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CN ON: 'About Bloody Time'

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Pubdate: Mon, 22 Mar 2004
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Brett Clarkson, Toronto Sun
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


Warren Hitzig says "it's about bloody time" Health Canada made pot available in pharmacies. News of a pilot project that would allow B.C. medical users to buy government-certified marijuana at the drug store was applauded yesterday by local pot defenders, like Hitzig, who called on Ontario to do the same.

Reaction was mixed, however. Allan Love, a medicinal marijuana user, wasn't too excited, saying the weed grown by the feds in Flin Flon, Man., is "bulls--t."

"It doesn't really affect me unless their grade of marijuana greatly improves," said Love, 50, who is HIV-positive and suffers from seizures.

He prefers the pot distributed by so-called compassion clubs, and said the feds should look into licensing independent growers and legalizing local weed distribution centres.

Hitzig, former director of the Toronto Compassion Centre, which supplies weed to about 1,500 ill clients, called the news a "positive note" for Canada.

"I'm glad Canada's rolling with the ball instead of fighting it," he said.

Hitzig said the high demand for pot by HIV and cancer patients means it shouldn't be treated any different from other medicines available in the drug store.

"If it was a small percentage of people claiming that marijuana was benefitting them, then I would say let the government mail it out. But the fact of the matter is there is a huge population asking for this medicine, so it should be readily available."

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