Wayne got approval for computer tapes and received names of people interested in starting a Lethbridge chapter of ALCC. He says we could put an ad in the Music Calgary’s paper for cheap. Ed typed the ALCC news release and CBC national covered it but not Calgary media. Ben is changing the ALCC logo to CALM, having trouble with the delta symbol.
RICHMOND B.C. (CP)
Heroin use can be no more serious than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. a public meeting discussing opposition and options. to proposed British Columbia legislation providing for compulsory treatment of heroin addicts was told Saturday. Dr. Thomas Szasz, psychoanalyst and psychiatry professor at New York University at Syracuse, N.Y., minimized the seriousness of drug addiction during his address to about 150 persons at the symposium. sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Compulsory Addiction Treatment Plan.
Marijuana group holds first meet
The Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee (ALCC) will be holding its first annual convention in Camrose this weekend. ALCC spokesman David Charbonneau said. Camrose was picked for the convention because it was the latest group to join the organization which is campaigning for the reform of marijuana laws and the legalization of possession, cultivation and distribution of the drug. Charbonneau said delegates from Calgary, Edmonton and other parts of the province will be attending the two-day convention which will discuss the development of the organization as well as current campaign plans. A public debate on the marijuana issue has been slated for Saturday evening, he added.
Newfoundland lawyers seek drug users’ views
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. (CP)
Who speaks for legal possession of marijuana and hashish? Newfoundland members of the Canadian Bar Association want to hear from at least one of you and they’ll hold a special meeting to do it. The lawyers have deferred a decisIon on whether to recommend legalization of marijuana and hashish after being told the issue was “none of your legal business.”
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By Allan Frank
(Washington Star) WASHINGTON
The constitutional right to privacy should protect persons who smoke marijuana in their homes from arrest former Attorney General Ramsey Clark argued in United States District Court here at the start of perhaps the most important case so far for the country’s millions of pot users. Clarke made the arguments in the opening of a civil suit brought by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which seeks to overturn a section of the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that classifies possession of marijuana as a felony offence punishable by a fine of not less than $1.000 and one year in jail.
Low-fying joint grounded by law
The Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee received a set-back in its plans to send a seven-foot artificial marijuana joint sky “high” from the legislature grounds Sunday. Unfortunately they won’t be able to release it skyward, however, because the legislature is near Edmonton’s Municipal Airport –and air regulations don’t permit unlicensed flying reefers.
It’s Cannabis Week next
If Canada Week hasn’t turned you on try next week . . . it’s Cannabis Week according to the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee (ALCC). The organization, which is campaigning for the reform of marijuana laws, says it plans to focus attention on current marijuana laws from July 2 to 8 with a rally in Edmonton Sunday and a public meeting 7:30 Wednesday at Prince’s
Island Park. The organization, which held a policy conference last weekend, also decided to expand allowing marijuana law reform groups from other provinces to join with it forming a federal lobbying group to be known as Canadian Association to Liberate Marijuana (CALM).
We finally got the T shirts from Fat City –97 of them, most of fair to poor quality. We are not happy with the service. Got 1500 more test kit envelopes, and 1500 Bulletins. George says that the Lacombe Centre is not possible for a concert. Ben and I have been working on the program for the upcoming ALCC conference in Camrose; Judy in Camrose wants to keep the conference small, about 25 people. Garry volunteered to give a ALCC presentation at a High Schools on June 20. I suggested an outline. Garry says we have $291.60 but we must sell T shirts, especially since we just ordered 100 more. Micro Can has agreed to test our kits and sell us more chemicals.
I received an apology from NORML Canada for their criticism of our testing kit. They didn’t like the idea of using a spoon to concentrate the mixture. NORML says they are starting a chapter in Okotoks?? We might have trouble getting chemicals for new testing kits. We have been meeting indoors all winter, maybe we should go back to Prince’s Island Park? The need for computer tapes isn’t really there. Fat City is not coming through with our T shirts. Maybe we need to look elsewhere. Patrica is going to get a “safe-keeping envelope” for our membership list.
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According to Wayne Cunneyworth’s reply April 27 to my letter of April 25 on marijuana, it appears that he has read the same material as I did from the Canadian Medical Association. I must point out that even though the CMA felt that the stigma of having a criminal record for the possession of marijuana was damaging, they still strongly approved a resolution saying that simple possession of marijuana should remain “unlawful.” Please note that simple possession of marijuana is practically always given a fine – not a jail sentence here in Calgary, and the LeDain Commission recommended that selling and distribution of the drug should remain illegal.
The Herald regrets a typographical error in the following sentence of a letter from E. Andrews published. May 5. “We have many fine young people who are now blowing their minds with drugs and who will be worthwhile prOductive citizens in the future. The word “now” should be”not”. Editor – The Herald.
Re E. Andrews. letter, ApriL 25. Sure the Canadian Medical Association says smoking marijuana is harmful, but nowadays what isn’t. Re the statement “Why use something that has so much against it and so little for it?” Day after day we are warned against the dangers of smoking tobacco or consuming alcohol. People continue to ignore these warnings and continue to abuse them until they drop dead. ‘How many people have died on marijuana? Maybe marijuana should be legal and tobacco and alcohol banned. GRANT OLSON.
Marijuana meet slated June 24-25
Backers of legalized marijuana will be gathering in Camrose later this month to explore ways of chipping away at Canada’s narcotic law. The June 24-25 weekend convention – billed as the first annual such get-together – is being staged by the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee, which has chapters in Calgary, Edmonton and Camrose. – Delegates will be attending from throughout the province and one of the aims of the convention will be to assist the formation of new chapters. The ALCC’s goal is to legalize the possession. cultivation and distribution of cannabis – the Latin name for the plant from which marijuana and hashish are obtained. One of several items slated for discussion at the convention – and at a public debate to be held the evening of June 24 -is the severity of sentences for marijuana convictions imposed in Alberta. This province has the highest drug arrest rate in the country, and the ALCC claims penalties are harsher here than elsewhere as well.
All-party pact needed to pass the grass bill – PM
OTTAWA (CP) – The government will introduce legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana immediately if the opposition
agrees to pass it quickly. Prime Minister Trudeau told the Commons Thursday. “If there is all-party agreement to pass it in one day. we will introduce it tomorrow.” Trudeau told Conservative Paul Dick (Lanark-Renfrew-Carleton). “We usually like to see the wording of bills before we make agreements because they (Liberals) sometimes do tricks,” Dick replied.
A. David Charbonneau, Esq.
Executive Member Alberta Legalization of Cannabis
P.O. Box 96, Station ‘G’
Dear Mr. Charbonneau:
I acknowledge receipt of your letter of May 24th which arrived while I was out of the city.
The subject of the way in which the law should treat, or should not treat, cannabis is certainly one of great public importance. It is not one in which this Institute has done any work. I would have to say that I do not think that it is likely that we will. Apart from any other question we tend to restrict ourselves to provincial matters except where something under federal jurisdiction is entangled with something under provincial jurisdiction. I therefore regret that I do not think that we can be of assistance to you.
W. H. Hurlburt
The Canadian Bar Association will be taking a position on the legalization of cannabis at their annual August meeting in Halifax. We intend
to forward pro-legalization literature to each member of the C.B.A.
We encourage all ALCC members to write to their member for parliament expressing their views on legalization. Please forward letters to:
Mr. Harvie Andre, MP Calgary Centre
104 – 52417 Ave. S.W.
Mr. Eldon Wooliams, MP Calgary North
229 – 81816 Ave. N.W.
Mr. Peter Bawden, MP Calgary South
5th Floor 640 8 Ave. S.W.
PARAQUAT TEST KITS
Paraquat Test Kits have been selling briskly at Boodlum and Charisma, two downtown locations. We’ve had rumours of contaminated pot in Calgary but so far nothing to substantiate the rumours. Rolling Stone (June 1/78) has printed a warning against ineffective test kits now on the market. ALCC kits have been found to be capable of detecting paraquat as low as 3 parts per million (ppm) in concentration. (Write for details on how we determined this.) In 13 seizures of marijuana from the southwest United States, the American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) identified paraquat contamination ranging from 3 to 2,264 ppm with an average contamination of 452 ppm. We’re marketing these test kits for two reasons: to provide a service to cannabis smokers and to raise money for the ALCc. We hate to sound commercial, but it’s a damn good kit.
In our last newsletter we reported that we applied for a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation. We were not successful. However, the Edmonton chapter of the ALCC received $6400 for the establishment of an office and salaries for staff.
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The use of marijuana has grown at a faster pace than other stimulants such a alcohol and pep pills, an annual survey by the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario shows. The survey released this week shows marijuana use has increased to 8.6 per cent from the 5.8 per cent last year based on a survey of 1.059 adults over 18 years and an additional 100 males, aged 18to 20.
Monkeys build drug tolerance
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)
Monkeys quickly build up a tolerance to marijuana so that even massive doses have little effect on their co-ordination, and the same effect could be expected in human smokers, says a University of Florida researcher. Marc Branch, a psychology professor, is in the fourth year of experiments with monkeys. He injects some with THC, the active chemical ingredient in marijuana, and compares their ability to perform simple tasks with undrugged monkeys.
Alberta’s strange justice
It must be strange kind of justice being handed out in Alberta courts when statistics show this province imposes the hardest sentences in Canada for marijuana possession. If the most recent available statistics from the Federal Department of Health and Welfare are to relied on, the number of discharges relating to drug offences in Alberta fall far behind those of other provinces. In a half-hearted effort to decriminalize current marijuana laws the federal government brought in 1972 an amendment to the criminal code giving the judiciary discretionary powers relating to first-time drug offenders.
Re the letter marijuana considered a dangerous drug, April 25. Marijuana is here and being smoked by many – dangerous or not, legal or not. Telling pot smokers that it is hazardous and making it illegal has not stopped them from using it, so why persist? It is a damned waste of taxpayers’ money to arrest and try a person for simple possession of a joint of marijuana. I’m sure some bright-eyed politician in Ottawa could find other ways to spend the millions that would be saved and generated by making pot legal.
Magazine articles and marijuana ban
One would expect that marijuana was made illegal in Canada as the result of the careful investigation into the medical and social effects of the use of marijuana. This does not appear to be the case. The alarm generated by the opinions of one person seems to be the cause. In the early 192Os, Emily Murphy wrote a series of articles for Macleans magazine describing the evils of opium use. Mrs. Murphy was a magistrate in Edmonton who wrote under the pen-name of Janey Canuk. Her first article caused such a stir in Canada that the editors prefaced the second article by saying. “Mrs. Murphy’s first article on the drug menace created a great deal of interest and an equal degree of alarm newspapers in all parts of the country comment on the startling facts presented in that article, which, quite apparently, has acted as mental jolt.”
Confusion on marijuana issue
It is with interest that I have read the recent letters to the Herald for and against the reform of marijuana laws. Both use the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) as a source of reference to support opposite positions. The writers against reform say that the CMA is against the legalization of marijuana. and the writers for reform say that the CMA is for the decriminalization of marijuana. Both are right. The CMA. is among many who are against the legalization of marijuana and for the decriminalization of marijuana.