Pubdate: Tue, 21 Jun 2005
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2005 The Ottawa Citizen
Author: Chris Buors
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


Re: American medical marijuana advocate could get 10 years for watering 
plants, June 18.

Renee Boje ought to be rewarded for her courageous stand against the United 
States government on the issue of the medical use of cannabis.

Prime Minister Paul Martin can earn himself the respect the overwhelming 
majority of Canadians who support medicinal cannabis by granting Ms. Boje 
sanctuary. Many in Mr. Martin's own party believe the American regime is 
run by overzealous fundamentalists. Political asylum can be granted on 
compassionate grounds and Ms. Boje is the perfect candidate. Canada 
certainly has plenty of reason to welcome her as a political refugee. Ms. 
Boje faces 10 years in jail for the compassionate "crime" of providing 
medicine to the ailing.

Given that Canadians accept cannabis as medicine and Americans do not, Ms. 
Boje ought to be treated like Mother Teresa, not like infamous bank robber 
Ma Barker.

Chris Buors,


President, Marijuana Party of Manitoba 
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