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Lulu
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posted 07-30-2001 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lulu   Visit Lulu's Homepage!   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Canadian Cannabis Decision May Spark New Thinking
Updated: Mon, Jul 30 1:53 PM EDT
By Patricia Reaney
LONDON (Reuters) - Advocates of the medical use of marijuana got a boost on Monday when Canada became the first country in the world to allow people suffering from chronic illnesses to legally grow and use the drug.
The landmark decision puts the therapeutic use of the popular recreational drug on the world agenda and could sway other nations reviewing the use of the drug in relieving pain from illnesses such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, cancer and degenerative muscle and bone diseases.

"It is very courageous for the Canadian government to do this," Roger Pertwee, a leading expert on cannabis from Aberdeen University in Canada, told Reuters.

"It is the first country that has legalized cannabis for medical use, so in that sense it is very groundbreaking. It will certainly make other countries take it seriously," said Pertwee, a neuropharmacology professor.

Possessing, growing and selling cannabis for recreational use is still a crime in Canada but patients whose doctors write a certificate saying they need it for medical reasons will be allowed to grow and use the drug without fear of prosecution.

BREAK THE LAW

Patients with chronic illnesses have been forced to either break the law to get cannabis or stick with legal drugs that may not work for them or have unpleasant side effects.

"It is very tough on people who genuinely need it and can't have it just because it is being used so much recreationally and the government is so worried about that," Pertwee said.

The Canadian decision puts it on a collision course with the United States, whose Supreme Court ruled in May there could be no exceptions to the illegality of cannabis.

The federal ruling effectively ended the legal distribution of medicinal marijuana in California and other states where it had been permitted.

Most other countries, apart from the Netherlands where its use has been decriminalized, have a similar policy.

Pertwee applauded the Canadian decision because it relieves the dilemma of patients, but he and other scientists and clinicians say problems remain with the supply, dose and delivery systems of marijuana into the body for medicinal use.

SCIENTIFIC PROOF

Some scientists also agree with the Canadian Medical Association, which is against the new law because it feels there is not enough scientific proof about how it works, how much should be taken or how it interacts with other medication.

Scientists who conducted an analysis of data from 39 clinical trials of cannabis reported in July that it is no better than codeine in controlling pain.

But Mark Rogerson of GW Pharmaceutical, which aims to develop the world's first cannabis-based medicines, said the Canadian decision supported arguments for the medical benefits.

"There is no doubt this demonstrates the Canadian health authorities recognizes the potential contribution of cannabis-based medicines," he said in a telephone interview.

"Anything which contributes toward putting cannabis center-stage in the medical picture, we are in favor of."

Britain's Medical Research Council is doing research into the benefits of cannabis for multiple sclerosis. The Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords (upper house) has also suggested there should be more leniency in the therapeutic use of cannabis.

"There may be some countries which don't have a policy on this now which may be forced into having a policy and some of those countries may go the same route as Canada," Pertwee said.

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The next time I visit my friendly Dr. I will ask for the OK to legally grow some of nature's finest to help ease the pain of my degenerative disk disease. Man, I love living in Canada


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posted 07-30-2001 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delphi   Visit Delphi's Homepage!   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm movin to Canada!! Seriously tho, I have a couple of those diseases on that list...the muscle spasms from the GWI/MS/FM are the worst and not much seems to help....Same-o, same-o for the Asthma. HMMMM. Thanx Lulu, Love, Joanne ^j^

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posted 07-31-2001 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RidesTheWind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

LUCKY LU!!!!!!But who wants to have to be sick first?

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posted 07-31-2001 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi ho hi ho, its off to Lulu's I go. Lets see, have I got everything. Tent, sleeping bag, cooler, rolling papers, 12 bic lighters, roach clip, yep I'm ready!

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posted 07-31-2001 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RidesTheWind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You forgot the TP David...Not good.

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posted 07-31-2001 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Trying to get close to nature. Think leaves or corn cobs.

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Lulu
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posted 07-31-2001 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lulu   Visit Lulu's Homepage!   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOLOL!!! Good way to start the day with a laugh. David careful crossing the border with roach clips and rolling papers...wouldn't want the American border guards to confiscate your car, imprison you and destroy your life now would we. ZERO tolerance means JUST that!!!

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posted 07-31-2001 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delphi   Visit Delphi's Homepage!   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David, Watch out what leaves you use at night!! (Oh no, those shiney red/green leaves)...or you'll have to be "bare-ending" it for awhile and pouring lots of pink lotion on your "Mr. Smiley" face you have in back of ya! LOL, Joanne

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posted 08-02-2001 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lulu   Visit Lulu's Homepage!   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Canadian Gov't 'Mines' Marijuana
Updated: Thu, Aug 02 4:12 PM EDT

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FLIN FLON, Manitoba (AP) - Growing marijuana is an underground industry, especially when the Canadian government is the customer.

Deep in the earth of northern Manitoba, in an old copper mine turned underground greenhouse, 3,000 pot plants are being grown for Canada's newly expanded medical marijuana program.

The plants, nurtured by Prairie Plant Systems of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan under a five-year $3.7 million government contract, are thriving in the controlled subsurface environment of Canada's first legal marijuana farm.

Court decisions cleared the way for medical marijuana in Canada, Rock said, as well as an efficient, legal supply chain. So, he contracted Prairie Plant Systems to grow government-regulated marijuana for distribution to qualifying patients and for medical research.

As a lawyer and former justice minister, Rock said he could have delayed the implementation of the court rulings for decades.

"That was not the right thing to do. The right thing to do was to make (medical marijuana) available," he said after his tour. "We have medical morphine and medical heroin, why not medical marijuana?"


Prairie Plant president Brent Zettl hailed the project as the beginning of a new "biological era" in technology, where production of pharmacological plants can move beyond laboratories.

Rock said other countries already have expressed interest in learning more about the expanded Canadian medical marijuana program that took effect Monday, along with the supply system.

The Canadian policy differs sharply with the United States, where the Supreme Court affirmed a federal ban on medical marijuana earlier this year.

Canada also has a legal hemp industry, banned south of the border, and its Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case challenging the constitutionality of criminal marijuana laws.

A Parliament committee has been established to look at the nation's drug laws, including the issue of decriminalization of marijuana.

Rock said Canada has to adhere to international treaties regarding drugs and drug laws, but insisted the government was committed to a "made-in-Canada drug policy."



http://home-news.excite.ca/news/ap/010802/16/int-canada-marijuana-mine



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