"Starting in the fall, pharmacies in British Columbia will sell marijuana for medicinal purposes, without a prescription, under a pilot project devised by Canada's national health service. The plan follows a 2002 report by a Canadian Senate committee that found there were 'clear, though not definitive' benefits for using marijuana in the treatment of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other ailments. Both Prime Minister Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, leader of the opposition conservatives, support the decriminalization of marijuana.See, now if the supposed free market conservatives currently in power were truly free market, they'd let all those growers in Northern Alabama and Northern Georgia sell their 'Sense' to the Canadians. It's obviously better grade than what they are currently getting, and both states could sure use the trade. Hell, it might even help to make it safe to walk in the mountains without fear of running into booby traps when stumble onto somebody's dope plot.
Oddly, the strongest criticism of the Canadian proposal has come from patients already using medical marijuana who think the government, which charges about $110 an ounce, supplies lousy pot. 'It is of incredibly poor quality,' said one patient. Another said, 'It tastes like lumber.' A spokesman for Health Canada promised the agency would try to offer a better grade of product."
"White House 'drug czar' John Walters says new cultivation methods mean marijuana sold today in the US is much stronger than in the 1960s.Which totally screws up my idea of exporting our weed to them, and worse, we're importing. Well, at least one point still holds true. The supposed free market conservatives in charge are still screwing America's domestic growers with their ridiculous policies.
'We have a growing problem with the expansion of particularly high-potency marijuana coming from Canada,' he said.
Last year the drug produced in British Columbia alone was worth $9bn and most of it was exported to the US, he added.
High-grade marijuana is grown in nutrient-rich solutions rather than soil, and sells for as much as cocaine, according to Mr Walters, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy."