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Current Affairs 2006 - Legal (126 items)

Mar 1, 2006 RCMP Close Montreal Marijuana Seed Vendor Although the Montreal-based company Heaven's Stairway has operated brazenly since 1998 and is currently listed on Quebec's business registry, the RCMP announced Tuesday it has shut it down. The RCMP described the large-scale bust as the first of its kind in Canada. Besides evoking Led Zeppelin's signature song for its name the company also sold seeds with quirky labels like Crippy Bud and Deep Blue Rush.

[ By attacking the very source - seeds - they may merely be preparing for when the time comes for cannabis to be legal. With all other avenues effectively shut down, corporations like Monsanto will emerge as the main distributer of seeds. (Who is really ordering the raids on seeds??? ) ]
Feb 24, 2006 Conditional Discharge On Pot Charge May Be Appealed Crown prosecutors are expected to appeal a Supreme Court ruling this week that sent a young Kelowna woman home without a criminal record after pleading guilty to growing marijuana. On Tuesday, justice Alison Beames gave Nicole Kraubner a conditional discharge after she pleaded guilty to the charge. Police discovered the grow operation May 28, 2004.

Feb 23, 2006 Pot Smell Justified Dwelling Search, Judges Say VANCOUVER -- The smell of marijuana coupled with a suspect speaking a foreign language can be sufficient grounds for police to enter a private home without a search warrant, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. The decision could expand the power of police to enter homes without warrants under certain conditions, such as an officer smelling marijuana in a dwelling.

[Say good-bye to more of our rights]
Feb 23, 2006 Court Dismisses 'Compassion' Argument On Pot New Brunswick Court of Appeal rejected Thursday a Saint John woman's argument that she was running a "compassion club" for medicinal marijuana users. However, the province's high court will still consider Lynn Wood's appeal of her marijuana trafficking conviction, albeit on other grounds. Lynn Wood was convicted in February 2005 of trafficking marijuana, and was sentenced to a term of one year in prison.

Feb 18, 2006 No Hydroponics Monitoring An Abbotsford city councillor is "not happy" with the provincial government after it ruled there will be no immediate implementation of a proposal to monitor businesses selling hydroponic equipment...On the hydroponics issue, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General told the City of Abbotsford that implementing a record-keeping system "requires careful consideration of its implications for all businesses province-wide." As a result, it concluded that "further research" would have to be carried out before government moves forward.

Feb 18, 2006 True Justice Is Blind An Orangeville area man is charged after police bust a marijuana grow-op in his home, seizing almost 600 plants. A judge with the Ontario Superior Court later tosses out the charges after expressing criticism of the investigating officer's methods....An Ontario Provincial Police officer identified Nguyen and other Vietnamese Canadian community members through a land title search. He focused on them because of previous incidents of Vietnamese Canadians being involved in grow-ops.

Feb 17, 2006 Medical Marijuana User Clears Foul-Up A licensed medical marijuana user has had a criminal charge for pot production dropped -- and has had all his growing equipment returned by city police -- after a bureaucratic bungle left him without his medication for weeks.

Feb 3, 2006 Marijuana Activists Fuming Over Arrest Medical marijuana advocates are angry over the treatment of a Regina AIDS patient who was arrested after his marijuana licence expired. Tom Shapiro was handcuffed, along with his wife and son, for four hours while police tried to determine his status in Health Canada's medical marijuana program, said an official with the Canadian AIDS Society.

[Welcome to the new Conservative government and the way things will be done now. Oh, where did some of the biggest websites like Overgrow.com go?}
Jan 27, 2006 Pot Activist Obeys Deportation Order To US VANCOUVER -- Before his deportation to California yesterday, Steven Kubby gathered his wife and two daughters to his side.

Jan 27, 2006 Medical Marijuna Refugee Steve Kubby Arrested Medical marijuana refugee Steve Kubby was taken to the Placer County jail today to begin serving a 4-month sentence on drug possession charges. Supporters are fearful that he will not survive in jail without access to medical marijuana. Kubby has used cannabis exclusively to treat a rare form of adrenal cancer, pheochromocytoma , since the 1980s, and is thought to be the longest living survivor of the disease. [ Read more....]

Jan 26, 2006 Home Grow-Op His Right, Says Spurned Renter A B.C. medical marijuana user has taken his right to grow pot in a rental home to the Human Rights Tribunal. Vandale Smith told a landlord he intended to grow marijuana in the rental home, and was licensed to do so by Health Canada.

[Discrimination, persecution... all the hallmarks are there]
Jan 26, 2006 Growing For The Neighbourhood The Fraser Institute estimates there are 17,500 grow-ops in the province, part of a multi-billion dollar provincial industry they estimate could translate into $2 billion of annual tax revenue....About 50,000 Canadians are arrested each year for marijuana-related offences and hundreds of thousands of Canadians already have criminal records for simple possession of marijuana.

Jan 25, 2006CN NS: Pot Charges Result In Challenge To Charter AMHERST -- A Maccan man who says he was growing marijuana to help himself and 300 others with medical conditions is launching a Charter of Rights challenge in the hopes of squashing several drug charges that have been laid against him.... The charter challenge will be filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on March 6.

Jan 24, 2006 Medical Marijuana Advocate Must Leave VANCOUVER ( CP ) -- After losing his last legal challenge to stay in Canada, medical marijuana advocate Steve Kubby has been told to leave the country by Thursday.

Jan 21, 2006CN NS: No Progress For Man Trying To Get Pot Back TRURO -- John Cook will have to wait another couple of months to get his pot back from the authorities. The medicinal marijuana activist from Halifax has been trying since May 2005 to get a 500-gram package of marijuana -- valued at $7,500 - -- back from police. Officers seized it as he was trying to ship it by bus last January to one of his clients in Springhill.

Jan 20, 2006 Judge Says Cancer Victim, Steve Kubby, Must Be Sent to US Denies Appeal to Stop Removal Order. Claims Kubby Will Not Be Arrested Despite Statement by California Prosecutor. Claims Prop 215 Protects Patients, Despite Fact No US Jails Allow Medical Cannabis Use. Family Fears He Will Die in US.

VANCOUVER -- Canadian Federal Justice, Yvon Pinard, ruled today that Immigration Canada may now proceed with its attempt to send Steve Kubby, cancer patient and medical marijuana refugee, to die in an American jail. Immigration Canada is expected to issue a new removal date, presumably sometime next week.

For more info call: Michele Kubby (250)578-8422

Please phone or fax the Ministers of Immigration, Health, Justice and Public Safety:
[In transition due to election - how convenient.]
Jan 19, 2006 'Legal' Dope Faces Major Medical Hurdle Medicinal marijuana may be legal in Canada, but try finding a doctor who will sign the paper to get it, says a B.C. woman who has been looking for more than a year.

[The public needs to know about the dysfunctional state of the medical cannabis program]
Jan 16, 2006 Apocalypse Now! A Conservative Canada? Pot people in Canada face extreme danger if a Conservative Justice Minister and the Conservative Party win on January 23rd

The Conservative Party say they will give any Canadians caught selling more than 3 kilograms of marijuana a mandatory 24 months minimum in jail. The Conservatives, who lead the polls in Canadas general election for next Monday, January 23, have already indicated they want mandatory jail terms for any Canadian growing marijuana.

They promised never to decriminalize marijuana.

[ Also see: The swell of opposition to rightwingnuts ruling us is beginning to grow! Voters are shaking the amnesia and remembering Brian Mulroney, Mike Harris and their kind.
Jan 12, 2006 Family Flees Grow-Rip But Homeowner Gets Charged For The owner of a house on Bridgeport Road received the fright of a lifetime on Friday during a home invasion....The 30-year-old is also the mother of the two toddlers, a boy and a girl ages two and three, who were placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development after what police believe was an attempted grow-rip....In this case, with Wu being the owner, RCMP investigators may have an opportunity to use proceeds of crime legislation in an attempt to have the home, assessed last year at $472,000, forfeited. ...A new city bylaw empowers the city to bill homeowners the cost of responding to and cleaning up marijuana grow ops.

[Persecute, prosecute, scatter the family.. how much more damage can they impose?]
Jan 12, 2006 Marijuana Activists Pay Krieger's Travel Expenses Grant Krieger, the Alberta medical marijuana activist whose appeal from a 2003 drug-trafficking conviction is to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada today, will be able to attend the hearing now that a group of pot activists has paid his travel expenses.

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