Pubdate: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 Date: 08/14/1998 Source: The Sudbury Star (Canada) Author: Dave Haans Website: http://sudbury.siteseer.ca/index.htm Dear Editor: Re: Star editorial (Allan Rock's dubious response -- Aug. 10). In this editorial, you state that Allan Rock should have told Jim Wakeford, a medical marijuana user, that he could have access to the drug that helps him by submitting a request under Health Canada's Special Access Program. However, the SAP is a dead end in regards to medical marijuana. Last year, such a request was denied because there is no source of the drug that any company is able to supply, because of its illegal status. Of course, a medical marijuana user could easily grow his or her own medicine, but the current laws would brand such a person as a criminal, subject to a possible term of life imprisonment (the same as murder.). Eighty-three per cent of Canadians support legalized marijuana for medical purposes. It appears our elected officials in the health and justice departments are much more concerned about waging a lost war on drugs than they are about getting medicine to the people who would truly benefit from it. It's a pity that they waste both the court's time and our tax dollars fighting something few of us have a problem with. Dave Haans Toronto * Dave Haans is a Sudbury native and a graduate student at the University of Toronto.