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More than 100 Calgarians have banded together in an organization to push for the legalization of marijuana. The Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee (ALCC) wants to have possession and cultivation of the drug for personal use decriminalized. Its Calgary chapter has sprung up in the last two weeks from the 200-member parent group formed last February in Edmonton. The membership includes nonsmokers, said a spokesman who did not want to be identified because he fears harassment. At a conservative estimate. there . are at least 40,000 Calgarians who smoke cannabis (marijuana and hashish), he said. “The ALCC feels the inclusion of cannabis on the narcotics list was a mistake,” he said. “We do not advocate the use of marijuana. but support the right of freedom to choose it for a relaxant or social drug over potentially more dangerous drugs such as alcohol.”
Candidate fuming over ‘High Times’
By Bob McKee
Calgary is going to pot and aldermanic candidate Brian Lightburn isn’t very happy with the situation. Last week Lightburn, Ward 13 contestant, lodged an official complaint with city police over the downtown sale of the U.S.A. based magazine ‘High Times’. Lightburn brands the July issue of the magazine’s Canadian edition as having a “blatant disregard for the laws of the land.” The magazine, he adds, advocates the use of, drugs and displays an assortment of advertisements offering their sale and the sale of drug-orientated paraphernalia. “It also includes an article on the best ways to smuggling drugs from country to country,” he said.
Marijuana activist won’t contest facts
An anti-marijuana laws activist says he may make a “show case ” of his Calgary trial for possession of the drug. , After a brief court appearance Wednesday, .American lawyer Keith Stroup, 33, told reporters “if I do make a statement to the court, it will be that the “law’s an ass.”