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Top court unanimously strikes down conviction of pot activist

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

OTTAWA — A Calgary man who uses marijuana to help cope with his multiple sclerosis has been granted a new trial after the Supreme Court of Canada found he was deprived of his “constitutional right? to a trial by jury when found guilty of drug charges. In a unanimous decision, the top court quashed Grant [...]

Give Me My Medicine Back!

Friday, October 6th, 2006

      By TOM McCOAG The Halifax Herald Limited August 10, 2005  User claims pot taken by RCMP treats his illnesses   MACCAN – Rick Simpson says he wants the RCMP to return the 1,600 marijuana plants they took from the field behind his house last week.“I was growing them for medical purposes,” he [...]

Officials temporarily suspend Maccan Branches Charter

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Friday October 6, 2006 By CATHY VON KINTZEL Halifax Chronicle Herald MACCAN — Provincial Royal Canadian Legion officials have shut down their Maccan branch for supporting use of a homemade marijuana oil that some local members claim saves lives and relieves suffering. But an ousted executive member says he’s not backing down. “They can take [...]

Jailed Pot Advocate to Run for Mayor

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

  WEST NIPISSING, Ont. – A marijuana advocate says he expects to be released from jail in time to campaign to become mayor of this northeastern Ontario town. Speaking from a North Bay, Ont., jail, Michel Ethier said Wednesday he has no plans to withdraw from the race even if he is the only candidate [...]

Tommy Chong Freaks Out

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

  TORONTO – Tommy Chong, one half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong, exudes as much serenity sipping on a cup of coffee in a downtown hotel as one might expect from a lifelong pothead. But three years ago, the Canadian-born Chong had good reason to freak out – agents for the U.S. [...]

13 Fail Drug Tests

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

With what looked to be 15 solid applicants, one Quesnel mill thought they’d have no trouble filling their labour opening. But after 13 applicants failed the mill’s drug test, it wasn’t so certain. Justice and Safety chair Coun. Sushil Thapar directed a meeting where committee members decided to take the fight into schools and educate [...]

No More Wacky Tobacky Tests

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

An Alberta researcher says the federal Conservatives are putting Canada back in the “dark ages” by eliminating the $4-million medical marijuana research program. “There are still many unknowns about the medical benefits of marijuana use. Ending research grants will put us back in the dark ages,” said Dr. Helen Hays, with the University of Alberta’s [...]