B.C. Court Loosens The Law On Pot

B.C. Court Loosens The Law On Pot
Posted by CN Staff on September 16, 2003 at 22:14:24 PT
By Mike Lewis, Seattle P-I Reporter
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer 
Not yet officially legal, marijuana in Canada marched closer to that status yesterday when the British Columbia provincial court decriminalized the popular drug.The decision likely means that possession of a personal use amount of weed -- under an ounce -- could result in a fine but not criminal punishment. However, the ruling doesn't make the sale of pot legal.
For Stewart McKay, 38, general manager of the New Amsterdam Cafe in downtown Vancouver, B.C., the court decision likely means more American customers than ever. Already, he said, 75 percent of the people who walk into his shop to munch pastries, sip coffee and smoke dope are from south of the border"Now people will be even less worried," McKay said. "I think it's a good thing."The provincial court ruling stems from a decision on medical marijuana in an Ontario high court. In it, the country's pot-possession laws were ruled unconstitutional because they conflicted with medical-marijuana laws. Snipped: Complete Article: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)Author: Mike Lewis, Seattle P-I ReporterPublished: Wednesday, September 17, 2003Copyright: 2003 Seattle Post-IntelligencerContact: editpage seattle-pi.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Text of Judge Chen's Decision Flood In Over B.C. Judge's Ruling Verdict Raises U.S. Hackles's Marijuana Law Doesn't Exist, Judge Rules Laws Struck Down in British Columbia 
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