Vancouver Police Say Marijuana Still Illegal 

Vancouver Police Say Marijuana Still Illegal 
Posted by CN Staff on September 17, 2003 at 09:05:10 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Simple possession of marijuana remains illegal despite a recent court ruling, city police and British Columbia's top law enforcement officer say. Police rarely enforce the law but still have the right to do so, and that will not change until the Canadian parliament changes the law, Constable Sarah Bloor maintained Tuesday.
Bloor said police use discretion enforcing the law, adding that two circumstances in which prosecutors would be asked to bring charges would be impaired operation of a motor vehicle or involvement of marijuana in another crime. Earlier this month Provincial Court Judge Patrick Chen ruled that the law was void, citing a ruling three years earlier by the top appeals court in Ontario. Other judges have issued similar rulings in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Provincial Solicitor General Rich Coleman said the ruling could be cited by British Columbia judges but is not binding in the province. "It's still an illegal substance in Canada," Coleman said. He added that he wants tougher penalties to discourage pot dealing, growing and related organized crime activity. U.S. Consul General Luis Arreaga said Tuesday that decriminalization of marijuana in Canada could worsen border congestion as U.S. Customs officers try to keep U.S. citizens from bringing pot back to the United States. Complete Title: Vancouver Police Say Marijuana Still Illegal Despite Court Ruling Source: Associated Press Published:  Wednesday, September 17, 2003Copyright: 2003 Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:Text of Judge Chen's Decision Still Illegal Despite Ruling Court Loosens The Law On Pot Flood In Over B.C. Judge's Ruling Verdict Raises U.S. Hackles
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Comment #6 posted by Jose Melendez on October 07, 2003 at 08:11:40 PT
Arreaga at it again!
I found this on several papers: I wrote back, to:vancouverACS state.govSubject: Three questions for Luis ArreagaHello, I'm following up on the published claim attributed to Consul General Luis Arreaga that: "U.S. government research shows a link between long-term brain damage and marijuana use,"          1. Please specify which research shows this correlation, and answer why studies showing a much firmer "link" associated with alcohol would or would not be properly acted upon by criminalizing beer, wine and liquor consumption. 2. Also, since the prohibition of alcohol has been associated with an increase at least the per capita murder rate, and also cigarette tax rate increases helped fund more than one terrorist group, how do you answer those that point out that only criminals benefit from criminalizing cannabis? 3. Since most legal drugs can be shown to have side effects far more harmful than marijuana, should those that make millions marketing legal amphetamines to children be jailed? The above questions are published on Cannabis News, and (hopefully) this subject will be discussed on Pot-TV. Thanks for your participation!Jose Melendez
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Comment #5 posted by escapegoat on September 17, 2003 at 16:43:09 PT
Total BS - pot is 100% legal
I find that once cops start being threatened with false arrest and illegal search lawsuits, their attitude changes very quickly. It happened in Ontario, it will happen in BC.
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Comment #4 posted by motavation on September 17, 2003 at 13:44:52 PT:
Will it stop?
Everyone want's our lucky charms...canada, california, oregon, nevada, washington, and more! The value will be there regardless:
Nevada-$60/$240/$350All we can do is admit the use, fight for our rights! And GROW MORE!:)
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Comment #3 posted by billos on September 17, 2003 at 10:47:39 PT:
Top Cops
This is just the epitome of how the stigma attached to cannabis still controls many a narrow mind.
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Comment #2 posted by WolfgangWylde on September 17, 2003 at 10:09:00 PT
Vancouver police (and Alaskan police as well)...
...are headed for a mighty smackdown by the courts. Judges don't like being ignored.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 17, 2003 at 09:18:55 PT
I Hope
That many people turn out for the smoke in.
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