By Geoff White (Herald staff writer)
A federal bill eliminating criminal penalties for possession of marijuana would be supported by only two of four Calgary-area members of Parliament. But none believes the government has any intention of introducing such a bill before it dissolves Parliament to hold a national election. In telephone interviews Thursday, both Calgary North MP Eldon Woolliams and Calgary Centre MP Harvie Andre said they would back a bill removing marijuana possession from the Narcotics Control Act and placing it under the Food and Drug Act.
More liberal laws fine with police
By Ken West (Herald staff writer)
City police would welcome relaxation of the marijuana law, eliminating “heavy penalties for simple possession.” Supt. Al Menzies said Thursday, Menzies explained he was not prepared to comment on any bill that may be introduced in the Commons until police were informed “of the exact details.” Menzies said the drug should not be listed under the Narcotics Act because it is not a derivative of opium, like heroin or morphine. Instead, he said it should be dealt with under the Food and Drug Act which deals with prescription drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates and other controlled substances.
Someone please tell me I’m wrong, that it’s all a gross misunderstanding. When I read the first report on the contamination of marijuana, I thought it was an accident:that Paraquat must be some new insecticide. When I saw the Mar. 16 article, I re-read the following statement 20 times in utter disbelief. “He (a spokesman for the U.S.health department) said about 20 per cent of recently cqnfiscated samples of Mexican marijuana was contaminated by the herbIcide, which is supplied to Mexico by the U.S. under terms of a joint drug-control program.” This is not drug control, It’s planned annihilation of a large segment of our society… the pot smokers, not the dealers. It’s not insecticide. It’s infanticide. We’ve.al1 read statistics on the number of children who smoke marijuana; the user-group who will not read nor heed the newspaper warnings.
Legalization of marijuana
Re The Herald, Mar. 17 “Two died; motorist fined $1.800.”
This article leads me to wonder where are the priorities in our legal system. ” Possession of small amounts of cannabis often result in fines in excess of this amount and on occasion lead to jail terms. This person is harming no one other than himself (herself), yet is punished more severely than someone who takes two other lives. Pierre Trudeau is in the process of bribing us once again for our votes this fall saying “Support us and you’ll get it decriminalized”. It’s I obvious that we can’t wait for his re-election.