Pubdate: Fri, 10 May 2002
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 The Ottawa Citizen
Author: Mack McLeod


Re: Government admits: Our marijuana is bad weed, May 8.

I remember reading that Marc Emery, a Vancouver mail-order merchant, had 
offered seeds to the government for its medicinal marijuana project. A 
simple search of the Web also reveals seed merchants worldwide who are 
happy to sell known strains. The Canadian west coast has the most advanced 
medical cannabis growers on the planet.

Yet our government asked the United States to supply us with something we 
have not only in abundance, but also for something in which Canada has 
world leaders in knowledge concerning the use of various strains for 
different ailments. Why does our government refuse to acknowledge its 
citizens' superiority?

It seems to me that Health Canada isn't serious about this issue. To ask 
sick and dying people for patience is ridiculous, when all the knowledge 
and material is readily accessible. Using police-confiscated material was 
bound to yield this predictably inconsistent result. Perhaps it was the 
intention to fail.

And why did the Ontario Medical Association advise doctors not to sign the 
new medical marijuana access regulation forms for the medical exemptees? Is 
it because the forms ask doctors to make a declaration of medical efficacy 
that they can't prove? How could the new regulations have been written 
without the agreement of doctors to use the forms? Perhaps again, it's a 
regulation designed to fail.

So which is it: incredible incompetence or intentional failure?

Mack McLeod,

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