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Current Affairs (2011) - Chronological (14 items)

Nov 24, 2011 National Day of Action - Stop Crime Bill Canadians are standing together against a fill-the-prisons approach to justice that has failed everywhere its been tried.

Join a coalition of groups for two days of action to speak out against the cruel Crime Bill. Time is running out to make Canada safer, not meaner - we need you to help us all make a big impact.

Where: Our MPs local constituency offices.

When: Focus on Thursday at 1pm, with actions throughout Thursday and Friday.

Were going to tell our MPs: Dont mess up like Texas. Stop the cruel Crime Bill.

Bring friends, and bring a cowboy hat if you can. We will deliver tens of thousand of petition signatures and a summary of the Canadian Bar Associations powerful argument against the bill.

Our goal is to show cross-country solidarity by reaching as many MPs offices as possible, you and a friend are all we need to send a powerful message.

Oct 31, 2011 Sign the Petition -Stop Bill C-10: Make Canada Safer, Not Meaner OVER 70,600 SIGNERS!!

PLUS ANOTHER PETITION WITH 22,000 SIGNERS!

Our Conservative government is trying to rush through a cruel Crime Bill with mandatory sentences that will fill new prisons. Even conservative Texans think the Crime Bill is too harsh, costly and ineffective. Send a message to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to stop the Crime Bill from making Canada meaner and more dangerous.

Sep 23, 2011 Pardon Marc Emery We formally request President Obama pardon and release Marc Scott Emery. Marc Emery, a well-known Canadian political activist, publisher, businessman and leader of the BC Marijuana Party, was arrested in 2005 at the request of the United States for selling cannabis seeds through the mail. The DEA press release by Administrator Karen Tandy on July 29th, 2005 clearly explained the United States extradition request was a significant blow to the marijuana legalization movement because Marc Emerys money had been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada and therefore, was for the purpose of prosecuting and punishing him by reason of his political opinion, activity and involvement; [DEA press release seen at www.FreeMarc.ca]

Sep 1, 2011Canada HARPER GOVERNMENT DECLARES TOTAL WAR ON MARIJUANA, POSSESSION ARRESTS JUMP 14% At the end of July Statistics Canada released their annual crime statistics for Canada, revealing a startling increase in the number of simple marijuana possession arrests. Over 58,000 Canadians were arrested last year for simple marijuana possession, up an astounding 14% over the previous year, and comprising over 54% of all drug arrests in Canada.

Jul 5, 2011BC: Hydro Begins Move To New Meters A new BC Hydro smart metering program is proving a boon for Prince George as contractor Corix Utilities sets up shop in the city to switch more than 100,000 northern B.C. metering devices. The initiative also promises to be a source of great savings for the province and a headache for marijuana grow operators, said B.C. Hydro smart meter project manager Gary Murphy.

Jun 22, 2011 Man Awarded $30,000 For Medical Marijuana Costs A Maple Ridge man should receive $30,000 to cover the cost of seven joints of marijuana a day because of botched back surgery, the B.C. Supreme Court has said in a potentially landmark decision.

Jun 22, 2011 Medical Marijuana Law Gets Reprieve The troubled federal medical marijuana program was granted a reprieve until this fall when a constitutional challenge will be heard at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Justice Donald Taliano ruled the marijuana program unconstitutional two months ago and gave Ottawa until mid-July to repair the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations ( MMRA ) or pot would be effectively legalized in Ontario.

Jun 21, 2011 Ottawa To Enforce Stricter Medical Marijuana The federal government is poised to tighten the rules on medical marijuana. Sources say Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq wants to take individuals and Health Canada out of the business of growing pot and tender licences to companies under tightly regulated conditions. The move is a response to complaints from mayors, police and firefighters who say sanctioned growers are abusing their permits and often growing far more than they need.

Jun 11, 2011 Proposed Improvements to Health Canada's Marihuana Medical Access Program The Marihuana Medical Access Program (the Program) provides seriously ill Canadians with access to marihuana for medical purposes1. In recent years, a wide range of stakeholders including police and law enforcement, fire officials, physicians, municipalities, and program participants and groups representing their interests, have identified concerns with the current program.

May 2, 2011 Harper wins majority government

The Conservatives will now pursue their crime bills against Canadian medical patients and consumers who use cannabis. Before their rule is through , they will institute mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail for growing 5 or more cannabis plants.
Apr 12, 2011 COURT STRIKES DOWN MARIJUANA LAWS, GIVES GOVERNMENT 90 DAYS TO FIX CHARTER ISSUES Today in R v. Mernaugh the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found the entire regulatory scheme governing medical marijuana (the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations) to be invalid. As a result sections 4 (prohibiting possession) and 7 (prohibiting production) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act were stricken. The government has been given 90 days to fill the legislative void or it will become legal to possess and produce marijuana.

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Court Decision
Opposition MPs To Hold Press Conference on Parliament Hill with Wife of Imprisoned Marijuana Activis New Democratic Party, Liberal and Green Party Members of Parliament will hold a joint press conference on Ottawa's Parliament Hill with Jodie Emery, wife of imprisoned marijuana activist Marc Emery, to call on the Conservative government to approve Marc's transfer home to serve the remainder of his prison sentence in Canada.

Munchies Available At Medical Marijuana Expo Ivy Lovell's gourmet cookies and brownies are guaranteed to give you a buzz. She was one of dozens of vendors at a medical marijuana show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre called Treating Yourself Expo that opened Friday and runs all weekend.






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