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Current Affairs 2006 - Activism (100 items)

Aug 16, 2006 PUB LTE: Teen Puzzled By Police Action Open letter for Nelson City Police Detective Sgt. Steve Bank. ...I am a 16-year-old girl and have lived in Nelson for a total of 11 years... In the article in the Nelson Daily News, you said that "it is not tolerated. The Holy Smoke - their ( alleged ) activity is not tolerated by the police or frankly by the people in the community." How can you speak for the people of the community? I suggest that you check the public opinion before you make such a statement that is obviously not supported by the entire population of Nelson

Aug 12, 2006 Pot Cafe Butts Out For Now Two years of confrontational pot activism are up in smoke. "It's certainly the end of Up in Smoke Cafe in Hamilton," says www.upinsmokecafe.ca on its website. Chris Goodwin, 27, owner of the "pot-friendly" downtown cafe remains in jail, having been denied bail after his July 27 arrest for allegedly flouting the terms of previous releases on marijuana-possession charges.

Aug 11, 2006 Marijuana Party Leader Pleads Guilty Nunavut's leader of the Marijuana Party pleaded guilty to longstanding drug-related charges in an Iqaluit court this Tuesday. Ed deVries pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana and laundering the proceeds of crime, two charges he's faced since August 2004.

Aug 11, 2006 First Medical Marijuana Exhibit First Medical Marijuana Exhibit at the XVI International AIDS Conference: Canada Leads the Way TORONTO, August 11, 2006 - For the first time in the conferenceís history, an exhibit on the therapeutic use of marijuana (cannabis) is being offered at the XVI International AIDS Conference this week in Toronto. This initiative acknowledges that for many people living with HIV/AIDS cannabis is an important part of their medical therapy.

Aug 9, 2006 Marching For Mary Jane On a sunny Saturday, without a trace of telltale smoke in the air, The Holy Smoke Culture Shop and supporters held a community rally in favour of changing marijuana laws. Featuring a handful of pro-marijuana and critics of government, including Paddy Roberts, who was involved in a bid to keep Marc Emery in Canada, the rally drew a crowd of over 60 people of all ages and backgrounds. Organizers were careful to not promote the event as a smoke-in, which they believed would damage their cause.

Aug 5, 2006 Up In Smoke Cafe Owner Denied Bail Pot crusader Chris Goodwin was denied bail yesterday after his arrest 10 days ago for allegedly flouting the terms of previous releases from jail on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana.... Goodwin was remanded to Aug. 22. He has a tentative trial date of Aug. 29.

Aug 1, 2006 PUB LTE: Getting High As a Side Effect of Marijuana Use There is no doubt about pot making people "feel" better, aside from any biochemical mechanism between human and medicine. That softening of symptoms and mild euphoria makes all the difference sometimes. ...Getting high for the sake of getting high is called recreational use, but getting high because it is a side effect of medicinal cannabis use is something entirely different. That high is the measure of the medicine's potency, and is necessary for correct titration of dose.
If one has weak pot, they need to use more. If the pot is very potent, then they only need a little. The way to tell the difference is when the high arrives. That high is the body's way of saying "OK, that's enough for now." Russell Barth

Jul 28, 2006 Busted Pot Politician Plans Carving Giveaway The leader of Nunavut's Marijuana Party said last week he wants to donate a big collection of Inuit carvings to the territory. Ed deVries said he's acquired more than 600 works of art from Igloolik carvers, in exchange for cash, and pot. During the federal election last winter, Nunavut's Marijuana Party received 7.8 per cent of the vote, more than Green Party. DeVries estimates that 80 per cent of Nunavut's population smokes dope.

Jul 25, 2006 Prince Of Pot Weds As Extradition Hearing Looms Marc Emery, Canada's so-called Prince of Pot, got married Sunday to a woman who apparently doesn't mind the idea that her new husband could spend large parts of their marriage in court or in jail as part of his mission to legalize marijuana.

Jul 21, 2006 PUB LTE: Come Out Of The Closet, Pot Smokers Dear editor, I was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana recently. It seems the right time to come out publicly for legalization, and I hope to persuade you to do the same. I have been smoking marijuana for 30-plus years -- it is my choice for relaxation and enjoyment. I know plenty of people in our town also enjoy this choice. I believe this holds true for millions across our country. Aren't we all tired of having to "hide" and deny our use in public because of outdated and senseless laws? Surely it is time to bury the b.s. and get marijuana legalized.

Jul 20, 2006 Why Does Activist Risk His Marriage You'd think a pot activist would be able to take a long, deep breath. But oh no. Once Chris Goodwin gets on his high horse, it's hard to bring him down. You see, pot is his life. His reason for being on this earth. It is his passion. His calling. His religion. His career. He talks about it endlessly. Breathlessly. Obsessively. Sometimes even articulately. Chris is the 26-year-old owner of downtown's Up in Smoke cafe. I have called him to confirm that he is on trial today. This time he is facing one count of possession of cannabis resin. He is, of course, fighting it.

Jul 19, 2006 Publicity Leads To Pot Theft "Let me die in peace" is the message Tom Shapiro wants sent to two teenagers who broke into his Ottawa Street home early Monday morning and demanded he hand over his pot. The Regina man, who has a licence to grow and use marijuana to ease symptoms of AIDS, is now worrying for the safety of himself and his wife due to his advocacy of medical marijuana use. Around 1 a.m. Monday, Shapiro said he was with his wife in their living room when she noticed two teenage boys walking by, pulling up the hoods on their sweatshirts. The pair came up the walk and pulled open the home's locked screen door.

Jul 19, 2006 Nelson Shop Owner Busted One of the owners of the Holy Smoke Culture Shop in Nelson is vowing to fight on in his advocacy of marijuana despite new criminal charges laid against him. Paul DeFelice, 48, was busted Saturday on charges of possession and trafficking of pot. "We're going to persevere," DeFelice insisted yesterday. "The show will go on. We're in it to the bitter end."

Jul 7, 2006 Owner Of B.C. Cafe That Sold Marijuana Pleads Guilty The owner of a cafe that openly sold marijuana in a trendy Vancouver neighbourhood two years ago pleaded guilty yesterday to trafficking charges. Carol Gwilt, the owner of the now-defunct Da Kine Cafe, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. In a surprise move at her B.C. Supreme Court sentencing on two unrelated charges, Gwilt said on "solemn reflection" she decided to take responsibility and spare everyone the expense of the jury trial for the Da Kine counts.

Jul 6, 2006 Ease Pot Restrictions - CAS A new study from the Canadian AIDS Society ( CAS ) says Canadians living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses need better access to medical marijuana. The study report identifies barriers that prevent patients from getting a reliable and affordable supply of medical pot and proposes ways to make access easier.

Jul 6, 2006 US Wants Emery Extradited U.S. officials say they're irritated by the slow speed of Canada's response to extradition requests.

And they say a prime example is the case of Vancouver marijuana seed king Marc Emery, who faces a request for extradition to the U.S. to face charges of marijuana distribution and money laundering.

"This 'Prince of Pot' -- Emery -- he still hasn't had his first extradition hearing," said Jeff Sullivan, criminal prosecution chief for the U.S. Attorney office in western Washington State.

"It's those kinds of things that are frustrating to us."

Jul 6, 2006 Ottawa Making Medical Pot 'Almost Impossible' Too Many Hurdles, Lawyer Tells Court CALGARY - The government provides a legal method for a person to grow and possess marijuana for personal medical reasons, but makes it "almost impossible" to do so, a lawyer argued yesterday. John Hooker, counsel for longtime Calgary pot crusader Grant Krieger, told provincial court Justice William Pepler the medical marijuana issue is similar to the abortion issue, in which the government permits women to legally have abortions, then puts many hurdles in place.

Jun 26, 2006 Sask Marijuana Party Raises Money For Food Bank With a cannabis leaf flag flapping and the sounds of the jazz festival in the backgroud, the Saskatchewan Marijuana Party held a barbecue in Kiwanis Park Saturday afternoon to raise money for its coffers and for the Saskatoon Food Bank.

Jun 25, 2006 Cookin' With Cannabis Barth and his wife, Christine Lowe, put on a cooking clinic during the Ravenswing Craft and Zine Fair at the community centre yesterday.... Barth and Lowe can be cavalier about their pot use because they hold federal licences to use the bud for medicinal purposes.

Jun 22, 2006 Co-Accused Can Attend Emery's Wedding: Court Bail conditions are being eased for a B.C. pot activist for his summer wedding prior to an extradition hearing on U.S. drug charges. Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm decided in B.C. Supreme Court that Marc Emery's co-accused can attend the July nuptials. Emery, Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Greg Keith Williams were arrested last July after police raided a marijuana paraphernalia store owned by Vancouver's "Prince of Pot."

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