OTTAWA — A medical marijuana user lit up a joint in the House of Commons Monday to draw attention to what he calls unfair rules set by Health Canada.
Samuel Mellace, who lives in Abbotsford, B.C., is a licensed pot user under the federal government's medical marijuana program. He started smoking a joint Monday afternoon while in the public gallery of the House of Commons as the daily question period came to an end. Mellace took a few drags on the joint before a security guard asked him to put it out and leave the gallery, which he did without incident.
At a news conference on Parliament Hill a short time later, Mellace said he didn't think it was wrong for him to take his medication in the House of Commons.
His complaints about the government's medical marijuana program are twofold: delays in processing applications for licences and restrictions on how medical marijuana can be used.
Mellace wants licensed users to be able to use their legal marijuana in creams or food, something that is prohibited by Health Canada's regulations.
"Smoking marijuana is not the only way," Mellace said. "There's other methods, there's people that cannot smoke it."
His wife is one of those people, he said; she has lung cancer and can't inhale her marijuana medication. Mellace's company, New Age Medical Solutions, makes products that contain marijuana extracts, including a hand lotion and a butter that can be used in baking and cooking.
The smoothies Mellace makes for his wife with the marijuana extracts are technically illegal. Health Canada rules stipulate that licensed users can only possess dried marijuana for medical purposes and that it cannot be processed into another substance. Doing so contravenes the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations and means the byproducts are controlled substances under federal drug laws.
"Any activities that fall outside of the MMAR is an enforcement issue and falls under the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies," Health Canada said in an emailed response to questions from Postmedia.
Health Canada does acknowledge there is a backlog in processing applications for licenses, which Mellace and other users at Monday's news conference said is punishing patients.
If their licence expires before it is renewed, they say they risk either being caught and charged with drug offences or living in pain while they wait for a new licence, sometimes for months.
"Health Canada is currently experiencing a temporary delay in processing applications, due to a sharp rise in the number of applications received in recent months," the department said. It aims to process applications within eight to 10 weeks and says it has implemented a strategy to improve waiting times that is already working.
By calling her a “Nobel laureate” (in the headline, no less) AP gives her respectability. But anyone who takes the trouble to read well into this report, discovers that she has the audacity to compare “the Jewish state’s reported nuclear arsenal to Hitler’s gas chambers.” Comparing Israel to the Nazi-regime falls under the European definition of anti-Semitism. She is an ordinary Jew-hater, that you put on as a respectable person.
She shows more signs of pathological hatred for the Jewish people by accusing the Jewish state of “apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.” What does AP do with this? It quotes it verbatim and doesn’t explain that Israel is a parliamentarian democracy with Arabs represented and representing the state at all levels of society, so no apartheid state. And if anyone tries to cleanse any group it are those that want to remove Jews from the West Bank. To falsely accuse Jews of being genocidal is the biggest & most tasteless chutzpah.
But this is not all by far. The above comes just from the information AP provides. But when we turn to the Left-wing Israeli daily Haaretz we found out that AP omitted that the Court had rejected her petition not because it was not sympathetic to this Irish bigot. Rather, she had sidestepped the normal procedure to obtain permission to enter and took the law into her own hands. And then the Court recommended through leniency that she would get a two-day entry permit, but the state rejected that compromise. As usual with Israel by AP, Israel is portrayed as the aggressor and the real aggressor is depicted as a victim.
Last but not least, this smiling monster is not just an Israel critic or a Jew hater. She has actively participated in endangering the lives of ordinary citizens by participating in braking the defensive blockade of Gaza. Israel has not just the right but also the duty to protect its inhabitants against the infiltration of dangerous individuals. That is more important than stopping her from spreading her hateful propaganda and encouraging other liars and hate mongers. Israeli democracy has no trouble with extremist opinions. But extremist activists are a different ballgame.
The straight-shooting legal reporter of the well-respected Right-wing Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post makes known that Supreme Court President Dorit Benisch made it clear that she did not believe the contestant’s claim that she did not know about the deportation order issued against her in 2009 and 2010, each for 10 years, and believes that she did not come to Israel in good faith or with “friendly intentions.” She added that we should not think that they would cast doubt on Israel’s sovereignty “because of this woman.” This truth and the conciliatory recommendation to admit her anyway would have hurt the image of this would-be infiltrator so AP left this out.
Once again around Israel, AP has chosen the side of anti-democrats and Israel-haters. It only had to lie and slander to get there – a bargain.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld a deportation order against an Irish Nobel peace laureate who has taken up the Palestinian cause, clearing the way for her expulsion, a court official said. Israel banned Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 66, from entering the country because of her attempt to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza aboard a ship in June. A lower court upheld the deportation order Friday, and she appealed to Israel’s highest judicial body. Court spokeswoman Ayalet Filo said late Monday that the Supreme Court rejected her appeal. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabin Hadad said Maguire was taken to Israel’s airport and would be put on the first available flight out.
She won the peace prize in 1976 for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, but has since turned most of her attention to the Palestinian cause.
Maguire was detained last Tuesday after landing at the airport in Tel Aviv on her way to meet Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.
During Monday’s Supreme Court hearing, Maguire called on Israel to cease what she called its “apartheid” policy against the Palestinian people.
“This is no place for propaganda,” Justice Asher Grunis retorted and cut her off. The session ended soon thereafter.
The government opposed a court-proposed compromise that Maguire be allowed to join the delegation for two days and then leave.
Maguire’s lawyers said they expect her to be deported, a decision that could further tarnish Israel’s image abroad. Interior Ministry officials say Maguire knew she would not be allowed into the country but sought to provoke an incident.
The legal dispute has been prompted by a controversial resolution passed at the Methodist Conference which called for a boycott of some Israeli goods. If the legal action is successful, it would likely bring to an end all similar campaigns that boycott Israeli goods and services. David Hallam, who preaches in Methodist churches around Birmingham, has accused his own church of wasting funds to pursue a vendetta against Israel. There are no Methodist churches in either Israel or the Occupied Territories. Mr Hallam, 62, a former labour MEP, said: "What I object to is money which I am putting on the collection plate on a Sunday being used to fund a political campaign against the Jewish state. This is both discriminatory and a misuse of a charity's funds. "The Methodist Church seems to think it has a God given right to tell Jews how to run their affairs. It is very disturbing we are getting involved in a territory where we don't have any members or churches." Mr Hallam has recruited Paul Diamond, a barrister with expertise in human rights law and religious law, to bring the case. Mr Diamond will argue that the Methodist resolution passed in the summer is in breach of European human rights law and a wide-ranging European Union directive on racism. By singling out Israel, rather than other countries with often worse human rights records, Mr Diamond will claim the church is being deliberately prejudiced against the Jewish state. Last week the Methodist Church defended the resolution, pointing out the boycott was only of goods made in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. The church said the stance was supported by Palestinian Christians and denied any suggestion the move was racist or discriminatory against Jews. A Methodist spokesman said: "The report was debated and received by the annual Methodist Conference, which is the governing body of the Church and is democratic and representative of the whole Church, and which voted for each resolution. The spokesman added;: "As Christians, we take from the parable of the Good Samaritan and the life of Jesus that we cannot turn our back on injustice just because it is not geographically near to us." The resolution so angered the Board of Deputies, the organisation that represents British Jewry, that it broke off all contact with the leadership of the Methodist Church. The Board issued a statement at the time suggesting that the Methodist church should "hang its head in shame".
Lest you delude yourselves that the PLO has any intention of ever making peace with Israel....PLO executive committee member Muhammad Zuhdi Al-Nashashibi, who resides in Jordan, told the online newspaper Al-Mustaqbal Al-Arabi that he plans to found an Arab body that will defend the right of the Palestinian people to defend itself with arms against the occupation, in accordance with the UN Charter and the laws which permit this. He attacked PA President Mahmoud 'Abbas for disarming the resistance and dismantling its infrastructures as part of the Road Map, when Israel is not putting a halt to its settlement activity.If the name Nashashibi doesn't ring a bell to most of you, go here. It's one of the most prominent 'Palestinian' clans, and it traces its ancestry in Israel back for hundreds of years (I cannot verify whether that is true). Think of them like the better-known Husseinis.
Al-Nashashibi added that he will urge Arab attorneys to take legal steps to restore Arab real estate in West Jerusalem to its former owners, based on documents from before 1948, in an attempt to elicit court rulings similar to those issued to Jews regarding real estate in East Jerusalem, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
this is who Obama is going to force Israel to cooperate with
"During my recent visit to the US I learned that Washington is planning to force a permanent agreement on Israel – two states for two peoples along the 1967 borders, plus-minus 3 or 4% of the territory exchanged," Lieberman said. "This is the objective of a continued freeze – to give the US and the international community two months to come up with a solution that will be forced on Israel."
According to the FM, in two months' time "The US, along with the Quartet, the Arab League and the Palestinians will tell Israel, 'This is the solution, take it or leave it. If you don't, there is a price – a confrontation with the international community'. Therefore, we must not quit the coalition. It's the only way to solidify a majority against the freeze, which is a decoy."
during the election Samantha Powers was said to not represent the opinions of Obama.... do you still believe this?
Iranian president says "may the undertaker bury you, your table and your body, which has soiled the world," in language reserved for enemies.
A new book published in Norway details, for the first time, how Norwegian UN soldiers helped a pair of Lebanese terrorists to escape from Israeli-controlled territory. The book describes their illegal action in glowing, heroic terms:
At the time, the two escapees " declined to talk about any guerrilla activity they had been engaged in before their capture." But they clearly didn't deny it.
The international UNIFIL management learned of the smuggling operation in the final phase - when Haukland and his men needed help to arrange the handover.
The Turkish political adviser who was contacted, first became irritated and felt the Norwegians should "turn your head, look the other way and let the prisoners take care of itselfthemselves."
- You Norwegians always have to be so good, he said, according to those who talked with him at the time.
But he also realized that the operation had gone too far and agreed to arrange the handover. The incident was never officially reported.
Oct 4 (Reuters) - Judges adjourned the trial of Dutch anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders on Monday until Tuesday to decide on concerns raised by Wilder’s defence about the impartiality of the judges.
Wilders is on trial for inciting hate, but invoked his right to silence on Monday, prompting the presiding judge to say it appeared he was again trying to avoid discussion about his views, sparking concerns for an unfair process from his lawyer. (Editing by Charles Dick)
Mr Wilders is charged with inciting hate and discrimination against Muslims in comments he made in the media and for insulting Muslims by comparing the Islamic faith to Nazism.“With me, the freedom of speech of many, many Dutchmen is on trial,” Mr Wilders told Presiding Judge Jan Moors
Trial of Dutch MP adjournedJudges have adjourned the trial of Dutch anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders because of concerns
raised by his defence about their impartiality.
Mr Wilders is on trial for inciting hatred against Muslims, but he invoked his right to silence today, prompting the presiding judge to say it appeared he was again trying to avoid discussion about his views sparking concerns from his lawyer. (More from Irishtimes)
Video thanks to PI, in German: Wilders Prozess 4.10.2010 (the narration is hateful, derisive and full of bile)
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