Pot Charges Adjourned in Alberta

Pot Charges Adjourned in Alberta
Posted by CN Staff on November 01, 2003 at 08:45:48 PT
By Dan Singleton, For The Calgary Herald 
Source: Calgary Herald 
Federal Crown prosecutors across Alberta have been instructed to allow adjournments of all cases of simple possession of marijuana laid over a two-year period ending Oct. 6, 2003, officials said Friday.The instructions, made in light of recent Ontario Court of Appeal decisions, will affect thousands of outstanding cases, including some already set for trial, said Maureen McLellan, Prairie region spokeswoman for Justice Canada.
The new instructions were sent to all prosecutors and their agents this week, she said."Because of the uncertainty in light of these Ontario decisions if an accused wishes to adjourn his or her marijuana possession case until after Dec. 5, the Crown is willing to consent to an adjournment," said McLellan."It's up to the judge, but if the defence and the Crown both agree to an adjournment, generally the judge will adjourn the proceedings."If the accused still wishes to proceed with his or her matter, then of course the Crown is prepared to proceed." Snipped: Complete Article: Calgary Herald (CN AB)Author: Dan Singleton, For The Calgary Herald Published: Saturday, November 01, 2003Copyright: 2003 Calgary HeraldContact: letters theherald.canwest.comWebsite: -- Canada Archives
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 01, 2003 at 09:44:24 PT
You could be right. When so many things are happening in Canada it is hard for me to know what is important. One thing is confusion might be a good thing. The laws against Cannabis are so antique that I hope in the end freedom will truly come for our friends up north.PS: Please don't apologize. Post away!
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Comment #3 posted by Arthropod on November 01, 2003 at 09:02:09 PT:
Sorry for the double post
I just noticed that the proponent of this offer is a one Maureen McLellan. Anyone here know if she is related to Anne McLellan, director of Health Canada?
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Comment #2 posted by Arthropod on November 01, 2003 at 08:59:27 PT:
My thoughts
"(v. i.) To suspend business for a time, as from one day to another, or for a longer period, or indefinitely; usually, to suspend public business, as of legislatures and courts, or other convened bodies; as, congress adjourned at four o'clock; the court adjourned without day.
(v. t.) To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; -- commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate."I think this is a case of the Canadian government trying to suspend cases until they can be tried under the revived cannabis law. They want to set the cases aside to get a guilty ruling when the precedent for no prosecution of cannabis users is shattered. I may be wrong, that is just what it looks like to me at first glance.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 01, 2003 at 08:51:15 PT
What Does This Mean?
Anyone know?
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