The StarPhoenix, Canada
With a cannabis leaf flag flapping and the sounds of the jazz festival in the backgroud, the Saskatchewan Marijuana Party held a barbecue in Kiwanis Park Saturday afternoon to raise money for its coffers and for the Saskatoon Food Bank.
The barbecue was its first event since gaining official party status on June 7. The marijuana party plans to help the community as well as campaign to legalize cannabis.
"As a community-minded organization, we will endeavour to help those who are most in need where we can," said Nathan Holowaty, the party leader.
The party has been in the works since October 2004. Mike Kereiff, the deputy leader, said he's been involved in the party "since Day 1." He said that when Marc Emery, a B.C. marijuana activist, was released from jail in Saskatoon in October 2004 after serving a sentence for drug traffi cking, some of his supporters had a celebration. At that point, they decided to start a Saskatchewan Marijuana Party.