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Current Affairs 2006 - Activism (100 items)

Feb 26, 2006 Region Dismisses Pot For Health Issue Niagara Compassion Society was looking for a homegrown solution to medical marijuana use when it appeared before the region's public health committee Tuesday. It didn't come. Committee members instead took pot shots at the idea of what some believed amounts to endorsing recreational drug use.

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 21, 2006 Happy Hippy Handed Heave-Ho Last week a local retail business, the Happy Hippy Hemp Shop, that sells glass pipes, bongs, rolling papers, and roach clips designed for smoking pot, has been asked to vacate its rented space on Oliver Street. Happy Hippy store owner, Mike Dery, says his landlord, Chuck Delainey, told him he had until the end of the

Feb 17, 2006 Seeking Cannabis Compassion Fifteen people, a tiny downtown apartment and a man sick from AIDS with anywhere from one to five years to live. This is the heart of the Kelowna Compassion Club-the latest medical marijuana operation to grace B.C.'s map.

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 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 13, 2006 Marijuana Party Given Fewer Puffs On-Air With no travel budget, Nunavut's candidate for the Marijuana Party planned to reach the ears of voters through the airwaves during the on-air candidates forum, hosted by CBC radio. But last week he was told he could only speak for three minutes during the introduction, and three minutes at closing, if time permits. Unlike candidates for the other parties, he won't be allowed to field questions.

{Despite the censorship, Ed received 7.9% of the vote]
Jan 12, 2006 Is The Marijuana Party Going Up In Smoke This year the party is running only 23 candidates, after having run at least 70 in the previous two elections. Its founding leader, Marc-Boris St-Maurice, quit the party last year to join the Liberal party. Now, the B.C. Marijuana Party has thrown its support behind the federal NDP party.

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 10, 2006 B.C. Marijuana Crusader Faces Elections Canada Investigation ANCOUVER -- Pot crusader Marc Emery could only joke Monday about his apparently mounting legal woes after a government official informed him he'd likely be investigated for violating third-party election advertising. "It looks like I'm going to get charged for violating the Elections Act in the 2004 election," Emery said dryly.

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
Jan 6, 2006 Stay Of Charges Against Pot Activist Paves The Way For Extradition A lawyer for pot activist Marc Emery says the federal government's decision not to proceed with drug charges against his client clears the way for his possible extradition to the United States and means Ottawa is kowtowing to the Americans.

Jan 5, 2006 NORML Canada launches marijuana policy survey NORML Canada launches it's marijuana policy survey for candidates in the 2006 federal election.
Given the prominence of marijuana prohibition in recent Canadian public discourse, it is truly surprising that the issue has not been raised in the present federal election campaign.
This following questionnaire has been mailed to every candidate. Campaign offices will also be called as a follow up. Responses will be posted on our website as the campaign unfolds.
Go to Questionnaire

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