HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Crown Appeals Marijuana Ruling
Pubdate: Thu, 11 Jan 2001
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2001, The Globe and Mail Company


Calgary - The Crown is appealing a controversial ruling that allows people 
to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

In December, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Darlene Acton stayed 
cultivation charges against Grant Krieger, who has multiple sclerosis and 
uses cannabis to treat his symptoms.

Judge Acton said it was "absurd" the federal government grants medical 
exemptions to its possession laws, but provides no way to get the drug. 
"There is no legal source for cannabis," she noted. "The exemption triggers 
the absurdity that to obtain a product one has to take part in an illegal act."

Judge Acton gave Parliament 12 months to change the drug legislation so 
that sick patients can get medicinal cannabis.

However, Mr. Krieger still faces a charge of possession for the purpose of 
trafficking. The trial by judge and jury is set for June 18.

The charge was laid in August 1999 after police allegedly found a small 
hydroponic growing operation at Mr. Krieger's home and seized 29 plants. 
Later this month, Mr. Krieger starts serving 22 days in jail for failure to 
pay previous fines received for breaching probation.

"I am still going to take a quarter-pound of marijuana with me to jail and 
if they decide to seize it, I will sue them ... I'm not going to jail in a 

He said he hasn't been able to walk in the past when forced to refrain from 
taking marijuana to ease his pain.

Mr. Krieger said he can't have his marijuana delivered to his jail cell on 
a daily basis because that would make the courier guilty of a criminal 
offence. "If I ask my sons to bring me my pot they're going to get nailed 
for trafficking - I can't have that," he said. "The laws are a mess."
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