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Government's Medical-Marijuana Plan Should Make us Wary

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The 10th anniversary of Canada's medical marijuana program is being celebrated with a declaration that it is an abysmal failure.

A decade ago the federal government hastily cobbled the program together in response to an Ontario court ruling that the criminal cannabis prohibition was unconstitutional if it didn't exempt those who benefit from the plant's therapeutic properties.

Today, we are on the cusp of the first major revision of the program that has frustrated and angered patients, incensed law enforcement and made municipalities pull their hair out over thousands of neighbourhood grow operations.

Until now, there were three legal ways to obtain medical marijuana. With a government-issued exemption from the criminal law, a person with a doctor's prescription could grow a certain number of plants, or outsource the cultivation to a designated grower. They could also purchase it from a government-authorized Saskatchewan company, Prairie Plant Systems Inc. Most patients, however, because of the government program's deficiencies, bought pot from the illegal network of compassion clubs that have sprung up across the country.

Medicinal marijuana users will now be prohibited from growing their own weed and will have to buy from licensed, tightly regulated commercial producers, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says.

"Our government is very concerned that the current Marijuana Medical Access Program is open to abuse and exploitation by criminal elements," she maintained.

Aglukkaq didn't provided any details but her broad brush strokes make me leery, and if I were running a compassion club I would be very worried.

She wants to close the dispensaries and eliminate personal grow operations.

I doubt Ottawa has a replacement regime ready to go in spite of her comments, in part because the best growers in the country haven't a clue what Ottawa is doing.

And there are few companies that could meet the security and organic farming standards necessary to begin producing a range of specific marijuana strains to meet medical demand from a standing start.

That's not even to mention that there are numerous patients forced to grow their own medicine who would prefer to keep doing it. That right should be sacrosanct.

The current problems flow from the expectation of the federal government 10 years ago that only small numbers of terminally ill patients or those with debilitating ailments would want cannabis. Boy, were they wrong.

Still, the idea of offering tens of thousands of Canadians a variety of strains of marijuana for everything from chronic pain, AIDS and chemotherapy was never envisioned. Yet that's what the medical market is demanding.

The Harper Government is deaf to that clamour. It wants out of the marijuana business and to calm stormy neighbourhood concerns.

Aglukkaq says she is open for input until July 31 on how to go about implementing her changes.

In response, those in the drug policy world are hanging on the Supreme Court of Canada decision on Insite.

If the country's high court endorses the view that provincial health powers trump the federal criminal law, Ottawa will face a constitutional challenge aimed at establishing medical marijuana programs under provincial jurisdiction.

That would be a made-in-B.C. solution, and I'm told the Liberals and the NDP, behind the scenes, are in progressive agreement.

After all, if the doc says its OK and it helps the patient, why should it concern the cops, the courts, the federal government or some Neanderthal municipality like North Vancouver?

I'm all in favour of overhauling the medical marijuana program but instead of Aglukkaq's proposals, why not have a real discussion with the compassion clubs and create a workable plan?

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News Hawk- Jacob Ebel 420 MAGAZINE
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Canadians need to be verry vocal about the new proposed changes they are trying to make pollicy.... the proposed changes will take away a patients right to grow their own meds. they want to liscence comercial growers and force everyone to buy from them..as well ,it would be these comercial growers whom set the price,,,NOW TELL THE POOR PEOPLE ON WELLFARE AND DISABILLITY HOW THEY WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD THEIR MEDICINE? IS THE CANADIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM GOING TO BUY EVERYONES CANIBIS FOR THEM? IS CANADIAN DRUG PLANS GOING TO PAY FOR PPL'S CANIBIS?
GO TO "HEALTH CANADA .CA " AND GIVE THEM YOUR OPINION YOU HAVE UNTILL JULY 31ST TO SEND THEM AN EMAIL ..............
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the 10th anniversary of canada's medical marijuana program is being celebrated with a declaration that it is an abysmal failure.

A decade ago the federal government hastily cobbled the program together in response to an ontario court ruling that the criminal cannabis prohibition was unconstitutional if it didn't exempt those who benefit from the plant's therapeutic properties.

Today, we are on the cusp of the first major revision of the program that has frustrated and angered patients, incensed law enforcement and made municipalities pull their hair out over thousands of neighbourhood grow operations.

Until now, there were three legal ways to obtain medical marijuana. With a government-issued exemption from the criminal law, a person with a doctor's prescription could grow a certain number of plants, or outsource the cultivation to a designated grower. They could also purchase it from a government-authorized saskatchewan company, prairie plant systems inc. Most patients, however, because of the government program's deficiencies, bought pot from the illegal network of compassion clubs that have sprung up across the country.

Medicinal marijuana users will now be prohibited from growing their own weed and will have to buy from licensed, tightly regulated commercial producers, federal health minister leona aglukkaq says.

"our government is very concerned that the current marijuana medical access program is open to abuse and exploitation by criminal elements," she maintained.

Aglukkaq didn't provided any details but her broad brush strokes make me leery, and if i were running a compassion club i would be very worried.

She wants to close the dispensaries and eliminate personal grow operations.

I doubt ottawa has a replacement regime ready to go in spite of her comments, in part because the best growers in the country haven't a clue what ottawa is doing.

And there are few companies that could meet the security and organic farming standards necessary to begin producing a range of specific marijuana strains to meet medical demand from a standing start.

That's not even to mention that there are numerous patients forced to grow their own medicine who would prefer to keep doing it. That right should be sacrosanct.

The current problems flow from the expectation of the federal government 10 years ago that only small numbers of terminally ill patients or those with debilitating ailments would want cannabis. Boy, were they wrong.

Still, the idea of offering tens of thousands of canadians a variety of strains of marijuana for everything from chronic pain, aids and chemotherapy was never envisioned. Yet that's what the medical market is demanding.

The harper government is deaf to that clamour. It wants out of the marijuana business and to calm stormy neighbourhood concerns.

Aglukkaq says she is open for input until july 31 on how to go about implementing her changes.

In response, those in the drug policy world are hanging on the supreme court of canada decision on insite.

If the country's high court endorses the view that provincial health powers trump the federal criminal law, ottawa will face a constitutional challenge aimed at establishing medical marijuana programs under provincial jurisdiction.

That would be a made-in-b.c. Solution, and i'm told the liberals and the ndp, behind the scenes, are in progressive agreement.

After all, if the doc says its ok and it helps the patient, why should it concern the cops, the courts, the federal government or some neanderthal municipality like north vancouver?

I'm all in favour of overhauling the medical marijuana program but instead of aglukkaq's proposals, why not have a real discussion with the compassion clubs and create a workable plan?

canada_2.jpg


news hawk- jacob ebel 420 magazine
source: Vancouversun.com
contact: contact us
copyright: Postmedia network inc.
Website: government's medical-marijuana plan should make us wary

here we go right wing politicians trying to put there morals on us.i just got my license to grow so being a responsible person and father i didnt want to burn my house down and kill everyone because i put to much load on my power box , i went out and got a license electrition to look at my power box and he replaced it with new one and wired my grow room so i wounldnt have a fire.it was all to code and yes it cost me 1,880.00 and then i dryed walled my entire grow room with blue board its mold resistance and insulation that is mold resistance all that and grow equipment to start my legal grow room cost me around 3,500.00 dollars thats 5,380.00 i spent to grow my own legal medicine . Now these right wingers are going to tell me i have to shut my grow room down . I can tell you now that i didnt spend all this money for nothing i will keep on growing my own medicine till the day i die . I just cant afford buying my medicine from someone eles not going to happen iam disabled and dont make much money anymore since my accident . All that said we need to form a group to repersent us medical pot people and put pressure on the goverment to make better changes to this program , make our voices heard . Send a email to jack laton and ask for him to speak for us in parliment about better changes to the program . Its either that or we do what we have to do out grow the goverment . Make your self heard
 
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