HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html There's Hope For Potheads
Pubdate: Fri, 13 Dec 2002
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Jason Botchford


Sixty-four joints, 160 bowls or 320 hits from the bong.

Cut up your 30 grams of pot anyway you want without stressing about 
possible jail time if the Canadian government follows a parliamentary 
committee recommendation to decriminalize possession and cultivation of pot 
in amounts less than 30 grams.

 From chronic potheads with home-grow labs to the sick who can't get 
federal exemptions to the recreational users who puff away on a Saturday 
night, it was good news and brought with it hope smokers would no longer be 
labelled criminals.

"Merry cannabis to all pot smokers," said William Palmer, who can legally 
haul on joints for medicinal purposes and often has at least 30 grams in 
his pocket. "It's time for the laws to change."

Palmer, 37, who has HIV and can carry 150 grams legally, said because of 
his illness 30 grams would only last him two days but for the average 
recreational user the amount recommended by the committee would be enough 
for about a month.

Steve, who wouldn't give his last name, said 30 grams, which has a street 
value of about $300, is what he roughly cultivates from one plant every six 
weeks. It's also enough to last him and his friends about a month. He said 
it's not a large enough amount to push people into dealing.
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