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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, August 05, 2002

Up to his old tricks again...

B.C. Marijuana party leader, Vancouver mayoral candidate and entrepreneur extraordinaire Marc Emery has decided to thwart attempts by police to use drug-sniffing dogs on B.C. ferries by painting parts of the car decks with THC oil.

Good stuff! Emery is a media whore, and a self-promoter, but this action, along with perhaps a court ruling or two, might just get the West Vancouver police to reconsider this scheme of sytematically subjecting BC Ferries passengers to an examination by drug-sniffers.

To repeat: if the police have a specific tip that there will be a drug shipment on a ferry trip, then they should go ahead. Simply trolling for drugs because you think that people might be transporting them on ferries is not on, in my opinion.

Besides, we really should legalize and tax the stuff, along with subjecting the growers' profits to normal business taxes. It is ridiculous that this multi-bilion dollar industry, which exists regardless of the wishes of the powers that be, contributes nothing to the public coffers. This means that the rest of the people have to pay higher taxes, or go with fewer publice services, because pot contributes nothing to the tax base. Think about it.

Check out Emery's online TV channel if you like.
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