News: Canada Marijuana
03 Aug 2000
Montreal–People with criminal records shouldn’t be excluded from supplying medicinal marijuana, a group that advocates the therapeutic use of pot recommended Wednesday.
Health Canada should consider the knowledge of long-time growers who may have faced charges for growing marijuana, said Marc Boris St.Maurice of the Canadian Cannabis Coalition.
“Valuable experience in breeding marijuana is lost and nothing is gained by this criteria,” St.Maurice told a news conference.
Exluding them from supplying marijuana in medical trials to be conducted by Ottawa isn’t in the best interests of people who need it, he said.
Last year, Health Minister Allan Rock announced Ottawa would gather evidence on the safety and effectiveness of marijuana in treating medical conditions. Rock said the federal government was looking for suppliers of high-grade pot for the trials.