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Current Affairs 2008 - Chronological (120 items)

Oct 10, 2008 Tory Ad Takes Potshot At NDP The radio ad stems from comments Layton made in 2003 to Pot TV, a now defunct Internet site. He called marijuana a "wonderful substance," that Canadians should be able to freely purchase or grow, and perhaps enjoy in their homes or in a cafe.

Oct 9, 2008 Drug-Related Convictions Quashed Due To Mountie's Fabrications Nova Scotia's Court of Appeal has quashed drug convictions against a dozen people because an RCMP officer fabricated evidence against them. In a decision released yesterday, the court says none of the convictions can stand because former Mountie Daniel Ryan sold drugs while lying under oath to justify search warrants for the premises of the 12 men who were convicted.

Oct 9, 2008 Laws Gone To Pot A report on marijuana written by a team of world experts suggests countries interested in more rational cannabis laws simply ignore drug treaties and go their own way. "Control regimes that criminalize users are intrusive on privacy, socially divisive and expensive. Thus, it is worth considering alternatives," says the Global Cannabis Commission Report presented in the British House of Lords last week.

Oct 7, 2008 Students Told Green Party Would Legalize Marijuana The legalization of marijuana, funding for education and the arts were among the issues raised by Fleming College students at an all-candidates debate yesterday.

Oct 3, 2008 Let Them Smoke Pot The Libertarians, a party in Canada since 1973, believe the less government the better, and they were in Canmore Thursday during Marijuana Week promoting the idea that the government should get out of regulating its use by adults.

Sep 29, 2008BC: Holy Smoke Four' Convicted of Marijuana Trafficking Legalization Fight: Judge shoots down defence arguments in case involving downtown Nelson business; prosecutor says no remorse from four men should lead to a harsh sentence A guilty verdict came down Friday in Nelson Provincial Court for the four men charged with marijuana trafficking out of the Holy Smoke Culture Shop on Baker Street in Nelson.

Sep 27, 2008NS: Maccan's Marijuana Maverick Enters Race AMHERST - The marijuana maverick is back to take a second crack at becoming MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. Rick Simpson, the Maccan man who believes he has found the cure for cancer in a marijuana paste he calls hemp oil, said Friday that he filed the necessary paperwork with the riding's returning officer earlier this week. "I'm running to get my message out," Mr. Simpson said. "I want to see lives saved and get the country on its feet and straightened out. Hemp is the answer to all our problems."

Sep 22, 2008 ON: Court Ruling May Change Marijuana Laws There may be no legal prohibition against possession of cannabis in Ontario if a Superior Court judge upholds an earlier finding in an ongoing challenge to the medical marijuana laws.

[This is a federal act, so it should be argued there is no cannabis prohibition anywhere in Canada.]
Sep 21, 2008 Layton Visit Goes To Pot Following the love-in, Layton was dogged by questions about his party's relationship with the Marijuana party. Layton told reporters he never made a deal with the party, and did not force two former pot activists to resign as NDP candidates in B.C. this week. That contradicts claims by marijuana promoter Marc Emery, who says he raised thousands of dollars for the NDP and signed up new members in exchange for support for his cause of legalization. Layton said the two B.C. candidates who suddenly resigned this week did so voluntarily.

Sep 20, 2008 May Eyes BC Seats Disgruntled conservatives, pot smokers and working moms should all consider voting for the Greens, federal party leader Elizabeth May said Friday in Kelowna.

Sep 20, 2008NS: Prosecutors Silent On Pot Decision AMHERST - Federal prosecutors aren't about to say why drug charges against two Halifax County men were dropped nearly three years after they were laid and just three weeks before their trial was to begin. ... Police seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants from the two homes, $1,000 worth of electronic equipment used in the grow-op and an undisclosed amount of money.

Sep 20, 2008 Second NDP Candidate Resigns Over Drug Use Kirk Tousaw, the NDP's candidate in Vancouver Quadra, has stepped down after a video surfaced of him smoking marijuana -- making him the second B.C. NDP candidate to step down over drug use this week. The video, recorded in 2005 and still available on Google Video, shows Tousaw taking part in a competition judging various strains of marijuana with marijuana activist Marc Emery.

Sep 19, 2008 Driver Impaired By Marijuana In Fatal Crash An Edmonton man was convicted of impaired driving causing death Thursday, after a judge ruled he was high on marijuana when he slammed head-on into another vehicle, killing two people. Court earlier heard he had also been using prescription medications including Paxil, Zyprexa and Ativan, but Ross rejected suggestions that they played a role in the crash.

They call this the justice system?
Sep 19, 2008 Island Pot Could Be Canada's Supply Horticulturist Eric Nash and his partner Wendy Little operate Island Harvest in the Cowichan Valley, which they say is Canada's first and only production facility of certified organic medical marijuana. Their operation is licensed and approved by Health Canada, and they have been supplying two patients with marijuana who are registered with the Health Canada program authorizing use of the drug for certain medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord disease and cancer. Now they are applying for a contract to be a major supplier of marijuana for some of the 2,500 people across the country who are enrolled in the Health Canada program.

Sep 18, 2008ON: Man Denied Rights A man whose rights were violated when police searched his car for marijuana was still sentenced to six months probation in Sarnia court. The 23-year-old had 35 grams of marijuana in his car's trunk on June 24, 2007. ...Though the search violated the man's rights, the marijuana should still be evidence in the drug possession trial, Hornblower said.

Sep 18, 2008 Greens Go Pro-Grass The Green party says it supports cannabis sales to adults through licensed distributors. As well, the party would like to see "small, independent growers" thrive, and the government taxing the weed at the same rate as tobacco, generating an estimated $1 billion a year.

Sep 12, 2008 Felger Calls in Drug Agent Leading up to, and after, the federal election, Abbotsford marijuana activist Tim Felger has invited retired drug agent and acclaimed public speaker and educator Celerino "Cele" Castillo to speak about the nation's war on drugs.

Sep 11, 2008 Man Claims Seized Substance Is Catnip A marijuana activist who was allegedly busted with a pound of pot claims police have no proof that what they seized is not catnip -- and he intends to try to prove it in court.

Sep 9, 2008 Driver Found Not Guilty Of Marijuana Possession A man caught with marijuana during a traffic stop in Pitt Meadows was acquitted of a drug possession charge Friday after a provincial court judge questioned the legality of the police search.

Sep 5, 2008 Federal Election Could Be Going To Pot Legalizing The Use Of Marijuana Will Be An Election Issue If Proponents Across Canada Listen To Neil Magnuson. .... In Lethbridge as part of the "2008 Freedom Tour" on Thursday, the long-time activist said three of the four national parties have spoken out in favour of decriminalizing the recreational drug.

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