Pot Laws: Calgary-area MPs divided over decriminalization

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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.

Marijuana contaminated?
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.

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Brain produces opium

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LONDON (Reuter) –
Recently-discovered chemicals produced in the human head which bear a striking resemblance to products of the opium poppy are causing excitement among medical researchers, especially drug addiction specialists. What can these substances, called endorphins (the morphine within) tell Us about how drug addiction works? Is an addict trying to correct an imbalance in his pwn interior drug levels by using street-bought heroin?

Marijuana
I must congratulate the Liberal party for a decision at their convention in Ottawa. By adopting a resolution to support decriminalization of marijuana, they join other major political parties in their intention to change a law that does more harm than the substance that it is meant to control.
A. D. CHARBONNEAU

New Mexico act will provide pot for patients
SANtA FE. N.M. (UPI)
The New Mexico House Sunday passed legislation alloWing cancer and glaucoma patients to smoke marijuana legally in a state-supervised research program. The act was endorsed by Gov.Jerry Apodaca and resulted from the appeal of Lynn Pierson, a University of New Mexico business student. Pierson, 26, contracted cancer in 1975 while stationed with the Army,in the Panama Canal Zone. Pierson said smoking marijuana eases “nausea. vomiting. and other ill effects” of chemotherapy treatments he undergoes each month. He now buys the drug illegally and smokes about 100 cigarettes a month.

Pot laws high on hate list
Almost half the population of Calgary feels that laws governing marijuana are too harsh. According to a telephone survey by the Calgary branch of the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee 48 per cent of Calgarians surveyed thought the laws were too harsh. In reply to the question; “Do you think that the present iaw governing the simple possession of marijuana is too harsh, too lenient or adequate?” 48 per cent said too barsh, 19 per cent thought they were too lenient, and 33 per cent thought they were adequate.

Pot cut off: man’s sight at stake

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WASHINGTON(UPI) – Robert Randall, the first American to have legal access to marijuana, has had his last government-provided marijuana cigarette. Randall needs the marijuana cigarettes to treat his glaucoma ailment. Randall’s eye doctor, Dr. John C. Herritt, has moved his practice to North Carolina and the government will not provide Randall with any more marijuana –a drug that has proven effective in halting the progress of the open angle glaucoma which afflicts him. “The import of this is to terminate my access to the drug,” Randall said in an interview.