My sentencing hearing begins today – 222 Main St. @ 9:30 am

Press Release

Cannabis Activist David Malmo-Levine to be sentenced – faces year in jail for herbal crimes!

Wednesday Sept. 30th, Thursday Oct. 1st and Friday Oct. 2nd, 2009

At the Courthouse at 222 Main St., starting at 9:30 AM each day.

David Malmo-Levine, one of Canada’s most prominent cannabis activists, is having a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis, hashish and magic mushrooms for the purposes of trafficking.

On February 20th, 2008, the Vancouver Police Department raided Malmo-Levine’s organization – The Vancouver School of Drugwar History and Organic Cultivation, otherwise known as the Herb School. Malmo-Levine and four others were arrested and charged. Mr. Malmo-Levine pleaded guilty in part to allow his co-accused to have their charges stayed.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30th, the Crown will call in a police witness to make it appear as though David is a harmful criminal worthy of punishment.

On Thursday, Oct. 1st, David will call Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School to explain that cannabis is a relatively harmless and helpful medicine that both sick and healthy people can use to their benefit if it is distributed and used properly.

On Friday, Oct. 2nd, Mr. Malmo-Levine and his lawyer Ms. Natalie Dunbar of Pivot Legal will make their arguments that Mr. Malmo-Levine should not be punished for his actions – supplying non-lethal, non-toxic herbs next door to the Insite – the supervised injection site. Mr. Malmo-Levine feels he was providing a much needed service, helping people obtain good quality herbs at a fair price to deal with their stress, depression, fatigue (or more serious medical conditions) while encouraging people to stay away from more toxic drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, heroin, crystal meth and caffeine. Mr. Malmo-Levine put the profits from the Herb School into efforts to re-legalize cannabis and to support poor people, young people and artists within the community. Mr. Malmo-Levine maintains that he is harmless, and the drug war is the actual crime.

The Crown has not provided a sentencing position but Mr. Malmo-Levine’s lawyer suspects they will be asking for at least one year in prison.

David Malmo-Levine



  1. Quat X on

    They can’t put Dr. D in jail. Vancouver would be downright boring without his herbal antics. They should do like they did with Marc, give him a small fine and say “right, off you go”. That’ll learn ‘im.

  2. Dave on

    From the UK. you have become a worldwide figure for the fight against cannabis prohibition and hope you win your fight and that common sense prevails.

    good luck

  3. Anonymous on

    If the Canadian Liberal party and the Canadian New Democrat party joined together , they would have had enough votes for a majority and Canada would have a good government and Marc would be free.

    I see no reason why two almost identical parties should exist.

  4. Brian Kerr on

    My best thoughts and wishes go with you. I hope you will not receive a jail sentence.

    Thanks for your activism.

    Brian Kerr

  5. stu on

    To somebody like me, it looks like you have an amazing case, but i know nothing of legalities! I just wanted to wish you a sincere good luck in your case, and also thank you for all of your hard work over the years raising awareness about cannabis/the drug war. during these times, people in the marijuana community need to speak up and be heard, and I am genuinely grateful you have faithfully kept up the fight for all these years. All the best!

  6. Jim on

    Good luck Dave. A year in prison seems like an outrageous punishment for something that is morally not a crime. These drug laws are absolutely ridiculous.

  7. weedboy on

    Good Luck David, and thank-you for all of your unique and inspirational style of teachings.