Pubdate: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2001 Calgary Herald
Author: Bruce Symington


Re: "Strange priority", Editorial, April 16.

The reason that the government needs to fund the testing of pot and not the 
manufactured drug, is that the manufacturer of the drug pays. There is no 
one to pay for testing pot because there is no way to profit if it is a 
valuable drug. Certainly, the big drug companies have a vested interest in 
keeping pot illegal, so they can continue to sell manufactured drugs for 
huge profits. If pot is found to be of medical value, their profits would 
drop as people set up little grow-ops in their basement and make their own 
medicine for pennies a day. I am sure that the source of much of the 
pooh-poohing of pot is coming from the drug companies. It is about time 
that this testing takes place.

Bruce Symington
Medicine Hat
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