Pot goes public as severaL states relax laws

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By Marilyn Chase (New York Times) SAN fRANCISCO ~
Thousands of marijuana smokers lit up hand-rolled cigarettes at “A Day on the Grass” here this month, and there was not a single arrest. Crowds of Cleveland youths recently enjoyed a public  smoke-in with equal impunity. Marijuana, once largely a private indulgence has gone public. once viewed as a defiant gesture, by young people in revolt lighting up in public today turns few heads. even among the police.

Editor, The Albertan:
As .a parent and mother of six sons, I strongly object to Joe Clark’s canvassing our high schools across the nation, promising our young students that he will decriminalize simple possession of sort drugs if he is the next Prime Minister. (A great vote-getter for this miniature, power-hungry leader). Had Joe also made statements on how he would control its use, one may be able to follow his reasoning, e.g., imposing the death penalty for anyone found guilty of bringing drugs into our country. But then, we must be reminded that little Joe voted (against the wishes of his people) in favor of abolishing capital punishment.
An Elected Representative
of Bow River.

Doctor says marijuana hasn’t helped his patients
The chief of medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital says many of his cancer patients have tried smoking marijuana before therapy but found it did not relieve their discomfort. Dr. Daniel Bergsagel said in an interview that a Boston research project has determined marijuana might be useful in treating nausea resulting from some cancer treatment. “Many of my patients read of this and smoked up before chemotherapy. but patients I know were not helped.” he said.


Response from Solicitor General Roy Farran

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November 24,1977
Mr. A. David Charbonneau
A.L.C.C. (Calgary)
P.O. Box 96
Postal Station “G”
Calgary, Alberta
T3A 2G5

Dear Mr. Charbonneau:

While I agree that simple possession of marijuana should be dealt with as a statutory violation rather than as a criminal offence, I have no sympathy for traffickers.

I am aware of the history of fighting the hashish trade in Egypt from colonial times to the present day and subscribe to the view of mos governments in the Middle East that cannabis has been destructive to civilisation. This is not to say that I am not equally aware that abuse of alcohol is our number one social evil and the problem is deeply embedded in our culture.

I enclose an interesting article on the subject of marijuana. In short, while I favor greater leniency for the victims, two wrongs do not make a right. If that is paternalism or advocacy of “blue laws” so be it – call me what you may.

Yours sincerely
Roy Farran

Legalize pot, lawyers decide

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Vancouver’s criminal lawyers and court prosecutors have voted 54-1  in favor of making it legal to possess, grow or sell marijuana on a non-profit basis, in the wake of a 23,000 per-cent increase in marijuana convictions during the past decade. The proposal comes from the Vancouver section of the criminal justice grouping of  the B.C. branch, Canadian Bar Association.

Lawyers Endorse Legal Marijuana

A group of Vancouver lawyers — including several federal drug prosecutors — Wednesday endorsed the legalization of marijuana.

A five page resolution called on Parliament to transfer control of cannabis from the Narcotic  Control Act to the Food and Drug Act..

My letter to Solicitor General Roy Farran

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November 18, 1977

Honorable Roy Farran
402 Legislative Buildings
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B6

Dear Sir:

I am writing on behalf of the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee. We formed under the Societies Act about ten months ago and now have over one thousand members in Edmonton and Calgary. Our membership is small compared with the number of people we feel that we speak for. If the department of Health and Welfare’s statistics are applied to Alberta, then there are over one hundred and twenty thousand regular users of marijuana in Alberta. We hope to have most of them included in our growing membership.

These people are ordinary citizens who live in fear of  arrest because they choose to use marijuana as relaxant and socializer, rather than alcohol which is proved to be harmful and to be involved in many crimes and traffic accidents.

Letter from the Chief Justice of Alberta

Chief Justice of Alberta, W. A. McGillivray, wrote this letter to me in response to my inquiry about the fact that there were more marijuana arrests in Alberta that the rest of Canada.

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10th November, 1977
A. D. Charbonneau, Esq.,
Director, Alberta Legalization
of Cannabis Committee,
P.O. Box 96, Station “G”,
CALGARY, Alberta, T3A 2G5.

Dear Sir:

I have your letter of 3rd November.

You will appreciate that the Courts have precisely nothing to do with the making of the law, and whether the smoking of marijuana is desirable or not
is a matter for the representatives of the people of Canada, that is, the members of Parliament. The Courts’ duty is to pass sentences appropriate to discourage the breaking of the law as it exists-from time to time.

Whether any particular Judge has sympathy for the arguments you make is totally irrelevant, and his duty is to give effect to the law as it exists.

While there may be some disparity of sentences across Canada, we can only be concerned about uniformity within the Province of Alberta. We seek to
achieve this, but it must be recognized that in any given case the particular circumstances of that case may very much affect the result.

I think I can not say more to you than this.

Yours very truly,

W. A. McGillivray,
Chief Justice of Alberta.

Pot case may mean change in school act

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VICTORIA (CP) – Education Minister Pat McGeer said Wednesday the government will change the Public Schools Act if a Delta junior high school counsellor who pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana is allowed to keep his job.
McGeer told the legislature: “I don’t think the outcome to date is in the public interest.” He was commenting on the case of Frank Vaselenak who was fired by the Delta school board after he pleaded guilty to the drug-charge. Vaselenak appealed, arguing the, Public Schools Act states a teacher’ can be fired only after he is convicted of a criminal offence.

Soft Drug  permissIveness

As a parent and mother of six sons, I strongly object to Joe Clark. canvassing our high schools across, the nation, promising  young students that he will decriminalize simple possession of soft drugs if he is the next prime minster. We, as parents, know the use of soft. drugs creates apathy in our youth. Why not stop blaming teachers and attacking the department of education for the high’ drop-out rates and .lack of desire to achieve in our students and face up to the facts? Drugs are slowly destroying the youth of our nation; Should our next hopeful prime minister be encouraging its use?

Marijuana may go on prescription 
WASHINGTON (AP),… A U.S. government commission will consider this month whether controls over marijuana should be loosened enough to allow its use as a. prescription drug for some cancer and glaucoma patients. The Controlled Substances Advisory Committee will consider Nov. 16 whether ‘marijuana  should be moved. to a drug class that includes cocaine and morphine from a drug class that includes heroin and LSD. ‘ The change would allow physicians !o prescribe marijuana.

He smokes pot to combat blindness Washington (UPI)

Robert Randall has been smoking Uncle Sam’s marijuana legally for one year now, and says of the results: “I’ve grown older and I have not gone blind.” Randall has glaucoma, a dreaded eye disease that can cause blindness.