Pubdate: Wed, 04 Dec 2002
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Times Colonist
Author: Steve Kubby
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Re: "Courts too lenient on pot growers," Nov. 28.

This editorial seriously misled readers by claiming that, "Police in
Sechelt were particularly incensed this week when they were forced to
give back dozens of confiscated marijuana plants to a man who had
convinced the judge he needed to smoke pot 12 times a day to ease his
cancer symptoms."

Your version certainly sounds trivial and supports your argument
nicely. However, the facts are far more serious and compelling.

I am the man who asked the judge for return of my medicine, after
presenting letters from two cancer specialists who asserted that
cannabis is the only medicine that keeps me alive and I will suffer a
heart attack or stroke if denied medical marijuana. I also presented
my Health Canada exemption which entitles me to grow 59 plants.

Both the judge and Crown counsel agreed that my medicine should be
returned and only the RCMP seems unable to grasp that what they did by
taking my medicine from me was no different than taking insulin from a

Steve Kubby,

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