Pot-activist Marc Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, invites Canadians everywhere to join him during his 2003 Summer of Legalization Tour.
He has already announced dates for protests in 16 cities. During the tour, Emery will smoke pot in front of local police headquarters with crowds of local activists, protesters and cannabis lovers.
Cannabis is legal in Canada, says Emery, and Canadians need to smoke it openly in front of police to demonstrate and secure their freedoms. Emery smoked out his first police headquarters on June 19 in Toronto, where throngs of bongs and pipes lent aid to the production of a large, sweet cloud that drifted pleasantly over the station. There were no arrests or harassment by police.
A pamphlet created for the tour explains Emery’s conviction that cannabis is legal and explains several important pro-pot court cases. In 2000, during a med-pot court case, the Ontario Court of Appeal gave the Canadian Government 12 months to write new marijuana laws. Instead, the government made regulations, ignoring the court ruling. On February 2 of this year Lawyer Brian McAllister successfully argued that cannabis prohibition ended when the government failed to make new laws. Although the decision was appealed, the Ontario Superior Court upheld McAllister’s win on May 6, making it binding on lower courts throughout the province.
“The marijuana possession laws were deemed invalid in Ontario Courts, but the law struck down is one that affects all Canadians,” writes Emery in the tour pamphlet. “It is my belief that since a Court of Appeal has struck down the cannabis possession law, and that at the time of the verdict of the Court of Appeal in July 2000 the government did not appeal the decision then in fact a portion of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, dealing with the inclusion of cannabis as a Schedule II drug, has been struck from the Act, and that cannabis possession is not an offense known to law anywhere in Canada.”
Indeed, some provinces have already shown that they agree with the argument that marijuana prohibition is dead – at least with regards to possession. This year, judges ordered stays of all marijuana possession charges under 30 grams in PEI and Nova Scotia, after pro-pot court rulings in those provinces. However, a non-binding lower court in Saskatchewan – a province notorious for it’s anti-pot enforcement – rejected the argument.
Marc Emery is undaunted by Canada’s patchwork enforcement. He chose many of the places on his tour because enforcement in those areas is particularly oppressive, and the local courts ill-disposed towards marijuana. It’s all a part of his strategy to free the weed by helping to free his fellow Canadians from the fear of the ghost of an unjust prohibition that died almost two years ago.
SMOKE OUTS IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
WINNIPEG – JULY 9
DAUPHIN – JULY 10
REGINA – JULY 12
HALIFAX – JULY 19
MONCTON – JULY 21
CHARLOTTETOWN – JULY 23
ST. JOHN’S NFLD – JULY 26
CALGARY – AUG 9
EDMONTON – AUG 10
SASKATOON – AUG 11
PRINCE GEORGE, BC – AUG 12
KINGSTON – AUG 25
LONDON – AUG 26
HAMILTON – AUG 27
SUDBURY – AUG 28
WINDSOR – AUG 30
Smoke outs will begin at 4:20 PM sharp on the sidewalks in front of the local police headquarters in each of the listed cities.
For more information, or to help organize a smoke-out in your hometown, contact Marc Emery: [email protected]
Marc Emery announces his cross-country protest plans on Pot-TV: www.pot-tv.net/archive/shows/pottvshowse-2030.html
You can also discuss Emery’s tour in the CC Forums