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Canada: Feds' Pot: $15,000 Per Ounce

Pubdate: Tue, 18 May 2004
Source: Medical Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2004 The Medical Post
Contact: medpost@rmpublishing.com
Website: http://www.medicalpost.com/
Author: Colin Leslie

FEDS' POT: $15,000 PER OUNCE

An Access to Information request by Canadians for Safe Access, a medical marijuana lobby group, came up with some interesting facts about the government's medical marijuana program.

According to Health Canada statistics, as of March 31, the Office of Cannabis Medical Access had sent out 295 oz. of cannabis to the 93 legal users who ordered the product ( 29 have returned it due to poor quality ). Prairie Plant Systems Inc. of Saskatoon--which grows the marijuana at its facility in Flin Flon, Man.--has a five-year, $5.7-million contract that ends early next year.

Estimating that $4.5 million has been spent so far, that means Canadian taxpayers have been paying roughly $15,000 per ounce.



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