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Thursday, April 27th, 2006

B.C.’s Pot King: Federal Attorney General wants today’s hearing closed to media and public; local lawyer arguing AG has no place in the case A surprise last-minute request from Ottawa has stirred up yet more drama in a Slocan Valley man’s effort to charge B.C. pot king Marc Emery with conspiracy to break U.S. he [...]

Civil libertarians decry asset-seizure law

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

CRIME WONT PAY: Pursuing a life of crime just got a little more risky in British Columbia. The provincial government quietly brought into force its Civil Forfeiture Act on Friday. Its a controversial piece of legislation that will enable the province to seize assets of suspected wrongdoers without necessarily having a criminal conviction first.

Police Violate Rights; $15,000 to Spinal Injury Med Pot Patient

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

James Blair with a portion of his returned property in 2004 EMERYVILLE James Blair, a spinal injury patient arrested on marijuana cultivation charges in 2003, received a check today from the City of Emeryville for $15,000 for marijuana seized by the Emeryville Police Department. Assisted by the patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access [...]


Thursday, April 13th, 2006

‘Public safety’ law will zap privacy, critics fear Utilities would be forced to disclose how much electricity homes use

U.S. cop brings campaign to legalize drugs to City Hall

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

A former Seattle police chief who advocates legalizing all drugs, including crystal meth and heroin, has reservations about proposals to provide free booze to chronic alcoholics. Alcohol clearly causes more damage to the human body than does heroin, said Norm Stamper, a cop for 34 years and author of Breaking Rank: A top cops expose [...]

Drug tests more frequent at U.S.-based companies

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

A University of Victoria survey of the controversial practice of workplace drug testing shows the practice is most frequent in Canadian companies that have their head office in the United States. While Canada debates decriminalization of marijuana, in contrast to the American war on drugs, the survey found provinces with the highest percentage of firms [...]

Pot heads anxious to hear police chief talk

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Victoria-area pot activists are eagerly anticipating a visit from retired Seattle police chief Norm Stamper, a leading advocate for the reform of North America’s drug laws. Stamper, a 34-year veteran of the Seattle and San Diego police departments, is scheduled to speak from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at Victoria city [...]


Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Last fall I was convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking THE after being arrested on Nov 15, 2000 on International Medical Marijuana Day before the annual cookie giveaway. My appeal should be this fall. Here are the details. —The defendant’s rights were violated under Section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and [...]

Pot activist freed from California jail

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

By ROBYN STUBBS, 24 HOURS, April 18, 2006 The man who feared deportation to the U.S. would cost him his life is alive and well, and free in California. Steve Kubby left Canada Jan. 26 after failing to convince a Federal Court justice that being sent back to the U.S. to face drug charges would [...]

Pot’ilics, by Ted Smith

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

With a federal Conservative minority government we can expect many changes in law that reinforces the War on Drugs. A bill has already been introduced in parliament that would increase sentences for growers and traffickers. However, the minimum sentences and other changes may not get past the justice committee which is reviewing the bill because [...]

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