Pot Smokers Protest for Legalization

Pot Smokers Protest for Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on September 29, 2003 at 10:26:56 PT
By Eric Schmiedl - Staff Writer
Source: Sentinel Review 
Woodstock - Self-proclaimed potheads gathered to light up in a peaceful rally Saturday to legalize marijuana. "If you don't get out there and push and don't remain activist about this, nothing's going to happen," said Jim Bender, owner of Lady Godiva's on Dundas Street, where the rally was held.The adult video store also sells marijuana paraphernalia such as pipes and smoking bottles. The rally attracted about 200 supporters.
Bender has a petition calling for legalization ready to present to MP John Finlay (Oxford-Lib). The rally was organized through word of mouth and the Lady Godiva's Web site, although organizers didn't inform the media.The police said they knew about the event days in advance and showed up about 30 minutes into the rally.They stayed only for a few minutes, were offered marijuana to smoke and left without laying charges.Acting Sgt. Jeff Horan of the Oxford Community Police Service said people at the event were calm and caused no problems. Until police get clarification from the federal government on the laws governing marijuana, forces across the country have stated they are not laying charges for possession under 30 grams.The ages of those who attended the event ranged from young to old, but one of the youngest was Courtney Hotchkiss, 14, of Woodstock. Joining her at the event, both smoking marijuana, was her father, Wayne."We don't hide it from her. Why should we?" he said, adding he has smoked pot with all three of his daughters, the oldest being 29. "People should be more open to their kids, there'd be in lot less trouble." Note: Police offered a toke, but leave without laying charges. Source: Sentinel Review (CN ON)Author: Eric Schmiedl - Staff WriterPublished: September 29, 2003Copyright: 2003 Annex Publishing & Printing Inc.Contact: sentinel annexweb.comWebsite: -- Canada Archives
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