More MS news articles for June 2001

Calgary trial hears marijuana crusader told police about pot plants

Tuesday June 19 12:39 AM EST

CALGARY (CP) - A police officer testified Monday that when medical marijuana crusader Grant Krieger was arrested with two pot plants outside his home, he warned police to turn a blind eye if they went inside. "He said, 'You don't want to go in there, you will find other plants inside,'" Const. Christian Vermette said of arresting Krieger on Aug. 25, 1999.

Krieger, 46, who has multiple sclerosis and has been fighting for more than five years to have the drug legalized for medical purposes, faces one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Vermette said he had gone to the home on unrelated business when he noticed Krieger in the backyard and the two pot plants resting on a table.

Det. Barry Balerud testified he searched Krieger's residence after the arrest and found various items related to marijuana growing and several other plants.

He told Crown prosecutor Scott Couper he also found documents related to the Universal Compassion Club, a group Krieger was involved in forming to supply marijuana to others with similar illnesses.

Among the papers found was a poster with Krieger's picture with the words "our laws make this man a criminal" printed underneath.

The item went on to say Krieger suffers from multiple sclerosis and was near suicide until "a herb called cannabis (had) given him his life back."

Under cross-examination, Balerud said that in investigating about 80 grow operations this was the only one where he found documents relating to the compassion club.