|Activists hold a rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday to protest the new medical marijuana regulations. SEAN KILPATRIC/THE CANADIAN PRESS|
Medical pot users fear choice of pain or prison
Protesters convene on Parliament Hill to protest being 'forced' to choose between 'basic health' and 'liberty'
The Conservative government is forcing users of medical marijuana to choose between treating their symptoms or holding on to their freedoms, a gathering of pot-smoking protesters complained Tuesday.
Several dozen demonstrators, some of them puffing on joints and vaporizers, gathered on Parliament Hill to protest the government's new medical-marijuana regulations on the very day they went into effect.
Among other things, the new rules require marijuana users to get their supply of the drug from commercial growers and prohibits them from growing their own, or growing it on behalf of other licensed users.
The regulations also impose limits on the amount of cannabis that licensed users can have in their possession.
Lawyer John Conroy won a Federal Court injunction last month that allows users to continue growing their own pot until a wider constitutional challenge of the regulations is heard - a ruling Health Canada says it plans to appeal.
But the courts have already determined that medically approved patients can use marijuana to relieve pain symptoms, said Conroy.
"What Health Canada have done is forced patients to worry about our basic health maintenance versus our liberty," said Debbie Stultz Giffin, a medical-marijuana user diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "It's unconscionable."
THE CANADIAN PRESS (METRO, Wednesday, April 2, 2014).
Pop provocateur Miley Cyrus brought her action-packed Bangerz tour to the Air Canada
Centre Monday night on April Fool's Eve and she seemed dead serious about having some very colorful fun for two hours.
The 21-year-old world-famous twerker from Nashville opened her show sliding down a giant pink tongue extended from her gaping mouth on an enormous video screen that showed her pretty face in all its blue-eyed, blond cropped hair glory (Jane Stevenson, "Bangin' night at ACC. Miley Cyrus doesn't disappoint as her Bangerz tour rolls into Toronto", THE TORONTO SUN, Tuesday, April 1, 2014).
00:40 Hrs. Budzi mnie siusiu + kapsulka 250 mg magnezu.
04:00 Hrs. Budzik zrywa mnie na rowne nogi. Na dworze 1-stopniowo. Temp. w kuchni 21C.
04:08 Hrs. Mierze stezenie cukru we krwi na czczo. 6.3 mmol/L = 113 mg/dL.
04:14 Hrs. Badam cisnienie krwi 6 razy + wyciagam srednia (przed lektura tronowa).
1) 152/93 + puls 57.
2) 150/94 + puls 60.
3) 151/93 + puls 57.
4) 139/87 + puls 61.
5) 141/97 + puls 56.
6) 135/85 + puls 62.
Srednia: 144/91 + puls 58. Kategoria: Nadcisnienie I stopnia (lagodne).
04:25 Hrs. 1-sza szklanka wody + 1/2 cytryny.
04:28 Hrs. Lektura tronowa. "Glos Polski".
04:59 Hrs. Wskakuje na wage APSCO. 76 kg. + pas WELLNESS BELT.
05:13 Hrs. Badam cisnienie krwi 6 razy + wyciagam srednia (po lekturze tronowej).
1) 143/99 + puls 69.
2) 143/90 + puls 63.
3) 137/88 + puls 64.
4) 136/89 + puls 65.
5) 142/87 + puls 65.
6) 138/89 + puls 64.
Srednia: 139/90 + puls 65. Kategoria: Wysokie prawidlowe.
05:22 Hrs. (2) szklanka zielonej herbaty + 2 daktyle + ciasteczko kokosowe.
06:31 Hrs. Wyjmuje ze skrzynki na listy "National Post" z "Abbas courts UN as talks falter. Mideast Peace. U.S. had discussed release of Israeli spy as part of deal" na okladce + odpalam maszyne + dziennik w Radio 7 na fali 1320 AM. Rosja wprowadza sankcje na polskie mieso. Zakaz importu.
06:36 Hrs. "Jestem szczesciarzem. Jestem szczesciarzem. Jestem szczesciarzem" - unosi sie w Radio 7 na fali 1320 AM gdy czestuje sie 2 gazetami ze skrzynek na chodniku. "24hrs" z "Wine, beer coming to grocery stores. Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced Tuesday that the first LCBO Express stores will appear in large grocery retailers by the end of 2014" na okladce + "Metro" z "Island airport expansion plan survives vote. Negotiations, not jets, get approval. Both sides of debate claim victory after 44-0 council vote" na okladce.