Cougar print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1976-1977, April 28, 1977, Image 1

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    Clackamas Community College
Thursday, April 28, 1977
A participant in the Autocross held at Clackamas Community
College last Sunday manuvers around the track in search of the
finish line. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Corvette
Association (NWCA) from Vancouver and was held in the Randall
parking lot. Another NWCA Autocross is scheduled for Sunday, May
22 as part of the ASG sponsored Spring Fair. Photo by Brian Snook
Canadian television investigates
Oregon I marijuana law reforms I
Jim Reed
■looking at marijuana reform
The Canadian Television Network (CTN)
was at Clackamas Community College last
Tuesday to get information on Oregon's
marijuana laws as part of a news special on
pending marijuana legislation in Canada.
"We're looking at the experiences of
other communities in marijuana reform and
Oregon is a good example," said CTN re­
porter Jim Reed.
According to Reed, the proposed legis­
lative change in Canada is similar to the bill
passed in Oregon in 1972 in that simple
possession of small amounts of marijuana
would be reduced to a fine. The only differ­
ence would be the maximum fine that the
government could impose - $500.
We already have a group of prominent
Canadian citizens on film saying they smoke
(marijuana)," said Reed.
According to Reed they not only have
prominent citizens saying they smoke mari­
juana on camera, they actually have some
of these people smoking marijuana in front
of the cameras.
"In a way we're daring the authorities to
prosecute them and our network," said
If the bill in Canada is passed the chances
of which Reed feels are remote, the legis­
lation would affect all of Canada.
"We're strictly under federal jurisdiction
unlike the United States," said Reed. "Chan­
ges in the laws affect the entire country.
"Political opposition in Canada (to mari­
juana law reform) is quite extreme," said
Reed. "It's a very conservative society,
generally speaking."
While the show that is being put together
will point out both the pros and cons of
decriminalization, Reed feels that reform is
needed in his country.
According to Reed, law enforcement
agencies in his country are spending time on
the enforcement of Canadian marijuana
laws and he feels their time could be used
for the enforcement of major criminal
Reed also said that there are over 22,000
people in Canadian prisons as a result of
marijuana related convictions.
"The editorial thrust of the program will
be to inform the public that the laws need
to be changed and that this legislation is
before the house (Canadian parliament),"
said Reed.
Reed interviewed a group
dents on the subject of the
juana laws and portions of this interview
will be in the program which will not be
be shown in the United States.
He was also scheduled to talk to State
Sen. Stephen Kafoury (D-Portland) and
others in Salem on Wednesday.