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Current Affairs 2006 - Activism (100 items)

Oct 7, 2006 Medicinal Pot Dispute Closes Legion Branch MACCAN, N.S. - Officials with the Royal Canadian Legion have shut down a Nova Scotia branch after members used the local hall to promote the use of locally produced marijuana oil for cancer patients. The legion's Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command temporarily suspended the charter of the Maccan branch and ousted its executive. Provincial command chairman Steve Wessel said the legion name, insignia and buildings cannot be used to promote the use of illegal substances.

Oct 6, 2006 Out Of Jail And Into Politics Michel Ethier walked out of the North Bay courthouse, stood in the afternoon sun and celebrated his freedom in a style befitting a pot activist. "This tastes good. I love it," he said, savouring a joint offered by a supporter after being released from custody Tuesday. Ethier filed his papers from jail to challenge incumbent Joanne Savage and newcomer Claude Arcand for the mayor's job in West Nipissing during the Nov. 13 municipal election.

Oct 4, 2006 Cannabis Users Confused The medical marijuana issue has become even more confusing as a conservative budget cut of $7.5 million meets mixed response from concerned parties across the country. A prominent AIDS organization condemned the cut as "impeding" timely access to appropriate care for its members, while the Canadian Cannabis Coalition ( the largest organization of its kind in the world ) points to the private research being done and says the cuts are essentially a non-issue.

Oct 2, 2006 Editorial: Democracy Is Inclusive The Reverend ( we assume ) Michel Ethier must be given top marks for persistence. He wants to become His Worship the Mayor of West Nipissing, and none shall deny his right to try, try, and try again. He is also minister in the pot-promoting Church of the Universe, so it must be assumed he is entitled to some reverence.

Oct 2, 2006 Marijuana Activist Gets Six Months Jail Iglulik - Nunavut's most outspoken marijuana advocate will serve time behind bars because of the very thing he promotes. After pleading guilty to trafficking and laundering the proceeds of crime, Ed DeVries was sentenced to six months in jail and one year probation on Sept. 25 in Iglulik.

Sep 30, 2006 Chong Pontificates On Politics, Pot And Prison In New n his new book "The I Chong: Meditations From the Joint" ( Simon and Schuster ), Chong insists the feds came after him, at the behest of the Bush administration, because he'd frequently spoken out against the war on terror and the erosion of civil liberties after 9-11.

Sep 28, 2006 Straight Dope From Pot Prof U of T philosophy professor Doug Hutchinson, who won the right this week to smoke pot during work hours for an undisclosed medical condition, goes public about his travails in an open letter released September 22 to U of T authorities, fellow philosophy professors and graduate students.

Sep 26, 2006 Pot Crusader Found Guilty Of Trafficking Marijuana Grant Krieger, a well-known pot crusader, has again been found guilty of trafficking in marijuana after he sent packages to people in Manitoba for medicinal uses on two separate occasions. Provincial court Judge William Pepler found Krieger guilty Monday of two counts of trafficking in marijuana on Dec. 3, 2003 and Jan. 8, 2004.

Sep 26, 2006 Editorial: Potheads May Not Have Thought This One t seems that every time we carry any kind of drug awareness article in the paper we receive a flood of letters to the editor from people keen to tell us that drugs aren't so bad at all. There seems to be a group of people who spend their lives combing the Internet looking for such stories as an opportunity to argue their case that marijuana should be legalized.

Sep 23, 2006 Pot Activist Settles VANCOUVER -- An American pot activist who launched an intense legal fight against extradition to the U.S., has quietly settled her legal and immigration issues. After negotiating a plea agreement of simple possession of marijuana with U.S. prosecutors, Renee Boje dropped her extradition appeal in B.C. and returned to California from B.C. last month.

Sep 16, 2006 Weeding Out What's Bad For The Planet Name: Dylan Perceval-Maxwell, owner of Je L'ai, 159 Duluth Ave. E., 514-284-5393. How would you describe your store? We sell hemp products and ecologically sound cannabis-related items.

Sep 16, 2006CN BC: Cafe Owner Gets 15 Months In Jail For Selling Pot The owner of the now defunct Da Kine Cafe on Commercial Drive has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for openly selling marijuana to customers. At the height of the coffee shop's success in the summer of 2004, police say it attracted thousands of customers to its doors, gaining international attention.

Sep 15, 2006 Pot Activist Sells Seeds To Advance Cause Dana Larsen Flouts Law With New Vancouver Store to Promote Legalization Vancouver pot activist Dana Larsen was on the phone at his new Vancouver Seed Bank storefront Thursday, telling a caller from Wisconsin that he has no plans to sell pot seeds to Americans through the mail. Larsen told the potential client that he doesn't want to make the mistake made by his long-time friend and colleague Marc Emery who sold marijuana seeds to U.S. addresses.

Sep 14, 2006 New marijuana seed business sets up shop The marijuana seed store on East Hastings Street in Vancouver has been open since May.
Manager Dana Larsen hopes to avoid legal problems by avoiding sales to the U.S.

A Vancouver man has launched a store-front business selling marijuana seeds over the counter and online to people across Canada and in Europe. Dana Larsen opened the Vancouver Seed Bank on East Hastings Street in May, and isn't hiding the fact that he's breaking the law.
Larsen's store is similar to the one operated by B.C. Marijuana party Leader Marc Emery until it was shut down by Vancouver police last year at the request of the U.S. government. Emery, who is free on bail, now faces possible extradition to the U.S. on drug and money-laundering charges. Larsen says he believes that as long as he avoids the American market, he won't be arrested.
"By us not sending any marijuana seeds to the U.S., we're not anticipating any problems from their government because we're not breaking any of their laws.
"And I don't think we'll have any problems within Canada. We're not the first person to be selling marijuana seeds and nobody in Canada has faced problems for selling marijuana seeds within Canada for quite awhile."
Larsen says police officers have come into his store while on patrol, and didn't appear to have any problem with his merchandise. However Simon Fraser University criminologist Neil Boyd says Larsen is taking a big risk.
"Most people who sell marijuana seeds aren't going to advertise publicly that they sell marijuana or marijuana seeds. He's playing a game of poker with those with the power to enforce the law."

Aug 30, 2006 Pot Crusader Jailed, Travel Up In Smoke A defence lawyer says pot crusader Chris Goodwin has effectively been "run out of town" as a result of prosecution over his now closed Up In Smoke Cafe. Justice Anton Zuraw sentenced him yesterday to three and a half months in jail, on top of the 38 days he spent there before trial. Zuraw also fined him $300 and put him on probation for two years.

Aug 30, 2006 RCMP Retract 'Pound For Pound' Assertion Police made an honest mistake by telling The Reminder that marijuana is sometimes traded pound for pound with cocaine, according to the RCMP National Headquarters. Paul Nadeau, the Mounties' national drug enforcement director, said police have no evidence to support this recently-reported "urban myth." "Personally, I have never heard of one instance where we've been able to corroborate that," he said from his Ottawa office. Nadeau said the fallacy is so widespread that it's believed by criminals, lawyers and some of the many thousands of police officers - -- RCMP and otherwise -- across the nation....The pound-for-pound statement was included as part of an Aug. 9 Reminder article outlining how today's marijuana is much more potent - -- and of greater concern to police -- than the pot of yesteryear. Within days of the story running, members of the pro-marijuana lobby from across Canada fired off e-mails and letters to the editor ridiculing the claim. They read the article online.

Police propaganda gets trounced - thanks to the efforts of many letter writers. It would be so much easier to separate fact from fiction if all media followed up on the dubious claims of reefer madness spewed into the "news", and got retractions from police and politicians.
Aug 29, 2006 PUB LTE: Holy Smoke Bust Hits On Bigger Issue It is my belief that the call to investigate Holy Smoke came from on high and is closely associated to the federal conservative government ( Prime Minister Steve Harper ) and intervention from the D.E.A. ( United States ). ... If you are a taxpayer in the City of Nelson you are paying for the police force, and in turn are also a director of policing policy. Contact your city councillors, mayor, police force, police board, member of the legislative assembly ( MLA ) and member of parliament if you wish to have a say in the way police operate.

Aug 28, 2006 PUB LTE: Know Ed Before You Judge Him The ironic thing about all this is my father - you see my father is Rev. Ed DeVries, I am his son and my name is Jason DeVries - I am not afraid nor am I ashamed to admit who I or my father is because I am proud that he is able to come forth and be who he is without having to hide or shy away. t was my father who gave me my morals and instilled my values at a young age. My father taught me about choice. He is not a stupid man by far, and has a wealth of information on a range of subjects and knows what the benefits of marijuana are.

Aug 18, 2006 Police Arrest Another Holy Smoke Owner Holy Smoke Culture Shop co-owner Alan Middlemiss was arrested at the Nelson City Police ( NCP ) Detachment Wednesday night, a month after business partner Paul DeFelice was busted and the store raided as part of a wider police investigation on the alleged drug trade in Nelson.

Aug 18, 2006 PUB LTE: Marijuana Party Candidate Clarifies Position To the readers, and in particular the residents of Igloolik, I feel I must write in response to the attention being given to my life recently and publicly.

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