Marijuana Party Pipes Up with Election Platform

  Marijuana Party Pipes Up with Election Platform

Posted by CN Staff on June 01, 2004 at 14:24:52 PT
By The News Staff 
Source: CTV 

The federal Marijuana Party has officially rolled out its election campaign platform. Campaigning under the slogan "Let's Roll," the party has high hopes of putting candidates in 100 ridings across Canada.About 40 will be running in Quebec ridings, with another 25 candidates vying for seats across Ontario. And seven candidates will be on the slate in the Winnipeg area.
The party won't be represented, however, in P.E.I., Newfoundland or the Northwest Territories.According to Marijuana Party leader Marc-Boris St-Maurice, 35, his team is running on a single issue -- the legalization of marijuana.But, he says, his party's narrow platform actually covers a broad range of legitimate government concerns, from finance and justice to international relations and agriculture."We are a single-issue party but that issue covers finances, social climate, justice, international relations and agriculture," he told reporters on Tuesday."There's hardly any ministry that would not be affected. In fact, I think we should have a Ministry of Marijuana at some point." In a platform published online, the party outlines a number of marijuana-related goals that includes:* demonstrating the social advantages to ending cannabis prohibition; * creating a defence fund for those accused of cannabis-related crimes; * developing legislation to legalize the drug; * ensuring access to medical marijuana; and * pressuring the international community to follow suit.Mike Foster, the Marijuana Party candidate in Ottawa Centre says he believes that the party has more support than many would like to admit."There are more than three million Canadians who smoke (marijuana). I think it's time we all came out of the weed closet and addressed this issue once and for all." Interestingly, the party does promote one agenda item that's not entirely marijuana-centric. It wants an overhaul of the Canada Elections Act, "to offer solutions to the parliamentary representation deficit.""We feel we are under the obligation to be critical of any abuses or inequities within our democratic system," the party writes on its website."This reform would serve to better interpret election results and distribute power fairly."When Canadians last went to the polls in 2000, they gave the Marijuana Party 0.5 per cent of the national vote -- more than 66,000 votes.This year, St-Maurice is planning to run against Paul Martin in the prime minister's Montreal-area riding of LaSalle-Emard.To help pay for the campaign, party fundraisers are reportedly selling marijuana seeds at a going rate of 10 seeds for $12.Source: CTV (Canada)Published: June 01, 2004Copyright: 2004 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. Website: newsonline Related Article & Web Site:Marijuana Party Party Ready To Roll Canada Archives 

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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on June 03, 2004 at 09:13:55 PT
Re: Editorial: Pot Paranoia 
"I am not a crook." --Richard M. Nixon, father of the War on Drugs. Because of his deceitful vendetta against cannabis culture, most nations of the world have criminalized their own citizens, not just for growing cannabis, but also for transferring cannabis or possessing cannabis. In extreme cases the law has even tried to outlaw 'being high,' and any number of common household items have been demonized as 'drug paraphernalia.' It is simple supply and demand. Both supply and demand should be legal as they were at the turn of the previous century and stretching back thousands of years. A recent 'grow-op' in Hamilton, Ontario, involved 3 houses and the owners were *Paying Their Own High Electricity Bills*! So, don't continue to spout the party line of "theft of hydro-electricity and weapons offences, to name a couple possibilities." Possibilities, possibilities, possibilities, caused by the immoral prohibition of the healing herb cannabis, against all reason.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on June 03, 2004 at 08:51:23 PT
Editorial: Pot Paranoia 
Thursday, June 03, 2004 
 These days it's become pretty much a given that when we publish a story about the police raiding an illegal marijuana grow operation, we get letters to the editor.Writers invariably take the oportunity to express their dismay over what they perceive as an injustice of the grandest proportions - the persecution of citizens who break laws the letter writers feel should be abolished. But they also go further. They suggest that there is some kind of conspiracy between government, the police and news organizations designed to paint the growers of marijuana as people to be reviled by society.Let's be clear. We have previously, in this space, applauded the senate's finding that marijuana law should be repealed.But that's far different from defending operators of illegal grow operations. These people aren't crusaders fighting unjust laws. They are criminals. They are not to be held up as heroes and they certainly aren't being persecuted. They are a blight on society, breaking any number of laws, such as theft of hydro-electricity and weapons offences, to name a couple possibilities, as they go to any means to cultivate their cash crop.For those of you who would applaud the decriminalization of marijuana and campaign to that end be assured that one day government and society will be ready for that next step. But until then, do yourselves a favour and avoid from defending or aligning yourself with those who flout the law purely for their own gain. This misguided allegiance can only hurt your cause. Copyright: 2003 Prince George Free Press
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on June 01, 2004 at 21:22:34 PT
Thank You!
Oh it does sound complicated. I really have tried to understand what politics is all about but I always come to a dead end. I can't get through the politics of politics if that makes sense. I wish the very best happens in Canada for everyone's concern. I don't want Canada to be our 51st State. It's not the best thing for the free spirits that live in Canada. I love my country and am grateful that I live here. Our country has many problems but other countries have more then we do as far as most things go. I'm watching a tv program called World Birth Day and it shows the poor health care that women receive compared to the US. Caring for people is the most important thing that we can do. Not putting people in jail for a plant is an important issue and worth our time. Just think of how much good we could do for others if we didn't have to fight our own leaders. It would be remarkable.
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on June 01, 2004 at 21:22:04 PT
Kubby Update Libertarian Party National Convention
Kubby Update:
Kubby Files with Steve and Michele Kubby 
Running Time: 16 min 
Date Entered: 01 Jun 2004 
with intro by Richard Cowan.' After their arrest in 1999 for 265 plants, the Kubbys faced 19 counts and 40 years of prison. Although the government seized all their assets and forced them into bankruptcy, their libertarian friends contributed over $350,000 to their defense and ultimate acquittal. This video update is a tribute to the Libertarians and was shown this May at the Libertarian Party National Convention, in Atlanta Georgia. ' 
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Comment #10 posted by military officer guy on June 01, 2004 at 21:06:28 PT
vote Libertarian 
i just got back from the Libertarian national convention in atlanta, what a blast and what an awesome learning experience...i 
met Rob Kampia, what a kick ass guy...the Libertarian party is truly our last hope to get america back from it's current police state status...Michael Badnarik was nominated as prez candidate, be patent, stay tuned, and spread the word, vote Libertarian...
we can win this war
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Comment #9 posted by ron on June 01, 2004 at 20:31:57 PT
NDP and MP  
The New Democratic Party has usually been Canada's third political party. They lean to the left and would be called socialist or even communist by some Americans (and some Canadians). For the last half century they've been supported at the ballot box by 10-20% of the voters.The Marijuana Party has been around less than a decade. I'm sure Marc Emery's defection from the MP and endorsement of the NDP weakened their resolve to wage a national campaign. I think the MP had candidates in every federal riding last election - more than 300.I've listened to Marc's endorsement of Jack Layton, the NDP leader, and I've heard Jack's 30 second ad on Pot TV several times. Sounds good.But why, I wonder, is there no mention of this cannabis friendly plank on the NDP website?Perhaps that's why the MP is still planning on campaigning.   
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on June 01, 2004 at 20:30:40 PT
Two from
Chemical Bigotry 
by Mary Jane Borden the Hill 2004: Freedom March on Parliament Hill: Saturday, June 5th, 2004
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on June 01, 2004 at 20:28:45 PT
please everybody help out what do you see
* demonstrating the social advantages to ending cannabis prohibition; 
Lets see, does this mean regulation and taxation. Just how much will be made off this. Or does it mean money saved by not funding narc units, arresting and jailing and court time saved. * creating a defense fund for those accused of cannabis-related crimes; 
With video conferencing membership in Norml and MPP and others could come with a defense hook up to foster the member in times of trouble. * developing legislation to legalize the drug; 
A movie and sound track should be high on the agenda, followed by items to buy like the deck of cards or flash cards as education is much in demand. The symbol should be done in 5 D. With all of the items being made entirely from Cannabis. CD cases are made from Cannabis can the CD itself be made from the plastic. * ensuring access to medical marijuana; and 
Can be part of the video hook up. The movie should have segments of all aspects mentioned here. Maybe Eds June 4 sentencing could be included as to jury null. Cannabis must be moved to Hospice vocabulary.* pressuring the international community to follow suit.
Video hook up will enable all to share experiences as this is how we learn and grow. We have a huge endowment{fetzer] here and they travel the world over to find healing powers but refuse to meet us eye to eye there must be hundreds of these same kind of orgs. It would be very helpful if the faiths could help to educate as to the benefits of this age old plant Cannabis.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on June 01, 2004 at 20:06:33 PT
Q: Are The NDP and The Marijuana Party the Same? 
A: No.Marijuana Party > leader Marc-Boris St-Maurice
> single issue -- the legalization of marijuana.
Marijuana Party of Canada (federal) > leader Jack Layton > one of their issues -- the legalization of marijuana (endorsed by Marc Emery president of the BC Marijuana Party which is not running federal candidates, but instead supporting the NDP). NDP . There is also a website for NDP members or supporters who support the repeal of marijuana prohibition, at http://www.ndpot.caPot opens electoral can 'o worms in Canada 
by Reverend Damuzi (01 Jun, 2004) Liberals pot-wash; NDP pot policy; Marijuana Party still vocal 
At the end of this month Iraq will have a new government and Canada will have a new government. Pray for peace and pot.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 01, 2004 at 19:33:27 PT
Are The NDP and The Marijuana Party the Same?
I don't know. It gets very confusing for me. If they are different are they working together to bring change?
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Comment #4 posted by Virgil on June 01, 2004 at 19:11:27 PT
It seems like the article could have worked in June 28 for the election date. Paul Maritn is just another wealthy person representing the ones now that are on steal mode from all things public. He runs a big tourist boat business and has money to match Kerry. The Conservatives know their beating is coming like the Republicans see a decline coming for the excesses of not stopping the Bush Cabal.I think some small town should require a drug treatment where a person is subjected to some real dubbage and some real data collecting especially on driving. A person caught for manufacture should have to submit to short user trials to gather data. Do the crack BC Bud against hash and get that data. Let the testing begin, Do a solitairy confinment in a coffin room and flood it with a thick and continual smoke seeing what mega breathing of smoke would do. There should also be a vaporisation room that floods the air to see wahat maximim exposure do over a day or two or three.Let's study mega dosing with the prisoners. We cannot subject the populace to what must be deadly if not highly controlled. We will do the megadosing on the tokers and if they die they die. We will prove it is dangerous. Go NDP.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 01, 2004 at 18:27:32 PT

You're welcome. I heard on the news a deal has been made to market the movie Fahrenheit 9-11. I can't wait to see it.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on June 01, 2004 at 18:10:35 PT

"To help pay for the campaign, party fundraisers are reportedly selling marijuana seeds at a going rate of 10 seeds for $12."Wouldn't it be something if all political campaigns were funded this way! Sow the seeds of hope! Thanks FoM! The way out is the way in... 'Fahrenheit' has elder Bush boiling: Made Ashcroft Gag - Translator keeps blowing 9/11 whistle on FBI; U.S. Keeps shutting her up: Visibility Project: Prior Knowledge/Government Involvement Archive:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 01, 2004 at 14:30:39 PT

Related Article from The CBC
 Marijuana Party Gets Campaign Rolling with Seed Money Written by CBC News Online Staff June 1, 2004 MONTREAL - The federal Marijuana Party began its election campaign on Tuesday with a campaign slogan of "Let's roll." Party leader Marc-Boris St-Maurice plans to run against Liberal Leader Paul Martin in the Montreal riding of LaSalle-Émard. Marc-Boris St-Maurice St-Maurice said he hopes to have candidates in 100 ridings in Canada. About 40 Marijuana Party candidates are running in Quebec. Another 25 are expected to run in Ontario, with seven other candidates campaigning in Manitoba. St-Maurice says the only issue for his party is the legalization of marijuana. The party is raising money for its election campaign by selling marijuana seeds. Copyright: 2004 CBC 
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