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Krieger fights rap

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The federal government's inability to make dope available to those who can
legally use it is at the heart of an admitted pot grower's case, a jury was
told yesterday.

Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said his client, Grant Krieger, doesn't
deny harvesting marijuana to distribute to others, but only out of

Iovinelli said Krieger started a Calgary chapter of the Compassion Club in
1999 because the drug wasn't being made available for medical use.

"Mr. Krieger cultivated and distributed that marijuana to individuals who
were in need," Iovinelli said during submissions at his client's jury trial.

Krieger faces an Aug. 25, 1999, charge of possession of marijuana for the
purpose of trafficking.

The trial, set for five days, continues this morning.

Pubdate: Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Contact: cal-letters@calgarysun.com
Website: Under Construction fyicalgary.com
Author: Kevin Martin