Marijuana Party Leader arrested at rally

Marijuana Party leader Marc-Boris St Maurice was detained by police on Saturday, November 25 after attempting to pie a statue of Emily Murphy on Parliament Hill during a Marijuana Party rally.
St Maurice was held at the Ottawa Police Station for a few hours before being charged with “assaulting a police officer” (for getting whipped cream on a cop.)

St Maurice has been released and is on his way back to Montreal.

The Parliament Hill rally was poorly attended but evidently not unevenetful. There were lots of media folk there. Seeds were given away openly and many joints were consumed with no arrests. Steve Bacon’s live plant was seized by police. Mike Foster showed up shortly after with a big plastic one.

Great speeches were given by host Rick Reimer, exemptee Rob Brown, Renee Boje, Eugene Oscapella and more. Larry Duprey delivered his heavenly thunder.

Ottawa Citzen article, 26/11/00 : Marijuana Party boss pays for shaky aim

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Who is Emily Murphy?

Emily Murphy (1868-1933) has a statue on Parliament Hill because she is one of the “Famous Five” Canadian women who successfully had women included in the legal definition of “person” under Canadian law.

Unfortunately, Emily Murphy was as racist and anti-Chinese as she was pro-feminist. She was the author of the bestselling book The Black Candle (1922), which was an expansion of a series of articles she wrote for Maclean’s Magazine under the pen name “Janey Canuck.” The Black Candle was a frightening and sensationalist expose of the plot by Chinese and Blacks to corrupt and destroy the White race with marijuana and opium.

The Black Candle had a huge influence on Canadian drug laws, and was largely responsible for Canada’s ban on marijuana which was passed a few years later.

Excerpts from The Black Candle:

(Ms Murphy is quoting a Los Angeles County Chief of Police on the effects of marijuana.)

“…persons using this narcotic smoke the dry leaves of the plant, which has the effect of driving them completely insane. The addict loses all sense of moral responsibility. Addicts to this drug, while under its influence are immune to pain. While in this condition they become raving maniacs and are liable to kill or indulge in any forms of violence to other persons, using the most savage methods of cruelty without, as said before, any sense of moral responsibility.”

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An addict who died this year in British Columbia told how he was frequently jeered at as a ‘white man accounted for.’ This man belonged to a prominent family… and used to relate how the Chinese pedlars taunted him with their superiority at being able to sell the dope without using it, and by telling him how the yellow race would rule the world.

They were too wise, they urged, to win a battle, but would win by wits. They would strike at the white race through ‘dope’ and when the time was ripe would command the world…

Some of the Negroes coming into Canada – and they are no fiddle-faddle fellows either, have similar ideas, and one of their greatest writers has boasted how ultimately they will control the white men.