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Pubdate: Thurs, 03 Aug 2000
Source: Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY)
Copyright: 2000 St. Lawrence County Newspapers Corp.
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Montreal--People with criminal records shouldn't be excluded from supplying 
medicinal marijuana, a group that advocates the therapeutic use of pot 
recommended Wednesday.

Health Canada should consider the knowledge of long-time growers who may 
have faced charges for growing marijuana, said Marc Boris St.Maurice of the 
Canadian Cannabis Coalition.

"Valuable experience in breeding marijuana is lost and nothing is gained by 
this criteria," St.Maurice told a news conference.

Exluding them from supplying marijuana in medical trials to be conducted by 
Ottawa isn't in the best interests of people who need it, he said.

Last year, Health Minister Allan Rock announced Ottawa would gather 
evidence on the safety and effectiveness of marijuana in treating medical 
conditions.  Rock said the federal government was looking for suppliers of 
high-grade pot for the trials.
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