On May 29, 2003, Freedom Party of Ontario president Robert Metz was a guest of Jim Chapman Live. The topic of discussion: the federal government’s open musings about decriminalizing cannabis possession.
“Body of Knowledge” by Cathy Frampton
“Drawing the Line: Property Rights and the Aboriginal Question” by Robert Metz
“In Defence of Discomfort” by Doreen Kimura
“Multiculturalism Undermines Values” by Dick Field
“Cannadabis: A History of Cannabis Prohibition in Canada” by Dana Larsen & Marc Emery
“The Second Carrot” by Murray Hopper
On August 22, 1993, Global news covered a “Marijuana Mardi Gras” event that was held that day at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Freedom Party of Ontario, opposed to cannabis prohibition, was among the various groups promoting their respective organizations at the event. Freedom Party president Robert Metz was interviewed by Global, and explained the party’s opposition to prohibition.
A Freedom Party flyer opposing cannabis. This document, found in the Freedom Party archives, is not dated. In July of 1992 and August of 1993, Freedom Party of Ontario president Robert Metz attended and represented Freedom Party of Ontario at the Marijuana Mardi Gras event held those summers at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. It is possible that this flyer was distributed at one of those events.
On July 19, 1992, a “Marijuana Mardi Gras” was held at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of Toronto City Hall. There was music, comedy and…speeches. In this video – after about 10 minutes of music, Freedom Party of Ontario President Robert Metz gives a speech (at 10:40 ) opposing prohibition. His speech is followed by one from Jack Herer, author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”. Interesting tidbit: Canada’s Progressive Conservatives banned literature about cannabis in 1988. The criminal law penalties for possessing such literature were as much as ten times higher than the penalty for possessing cannabis itself.