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1CN BC: For Cannabis Crusader, Time To Call It A DaySun, 21 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Watts, Richard Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/24/2017

With major marijuana changes in the air, Ted Smith says moment is right to bow out

Ted Smith, Victoria's longtime cannabis crusader, is calling an end to his activist career.

On Saturday, the 47-year-old got together with friends in Beacon Hill Park to offer thanks, share memories and, of course, enjoy a few joints.

The time, 4:20 p.m. - once a release time from high school detentions - - was selected in remembrance of past misadventures with the rules.

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2CN BC: Pot-Shop Cash Seized Aboard Helijet FlightThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

Victoria police have seized cash that was heading to a Victoria cannabis bakery, after someone smelled marijuana coming from a piece of luggage on a Helijet flight - a sign of the marijuana industry's reliance on cash.

It was the second time in a week that suspected marijuana raised alarms on a Helijet flight. In the first case, police seized 30 pounds of marijuana.

Officers arrived at Helijet's Dallas Road terminal Tuesday night "after it was reported that there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from a package," said Victoria police spokesman Const. Matt Rutherford. No marijuana was found but an undisclosed quantity of cash was seized, because "the package where the money was found previously contained marijuana."

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3 CN BC: New Marijuana Lounge Troubles Victoria MayorWed, 27 Apr 2016
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Roth, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:91 Added:04/28/2016

It's been well over a year since Ashley Abraham began putting the wheels in motion to open a marijuana lounge in Victoria.

The young entrepreneur had noticed a growing number of people were unable to consume cannabis in their homes due to condo boards or landlords, pushing them to use the drug elsewhere.

But now Abraham has found a space for pot lovers aged 19 and older to bring their weed and socialize for a $5 fee. She didn't consult with city officials about her business plans, but maintains she's not breaking any laws.

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4CN BC: Victoria Mulls Crackdown On Marijuana BusinessesTue, 05 May 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/07/2015

City Staff Recommending Operators Be Required to Comply With Business Licensing

Victoria city staff are recommending using business licence regulations to crack down on the budding problem of firms selling medical marijuana.

In the past year, there has been an explosion of marijuana-related businesses. Storefronts selling marijuana are clearly prohibited by federal laws, says a report going to Victoria councillors Thursday.

"It's beyond frustrating," Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said of the murky waters surrounding regulation of marijuana-related businesses.

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5CN BC: Column: Smoke-In Shows Pot Users Gaining MomentumTue, 21 Apr 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/23/2015

Monday morning, flipping through the radio, came across a commercial on 92.9, the Bellingham classic rock station, reminding listeners that while marijuana might be legal in Washington state, you still can't smoke it in public, have to be at least 21 years old to use it and may not drive stoned.

Right, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Washington now, unlike B.C., where a first-time offender can expect a $1,000 fine, six months in Wilkie and a criminal record.

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6Canada: Victoria Pot-cookie Baker Readies For Challenge Of MarijuanaWed, 18 Mar 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kines, Lindsay Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:03/19/2015

Owen Smith hopes to secure right to use cannabis-containing oils, teas and lotions

The former head baker of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers' Club heads to Ottawa today in hopes of overturning Canada's medical marijuana laws and securing the right for patients to use cannabis oils, cookies, teas and lotions.

Owen Edward Smith will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday after victories at the B.C. Court of Appeal and B.C. Supreme Court.

It's the first time Canada's highest court has heard a medical marijuana case.

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7 CN BC: PUB LTE: Staff Sgt. Hunter On Medical MarijuanaThu, 12 Mar 2015
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Smith, Ted Area:British Columbia Lines:36 Added:03/12/2015

When Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter spoke to the Chamber of Commerce last month, in my opinion he made some misleading statements about a case soon to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Hunter is incorrect to say that Owen Smith argued he was licensed by the government. The exact opposite is true.

Owen has never had a licence to possess cannabis and was arrested while working for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club.

Lawyer Kirk Tousaw focused on the fact that making tea or butter from dry plant material is not legal, even for a patient with a licence.

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8 CN BC: Cookies, Ointments Decriminalized By CourtFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mui, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:08/20/2014

B.C. Court of Appeal says government must revise laws to reflects its decision

Canadian government has one year to acknowledge that those who carry marijuana - possession permits are allowed to use pot cookies, oils, gels, ointments and other forms that aren't considered "dried" herb. The order came from the B.C. Court of Appeal after a Victoria - based group successfully won a constitutional argument to have the ban on alternative forms of marijuana "declared of no force and effect."

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9CN BC: Court Backs Pot-Cookie Baker In CityFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:McCulloch, Sandra Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/16/2014

Medical Marijuana OK'd In Oil, Brownies

Patients can take their medical marijuana in oils, cookies and teas after B.C.'s highest court ruled that federal health laws limiting use to dried leaves are unconstitutional.

The B.C. Court of Appeal released its 2-1 ruling on Thursday, upholding a lower court decision in the case of Victoria resident Owen Smith, who was charged in 2009 with possession for trafficking of THC, marijuana's active compound. Smith, arrested while baking cookies for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, was also charged with possession of dried marijuana.

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10 CN BC: Marijuana Club Opens Its BooksFri, 28 Jun 2013
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Palmer, Daniel Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:07/01/2013

New federal guidelines for medicinal users punish patients, says longtime advocate

Victoria's medicinal marijuana dispensary is pulling back the curtain on its operations to argue strict new federal rules won't meet the needs of patients with cancer, AIDS and chronic pain problems.

The Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada chose to publish its operations manual on the same day Health Canada released its revised medicinal marijuana regulations last week.

The new regulations, which take effect April 1, 2014, will outlaw homegrown marijuana which will in turn drive up costs and restrict access to already-isolated patients, said Ted Smith, buyers club proprietor.

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11CN BC: New Rules Leave Medical-Pot Users FumingTue, 11 Jun 2013
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2013

It's 2 p.m. Monday and Victoria's Cannabis Buyers Club is hopping in a way that would make any retailer green as grass with envy.

Half a dozen people are lined up to buy cookies, oils, capsules, whatever. On its busiest days, this cramped little Johnson Street rabbit warren will serve 400 customers.

Off in a side room, Ron Yayahkeekoot is here not to buy, but to join a discussion on vapourizing techniques. The holder of a Health Canada medical-marijuana licence, he purchases his pot elsewhere, paying $5 a gram to a designated grower - and he worries that new rules issued by Ottawa on Monday are a step backward.

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12CN BC: Government Out Of Time To Make Medical Pot ChangesSat, 01 Jun 2013
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/02/2013

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has dismissed a Crown application asking for more time to make amendments to medical marijuana regulations.

Last year, Justice Robert Johnston struck down a section of Health Canada's Marijuana Medical Access Regulations. He ruled that the restriction to dried marijuana was unconstitutional because it breached Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Johnston's April 12, 2012, ruling meant that patients authorized to use medical marijuana could make cannabis-infused oils, sip it in their tea or bake it in their brownies.

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13 CN BC: Talking Pot And PoliticsFri, 03 May 2013
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Palmer, Daniel Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:05/06/2013

Provincial politicians need to step up and reveal their views on the legalization of marijuana, according to several B.C. advocacy groups.

Ted Smith, former head of the Victoria-based Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada, said the province needs to take action on the decriminalization of marijuana and stop deflecting responsibility onto the federal government.

"The provincial government (has always given) a lame-duck excuse that it's not their responsibility, because it's a federal law," Smith said. "But it is their responsibility, because the provinces and municipalities are paying for bad policy every day through our police departments. (The province) isn't even defending these laws at all anymore, they're just saying 'it's not our job.'"

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14 CN BC: One Win For All Cannabis-KindThu, 17 Jan 2013
Source:Monday Magazine (CN BC) Author:Pope, Danielle Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:01/17/2013

Despite historic ruling, marijuana growers now face new hurdle

A historic court decision has dropped all drug charges against the former baker of the Cannabis Buyer's Club - a win that is likely to have ramifications across the country, according to the club's lawyer. But despite the good news for marijuana advocates, a new battle has now crested the horizon.

Club baker Owen Smith was officially acquitted in the B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo on Thurs., Jan. 10. While the case is expected to head to the B.C. Court of Appeal, Smith's lawyer Kirk Tousaw is pleased with the prospect, stating that a Court of Appeal ruling affirming Thursday's decision could have a far-reaching impact.

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15 CN BC: Edu: The March For Marijuana LegalizationThu, 13 Dec 2012
Source:Martlet (CN BC Edu) Author:Banville, Karlie Area:British Columbia Lines:77 Added:12/13/2012

Pot Advocate Ted Smith Has High Hopes For The Future

Shortly after his 16th birthday, Leon (Ted) Smith smoked his first joint. He was on a family vacation in Ontario and joined his cousin and some of his cousin's friends at a rented fishing cabin. "I remember feeling quite intoxicated and being intimidated that I had to go back to supper with my parents completely out of sorts," recalls Smith in a telephone interview.

Smith was born in the farming community of Monkton, Ont. - population approximately 540. It was 1985 when Smith smoked his first joint. His parents didn't approve or partake themselves, although they had close friends who did.

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16CN ON: Marijuana Activist Pushes For ChangeMon, 26 Nov 2012
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Belfer, Ilana Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2012

'Gradually, we will win,' says B.C.'S Ted Smith

Riding the wave of what some are calling a "cannabis spring," B.C. marijuana activist Ted Smith brought his "Hempology 101" convention to the Ottawa Public Library's central branch Sunday.

Smith, on his first tour beyond his home province, where he has held similar events for a dozen years, said successful legalization votes in the states of Colorado and Washington have given new energy to the cause.

"There's a certain momentum happening that has never occurred before," he said.

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17 CN ON: Hempology Movement Aims To Nationalize With Ottawa ConventionFri, 23 Nov 2012
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Haroutounian, Rosanna Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:11/25/2012

Pot activist Ted Smith's attempt to nationalize the Hempology movement may be stalled when he brings his Cannabis Convention to Ottawa on Sunday.

Smith, author of Hempology 101, began his conventions in B.C., where he gives public lectures at the University of Victoria.

Smith said he wanted to hold the conference at Carleton University, but was unable to co-ordinate with the Ontario Public Research Interest Group (OPIRG) at the university.

"It was quite frustrating that none of them were willing to help us get hempology up and running," said Ted. "Unfortunately, they may have the perception that I'm out trying to sell the book and they don't want to have their club used for some kind of commercial endeavour."

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18 CN BC: PUB LTE: Prescription Pot Too Expensive As IsWed, 19 Sep 2012
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Nordquist, Stephen Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:09/23/2012

My physician has filled out the forms to prescribe me medical marijuana - I need cannabis to help me eat because of the side effects from medication I take twice a day.

There is no tax on prescriptions in Canada. I should not be paying HST, which is now being charged at Ted Smith's Cannabis buyers club. All my prescriptions are covered because I am on disability - except medical marijuana which is now $11.20 a gram. I already can not afford to buy it, not even close. Not everyone has a place to grow, or someone to grow for them. What good is medical marijuana if I can not afford to purchase it?

Stephen Nordquist

Victoria

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19CN BC: Pot-Club Operator Is Happy To Pay TaxesTue, 18 Sep 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Leyne, Les Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2012

Ted Smith is the happiest new taxpayer you can imagine. The longtime marijuana advocate was only too happy to go public recently with news that the Canada Revenue Agency has sent him a demand note for about $150,000 in back taxes.

That's based on just the last few months of operation of the long-running pot-buying club Smith runs for the benefit of people with various medical afflictions.

"In many ways this is a wonderful thing that's happened," he told reporters at a news conference. "Paying taxes - has been my dream since the beginning," he said.

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20 CN BC: Editorial: Marijuana Tax Fiasco No JokeTue, 18 Sep 2012
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:51 Added:09/19/2012

When a club that sells medical marijuana owes $150,000 in income taxes, stoner jokes aren't far behind.

But for the thousands of people who use marijuana to ease chronic pain from illness and side effects of legal medication, it's no laughing matter.

Leon "Ted" Smith and his Victoria-based Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada has sold marijuana products for 16 years to thousands of people who can prove they have certain permanent diseases or chronic ailment.

Smith admits in the media and on his website that he's avoided paying taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency for years.

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21 CN BC: Doobie-ous Tax Bill Mellows Victoria Marijuana ClubWed, 12 Sep 2012
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Palmer, Daniel Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:09/14/2012

Canada Revenue Hits Provider With $150,000 Bill

A Victoria medicinal marijuana club is being forced to pay $150,000 in backdated taxes on its estimated $2.5 million in annual sales.

Canada Revenue Agency began investigating the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada and owner Ted Smith in early May, after he admitted in a B.C. Supreme Court case that he had not been paying taxes or employee deductions.

"Honestly, I'm just happy I'm not going to jail," said Smith, who has operated the club for 16 years in Victoria.

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22 CN BC: Editorial: Tax On Medical Pot No Joke For UsersWed, 12 Sep 2012
Source:Oak Bay News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:09/14/2012

When a club that sells medical marijuana completely spaces out on paying $150,000 in income taxes, stoner jokes aren't far behind.

But for the thousands of people who use marijuana to ease chronic pain from illness and side effects of legal medication, the possibility of losing ready access to medical pot doesn't bring out the giggles.

Leon "Ted" Smith and his Victoria-based Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada has sold marijuana products for 16 years to thousands of people who can prove they have certain permanent diseases or chronic ailment.

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23 CN BC: Medical Marijuana Club Hit With Whopping Tax BillWed, 12 Sep 2012
Source:Peninsula News Review (CN BC) Author:Palmer, Daniel Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:09/14/2012

Club Founder Out of Pocket for Bill

A Victoria medicinal marijuana club is being forced to pay $150,000 in backdated taxes on its estimated $2.5 million in annual sales.

Canada Revenue Agency began investigating the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada and owner Ted Smith in early May, after he admitted in a B.C. Supreme Court case that he had not been paying taxes or employee deductions.

"Honestly, I'm just happy I'm not going to jail," said Smith, who has operated the club for 16 years in Victoria.

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24 CN BC: Doobie-Ous Tax Bill Mellows Out Marijuana ClubWed, 12 Sep 2012
Source:Oak Bay News (CN BC) Author:Palmer, Daniel Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:09/14/2012

Canada Revenue Hits Medical Marijuana Provider With $150,000 Hst Bill

A Victoria medicinal marijuana club is being forced to pay $150,000 in backdated taxes on its estimated $2.5 million in annual sales.

Canada Revenue Agency began investigating the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada and owner Ted Smith in early May, after he admitted in a B.C. Supreme Court case that he had not been paying taxes or employee deductions.

"Honestly, I'm just happy I'm not going to jail," said Smith, who has operated the club for 16 years in Victoria.

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25CN BC: $147,000 Tax Bill for Medical-Marijuana ClubSat, 08 Sep 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bell, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/09/2012

Leader Hopes to Foot Bill Himself

The tax man has come knocking at the door of the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, and its founder said there will be full compliance from the organization.

Ted Smith, who has run the club for more than 16 years, said it now has a tax bill of more than $147,000 from the Canada Revenue Agency for unpaid HST in the first six months of this year.

"We started to collect HST here in the store around July 28. So, for over a month now, we've actually been giving out receipts and collecting HST that we are going to remit to the government."

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26CN BC: Cool, Wet Spring Also Takes Its Toll On Pot ProductionTue, 07 Aug 2012
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Wells, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/08/2012

Cool weather, stricter amendments to Canada's criminal code and dropping prices have slowed down the outdoor production of marijuana on Vancouver Island this year.

According to data compiled by the RCMP, B.C. produced the most amount of marijuana plants per grow-op, with an average of 918 plants.

While police could not comment, people involved in the industry say this has been the third dismal production year in a row.

"A lot of plants went out early," said Ted Smith, who teaches a free Hempology 101 course and recently published a textbook on the history of hemp. "It wasn't until July that it really got warm."

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27 CN ON: Ted's Excellent Adventure, Pot 1Tue, 24 Jul 2012
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Hicks, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:139 Added:07/26/2012

CAMBRIDGE - Ted Smith sat under a shade tree across from his old high school and lit up a joint.

An abandoned future appeared in the wisps of smoke as the 43-year-old cannabis crusader and hemp historian gazed through the haze drifting across Dando Avenue.

Was that really him 25 years ago?

The valedictorian of Galt Collegiate Institute's Class of 1987?

Chess club captain? Rugby team captain? Math and accounting whiz ready to ride the forever-rising tide of Reaganomics into unlimited entrepreneurial vistas?

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28 CN BC: Is Hemp The Future Of Cowichan Agriculture?Fri, 01 Jun 2012
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC) Author:Simpson, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:148 Added:06/01/2012

Hemp different from smokeable cannabis, both tangled in government regulation difficult for farmers

Ted Smith has long argued that marijuana production should be a legal industry, with cultivation regulated, instead of hindered, by the government.

The Victoria-based president of the International Hempology 101 Society and publisher of Cannabis Digest is one of many, from government officials to noted academics, who believe the time has come for a change in the way society views the plant.

In 2008, B.C. Business magazine placed the province's marijuana industry in second place for its contribution to the B.C. gross domestic product.

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29CN BC: Hundreds Inhale At Pot GatheringSat, 21 Apr 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/23/2012

It was a ganja get-together.

More than 1,000 people gathered in Centennial Square Friday to protest Canada's marijuana laws and attend 4/20, an annual celebration of cannabis culture.

Hundreds of teenagers, many as young as 13 and 14, sat in circles at the foot of the huge tree in Centennial Square, passing joints - but would not comment on why they think marijuana should be legalized.

A grinning Ted Smith, proprietor of the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, wasn't so shy. Smith said he'd been smoking all day and felt awesome.

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30CN BC: Medical Pot Users Can Have It In Tea And BrowniesSat, 14 Apr 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/14/2012

Restriction to Dried Marijuana Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

People authorized to use medical marijuana can bake it in brownies and drink it in their tea, not just smoke it in dried form, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Justice Robert Johnston concluded that the restriction to dried marijuana in Health Canada's Marijuana Medical Access Regulations is unconstitutional because it breaches Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On April 27, Johnston will hear arguments on how and when the amendments to the regulations go into effect. The Crown will ask the judge to suspend implementation of his decision for one year, said federal prosecutor Peter Eccles.

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31CN BC: VIU Hempology Club Says It Aims To Dispel MythsMon, 19 Mar 2012
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Cordery, Walter Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/20/2012

Members of Vancouver Island University's Hempology 101 club held a symposium Sunday to explain the medicinal and other benefits of hemp.

The purpose of the second Cannabis Convention at VIU was to try to educate the public about misinformation the club believes is disseminated to the public.

VIU hempology club president Amie Gravell said many people think of hemp, or cannabis, as something that people use recreationally or medicinally. She would like the public to know of the natural benefits hemp offers.

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32 CN BC: Pot Prohibition Among Topics At Cannabis ForumThu, 15 Mar 2012
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Hamlyn, Chris Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:03/18/2012

There might not be a better time for a cannabis convention.

With calls for the legalization of marijuana from former B.C. attorneys general, former Vancouver mayors, current Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and B.C. health officials making headlines, it's a good time to get the issues out the public.

The Cannabis Convention, organized by the International Hempology 101 Society and Vancouver Island University's Hempology 101 Club, takes place Sunday (March 18) from 1-4 p.m. in Bldg. 200, Rm. 203 at VIU.

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33 CN NS: Is Medical Marijuana Going To Pot?Thu, 01 Mar 2012
Source:Coast, The (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:371 Added:03/02/2012

With Health Canada rolling out more restrictive rules and Stephen Harper fighting pro-weed legal judgements, local MMJ users fear the system is going up in smoke.

In an early-'90s Civic we drive eastward, away from the Halifax-Dartmouth sprawl, toward the tiny hamlets and villages that tuck themselves into the myriad bays and coves of the eastern shore. In the car the conversation flits quickly from topic to topic, like some conspiratorially minded hummingbird, and runs the gamut of water-cooler fringe-news talk. A speech on the dangers of fluoride in the water leads to a dissertation on chem trails, which effortlessly flows into an account of the real story behind 9/11. The only way through it is to allow each topic to run its course, and then gently, calmly, try to ease the derailed interview back onto track. I want to know about cannabis: medical-grade, Health Canada-approved marijuana, to be precise. Jes James, co-founder of The Halifax Compassionate Club, with whom I am now delivering an indeterminate quantity of medical marijuana to as many patients as we can schedule in the day, is my tour guide.

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34CN BC: Mayor's Letter To Minister Becomes Evidence In Pot TrialWed, 18 Jan 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2012

In March 2006, former Victoria mayor Alan Lowe wrote to Tony Clement, then federal health minister, asking him to immediately review Canada's medical marijuana regulations "to determine where improvements can be made to ensure a better quality of life for those Canadians in need of medical assistance."

The letter, written on behalf of Victoria city council, was entered as evidence Tuesday at the trial of Owen Smith, head baker for the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada (CBCC).

Smith, 29, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana, and unlawful possession of marijuana on Dec. 3, 2009.

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35CN BC: Court Urged To Snuff Out Medical Pot Access RulesTue, 17 Jan 2012
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2012

Ex-Baker For Cannabis Buyers' Club Launches Constitutional Challenge

A Victoria man who was the head baker for the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada has started a constitutional challenge against Health Canada's medical marijuana access regulations.

Owen Edward Smith, 29, was charged on Dec. 3, 2009, with possession for the purpose of trafficking THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana. He is also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Smith was charged two years ago after the manager of the Chelsea apartments on View Street complained to police about a strong, offensive smell wafting through the building. Police arrested Smith and obtained a search warrant.

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36 CN BC: Edu: Can 'Magic' Mushrooms Have Therapeutic Value?Thu, 14 Jul 2011
Source:Martlet (CN BC Edu) Author:Laing, Tyler Area:British Columbia Lines:110 Added:07/17/2011

For many people, eating "magic" mushrooms can mean an eye-dilated night out in the wild. Sometimes the wild they roam is outdoors -- Mystic Vale, perhaps, or Mount Doug. Often that wild is internal, a psychological journey of uncertain destinations. But of the numerous reasons why people ingest "magic" mushrooms, improved psychological health isn't usually high on the list. Until now, perhaps.

Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, lead by Dr. Roland Griffiths, recently conducted a five-month study in which 18 participants ingested carefully calculated doses of psilocybin, the psychoactive constituent in hallucinogenic mushrooms. The results, published online on June 15 in the journal Psychopharmacology, suggest that an ideal dosage of psilocybin can positively affect an individual's attitude, mood and behaviour.

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37 CN BC: Police Start Crackdown On Outdoor Pot Grow-OpsFri, 27 Aug 2010
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:08/31/2010

Police across Vancouver Island have begun their annual hunt for outdoor marijuana crops, which involves the use of military helicopters to weed out the illegal gardens.

Although the RCMP says it locates grow-ops year round, police normally step up their efforts in late summer when the plants are budding and may soon be harvested. An RCMP helicopter and two Sea King helicopters will be involved in the crackdown, which usually lasts a couple of weeks, said Comox RCMP Const. Tammy Douglas.

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38 CN BC: Cannabis For Health Forum Here SundayTue, 20 Apr 2010
Source:Comox Valley Echo (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:04/23/2010

The North Island Compassion Club (NICC) is holding a Cannabis for Health Forum on Sunday April 25, 1-4 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Admission by donation (CDN$ and cw$) or free.

Presenters include Ted Smith and Gayle Qin from the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada, based in Victoria; Mik Mann, a licensed grower and Marijuana Access Regulations Advocate; a panel of NICC members; and plenty of time for questions and discussion.

According to the Canadian Government website, "Health Canada grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses" such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS. Since the program covers fewer than 4,000 people in Canada, many use compassion clubs and friends to secure good, clean cannabis.

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39 CN BC: Forum Aims To Provide Pot PerspectiveThu, 25 Mar 2010
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Stern, Rachel Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:03/24/2010

Nanaimo's Hempology 101 Club wants to offer some perspective on the controversial debate over the use and legalization of marijuana during an upcoming Cannabis Convention.

The Vancouver Island University club, an activist group working within the legal system to change the laws regarding cannabis use, is hosting its first Cannabis Convention Sunday (March 28).

The focus is education and organizers emphasize the convention isn't a smoking event.

The main theme is the medical use of marijuana and how it's being distributed in Canada. People will also receive information about the cannabis movement and why marijuana is banned in Canada.

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40 CN BC: Marijuana Fans Will Unite At VIU This WeekendWed, 24 Mar 2010
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Bell, Danielle Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:03/24/2010

Education, not a 'pot-smoking festival,' is focus of inuagural event, say organizers

Nanaimo will host its first Cannabis Convention at Vancouver Island University on Sunday but organizers say it is not a marijuana-smoking festival.

The convention is an educational and networking event with a heavy focus on medical marijuana issues, say organizers, who stress that people will be discouraged from smoking pot on campus.

VIU communications were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday but a spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the convention is a student-led and organized event. Police, who are also aware of the event and are working with VIU security, said they will attend if complaints occur.

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41 CN BC: Edu: Marijuana Masses Meet At VIC Cannabis ConventionThu, 04 Mar 2010
Source:Martlet (CN BC Edu) Author:Dean, Bruce Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:03/07/2010

The smell of sweet skunk and sounds of cannabis coughing were tell-tale clues for the location of the 11th-annual Victoria Cannabis Convention.

Many members of Victoria's cannabis community gathered this past Sunday, Feb. 28, in UVic's David Strong Building, to celebrate and educate people about marijuana's benefits.

The event was hosted by Hempology 101, a non-profit society that looks to educate the public on marijuana's medicinal, industrial, environmental and social benefits. The society gathered a who's-who of marijuana activists to speak on issues confronting the marijuana community, marijuana's history and new opportunities and products from this plant.

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42 CN BC: Marijuana 'Baker' Hoping For A Day In CourtSun, 06 Dec 2009
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Hatherly, Joanne Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:12/07/2009

Pot Activist Admits His Kitchen Isn't Authorized By Health Canada

A Victoria marijuana advocate is ready for a court fight, but he may not get one.

An apartment-based marijuana "bakery" that was raided by police on Thursday is linked to the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada (CBCC), founded by marijuana advocate Ted Smith. Whether charges will be laid, and who would face those charges, might depend on whether the apartment is licensed by Health Canada.

Smith said the apartment's kitchen was used to bake cookies, edible products, and produce skin products with marijuana as an ingredient, which are then sold at Smith's 828 Johnston St. office. He confirmed that he does not have Health Canada authorization, saying that Health Canada licenses only marijuana cultivation.

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43 CN BC: Trapped Between Sickness and the LawFri, 27 Nov 2009
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Hill, Edward Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:11/29/2009

A Langford Man Busted for What He Calls a Medical Marijuana Grow-Op

It can be tough growing a bit of personal pot in Langford.

In October, Kevin Wilde found himself facing criminal charges, having his rental house sealed by Langford's building inspector and facing thousands in bills from the City, all for what he says were a few marijuana plants to control pain for his chronic kidney disease.

His attached garage held about 48 plants in various states of growth, Wilde said, for about five weeks before the West Shore RCMP came knocking. Now his landlord is facing about $5,000 in costs to bring the house back up to code and for RCMP officer and Langford municipal staff time.

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44 CN BC: PUB LTE: The Pot And The KettleThu, 05 Nov 2009
Source:Monday Magazine (CN BC) Author:Tousaw, Kirk Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:11/07/2009

Re: Letters, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

I'm proud to say that I've known and worked with Philippe Lucas for years, fighting to bring compassion and justice to Canada's medical cannabis system. I represented Mr. Beren in the constitutional challenge and, after reading Ted Smith's attacks against Philippe felt the need to set the record straight.

The VICS membership model and procedures were the subject of, literally, days of cross-examination in the Beren case. Pressed by the Crown, Mr. Lucas spent hours outlining, in excruciating detail, the lengths to which the VICS went to ensure that all of its members had legitimate, physician-supported medical need. Perhaps Mr. Smith thinks this is conservative; he's entitled to his opinion. I call it prudent. And when the dust settled, I think we convinced the court that the VICS and Mr. Beren's motives were pure. That matters.

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45 CN BC: PUB LTE: The Pot And The KettleThu, 05 Nov 2009
Source:Monday Magazine (CN BC) Author:Raycroft, Nancy Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:11/07/2009

Re: Letters, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

I have been a member of both Ted Smith's Cannabis Buyers Club and Phillipe Lucas' Vancouver Island Compassion Society for about nine years. I am grateful to these men and the work they do, and while both clubs are working towards a common goal which I fully support (safe and legal access to marijuana), I only "shop" at the VICS.

As Smith's letter stated, no doctor's recommendation is required to join his club. Lucas has a far more professional approach; VICS members all have legitimate medical conditions and their doctor's support regarding medical use of marijuana. Smith is a media hound and I applaud his in-your-face tactics: from distributing free pot cookies to regular public smoke-ins, he has done a great job keeping marijuana a hot topic. Lucas and VICS have also been covered by the media, but the focus tends to be on the advancements in medical marijuana research to which the club is committed, or the legal and political obstacles facing medicinal pot users.

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46 CN BC: Island Pot Harvest This Year 'Best Ever'Tue, 13 Oct 2009
Source:Comox Valley Echo (CN BC) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:10/13/2009

This was the "best year ever" for outdoor marijuana crops on Vancouver Island, with both growers and Mounties hauling tens of thousands of plants out of the forests.

Although the west coast doesn't always provide the sunny, dry growing conditions that pot plants crave, the Island has historically been home to more outdoor marijuana farmers than other parts of the province.

This season both police and growers are crediting a warmer, drier summer for their respective bounties of bush bud.

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47 CN BC: Bumper Pot Crop In B CSat, 10 Oct 2009
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:10/11/2009

Huge Hauls Reported On Vancouver Island

This was the "best year ever" for outdoor marijuana crops on Vancouver Island, with both growers and Mounties hauling tens of thousands of plants out of the forests.

Although the West Coast doesn't always provide the sunny, dry growing conditions that pot plants crave, the Island has historically been home to more outdoor marijuana farmers than other parts of B. C. This season both police and growers credit a warmer, drier summer for their respective bounties of bush bud.

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48 CN BC: Warmer, Drier Summer Brings Bumper Marijuana HarvestSat, 10 Oct 2009
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:77 Added:10/10/2009

RCMP Gets Better At Spotting Outdoor Growing Areas From The Air

This was possibly the "best year ever" for outdoor marijuana crops on Vancouver Island, with both growers and Mounties hauling tens of thousands of plants out of the forests.

Although the West Coast doesn't always provide the sunny, dry growing conditions that pot plants crave, the Island has historically been home to more outdoor marijuana farmers than other parts of British Columbia.

This season both police and growers credit a warmer, drier summer for their respective bounties of bush bud.

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49 CN BC: Island Pot Harvest 'Best Ever'Fri, 09 Oct 2009
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:10/09/2009

This was the "best year ever" for outdoor marijuana crops on Vancouver Island, with both growers and Mounties hauling tens of thousands of plants out of the forests.

Although the west coast doesn't always provide the sunny, dry growing conditions that pot plants crave, the Island has historically been home to more outdoor marijuana farmers than other parts of the province.

This season both police and growers are crediting a warmer, drier summer for their respective bounties of bush bud.

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50 CN BC: The Green SeasonSat, 20 Jun 2009
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Walker, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:167 Added:06/20/2009

Ideal weather, forestry layoffs and a crackdown on indoor marijuna-growing operations may motivate more people to plant crops deep within the woods of Vancouver Island this spring, say those connected to B.C.'s pot industry.

The dry, warm weather the Island has seen over the past few weeks is exactly what the sunshine-craving plants need to thrive, according to Victoria's Ted Smith who teaches a free Hempology 101 course.

He's heard outdoor crops are increasing and "the plants are doing pretty well already."

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