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    Methinks that maybe the Government should hire the guys who can really make this into some "ggggggooooooodddddd... {stuff}" LOL

    Gov't-approved dope 'bunk,' users say
    First tokers of Health Canada cannabis call it disgusting, want money back

    Monday, September 15, 2003

    The first smokers of medicinal pot to try Health Canada's cannabis say it's significantly inferior to street-grade marijuana.

    OTTAWA (CP) - Some of the first patients to smoke Health Canada's government-approved marijuana say it's "disgusting" and want their money back.

    "It's totally unsuitable for human consumption," said Jim Wakeford, 58, an AIDS patient in Gibsons, B.C.

    "It gave me a slight buzziness for about three to five minutes, and that was it. I got no other effect from it."

    Barrie Dalley, a 52-year-old Toronto man who uses marijuana to combat the nausea associated with AIDS, said the Health Canada dope actually made him sick to his stomach.

    "I threw up," Dalley said Monday. "It made me nauseous because I had to use so much of it. It was so weak in potency that I really threw up."

    Both men are returning their 30-gram bags, and Dalley is demanding his money back - $150 plus taxes. Wakeford is returning his unpaid bill for two of the bags with a letter of complaint.

    A third AIDS patient says he's also unhappy with the product, which is supposed to contain 10.2 per cent THC, the main active ingredient.

    "I'm still smoking it - I would prefer better, but it's all I've got," said Jari Dvorak, 62, in Toronto. "I think Health Canada certainly should do better with the quality."

    All three are among 10 patients who have registered with Health Canada to buy dope directly from the government to alleviate their medical symptoms. Another 39 applications are pending.

    The department was compelled to begin direct distribution in July, following an Ontario court order this year that said needy patients should not be forced to get their cannabis on the streets or from authorized growers, who themselves obtain seeds or cuttings illegally.

    The marijuana is being grown for Health Canada deep underground in a vacant mine section in Flin Flon, Man., by Prairie Plant Systems on a $5.75-million contract. The department originally intended that the product go first to accredited researchers to demonstrate whether or not cannabis is medically effective.

    Health Minister Anne McLellan has said she opposes the direct distribution of government cannabis to patients and that the program will end if the department wins its appeal of the Ontario court decision.

    The government dope also came under fire Monday from Canadians for Safe Access, a patients' rights group that is pressing for supplies of safe, effective marijuana.

    Laboratory tests indicate the Health Canada product has only about three per cent THC - not the 10.2 per cent advertised - and contains contaminants such as lead and arsenic, said spokesman Philippe Lucas of Victoria.

    "This particular product wouldn't hold a candle to street level cannabis," he said in an interview.

    But Lucas declined to identify the three labs that did the testing, other than to indicate they're in Vancouver, saying he fears the facilities might suffer repercussions from Health Canada because they were not authorized to possess the cannabis.

    He also would not say how the group obtained the sample of government dope.

    A spokeswoman for Health Canada said the department can't accept laboratory findings from anonymous facilities.

    "We question the validity of the test results because Canadians for Safe Access has been unwilling to reveal who did the testing, and when the testing was done, and under what conditions," said Krista Apse.

    She said the Flin Flon cannabis had to meet exacting production standards and was thoroughly tested for its quality.

    No patients have complained directly to Health Canada so far, Apse said, and the department will not accept returns or provide refunds.

    Lucas, who smokes marijuana to cope with his hepatitis C infection, said the lab results also showed that the cannabis provided at a Victoria compassion club for patients registers at more than 12 per cent and is freer from contaminants.

    He said the government cannabis was too finely ground up with stems and leaves, calling it "shwag" or "bunk," street terminology for the lowest grade of marijuana.

    © Copyright 2003 Canadian Press
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  • #2
    This is funny!

    But the sad thing is, Health Canada will probably never get it right.

    As soon as their scientists and engineers figure out how to grow the good stuff, they will be far too baked to actually finish the job.

    I hope the vending machine operator at Health Canada has increased his inventory.
    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!



    • #3
      Hey man ..Which way is Canada?

      We're so wasted


      • #4
        Now YOU try asking for your money back from a street dealer.

        Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
        Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.


        • #5
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