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Current Affairs 2005 - Chronological (81 items)

Sep 27, 2005 Families Of Slain Mounties Seek Harder Drug Law The family members, still scarred by the shooting deaths of the officers by a violent outcast near Mayerthorpe, Alta., called on the government to scrap the marijuana bill and introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for those who grow cannabis on a commercial scale.

[How unfortunate that the families of the slain Mounties would exploit their deaths to lobby for tougher sentences on cannabis and organized crime, particularly when the garden was incidental to the police being called in to assist in a car repossession. Instead, the families should be demanding an investigation into why the police brass chose to send the victims to assist at the residence of a "cop-hater" without appropriate precautions which could have possibly spared their lives, especially when full-geared SWAT teams are sent in to take down an individual tending a few plants. That is the real issue that gets clouded over in the rush to further demonize cannabis. It is also unfortunate that many professions have much higher on-the-job fatalities than police work, yet this is never acknowledged. See: Pot & Murder]
Aug 30, 2005 New Medicinal Marijuana Rules Ease Onus On Physicians Revised regulations governing Health Canada's medicinal marijuana program reduce the onus on physicians as gatekeepers, but the 4-year-old program is still cause for concern, says the CMA.

[ Forms for Medical Marijuana available at: Marihuana Medical Access Division]
Aug 5, 2005US WA:

DEA Chief admits politcal persecution in Emery seed case

US WA: Column: Pursuit of Drug Case All Smoke, No Fire
Seeking to stop his extradition to the United States -- where he faces charges of trafficking in marijuana seeds -- Emery's legal team could use Tandy's words to telling effect: Their client is being prosecuted for his beliefs. "Today's arrest of Mark ( sic ) Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement." "Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."

[Targeting citizens for their political views and trying to silence them is against the rules.... but when has that ever mattered? Will the government of Canada do the right thing? Not something we could ever count on.]
Aug 5, 2005 Marc Emery out on bail B.C. Marijuana Party leader Marc Emery has been released from the pre-trial centre in Port Coquitlam after posting $50,000 bail.

Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, Greg William INFORMATION

Jul 29, 2005 BCMP Headquarters Raided ordered by U.S. - Emery & others arrested Police raided a marijuana seed store run by the B.C. Marijuana Party leader in Vancouver Friday, apparently at the request of U.S. authorities in Seattle.

At a news conference in Seattle, U.S. authorities announced they've asked for Emery to be extradited to the U.S. to face drug charges.

[ Any illusion that Canada is a sovereign nation is now dead and gone]

Jul 27, 2005 Beleaguered Drug Cop Sued Again $2.4-Million Suit For Assault. Six Colleagues In Squad Charged With 40-Corruption Related Offences

Jul 24, 2005 Drug Tunnel - Sources Says Conduit Not Just For Pot Three Surrey men who allegedly spent more than a year digging a drug tunnel under the border to the U.S. planned to use it for smuggling ecstacy as well as marijuana, American authorities say.

[Tunnels have been around since alcohol prohibition]
Jun 9, 2005CN BC: Editorial: Vancouver Mayor Backs Legal Pot Federal government needs to take a hard look at the best way to manage marijuana A City of Vancouver report, with the backing of Mayor Larry Campbell, is calling for the legalization of marijuana -- not just "decriminalization" as proposed by legislation stalled in Parliament.

[Larry Campbell is on the Board of Advisors of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)]
Jun 2, 2005NB: Pregnant Woman Gets A Year For Selling Pot A New Brunswick judge has sentenced a pregnant woman to a year in prison, even though she will have to give birth while in jail in August, and also has three other children at home.

[Another blow to reason, logic, justice, enlightenment and humanity in general. FREE LYNN WOOD - donations toward her legal costs can be made through MUMM, Please help.]
Jun 1, 2005CN ARTIC: Police dismantle drug pipeline to the North ARTIC: Dozens of suspects appeared in court today in connection with the massive dismantling of a criminal ring that trafficked marijuana from Montreal to the Far North. ... Gordon McGregor, the president of the police chief's association of aboriginal communities, said the drug ring has created enormous social problems in the communities affected. "We see high rates of suicide, we see a lot more violence, and we see more lot more situations where weapons are involved," McGregor told reported today.

[The northern communities should file a class action suit stating prohibition opens them to greater societal harm, and they need protection against such an unjust law. If there is problems of that magnitude associated with cannabis, than without a supply of non-toxic, less harmful herb , their communities are more susceptible to greater harm and violence from gasoline sniffing, alcohol, and eventually crystal meth, which is easier to smuggle.
May 31, 2005CN AB: Krieger To Appeal Conviction Controversial marijuana crusader Grant Krieger has won the right to appeal a trafficking conviction to the Supreme Court of Canada. Krieger, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses marijuana to ease his symptoms, is waiting to learn when his case will be heard and expects it will be sometime next year.

May 27, 2005CN BC: Marijuana Party Candidate Claims Company Fired Him The Marijuana party's Shuswap candidate believes he lost his job because of his election attempt. "It's all fun and games until somebody loses a job,"

May 18, 2005US: Spy vs. Spy United States - Proposed legislation would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, forcing all Americans to become foot soldiers in the war on drugs. Failure to do so would be a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence, and a maximum sentence of 10 years.

[If Canadians do not stand up now, this is a glimpse of where we are heading]
May 11, 2005 Abduction Linked To Pot Smuggling Police believe the May 2 kidnapping is related to shipping of marijuana to the U.S., said Abbotsford police Const. Shinder Kirk "We have seen over the past several years that the drug trade is extremely lucrative, that organized groups, or even unorganized groups, will do anything to protect their trade from competitors," Kirk said. "And marijuana is no exception."

[They forget to mention how prohibition-related crime like this could be avoided...]
May 9, 2005CN SN: Marijuana Activists Join Global Protest SASKATCHEWAN - Marijuana Activists From Saskatoon Joined A Global Protest Saturday. About a dozen people marched from Broadway Avenue to city hall Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of what organizers call state-sponsored discrimination.

[Lifting the bonds of oppression has never been an easy task for any group, but perserverence has it's rewards eventually...]
May 4, 2005 Cop Gets Eight-year Sentence A Superior court judge has sentenced a veteran Peel Regional Police officer to eight years in prison after the 60-year-old admitted to stealing nearly $3 million worth of cocaine and hash from a police storage facility just months before he was to retire.

Apr 25, 2005 Gone To Pot More than 500 people gathered there -- at the seat of government and lawful authority in Manitoba -- to listen to music, play a bit of Frisbee, giggle perhaps more than usual and get high on dope. ... And yet the police did nothing except mark time. Enforcement of the Criminal Code should not be arbitrary. Arbitrary enforcement brings the justice system into disrepute...The law should be made to reflect the current reality. It was not illegal on Wednesday. It cannot be illegal today and should not be illegal tomorrow.

Apr 19, 2005 Health Canada Approves Sativex Canada becomes the first country in the world to approve Sativex, a novel prescription pharmaceutical product derived from components of the cannabis plant shown to have therapeutic properties. Sativex is administered via a spray into the mouth."

[GW Pharma's attempt to medicalize this herb is now lurching closer to biopiracy, but in the spirit of openness and hoping this may add to the treatment options for many medical cannabis users, the VICS is publicly offering for the very first time, our Cannamist/tincture recipe - including how to convert the THCA into more usable THC.VICS Cannamist/Tincture Recipe ]
Apr 5, 2005CN ON: Judge Throws Out $500,000 Grow-Op Case WHITBY, ONT. - A judge has thrown out all charges in a $500,000 marijuana grow-op seizure because of serious charter violations by police who killed two dogs at a home in Pickering, Ont.

[Every once in awhile, justice previals just enough to give us some hope]
Mar 20, 2005 How Science Is Skewed to Fuel Fears of Marijuana Aside from unverifiable conjecture, supporters of the status quo on marijuana rely on a few claims that can be checked against the facts.

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