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Med weed laws

Here is a quote from the judge's decision in the Terry Parker case;

"It is ordered pursuant to Section 52, that Section 4(1) and Section 7(l) of the C.D.S.A. be read down so as to exempt from its ambit persons possessing or cultivating Cannabis (a schedule II substance) for their personal medically approved use.

Delivered in writing and filed.
December 10, 1997.

Judge P.A. Sheppard"

Where does it say that Health Canada has to approve an application or that you need to have a card of some type? "Read Down" means to administer the legislation in a less strict manner than is actually written. They do this so that the legislation won't have to go through a lengthy process of being revised. So, as I interpret it, as long as it's for medically approved purposes and not being trafficked then it's completely legal. What does "medically approved" mean? I contend that it means that one doctor agreed with your notion that using Cannabis is beneficial to you and didn't think that there were serious enough side effects to cause him to disapprove and tell you not to use it. It doesn't say you need a prescription or that you have to see a specialist, just medical approval. Here's the scenario I envision. Joe Stoner: "Dr. Tosh, I find that Cannabis reduces my stress levels, which then reduces my chances of contracting numerous life threatening ailments, so what do you think about me using it?" Doctor Tosh: "Well, Joey, looks like you're onto a good thing. Let me just compare the known side effects of this Cannabis thing you speak of with those on this bottle of Chantix I have right here that I prescribe to people to help them quit smoking. Hmmm, drowsiness, increased appetite, improved sex life, euphoria, looks pretty acceptable to me. Now the Chantix. Bear with me, Joe, this could take a while;

"Serious neuropsychiatric events including, but not limited to, depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt and completed suicide have been reported in patients taking CHANTIX. Some reported cases may have been complicated by the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal in patients who stopped smoking. Depressed mood may be a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. Depression, rarely including suicidal ideation, has been reported in smokers undergoing a smoking cessation attempt without medication. However, some of these symptoms have occurred in patients taking CHANTIX who continued to smoke.

All patients being treated with CHANTIX should be observed for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicide-related events, including ideation, behavior, and attempted suicide. These symptoms, as well as worsening of pre-existing psychiatric illness and completed suicide, have been reported in some patients attempting to quit smoking while taking CHANTIX in the postmarketing experience. When symptoms were reported, most were during CHANTIX treatment, but some were following discontinuation of CHANTIX therapy.

These events have occurred in patients with and without preexisting psychiatric disease. Patients with serious psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder did not participate in the premarketing studies of CHANTIX, and the safety and efficacy of CHANTIX in such patients has not been established.

Advise patients and caregivers that the patient should stop taking CHANTIX and contact a healthcare provider immediately if agitation, hostility, depressed mood, or changes in behavior or thinking that are not typical for the patient are observed, or if the patient develops suicidal ideation or suicidal behavior. In many postmarketing cases, resolution of symptoms after discontinuation of CHANTIX was reported, although in some cases the symptoms persisted; therefore, ongoing monitoring and supportive care should be provided until symptoms resolve."

Looks like nasty bidness, Joe, but it's perfectly legal. I guess the wise legislators of Canada only prohibit drugs with mild or no side effects and openly support the free commerce of suicide inducing Chantix. Apparently they don't mind if Canadians take pharmaceuticals that will cause them to hang themselves in the basement but god forbid if any herb should have the side effect of making you feel good. Anyway, in regard to your question, yup, I approve of your little scheme to lengthen your life span with the stress reducing properties of Cannabis, and you can quote me on that, Joe. Now good day to you, Mr. Stoner, don't let the cops hit you with any clubs now, ha ha. NEXT!!!"

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