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Convicted in pot case, man loses his home to Crown
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ^ | 8 25 05 | PETTI FONG

Posted on 08/25/2005 8:59:01 AM PDT by freepatriot32

VANCOUVER -- A homeowner who pleaded guilty to growing marijuana in his house has become the first person in British Columbia to see his home forcibly taken by the federal government.

Van My Luu, of Langley, was arrested in 2003 at his home on 268th Street after a police investigation.

Mr. Luu was the legal owner of the home and controlled the grow operation, police said.

He pleaded guilty to the production offences but challenged having to forfeit his home.

Mr. Luu's lawyer, Jay Solomon, argued in Surrey Provincial Court that seizure of the house was an inordinate sanction relative to the offence.

Mr. Luu was given a one-year sentence.

But Shannon Gerrie, lawyer for the Department of Justice, argued that Mr. Luu had a sophisticated operation in his house and was actively involved in the production of marijuana.

Judge Dennis Devitt ordered the house handed over to the Crown. Under the guidelines, the property will be disposed of by the Minister of Public Works.

"We're hoping this will be a deterrent for homeowners who let grow operations take place in their homes and hope they will think twice before setting up these operations," Corporal Diane Blain of the Langley RCMP said of the seizure of Luu's home.

This is the first time in British Columbia that the courts have forcibly taken property from someone who was convicted of a criminal act.

Two years ago, the Crown seized a home used as a grow operation. There have since been a number of other forfeitures, but Cpl. Blain said all the other homeowners consented to the proceedings.

Mr. Luu's house will now be sold, and, after the home's mortgage is paid off, the remaining money will be directed to the federal government.


TOPICS: Canada; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: case; convicted; crown; donutwatch; govwatch; his; home; in; jackbootedthugs; loses; man; pot; to; wodlist
I rember when we use to export freedom and democracy to other countrys not fascist war on som drug anti freedom policys.
1 posted on 08/25/2005 8:59:02 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
2 posted on 08/25/2005 9:00:46 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: Wolfie

ping


3 posted on 08/25/2005 9:01:05 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: freepatriot32

The answer for many in America who wish to grow lots of dope is to grow it on federal property. A guy here just got busted for doing that. It's foolish, because the Rangers are going to find it sooner or later, but it's also kind of funny.


4 posted on 08/25/2005 9:02:05 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: freepatriot32
I remember when we used to create freedom elsewhere, not trade our own away.
5 posted on 08/25/2005 9:02:07 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Hey Senator! Leave those kids alone!)
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To: freepatriot32

So now canadian socialists know what it is like to live under American socialist tyranny.


6 posted on 08/25/2005 9:02:24 AM PDT by hombre_sincero
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To: freepatriot32

I thought the government encouraged everybody to grow pot in Vancouver.


7 posted on 08/25/2005 9:04:43 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: freepatriot32

Hasn't Vermont been doing this for years or is it everywhere in the US?


8 posted on 08/25/2005 9:04:43 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: freepatriot32
I rember when we use to export freedom and democracy to other countrys not fascist war on som drug anti freedom policys.

Be careful. I can see the veins throbbing on your forehead.

Speaking of the good old days what did you think of George Washington putting down the Whiskey Rebellion?

9 posted on 08/25/2005 9:08:32 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: freepatriot32

As a great philosopher once said "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Don't do it. Keep your eeyyyyyyyeeee, eeyyyyyyyyee, eeyyyyyyeeee on the sparrow. Do do doot!"


10 posted on 08/25/2005 9:10:38 AM PDT by NathanBookman
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To: rhombus
Hasn't Vermont been doing this for years or is it everywhere in the US?

Its everywhere in the us and its not just houses its cars bicycles and money out of your wallet and you dont needto be convicted of any crime to have it stolen all the cop has to do is say thatyou are carrying to much money around with you and he can sieze it and the supreme court said that that is fine and dandy

11 posted on 08/25/2005 9:12:55 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: freepatriot32
A homeowner who pleaded guilty to growing marijuana in his house has become the first person in British Columbia to see his home forcibly taken by the federal government.

Van My Luu, of Langley, was arrested in 2003 at his home on 268th Street after a police investigation.

I guess he won't be growing pot in his home anymore.

12 posted on 08/25/2005 9:17:26 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.)
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To: freepatriot32

Why does Queen Elizabeth need another house?


13 posted on 08/25/2005 9:24:25 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: freepatriot32

What do you call a Vietnamese in El Cajon raising cocker spaniels?


A rancher.


14 posted on 08/25/2005 9:31:39 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: freepatriot32
*gasp* Isn't marijuana Canada's National Vegetable?
15 posted on 08/25/2005 9:40:46 AM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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heres astory that might interest you about how the goverment robbs private citizens at gunpoint becasue they think they can get away with it with no crime actuially being proven

U.S. Mint Confiscates 10 Rare Gold Coins

16 posted on 08/25/2005 10:09:33 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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17 posted on 08/25/2005 10:10:23 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: hombre_sincero
So now canadian socialists know what it is like to live under American socialist tyranny.

Not quite, because in Canada you still have to be convicted of a crime before they can confiscate property related to that crime.

18 posted on 08/25/2005 10:25:05 AM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: freepatriot32

BTTT!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 08/25/2005 10:27:59 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: freepatriot32

the feds need to start doing this to those medical pot growers in california.


20 posted on 08/25/2005 10:32:10 AM PDT by Texas_Conservative2
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To: Texas_Conservative2
the feds need to start doing this to those medical pot growers in california.

Criminal Court mired in minor cases Study shows that most jailed are not violent Wednesday, August 24, 2005 By Michael PerlsteinStaff writer While almost nightly images of violent crime bludgeon New Orleans, the city's criminal justice system has become a virtual assembly line to handle minor narcotics offenses. And while many of the players in the city's vast marketplace for illegal drugs are involved in killings, shootings and other felonies, the system is doing a poor job of pinpointing them for stringent prosecution and prison time. That is the discouraging picture revealed in a comprehensive report by the Metropolitan Crime Commission at a time when New Orleans has regained the dubious title of America's murder capital among major cities. (snip)

From The Times Picayune $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Our country cannot afford to continue chasing down those who enjoy cannabis. Life, Liberty and pursuit of fine cannabis! I call that happiness.

21 posted on 08/25/2005 6:26:26 PM PDT by winston2
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To: freepatriot32

Can we rename this the "druggie" thread?


22 posted on 08/25/2005 6:29:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Liberal level playing field: If the Islamics win we are their slaves..if we win they are our equals.)
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To: -YYZ-
in Canada you still have to be convicted of a crime before they can confiscate property related to that crime.

I'm sure John Walters is pushing hard to remove that hurdle.

23 posted on 08/25/2005 7:37:54 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Texas_Conservative2

don't believe in state's rights do ya?


24 posted on 08/25/2005 8:06:51 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Publius6961
Can we rename this the "druggie" thread?

Could we rename the Marijuana Stamp Act - The Marijuana Oppression Act? While we are in the ask questions mode - How did the world ever survive before the United States of America criminalized the mild, non deadly intoxicant - cannabis? And how did the U.S. Federal government get in the business of oppressing liberty?

25 posted on 08/26/2005 3:08:29 PM PDT by winston2
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To: bigfootbob
don't believe in state's rights do ya?

Limits on government power spoil the brownshirts' fun.

26 posted on 08/26/2005 6:17:14 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights
"Limits on government power spoil the brownshirts' fun."

No kidding.

27 posted on 08/26/2005 10:26:03 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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