Why would a straight lady like you smoke pot?

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By PETER WALLS
She’s 45, and self-described as a “straight lady.-” She smokes pot, mind you, but not because she’s given to trendy behavior. She does it because she has inoperable cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy, and finds that one joint gives her 24-hour relief from the nausea that accompanies that prolonged and repeated treatment. The “straight lady” has taken not only to smoking it, but growing it because an ounce of dope. thanks to the zealous gendarmerie – can be hard to find and definitely expensive.  Not to mention legally risky.

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Meeting July 26

The Eagles’concert last night was great. I told everyone about  the replies I received from the Newfoundland Bar Association about the inconsistencies of sentencing for marijuana possession across Canada. They are looking for speakers on the topic. CBC’s Eyeopener is interested in our work in making cannabis available by prescription.  Wayne says that Williams Lake wants 50 T-shirts. Garry told us that we have $102.45 and we need to “backup and push.” We voted George as the “chapters coordinator” to organize new ALCC chapters. Ben and Ed are working on the next bulletin. We discussed having a paid executive member but I don’t think finances would support it. We agreed to work on a concert/festival on September 9.  I’ll try to get Tom Tompkins from CJAY  to m/c.

Begin approves of open drug files

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OTTAWA (CP)
Health Minister Monique Begin has decided that 200,000 Canadians should be permitted to see most of the contents of files in her department dealing with illegal drugs. A spokesman said Thursday the minister will recommend to cabinet that a prohibition on public viewing of the files under the Human Rights Act be lifted. The minister expected the receive approval without trouble.

State sets precedent in marijuana treatment
(New York Times) ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. – The State of New Mexico has certified a 27-year-old cancer victim as the first patient in the nation’s first legislatively mandated therapeutic marijuana program. George S. Goldstein. New Mexico secretary for health and environment. said that the Food and Drug Administration was expected to approve the program and that it could start “in little more than 30 days.”

White House drug use said typical
(New York Times)
WASHINGTON- The use of marijuana and other illicit substances. particularly cocaine is so widespread among well- educated young professionals with high-pressure jobs that it is increasingly difficult to find any who have not at least tried them. Dr. Peter G. Bourne, who resigned Thursday as President Carter’s adviser on drug use after acknowledging that he had written a false drug prescription, said in an interview that he and other members of the White House staff had smoked marijuana and that he was aware of the use of cocaine by some of the president’s aides.

Letter from the Canadian Bar Association

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P. O. Box 610,
St. John’s, Nfld.
AlC SL3
July 13, 1978.

Mr. David Charbonneau, .
Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee,
P. O. Box 96, Postal Station ‘”G”,
CALGARY, Alberta.
T3A 2G5

Dear David,
I have been asked to reply to your letter of July 6, 1978 addressed to Mr. Jim Adams.

It is the intention of the Newfoundland Branch of the Canadian Bar Association to engage a speaker to present the
case in favour of decriminalization of marijuana.

Your concerns will certainly be taken into consideration. It is likely that you will hear from us again in the
near future regarding any additional resource material you may have available.

Thank you for your interest in this matter.
Yours truly,
JIM OAKLEY

cc: Mr. Jim Adams

Letter from Alberta Attorney General

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Mr. A. David Charbonneau,
Executive Member,
A.L.C.C.,
P.O. Box 96, Postal Station “G”
CALGARY, Alberta.

Dear Mr. Charbonneau:

In your letter of May 24, 1978, which I note was acknowledged by my executive Assistant, you suggest that Federal Criminal Law should be uniformly administered across Canada. The administration of justice is the exclusive responsibility of the Province, although it is the exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government to make laws related to criminal matters and procedures. While there is a high degree of consistency in the
administration of criminal law in Canada, it is not totally consistent, nor is it intended to be, since ten separate jurisdictions have the responsibility for the administration of justice in ten separate provinces.

I agree with Chief Justice McGillivray that the Courts in this Province are primarily concerned about uniformity within the Province of Alberta, but, of course, they must be aware and consider sentencing patterns elsewhere in Canada.

Yours Truly,
Jim Foster
Attorney General.

Police arrest 16 in ‘smoke-in’protest

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WASHINGTON(AP) Police arrested 16 persons near the White House and at the reflecting pool near the Lincoln Memorial on Monday during a “smoke-in” demonstration for the legalization of marijuana. Twelve of those arrested were accused of blocking traffic near the White House or of disobeying police orders. They were ‘charged with disorderly conduct.Two others were charged with traffic and narcotics violations after police found what they described as a “more than normal” amount” of marijuana in the car in which the protesters had been riding.

Wire story clarified
A CP wire story carried in The Herald July 4 could be quite misleading, The headline reads “four arrested during ‘smoke-in'” but the text reads that “the demonstration and a rock concert held nearby were sponsored by the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee,” The demonstration. against Bill S-19. was indeed sponsored by the ALCC but the smoke-in was sponsored by (another organization) to coincide with the demonstration in Washington. The ALCC never has and never will advocate the use of marijuana at any time. Our policy is to change the law not break it.
G. MOODIE.
A director.
ALCC