Current Affairs 2006 - Culture (57 items)
|Apr 21, 2006|| Toking Up In Steeltown HAMILTON -- Steeltown turned into Hamiltoke yesterday as cannabis connoisseurs descended on the steps of city hall for a "pot-in." |
|Apr 21, 2006|| Reefer Madness More than 1,000 stoners converged onto the government lawn on Broadway to smoke a doobie and salute the high times of 4-20 ( April 20 ), or Stoner's New Year, as it's known in "greener" circles. |
|Mar 10, 2006|| Keep Marching, Pot Crusader Says Goodwin, owner of the Up In Smoke cafe, was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
It's his latest run-in with Hamilton police, who he says have visited his business more than 300 times since he opened it in August 2004 on King Street East. |
[ Cannabis activists and consumers take another hit]
|Mar 1, 2006|| RCMP Close Montreal Marijuana Seed Vendor Although the Montreal-based company Heaven's Stairway has operated brazenly since 1998 and is currently listed on Quebec's business registry, the RCMP announced Tuesday it has shut it down.
The RCMP described the large-scale bust as the first of its kind in Canada. Besides evoking Led Zeppelin's signature song for its name the company also sold seeds with quirky labels like Crippy Bud and Deep Blue Rush.
[ By attacking the very source - seeds - they may merely be preparing for when the time comes for cannabis to be legal. With all other avenues effectively shut down, corporations like Monsanto will emerge as the main distributer of seeds. (Who is really ordering the raids on seeds??? ) ]
|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 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?}
|Feb 2, 2006|| Concert Staff Ignored Pot Smokers: Upset Mom Ellis, her nine-year-old daughter and two nieces, aged eight and 10, are all big fans of Nickelback, and Ellis thought it would be fun to take the kids to the Jan. 26 show.
"I was naive. I've had people say to me, 'You should have done some research.' I never did," Ellis said. "Now that I know, it was irresponsible of me, but prior to ( the concert ) I was unaware and naive. I'm terribly upset with myself that I put my kids in this position."
Ellis said she was forced to leave her seat, children in tow, as a man sitting near her lit up, even after she announced marijuana and children do not mix. |
[What can you say about a parent who either has amnesia or has never been to a rock concert in their life, but decides to take very young children to one, then discovers pot is smoked at concerts, and turns it into a media event? And why did the media go along?]
|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||CN BC: CN BC: Bylaw Aimed At Paraphernalia, Hydroponic Sales The city can't ban outright the sale of drug paraphernalia or hydroponic equipment that can also be used for indoor marijuana grow operations, but charging a hefty licence fee and setting up a buyers' registry would make those who want to trade in those markets think twice.
[Big brother takes aim... again]
|Jan 26, 2006|| Home Grow-Op His Right, Says Spurned Renter A B.C. medical marijuana user has taken his right to grow pot in a rental home to the Human Rights Tribunal.
Vandale Smith told a landlord he intended to grow marijuana in the rental home, and was licensed to do so by Health Canada. |
[Discrimination, persecution... all the hallmarks are there]
|Jan 26, 2006|| Growing For The Neighbourhood The Fraser Institute estimates there are 17,500 grow-ops in the province, part of a multi-billion dollar provincial industry they estimate could translate into $2 billion of annual tax revenue....About 50,000 Canadians are arrested each year for marijuana-related offences and hundreds of thousands of Canadians already have criminal records for simple possession of marijuana.
|Jan 21, 2006||CN 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 16, 2006|| So, Just What Were They Smoking? "Where do you stand on the legalization of marijuana?"....Suddenly, the mood in the room turned dark as Conservative candidate Sam Goldstein, seething in his seat, took his turn. Pointing a menacing finger at the crowd, he chastised them for wanting candidates to control gun crime in their city, while wanting to legalize a drug that was causing the gang warfare on their streets.
|Jan 16, 2006|| Apocalypse Now! A Conservative Canada? Pot people in Canada face extreme danger if a Conservative Justice Minister and the Conservative Party win on January 23rd
The Conservative Party say they will give any Canadians caught selling more than 3 kilograms of marijuana a mandatory 24 months minimum in jail. The Conservatives, who lead the polls in Canadaís general election for next Monday, January 23, have already indicated they want mandatory jail terms for any Canadian growing marijuana.
They promised never to decriminalize marijuana.
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The swell of opposition to rightwingnuts ruling us is beginning to grow! Voters are shaking the amnesia and remembering Brian Mulroney, Mike Harris and their kind.
|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.]