‘Illegal’ marijuana magazines found for sale in Timmins

[The Timmins Daily PressSeptember 29, 2000]

Drug-related magazines have no place in schools, nor the shelves of convenience stores.

Two such magazines were seized from a student at R. Ross Beattie School in January by a teacher and turned over to Principle Mickey Pirie.

“(The magazines) don’t belong in any school and they certainly won’t be (allowed) in our school,” Pirie said. Pirie contacted the Timmins Police Service who have spent almost nine months investigating the magazines.

The investigation, which is nearing completion, has revealed the magazines were purchased at a local convenience store.

The magazines which depict the use, purchase and production of marijuana are crime comics by definition, said Const. Joe Romualdi, of the drug unit.

“To sell or distribute the magazines is illegal,” said Romualdi. “(We’re) bringing it to the attention of store owners. If they continue to bring it in, they will be dealt with. But I don’t anticipate any problems.”

The magazines were aimed at teenagers, Romualdi said, because they were displayed among the magazines predominately read by teenagers.

The next step in the investigation is to eradicate the magazines from the local convenience stores.

The seizure will be voluntary at first but can involve criminal charges if need be, said Romualdi.

Romualdi told The Daily Press he has already received a call from one of the major convenience store chains in the city who told him they would not have any such material on their shelves.

Romualdi asked parents to monitor what their children are reading because these types of magazines are available, even if parents aren’t aware of it. Pirie said before the incident took place, he “didn’t know these kinds of magazines even existed.”