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  Wanted: Long-Term Medicinal Marijuana Supplier
Posted by CN Staff on July 27, 2006 at 20:28:51 PT
By Steve Lambert, Canadian Press 
Source: Canadian Press  

medical Winnipeg -- People who want to grow pot for the federal government may soon get the chance.

Health Canada's five-year, $5.75-million contract with its current supplier of medicinal marijuana, Prairie Plant Systems, appears to be winding down and the department is preparing to seek proposals from all potential suppliers.

"Public Works and Government Services Canada continues to negotiate with Prairie Plant Systems to ensure an uninterrupted supply of marijuana for research and for authorized users while a (request for proposal) process is carried out to identify a long-term supplier," said Health Canada spokeswoman Carole Saindon.

As it does for a wide range of contracts - from building maintenance to military supplies - the government will invite interested companies and individuals to submit bids for a pot-growing contract. It will then try to choose the one offering top quality and value for taxpayers.

The process could result in Prairie Plant Systems being selected again, or some other supplier could get the nod.

Some who use the current pot supply are urging the government to shop around.

"What we need to move beyond is the idea of a single monopoly producer of medical cannabis," Philippe Lucas, a medicinal pot user and spokesman for the group Canadians for Safe Access, said from Victoria, B.C.

"The end users of this product - Canada's critically and chronically ill - would benefit from having options."

People on medicinal marijuana respond better to different strains of the drug, Lucas said, and want the right to choose from a selection.

About 280 patients currently receive the government pot, which Prairie Plant Systems grows in an unused section of a hard-rock mine near Flin Flon, Man. Most patients buy 30-gram bags of ground plant buds for $150.

Many users returned the initial batches of the underground ganja, saying it was too weak to relieve their symptoms and was also too dry.

Prairie Plant Systems made changes in 2004 to boost the levels of THC - the active ingredient in marijuana - and said return rates dropped to less than two per cent.

Health Canada's contract with the company expired last December. It was renewed until the end of June and has been extended until Sept. 30.

It's not clear whether there will be further extensions or whether the government will call for bids before the end of September.

When the federal government first sought marijuana suppliers in 2000, Prairie Plant Systems beat out several bidders from British Columbia, Ontario and other provinces.

Complete Title: Wanted: Long-Term Medicinal Marijuana Supplier; Apply To Health Canada

Source: Canadian Press (Wire)
Author: Steve Lambert, Canadian Press
Published: July 27, 2006
Copyright: 2006 The Canadian Press

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Canadians for Safe Access
http://www.safeaccess.ca/

Medical Users Spurning New Batch of Marijuana
http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread19171.shtml

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http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread10509.shtml


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Comment #27 posted by rchandar on August 01, 2006 at 16:07:24 PT:

wayne
...oh, but we have sooo much freedom...

...freedom to sleep around. freedom to act like fools. freedom to die for a country that doesn't honor its constitution. freedom to buy products which contribute absolutely nothing to our lives. freedom to have children and watch them abominate us. freedom to voice our opinions knowing that they will never be heard or respected...

...and that's why you don't have the freedom to smoke pot. it's simple really. you have too much freedom, and its useless.

--rchandar

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Comment #26 posted by hesnice on July 30, 2006 at 06:24:32 PT:

Long-Term Medicinal Marijuana Supplier
Look no further. Any questions, don't hesitate.

Thanks.

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Comment #25 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 17:57:06 PT
bueno
great!

shouldn't be a problem ...

I'm still trying to see if VLC does realplayer ...

onward and upward into the digital ozone ... :-)

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Comment #24 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 15:27:59 PT
DankHank
I went ahead and uninstalled Quicktime. Hopefully it won't pop up in my start up now.

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Comment #23 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 15:12:16 PT
delete?
QT is an Apple program ...

I've uninstalled it many times ...

The newest download of QT is in fact: ITunes if I'm correct.

They are trying to scare you ...

shame on them ...

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Comment #22 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 14:25:23 PT
Dankhank
I uninstalled RP. It uninstalled fine. It prompted me about Quicktime that it could cause somethings to not work. I didn't uninstall Quicktime since I wasn't sure if it would be safe to do.

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Comment #21 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 13:40:35 PT
docs .....
http://www.videolan.org/doc/play-howto/en/play-howto-en.html

should answer most questions ...

I should say that I just tried to run a RP stream from pot-tv and failed, I will find out why ...

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Comment #20 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 13:28:56 PT
Uninstall
I'm sure you can, I have neither QT nor RP on this machine, but since you must download either, uninstall must be possible.

onward to VLC and beyond !!

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Comment #19 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 11:59:19 PT
Dankhank
I will uninstall it. I didn't know if I could do that. Can I uninstall Real Player too? I do my best not to use it.

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Comment #18 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 11:38:52 PT
Age ...
Two years old is still fairly new ... It must be the QT itself that causes the prob. I don't have QT on my machines and will uninstall if I find it.

I have used machines, mostly PIII 933 MHz, but I did acquire another one that finally bumps me past the gigahertz milestone, 1.2 gig, I'm so happy ... :-)

really, this VLC is awesome ...

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Comment #17 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 11:22:34 PT
Max Flowers and Dankhank
Thank you. My computer is pushing two years old. It has always done that with Quicktime even before my original hard drive crashed. WMP works good for me. I go to msconfig and turn it off after I accidentially click on a quicktime video and re-boot. I avoid it if I know it isn't WMP.

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Comment #16 posted by Dankhank on July 28, 2006 at 11:13:41 PT
QT...
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

may be your answer ...

I use VLC a lot ... it will play anything I have tried to play and it played the QT trailers no prob ...

It plays no other role in the operation of my computer. It's good ...

try it ... you'll like it ... :-)

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Comment #15 posted by Max Flowers on July 28, 2006 at 09:43:29 PT
FoM (Quicktime)
FoM, Quicktime should definitely not be doing stuff like that. Plus you have a pretty new PC now, don't you? Should have even less chance of doing that. I suggest you try uninstalling Quicktime, and then reinstalling the latest version (get it from their website or any site that gives it).

Another good tip for making your machine run smoother is to buy Registry Repair Pro ($10) or any similar program that repairs and cleans the Windows registry. It will repair old registry entries that come from programs you don't have anymore that screw things up. It also defragments the registry sector, which is a very good thing.

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Comment #14 posted by Max Flowers on July 28, 2006 at 09:29:45 PT
Comments
#5 Some of you know I've been talking about this tax issue on here for a long time. I'm thrilled to see they're making a film about it. Maybe that, finally, will do it. I find it frustrating and sad that it seems like only a damn movie (as much as I love movies and the cinematic art form) will get a subject in front of enough eyes to do something about a given issue in this country.

#10 Thanks mayan. That is fantastic news! It is a similar situation with 9/11 truth. Maybe now that C-SPAN is going to cover the conference, the subject will be out in the open to a degree that will start to push things over the edge into the mainstream. I am fervently hoping that will be the case. And I find the fact that it is happening around the same time that a film about the mammoth income tax fraud (the biggest criminal fraud ever perpetrated in history, and perpetrated by a government, no less) is coming out to be very intriguing. It *almost* feels like there could be a paradigm shift in favor of truth and freedom coming, but I'm a little too jaded to believe that quite yet.

#11 Good point about the alcohol thing. I have to confess though, even though I am a very light/occasional drinker, a good mojito is a sublime cocktail. It really is delicious when made right. I am going to see Miami Vice today, in just a few hours in fact. In honor of the drug war subject matter, I plan to eat an herbal cookie before going. Actually, in truth I always like to be high for a good movie! What can I say?! Plus I'm a Colin Farrell fan. I relate to him... he's a tortured Irish soul, like me.

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 09:17:05 PT
Miami Vice
I never watched Miami Vice. I guess I must really be different. I don't watch any shows with cops. I really mind cops and robber type shows.

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on July 28, 2006 at 09:14:55 PT
JR Bob Dobbs
That does sound like a good movie. I wish they had the trailer with WMP because I'd like to see it. I don't like Quicktime. Everytime I click on a quicktime video it turns it on and puts it in my start up and I have to go turn it off and re-boot. It's annoying since it seems to drag my computer around if I don't turn it off. I wish I could figure out how to stop it from doing it.

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Comment #11 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 28, 2006 at 09:03:27 PT
Official Cocktail of Miami Vice
There's an ad on the back page of today's Movies section of the Chicago Tribune touting Bacardi Mojitos as the "official cocktail of Miami Vice"; the reviews say several are drank during the film. I can't believe nobody in the movie or advertising business could see the incredible hypocrisy of glamorizing alcohol use in a movie about drug warriors... especially after that scene in Traffic where drug czar Michael Douglas defends his nightly glass of scotch.

Meanwhile, A Scanner Darkly also opens wide today. This one looks really good:

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Comment #10 posted by mayan on July 28, 2006 at 08:26:00 PT
LET'S MAKE HISTORY!!!
Let's save the world! It's now or never...

C-SPAN to Air Historic 9/11 Exposé: http://infowars.com/articles/sept11/cspan_runs_symposium_panel.htm

Alex Jones L.A. 911 Panel On C-SPAN Sat 8pm-11pm: http://rense.com/general72/jones.htm

C-Span Airing Of L.A. Conference Shows Mainstreaming Of 9/11 Truth: http://prisonplanet.com/articles/july2006/280706cspan.htm

Spread the word!!!

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Comment #9 posted by mayan on July 28, 2006 at 08:00:17 PT
Off Topic
Employers Sued For Asking About Pot Use: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1153991132801

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Comment #8 posted by goneposthole on July 28, 2006 at 07:58:27 PT
clone the system
allow for the expansion of medical cannabis growers. It's a no-brainer, really.

It can be done.

the idea would be to have an area for hemp for oil seeds, hemp for paper products, an area for cannabis for medical and recreational use.

One hundred thousand hectares for each area could be a start.

Clone upon clone upon clone. Expand all hemp and cannabis production in Canada.

It can work.

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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on July 28, 2006 at 07:09:28 PT
'Impaired Driving' Witchhunt, er, Debate Continues
CN AB: Editorial: THC Levels Difficult To Gauge http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n959/a04.html (Wed, 19 Jul 2006) Sherwood Park News (CN AB)

CN AB: PUB LTE: Pot Doesn't Impair All http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n980/a12.html(Wed, 26 Jul 2006) Sherwood Park News (CN AB) Author: Russell Barth

CN BC: Teen Drivers High On Pot Part Of 'Disturbing Trend,' by Glenda Luymes, (27 Jul 2006) Province British Columbia http://www.mapinc.org/ccnews/v06/n975/a12.html

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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on July 28, 2006 at 07:04:27 PT
More Sad News
Hamilton Police Raids & Arrests Finally Close Up In Smoke Cafe by Marc and Jodie Emery (27 Jul, 2006) "After survivng police assaults again and again, the Up In Smoke Cafe may finally be done for" http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/4795.html

Jodie's Joint

Joints, a bong and the Hash Mob! realplayer torrent http://tinyurl.com/gyn5w realplayer stream http://www.pot.tv/ram/pottvshowse4310.ram 27 Jul 2006. 7 min. "On the very first episode of Jodie's new show, she is joined by Chris Goodwin, owner of the Up In Smoke Cafe in Hamilton, Ontario. The day after this interview Chris was arrested for breach of bail conditions upon returning home. Similarly the rest of the Hamilton Hash Mob was rounded up and arrested by police. Today July 27, The Cafe has been raided by cops and everything confiscated. We wish them all the best. Tune in to see how you can help."

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Comment #5 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 28, 2006 at 06:23:37 PT
Also - new movie looks interesting
This documentary explores the idea, which I first heard Richie Havens mention during a concert, that there is no law which compels Americans to pay income tax. The filmmakers say if this became widespread knowledge, that the IRS has been taking advantage of us for so long, that it might spark a revolution. I've often wondered what it would take for enough Americans to rise up and take the power back...

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Comment #4 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 28, 2006 at 06:19:30 PT
Blog idea
There may be a website like this already; if there is, please point me in its direction. But if not, here's my idea - a "drug death" blog. A compendium of death notices of people dying from overdoses of various substances, both legal and illegal. No stories about deaths related to bad behavior by intoxicated people - just deaths ruled to be directly caused by the substance itself. At the top of the page would be an ongoing scorecard, and readers could submit their own links. After a while, watch the alcohol deaths jump to the #1 spot, with whole cannabis down at zero. There should also be a way to sort the data by country. And there should be a category for "big pharm cannabis derivatives", for things like that story a while back about the cannabis extract going through regulatory approval causing a death. This would be a useful link to point people to during an online debate. Just an idea, feel free to run with it.

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Comment #3 posted by mayan on July 28, 2006 at 06:13:14 PT
They've Already Won
Afterburner, the republicans are already huge longshots to keep Congress. Bush and the neo-cons have dragged the entire party down and they now have their backs to the wall...

NBC/WSJ poll: U.S. pessimism on increase: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14044391/

From the above linked article...

"And this isn't good news for Bush and the Republican Party, say the pollsters who conducted this survey, because it means that — outside of an extraordinary event — the political environment is pretty much locked in as we head into the November elections."

An "extraordinary event"? The only thing that can save the neo-cons and their PNAC agenda is another "terror attack"...

Fox News Says Hezbollah 'Certain' To Nuke Major City: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2006/270706hezbollahnuke.htm

THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...

C-SPAN ALERT! Saturday, July 29th, 2006 - L.A. American Scholars Conference Panel Discussion, with Alex Jones, Bob Bowman, Steve Jones, Webster Tarpley, and James H. Fetzer. 8-9:45 PM/ET: http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/fullschedule.csp?timeid=212020880454

Colbert Nation 9/11 Forum - Was 9/11 An Inside Job? (sign in to vote!): http://www.colbertnation.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=155

Watching the Smearers of 9/11: http://mujca.com/smearers.htm

Why the Jewish Community Should Demand 9/11 Truth: http://www.gnn.tv/B17104



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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on July 28, 2006 at 05:32:47 PT
RE "Here's how Democrats can win in November"
US MT: PUB LTE: 'Compassion Gap'

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n980/a09.html Newshawk: Madison NORML http://madisonnorml.org/ Votes: 0 Pubdate: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 Source: Billings Outpost, The (MT) Copyright: 2006 The Billings Outpost Contact: editor@billingsnews.com Website: http://www.billingsnews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2933 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n000/a284.html Author: Gary Storck

'COMPASSION GAP'

Thanks for recognizing Wisconsin congressman David Obey for sticking up for medical marijuana patients in a recent debate in your column, "Here's how Democrats can win in November" ( July 20 ).

Unfortunately, according to the roll call, there are only 18 Republicans who, as you noted of Rep. Obey, speak like true Republicans on this issue. It was interesting to hear one of them, amendment cosponsor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher ( R-Calif. ), a former aide to President Reagan, share how not only did fellow Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger's daughter utilize cannabis fighting the cancer that eventually took her life, but that Nofziger himself used it to help manage his final illness.

Recent polling in New Jersey by the Drug Policy Alliance that found 86 percent support for state legislation also confirmed voters are more likely to support candidates who support medical marijuana.

If Democrats can exploit this "compassion gap," and field candidates who agree with most Americans that medical marijuana should be legal, it could likely provide the margin of victory they need to take back Congress this fall.

Gary Storck

Madison NORML

Madison, Wis.

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Comment #1 posted by Wayne on July 28, 2006 at 05:16:57 PT
why?
There is no reason why the U.S. can't have a system modeled after the Canadian system. None. We already have a legal, government-run pot farm, just like they do. (Maybe a 2nd one if the DEA ruling goes right) And look at the contract cost...$5.75M over 5 years. Pocket change to our government. The system could readily be put in place tomorrow if we could. Why must our government be so closed-minded? Why must they be in denial? The blatancy of it all is just ludicrous...

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