Pubdate: Fri, 26 Apr 2002
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: John Brine
Note: Parenthetical remark provided by the Sun editor; headline provided by 
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


RE: "OTTAWA'S not a very good drug dealer," by Mindelle Jacobs, April 23.

Jacobs hit the nail right on the head. Ottawa had announced that they were 
starting to grow medical marijuana, but it would be years possibly until 
those in need would get their weed.

Marijuana has some definite medicinal value, having been used by the 
Chinese and Indian civilizations for many thousands of years. One of my 
relatives who had contracted AIDS had to turn to marijuana to ease his pain 
and nausea and to keep his appetite up. Were it not for that, he would have 
lived out his short life in miserable agony.

If Ottawa was serious, they would get off the ball, release and distribute 
the previously grown marijuana, or at least set up compassion clubs, where 
those in severe ongoing pain can find some relief and a flicker of hope in 
their already darkened lives.

John Brine

(Why would anyone expect Ottawa to be organized?) 
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