‘Herb School’ Activist Could Serve Time

CANNABIS CULTURE – Former Supreme Court of Canada Appellant and cannabis activist David Malmo-Levine will be sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 9:30 AM at 222 Main St. in Vancouver.

Malmo-Levine, one of Vancouver’s most prominent cannabis activists, will be sentenced for his role in the “Herb School” herb-dispensing and drug-war history teaching operation that used to exist at 123 East Hastings St, next door to the Supervised injection site.

The Herb School operated for over three years without any complaints from neighbors, students or the Vancouver community – despite selling cannabis, mushrooms, botanical DMT extracts and small amounts of opium. The Herb School conducted daily drug-war history walking tours of old Vancouver as a requirement of access to purchasing herbs. The Herb School financed many political, educational and artistic pro-legalization projects with the profits from the herb sales.

Malmo-Levine, who is one of the youngest persons ever to stand before the Supreme Court of Canada self-represented (on cannabis distribution charges stemming from his “Harm Reduction Club”) now faces years in prison on charges of possession of cannabis, hashish and magic mushrooms for the purposes of trafficking. The Crown is requesting one year in jail for Malmo-Levine but was unable to enter evidence of any harm done by the activist during the sentencing hearing.

Malmo-Levine gained much support from the community, and received letters of support from many prominent doctors and drug policy researchers including Canadian Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, chairperson of the 2002 Senate Report on Cannabis – a report that recommended complete legalization of cannabis. Malmo-Levine also arranged expert testimony from Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School during his sentencing hearing.

Click here for Malmo-Levine’s speech to sentence and a summary of all three days of his sentencing hearing.

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