Pubdate: Friday, August 27, 1999
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Copyright: 1999, The Toronto Star
Author: Lynn Harichy


Re: Health Canada Commits $7.5 Million To Marijuana Trials (Aug. 21).

As a medical marijuana activist, there are a few things that bother me
about the government studies.

First, what does Health Canada mean by "research-grade" marijuana? Is
it talking about low grade THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) bud? Or just the
leaves of this plant?

I know from experience that these types and quality of marijuana do
not help me; in fact, they only make me worse, with headaches and congestion.

Another thing I have found out from my own research: Different strains
of this plant are best for different illnesses, aches and pains.

Like all medication, moderation is the key. Each person uses it
differently. Like anything the doctor would give you, there are also
ways to use this herb.

Some use it just before bed, some four times a day, some 20 minutes
before pills or meals. The list goes on and on.

I want to grow my own strain because I know the strain I need. I know
what the recommended dosage is for my illness, which is multiple sclerosis.

I also cannot afford to buy this so-called weed because of my
finances, but would be able to grow the amount I need.

So many questions still need to be answered but to me, the most
important one is, why am I still going to court Sept. 27 for using
this herb for medical reasons?

There is no funding available for people like me to continue to fight
this war!

London, Ont. 

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