Pought Thots

Pought Thots. . .

Blame the Politicians

It was bound to happen; the children of the boomers have grown up to be like their moms and dads, social justice freaks, with an inclination towards the sacramental herb. Maybe this time around things will be different for them.There have been many changes since the 1960s. In those days the majority of Canadians convicted of possessing marijuana went to jail, and in many cases for more than a year. In 1996, police officers are often reluctant to arrest for possession, the courts hand out small fines and discharges, and hemporiums are sprouting across the country.

Canada’s judges employed a “get tough” policy in the late 1960s, but the probability of jail wasn’t enough to deter us. From 1967 to 1975 the ranks of our country’s cannabis convicts grew dramatically, from 500 a year to more than 40,000 a year. It was politically difficult to continue to imprison one half of these new criminals; the country’s jail population would have had to double its capacity. Getting tough seemed to be backfiring.

Nevertheless, Canada has perservered with its criminal prohibition of cannabis through three decades. Since the mid 1960s, Canada’s police officers have testified in courts in more than 600,000 cases about finding “green, plant like material” and sending it to laboratories to confirm the presence of THC.

These 600,000 cannabis convicts represent only the tip of an iceberg of consumption. Surveys tell us that it’s not unreasonable to conclude that at least half of all Canadians under 50 have used marijuana, and that some members of the Federal Cabinet have a history of inhaling.

Against this backdrop, how do we understand the Controlled Drugs and Substances
, a government policy in conflict with Liberal Party policy. The legislation emerged from an entrenched Ottawa bureaucracy, rather than the government’s caucus.

There is no softening of the laws here. The Chretien government, in reproducing penalties for marijuana that were created in 1961, has chosen to ignore what our police officers and our judges have been doing for the past three decades.

The problems with the marijuana law should not be placed at the door of the police, or the judiciary; these two constituencies have had the difficult task of giving meaning to legislation that is out of touch with reality. It’s the federal Liberals who should be criticised. Their own
LeDain Commission recommended changes in 1972 and 1973, but they’ve consistently brushed the issue off ever since then.

Pierre Trudeau didn’t think that the reform of cannabis law was important enough to take the time of Parliament. Alan Rock doesn’t want a divisive debate on cannabis. And so the ritual of arrest, prosecution and criminal records continues.

Imprisonment is to remain, courtroom appearances are to remain. I can’t blame the young hempsters for being miffed. They know, and their parents know, that this drug has nowhere near the slippery slopes of alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol is far more intoxicating, and tobacco is far more physically destructive. Marijuana has both costs and benefits, but can it make sense to criminalize the least dangerous of these recreations?

Almost 30 years after the “summer of love,” the possession of green plant-like material is still considered a criminal offence deserving of imprisonment. Consenting adults who use marijuana in private remain the enemy of the state.

Neil Boyd

Professor and Director, School of Criminology

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, BC

A Shining Star

Hooray for all of Canada’s successes! Now if only the US would start to get rid of its out-dated drug laws and put freedom of choice back in the hands of the people.

To our neighbours in the North, keep up the good work. You’re a shining star in an otherwise dark sky.

anonymous email

Natural Born Hypocrite

I am very happy that Woody Harrelson has come out of the Green Closet is support of industrial hemp. This is also a smart economic move for him, as he is a third owner of the
Hempstead Co.

What is disappointing to me is the fact that Woody is also speaking out against medicinal and recreational cannabis. This is especially upsetting because I personally know that he is a toker too.

To be famous in America means that you have the power to be heard. The fact is, many people have become “famous” for pretending to be someone else, and are called “actors.” What kind of a skill is this? The ability to make others believe that you are something you are not.

Woody Harrelson is paid millions of dollars to be a professional actor. His talent is his ability to create a believable character, and the reward for that talent is fame. Woody’s fame has brought him the riches to invest in a changing economic culture, and the celebtriy status to have his voice be heard.

Being on the first colour cover of Hempworld is having your voice be heard. The article was titled “Natural Born Hempster,” but after reading it I felt it should have been called “Natural Born Hypocrite.” Woody says in the article that he plans on entering politics, but refuses to comment when. It seems the way he spekas out of both sides of his mouth now he has already entered the political arena.

Woody defends his portrayal of pornographer Larry Flint by saying that he is a protector of our first amendment rights and that “protectors of our rights come in the oddest forms and guises.” What about my first amendment rights to worship as I wish and to peacefully assemble?

Woody apparently doesn’t believe that marijuana prohibition is bad. He says he hasn’t noticed a “slow down on people’s ability to get weed.” He obviously doesn’t know any sick people, and unlike most AIDS patients isn’t bothered by paying $600 an ounce. Maybe Woody doesn’t care about people going to jail because he knows that that will never happen to them.

Woody also said that “smoking has been detrimental in my life, no question.” This raises a huge question for me Woody, why were you smoking my weed last week?

Trying to separate hemp and marijuana is like trying to separate the plant, you can’t. Marijuana and hemp are the same thing. The Hempstead Co had their hemp field plowed by the
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Stop playing into the hands of the DEA Woody, and don’t become a politician – become a leader.

Craig Rubin

President, 2000 BC, Inc.

Los Angeles

Citizen’s Alert, Mad Pig Disease

Policemen everywhere are suddenly going crazy. Not only are they attacking health care providers and patients for distributing, growing or using medicinal herbs they are now collecting urine test samples from everybody: job applicants and workers, welfare recipients, automobile drivers, students, illegal aliens and registered voters. No one can long escape their insatiable appetite for urine.

It’s my hypothesis that the cause of this strange malady is that the cops are drinking the piss left over from drug testing.

Mad Pig Disease (urine abuse and addiction) is a rare behavioral disorder, like eating the dead, and was once thought eliminated in North America. But the police have proven that mad pigs are once again a dangerous threat to society.

Symptoms include turning red in the face when their demands for urine are declined, jumping up and down, grunting unintelligibly, beating people with fists and clubs, unannounced house searches, confiscation of private property for institutional gain, and angry denial of any wrongdoing.

A police spokesperson would not confirm my speculations about the irregular disposal of urine by law enforcement officials, but did say for the record: “Even if urine drinking replaces the use of regular beverages such as coffee and tea, the cops will never give up dunking doughnuts.”

Watch out friends! It’s not a pretty sight, when pigs go mad. They could be headed your way next. Please forward any suggestions for an antidote.

Guy Mount

Senior Editor, Holy Smoke

16625 Heitman Road

Cottonwood, CA 96022


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Undermining our Credibility

I have to advise you that your verbal attacks against the RCMP and calling the cops “pigs” in general (like in
…And the Pigs Went
” from last issue) probably does more to undermine the credibility of what you’re doing than to bolster it. I know you’re under a hell of a lot of pressure right now, but don’t let it get to you. We need all those “maybe” people to at least not turn to “no’s.”

Remember that if we didn’t have the police we’d have those Stanley Cup riots every night. Think about it.

Raymond G


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