News: Long Wait For Medical Marijuana Decision
24 May 2000
LONG WAIT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA DECISION
by Michael Chouinard,
While the deadline is next month to apply to Health Canada for the five-year licence to supply medical marijuana for testing, it may take a bit longer for the bidders to find out if they’re successful.
Former mayor Brian Taylor and his company, the Cannabis Research Institute, will be among those applying to Health Canada and awaiting a decision.
“They’ve left 240 days open,” he says.
Taylor expects the decision could come before the nine months though, after the government has checked the backgrounds of various applicants. More than 100 application packages were picked up, but he expects there will be a shortlist before long that will eliminate many. Some people, he’s heard, are just sending resumes and even samples to federal health officials. The issue is attracting attention from Maclean’s magazine and other media operations.
To apply, bidders must complete a detailed business plan, filling out about 40 sections that cover questions such as bonding and how capital will be raised.
Taylor does not think Grand Fork’s proximity to the U.S. border will present an additional security issue, as he says theft would be of more concern in an urban setting where culprits have more avenues to flee. This city, he says, only has a few ways in and out, and thieves are not likely to head for armed border crossings.
In the meantime while he waits, Taylor will be meeting in Grand Forks with others involved in the medicinal marijuana campaign. The Canadian Cannabis Coalition plans to meet here from June 9 to 11.
MAP posted-by: Keith Brilhart
Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2000
Source: Grand Forks Gazette, The (CN BC)
Author: Michael Chouinard