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1971 Gastown riots over Vancouver smoke-in

In 1923 it became illegal for Canadians to possess marijuana. But the laws have always been flouted, by recreational users who just want to get high, and by medicinal users seeking relief from pain and illness. From cannabis caf├ęs to courtrooms, doctors and patients, rabble-rousers and senior statesmen have engaged in a passionate debate over marijuana possession. But the laws have endured.

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A crackdown on dope users causes rifts among local politicians and citizens.

Medium: Television
Program: Summer Weekend
Broadcast Date: Aug. 15, 1971
Guest(s): Tom Campbell, David Looy, Art Philips, Harry Rankin
Reporter: Doug Collins
Duration: 4:20

Last updated: July 30, 2014

Page consulted on August 6, 2014

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