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Rick Simpson said "No!" to offer of absolute discharge

Rick Simpson said "No!" to offer of absolute discharge.

On Mission Unstoppable Coach Frankie Picasso interviewed Rick. Sep 30, 2008

Amherst, Nova Scotia - March 17, 2008

AMHERST - Rickey Logan Simpson has twice been convicted of drug charges and has twice been a free man the same day as his sentencing. Simpson, who believes he has the cure for ailments such as cancer with hemp oil, entered a guilty plea Monday afternoon to one charge of trafficking, a charge that was laid while he awaited sentencing on other, similar, drug charges. He was sentenced to eight days in custody, time deemed served by his remand time, and given a lifetime firearms prohibition. "In this case, it's entirely clear that Mr. Simpson took a risk, probably a calculated risk, while awaiting sentencing and ran the risk of finding himself in the situation he finds himself in today," said Judge Carole Beaton in delivering her charge. "Because the risk was a calculated one and given the timing of this incident, clearly custody is warranted, but at what quantity." On Nov. 30, Simpson was arrested as he left the courthouse on Victoria Street where he was appearing for a sentencing hearing on one count each of possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis, possession of less than three kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol for the purpose of trafficking and unlawful production of cannabis marijuana. When he was taken into custody, he was remanded for four days. After hearing Simpson plead guilty, Crown attorney Monica McQueen recommended a sentence of 30 days custody be imposed, as well as a lifetime firearms prohibition. McQueen asked the courts to consider the timing of the event in relation to the others, referring to the pending sentence. "The timing also occurs soon after the preparation of the pre-sentence report and I suggest the activity of attending for the interview should have brought forward the seriousness of the events Mr. Simpson has been in previously," said McQueen. "The Crown acknowledges that the motivation was not a profit-minded motivation. At the time of the sentencing, Mr. Simpson was in the position of a first time (drug) offender, but this has very different circumstances - this is his second offense." After being appointed to the Supreme Court, Simpson's original lawyer, Duncan Beverage, had to step down. Representing Simpson Monday was Elizabeth Buckle. "Because of Mr. Simpson's guilty plea, he acknowledges that he broke the law," said Buckle. "Mr. Simpson is an unusual offender...he had never hidden from the police what he did." In her recommendation, Buckle noted the four days spent in custody when Simpson was arrested, which would be considered eight days in the courts. "The sentence he has already served is fit and proper, and if an additional sentence be needed, then it should be a fine."
(rtetanish@amherstdaily.com)

AMHERST - A Maccan-area man who says his hemp oil cures cancer was sentenced Monday to eight days in jail after he pleaded guilty in provincial court to trafficking the drug. But Ricky Simpson, 58, won't spend any time behind bars because Judge Carole Beaton said the time he spent in custody after his November arrest was enough of a deterrent. "If he and others do not get the message, after spending the equivalent of eight days in jail, that trafficking is against the law, I'm doubtful that adding 20 more days as suggested by the Crown would be any more of a deterrent," Judge Beaton said Monday as she sentenced Mr. Simpson on one charge of trafficking marijuana oil. Outside court after his sentencing, Mr. Simpson reiterated his intention to leave Canada. He said he can't live in a country that persecutes and prosecutes him for believing that marijuana is a miracle cure. "I'm heading for South America," he said. "I'm looking at moving to either Ecuador, Peru or Brazil. Those are countries where the government won't prosecute me and where I can be free to make the (marijuana) medication I require." He said he will move as soon as he can sell his two properties. The trafficking charge was laid after a woman complained to Amherst police that Mr. Simpson had dropped off a syringe full of hemp oil at her home and asked her to give it to a relative who was using the drug for medicinal purposes. The syringe was found to contain about five millilitres of marijuana oil, the equivalent of a teaspoon. His arrest came as he was awaiting sentencing on earlier charges of producing marijuana and possessing less than three kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol for the purpose of trafficking. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main active ingredient in marijuana. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury found Mr. Simpson guilty of those charges in September and Justice Felix Cacchione sentenced him in February to a $2,000 fine and one day in jail, considered served by his appearance in court that day. Mr. Simpson maintained during his Supreme Court trial that he grew the marijuana on his property and turned it into hemp oil to give to more than 300 patients who he strongly maintains were cured from a variety of diseases ranging from cankers to cancer. "Mr. Simpson is in an unusual position, because unlike other people engaged in the drug trade, he was not engaged in trafficking for financial gain," Judge Beaton said Monday. "He was engaged in an altruistic activity and was firm in his belief that he was helping others."
(tmccoag@herald.ca)

Amherst, Nova Scotia - February 28, 2008

AMHERST - Ricky Logan Simpson, the Maccan-area man who says he has found the cure for cancer in a marijuana oil he produces, is expected to plead guilty to his latest drug-trafficking charge - but not for another couple of weeks. Mr. Simpson, 58, was expected to enter a plea to the charge in provincial court Thursday, but he appeared without his lawyer, Duncan Beveridge, who couldn't make the trip to Amherst because he was preparing for a Supreme Court jury trial in Halifax. Mr. Beveridge asked the court in a letter to postpone Mr. Simpson's arraignment on the trafficking charge and said his client planned to plead guilty when he was next in court. Crown prosecutor Monica MacQueen didn't object to the delay, and Judge Carole Beaton set March 17 as the date for his next appearance.
The latest charge was laid by Amherst police last December as Mr. Simpson left a Supreme Court hearing in Amherst to set a date for sentencing on three drug charges that a jury had convicted him on the previous September.
Earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Felix Cacchione sentenced Mr. Simpson on those charges, fining him $2,000 and sentencing him to one day in jail - served through his time in court - for unlawfully producing marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The third charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana was stayed.The original charges against Mr. Simpson stemmed from an Aug. 3, 2005, raid by the RCMP on his property on Little Forks Road. The raid netted 1,190 plants that a police marijuana expert said would yield 83,300 grams of usable marijuana that would take a heavy user more than 76 years to smoke. Justice Cacchione said Mr. Simpson truly believed the paste he made and gave away cured diseases like cancer. He said that Mr. Simpson, unlike any other trafficker he had seen in his years on the bench, did not grow marijuana or make his hemp paste to gain a profit. Mr. Simpson admitted during his five-day Supreme Court trial that he grew marijuana on his property and turned it into a paste that he said cured a variety of ailments. He also told the court that he distributed the oil free of charge to about 300 people who wanted his cure.
About 30 of his followers applauded the sentence, although some said they felt he should have been given a complete discharge.
tmccoag@herald.ca
The Chronicle Herald

Amherst, Nova Scotia - February 22, 2008

Canada's hemp laws are unjust
The Editor,
The In box section of the Amherst Daily News of February 13, 2008 had within it three letters from people who did not seem too happy with what I have been doing.
It is a shame the people who wrote these letters did not hear what the judge said during my sentencing.
Justice Cacchione stated that there is a great deal of scientific evidence to back my position and on top of that, I have all those people who received relief from their conditions using hemp oil as a treatment.
I was possibly facing 12 years in jail yet I received only a two thousand dollar fine. Did this judge look at me as a criminal? Not likely!
It never ceases to amaze me that people are so willing to make fools of themselves over their lack of knowledge. Maybe those people are not at fault since the news media have done nothing to inform the public of the truth.
To anyone looking for the real truth go to PhoenixTears.ca and click on "Run From the Cure". This will take you to YouTube where you can watch the documentary we have produced.
If you would like more proof, enter THC and cancer in any search engine and it will return thousands of studies that back up our position. A person can also go to Scientists Exploring Truth in Healing (www.sethgroup.org) and watch time-lapse video of THC killing cancer cells in the brain.
To anyone that thinks the law prohibiting hemp's use is just, I ask you to research how this law was put in place. In 1923, the government took what was well known to be the most medicinal plant in the world out of medicine. Did the government do this to protect the Canadian public from hemp or was the law put in place to satisfy corporate greed?
Whether the public likes it or not we have all been lied to by the people who are supposed to be representing us. For five years I provided oil to people with medical conditions, why has the medical system not come forward to defrock me? If what I have been saying and doing is not true they should have little trouble proving me a fraud. No one has challenged me because what I am saying is true and they know it.
The world we live in is all about money and the real truth seems of little consequence until you are the one dying from cancer. To anyone who turns their back on natural medicine in favor of addictive pharmaceutical drugs, you have my pity.
Sincerely,
Rick Simpson
Amherst Daily News [this letter is not availabe in the ADN archives!]

Amherst, Nova Scotia - February 13, 2008

In Amherst, a hemp oil distributor faces a $2000 fine for passing on the drug for medical purposes while a drunk driver in Bridgewater who kills gets a slap on the wrist and a St. Stephen woman who took her newborn's life enjoys house arrest. If ever there was a situation where the punishment didn't fit the crime, then this is it.
Ricky Simpson recently was fined, given one day in jail and will face several other legal hassles all for growing marijuana in his Maccan home in order to provide hemp oil for people with health issues, such as cancer, for medicinal purposes. Along with this most recent sentencing he will appear in court again at the end of this month to face another trafficking charge that Amherst police laid in November, after an RCMP raid in August netted 1,190 pot plants.
Simpson says he's considering leaving Canada because people like him are being treated as criminals. He may have something there. Does anyone really consider Simpson to be a true criminal? Sure, he may have technically broken the law but you have to look at the individual situation and there's a strong case in his favour that more than a criminal, he is to be hailed as a courageous health activist.
While actively trying to get federal medicinal marijuana laws changed, Simpson is not profiting from any of this, as Justice Felix Cacchione admitted. Apparently his downfall is that he chose not to participate in the federal government's medical marijuana program, never mind that he has helped countless people when their other conventional drug therapies didn't work. All this will cost Simpson a lot of money and legal woes likely to continue as long as he keeps doing what he's doing.
It doesn't seem fair or warranted. In fact, it's a colossal waste of legal time and energy. Why don't we shift that energy to people like [the man] who drove drunk, without a license and whose license has been suspended several times? That fateful night [he] took his wife's car and ended up killing his friend in the crash. With his blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, he walks away with a paltry $700 fine. As for [the woman] she will only serve a two month house arrest and a conditional 14 month sentence for dismembering her newborn and burning the child in a fire pit. Tell me again who the true criminals are?
Terri McCormick
Amherst Daily News [this article is not availabe in the ADN archives!]

Amherst, Nova Scotia - February 8, 2008

He's "a healer, not a dealer"
A Maccan-area man who insists he has found the cure for cancer says he is leaving Canada for an unnamed country where he can live without fear of persecution or prosecution for taking and producing medicinal marijuana. "I can't live in a country where I and others are labelled as criminals because of our medical need for this (marijuana) medication," Ricky Logan Simpson, 58, said Friday. "I've decided that after five years of trying to bring my medicine to the people, I don't like the way this country is run. It seems that the health and welfare of the people means nothing to the (politicians) in Ottawa."
Mr. Simpson made the comments outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court moments after Justice Felix Cacchione fined him $2,000 and sentenced him to one day in jail, considered served by his court appearance, for producing marijuana and possessing less than three kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol for the purpose of trafficking. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main active ingredient in marijuana. A charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana was stayed.
Mr. Simpson was given six months to pay the fine. A crowd of about 30 supporters in the courtroom applauded loudly when the sentence was handed down. As sheriff's deputies tried to quiet them, one man yelled, "Rick Simpson is a healer, not a dealer."
Outside the courtroom, Chummy Anthony, president of the Nova Scotia Marijuana Party, held a sign bearing similar wording. He was upset that Mr. Simpson wasn't simply given a discharge. He was yelling at the top of his lungs that "Mr. Simpson was just like Jesus Christ, because just like Jesus Christ, he was being prosecuted and persecuted for helping sick people."
A woman stood beside him holding up a DVD titled The Run from the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story. The DVD details Mr. Simpson's court battles and his efforts - including running in the last federal election - to have federal medical marijuana laws changed. Mr. Simpson was seen distributing the DVD to people before his sentencing.
Afterward, Mr. Simpson hugged and shook hands with supporters as he left the courtroom a free man. One man pledged that Mr. Simpson will not have to pay the fine because "all the people he's helped will chip in money to make sure it's paid."
A Supreme Court jury found Mr. Simpson guilty in September after a five-day trial. The charges stemmed from an RCMP raid on his Little Forks Road property on Aug. 3, 2005, that netted 1,190 marijuana plants.
Mr. Simpson admitted at trial to growing marijuana on his property and using it to create a hemp oil that he claims cures everything from cankers to cancer. He distributed the hemp oil free to about 300 patients. Even after the trial ended with a guilty verdict, Mr. Simpson pledged to continue making and distributing the hemp oil.
It was his contempt for the law, and the size of the marijuana seizure - described as one of the biggest in the province - that led Crown attorney Monica MacQueen to recommend a two-year jail sentence for Mr. Simpson.
Defence lawyer Duncan Beveridge suggested an unconditional discharge, saying his client did not profit from his marijuana operation.
Justice Cacchione called the trial the most unique drug case he has ever presided over.
He said he'd never heard of a drug trafficker telling police of his plans, or of a dealer who didn't earn a profit from his trafficking. "Mr. Simpson's actions were entirely altruistic," the judge said. "There was nothing insidious in what Mr. Simpson did."
He acted out of a strongly held belief in the medicinal value of marijuana and a steadfast conviction that the hemp oil he made was helping people alleviate their suffering from a variety of ailments that prescription drugs were having little impact upon, the judge said.
But he said he couldn't grant a discharge because Mr. Simpson chose to grow marijuana and distribute his hemp oil illegally instead of participating in the federal government's medical marijuana program.
Ms. MacQueen said it was too early to say if the Crown will appeal.
Mr. Simpson's legal woes are not over. He is to appear in Amherst provincial court on Feb. 28 to face another trafficking charge that Amherst police laid in November. tmccoag@herald.ca
The Chronicle Herald

AMHERST - After Justice Felix Cacchione sentenced him to one day custody deemed served by his court appearance, Rickey Logan Simpson says he's not willing to remain in a country where he's labeled a criminal because of his medicinal need for hemp oil. "I may immigrate to another country where I'm not persecuted for using hemp oil," Simpson said after his sentencing, which included a $2,000 fine to be paid by Aug. 15.
"Hemp oil is the only medicine I've found that controls my medical condition, but our system denies this to me and to others."
Simpson was arrested in 2005 and went to trial this past September facing one count each of production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for the purpose of trafficking. A jury found Simpson guilty on all three counts.
"After five years of trying to bring this medicinal oil to the people, I'm very disillusioned as to how this country is being run. It seems the health and welfare of Canadians means nothing to Ottawa," added Simpson. For years, Simpson has been giving hemp oil to people with various illnesses, including cancer, because he believes it cures those illnesses.
Raissa Tetanish
Amherst Daily News For the full story, see the Monday News on Feb. 11.

Amherst, Nova Scotia - February 11, 2008
After Justice Felix Cacchione sentenced him to one day custody deemed served by his court appearance, Rickey Logan Simpson says he's not willing to remain in a country where he's labeled a criminal because of his medicinal need for hemp oil. "I may emigrate to another country where I'm not persecuted for using hemp oil," Simpson said after his sentencing, which included a $2,000 fine to be paid by Aug. 15. "Hemp oil is the only medicine I've found that controls my medical condition, but our system denies this to me and to others." Simpson was arrested in 2005 and went to trial this past September facing one count each of production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for the purpose of trafficking. A jury found Simpson guilty on all three counts. "After five years of trying to bring this medicinal oil to the people, I'm very disillusioned as to how this country is being run. It seems the health and welfare of Canadians means nothing to Ottawa," added Simpson. For years, Simpson has been giving hemp oil to people with various illnesses, including cancer, because he believes it cures those illnesses. In delivering their recommendations, Crown attorney Monica McQueen and defense attorney Duncan Beveridge each presented various cases that had some similarities to Simpson's case. Both attorneys agreed Simpson's case was unique in the fact that he has no prior related record and was doing it for a non-commercial benefit. The Crown's recommendation was to have Simpson placed in federal custody for two years, while the defence recommended an absolute discharge. Justice Cacchione felt a discharge would not be in the best interest of the general public and would send a message to others that if they don't like a certain law to ignore it and there would be no consequences. He also said, however, that he has no doubt Simpson believes in what he's been doing. "Mr. Simpson has a sincere belief he has a cure with this oil and should be commended, but in reality, he broke the law," said Cacchione. If Simpson doesn't pay the $2,000 fine by Aug. 15, 2008, he will spend six months in custody. He was also given a 10-year firearms prohibition and forfeited the items seized. While awaiting sentencing last year, Simpson was arrested at the end of November on an unrelated, yet similar, charge. He is facing one count of trafficking THC, and was remanded for several days before being released after a show-cause hearing. Since spending that time in custody, Simpson has conveyed that he will not continue growing marijuana and trafficking THC. "Mr. Simpson, I do hope those sentiments you have expressed through your counsel are accurate and if you wish to continue trying to change the law, there are proper channels go forward with," Cacchione added. Simpson said following the sentencing that he thinks Cacchione has a conscience, however he still wants to leave Canada. "If this country does not change, God help the Canadian people." rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Amherst, Nova Scotia - September 18, 2007.

Man has to take his legal medicine
Cancer cure defense doesn’t wash with jury; suspect guilty in pot case

AMHERST — A Cumberland County man who says he has a cure for cancer urged a judge to jail him immediately after he was convicted Tuesday of possessing and producing marijuana and trafficking the drug’s active ingredient.
"Lock me up now because I’m just going to go back to treating people. I will grow the plant and make the hemp oil and I am going to help my patients until the day I die," Ricky Logan Simpson, 57, who is from the Maccan area, told Justice Felix Cacchione moments after the jury’s verdict.
The judge declined, saying he needed a pre sentence report and input from Crown attorney Monica MacQueen.
"You have also complied with all the conditions of your bail . . . and I will not revoke bail at this time," Justice Cacchione added.
Outside court, Ms. MacQueen had little to say about the verdict, which the jury took three hours to decide following a six-day trial. Sentencing is Nov. 30 — Mr. Simpson’s birthday.
Mr. Simpson, who faces a maximum of seven years on the production charge and five years for possession for trafficking, expressed surprise at the verdict, saying in an interview the jury lacked common sense.
"The fact they cannot see that what I am doing is right means there is something wrong with them. I thought they could see what a corrupt law it is, that they would bring out a not guilty (verdict) and welcome the medicine. They didn’t do that. Instead they did nothing to stop this idiotic law."
He again vowed to continue growing marijuana, making hemp oil out of it and using it to treat people with diseases ranging from cancer to psoriasis, arthritis and diabetic ulcers.
"They still have my still and I want it back to continue my work," he said.
Mr. Simpson was charged with possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for trafficking and producing marijuana. THC is the main ingredient in the drug.
He was charged following an August 2005 RCMP raid on his Little Forks Road property. Police seized equipment associated with marijuana grow-ops, like the still Mr. Simpson wants back, and scales. It also netted 1,190 plants that a police expert said would create 83,300 grams of smokable marijuana and would take a heavy individual more than 76 years to smoke.
The jury heard testimony from Mr. Simpson, but not from several of his so-called patients because the judge ruled their claim that Mr. Simpson’s oil had cured them was hearsay and irrelevant to the case. [see Jim's Cancer Journey for one!]
Mr. Simpson admitted to possessing marijuana, growing it on his property and giving the oil he made from it to sick people for free.
He testified he could not access the federal medical marijuana program because his doctor did not consider it an option for treating his post-concussion syndrome. As a result he was forced to grow the marijuana and make his own oil outside of the program.
While the jury was out, Mr. Simpson issued a release calling on the Harper government to stop restricting Canadians’ access to medicinal marijuana.
"I am asking Canadians to get behind me and my cause. Help us bring an end to this madness that has caused so many to suffer and die needlessly."
Mr. Simpson said that as a result of his legal battles he has brought marijuana’s medicinal value to the forefront for all Canadians.
"The law can hide hemp’s medicinal powers no longer," the release said.
He accused the federal government, pharmaceutical companies, the police and the media with covering up the medicinal value of marijuana through misinformation because they don’t want his cheaply made medicine on the market.
"Many people . . . have been exposed to this misinformation for so long they believe it is true, without doing their due diligence and researching other sources," Mr. Simpson said. "To these people all I can say is, wake up and smell the hemp."
He calls his marijuana oil Phoenix Tears, saying he is willing "to put our hemp oil against any pharmaceutical drug for any disease . . . (because) we have seen it cure or control many diseases, even cancer."

Amherst, Nova Scotia - September 12, 2007.
Marijuana court case turns into constitutional concern.
AMHERST — A Maccan-area man who says marijuana cures cancer admitted Thursday he grew marijuana on his property, turned it into an oil and distributed the oil free of charge to people fighting a variety of diseases.
However, Ricky Logan Simpson, 57, told the jury hearing his Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial on three drug charges that he should not be considered a criminal because the laws forbidding the possession, growing and distribution of marijuana are unconstitutional.
Mr. Simpson faces charges of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.
The charges were laid following an Aug. 3, 2005, raid on his Little Forks Road property that netted 1,190 plants with a street value of between $400,000 and $800,000.
"What am I doing in this court, and what right does the RCMP have to terrorize the public with a law that does not exist?" Mr. Simpson, who is representing himself, told the jury during his testimony.
He read his entire testimony from an 11-page document. He explained he first began using marijuana to treat post-concussion syndrome after prescription drugs failed. The marijuana "did more for me than all of the pills prescribed to me by my doctor," he said.
A subsequent brush with skin cancer that he cured with hemp oil, and the curing effects it had on dozens of people who used his product, along with different scientific publications, convinced him that marijuana was a "miracle, cure-all drug," he added.
He criticized his doctor for failing to get him a licence to possess and grow medicinal marijuana, saying the physician refused to even discuss the medicinal value of marijuana.
Mr. Simpson testified that he had not hidden his efforts to help people with his hemp oil. He said that over a four-year period he brought "the miracle cure of marijuana" to the attention of the police, the medical community, two different federal ministers of health, local politicians and the media.
All of them ignored him, he said. He was particularly miffed at the Canadian Cancer Society, which ignored his request to evaluate his cure for cancer.
"The cancer society runs from the cure to cancer; they’re not running to cure cancer," he said. And greedy pharmaceutical companies and physicians don’t want this cheap medication getting into the hands of people because it would hurt their bottom line, he said.
The trial is scheduled to continue Monday when the Crown presents rebuttal evidence. It is expected the jury will begin deciding Mr. Simpson’s fate next Tuesday.

Amherst, Nova Scotia - September 11, 2007.
Judge reins in accused in marijuana case .
AMHERST — A Cumberland County man who claims marijuana cures cancer appeared frustrated when some questions he asked witnesses during his trial on drug charges were ruled out of order.
Ricky Logan Simpson, who is defending himself, sighed and shook his head when Justice Felix Cacchione intervened for about the 12th time Tuesday to prevent him from questioning one of four RCMP officers during the second day of his trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
All of the Mounties participated in the Aug. 3, 2005, raid on Mr. Simpson’s Little Forks Road property in the Maccan area that netted about 1,200 marijuana plants.
Mr. Simpson is charged with possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for trafficking and producing marijuana.
He tried repeatedly to ask the officers about the medicinal value of marijuana, whether they knew he needed marijuana for medical purposes or that he was treating cancer patients with the oil he made from marijuana.
He also asked several times why the RCMP refused to view a videotape he had presented to the local detachment several months before the raid detailing how marijuana was helping to cure local people with diseases like cancer.
But Justice Cacchione ruled the questions out of order because they were irrelevant to the case, required expert knowledge that the officers did not have or were attempts to improperly put evidence before the jury.
On one occasion, Mr. Simpson asked an officer to explain why the RCMP was spending huge amounts of money trying to eradicate "a plant (marijuana) that had not killed anyone."
Before he could respond, the judge said the question was irrelevant because the officer could not answer for Parliament, which passed the laws making marijuana a controlled substance.
Mr. Simpson asked another officer whether he believed the money spent trying to catch marijuana producers would be better spent fighting harder drugs like heroin. But even as Crown attorney Monica McQueen was rising to object, the judge said "the witness was not able to answer . . . because it would be like asking the foot soldier why the general sent him to war."
Mr. Simpson also asked why the RCMP would refuse to watch a video that proved marijuana was a "miracle drug," but Justice Cacchione said the officer could not speak on behalf of the entire RCMP.
The four officers testified they found 1,190 marijuana plants in Mr. Simpson’s backyard, equipment for an indoor growing operation, and a still for making cannabis resin in his home. Under cross-examination, the Mounties said they were unaware that Mr. Simpson’s work in allegedly curing people with marijuana had been written about in a local weekly newspaper a year before the raid.They also said they knew nothing about the tape Mr. Simpson said he had given the Amherst detachment about his activities two months before the raid.But they agreed with him that it wouldn’t be normal for a drug dealer to detail his work to the media or give police information about what he was doing.
The trial continues.

Amherst, Nova Scotia - September 10, 2007.
AMHERST — A man who claims marijuana cures cancer refused to enter pleas on three drug charges when his Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial began Monday.
Ricky Logan Simpson, 57, of the Maccan area, stood up and stared straight ahead when Justice Felix Cacchione asked him to plead to a charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana.
When the judge repeated the question, Mr. Simpson replied: "I can’t plead to a law that goes against my conscience."
Justice Cacchione pleaded not guilty on Mr. Simpson’s behalf on the possession charge as well as charges of possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.
Despite refusing to enter pleas, Mr. Simpson said he was ready for trial.
Const. David Baldwin testified the charges were laid after police raided Mr. Simpson’s Little Forks Road property on Aug. 3, 2005 after an anonymous tip of marijuana growing on the property.
The raid netted 1,190 marijuana plants between one and two meters tall and several bottles containing an oily substance. An analysis indicated the plants were marijuana and the oil was tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Police also found an indoor grow-op, several jars of marijuana seeds, a still for turning the marijuana into THC, needles containing THC residue and several other pieces of equipment used to grow and process the marijuana into THC. Mr. Simpson will cross-examine Const. Baldwin today.
The Crown is proceeding summarily on the possession charge and by indictment on the other two. Mr. Simpson faces a maximum seven-year sentence on the production charge and five years less a day on the trafficking charge.
He faces a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both on the possession charge.

MONTREAL — Murielle Lavallee, went to the hospital in September 2004, suffering from chest pain and difficulty breathing. From Sept. 27, 2004 to March 23, 2005 Lavallee underwent four months of chemotherapy before finding out she really didn’t have cancer. She lost her hair and feeling in her hands and legs. Her health deteriorated and she contracted the C. difficile bacterium that has spread like wildfire through some Quebec hospitals. She lived with the belief that she had cancer, and that her prognosis was not good.

Dr. Claude R. Lachance at the Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in St-Eustache, Que., detected what he said were cancerous cells in fluid taken from around her heart. "The pathologist prepared a report stating it was cancer," her lawyer said. "Immediately, doctors began chemotherapy."

Lavallee spent 42 days in hospital, beginning chemotherapy on Nov. 8, 2004, "I asked what type of cancer and they couldn’t tell me." Cancer cells in the fluid around the heart usually accompany another primary cancer but none was found in Lavallee. She was hospitalized five times over the next four months with various infections, weakness and outbreaks of C. difficile and finally became so ill that the doctor decided to stop the chemotherapy.

A week later, her oncologist gave her the shocking news. “Sorry, you didn’t have cancer. We’ve stopped the treatment and you can go home now.”

She is suing the pathologist who diagnosed her with cancer and for having undergone chemotherapy treatment without reason.

See story here;
Halifax Chronicle Herald

Read The Truth about Chemotherapy

The Struggle Against the “War on Drugs”
Gwynne Dyer in The Packet

Barry Cooper’s new DVD, Never Get Busted Again, which went on sale over the internet late last month, will probably not sell very well outside the United States, because in most other countries the possession of marijuana for personal use is treated as a misdemeanor or simply ignored by the police. But it will sell very well in the US, where many thousands of casual marijuana users are hit with savage jail terms every year in a nationwide game of Russian roulette in which most people indulge their habit unharmed while a few unfortunates have their lives ruined.

Barry Cooper is a former Texas policeman who made over 800 drug arrests as an anti-narcotics officer, but he has now repented: “When I was raiding homes and destroying families, my conscience was telling me it was wrong, but my need for power, fame and peer acceptance overshadowed my good conscience.” Of course, Cooper’s DVD, which teaches people how to avoid arrest for marijuana possession, will also bring him fame, plus a lot of money, but at least it won’t hurt people.

However, Cooper lacks the courage of his own convictions. He argues that the war on drugs is futile and counter-productive so far as marijuana is concerned, but nervously insists that he is offering no tips that would help dealers of cocaine or methamphetamine's to escape “justice.”

It’s as if reformers fighting against America’s alcohol prohibition laws in the 1920s had advocated re-legalizing beer but wanted to continue locking up drinkers of wine or spirits. But there are bolder policemen around, who are willing to say flatly and publicly that all drug prohibition is wrong.

One is Jack Cole, 26 years with the New Jersey police, whose organization, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (Leap), is supported by growing numbers of serving policemen who have lost faith in the “War on Drugs” and want to make peace.

“Leap wants to end drug prohibition just as we ended alcohol prohibition in 1933,” says Cole, who argues that neither kind of prohibition has ever had any success in curbing consumption of the banned substances, but that each has fueled the growth of a vast criminal empire.

It is policemen who take the lead in these issues because they are the ones who must deal with the calamitous consequences of the “War on Drugs.” No doubt the use of “recreational” drugs does a lot of harm, as does the use of alcohol or tobacco, but that harm is dwarfed by the amount of crime and human devastation caused by 40 years of “war” on drug-users.

Howard Roberts, the deputy chief constable of the Nottinghamshire police, was the latest senior policeman to make the case for ending the war, pointing out last November that heroin addicts in Britain each commit, on average, 432 robberies, assaults and burglaries a year to raise the money for their illegal habit. Each addict steals about $90,000 of property a year, whereas the cost of providing them with heroin on prescription from the National Health Service in closely supervised treatment programmes would be only $24,000 a year.

So the NHS should provide heroin to addicts on prescription, said Roberts, like it used to in the 1950s and 1960s, before Britain was pressured into adopting the “war on drugs” model by the US. (Since then, the number of heroin addicts in Britain has risen several hundredfold.) Days later, it emerged that the NHS is actually experimenting with a return to that policy at three places in Britain — and Switzerland has actually been prescribing heroin to addicts on a nationwide basis for some years now, with very encouraging results: crime rate down, addict death rate sharply down.
If every country adopted such a policy, legalizing all drugs and making the so-called “hard” ones available to addicts free, but only on prescription, the result would not just be improved health for drug-users and a lower rate of petty crime, but the collapse of the criminal empires that have been built on the international trade in illegal drugs, which is now estimated to be worth $500 billion a year. That is exactly what happened to the criminal empires that were founded on bootlegging when alcohol prohibition was ended in the United States in 1933.

But what about the innocent children who will be exposed to these drugs if they become freely available throughout the society? The answer is: nothing that doesn’t happen to them now. There is no city and few rural areas in the developed world where you cannot buy any illegal drug known to man within half a hour, for an amount of money that can be raised by any enterprising 14-year-old.

Indeed, the supply of really nasty drugs would probably diminish if prohibition ended, because they are mainly a response to the level of risk the dealers must face. (Economist Milton Friedman called it the Iron Law of Prohibition: the harder the police crack down on a substance, the more concentrated that substance becomes — so cocaine gives way to crack cocaine, as beer gave way to moonshine under alcohol prohibition.)

This is probably yet another false dawn, for even the politicians who know what needs to be done are too afraid of the gutter media to act on their convictions. But sometime in the next 50 years, after only few more tens of millions of needless deaths, drug prohibition will end.

Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist, published in 45 countries.

Diving Into Clinical Trials - Legion Magazine

"We're looking at a black fishbowl. You can't see through it." When it comes to clinical trials in Canada, whether for drugs, medical devices or other health interventions, ethics expert Dr. Michael McDonald says the culture of secrecy around the design, conduct and results of much of this research is like a fishbowl with an agitated octopus in it--opaque. There's a lot of black ink swirling around, but the public doesn't get a look in.

"A lot of the information we get about what's going on in Canada is stuff that's reported because the U.S. was involved as a funder," notes McDonald, the director of the
W. Maurice Young Center for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. "There, the Office for Human Research Protections will publish information about Canadian studies that Health Canada simply won't release. We're way more secretive in this country."

McDonald attributes that partly to government, partly to industry. Health care is, after all, big business in Canada. The pharmaceutical industry had $14.6 billion in sales in 2003.

See complete article by Natalie Salat in the January/February 2007 issue of Legion Magazine.

Amherst, Nova Scotia - January 5, 2007.

Trial date set for pot grower

AMHERST — A trial date has finally been set for a Maccan man who claims he was growing marijuana to help himself and 300 others with medical conditions, but it will still be months before Rick Simpson faces a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge and jury. In Supreme Court on Thursday, Mr. Simpson’s two-week trial was slated to begin Sept. 10, 25 months after police raided his property and allegedly seized more than 1,200 marijuana plants.

Mr. Simpson, 57, did not speak during the hearing, but lawyer Jim O’Neil indicated his former client would defend himself at trial. Mr. O’Neil did not say why he would no longer be involved in the case.

Mr. Simpson faces one count each of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of the drug for trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.

The Crown is proceeding summarily on the simple possession charge and by indictment on the others. As a result, the penalty is a maximum seven years on the production charge, five years less a day on the possession for trafficking charge and a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both on the possession charge.

Since his arrest Mr. Simpson has been asking the RCMP to return the material and equipment he used to make what he calls hemp oil. He claims the yellowish, grease-like oil is safe and cures everything from cancer to arthritis and psoriasis. After his arrest Mr. Simpson ran in the January 2006 federal election, promoting his belief that his homemade remedy is a lifesaver that is being ignored by the government and pharmaceutical companies.

He has garnered strong support from some in the community, including the Maccan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Last fall, the legion’s provincial command temporarily cancelled the branch’s charter, removed the executive and shut down the legion after its executive ignored orders to stop supporting Mr. Simpson. The legion has since reopened under a new executive, but some of the former executive members continue to support Mr. Simpson.

Mr. Simpson also launched a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was heard just before Christmas, but the court banned reporting both the evidence and its decision until the jury hearing Mr. Simpson’s case begins deliberating.
See story here;
Halifax Chronicle Herald

Maccan, Nova Scotia - October 10, 2006
Legion trouble helping to get hemp oil 'message out'.

See story here;
Halifax Chronicle Herald
Global TV [news and video]

Maccan, Nova Scotia - October 4, 2006

Legion Branch 134 closed because of support for Cancer Cure.
See the stories at these links.

Amherst Daily News
Choose "continue" then select "Amherst Daily News" and search on "hemp"

Halifax Chronicle Herald

The Ottawa Citizen - Thursday, June 29, 2006
By peddling alarmist nonsense about cannabis, the United Nations' drug-control office has undermined its own credibility, which is bad both for the UN and for health officials seeking to draw attention to the truly bad drugs.
In a written statement accompanying the UN's World Drug Report for 2006, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime let loose: "Today, the harmful characteristics of cannabis are no longer that different from those of other plant-based drugs such as cocaine and heroin," wrote Antonio Maria Costa.
Well, they are a little different. Cannabis can't kill you with an overdose and doesn't provoke physical addiction, and the price is generally so low that few users resort to crime to feed their habits. That's all admitted, grudgingly, in the study from Mr. Costa's office.
The rest of an extended section on cannabis tries to whip up fear, uncertainty and doubt about the drug. It cites empty statistics about the number of times someone goes to an emergency room in the United States and marijuana gets "mentioned" on his or her chart. The number went way up between 1995 and 2003, but it doesn't really mean anything: if a fraternity brother drinks 10 beers and shares a joint and then falls off a porch, marijuana will be "mentioned" by the doctors treating him, though it really says nothing about the dangers of cannabis use. The UN itself admits that "in 72 per cent of the cases when cannabis was mentioned, other drugs were also mentioned." So maybe the real scourge is the other drugs, or the mixing of drugs, not marijuana itself.
Smoking marijuana isn't good for you, but the UN can't show that it's worse than smoking tobacco. The UN notes that amid all the evidence, only a single study shows a link between smoking marijuana and getting cancer. Along the way, another inconsistency: The UN says that cannabis smokers "who smoked an average of only a few joints per day showed the same degree of airway injury as that detected in tobacco smokers who smoked 20 to 30 cigarettes per day." Here, "only a few joints per day" is considered damaging; a few pages before, five joints per week is defined as heavy use.
Fudging and dishonesty permeate the report's section on cannabis, casting serious doubt on the usefulness of the other information the UN provides, particularly about opium and heroin emanating from Afghanistan and cocaine in Europe.
This same overreaching has destroyed the U.S.'s credibility in its war on drugs: when some mild drugs (alcohol, nicotine) are legal but others (marijuana certainly, perhaps ecstasy) are discussed in the same apocalyptic tones as heroin and crystal meth, there's no way to tell what's true and what's not. Ordinary people of all demographics have enough first-hand experience with marijuana, either because they've tried it or know someone who has, to recognize that all the rhetoric and policing and arrests and life sentences are not connected to any rational goal and deserve scorn, not respect.
The United Nations should be above such deceit. Instead, its credibility is taking yet another self-administered hit.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2006

Amherst Daily News – June 14, 2006
By Darrell Cole
Amherst – Hearing dates have been set for a Charter challenge involving an Athol man charged with growing marijuana he claims was for medical purposes.
Rickey Simpson, who ran as an independent candidate in January’s federal election, was charged following an RCMP search of his residence last August that led to the seizure of some 1,200 marijuana plants.
He is charged with possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for purposes of trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.
Simpson’s lawyer, Jim O’Neil, confirmed yesterday that Dec, 18-20 have been set aside to hear the Charter challenge he filed in January on behalf of his candidate.
“I’m very confident of having this overturned,” O’Neil said. “I have probably filed more affidavits in this case than in any other I’ve worked on and they are statements from solid people who say this product really works.” O’Neil said it’s inappropriate to lump Simpson in the same class as those who traffic in serious drugs for profit and contends it’s Simpson’s position that Ottawa won’t be able to produce the evidence to prove the use of hemp oil is harmful to those who use it.
dcole@amherstdaily.com

June 11, 2006

This letter is directed to M.L.A. Murray Scott and M.L.A. Ernest Fage.

We have undeniable proof that hemp oil made from the marijuana or hemp plant cures cancer and it is also a very effective treatment for just about any disease known to man. The only reason hemp has been denied to the public is greed, big money and ignorance. Canadians suffer and die from illnesses that could be easily controlled or cured if hemp is made available. What’s more important, saving human lives or the profit margins of drug companies and other unsavoury types? The law restricting hemp’s use was put in place in 1923. This law is a sham; it is not based on truth and knowledge so why should we live by it? The government must prove to the Canadian people that this law is just, and they cannot, so instead they run from the truth while our loved ones continue to die needlessly. The government has painted hemp as a dangerous and useless drug when in truth the opposite is true. Why would the government do this? Hemp is not dangerous or addictive and by denying hemp use they have committed genocide against their own people.

In May 2005 the R.C.M.P. were provided with a video tape proving that we have a cure for cancer. Three months later in August 2005 this same detachment raided me and took the crop. Who are the RCMP working for? Obviously not for Canadian citizens. I have people with active cancer under treatment and the R.C.M.P. come in and steal the plants I make the medicine from. In September 2005 I entered our court system. All I have found is corruption and stalling tactics. They offered me an absolute discharge if I would plead guilty to the cultivation of hemp. I told them they “could shove their absolute discharge where the sun don’t shine.” All our legal system wants is to continue prosecuting people on this false law so all the lawyers can continue filling their pockets. Why should they care if hundreds die every day? (They’re doing just great.) That’s the reason my Charter challenge has been stalled. I was supposed to have a decision on April 10th, now they are saying they can’t deal with this case until December 2006 at which time I’m sure they will come up with another delay. What rational person could call this justice? Does this sound much like the free and democratic society we are supposed to be living in?

Murray Scott, Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and Human Rights has known since 2003 what this medicine can do, yet to date he has done nothing. I am asking that I be provided assurances from Mr. Scott and Mr. Fage that I will not be hampered by the R.C.M.P. again this year. I also request that my equipment taken in 2005 by the R.C.M.P. be returned immediately. When making these oils I require this gear to perform many processes properly. This equipment is only gathering dust in the hands of the R.C.M.P. I am asking you both directly, Mr. Scott and Mr. Fage, to help me bring this insanity to an end. It’s time for our M.L.A.s to prove to the public whether they are part of the problem or part of the cure. We already know that our federal M.P. Bill Casey stands against hemp medicine. During the last federal election I told people the truth, Mr. Casey did not. I wouldn’t want to be in Mr. Casey’s shoes when the public awakens to what is being done to them by the P.C.s. So Mr. Scott and Mr. Fage do not try to say this is a federal issue. The right to medicine to heal us is everyone’s issue. I ask that Mr. Scott and Mr. Fage notify the news media as to what they intend to do about this situation.
Thousands of us are watching you - start doing the right thing.
Sincerely,
Rick Simpson

March 6, 2006

AMHERST — Lawyer J. O’Neil has, on Rick's behalf, filed 50 affidavits with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in the first step of the court challenge to allow Canadians access to a cure for cancer.

January 25, 2006

AMHERST — A Maccan man who says he was growing marijuana to help himself and 300 others with medical conditions is launching a Charter of Rights challenge in the hopes of squashing several drug charges that have been laid against him.
"If we are successful, it is likely the trial against my client Rick Simpson would not proceed," lawyer Jim O’Neil said in an interview Tuesday.
Mr. Simpson, who ran as an independent in the recent federal election, was charged last summer after his property near Maccan was raided by police, who netted more than 1,200 marijuana plants. He has pleaded not guilty¹ to one count each of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.
The Crown has elected to proceed summarily on the first charge and by indictment on the latter two. As a result, Mr. Simpson faces a maximum seven-year sentence on the production charge and five years less a day on the trafficking charge. He faces a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both on the possession charge.
He has asked to be tried in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by a judge and a jury. The date for that trial will not be set until the charter challenge has been completed.
Mr. Simpson’s charter motion will challenge the legality of parts of the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Mr. O’Neil said.
He said a 2003 ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal on the legality of the medical use of marijuana would be a factor in Mr. Simpson’s challenge.
The legal principles behind the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent landmark ruling that pornography laws do not apply to consenting adults who participate in swingers clubs will also have a bearing on Mr. Simpson’s case, Mr. O’Neil said.
Pointing to a stack of affidavits, the lawyer said there are 36 people who are willing to give evidence that they not only consented to use the hemp oil that Mr. Simpson manufactured and provided to them free of charge, but were cured of some serious diseases, including cancer.
"Rick Simpson is not asking for the carte blanche legalization of the use of marijuana," Mr. O’Neil said.
"Indeed, the public might well be concerned that significant public resources are being used to prosecute a man who is only attempting to assist his fellow human beings.
To seek to lump Mr. Simpson along with those who would traffic in serious drugs for profit seems completely inappropriate to me."
The charter challenge will be filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on March 6. Emphasis added, Phoenix Tears
¹ to date no plea has been entered.
SOURCE: The Chronicle Herald;
DATE: Wed. Jan 25, 2006
CONTACT: letters@herald.ca
WEBSITE: http://thechronicleherald.ca/

January 23, 2006
The incumbent M. P. Bill Casey was re-elected.

December 1, 2005
Rick is going to run for election as an Independent in the Nova Scotia Federal Riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley on a platform of health care. This is the subject that is of the most concern to all Canadians. Rick's thoughts are that preventative medicine and early treatment of the various cancers in particular, with Hemp oil, the long wait times, the costs of drugs and associated care would be dramatically decreased.
In natural form, the THC in Hemp oil, [through Rick's own experience with Post Concussion Syndrome, and basal cell carcinoma, his subsequent treatment of other sufferers and the many other studies] is shown today to have therapeutic value and complete safety in the treatment of cancer, asthma, glaucoma, nausea, tumors, epilepsy, infection, stress, migraines, anorexia, depression, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, possibly herpes, and even AIDS.

[Press Release here]

January 19, 2006.
Hemp supporter gets candidates talking
By Cathy Von Kintzel - Truro Bureau
TRURO — Running as a somewhat controversial independent in this federal election, Rick Simpson usually doesn’t have party platforms and policies to tout during political debates. That changed Tuesday when Mr. Simpson, who makes a marijuana-based product he calls hemp oil (not hemp seed oil), got to discuss alternative medicines during a live radio debate with other candidates in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. "I can’t think of a more important issue in this country right now than health care, and hemp will go so far to save so many people," Mr. Simpson of Maccan, Cumberland County, told listeners to Truro’s Cat Country 99.5 FM. The candidate said he uses his "natural and non-addictive" oil to treat people free of charge for a variety of ailments, particularly cancer. "We have to stop these political parties from running away from this. The medicine works. I have proof," he said, adding that he has affidavits from patients and offers information on his website.
NDP candidate Margaret Sagar said Canada has a very fixed medical model, and pharmaceutical companies have enormous influence with Ottawa. "Cancer has become a multibillion dollar industry, unfortunately, and I would like to see studies on alternatives."

Conservative candidate Bill Casey, a vocal opponent of Mr. Simpson’s ideas, said he’s sure there is plenty of research being done on hemp oil, and pharmaceutical companies would be analyzing it if there were an opportunity to make a profit.
"I believe Mr. Simpson believes what he says,&quo