A Toke Over The Line

A Toke Over The Line
Posted by CN Staff on June 10, 2004 at 07:27:17 PT
By Jason Botchford -- Toronto Sun
Source: Toronto Sun
The New Democrats are smoking mad and threatening to sue a fringe party over a un-affiliated campaign that advertises leader Jack Layton as Canada's marijuana candidate. The federal party has its lawyers looking at ways to stop the B.C. Marijuana Party from distributing tens of thousands of election leaflets across Canada. The leaflets are printed in NDP orange and feature a photo of Jack Layton with a marijuana leaf in the background. They criticize Liberal and Tory marijuana platforms and urge people to "Vote NDP!"
"It is unfair and inappropriate," said NDP federal secretary Chris Watson, who said the leaflet was produced without NDP approval. ANOTHER 50,000 Marc Emery, leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party, said they are printing another 50,000 leaflets next week in addition to the 40,000 leaflets already in circulation. Hundreds have been distributed in Toronto and there is no plan to stop. Emery said he has no idea on what grounds the NDP would sue his party because "the literature is pretty clear, it is cleverly designed, the quotes are all verifiable, the picture of Jack is handsome." The leaflet quotes from an interview Layton did with Emery late last year in which he supported a form of marijuana legalization: DECRIMINALIZATION "Our party is in favour of modernizing our marijuana laws and creating a legal environment where people can enjoy marijuana in the peace and quiet of their own home or in a cafe without the fear of being criminalized." The current NDP election platform calls only for a decriminalization plan similar to that proposed by the Liberals. "I think Layton means every word he said but the current fervour (over the leaflet) is a result of backroom pressure exerted by the old guard NDP," said Eric Wood, who manages a cannabis production facility for a Toronto compassion club. Wood said anyone who wants a leaflet can pick one up this weekend at Roach A Rama, Toronto Hemp Company or the Friendly Stranger. Note: NDP eyes Pro-Pot Leaflet Lawsuit.Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)Author: Jason Botchford -- Toronto SunPublished:  June 10, 2004 Copyright: 2004 Canoe Limited PartnershipContact: editor sunpub.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links Legalization Report Draws Fire It, Ex-Cop Tells Hill Pot Rally 
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Comment #1 posted by Virgil on June 10, 2004 at 08:14:30 PT
The election is two weeks from Monday
It will be interesting to see what kind of thrashing the Liberals will take. Local elections are being held in the UK today and Blair and Company will be taking their beating by the voters.Turmel has put up a message from the establishment on yesterday's trial that the Crown dismissed along with his response. The establishment says the charges were dropped because it comes from events two years ago when there were flaws in the law- is the most interesting of situations in Canada concerning cannabis. Those that oppose ending prohibition are called to fight on as seen in this article. Denounce the right path and the majority will, but let's keep them drunk and hungover/depressed. When the alcohol age ends, so will all the shams the establishment puts forth as cannabis consumption is more activity than addiction and an activity that often results in honest and coherent conversation.The Indians understand oppression and corruption. Cannabis users and others no it too. When CP ends, the talk from those experienced in oppression by means of cannabis prohibition will talk on and oppression and corruption will be an explored subject when cannabis activity turns to conversation.Fight on losers. Give history a lesson it will not forget this time. Demand failure and misery and get the hell out of public office when the votes come in.
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