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Current Affairs 2006 - Medical (67 items)

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 17, 2006 Marijuana Points Way To Anti-Obesity Drug A marijuana joint might seem an odd starting point in the search for weight-loss solutions. Yet a new compound switching off the same brain circuits that make people hungry when they smoke cannabis looks set to become the world's first blockbuster anti-obesity medicine, with sales tipped by analysts to top $3 billion US a year.

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.

Jan 12, 2006 Activist Takes Pot Law To Top Court Test of rare defence seeking 'jury nullification'; Although judges are supposed to encourage jurors to stick to the letter of the law, Krieger's lawyer, John Hook, argues the Supreme Court formally recognized jury nullification in the 1988 acquittal of abortion doctor Henry Morgentaler. At the time, the bench described the jury's power as "the citizen's ultimate protection against oppressive laws and the oppressive enforcement of the law."

[ Usually we don't hear about SCC decisions for at least six months after the hearing.]
Jan 9, 2006 Judge refuses to issue stay BREAKING NEWS:
Judge in Kubby Hearing has taken case under advisement and will issue a decision at a later date.

"Considering that this was a routine request to issue a temporary stay while the court considers our motion, I have lost all remaining faith in the court system and can only plead with people who hear about our situation to call, call and call again until those Ministers who are responsible fix this legal nightmare," said Mrs. Kubby.

"Phone calls to the Ministers of Immigration, Health, Justice and Public Safety may be our only hope now," added Mrs. Kubby.

Press Info and Contact Info HERE
Medical Marijuana Still Not Widely Available: Report The federal government's medical marijuana program doesn't work, the Canadian AIDS Society said in a report released Wednesday. The group's report suggests few users of medical marijuana obtain the drug through official channels. "Over 85 per cent of the people we consulted who used cannabis are currently relying on illegal sources for their supply of cannabis," said Lynne Bell-Isle, who worked on the 18-month project for the society.

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