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Police want pot crusader barred from stations
edmontoncanada.com ^ | 8.12.03 | Derrick Penner

Posted on 08/12/2003 12:47:25 PM PDT by freepatriot32

Shaughn Butts, The Journal / Followers look on as Marc Emery smokes up Sunday.
 

EDMONTON - Wearing a conservative blue suit, B.C. marijuana activist Marc Emery lit up a water pipe in front of Edmonton police headquarters Sunday afternoon and was promptly arrested.

The leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party contends poss ession laws no longer exist because of recent Ontario court decisions.

Before lighting up, Emery said the fact that people can be political and take action makes Canada "the greatest place on Earth."

Two Edmonton police constables stepped into the crowd and led Emery inside, to a chorus

of boos and jeers from about three dozen supporters who decried the arrest as unconstitutional.

Federal Crown prosecutors have told Edmonton police that laws prohibiting marijuana possession are still in effect, said Insp. Dick Shantz. Officers charged Emery with a single count of pot possession.

Police also tried to stop Emery's campaign by asking that a Canadawide ban preventing him from going to police stations unless he has a legitimate complaint be made one condition of his release.

"We're getting tired of dealing with him," Shantz said. "He's tying up our manpower with his illegal crusade and we're not going to put up with it."

Others were also smoking marijuana but Shantz said no one else was arrested because police did not have the manpower.

Emery, publisher of the magazine Cannabis Culture, was arrested in Calgary on Saturday.

He was earlier arrested in Winnipeg, Regina, Moncton, N.B., and St. John's, Nfld. He was not arrested at stops this summer in Toronto and Charolettetown, P.E.I.

dpenner@thejournal.canwest.com



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 08/12/2003 12:47:25 PM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: *Wod_list; jmc813

ping

2 posted on 08/12/2003 12:50:11 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Heaven is weary, of the hollow words Which States and Kingdoms utter when they talk of justice)
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To: freepatriot32
"We're getting tired of dealing with him," Shantz said. "He's tying up our manpower with his illegal crusade and we're not going to put up with it."

Higher penalties for repeat offenders? Leave him in jail longer to cool his heals.

3 posted on 08/12/2003 1:02:06 PM PDT by weegee
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To: weegee
The pot laws in Canada lapsed.

More likely he'll be suing all the cops that touched him.
4 posted on 08/12/2003 1:05:47 PM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite - it's almost worth defending)
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; Bill D. Berger; ..
WOD Ping
5 posted on 08/12/2003 1:06:27 PM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: jmc813
Soros is touring again?
6 posted on 08/12/2003 1:08:59 PM PDT by xrp
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To: eno_
...And winning.
7 posted on 08/12/2003 1:10:20 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: jmc813
cool move. Knowing there is no effective pot laws up north.
8 posted on 08/12/2003 1:11:33 PM PDT by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: freepatriot32
what time is it????
9 posted on 08/12/2003 1:21:33 PM PDT by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: freepatriot32
"We're getting tired of dealing with him," Shantz said.

So stop arresting him.

10 posted on 08/12/2003 1:23:12 PM PDT by MrLeRoy (The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson)
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To: vin-one
You missed by one minute!
11 posted on 08/12/2003 1:45:13 PM PDT by jayef
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To: vin-one
what time is it????

It's Howdy Doobie time?

12 posted on 08/12/2003 2:42:33 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Hey dude, did you hear that Ozzie Osborn says that pot smoking led his son Jack to try harder drugs?
13 posted on 08/12/2003 2:58:34 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: presidio9
So? I know plenty of pot smokers that have never tried anything harder.

Anecdotal evidence proves squat.
14 posted on 08/12/2003 3:02:23 PM PDT by Quick1
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To: Quick1
So now you know more about drug use than Ozzie, who says that pot use led his son jack to try harder drugs?
15 posted on 08/12/2003 3:08:14 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: presidio9
Apparently the whole concept of anecdotal evidence went over your head.

I don't need to know more about drug use than Ozzie.
16 posted on 08/12/2003 3:12:30 PM PDT by Quick1
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To: Quick1
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/Healthology/HS_marijuana_depression021122.html


Marijuana Linked to Schizophrenia, Depression

By Adam Marcus
ABC NEWS

Nov. 22 — As many as one in seven cases of schizophrenia could be prevented by eradicating marijuana.

That's the contention of a new study of Swedish soldiers that found smoking pot increases the risk of the psychiatric disorder by about 30 percent.

The Swedish study is one of three reports in this week's British Medical Journal linking marijuana to emotional problems, including depression and anxiety, as well as schizophrenia.

Some scientists believe marijuana doesn't cause psychiatric illness. Rather, they argue, people smoke it as a way to self-medicate. However, the authors of the Swedish study say their evidence suggests that now seems unlikely.

"It's not as good an explanation than the possibility that cannabis itself causes schizophrenia," says Dr. Stanley Zammit, a psychiatrist at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff and lead author of the new paper.

Zammit and his colleagues compared schizophrenia rates and marijuana use among more than 50,000 Swedish conscripts who participated in a 1969-1970 survey. Of those, 362, or about 0.7 percent, had been hospitalized with the disorder by 1996.

Of the 11 percent of the entire group that admitted ever trying marijuana, 73, or 1.4 percent, went on to be hospitalized for schizophrenia. The odds of having the disease grew as pot use climbed, reaching nearly a sevenfold increase in the men who used it 50 times or more but tried no other illegal drugs, the study says.

The effect was strongest among soldiers who developed schizophrenia within five years of entering the military. It held after the researchers accounted for use of alcohol and other drugs.

"You would expect that if there was a common reason for using substances, that would have eliminated" the influence of marijuana, Zammit says.

The second study in the British Medical Journal, of 759 New Zealanders, found that those who started smoking pot by the time they were 15 years old had quadruple the risk of non-users of being diagnosed by age 26 with schizophrenia and related disorders. That risk didn't hold for people who began taking the drug at age 18 or later. The study also found that 10 percent of the young smokers went on to develop psychosis, compared with 3 percent of the rest of the study group.

Louise Arseneault, a psychiatrist at King's College, London, and a co-author of the study, says marijuana use "predisposes" children to schizophrenia later in life.

"It's part of a complex group of causes. You don't need to smoke cannabis to have schizophrenia," Arseneault says. "A lot of people have it who didn't smoke, and a lot smoke but don't get it."

In the third study, scientists in Australia found that teens who smoked marijuana at least once a week were twice as likely as less frequent users to suffer depression or anxiety over the next seven years. Girls who used the drug every day had between five and six times the rate of these conditions as non-users.

The study also found that teens with emotional problems at the beginning of the study weren't more likely to take up marijuana in the future -- suggesting that self-medication wasn't a factor.

Michael Lynskey, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis and a co-author of the Australian study, says he "wouldn't want to make a definitive statement either way" about whether marijuana causes psychosis or depression. Even a doubling of the risk of depression is considered a relatively small increase, he says. So the effect of marijuana is probably modest.

However, research shows that people who take THC, the active ingredient in pot, to control nausea are more prone to depression, Lynskey says. He considers that "strong evidence" that marijuana can play a role in depression.



17 posted on 08/12/2003 3:18:22 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: presidio9
So what? All that does is prove you're a hypocrite for not wanting to criminalize alcohol and cigarettes.

Alcohol is legal, yet there are many harmful side effects. Co-Ocurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Schizophrenia

Cigarettes are legal, and we all know about what they can do to you.

Also, there is research that contradicts the assertion that marijuana is harmful to you. Neither side has won the debate yet. However, something interesting to read here: Cannabis and tobacco: responding to claims made by the British Lung Foundation and related news coverage
18 posted on 08/12/2003 3:26:51 PM PDT by Quick1
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To: Quick1
Will legalizing pot solve any of the problems caused by alcohol? If not why are they relevant?
19 posted on 08/12/2003 3:28:29 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: presidio9
Because they prove your hypocritical stance that alcohol can remain legal, even with harmful side effects, yet marijuana can't become legal.

I never said legalizing pot will solve those problems with alcohol. However, just off the top of my head, legalizing drugs will reduce the Federal Budget by billions, get rid of drug dealers since they won't be able to make money off illegal drugs, free up jail space for real criminals, and allow cops to spend time going after those real criminals.
20 posted on 08/12/2003 3:30:54 PM PDT by Quick1
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