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By Don Martin
(Herald staff writer) Calgary holds the crown as Canada’s number one city in drug and other federal statute crimes 1977, but is still far below Edmonton which is the urban violent crime capital of the country, according to a Statistics Canada report released Thursday. The city rates near the top in provincial statute crimes, primarily liquor offences, and comes in above the national average in violent crime statistics. Statistics Canada breaks down
criminal laws, into three categories – laws falling within federal jurisdiction such as the Narcotics Act. crimes of violence and laws determined by the province.
Rich nations’ moves to decriminalize cannabis worry the third world By Thomas Land
(Land is an author and foreign correspondent who writes on world affairs from European capitals.)
GENEVA – Narcotics law enforcement officials in 17 Asian countries – some of them major producers of drugs flooding the black markets of Western Europe and North America ~ have warned the rich world against undermining their efforts to stem the tide. . Their warning is contained in a report published here in time for the annual conference of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which is scheduled to conclude
on Feb. 23.
Pot law enforcement inconsistent
(The following is an editorial from The Toronto Star.)
Equality under the law? Not for marijuana smokers.Those caught in a small town in southern Ontario. for example. are likely to be slapped with a hefty fine and a criminal record. even if it’s their first offence: But if you’re picked up smoking a joint on Yonge St., the chances are the judge will dismiss the charge. Inconsistent and often arbitrary enforcement is not only unfair to the two million Canadians who, at one time or another, have tried marijuana. It also makes a mockery of our legal system and the principle of equal justice on which it is founded.