Pubdate: Sun, 29 Apr 2001
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Kathleen Harris
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


PEMBROKE -- Two area men with the legal right to toke are taking the weed 
on tour.

Rob Brown, a high-profile advocate for legalizing pot for medicinal 
purposes, and his former defence lawyer Rick Reimer are planning a six-week 
road trip called the Cross-Canada Cannabis Enlightenment Tour. The goal is 
to educate the nation about the merits of marijuana.

On a route from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., the pair plans to 
dispense pot seeds, educational literature and advice from a mobile growing 
unit. Travelling in a roving van, they hope to have a small hydroponic 
operation on board.

"Our first stop will be the local police station," said Reimer, who suffers 
from multiple sclerosis. A practising lawyer for more than 20 years, Reimer 
hopes to inform people about the process of applying for an exemption under 
Health Canada's controlled substances act.

Learn A Lesson

Police officers could also learn a lesson about the rights of those with 
federal government permission to light up, he said.

Brown, who has cancer and hepatitis C, said the trip will begin this June 
and wind up with a rally on Parliament Hill July 31.

Reimer says the trip will also work to break down the negative stigma 
surrounding marijuana.

"We also want to say, 'Look at this harmless little plant -- what's 
everyone so afraid of?' "
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