Pubdate: Fri, 06 Aug 2010
Source: Guelph Mercury (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010 Guelph Mercury Newspapers Limited
Author: Russell Barth



I write in response to the news that charges have been dropped 
against one suspect in Guelph's medical marijuana club bust.

This pogrom against sick people and their caregivers is just the 
beginning. When, not if, Stephen Harper gets his majority government 
- - and with low voter turnout and the wide splitting of the vote on 
the left will that will likely make a Harper majority inevitable - 
the medical marijuana office at Health Canada will be shut down, the 
RCMP will be told to round up all soon-to-be-former-licence-holders, 
and we will all be put into one of the 12 new jails he will build 
specifically for the purpose of housing pot people.

If this sounds like an exaggeration, just ask a Harperite. Ask any 
MP, or candidate what the Harper plan for marijuana users is, and 
they will answer with one word: jail. The government has violated and 
ignored court rulings. It deliberately underfunds and understaffed 
the medical marijuana offices causing outrageous delays, and uses tax 
dollars to lie to the public about the "dangers" of pot use. So don't 
think they are above rounding up 5,000 sick people. They wouldn't 
only do it, they would boast about it to their myopic, 
punishment-happy voter base.

I extend my thanks to the people of Canada - in advance - for helping 
Harper put me and thousands of other sick and dying Canadians into 
jail. Your voting, or failure to do so, has assured that I will not 
be free much longer.

Russell Barth

Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User

Drug Reform Analyst and Consultant

Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
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