Medical Weed Growers Are Ready To Fight The Conservatives

If you haven’t heard of marijuana activist and grower Mik Mann he’s the articulate hippie that looks like Frank Zappa we interviewed for our doc B.C. Bud. He lives out in Port Alberni, a pretty remote town on Vancouver Island where he grows medicinal weed out of the comfort of his basement garden.

For the last decade Mik has enjoyed the benefits of a legal marijuana-growing license under the now defunct federal Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). He’s been floating on a healthy dose of seven grams of marijuana a day that he cultivates from 35 plants, under a doctor’s prescription for various debilitating conditions like spinal arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Yet all that is officially set to change under the newly implemented and Conservative devised, Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), which among other things makes it illegal for users to personally grow their own pot. Instead, medical users like Mik who predominantly make under $30,000 per year and suffer from various diseases will be forced into purchasing corporate dope: only for-profit companies can afford the extensive requirement for licenses to grow in the new system.

Right now, patients pay an average of a $1.80-a-gram for marijuana. That will rise to $8.80 a gram when the MMPR takes effect in 2014. Estimates slap those same patients with an additional $166 million a year for the next 10 years. In other words, the 28,115 Canadians using marijuana to ease chronic pain will be forced into relying on pricier government-sanctioned companies rather than personally growing it themselves, for basically nothing.

– Read the entire article at VICE.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    It’s time we organize across the country no just in bc every wear, set one day mabe a Saturday make sure everyone knows by emails notify all of the press the ones that aren’t afraid of our f—ing government one peaceful day of protest . We should demand they legalize it or let us decide . I’m tired of fighting I’ve had my permit since 2001. I not going to give up this easy . We have to join together and fight this b.s.

  2. Winston on

    SO CANADIANS! What are we going to do about it?

  3. Anonymous on

    How long do we the people have to put up with the greed and tyranny of an out of control government who have no right at all to tell anyone what they can grow or farm? Seems to me that they are holding back the whole world from prospering.The decision is not Theirs to make and I for one am sick of the BS.Who are these few who make laws to hold us all back from the goodness of this earth?The ones that are suppose to be public servants what a joke.

  4. awesomesound on

    One of the new rules is storefront distribution is no longer legal, as that comes in to effect they will be in a legal position to close all of our medical dispensaries. At very least CC should have the choice to continue to distribute through a Commercial grower but the Harper Nazis will not allow that. We will have to fight till the Death of our last plants, join the Coalition and maybe at least recoup some of my grow expense.

  5. awesomesound on

    One of the new rules storefront distribution is no longer legal, as that comes in to effect they will be in a legal position to close all of our medical dispensaries. At very least CC should have the choice to continue to distribute through a Commercial grower but the Harper Nazis will not allow that. We will have to fight till the Death of our last plants, join the Coalition and maybe at least recoup some of my grow expense.

  6. Anonymous on

    Anyone notice under the new rules anything u grow and store
    must be destroyed by march 31.. is this for fuckin real? What do we need to do here