Pubdate: Sun, 05 Sep 1999
Date: 09/05/1999
Source: Calgary Sun (Canada)
Author: Stephen John VandeKemp
Comment: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk

DO THE police have nothing better to do with their time than crucify
the sick and dying people who use pot to ease their symptoms of illness?

Even the Canadian government has given the green light to marijuana's
use for the ill. Clinical trials are about to begin and at least two
people have been given legal medical exemptions!

All Canadians should be disgusted with this war on this healing herb
and especially law enforcements' overzealous use of force to hinder
its distribution to the needy. I too am facing charges for trying to
heal myself with this alternative medicine.

I grew my own after I realized I didn't want to purchase pot from
dealers who had no concern for my welfare and were part of the
800-tonne, multi-billion dollar, untaxed, pot black market now
operating in Canada. I also fathered "The Hemp Canadian" web site to
educate and inform!

Busting medicinal clubs and sick people who grow their own is not only
crazy but lacks human compassion for our sick and disabled neighbours.
Please speak out for our sick friends and relatives who use this plant
for medicine. Call your MPs.

Stephen John VandeKemp

(It does seem a bit heartless.)