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Offlinewingnutx
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Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free
    #1851367 - 08/26/03 02:44 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free (Marc Emery update)
The Kingston Whig-Standard ^ | August 26, 2003 | Greg McArthur


Posted on 08/26/2003 8:20 AM PDT by Wolfie


Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free

Standing outside Kingston Police headquarters dressed in a black pinstripe suit, Canada?s pre-eminent marijuana activist smoked a joint with about 150 protesters and expounded for hours on why he feels marijuana should be legalized across the country.

The four uniformed officers at the protest never approached Marc Emery, the president of British Columbia?s Marijuana Party. They just watched him talk. And talk and talk and talk.

?Now, here?s something we can all celebrate,? Emery told the cheering crowd as he pulled out a fat joint the size of a screwdriver.

When he paused to light the joint ? packed with a strain known as Marley?s Collie, which Emery says gives a ?social lubricant? kind of high ? it was one of the rare moments when his lips weren?t moving.

Emery captivated a crowd ? which dwindled to less than 10 people by sundown ? for more than 2? hours, waxing on a host of pot-related topics, including what he called the abusive policy of Kingston Police to seize marijuana from people carrying less than 30 grams.

Since May 16, when an Ontario Superior Court judge upheld a lower court decision to quash a charge against a youth for simple possession of marijuana, Kingston Police have changed their stance on marijuana.

Officers have been instructed not to lay charges but to confiscate the pot.

The new policy inspired Emery to add Kingston to his summer tour of Canadian police stations.

So far, he?s been arrested in six cities. Only police in Toronto, Halifax, Charlottetown, Prince George, B.C. ? and now Kingston ? have let him puff away.

As teens sparked up miniature pipes and adults sucked back on homemade bongs yesterday afternoon, police made no motion towards the smokers or their stashes.

?Jesus, it must be good. Everyone?s hacking up a lung,? said 22-year-old Barb Hutson, as Emery?s joint was passed around the crowd and the sound of coughing filled the air.

There was a broad cross-section of society at the protest ? from aging hippies with ponytails in tie-dyed T-shirts to adults in business-casual attire to high schoolers getting a glimpse of the man they have read so much about in magazines such as Cannabis Culture.

Many older protesters wouldn?t speak on the record, citing repercussions in the workplace.

?A lot of people are still in the closet,? said Gord Near, a 33-year-old Napanee videographer, holding a bong made out of a sportsdrink bottle.

Near brought along his wife, Donna Hart, and their two children, seven-year-old Dylan Near and one-year-old Evan Near.

?The more they know, the better. The more taboo it is, the more likely it is they?re going to do it at an earlier age? said Hart, who watched most of the festivities from the other side of the street because she?s four months? pregnant.

Near said he doesn?t smoke pot openly in the house around his children, but he wants to educate them as they grow old so they don?t buy into the negative stigma surrounding pot smokers like their father.

?I won?t hide anything from them,? he said.

Mike Foster, a Kingston native who owns one of the biggest pot-paraphernalia shops in Ottawa, made the trek to support Emery.

Foster said he thought the protest was an effective way to make citizens understand what their rights are.

?Even though we can legally smoke out in the open, people don?t believe they can do it. It takes something like this to get people to come out of their shells. He?s saying ?Look, I?m smoking it in front of a police station and I?m not being arrested,? ? Foster said.

Emery attacked the attitudes of police departments across the country.

He pointed out that in his home town of Vancouver, police devote thousands of dollars to raids on grow houses, but when 60 women went missing in an impoverished part of the city and no one was charged for a long time, police complained they didn?t have a large enough force to investigate.

He said the drug war has allowed police to invade people?s privacy, specifically with the heat-detection sensors used from helicopters to detect grow operations in homes.

?So they can see you having sex. They can see all of your movements because as a human being you give off heat. Only the drug war can give police permission to pry into your homes,? Emery said while a pair of men giggled in the background.

Over and over again, Emery said that lawmakers and law enforcers have no right to persecute someone for their lifestyle.

?Marijuana never created anything but a good vibe,? he said.

Jason Back, a 19-year-old Queen?s University student, and his 17-year-old brother David Back, said when their parents dropped them off at the protest, their mother and father were torn.

Their father likes the idea of them being politically engaged, but he?s not completely sold on their current cause, they said.

?They figure it?s our choice,? said Jason Back. ?As long as [our smoking] is in moderation.?

Since the May court decision, Back said he?s frequently smoked weed on the Queen?s campus because he believes it?s now legal.

But not enough people know about the change in the law and are confused, he said.

?People talk about how it?s going to be decriminalized, because that?s what?s in the press, but when I tell them it?s basically legal in Ontario, they don?t believe me.?

At the end of the protest, Emery said he wasn?t surprised that police didn?t confiscate his weed, suggesting that they would have been ?humiliated? if they had tried.

Not only did he think more Kingstonians would start smoking pot in the streets because of his protest, he said the Limestone City is in store for a new pot-smoking cafe.

Since the May ruling, a few cafes have popped up in the province, such as one in London, he said.

?I think people here will have a smoke-easy [a marijuana cafe] opened within a month,? he told The Whig.

He said the city?s restrictive smoking bylaw won?t be an obstacle because it only applies to tobacco products.

http://www.thewhig.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=41515&catname=Local+News


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: wingnutx]
    #1851383 - 08/26/03 02:49 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

sweet sweet freedom.  :smile:


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Malachi]
    #1851501 - 08/26/03 03:30 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Irradiated_Feces]
    #1851921 - 08/26/03 05:45 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I live in London.

I haven't visited the one here yet, but apparently it's in the back of a grow supply store. It's out by Quebec and Oxford streets, which is kind of a shitty location.

Someone should open one downtown, that would be sweet.


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: wingnutx]
    #1851970 - 08/26/03 05:59 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Awesome! That was a good read.

(wonders when the Marc Emery haters will come out of the woodwork)


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: pattern]
    #1852284 - 08/26/03 07:40 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

why would anyone hate Marc Emery? are they scared of bringing the wrath of the man down harder?

I think it's totally time to push the issue- how could it not be, the case is so convincing. I


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Malachi]
    #1852538 - 08/26/03 08:50 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

:O :O :O! holy shit! lol. decrim is bad tho cuz yeah, only legalization is really good. but ya wtf is going on it's legal here now what the fuck? no one knows whats going on anymore and now im super confused. i just want some weed lol


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #1852719 - 08/26/03 10:07 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

It brings a tear to my eye, or maybe that was just from a bit of smoke rising up from my bong.


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: d33p]
    #1853281 - 08/27/03 12:45 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

www.cannabisculture.com has some links where you can order weed online, you just have to tell them you have.. something.. anything that you wanna treat with weed.


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Phluck]
    #1853397 - 08/27/03 01:11 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: wingnutx]
    #1853504 - 08/27/03 01:53 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

So far, he?s been arrested in six cities. Only police in Toronto, Halifax, Charlottetown, Prince George, B.C. ? and now Kingston ? have let him puff away.




Unfortunately he was arrested here in Calgary too, so this article is a tad old. But its still great to see just how far the movement has come here in Canada.


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Irradiated_Feces]
    #1854178 - 08/27/03 10:09 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I think combination bars/pot-cafes are a really bad idea. Think of how messed up people get at bars with alcohol alone.

And we all know what happens when you mix too much booze with a little herb  :smirk:


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: SquattingMarmot]
    #1854335 - 08/27/03 11:49 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: trendal]
    #1854701 - 08/27/03 01:58 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:


And we all know what happens when you mix too much booze with a little herb  :smirk: 




...You eat too much and pass out?  :wink: 


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Sev]
    #1854793 - 08/27/03 02:26 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

It's times like this I really enjoy living here.. It actually seems like the first steps to legalization are being made.. Halaluja!!


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Bhairabas]
    #1854988 - 08/27/03 03:18 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I encourage every canadian to smoke joints openly.  I have around vancouver for the past few months, and i haven't even had one person say anything to me other than..."can i have a toke?" :stoned:


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    #1855455 - 08/27/03 05:51 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The other night my room mates and I were out on the front porch smoking a bong. Two sets of our neighbours accross the street both came out after a few minutes and sparked up on their porches too. They're older folk, too, with grown kids.

I feel like it's becoming more open by the day here  :smile:


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    #1855672 - 08/27/03 06:49 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Has anyone who smokes publicly had a negative encounter?!..cus it seems to me people say "whats the nice smell?" and other pro mj comments instead of negative ones...

Its really cool actually  :cool:


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Re: Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free [Re: Sev]
    #1856066 - 08/27/03 08:48 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Sev said:
Quote:


And we all know what happens when you mix too much booze with a little herb  :smirk: 




...You eat too much and pass out?  :wink: 



God knows its happened to me a few too many times.


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    #1856087 - 08/27/03 08:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

woo go azmodeus. i also like weed smell lol.

trendal where in canada you at?

one more question, if i was walkin around puffin a J would i get in huge shit from cops or something? i dunno i mean im all for making a statement about it and saying fuck you all i can smoke if i want to or whatever kinda thing lol but like yeah what could happen to me?


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