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Hope of pot meeting up in smoke

By Hempology | June 18, 2003

From Monday Magazine, June 18, 2003

After months of anticipation and several disappointments, Ted Smith,
of the International Hempology 101 Society, is still hoping a representative
from Health Canada will visit Victoria to speak with citizens and members
of the council about medical marijuana.

It looked like Smith’s pipe dreams might finally come true this week. But
a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, at city hall had to be cancelled
last week, after Health Canada representative Cindy Cripps-Prawak
learned she was unable to fly to Victoria due to a medical condition.

Smith says it’s hard to dispute am edical note, especially when it arrives
on Health Canada letterhead. Still, he says it sure would e nice to have a
meeting at some point.

“I guess out hope … it’s fading … is that this meeting will still occur,”
he told the council last week.

Smith hopes that Health Canada will eventually grant the society a Section
56 exemption, in order to allow it to sell medical-grade cannabis to people
who are chronically ill. A meeting in Victoria, he says, would allow him the
chance to discuss medical marijuana face-to-face with the folks at the
federal department.

“Somebody should have the authority to be able to do this [if Cripps-Prawak
can't]” he says. In any case, there’s no word on whether her conditoin could
be helped by medical marijuana, either.

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