Pubdate: Wed, 21 Nov 2001
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 Times Colonist
Author: Chuck Beyer
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


Last year the Ontario courts declared marijuana laws unconstitutional 
because they did not allow access to medical marijuana. The government was 
given one year to come up with new rules.

The interim rules allowed patients to grow a stash with a note from a doctor.

The new rules require, unlike morphine or Demerol, two doctors' signatures, 
at a time when officials of the B.C. Medical Association argue that no 
doctors should sign them because of a lack of expertise in dosage requirements.

This, for a plant where there has been no overdose in history.

So what we have now is about 300 exemptees who under the interim rules 
qualified, and under the new rules can not find the first or a second 

The Canadian government has made getting an exemption more difficult, for 
the interim exemptees and all new applicants. The government has clearly 
disobeyed the orders of the Ontario court -- and this law may well be dead.

Chuck Beyer

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