|14 affidavits have now|
been filed from the following people:?
??? Dr Patricia
Erickson, Senior Scientist with the Addiction Research Foundation,
adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology, and the Director of the
graduate Collaborative Program in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Psychoactive
Substances at the University of Toronto. She is the author of a number
of books including Cannabis Criminals: The Social Effects of Punishment
on Drug Users (ARF Books, 1980), as well as co-editor of Illicit Drugs
in Canada (Nelson Canada, 1988). She is also a founding member of the Canadian
Foundation for Drug Policy.?
Bruce Alexander, Professor
of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Professor Alexander specializes
in the study of drug addiction and drug use, and authored Peaceful Measures:
Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs (University of Toronto Press, 1990).
He is also a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy.??
Neil Boyd, Professor of Criminology
Professor Eric Single, Director
Dr Diane M Riley, Assistant
James Giffen, Retired Professor
Marie Andree Bertrand, retired
Heinz Lehmann, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Lester Grinspoon, Associate
Robert Randall, MA, President
Dr John P Morgan, Professor
Professor Hans Jorg Albrecht,
Gero Leson, PhD, Environmental
Gordon Scheifele, PhD, Research
Politically Incorrect:?The Canadian Government
A society that robs an individual of
the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the freedom
of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgement…
a society that sets up a conflict between its edicts and the requirements
of man’s nature is not a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized
– Ayn Rand
??? One morning this past
December, as I was preparing for the busy Christmas holidays, I was rudely
interrupted by an armed cohort of peace officers that were preparing to
break down the door to my home, to look for flowers.
??? They swiftly searched
our quiet housein the suburbs, and upon finding a single gram of dried
marijuana, hauled me off to prison for four days.
??? Simultaneously, Hemp
Nation employee Sarah Delaney opened my retail store, only to find a gang
of police officers waiting patiently to take her to jail for trafficking
in a narcotic.
??? The police were not
looking for cocaine, LSD, heroin or PCP. These cops invaded my home and
business, arrested Sarah and I, and seized our Christmas stock all because
we sold marijuana seeds.
??? I found this very surprising,
since Hemp Nation has openly sold seeds on many occasions for two years.
In fact, last summer one cop even mentioned to me that he liked our new
full-page seed ad in a local magazine.
??? We had a good relationship
with the police, especially since they solved a break-in and returned the
stolen pipes and bongs. So why this sudden harassment? Why did the police
divert scarce resources to spend an entire day looting my store, while
a bank robbery was being committed only a block away?
??? The answer lies in
a legal challenge that I am involved in with Toronto Osgoode Hall law professor
Alan Young and his associate Paul Burstein.
? “Canadians have a constitutional
right to make autonomous decisions with respect to their bodily integrity
and security… It is a violation of the principles of fundamental justice
for Parliament to criminalize conduct which is relatively harmless.”
– Professor Alan Young
??? In May 1995, I was arrested
for the first time because I began selling small cannabis plants in my
London, Ontario hemp store. After selling four plants, the drug squad arrived,
laid all kinds of charges and seized my inventory.
??? Fortunately, I had
met Professor Young once before and he had indicated that I should contact
him if I ever ran into legal problems. Several days after my release, I
drove to Toronto to meet with Paul and Alan, and they were both very interested
in using my case as a vehicle to demonstrate that Canada’s cannabis laws
are unconstitutional. Alan explained to me that he had been preparing for
such a legal challenge for more than ten years.
??? Not much happened for
a while. I restocked the store, started a legal defense fund, and made
some minor court appearances. However, news of the challenge spread through
the legal system, and finally the federal Department of Justice stepped
in to directly handle the case. Soon after, they offered me a sweet deal:
plead guilty to possession of marijuana, receive a discharge, and all the
other charges would be forgotten. In exchange, I would forfeit the seized
inventory and agree to drop the constitutional challenge.
??? I flatly refused, and
the momentum has been building ever since.
“If the truth can be told so as to
be understood, it will be believed!”
– William Blake
??? Professor Young has
spent the last year contacting scientists and researchers in the fields
of marijuana and drug use from across North America. So far, 14 witnesses
have already filed affidavits in support of the challenge, and more are
being prepared. After reading the testimony, presented so clearly and concisely
by such respected professionals, I find it impossible to believe a reasonable
judge can ignore such overwhelming evidence.
??? If enough money is
raised, all of the people listed in the sidebar will likely testify in
person at the constitutional challenge.
??? If more money is raised,
additional witnesses will be called. Possibilities include William F Buckley
and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
“If you are the big tree, we are the
– Bob Marley
??? During my time in the
Big House this past December, aside from watching TV and reading trash
magazines, I had a chance to reflect on recent events. I haven’t had a
chance to relax like that for some time, so I didn’t mind chillin’ for
a few days.
??? I quickly realized
that I was in jail again not because the local police had suddenly deemed
cannabis seeds to be a deadly narcotic; rather, they were acting under
orders from the Department of Justice to turn up the heat. I will soon
receive another offer from the Feds, encouraging me to drop the challenge
in exchange for an easy way out.
??? Thus my freedom was
taken from me yet again, not as a direct result of my criminal behaviour,
but because the state senses a threat to their proud tradition of cannabis
prohibition. There has never been such a comprehensive legal challenge
of Canada’s marijuana laws, and most of our witnesses have even worked
for the government at one time or another.
??? These days, everyone
is fed up with prohibition, from senators to scientists, from teachers
to taxi cab drivers, from grandparents to grandchildren. Statistics Canada
confirmed again in 1994 that over 69% of Canadians support legalization
or decriminalization of cannabis, and yet the politicians simply aren’t
??? Professor Young has
been preparing to crush cannabis prohibition for more than a decade. I
have been fighting these laws since opening Canada’s first hemp store in
1993. Many of the witnesses have been calling for cannabis reform since
the $3.5 million LeDain Commission recommended decriminalization back in
1973. These laws are irrational and unjust, and change is about 74 years
??? If nothing else comes
from this trial, we hope to educate Canadians and spark an honest nationwide
debate on the marijuana issue, free from the hysterical myths espoused
in the past. Finally, we hope to remind the government that they have broken
a basic equation that they must follow; government exists to protect our
rights, not violate them.
“It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences,
our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade,
our talents, or our pleasures. The function of the law is to protect the
free exercise of these rights, and to prevent any person from interfering
with the free exercise of these same rights by any other person.”
– Frederic Bastiat
For More Information :
If you would like to support the constitutional challenge, send a cheque
or money order, payable to The Hemp Nation Constitutional Challenge to:
A free Reefer Madness propaganda poster will be sent for every $15.00 donation,
and a Victory Bond will be sent to anyone donating $25.00.
For full details of the challenge, see the Hemp Nation internet website
Contact Chris Clay by email at [email protected]
, or call (519) 433-5267
Hemp Nation, 101-343 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada – N6A