CANNABIS CULTURE – Rick Simpson, a Canadian man known for treating cancer patients with his signature ‘hemp oil’, says police have raided his Nova Scotia home – and he won’t be coming back to Canada from Europe to face charges.
“It was on [November] 25 that I got the call that I’d been raided again,” Simpson said in an interview with Remo of The Urban Grower in a YouTube video. “That’s three charges since 2005; this will be the third charge.”
The Canadian says he will not return home to face authorities, but will instead stay in Europe to avoid a prison sentence.
“If I go back to Canada they will charge me and put me in jail,” he said. “I know they won’t give me bail, cause I’m a…three time loser. If I go to jail with no bail and no medicine, it will probably kill me. I’m not willing to commit suicide for Mr. Harper. I’ll stay here in Europe, stay out of Canada, and fight from here.”
Simpson has built somewhat of a cult following for his work using oil extracted from the cannabis plant to treat cancer patients. Though he has no formal medical training, supporters claim he has helped to cure hundreds inflicted with cancer, including several terminal cases. His popularity was boosted by the success of an internet documentary film, Run From the Cure, but he has seen little attention from the mainstream media and his extraordinary claims have yet to be verified by any scientific or medical body.
Simpson was arrested in a 2005 raid of his property and eventually tried and found guilty of marijuana possession, cultivation and trafficking. Though he was facing a possible 12 years in prison, Simpson walked away with only a $2000 fine and no probation.
He was featured in a five-page article in the new January 2010 issue of High Times, leading some to speculate the article may have brought his activities to the attention of police. According to High Times, Simpson’s property was also raided in 2003 but no charges were filed.
Unconfirmed rumors had been circulating the Internet for a few days (with good coverage at Overgrow The World) claiming the 59-year-old’s house had been raided and seized. An article published in the Amhurst Daily News mentions a bust in Simpson’s area, but doesn’t mention him by name.
AMHERST – In the past two weeks, five search warrants have resulted in a number of people facing criminal charges.[…]
One was a residence in Athol where charges are pending against a 59-year-old male after a “substantial amount” of marijuana and cannabis resin were seized, along with drug trafficking materials, marijuana production equipment and prohibited weapons.
Efforts by Cannabis Culture to reach Simpson by telephone have been unsuccessful. Amherst and Cumberland RCMP were contacted to confirm the bust but did not return telephone calls by the time of publication of this article. Visit Cannabis Culture for continuing updates on this story.
For more information about Rick Simpson visit his website, Phoenix Tears.
UPDATE – Thursday, December 3:
Rick Simpson has published a statement about the raid on his website:
Hemp Medicine’s Emperor’s Political Exile in Europe
– a message from Rick Simpson
On November 25th, 2009, one day before I was crowned the Freedom Fighter of the Year 2009 at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, I received a word that I have been raided again by the RCMP. I contacted Tim Hunter at the Amherst attachment and asked I was being charged. Of course, he refused to give me straight answer. All he would say was that the RCMP wanted to talk to me.
After openly growing hemp in my backyard this past summer and announcing this fact to the public on tom Young´s open line talk show in June, how could the RCMP not be aware of my activities? The truth is they knew exactly what I was doing. RCMP officers were even sending people that needed help to me. I can only surmise that the purpose of this raid was to keep me from returning to Canada.
If I return home, I will be arrested and put in jail without bail or medicine. I am not afraid of their jails but I cannot go without my medicine, the system has nothing that could help me with my conditions. So for me to return to Canada would be like committing suicide. I would be thrown in jail and denied my medicine and a short time later you would hear in the news that Rick Simpson died of natural causes. I cannot tell the people of Canada who are depending on my presence to help their medical conditions how sorry I am. But it was not me who caused this situation.
It seems the goal is to keep me from returning home and they succeeded. But to what end? All hemp magazines on this planet are now telling their readers how to heal themselves with this wonderful medicine. If governments want to live in denial, it will be short-lived. We are gaining tens of thousands of followers every day. You cannot stop the truth.
For me, going to the Cannabis Cup was a great adventure and I would like to thank Greenhouse Seeds for making this trip possible. To stand before hundreds of people and being crowned as the Freedom Fighter of the Year was a great honour. But it is an honour that comes with a price. Most people who have worn the tricorn hat have gone to jail for spreading the truth.
To have this honour bestowed on me and to join the ranks of people like Jack Herer and Eddy Lepp has given my life even more purpose.
Jack Herer believed as I do that the key to hemp´s complete legalisation is in the magnificent medicine this plant can produce. Once the public becomes aware of the fact that properly made hemp medicine can cure or control practically any medical condition, who is going to stand against the use of hemp?
I must also mention the great work done by Steve Hagar and High Times magazine. Cannabis cures cancer right on their cover. It is so refreshing to know that the system has no control over hemp publications. What a shame are so-called free press and news media refuse to print the truth.
I must also tip my tricorn hat to the Weed World out of the UK. They were the first hemp magazine to cover my work. They even released a special edition in September 2009 featuring a number of articles that I wrote about hemp medicine and other aspects of the hemp movement. I must also acknowledge the great work done by Bayer & Romsy Hemp Cosmetics and Konoptikum hemp magazine of the Czech Republic. This publication has also done much to spread the truth about hemp in Europe.
Presently, I am staying with friends in Europe but it saddens me to be unable to be with my family and loved ones during Christmas. For the time being, it seems I will be seeking asylum in Europe. This may not be a bad thing since seminars about hemp oil are being arranged in many countries. I hate to go begging but if anyone out there has an extra few dollars they can donate to us, it would greatly ease the burden on me. Of course it costs money to live in Europe and we are expending a great deal putting on seminars and spreading the word. So any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
They say everything happens for a reason, so I will simply put my head down and continue forward. To anyone in Canada or the US requiring help, simply follow the information we provided at www.phoenixtears.ca. Almost anyone can produce this medicine without difficulty, if they follow the instructions. Again, I apologize to everyone for not returning. But as you can see, my hands are tied.
We are at the dawn of new age in medicine and a new day for mankind. Not only can hemp save the world, it can eliminate a great deal of human suffering and can even put an end to starvation. What are we waiting for? Join with me and let us put an end to this madness. It can only survive if we continue to sit on our backsides and do nothing. Stand up and be counted and let us give ourselves a chance to heal.
This Global TV News clip features Rick and the raid:
Steven Hager has published a new piece at High Times about the raid and Rick accepting the Freedom Fighter of the Year at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam:
Rick Simpson Seeks Political Refuge in Europe
On November 25, 2009, shortly after an article on cannabis and cancer was published in HIGH TIMES, Rick Simpson’s home in Nova Scotia was raided and seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). For the past seven years, Simpson has been making oil from cannabis grown on his property and providing it freely to cancer patients. “Seventy per cent of the patients that follow the protocol become cancer-free after ingesting 60 grams of high-quality oil,” claims Simpson. This is the third time Simpson’s property has been raided and he has already been convicted of being a drug dealer, even though he never accepted money in exchange for oil. Over a dozen patients and doctors were present and willing to testify at his trial, but none were allowed to take the stand.
Read the rest of the article at High Times.