Pubdate: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
Source: Banner, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2009 The Orangeville Banner
Author: Michael J. Dee


Dear editor,

Marc Emery, the Prince of Pot, has never claimed the marijuana laws 
are unreasonable laws that violate his fundamental rights. He has 
never claimed that he has been deprived of his liberty.

He has never claimed that these criminal laws cannot be demonstrably justified:

- - The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights 
and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits 
prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and 
democratic society.

- - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person 
and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with 
the principles of fundamental justice.

- - Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.

It appears that society has been led by the judiciary to believe that 
it is reasonable to seize marijuana because it is illegal. The 
charter says reasonable limits, which means reasonable laws that 
authorize the seizure of this property and your person.

The Prince of Pot has not claimed the private use of marijuana, like 
alcohol, does not threaten the rights of others. Criminal laws are to 
protect you from me and me from you.

But both Canadian and American judiciary claim these laws are 
rational. The courts claim the enforcement of criminal laws do not 
affect individual rights to liberty and property. So what happened to 
the rule of law?

Michael J. Dee
Maine, U.S.A. 
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