Legalized drugs would quash dealers -Abby

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Legalized drugs would quash dealers -Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I read the letter you published from “Inmate 711895” and had to respond. “Inmate” stated that he smoked’ marijuana for 20 years, and during that time, he also used cocaine.

DEAR MR. POTTRATZ: Just as bootleggers were forced out of business in 1933 when Prohibition was repealed and made the sale of liquor legal (thus eliminating racketeering), so too would the legalization of drugs put drug dealers out of business. It would also guarantee government-approved quality, and the tax on drugs would provide an ongoing source of revenue for drug-education programs. An added plus: There would be far less crowding in our prisons due to drug-related crimes. It’s something to consider.

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Pot protest quiet, casual

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EDMONTON, (CP) – At least nine persons were arrested Monday when about 2,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the provincial legislature for a sunny, mellow day of protesting against Canada’s marijuana laws. The “smoke-in” was intended to give marijuana users a chance to “toke” together while urging , decriminalization of the drug. A few demonstrators did light up, but most decided not to antagonize the 60 policemen, many in plainclothes, who mingled through the crowd.The mood at the smoke-in was casual, much like an outdoor rock concert.

Anti-pot law lobby backed by civil liberties resolution
The effort to liberalize marijuana laws in Canada moved on two fronts in Calgary Wednesday. About 250 pot promoters gathered in Prince’s Island Park during the evening for the first public rally of the Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee and organizers say about 100 members were added to the group’s roll-call. While the rest of Calgary celebrates the Stampede, ALCC has declared this as cannabis week. Meanwhile, the Calgary Civil Liberties Union urged Ottawa to take some of the legal sting out of marijuana use. Dave, a executive member of ALCC who doesn’t want his last name made public for fear he’ll lose his job, said one of the group’s priority goals is to smooth out courtroom discrepancies in marijuana cases among provinces. “In Calgary, only three per cent of the cases get a discharge. In Ontario. it’s 38 per cent.” he told the rally which drew a crowd of young persons ranging from the junior high level to balding long-hairs.

Letter from the Minister of National Health and Welfare

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Mr. A.D. Charbonneau,
Alberta Legalization of Cannabis Committee (Calgary),
1721-24 A Street, S.W.,
CALGARY, Alberta.
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Dear Mr. Charbonneau:

Thank you for your letter of November 3, 1979, concerning cannabis legislation.

I am aware that the news media recently reported that a very large percentage of cannabis possession cases are granted an absolute or conditional discharge, a figure which does not accord with the statistical information gathered by the Bureau of Dangerous Drugs, in my Department. I nonetheless thank you for your interest in setting the record straight.

The issues surrounding the question of appropriate cannabis legislation are complex, and public understanding of them is certainly not assisted
by erroneous statistical reports in the press. A discussion paper has been in preparation which would outline the health and social issues and the policy options available. It was my hope that this paper would help public discussion of the issues before consideration of the legislative questions by Parliament.

As you know, Parliament has been dissolved, and it is unlikely that there will be opportunities for adequate public comment on our discussion paper
prior to the forthcoming election.

I want to thank you again for forwarding your comments on this important issue.

David Crombie

Hope all is well. Take care.
In the Minister’s absence,
this letter was signed by
his Executive Assistant,
David Armstrong.

Safety council’s worried about pot-smoking drivers

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Three nice young people came to see me the other day, one of whom I had met last year when he and other members of ihe Alberta Legislation of Cannabis Committee took advantage of a’ group plan and sponsored a horse race at Stampede Park. They showed me a Herald clipping and complained that, Joe Clark had “broken another election promise.” The story was out of Ottawa and it told how the federal government had decided not to make any changes in the marijuana laws Until it decides how dangerous the drug is. My visitors were under the impression that Clark had promised the  conservatives would decriminalize the possession of pot if they won the federal election.

Further medical studies delay drug law changes
OTTAWA (CP) Marijuana users fear government promises to reform the country’s drug laws are about to go up in smoke. Andy Rapoch, head of an organization fighting for legal changes, said today.

Alberta’s mothers of confederation

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In her small black suitcase. Irene Parlby carried a pair of folding clothes hangers. She did a lot of travelling, a lot of public speaking. The small black hangers, still neat and shiny, are on display at Glenbow, along with her suitcase, black portable typewriter, emergency sewing kit. desk and chair – even her black velvet dress, probably the same one she wore as a . delegate to, the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. These relics of Alberta’s first female cabinet minister are the highlight of an exhibition that  opened without ceremony last weekend. It honors the five Alberta  women responsible for having members of their sex classed as “persons” in Canada.

Expert prescribes kid drug lessons

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TORONTO (CP) Children should start learning about drugs in grade 1, says Heinz Lehmann, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University.
“They learn about coffee from seeing their parents drink it and about alcohol from watching their father or mother get drunk,” Lehmann said in an interview, “If they were educated about drugs, they’d understand and know more than their parents do now about all the possible dangers.”

No quick change planned in pot possession laws
OTTAWA (CP) the federal government promised provincial attorneys-general Friday it will not change laws against possession of marijuana until it decides how dangerous the drug is.

Cancer victim dies as marijuana is legalized
LANSING Mich (AP) Keith Nutt was breaking the law each time he smoked marijuana to ease the pain of his cancer treatments.Just hours after he died, the state of Michigan made his remedy legal.

Cancer clinics test benefits of cannabis

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TORONTO (CP) – The medical benefits of cannabis, of which marijuana and hashish are derivatives, are being tested at cancer clinics, says Dr. Ian Henderson. director of the federal bureau of drugs. a Henderson said in a telephone interview from Ottawa there are three programs going on at cancer clinics in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Hamilton under the authorization of the health and protection branch of the federal ministry of health and welfare.

Expert says Columbia gets $8 billion a year from drugs
VANCOUVER(CP) The illegal drug trade in Colombia has reached such alarming dimensions that it threatens the country’s political’ stability, says political scientist Richard Craig of the United States. The Kent State University professor told the International Congress of Americanists Monday the drug industry nets Colombia about $8 billion a year, triple the Colombian federal budget. But Craig said most Latin American countries are still reluctant to cooperate with U.S. programs aimed at curbing the massive production of illegal drugs.

Drug offences drop in 1978, report shows
TORONTO (CP) – The number of drug offences in Canada declined in 1978, preliminary crime statistics prepared by Statistics Canada indicate. Behind the drop is a five-per-cent decline in the number of cannabis offences, the category of marijuana and hashish that continues to dominate Canada’s drug statistics. The total number of drug offences declined to 60,747 last year from 63,843 in 1977 – a 4.8-per-cent drop. Marijuana and hashish offences reported to Statistics Canada by police made up more than 87 per cent of drug offences in 1978. There were 53,378 offences last year, a drop of five per cent from the 56,447 in 1977. I However. Heroin and cocaine offences, while small in number compared with cannabis, jumped dramatically in 1978 – by 19 per cent for heroin to 1,221and by 16 per cent to 1,030 for cocaine.

Catholic women’s group seeks marijuana study
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada wants further study of the effects of marijuana-smoking and is also calling for a federal government review of the way bottle-feeding for infants is promoted. The league today winds up its 59th annual convention held here this week. More that 300 delegates representing 112,000 members across Canada attended the event.

Convictions drop
OTTAWA (CP) ~ Convictions for marijuana and hashish possession dropped last year, possibly because enforcement stressed the more serious trafficking and importation of the drugs, the health department said Thursday. A department release said convictions for cannabis offences reported by enforcement agencies to the federal bureau of dangerous drugs dropped 16 per cent to 31,718.

Possession of marijuana

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Justice minister may be asked to recommend discharges
Justice Minister Jacques Flynn will probably be asked this week to instruct prosecutors to support absolute and conditional discharges of persons of convicted of possession of marijuana. A resolution, to be placed before the Canadian Bar Association’s general session Thursday, als suggests that Flynn write to the attorney-general of Alberta to point out the high number of marijuana convictions in the province and the low number of discharges in relation to other provinces.

Ann Landers
Pot versus alcohol
Dear Ann Landers: We have three teen-agers. For the last several months there has been a continuing battle at the supper table. They insist that pot is less damaging than alcohol. Will you please say some. thing on the subject? It always sounds different coming from an outsider. Thank you. Outnumbered In Skolle.

Marijana now believed to be more harmful than tobacco
HAMILTON (CP) – Scientists now believe marijuana is harmful, an executive of Alcohol and Drug Concerns Inc. told a conference Monday. “It is now generally recognized that both light and regular use of marijuana damages lungs, upsets hormonal balances in men and women and lowers body resistance to disease,” Donald Smyth told delegates to the 20th annual Institute on Addiction Studies at McMaster University.

Psychologists spotlights caffeine dangers

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HAMILTON (CP) There is a habit-forming drug which is readily available, may affect unborn babies, and has cancer-causing effects; it gets in all the tissues of the body within five minutes, raises temperature and blood pressure, interferes with sugar metabolism and increases stomach acids; it changes sleeping patterns, reduces fine-motor co-ordination and causes tremors -yet remains unregulated by provincial or federal laws. The drug is caffeine.

Delegates reject plea on pot-law enforcement
A controversial proposal by Alberta lawyers to call on Justice Minister Jacques Flynn for uniform enforcement of marijuana “laws was rejected Thursday by Canadian Bar Association delegates, The CBA’s Alberta branch sug. gested the association’s annual meeting ask Flynn to instruct federal drug prosecutors to actively support discharges for persons convicted of simple possession of marijuana, The Alberta lawyers also urged that Flynn, anti Alberta Attorney- General Neil Crawford be approached about concern over “the high proportion of cannabis charges in Alberta and the low percentage of discharges in relation to ,other provinces,”Calgary lawyer Sheldon Chumir told delegates that lawyers here were concerned about a report that Alberta has the highest provincial rate of ‘convictions and the lowest rate of discharges granted to offenders.

Self-sufficiency in marijuana sought
American political scientist Richard Craig notes that enough money is being sent into Colombia for the purchase of drugs, mostly marijuana, to threaten the power of the Colombian  government and the stability of the country. (The Herald. Aug.. 15). He fails to mention the negative effects on the economies of countries sending money to Colombia. Using Craig’s statistics. Canadians spends approximately. $800million out of Canada for the purchase of marijuana. (A recent Time magazine article indicates that amount to be closer to $2.5 billion). This money is down the drain as far as our economy is concerned. The profits are untaxed. Virtually none of that money returns to Canada. which upsets our international balance of trade and further devalues our dollar. A.D. CHARBONNEAU

Roy Farran: On a Loose Rein

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“Cocaine Pete and Morphine Sue, went trucking along the avenue, singing have a little sniff on me, on me, have a little sniff on me.” That music hall ditty dates from the days when society could still laugh with contempt at the junkie. Nowadays we would be more likely to weep. Around 12,000 lost souls in British Columbia alone. What. dear Lord, have we done to our glorious youth? Is this why so many Canadians died on the beaches at Dieppe? For more than 100 years, the saddest pages in history tell us, British sailors peddled dope in the Orient. Yet, strangely, they never fell for it themselves.’ They would drink themselves silly on rum. but they never took to dope.