A neighbourhood plastered with posters imploring woman to 'stop selling weed to our kids

(A poster on a street in east Vancouver warns person to stop 
(Photograph by: Nick Procaylo)
selling marijuana to school kids in the area):
To the woman on Wall St. selling weed to our kids:
 Stop immediately.
Stop selling weed to our young children.
Stop giving them candy canes. 
You are not kind.
Stop your two for one.
 Our kids are becoming addicts.
For tips, please email:
------------- @gmail.com
 CASH REWARD for tips leading to arrest."

By John Colebourn, The Province, May 23, 2014
A series of posters have been taped to poles and trees along Wall Street in east Vancouver warning a person to stop selling marijuana to school-age kids in the area.

The posters along Wall Street up to where it intersects at Dundas Street were put up about two days ago, say area residents.

“People have been talking about the posters,” said one resident with a young child, who did not want her name used.                                                                 

“I have no idea who put the posters up,” added the woman who lives in the 2200-block Wall Street.

She said it is shocking to hear that young children are possibly being exposed to people selling drugs along the busy street. “I didn’t know it was that bad along here.”

Another resident who did not want to be named said the street is no worse than most other low-income areas. “There is pot everywhere,” said the woman. “This street is no different.”

More than a dozen posters can be seen along Wall Street.

The poster said the drug dealing needs to stop.

“Stop selling weed to our young children,” reads the poster. “Our kids are becoming addicts.”

The poster indicates a cash reward will be given to people who provide tips that lead to an arrest.

The person behind the posters contacted The Province and said many of the teens in the area are down on Wall Street during school hours scoring pot.

“Some lady on Wall Street is selling pot to teenagers and that is our problem,” said the woman who called herself Louise. “I have had the police to my house to discuss the problem,” she added.

She said they will give the tipster $100 for information that leads to a conviction.Vancouver police were unavailable to comment on the situation.


From tobacco to double whammy: tobacco & marijuana

Edmonton school boards ban electronic cigarettes over marijuana concerns
By: The Canadian Press, 05/9/2014
EDMONTON - Two Edmonton school boards have banned the use of electronic cigarettes on school property over concerns that some students could use the devices to smoke marijuana on the sly.

Police say officers have caught five high school students in the last two weeks with e-cigarettes filled with marijuana oil.

The devices use a battery to heat and vaporize the oil. They mask the smell of the more concentrated drug, which delivers a more powerful high than a regular joint.

"Edmonton Public Schools fully supports the Edmonton Police Service in making the community aware of any dangerous emerging trend," Supt. Darrel Robertson said in a release.

"We will do what we can to not only enforce the restriction of the e-cigarette use around our schools, but to making sure our students, staff and parents are educated of its dangers."

Edmonton Catholic Schools has imposed a similar ban.

Electronic cigarettes, which use the same technology to vaporize nicotine or other materials, are growing in popularity around the world, including with teens. Proponents say they are a safer alternative to tobacco.

A study published in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. suggests that e-cigarette use by high school students to smoke nicotine and other additives more than doubled to 10 per cent in 2012 from 4.7 per cent the previous year.

Police say the trend of using e-cigarettes to smoke cannabis poses another problem. They say it has increased the demand for marijuana and hash oil, which some people are distilling in dangerous home labs.

Fire and police officials in Alberta warn such extraction labs can cause fires and explosions.

Last July, a blast in a lab rocked a home in a Calgary residential neighbourhood as children played outside.

"The demand for hash oil, or cannabis resin, is attributed to the proliferation to the electronic cigarettes," said a recent release from Alberta's Law Enforcement Response Teams.

The Canadian Medical Association has said e-cigarettes are not approved for sale in Canada, but are readily available.

It has been calling for a ban on the sale of nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes to adults until there is solid evidence the devices are safe.

The association has said minors shouldn't be allowed to buy any kind of e-cigarettes.

— With files from CHED