Pubdate: Sun, 17 Feb 2002
Source: Daily News, The (CN NS)
Copyright: 2002 The Daily News
Author: John Cook


To the editor:

As Health Canada continues to drag its feet on the medical marijuana issue, 
I read again where distribution is being delayed because of testing, 
shipping or the UN convention.

People who have received permission to possess medicine have already gone 
through countless hoops for Health Canada approval, as well as waiting up 
to one year to find out about whether or not they qualify for the exemption.

I understand that this is a relatively new area being explored by Health 
Canada, but the meaning of compassion has been lost in the politics. What 
do these and others do to obtain their medicine? They either go without or 
are forced to buy it off the street or through a compassion club.

The exemptees and others who need their medicine cannot wait any longer. If 
the government cannot figure out what they are going to do, please let the 
people in the compassion clubs and communities help themselves without 
threat of prosecution. We are not criminals  - we are responsible adults 
seeking relief from our misfortune.

John Cook, Harrietsfield
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