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David Malmo Levine - September 28, 2012

David Malmo Levine - September 28, 2012


David Malmo-Levine, Curator of the herb museum, (where he is pictured above), writer, organizer, defender, and marijuana advocate discusses just a fraction of the cannabis content in the herb museum, as well as the state, corporate, and activist "pot monopolies."

David has written articles for High Times, Celebrity Stoner, Cannabis Culture, and also chapter 3 of "The Pot Book." He is also the organizer of the world's largest marijuana farmers market.

The Herb Museum is open 7 days a week from 5pm - 11pm, and is located on the 2nd floor of the BC Marijuana Party building at 303 West Hastings in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The museum contains a collection of over 1500 artifacts of drug history, including 700 medicine bottles, literature, art, and a gift shop.  Entry to the first couple rooms is free, and beyond that there is a small charge of $5, where adult visitors can learn while they burn.  There are displays on hemp, mushrooms, and other herbs and drugs.  Private tours are available.  

David also represented himself in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada, where he challenged the constitutionality of the criminalization of marijuana under the Canadian Narcotics Control Act.  His argument focused on whether there should be a requirement of harm for criminal law.  He argued that the constitutional power to enact criminal law under section 91 (27) of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1867 is limited to conduct that causes harm.  He further argued that the "principle of harm" should be a principle of fundamental justice under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The court rejected all the arguments for the requirements of harm under the section of the aforementioned section of the constitution and charter.  The court held that Parliament need not establish harm but only a "reasonable apprehension of harm."  The criminal law power, the court stated, includes the protection of vulnerable groups.  Thus the government is able to control activities for the protection of drug users and society.