Pubdate: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 Source: Almaguin News (CN ON) Copyright: Almaguin News 2012 Contact: http://www.almaguinnews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3732 Author: Wayne Phillips Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n096/a09.html HOW DID MARIJUANA BECOME ILLEGAL? RE: Almaguin News, Feb. 2, Page 4, "Right promise to legalize marijuana" I'd like to congratulate and thank Dan Mulligan for his efforts as a new member and Parry Sound - Muskoka delegate. But mostly, I applaud his efforts for attempting to revisit the origins of marijuana prohibition. While Mulligan's explanation goes toward explaining why cannabis was initially criminalized - a means to grant the RCMP wide-ranging search and seizure authorities - it does not explain how "there is a new drug in the schedule," which was the only reference to something being added (to the schedule) mysteriously and became "cannabis indica" - or, on the other hand, maybe it does. The Peter Pot Prayer presents the most clarity on the origins of marijuana prohibition. In fact, the Peter Pot Prayer by Peter John Curran (Liberal) tells us that: "in a private conversation with the Honourable Mr. Leon Ladner (one of the surviving members of the 1923 legislature), held on May 14, 1977, Mr. Ladner, now 94 years old, but exceptionally alert and competent, said he could not recall ever hearing the words "marijuana," "Indian Hemp," "cannabis Indica," or "Hasheesh" mentioned in The House of Commons. Mr. Ladner said he was not aware that he was one of the legislators that originally incorporated marijuana into the Canadian narcotic laws." Wayne Phillips Hamilton - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.