Fight The MMPR: A Call to Action Against Canada’s New Medical Marijuana Regulations

CANNABIS CULTURE – If you believe in the right to use cannabis, then now is the time to do something about it.

There could not be a more important time to add your voice to the growing chorus of citizens who are calling for legalization. There could not be a better time to join forces with other like-minded people as the momentum shifts against prohibition. There could not be a more critical time to counter the Conservative government’s rhetoric.

This is a historical moment in Canadian cannabis history and you can be a part of it. You can start by helping to protest against the new regulations
that will no longer allow patients to grow their own legal medicine. Whether you currently use cannabis as medicine or not is irrelevant, for if we lose the legal ability to grow personal medicine now it could be a long time before we get it back.

Time is short. There is a brief time period the government is accepting comments, ending Feb 28, 2013. We must do everything we can to raise awareness about this backwards step, encouraging concerned citizens to voice their opinion by every means possible.

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 the International Hempology 101 Society will organize rallies at MP offices across the country to protest the MMPR. On the same day we will organize a phone jam aimed at the Minister responsible for Health Canada, Leona Aglukkaq, giving those unable to physically attend a rally a chance to stick a wrench in the system, too. We will encourage others to write to newspapers around the same time, in a last ditch attempt to raise awareness about this deplorable move by the federal government.

While we will not be able to coordinate an event at every MP office, we can at least focus on some prominent members of parliament. It is better than doing nothing in the vain hope the public will wake up to this nightmare. Even if all we do is educate some of the staff and random citizens with our signs, then we have accomplished more than we could sitting at home.

Without an existing network to coordinate these rallies it will be a little scrambled. We are creating a web page to provide a list of offices that people have committed going to and will also build a facebook page to attract more protesters. The best time to hold these protests is 11 am, as that is not too early for patients to get to the location and still gives the press lots of time to spread the story throughout the day.

http://www.fightthemmpr.ca

https://www.facebook.com/groups/177176089072932/?notif_t=group_added_to_group

Aside from making signs, another great way to get attention, if you have a licence to grow, is to bring a plant with you. An image of a patient, or several, desperately holding a plant can have a lasting impact on people walking by and gives the media something to add to the story that makes the government’s plan seems all the more severe. It is only a plant, after all.

These rallies will not be limited to members of the Conservative government but will occur at MP offices of all parties. Individual Members of Parliament and their staff should have an opportunity to meet the people that are affected the most by this law so they can see that the vast majority of medical cannabis users are nice, average folks. Those MPs in opposition who have spoke out against the MMPR should be given credit for stepping up to the plate and those who have remained silent so far should be encouraged to make a statement.

Though we do not expect the Harper government to suddenly wake up and change their minds, it is important that we voice our opposition to their plans and that we try to win the hearts and minds of the public. By showing how the Conservatives hurt sick citizens, we can undermine their support and build allies in this campaign.

This will not be the only attempt to fight these new regulations but it is important to do what we can while the period for comments is still open. Another strategy is a class action lawsuit being led by veteran lawyer John Conroy. Hundreds of patients have started putting money into an account to support John in this endeavor. More information will be available in the next issue of the newspaper.

Of course many will simply resist these regulations by continuing to grow after the licences start to expire on Oct 1, 2013. Do doubt there will be many cases before the courts challenging the government’s attempt to take this plant away from the sick and dying. While I believe the courts will agree that patients have a constitutional right to grow their own medicine, it might not come until many have suffered going without medicine or living with extraordinary stress.

Ultimately I am convinced that the legalization of cannabis is possible around the world, especially after such an incredible year. However, these regulations are a big step back for patients, a big step back for the entire country, and we need to resist them every way possible. Opening up the market to legal commercial operators should not come at the expense of patients.

Please join us Thurs Feb 21 as we protest against the MMPR.

http://www.fightthemmpr.ca

Read Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

Read the Submission of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation in response to proposed improvements to Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Program.

Comments

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    I believe patie te should be able to grow their own but the excuses behind all these arguments are absolute b.s. this is a stepbackwards? No it’s a step forward, when legalized who do you think is going to supply? Businesses! This regulation is a step toward legalization. 1 in 22 people with ppl start a fire what do you expect? Dispensaries only want to help so they can make their dollar. They should inspect ever ppl and there would be less people producing for themselves.

  2. blllllaahh on
  3. Anonymous on

    If Cannabis is illegal and the government doesnt want to legalize it because of the money that will be lost, or just because its a drug (that helps people) is foolish and against every man, woman and childs right to free medicine, free of pain and that works in a humane way rather than pain and suffering. There are alot of people out there that believe Cannabis(Marijuana) is a bad thing but dont know much or even anything about it at all, just that its bad and against the law. I think thats a bad way of teaching our society about drugs and if were going to continue to lie to each other, than as humans we fail to even think about starting peace as so many beauty pagents say they want (liars). As i get back to my main topic here, there are many videos out there, many documentaries that give great info on cannabis(marijuana), the internet and so on. try not to believe what everyone says about the topic but the truth speaks for its self, you just have to realize whats good or bad and it shouldnt be too hard to figure out that cannabis is good. some good videos to start with are “the union” or “what if cannabis cured cancer” also off topic again haha good video is “beautiful truth”. I wonder how many sick people die each year to birth rates. so what ive heard, there is someone born every 3 secs as someone dies every sec in this world. what if cannabis did help so many and we help others with food, medicine and so on. our world is over populated and for all the bad things to go away (which we do have the power to do) what happens to our population. its an awful thing to think but is it true?another idea. money. we as people should be working together for whats right and wrong, to stand by your fellow neighbours and demand whats right to us. we go to work 8 hours a day 5 days a week all year round. pay taxes, argue among ourselves and keep voting. dont vote, just come together as we do each day. we teach our neighbours kids, pump gas, pave our streets..well..you get my point. If we all just stick together, stop voting and just some how come up with a scoiety that works together(which we do each day) the government would listen more. we could have something wonderful. maybe peace? the government should be affraid of the people not the people affraid of the government. in my eyes no one should go hungrey, cold or sick. after what ive said is cannabis still bad? if so. than look into a sick boys eyes and think that. i only talk the truth and do apologize to anyone if i do offend them. sure, there will be poeple that smoke up be lazy, get high, but what about McDonalds, too much of anything is bad and McDonalds sells by the billions and doesnt even help the sick. cannabis is a wonderful plant that feeds, clothes, medicates people and even more. lets legalize it, stop throwing people in jail, instead put them in treatment centres and help them get back on there feet and into our society. jails will not and do not help. treatment centres is a more humane way of helping the sick and will prevent drug abuse and crime. the money givin to gang members feeds the guns and crime, legalize it, tax it (not posion it) and feed the money into our society to help each other. if we can burn gas and breathe in toxic fumes all day 24/7 365 days a year and its taking this long to legalize it, what are we proving to each other, lets die slowly? huh, our humane way of life is (blank) and we can do better than this. anyone out of a job, lets split the hours between everyone in canada or the world. none of this work two jobs, others dont work, we starve, others over weight. money is the biggest down fall in human history and if there wasnt any money we would have to share everything and might be kaos around the world. thats where our military comes in. each country should be fighting to protect whats right for all humanity and not oil, power, money and greed. i believe one day all these bad things will be solved and we will look back at what we destroyed and why we didnt work together as one, but not in my life time. cannabis, is it so bad really?

    thanks for reading if you did and i did not go back and read this haha so any spelling mistakes u figure them out.

    i believe in a better way of life and hope i changed someone thoughts about cannabis in a good way.

  4. Sparkky McPuff on

    It is my understanding that current scientific studies have found that cannabis treats and in some cases helps eliminate cancer symptoms from the human body.

    In the governments opinion, what makes them feel like they have the right to, in any way, restrict access to this substance that the human race has been searching for for centuries, especially one that has been previously banned by governments around the globe for racist ideals and anti competition goals?

    Please explain in exhaustive detail why the government would even consider making this substance prohibitively expensive to most consumers, that again current science has concluded that there is no quantitative lethal dose, toxic amount, or is otherwise destructive to the health of the individual that uses this substance.

    Cannabis can be grown in a safe, sanitary environment, kept free from moulds and pathogens, for around $660 per kilogram. With the associated costs regarding record keeping and packaging and security requirements the government has come up with a figure that resembles $10000 per kilogram when delivered to the consumer. This is inline with the profits that black market is eliciting currently and, in most cases in canada, is even more expensive. This regulating body has come up with an ideal situation that will allow the profits from a few companies that produce cannabis to run wild. This type of activity is abhorrent, unconscionable, and down right destructive to a free and democratic society.

    I understand that the medical industry would lose a portion of their profits if numerous individuals were to choose cannabis treatment over traditional western medical practices. But does that mean that people should suffer and continue to pay ridiculous amounts of hard earned money, go into debt, and pilfer they’re savings to a naturally occurring medicine, when they can, just as easily as growing tomatoes, grow they’re own cannabis in their garden for relatively nothing, to save they’re own lives?

    The individuals that have come up with the document
    “Vol. 146, No. 50 — December 15, 2012
    Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” in the Canada gazette have completely dropped the ball on determining what should be done about controlling cannabis. Cannabis has not been put on this earth to make certain individuals or agencies richer but to enrich the lives of all of the habitants of the earth.

    Maybe the easiest way to curb the black market of the production of cannabis would be to eliminate controls of cannabis completely and forever. If anyone can produce it then there would be no money to be made and the moneys that would have been spent on $10000 kilograms of cannabis can stay in the hands of the consumer to be free to enjoy on other consumer products or in RSP’s, bolstering the economy and saving the government billions upon billions upon billions of dollars over the course of a generation.

    The charts in the aforementioned document were very well established and articulated regarding the cost benefits of the new proposed system. However, by deregulating cannabis now and for the future, you will see an increased economy of unfathomable proportions as new technologies, products and services will be made available to the general public.

    As for the safety of the individuals that use cannabis and their actions think about it like this, if you took a barroom full of patrons and gave them free alcohol, they would each consume as much liquor that they could, until they’re bodies shut them down by either vomiting or passing out. If they continue to drink they risk alcohol poisoning and death. Not to mention that they have put additional strain on their organs specifically they’re liver. If you want to see an example just look at any nightclub on the weekends that are filled with 18 and 19 year olds with mom and dads allowances.

    Now take a barroom full of cannabis users that are given free marihuana. They might consume cannabis for an hour or two before they decide to leave the bar, grab some food and enjoy a movie while peacefully drifting off to sleep. A healthy restful sleep unlike the one derived from drinking too much alcohol. All while producing negligible harmful effects to the human body, comparatively speaking.

    It is time for Canada to STOP taxing the sick and dying, stop looking for a way to generate taxes on everything especially a medicine. No added cost above the price of production, packaging, and simple delivery should be passed on to the consumer/patient.

    Please rethink this unworkable strategy that does absolutely nothing to curb black market trafficking of cannabis, and may actually make the violence and societal destruction even worse due to less production sites and hardcore criminal elements taking the industry back from the hundreds of mom and pop medical pot producer (the safest of illicit suppliers). It is time for Canada to make a positive change and rescind the obligations of international treaties that Canada volunteered to abide by regarding cannabis. They are useless for the furtherance of the human race. And by the way, cannabis is NOT a narcotic.

    Let me ask the human reading this just one more question. What if you, or your parents, or what if your child was struck with cancer, what if they were in excruciating pain, they couldn’t eat or sleep, and they were wasting away, death on their doorstep, one foot in the grave? What if there was a product that at minimum could ease just some of that pain, and at best, bring them back to life and cure what ails them? What if I told you that theoretically you could acquire this product at little to no cost, that you could produce it yourself and not rely on government agencies that force their rules upon the sick and dying by way of the police forces of this country? What if you could use this substance as a preventative measure to keep cancer and other diseases at bay? Would you not do everything in your power to provide this medicine to them? What if because of ridiculous rules you could not afford it?

    Yes there may be a demand for super hygienic cannabis, but at up to $88 per day or more for some patients, a set of rules that would not help curb violent gangs from leading the cannabis economy is a waste of billions of dollars. Not just taxpayers but the medical users and recreational users as well. If cannabis was not held hostage by the government then you could provide that medicine for $0.66 per gram. Less than 7.5% the cost that the government is proposing.

    Proper education of good growing practices and procedures, electrical set ups by qualified electricians could curb most, if not all, dangers associated with home grows. No need for security requirements if the plant is freed. Packaging and label requirements would be minimal.

    The need to inform local authorities would not need to be done. Record keeping would be for personal use only. Communities would be safer. Police would be able to concentrate their efforts to stop violent offenders from terrorizing the citizens, and move away from terrorizing the sick with swat teams raiding dispensaries and patients homes in a search for clandestine operations.

    It’s time for Canada to take a lead role on this planet and allow its citizens to freely grow and consume an organic alternative to chemicals that is being forced down out throats because there is NO alternative to pharmaceuticals available with any substantial effect in curing or treating pain without life altering side effects. Take morphine for instance. At high doses coma, seizures, death. Not to mention side effect of normal dosages. Itching, sedation, addiction. Just switching from opiates to cannabis will save millions of dollars due to decreases in crime rate of addicts looking for a fix and millions of dollars more in not having to treat addiction.

    Thank you for reading. Please respond in writing or email to all my questions in their entirety.

    Sincerely,

    Sparkky McPuff