1,000 Fire Up Marijuana Party Campaign

1,000 Fire Up Marijuana Party Campaign
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2005 at 19:07:39 PT
By The Canadian Press 
Source: Canadian Press 
Vancouver -- Marijuana smoke wafted around the downtown Vancouver Art Gallery on Wednesday as about 1,000 people kicked off the Marijuana party's provincial election campaign. Marijuana activist David Malmo-Levine began the rally by giving advice on how to avoid arrest. "If you're going to smoke pot, do it on the inside of the crowd."
The advice appeared to be ignored by the group of mostly young people as they lit up joints and passed them freely among friends. Kirk Tousaw, the Marijuana party's campaign manager, said the party's main platform is to wrest control of marijuana from the federal government. "The provinces need to take over control, take back control from organized crime," he said. "And begin to regulate and tax the marijuana industry." The party said it planned to run candidates in 40 of the province's 79 ridings. Tousaw said he doesn't regard the Marijuana party as a fringe party. "The majority of the people in this province smoke marijuana, or have smoked marijuana," he said. "So either they're criminals, or we're mainstream." Several young people in the crowd were unaware the rally was meant to begin the party's campaign. "I come here every year on 4-20," said one young man who didn't want to give his name because he left his high school classes to join the event. Pot smokers have attended the annual April 20 -- or 4-20 -- event in Vancouver for about a decade. Source: Canadian Press (Wire)Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2005Copyright: 2005 The Canadian PressCannabisNews -- Canada Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on May 24, 2005 at 21:04:47 PT
gee afterburner ck out the date of DRshow email
If anyone wants to do something to end this War and is near Golden Co. Copy some of this Cellulose for Ethanol info as Golden is the Home of the Nat'l Renewable Energy Lab or NERL where for years the study of energy crops and the making of Cellulose Ethanol has been taking place. And see Howard speak if you can not make that event see a event near you as there are many reasons to end this War and Ethanol is only one of them find your pet one. June 1- 05 Evergreen Rotary 06:00 PM Howard Wooldridge Golden Colorado USA 
 Never fading in his desire to get out the truth about the failure of drug prohbition is Board Member Howard Wooldridge as he meets for dinner and discussion with members of the Evergreen Rotary. To: "DRShow" 
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:08 AM
Subject: converting cellulosic biomass to ethanolDear Diane,
 Here is some info on the Ethanol from cellulose that James Woosley was
talking about. Mr. Woosley is also the top lobbyist for the Hemp growers in
the USA.
Thank you for all you are doing.
Mike DooleyThis is a pdf overview of NREL/Genencor work from 2003. is an NREL Press release about Genencor/NREL winning a Top 100 R&D
award in 2004. is a lot more information available with a simple web search. Google
"NREL genencor" for starters and review the results listing.I think you could get more specific information if you called NREL itself.
NREL Public Affairs: (303) 275-4090.
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Posted: 9/8/2003PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genencor International,
Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOR) today announced that it has been named by Cargill Dow LLC
as its development partner to create advanced enzyme systems for a biomass
project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The project is a
significant step toward advancing the biorefinery concept to ultimately
reduce dependence on fossil carbon sources, lower greenhouse gas emissions
and stimulate rural economies."Cargill Dow is a leader in the renewable bioplastics industry," said
Jean-Jacques Bienaime, chief executive officer and president of Genencor.
"This collaboration strives to make an important contribution to integrating
the production of biomass derived fuels, power, chemicals and other
products."Advancing the commercialization of biorefineries has been a stated goal of
the U.S. Department of Energy for a number of years. To take best advantage
of their commercial potential, biorefineries must be able to use the
non-food portions of food crops and other low-cost biomass to produce fuel
and chemicals, just as an oil refinery uses fossil fuel to produce a wide
range of products. The Cargill Dow project will use corn stalks and other
agricultural materials as a source of renewable carbon for the production of
lactic acid and biologically derived plastics."The main stumbling block to the development of commercial biorefineries has
been the availability of low-cost sugars," said Thomas J. Pekich, group vice
president, Bioproducts, of Genencor. "Our progress in solving this tough
technical problem has been steady and is now ready to be deployed on a pilot
scale."Genencor will leverage its enzyme expertise developed during a three-year,
$17 million biomass-to-ethanol program with the Department of Energy and the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Genencor announced in April it met and
exceeded the project's goal of developing a new generation of enzyme systems
that could economically convert low-cost biomass -- e.g., corn stover,
wheat, rice straw, sugar cane bagasse -- into fermentable sugars for
conversion into bioethanol and other chemicals."Our mission is to turn annually renewable resources into consumer products
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on May 24, 2005 at 20:06:02 PT
Highway 420 Conference and Protest Is on Video Now
Highway 420 at Niagara Falls,
Running Time: 8 min, 
Date Entered: 24 May 2005 
"This fast-paced 8-minute mini-documentary covers the Highway 420 Conference and Protest held in Niagara Falls, Ontario on April 16, 2005. Footage includes the morning conference and afternoon march and protest. Loretta, Nall, David Malmo-Levine, Chris Goodwin, Madame Viper, Matt Mernagh, Blaine Dowdle, Bruce Ryan, and some hardcore cannabis fans from Ontario are featured. Included are the countdown to 4:20 pm, a massive celebration joint, march footage, and protest interviews.
Brought to you by Gooey Productions."
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 21:34:18 PT
Thanks for the pictures! It looks like everyone had lots of fun!
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on April 21, 2005 at 21:08:49 PT
Some Pix from Highway 420 Protest
It was a beautiful day with Canadians and Americans joining together to show our united support
for a rational, science-based approach to cannabis in North America. p.m. Minister"'NO" piņata Zig Zag and friends. Excellent costume! Very creative.
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