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No Pot For Jailed Medical Marijuana User


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A medical marijuana activist in Calgary has begun serving his sentence — without access to the drug while he is behind bars.

Provincial court Judge William Pepler ordered Grant Krieger to jail Monday, even though Alberta's solicitor general turned down the judge's earlier request that Krieger have marijuana while serving his time.

Outside court, Ryan Krieger said his father will get sick without his medical marijuana.

"Without it, he will pretty well be in a wheelchair, if not bedridden, and that means he can't get out of his bed to do anything. It's going to be very hard and difficult for him for the four-month period to be in prison for, and it's just not right."

Krieger, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and has legal permission to smoke marijuana for medical purposes, has admitted to sending two packages of the drug to Manitoba in 2003 and 2004.

In March, Pepler ruled that incarceration is appropriate, but he delayed Krieger's time behind bars until June to allow corrections officials to figure out how they will administer medical marijuana to him.

Krieger has vowed to keep defying the law, saying not everyone who needs marijuana for medical purposes are getting access to the federal program.

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