significant events from cannabis culture around the world
April 16, Toronto, Ontario
The Deputy Chief of the Frankfurt Police and the Chief Prosecutor of the German state of Hessia attended a professional round table discussion sponsored by the
Addiction Reserach Foundation and the Law Union of Ontario.
They presented detailed information to local lawyers and judges on recent changes and effects of European drug policy reforms. The City of Frankfurt has led Europe in changing from a repressive system to one of the most progressive harm reduction systems in Europe.
For more information contact Benedikt Fischer of the
Addiction Research Foundation at 416-595-6029.
April 24, Ottawa, Ontario
A Canadian Federal Court ordered a human rights tribunal to re-examine the
Toronto Dominion Bank’s practice of screening new employees for cannabis and other banned drugs through a mandatory urine test.
The case was brought forward by the Canadian Human Rights
Commission, which went to court after the original tribunal found that urine testing was not in violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
May, Kaanesatake, Quebec
The RCMP announced that they were closing their files and that no charges would be laid in connection with marijuana grown last summer on the Mohawk reserve of Kaanesatake, near Oka.
The initial discovery of up to a hundred thousand plants led to a political crisis. The federal government refused to intervene, even though the plants were on Crown land. Many of the plants were ultimately destroyed by the S?ret? du Quebec, as well as by Mohawk Peacekeepers.
May 7, Canada
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, reported that a program of random drug testing in Canadian penitentiaries appeared to be causing inmates to switch from marijuana to heroin, which is more difficult to detect in a urine test.
May 24, Charlottetown, PEI
Prime Minister Jean
Chretien explained to a crowd of high school students that marijuana decriminalization was “not a debate with the House of Commons at this time. It would be very difficult to pass.”
However, Chretien went on to hint that he wasn’t personally opposed to decriminalization. “I’m not in a position to be judgemental,” he said, “I’ve had a beer or two in my time.”
May 28, Toronto, Ontario
Grant Kreiger of Regina returned from Amsterdam after an unsuccesful but well-publicized attempt to openly import a small quantity of medical marijuana for personal use. Kreiger purchased the marijuana in Holland as medicine for his multiple sclerosis, with a valid prescription from a Dutch doctor.
Kreiger was arrested by Dutch authorities and spent two days in jail before being deported for trying to export marijuana without a
permit; see our full story, Life on
Earth, in this issue. Contact Grant Kreiger at