put in the care of social workers.

($1=$0.99 Canadian)

(Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Peter Galloway)

Canada Red Flags Bootleg Viagra Sex Drugs…

Source: Reuters

Okay these drugs can be found at local bodega and trust me you mix these joints with a Heineken and you will be ‘popping a tent’ for days.

Canadians should avoid unlicensed drugs that claim to improve sexual performance because they could cause problems such as loss of consciousness, prolonged erections and chest pain, the health ministry said on Friday.

Health Canada issued the warning in a release about a product called Desire, which was found to contain the prescription drug phentolamine — something not indicated on the label.
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[Video] Arctic Hip Hop Documentary

Hip Hop has definitely spread to all four korners of the world. As it currently resides on its throne down South it is making its presence felt way up north also. This clip is of an upcoming documentary called Arctic Hip Hop set to air on Global Currents. The setting is a remote hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Again, this is wonderful example of how Hip Hop operates as a national export but yet seems to get no respect like Rodney Dangerfield.

Canada Adding 11,000 Cameras to Its Security System

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Talk about insecurity.  The government of Canada has just approved the implementation of 11,000 cameras in its buses, street cars, trains and train stations to comply with “privacy standards.”  Although crtitics are saying there is no precedent for such a blanket security system the government is marching forth in its efforts to have the system up and running by 2011There are already cameras in every station and on 300 buses but the addition of the 11,000 eyes should leave no corner, crook or cranny unobserved.  Civil liberty groups have expressed concern about privacy and the government has conducted a study that said the amount suggested (11,000) complies with “privacy standards.”  For the rest of this story

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