Stop S-10 Street Meets: Protest the Conservative Drug Bill

CANNABIS CULTURE – Activists fighting the Conservative government of Canada’s new drug bill, S-10, are taking to the streets on FRIDAY, JUNE 4 for a series of ‘street meets’ in at least 24 locations across the country.

Victoria, BC’s International Hempology 101 Society has organized the targeted actions, in which small, focused groups of activists holding signs and handing out “Phone Jam” leaflets will fan out through city streets talking directly to citizens.

“We’re having what we call ‘Stop S-10 Street Meets’ to get the word out about this bill,” organizer Ted Smith told Cannabis Culture. “We’re going about it differently than most normal protests because we want to not only bring supporters together, but to get out in the community and canvass the streets, almost Greenpeace, but instead of asking people for money, we’re just asking them to stand up for their rights by calling a 1-800 number. We want to have stacks of hand outs at these locations, so when people come up that want to support us, we can give them a stack to hand out to other people – one on one – they meet walking up the street.”

Hempology 101 had recent success with their Conservative Phone Jam targeting Conservative senators when the government was attempting to pass Bill C-15, the precursor to Bill S-10.

“At times we had the senators offices pretty much shut down for business because so many people were calling and complaining about this set of bills,” Smith said.

The Conservatives’ new drug policy plans, which includes mandatory minimum sentences of 6 months for growing just 6 plants (and 18 months for making hash or edibles), have been criticized by drug policy reformers, scientists, ex-law enforcement officials and other lawmakers who say that they will cost billions in prison costs, strengthen drug gangs, and put harmless Canadians behind bars.

“S-10 is the most threatening set of laws that the cannabis community and this country have ever faced,” Smith said. “It’s scary what would happen, not only to the plant, but to the entire culture. This set of laws would cost Canadian society a lot of money to implement and I know a lot of people would suffer for it.”

Smith says six ‘Stop S-10 Street Meets’ are planned on Vancouver Island, “the first time so many anti-prohibition rallies have been held at the same time here. Many more last minute locations could be added, as various Facebook groups and other social networking sites catch on to the idea.”

Participating Cities:

Courtney, BC – Peace Park, 620 Cumberland Road – noon-1pm
Victoria, BC – Lawn of Legislature – noon
Naniamo, BC- China Steps (downtown)- noon
Sooke, BC – Sooke Rd @ Otterpoint Rd. – noon
Parksville – Harrison @Alberni Highway
Coombs – Stairway to Hemp on Alberni Hwy. — check this on a map, by the pink building
Gabriola island- will all meet at the Ferry terminals at noon
Vancouver, BC- Art Gallery – noon-2pm
Maple Ridge – location TBA
Prince George, BC – MP Jay Hill and Dick Harris offices – 206-575 Quebec St – noon – 2 pm
Nelson, BC – Ward St. @ Baker St. – 2- 4:20 – bring your instruments!
Calgary, AB – Harry Hayes Building – 220-4th Ave. S.E.- 2-4pm
Edmonton, AB – Legislature Buildings, front lawn – 718 107 St. NW – noon
Lethbridge, AB – MP Rick Casson’s office – 255 8th St S. – noon
Medicine Hat, AB – Park Beside City Hall(train park) – 600 1st st. SW
Saskatoon, SK – Kris bluejetty @ gmail.com
Regina, SK – lawn of legislature – noon
Montreal, Que – Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East – noon
Ottawa, ON – Parliament Hill- noon
Toronto, ON – June 4 -West Federal Bld. of Canada @ 85 Richmond – noon
Sudbury, ON – June 4 – Kayla imperio.corrupto @ gmail.com
Chatham, ON – danage420 @ gmail.com
North Bay, ON – location TBA
Oshawa, ON – location TBA

For more information check out multiple Facebook pages, the CC Forums, and the Hempology 101 website.

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