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Current Affairs 2006 - Culture (57 items)

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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."

Jun 27, 2006 Marijuana Use 'Out of Control' Worldwide: UN Official. Marijuana use worldwide is "out of control" because it grows everywhere, is in high demand and erroneously is considered by many to be harmless, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, highlighted the marijuana problem at a news conference as he released his office's 2006 World Drug Report.

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."

Jun 14, 2006 Roberts' Case Denied By Judge Local Paddy Roberts Will Appeal B.C. Supreme Court Judge's Decision To Allow Feds To Intervene In Emery Charges Slocan Valley's Patrick Roberts may have lost the fight to prevent Ottawa's involvement in his charges against B.C.'s Pot King Marc Emery, but he is willing to take his battle to the bitter end, even if it means the Supreme Court of Canada. By charging Emery and two accomplices, Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Greg Williams, with conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, Roberts could have prevented American drug-enforcement officials from charging the trio with the same crimes, thus preventing their extradition to the U.S. to stand trial. The Emery plot thickened when Canada's Federal Attorney General tried to stay Roberts' charges, which would clear the way for extradition. Roberts argued the federal government had no place in the legal battle, as the charges were conspiracy related, not direct drug charges, which would allow for federal intervention.

Jun 9, 2006 Marijuana Party Joins Political Landscape In Sask PARTY JOINS POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN SASK. The proverbial "smoke-filled rooms" where political deals are cut may take on a whole new meaning in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Marijuana Party has joined six other parties as an officially registered provincial political party with Elections Saskatchewan. Like other marijuana parties in the country, it is expected to advocate the legalization of possession and cultivation of cannabis.

May 24, 2006 Pot Advocate Convicted On Trafficking Charges Former Cafe Owner Faces Up to 10 Years VANCOUVER -- The former owner of a well-known east Vancouver cafe that openly sold marijuana until a police raid in September, 2004, was convicted of two marijuana-trafficking charges yesterday. A British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Carol Gwilt guilty of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of the proceeds of crime. Her co-defendant, Michael Boudreau, was acquitted on the single charge that he faced, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

May 15, 2006 Mom Challenges CAS An Oakville mother of four who admits to smoking marijuana regularly is challenging a request by the Children's Aid Society of Halton to undergo a drug test.

May 10, 2006 Bong Registry Set Up In City Sell a glass crack pipe or bong in Langley City and you'll have to tell police who you sold it to, including the person's name and address. On Monday night, council passed a motion to prohibit sales of drug paraphernalia to all persons under 19 years of age and require sellers to record and report to RCMP all purchases.

May 7, 2006 Proud Potheads Take Queen's Park Toronto was one of 200 cities around the world to take part in Global Marijuana March, promoting the legalization of marijuana and the acceptance of the right to smoke it. "It's really a celebration of the cannabis community; we wanted to take the day to enjoy each other's company," said Domenic Russo, general manager of Cannabis As Living Medicine( CALM ), one of the event organizers. "But there's also the underlying message of the importance of legalizing medical marijuana and the acceptance of people who smoke it."

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