Pubdate: Fri, 23 Aug 2002
Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Author: Ron Johnson
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


The dis-Honourable Anne McLellan is typical of a politician. When the 
Ontario Court of Appeal in the Parker case gave the government one year to 
change the laws to allow for the use of cannabis as medicine, the Justice 
Department did not fight the ruling. Who was the minister of justice at the 
time? McLellan was and she knows there are no cases (about using marijuana) 
before the Superior Court of Canada at the present time.

I am a federal exemptee to use cannabis to eradicate my multiple seizures 
and the severe chronic nerve pain that I have as a result of two brain 
surgeries that were supposed to eliminate the seizures. Now McLellan would 
rather see us take pills that don't help my seizures instead of smoking 
marijuana until a 10-year study concludes that what we are saying is the truth.

There are a great many doctors who have already seen the benefits of 
cannabis over the use of pharmaceuticals, which have greater side effects. 
Pharmaceutical companies are all in a race to be the first to make a pill 
from the properties of the 340 different canaboids contained in cannabis 
that, in combination, can work wonders.

So while the sick, who have won the right to use cannabis, are put in 
further danger of not being able to obtain their medicine, McLellan worries 
about the dangers of tobacco smoke.

Ron Johnson, Paris
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