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Local pot smoker snubs Ottawa's medicinal dope

Jul 9 2003 03:16 PM CDT
CBC Manitoba

A local medicinal marijuana user is giving the thumbs down to Wednesday's announcement from Health Canada that the government will provide authorized users with pot to smoke.

Andy Caisse is one of 12 Manitobans who have been authorized to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes. Caisse, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, smokes about a 100 grams of marijuana a month to control tremors and stimulate his appetite.

He says the announcement today that the government will provide authorized users pot has some problems for example, he says, the government's pot has only 10 per cent THC content. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana.

"The percentage of the THC? That's a joke! The higher the level is, it's a little bit better quality," he explains. "It's just that they don't know how to probably water it [down]. Who knows?"

Caisse says there is pot on the streets with a THC level of 26 per cent.

Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan announced today that the government would provide the marijuana from a plant in Flin Flon. She says 50 kilograms is ready and available to go. A 30-gram bag will cost $150.

Caisse says he won't partake in the program, as he has a designated grower who supplies him with his pot already.

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