Pubdate: Sun, 28 Sep 2003
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Section: Letter of the Day
Copyright: 2003 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Steve Kubby
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor
Bookmark: (Kubby, Steve)


Re: Reefer Railway eyed (Sept. 24).

As an American "Reefer Refugee" in Canada, I must agree with Bruce
Miller of the Police Association of Ontario when he said, "It is a sad
state of affairs" when "people are being encouraged to come to Canada
for drug vacations." However, one can hardly describe the plight of
America's new medical refugees as a "vacation."

My updated Health Canada medical marijuana exemption card arrived last
Tuesday. Here are my new cultivation limits: 117 plants (no limit on
size of plants or grow space), 12 pounds maximum for storage and 1.5
pounds possession (while travelling anywhere in Canada).

This is what my Canadian physicians and I believe is reasonable for me
to have as an adequate supply for my condition. It's pretty much what
we fought for back in California. And 12 pounds is what the U.S.
government sends its medical marijuana patients.

In contrast, California is about to pass a six-plant, half-pound limit
that would be a death sentence for patients such as myself.

Unless Gov. Davis vetoes this bill, California's historic medical
marijuana will be rendered useless for a large number of patients, who
will suffer and die as a result.

Furthermore, it will spark a flood of medical marijuana refugees,
fleeing persecution, to come into Canada. That's unfair to Canada and
disgraceful for California. All because of evil, kitten-eating
reptiles in the U.S. who refuse to grant us the respect and dignity of
legal access to the one medicine that works best for us.

Steve Kubby

Sechelt, B.C.

(B.C. is like a reefer refugee camp, as it is.)
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