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Current Affairs 2005 - Activism (117 items)

Dec 23, 2005 Pro-Marijuana Couple Fighting Order to Leave Steve and Michele Kubby, medicinal-marijuana advocates from California who were denied refugee status here, now face removal from Canada - barring a last-ditch, court-ordered stay in early January.

Dec 23, 2005 Plea to Grow Marijuana Rejected by Appeal Court Vancouver -- Canada's medical-marijuana rules have withstood another constitutional challenge from a marijuana advocate. The B.C. Court of Appeal rejected Michele Kubby's claim that the regulation infringed on her rights. The former Californian went to court after Health Canada rejected her application to possess and grow marijuana.

Dec 23, 2005 Winter Clothes Collected For Homeless The Vancouver Island Compassion Society doesn't restrict its activities to providing medicinal marijuana to people suffering from various illnesses. The non-profit organization held its first annual winter coat drive to help keep the homeless population safe from the cold weather.

Dec 21, 2005 Marijuana Party Picks Candidate Victoria's Marijuana party candidate in the Jan. 23 federal election is Fred Mallach, 49, an architectural technologist who has lived in the city since 1993.

Dec 17, 2005 Variety Of Methods Help Users Get High Some local marijuana users are connoisseurs it seems, according to a new demand for pot-related devices.

Dec 15, 2005 This Man Loves Herb More Than You Edmonton-reared David Malmo-Levine was our keynote pot activist in the '90s, writing for The Gateway, organizing wild rallies and handing me lit joints on television as police stood at the edge of Gazebo Park, staring.

Dec 9, 2005 Pot-Party Head Backs NDP B.C. Marijuana Party president Marc Emery, facing extradition to the U.S. for allegedly selling marijuana seeds by mail, plans to back the NDP in the federal election. Emery's lawyer yesterday asked B.C. Supreme Court for clarification on his bail conditions and whether Emery could take part in the political campaign. Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm said he could, but warned him to be careful what he says.

Dec 8, 2005 Insurance Woes Force Man To Dismantle Medical Marijuana Grow Operation He is licensed to grow up to 15 plants for distribution to the patient. Because of the nature of the product, Selenski said he has taken numerous security measures to protect the operation, including cameras, alarms, guard dogs and a tall chain link fence...Even so, when he tried to have the equipment needed for the grow operation insured for about $3,000, he was told by his primary insurer to dismantle the operation within 30 days or risk losing his insurance on his shop and home as well,

More harrassement...Hopefully the stance of insurance companies will be challenged in court.
Nov 30, 2005 Election Kills Marijuana Bill Pot Activist Glad Legislation Is Gone A bill to decriminalize marijuana has died with the fall of the Liberal government -- and pot activists are pleased to see it go.

Nov 22, 2005 Pot Party Founder Free To Head South The founder of Nova Scotia's Marijuana party, on parole for conspiring to traffic marijuana, is free to go south in March. Michael Patriquen recently applied to the National Parole Board to change the conditions of his release, allowing him to travel to Jamaica, Mexico or Cuba with his wife and child.

Nov 12, 2005 Meet The Marijuana User Next Door Surprise: The Rank And File Of Canada's Multi-Billion-Dollar Pot Industry Look A lot Like You And Me Ever wondered how your neighbours managed to afford that Land Rover or the cash to cover their kids' private school tuition? Maybe they have a sideline: a secret, subterranean income booster in the form of a marijuana grow operation. To some that might sound scandalous, while others might wonder why they hadn't thought of it themselves.

Nov 12, 2005 Activist Accused Of Trying To Hijack Forum A pot activist who used a crowded rural forum to confront police Chief Brian Mullan says he'll keep speaking out at future meetings, despite being blasted by an irate city councillor. Councillor Margaret McCarthy says she had to tell two men to "sit down and shut up" because they tried to "hijack" the meeting this week in the old Flamborough town hall.

[They just can't handle the truth...]
Nov 6, 2005 Cannabis Oil Coming It Won't Get You High but Product Said to Be Great For Arthritis... Actually, the Med-Marijuana line of herbal remedies contains so little of the psychoactive ingredient found in weed, you could down a whole bottle without feeling the slightest buzz.

Nov 5, 2005 Activist's Infant Son 'Not At Risk' The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton has concluded Chris and Melissa Goodwin's marijuana use does not put their infant son, Christian, at risk.

Nov 1, 2005 Felger In Street Scuffle Tim Felger is running in Abbotsford for council and for mayor in Mission. His call to legalize marijuana and for harm reduction are emblazoned on his windows. Randall Severson admits he kicked the counter in Felger's office. "That was a bad move on my part. I was frustrated. The signs and the messages really bother me. He promotes violence and hatred and sexual immorality," said Severson.

[Seems he uses the same leap in logic that the cops/government do...]
Nov 1, 2005 The Cannabis Connoisseur Where wine is concerned, there is much to know...Legions of drinkers pore over the subject as if fact-gathering itself were the addiction. And so it is with another of the world's most popular intoxicants: marijuana. The average pot smoker may not know or care what type of weed is in the dime bag, so long as it gets him lit. But others can't stop obsessing over every detail of the subject from, say, how to produce kick-ass bubble hash from plant debris ( don't throw away those sticks! ) to questions about the Linnaean nomenclature of the subspecies cannabis indica.

[The Supreme Court sold out a huge culture of Canadians from every class, race, location to uphold the status quo... then sleep every night...]
Nov 1, 2005 Toking Diplomacy If you were the guy everyone called the prince of pot and the U.S. drug czar came to town rattling his saber, you'd probably have the sense to stay out of his way. At the very least, you wouldn't go out of your way to antagonize him, let alone pay $500 for the privilege.

Oct 31, 2005 Civic Election Gone To Pot The alleged pot supplier to the Da Kine Smoke and Beverage Shop on Commercial Drive, which sold marijuana over the counter, is one of 36 candidates battling for 10 seats on city council in the November civic election.

[The headline gets an F for being so typically cliche. Give us a break.]
Oct 28, 2005 The Evolving Politics of Pot Just about every time The Banner runs a story about a local police busting a marijuana grow operation, we receive a letter to the editor or two from people championing the other side of the story and urging our reporters to do the same.

[ The power of MAP ]
Oct 27, 2005 Our Neighbor To The North Stalling On Reform Vancouver's reputation as the Amsterdam of North America rests as much on good intention as actual practice. John P. Walters, the U.S. government drug czar, unintentionally helped the British Columbia city gain its reputation when he made a visit there in November 2002, as Canada was moving toward de facto, if not full legal decriminalization of marijuana. Walters threatened to slow cross-boarder traffic, through increased inspection of cars and trucks, in order to keep Canadian marijuana, particularly the highly coveted "B.C. bud," out of the U.S. The traffic jams, he warned, would harm tourism and trade.

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