Group calls for marijuana legalization

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Many Islanders interested in using drug for relief of medical conditions

Neil Magnuson of British Columbia joins P.E.I. artist Kat Murphy for a meeting in Charlottetown supporting the legalization of marijuana. Magnuson is travelling the country on what he calls a Freedom Tour and was invited to P.E.I. by Murphy.

Calling it the Freedom Tour, a group of more than 20 Islanders gathered in Charlottetown recently to call for the legalization of marijuana.

Many were interested in using the drug for relief of medical conditions, a process that is permitted in Canada provided the user complies with a daunting application and usage protocol, the meeting was told.

Trevor Leclerc, candidate for the leadership of the NDP on P.E.I., is HIV-positive and takes pharmaceutical, prescribed drugs to stave off AIDS.

“The medicines that keep the virus in check take quite a toll on my system,” said Leclerc. “I use medical marijuana to stimulate my appetite. Frankly, it’s the only thing that does.”

He carries a big pink licence and buys from Health Canada at $10 per gram.

“The possibility of people abusing their licences is really a misguided fear,” said Leclerc. “That comes from people not really understanding that it is not an addictive drug. It has a long history that goes back thousands of years in the pharmacopoeia.”

He attended the Charlottetown meeting to lend his endorsement to the creation of a support group for people wanting to use medical marijuana.

“It is, strangely, a very lonely thing to have this need and this requirement,” said Leclerc. “Sometimes it can be very awkward to try to deal with it, obtain a steady supply through Health Canada. It can be hard just to find a sympathetic ear, someone to talk to. It’s not an easy program to get on to.”

He began trying to get his licence about five years ago but it took two years before he got one in hand.

“There is a great misunderstanding about people who are on medical marijuana, that there is a perhaps, a seedy underside to that, and there really isn’t,” said Leclerc. “We would rather be taking anything else, quite honestly, but when it’s the only thing that can help you eat or gain weight, it’s what you have to rely on.”

The meeting was thrown together at the last minute, said organizer Kat Murphy, herself a user of medical marijuana for her Crohn’s and other inflammatory diseases. She heard about Neil Magnuson’s tour and invited him over to the Island. Magnuson is a British Columbia filmmaker and user of medical marijuana.

“It’s about the dangers and costs when you try to prohibit substances,” said Magnuson of his Freedom Tour across Canada. “We have been lied to for a long time by people that have a lot of money and want to protect their interest. We don’t have a prohibition on cannabis because it is some dangerous substance that makes you violently insane, causes you to be addicted and quit your job and sit around and get stoned and stupid all the time.”

Unlike some pharmaceutical, prescribed drugs, the meeting heard.

Canadian adults have the freedom to make their own choices, said Magnuson.

“Freedom is the right to do or not do whatever you want to do unless you are bothering somebody else,” said Magnuson.

That is a legal definition in Canada, he said.

“The role of government is to protect that freedom,” he said. “That is what our forefathers fought and put their lives on the line for, so we wouldn’t have a dictator or tyrant.”

Now government is lobbied by corporations with vested interests, like drug companies, for example, that don’t have our best interests in mind but rather focus on profits, Magnuson said.

Pretty well every kid uses drugs, even hard drugs in their teen years, but only those with tragedy in their lives, multiple traumas or conjunctive traumas, go on to abuse the drugs, said Magnuson.

They didn’t slide into hard drug use by starting off on marijuana, they tried different drugs and found only the hard drugs gave them relief from their mental and emotional trauma, he said.

“The hard stuff gives them serious relief from emotional and physical pain that they are suffering. We shouldn’t be punishing these people,” he said. “We should be very compassionate about them.

“There are no good or bad drugs in the world. There is just good and bad relationships with drugs. If you are having your leg amputated, you probably want some heroin. You don’t want to use it for every day killing your doldrums because it’s addictive.”

When government prohibits drugs, more people try it, said Magnuson.

“Freedom is so important to people,” he said. “It’s at the root of what our instincts are all about. Prohibiting drugs increases the demand. It guarantees a black market. The more you try to enforce your way out of that the more dangerous it gets because you don’t stop the demand and you don’t stop the supply. Prohibiting drugs is not only a violation of your natural right to possess what ever it is you want, but it makes things way worse.”

Magnuson wants drugs to become legal with the guidance of regulations. There can be taxes and age restrictions and advertising restrictions. There is no good reason to legalize drugs like crystal meth or the like, he added.

“Most people want nothing to do with it,” said Magnuson. “If you are in need of heroin because you’ve found that’s what kills the pain in your heart from whatever happened to you, then you should have a health-care professional helping you get what you want, get what you need in a way that makes sense for you.”

Organizations: Freedom Tour, Health Canada, NDP

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown, British Columbia

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  • Concerned Islander
    April 16, 2013 - 00:45

    Allow me to clear some things up for people who are not necessarily educated on the topic of cannabis, by properly addressing any arguments one may think of, with typical attacks (A) and respective rebuttals (R): 1. (A): "Marijuana is addicting" (R): Marijuana is not inherently addicting. Even if you want to look for withdrawal symptoms, there are no physical withdrawal symptoms, and no hangover (unlike with alcohol). There can be psychological addiction, of course, but certainly at no higher a rate than addiction to things such as fast food, video games, internet, etc. Nicotine is the most addicting drug known to us, more addicting than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Caffeine and alcohol also score in the top 5. Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol are all very legal. 2. (A): "Marijuana is bad for you" (R): Cannabis is prescribed to many patients to deal with various problems, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, lack of appetite, and various forms of pain. It also successfully treats symptoms of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, cannabis has never killed anyone, ever. It is virtually impossible to overdose on it through any method that any normal person would be able to employ. It has, admittedly, been shown to possibly exacerbate symptoms of schizophrenia in those with a predisposition for it, but this is a very small percentage of people. Other drugs and many foods can have similar exacerbating factors. In addition, many harmful things are legal, such as nicotine, alcohol, and fast food. And even with all this put aside, people have the right to do what they want with their own body. It’s called liberty and freedom, and the illegality of cannabis spits in the face of those principles. 3. (A): “Weed is a gateway drug” (R): The gateway theory or, more appropriately, the gateway hypothesis, is a failed one. Of course many people who use hard drugs have also used cannabis. But many people who drink alcohol have also drank milk and fruit juice. Do we call milk and fruit juice gateway drinks? And then ban them as such? Of course not, because that would be absurd. A very small fraction of those who smoke cannabis use hard drugs, nothing which could possibly demonstrate any causal, or even correlational, factor. 4. (A): “Weed is a drug and drugs are bad” (R): Being a ‘drug’ does not instantly make something ‘bad’. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, Aspirin, Tylenol, and prescriptions are all drugs - some ‘good’, some ‘bad’, depending on how they are used. Even if something is unhealthy, like pointed out earlier, it does not mean people need to be told what to do with their own body. It is simply none of your business. 5. (A): “If marijuana is legalized, everyone will be stoned all the time” (R): Alcohol is legal, and you don’t see everyone drunk all the time. Why would you think that cannabis being legal will lead to everyone being stoned all the time? Just because you see someone who is stoned, you cannot infer that cannabis being legal will lead to everyone being stoned all the time. Many people, and many successful people, use(d) cannabis but not all the time: Stephen King, Steve Jobs, Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, just to name a few. You cannot, for instance, say that weed makes you lazy if you look at these people. And even if people did decide to smoke it all the time, it is not your right to tell them what and what not to do. If someone is caught doing their job high, they will be punished accordingly – simple as that. 6. (A): “People involved with marijuana are also involved with other forms of illegal activity” (R): First off, the only reason people involved with cannabis are ‘breaking the law’ is because society says that cannabis should be illegal. If someone grows a plant in their house and sells the harvest to their friend down the street, they are not involved with violence or some drug cartel from across borders. That is simply ridiculous. It is one person giving a harvested plant to another person, and that person uses it in the privacy of their own home. What is so wrong with that? And if someone does happen to be involved with both cannabis and criminal activity, it is likely simply because there is a criminal market for cannabis because it is illegal. If it were legalized and sold legally, for instance in stores, the underground market for cannabis would evaporate. Another possibility is that someone who wants to use cannabis to help them deal with something unfortunately has no other method of obtaining it other than dealing with criminals, because it is illegal. Any criminal activity problems related to cannabis would disappear if it were made legal. 7. (A): “If you look at rehabilitation facilities, a lot of the people in there are in there because of marijuana” (R): The reason for this is simple. When someone is charged with a cannabis-related crime, they often have two choices: go to jail, or go to rehab. Which do you think someone is more likely to choose? Rehab is of course the obvious choice over jail or prison. That is why so many of them are in rehab; not because they need help but because rehab is certainly preferable over incarceration. 8. (A): “Weed impairs your driving ability, and there are no roadside tests for weed intoxication” (R): This is actually a debatable point, as cannabis actually tends to make people more cautious. That being said, obviously it is still a potential problem. But there are blood and urine tests, and simple signs and behavioral tests that could easily be done roadside. In addition, there are other legal over-the-counter drugs, such as sleeping pills, which would certainly impair driving performance and have no way to be tested roadside. Yet sleeping pills are perfectly legal. 9. (A): “Weed kills your brain cells” (R): Cannabis does not kill brain cells. There was one study done which perpetuated this false claim, but the results were severely confounded. Cannabis smoke was administered to monkeys using a mask sealed around their mouth, only allowing them to inhale out of the mask. However, the air given to them was around 95% cannabis smoke. The simply lack of oxygen was what caused the death of brain cells, not the cannabis smoke. If cannabis were legalized, criminal activity would plummet and we would collect enormous revenue from the taxes collected from its sale. People would have more freedom, due to access to the safest and most beneficial drug known to woman and man. Please...open your eyes. Legalize it, tax it, benefit.

  • some people
    October 11, 2012 - 22:06

    Yes this would be good lets have everone on pei walking around stupid lets see the doctors can smoke one before going to work then all the cops can smoke one when on duty i dont know who the idots are that say it dont screw you up i tryed it once and i was num from head to toe and i could not have bin able to drive a car in a safe way if i had to not in a rush to do it again.

    • Regular User
      October 14, 2012 - 14:08

      Well we've just witnessed the brain damage caused by a person using pot just once.

    • Regular User
      October 14, 2012 - 16:23

      Well we've just witnessed the brain damage caused by a person using pot just once.

    • Wayne Jory
      October 29, 2012 - 09:47

      Yeah, I tried alcohol once and it made me numb from head to toe, so I think it should be illegal for everyone, especially doctors and cops. Sounds stupid doesn't it...

    • Why Lie
      April 11, 2013 - 16:23

      People rant and rave on things they know nothing about. They some how got brain washed that Cannabis is evil. I assure you it is not and has and will help a lot of people. It has feed and cloth us in the early 1900's. Though it is not for everyone because some people brains are miss certain chemical balances and it tend to cause some psychotic effects. This can happen in some younger brains that are not fully developed yet as well. I am not sure why people say it makes them feel a certain way when it in fact it doesn't. I would be looking at who gave it to you if that is the case. They may have spike it with something else and if it was legal that would not happen, because it would be regulated and they have would no need to spike it. A lot of sick people can benefit from cannabis from arthritis to cancer. Why should we keep it from them. As long as it is illegal medical user will always have a hard time to getting it . When they do get it , it will be very costly. Not like some people I am all for it , more so for the medical users.

  • Joe Blow
    October 10, 2012 - 15:55

    The only people on here that are against Pot at the people who have never tried it and have no idea how non-addictive it really is. Once something can be used as a medicine....it should no longer be illegal!! If the legalized Pot and put a tax on it like booze and cigarettes....there would be no more debt and it would also give politicians more money to waste, since that is what they do best and really all they care about. And as far as being too stoned to drive....it doesn't exist...you are so extra careful that there is no way you'd get into an accident! LEGALIZE IT NOW!!! Save millions of dollars each year in law enforcement by trying to stop pot smokers!!

  • Jarrod
    October 10, 2012 - 15:19

    There are two fundamental problems with THC and cannabis legalization as I see it. One - unlike most drugs, THC stays in the body for quite a long time. Alcohol, cocaine, opiates...they all clear out in hours or days, but THC sticks around in our fatty tissues for weeks and even months. Also, there's no way to test stoned drivers in the way the breathalyzer determines alcohol concentrations. Whether people like to admit it or not, stoned drivers are impaired drivers. Until law enforcement can conclusively say a driver is "under the influence" of pot (which is again complicated by my first point), I think it's unlikely that we'll see legalization or even decriminalization any time soon.

    • Jay
      October 10, 2012 - 16:03

      Meh. Someone who hasn't had enough sleep, can be considered 'impaired' - no great way of tracking that either.

    • subway anyone?
      October 10, 2012 - 23:34

      jarrod they can perform dui manoeuvres for any drug, you know like walk the line hold one leg up count backwards from 57 to 42 stuff like that, then they can get a blood sample for court, but rarely are people impaired by just smoking pot, unless they are a first time user or something. I am sure i could smoke my face off and still pass any cops dui test it makes me drive slower and safer if anything, i have heard of the police in b.c suspending peoples licences for 24hrs after setting up road blocks looking for pot impaired drivers seen it on the national one night but it also said everyone getting fined was admitting to being stoned after "specially trained officers" talked them into it , but no need to worry of that here our bud is way less potent then their stuff, the problem out there was people from here going out west and smoking the crap out of suff they aren't use to probably lol, o and one other small fact i might add no driving fatalities in canada from pot alone have been reported in 40 years!

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      October 11, 2012 - 06:57

      Storing THC in the fatty tissues you call a problem and I disagree. I think it wonderful that my body does not reject the THC as it does alcohol, cocaine, opiates, etc. This is proof that our bodies are genetically engineered (by God) to take this harmless substance and store it for the body's later use as it does with many other natural herbs and supplements. Blood tests work, urine tests work, what's the problem. I am sure someone will even develop a breath tester given the likelihood that some corporation(s) will get very rich off of such a device.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      October 11, 2012 - 07:54

      There is nothing permanent about the cruise ship industry. Like all industries it is subject to all the ups and downs of a business model built on cheap fuel. Rising costs mean people cannot afford cruises. Stop thinking about today and try to look ahead a little bit. You advocate a larger cruise ship business yet as always we seem to put the cart ahead of the horse. HOW MUCH OF OUR SHRINKING WATER SUPPLY DO THEY USE? I am sure the local merchants will figure out what to sell without your advice.

  • Guess
    October 10, 2012 - 14:29

    My Facts. I have: Received a full scholarship to UPEI Graduated 2nd in my class from UPEI Smoked cannabis almost every day for 20 years Have a healthy wonderful family Attend church every sunday Pay my taxes Own 3 businesses in Charlottetown Lets stop being silly and end prohibition.

  • don
    October 10, 2012 - 13:37

    Stoner. i have seen the real world and was DRUGGIES does to new born babbis and adults as i worked in a hospital in kingston ont where theses people were kept . so no need to try and tell me your bull and you have to be a druggie yourself and to think pei is not going to make money on this. but what really gets me is we the tax payers pay for needles for some useless druggie that can get help. but the government will not give free supplies to some one that has diabetes and they just can't go in for treatment and cure it. so the government cares more for the person that uses drugs,booze etc then they do for real helth problems.

    • Foolish
      October 10, 2012 - 20:15

      It is hillarious how the rightous spew their uneducated rants filled with grammar errors against the druggies and potheads when stats actually show most of the most successful people in the world have smoked pot. Steve Jobs said doing LSD was one of the top 2 or 3 things he had done, this is a man who founded Pixar and Apple, I wonder if they rank in front of before LSD. Yes, drugs can be abused but it seems by the posts on here propoganda seems to do more brain damage than experimental drug use.

  • jane
    October 10, 2012 - 12:49

    Well Drugs...Why dont the government but some money in to our youth problems here on the island....they can but thousands out on a concert that didnt even take place...there is something wrong here big time....the streets of CHARLOTTETOWN are full of pills...whats it going to take for people to wake up ????

  • Trevor Leclerc
    October 10, 2012 - 12:18

    I misspoke at the time of the interview about the cost per gram from Health Canada ( $5.00, (plus tax). My personal preference not to have to use cannabis is due to my being a reformed smoker. Alternate delivery means ( that better meter doses) are available to smoking, but the cost is significantly higher. I do prefer marihuana to pharmaceuticals in principle.

  • MrMedicinal
    October 10, 2012 - 12:16

    @ "Not a Stoner"-You are so far behind the times, you need to educate yourself on the scientific side of Cannabis. An illegal drug? You aren't aware of it's medical purposes and that the Canadian Government sells it for these conditions? it is your twisted methodology that will further destroy our youth.

  • pot, pot and more pot
    October 10, 2012 - 12:12

    I smoke er all the time and believe me, I'm not as think as you stoned I am!

  • MrMedicinal
    October 10, 2012 - 12:09

    Cannabis is not addictive, it is the person. I have used Cannabis every single day for the past five years. When I had to stay in the QEH for two weeks last April I was unable to get out of bed and therefore unable to access my Cannabis. The only withdrawal I had to endure was my uncontrollable muscle spasms, which is what I use pot for. Cannabis use is not for some people and they have the right not to use it, just like it works for some people and they should have the right to use it, especially for medical purposes. If you don't like it and have never had any medical issues where it was needed, good for you. That doesn't give you the right to tell me I shouldn't use it.

  • Arielle MacDonald
    October 10, 2012 - 12:03

    AGREED WITH BILL KAYS... HERE HERE, You TELL THOSE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Not a "STONER"
    October 10, 2012 - 11:31

    20 long-term drug addicts, trying to rationalize why we should allow their drug of choice, to infiltrate and weave its way into our fabirc of life. You have an addiction, an illegal addiction. There's resources available for that. Your twisted methodology will further destroy our youth. Thank God you're sitting on the sidelines, and not in any political position to make a difference.

    • Ouch
      October 10, 2012 - 12:26

      "20 long-term drug addicts" - That is a very rude thing to say and quite unnecessary. There is never a need for personal attacks.

    • A "Stoner"
      October 10, 2012 - 12:51

      I think you missed the point where these so called 'drug addicts' purchase their cannabis from the Government of Canada. Therefore, I don't think you could consider their so-called 'addiction' illegal. These people are using a natural plant that was put on the earth by god, rather than ingesting multiple synthetic prescription drugs with devastating side effects, and high chances of developing an addiction to a drug that does not give the results that they can achieve when medicating with a plant. Cannabis has been used for literally thousands of years without one single case of someone dying as a result. Do a little homework and try to open your eyes to the real world (2012), rather than the sheltered narrow minded version you currently occupy. I'm glad you're also 'sitting on the sidelines' and not in any political position to make decisions based on your bias point of view, because that place would truly be a scary place to live. -Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.

    • Cruel Words from Not A
      October 10, 2012 - 21:54

      I do not smoke or ingest marajuana in any form. I do support its use for those who suffer from painful medical conditions. If you do not suffer from such things as multiple sclerosis or other long term extreme pain, you couldn't possibly understand. Not everyone wants to pop pills that are $100 per week, and it is people like Not a 'stoner' who make those who need and use cannabis feel like they have to hide it. I have a family member whose doctor has tried to get her to use cannibus for her extreme pain, and she won't because she is afraid people will think she is a drug addict. As a result, both she and her husband and children suffer along with her. Try to be kinder to people who are ill, and don't call them addicts. There are more addicts taking oxycontin (?) for pain, and they are addicted because it is socially acceptable pain killer. Think about it....big drug companies making huge bucks on those folks rather than the government controlling the cannabis

  • don
    October 10, 2012 - 11:19

    better make it legal that way ghizzy can add the HST to it. and make more druggies then drunks on our roads. plus can anyone tell me why did this newspaper hire the bias guy from cbc tv. i have posted a few remarks but never made it to the web. but i see certain others getting more web time then ghizzy.

    • it doesn't happen
      October 10, 2012 - 14:09

      don, "and make more druggies then drunks on our roads", ok don i think you have either never tried smoking pot your self or know anyone who has so you might want to keep your bias comments to your self maybe that's why the guardian doesn't publish your comments because i can see from that one just how biased you are, i would rather be on the road with stoned drivers then drunk ones any day lol if weed effected your motor skills so bad why wouldn't we here of people crashing and killing people on weed all the time? maybe because it doesn't happen don

  • MrMedicinal
    October 10, 2012 - 11:00

    Teenagers are lazy, no need to blame the pot which they shouldn't be using anyway! We are friends Bill, I'm just picking at you:)

  • Quiet Observer
    October 10, 2012 - 10:58

    One myth these people or continuing is that marijuana is not addictive. That is so WRONG. It is completely psychologically addictive to people. The old stereo-type fall back of something having to be physically addictive to be bad is out of touch with the realities of addictions as it is understood today. Psychological addiction to anything is as strong or stronger than physical addiction.

    • Do your research
      October 10, 2012 - 11:24

      There are no properties in pot that are addictive, there has never even been one reported over dose of marijuana. Personally I would take the pot head over the drunk any day. Good luck with your tour!

    • Well...
      October 10, 2012 - 12:29

      TCH is addictive. Not as nearly high as it's legal counterparts such as Alcohol and tobacco. A little more research wouldn't hurt. Decriminalize it. Potheads aren't holding up stores with syringes. If anything, they leave without their change. Screw pot as a gateway. Pharmaceuticals and extacy are the gateway these days. They can also create strains of marijuana that are just as effective and less addictive. Science folks. Botany to be more specific.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      October 10, 2012 - 13:59

      Scratching your ?? head with your left hand while standing on one foot singing God Save The Queen can be psychologically addictive also so stop being so silly. Educate yourself, then speak. In other words any action can be psychologically addictive, even going to a psychologist. When we talk about addictive substances we are talking about physical addiction mostly.

  • MrMedicinal
    October 10, 2012 - 10:55

    I've had my license for 5 years and was at this meeting. I agree with everything except when Mr Leclerc says, “We would rather be taking anything else, quite honestly, but when it’s the only thing that can help you eat or gain weight, it’s what you have to rely on.” I've taken everything else and A-they don't have nearly the affect that medical grade Cannabis does in MUCH smaller doses and B-Cannabis is far less harmful for my body then pharmaceuticals.

  • Islander
    October 10, 2012 - 10:43

    Much like Plan B, many islanders have trouble with change. The problem here is that our government has lied to us about the facts of cannabis for so many years, that many middle aged islanders will have trouble accepting the actual facts about the chemical TCH (Tetrahydrocannabinol - The compound found in Marijuana). The old saying goes- " You can't teach an old dog new tricks" and convincing a closed minded population of secluded baby boomers will not be easy. Good luck to you, I support your tour.

  • nineteenpointfive degrees
    October 10, 2012 - 10:30

    Google "Run From The Cure" the Rick Simpson story. Big Pharma is not a fan of his. Did you know that back in the 1700's, US farmers were ordered to grow hemp or face being jailed. Hundreds of uses but it would cut sharply into the profits of the large fuel, forestry, textile and medicinal corporations because hemp was so easy and cheap to grow. Why don't they teach us this stuff in school?

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      October 10, 2012 - 13:54

      They don't teach anything useful in school anymore and that is by design. The less our students or population knows about the truth the more docile and obedient they are. If we are unaware, uninformed, only concerned with our tvs, iphones, and facebook, etc. then we will ask fewer questions or we may not question what our leaders are doing "because we do not know any better". READ YOUR HISTORY BOOKS. Look at the patterns. Ask yourself questions. Educate yourself. These things happen when we don't do for ourselves, but entrust a corrupt government to do the right thing.

  • Seriously?
    October 10, 2012 - 10:23

    I can't believe what I just read. I can't believe the Guardian published this story.

    • ISLANDER
      October 10, 2012 - 11:25

      This is what I'm talking about.. LOL

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    October 10, 2012 - 10:21

    It should be legalized or at least decriminalized. Everyone in jails for marijuana should be released (even if their crime was trafficking). It is beyond me why we are even debating this issue. Everyone knows that marijuana is a safe effective medicine with no harmful side effects other than the fact that it makes teenagers lazy. The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest opponent to legalization. This substance has been used for thousands of years as a medicine yet this government has their head where the sun doesn't shine. You can thank Mr. Rockefeller and his family for the original decision to outlaw it in the US because he owned most of the cotton factories and hemp was seen as a cheap, better alternative, plus it has many other spin offs meaning the whole plant can get used with little waste. As you know, where the US goes, Canada follows albeit 3 or 4 years behind.

    • dm
      October 10, 2012 - 13:45

      Well said billy except the pharmaceutical industry is not the only big opponent, your forgetting about law enforcement who wants to keep it illegal for their job security reasons that means everyone from rcmp to crown attorneys and jail guards, if the millions of dollars from pot sales didn't go to organized crime like it dose now we can be sure without a doubt a lot of their jobs would get cut. We also have a justice minister in Ottawa that is former law enforcement himself that made it a point to say weed would never be legalized under him as soon as he was appointed so...