Canada’s Legislators Ponder Marijuana

  Canada’s Legislators Ponder Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on January 17, 2005 at 07:38:47 PT
Press Release 
Source: PR Web  

Toronto, Canada -- While Canadian lawmakers struggle with the legal status of marijuana, pharmaceutical companies are lining up to market cannabis-based products for the treatment of various diseases, The Walrus magazine reveals this month. In an article on “Corporate Cannabis,” marijuana authority Brian Preston writes that Bayer AG and other companies are hoping to “deliver the healing power of marijuana without the poisonous smoke and tar – or the threat of arrest that comes along with distributing it illegally.”
Preston’s article in the February issue of The Walrus, now on sale at newsstands across Canada, identifies the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, and a Canadian company, Cannasat Pharmaceuticals, as among those seeking to bring to market products that deliver the effects of marijuana without smoking.Both Health Canada and the United Kingdom Healthcare Products Agency are considering applications by Bayer AG for approval of Sativex, a cannabis extract indicated for relief of symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and for treatment of severe neuropathic pain. A whole-plant cannabis extract, Savitex would be administered orally as a spray. It was developed at a cost of $100 million by a British company, GW Pharmaceuticals. Preston writes that Canada alone has 50,000 people with MS and that Savitex is only the first of a variety of marijuana medical products for which researchers are preparing to ask government approval. An advantage of these products is that users will not get “stoned” as the dosage is insufficient to cause intoxication.Under Ottawa’s medical marijuana legislation, patients with Health Canada approval can purchase limited quantities of marijuana from approved sources. However, many doctors are refusing to sign applications and the system does not appear to be meeting needs. Preston writes in The Walrus -- -- that the development of alternatives to smoking marijuana may speed acceptance of the product’s medicinal benefits by skeptical legislators, especially in the United States.Non related portion removed.Note: Walrus article reveals many companies planning medical marijuana alternatives.Complete Title: Canada’s Legislators Ponder Marijuana – the Prescription Industry Acts Source: PR Web (WA)Published: January 17, 2005 Copyright: 2005 PR WebRelated Articles & Web Site:GW Pharmaceuticals Canada Approves Cannabis Drug Cannabis Drug on Path To Approval To Approve UK Cannabis Drug

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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on January 18, 2005 at 19:25:57 PT
RE Comment #13 
Thanks, Jose 
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on January 18, 2005 at 17:46:57 PT
 I have been watching and reading as much as I can about the Middle East and it's history. I am moderate in my beliefs. What I see now is more then I can comprehend and yet I understand. I know too that trouble will be with us for a long time if not forever.
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Comment #16 posted by mayan on January 18, 2005 at 17:37:41 PT
We are building forts along the borders of Syria,Jordan and Saudi Arabia. It will take another staged attack like 9/11 to spark this global war. U.S. Building Forts On Iraq Border:
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Comment #15 posted by mayan on January 18, 2005 at 17:07:03 PT
Iran lies right between Iraq and Afghanistan. It makes sense to have bases on both sides. Syria is in Bush's sites also. The grand prize will be Saudi Arabia. We could be bombing Iran very shortly. I don't know how the Bushies are going to sell it because they wore out all of their "justifications" on Iraq...but then again, with a second term they can pretty much do what they want. They sure could use another "terror attack" to justify it to the international community, though.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on January 17, 2005 at 20:17:27 PT
Off Topic
Bush Won't Rule Out Action Against Iran Over Nukes:
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Comment #13 posted by Jose Melendez on January 17, 2005 at 19:46:23 PT
Re: comments #1, 2
In response to a 21 December 2004 article called: Drug-Free Zone Targeted For Ballenas Russel Barth wrote a letter . . .School's Policy On Drugs Is All Wrong to which Mary Anne Erickson responded by ignoring or mischaracterizing Barth's points, even calling him a "loud mouth", I pointed out she was attacking Barth and also ignoring that drug laws tend to promote increased use:, she ignored my points and similarly misconstrues my arguments, calling me a bully:[shrug]
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on January 17, 2005 at 17:50:30 PT
Why do these articles never mention vaporizers? It's as if they don't even exist! Maybe we should come up with some bumper-stickers that say "WHAT ABOUT VAPORIZERS?" or something to that effect. Most folks probably wouldn't know what it means but it might get them asking questions. Here's a cannabis related piece...Editorial: Remedying an injustice WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...WOMAN WAVING FROM WTC NORTH TOWER IMPACT HOLE (VIDEO) Questions for Condi's Confirmation Hearing: Dollar Issue #8: Was an Inside Job - A Call to All True Patriots:
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Comment #11 posted by siege on January 17, 2005 at 17:26:22 PT
marijuana vs heroin
I hope this person thinks about what they talk about when you give the TV or radio, paper this information WHAT in the Hell are the 
 Children TO THINK that {{heroin}} is better for them then good old marijuana! Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity Sane,WAKE UP..
Another important recent discovery has been that the body contains naturally occurring ("endogenous") compounds that can activate cannabinoid receptors. The most important of these "endogenous cannabinoids" are the fat–like materials arichidonylethanolamide ("anandamide") and 2–arichidonyl–glycerol (2–AG).
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Comment #10 posted by lombar on January 17, 2005 at 16:43:51 PT
Bgreen and p test
There is a new 'reefer madness' story floating around the UK. The sky is not falling with the downgrade of cannabis so the anti forces are trying to create hysteria. Too bad they have no credibilty left eh? Even IF (and I stress the if) cannabis was a direct cause of mental illness, how would jailing the person help??? The article goes so fars as to imply that herion is safer...there is no low which these people will stoop to.
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Comment #9 posted by siege on January 17, 2005 at 14:48:26 PT
This is y Bush and the rest are so die set again it so they can(get the money Honey!!)
GW Pharmaceuticals or other Pharmaceuticals just how many of the Bush administration do they have in there 
 Control,or bought off to keep the Drug War going. and take the (( naturopaths )) income and our rights away from us. 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on January 17, 2005 at 11:50:31 PT
On a Lighter Note
On a bottle of the one and only Heinz Ketchup it said on the front on the label.FRENCH FRIES not included. I couldn't help but smile when I saw that. I know we aren't alone and there are many that are distressed by Bush. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on January 17, 2005 at 11:18:49 PT
The money would help do so much good but then that would be caring and this administration doesn't seem to have that quality. They take and take and show how mean they are and the sad thing is the world sees it too. I don't want to live anywhere else but I feel totally removed from being an American since Bush has done what he has done to our once great country.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on January 17, 2005 at 11:08:25 PT
RE Just a Note
A couple of ''off-topic'' articles concerning freedom-loving peoples everywhere:Bible vs. science war rages on in classrooms
Jan. 17, 2005. 06:52 AM{Jeff Selman is a self-described "loud mouth," a little guy from the South Bronx, who arrived in Georgia 12 years ago for work and stayed to marry and raise a family, took on the religious right in one of the nation's most conservative counties. And he won. Tim Harper reports.}  [Full Story]"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." 
George Washington (1732 - 1799) --Quotation Search - Quote Search - The Quotations Page terror war 'over-reaction,' top judge says
Jan. 17, 2005. 07:03 AM{The American-led war on terrorism is a threat to international justice and a challenge to the rule of law in the 21st century, says one of the world's most eminent jurists. 'Sept. 11 led to a major overreaction by politicians in many countries,' said Richard Goldstone.}  [Full Story]"The cure for evil and disorder is more liberty, not suppression."
- Alexander Berkman 
--------------------------------------------------Speaking of the inauguration: "President George W. Bush takes his oath of office next week in the midst of a $40-million, four-day orgy of Republican euphoria," just think what that money could to to shelter the homeless, feed the poor, provide emergency medical care for those without insurance, or provide better armor-plating for military vehicles in Iraq. --quote from U.S. conservatives gunning for the presidential payoff
Jan. 15, 2005
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 17, 2005 at 10:15:54 PT
Just a Note
The news seems to have stopped concerning marijuana. I'm not sure why but I think it must have to do with how things are down here. Last night I watched different programs on the History Channel and one was on Bin Laden. It was hard to watch but what it said was what I have felt all along. This week is the swearing in of the president for 4 more years. I am really feeling so sad for us because of it. It's almost like a funeral instead of a celebration. I don't know if others are feeling happy about the big event on Thursday but I will be glad when this week is over.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on January 17, 2005 at 09:43:08 PT
Canadian Legislators, Read This:
“Teens See Marijuana As Less Harmful Than Cigarettes.” Oh, The Horror! Is Health Canada Dangerous to the Health of Canada’s Teens? 
Posted by Richard Cowan on 2005-01-13 16:20:00 
 {Health Canada discovers Canadian teens perceive cannabis and tobacco “as two different things."{In 1992, of Ontario health systems costs related to all “drugs” only .05% were related to cannabis. And 2% were related to all of the other illicit drugs. However, alcohol accounted for 28.4%, and tobacco accounted for a whopping 69%!!
 {Read Full Story...}
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on January 17, 2005 at 09:17:57 PT
Please Take Action, Friends 
CN BC: Column: She's My Kind of Canadian{Note: from MAP: We rarely comment on news clippings, but make an exception in this case. We have known Mr. Kubby, a MAP supporter, from the earliest days of our organization. The amazing fiction about Steve Kubby, below, calls for letters to the editor, please. The clueless 'columnist' states "Marijuana's medical value is similar to Aspirin's" when in fact for many, while it may not cure their medical condition, it may prevent it from taking their life - keep them from going blind - or otherwise provide benefits like legal medicines which also may not cure anything. This is the case, well supported by medical experts, for Mr. Kubby's rare form of adrenal cancer. Cannabis has for many years prevented the cancer from killing him. Twice he came near death during just a few days stay in jail without his medicine. Please see the Kubby website for more details Bookmark: (Kubby, Steve) }This is the kind of perpetration of ignorant superstition that medical cannabis patients have to face daily. As this article, Canada’s Legislators Ponder Marijuana, points out medical cannabis is *LEGAL* in Canada, which is why large pharmaceutical companies, like "the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG [marketing the 'whole-plant cannabis extract, Sativex(spelling corrected) ... developed at a cost of $100 million by a British company, GW Pharmaceuticals'], and a Canadian company, Cannasat Pharmaceuticals," are jockeying for position in the future markets. And yet, licensed MMAR patients, like Steve Kubby and Russel Barth, are daily forced to defend themselves against specious charges in the media and in Parliament by uninformed or misinformed journalists and politicians. *LEGAL* in Canada, *LEGAL* in Canada, *LEGAL* in Canada: get used to it!Jose Melendez Publishes another LTE [re Russel Barth], She's [Krisztina Gal] My Kind of Canadian too, but that is no reason to malign Steve Kubby with prejudiced epithets and untrue medical assessments, "Dr." Tom Oleson, not!I hope Krisztina Gal and Steve Kubby both get fair and humane treatment by Canadian Immigration in a country (Canada) not afraid to call itself *liberal*!"As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." George Washington (1732 - 1799) "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master." George Washington (1732 - 1799) --Quotation Search - Quote Search - The Quotations Page Washington! Perhaps you've heard of him?
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 17, 2005 at 09:04:10 PT
Thanks afterburner
It's good to see he is still writing. Keep up the good work Jose.PS: I tried to get Cannasat's web site to work but it is just a blank page so thats why I didn't add it to the article.
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on January 17, 2005 at 08:48:12 PT
Jose Melendez Publishes another LTE 
CN BC: PUB LTE: The Drug Laws Are Just Not Working Pubdate: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author: Jose Melendez to go, Jose. Maybe you could include a link to the LTE you are responding to which: the one by Mary Anne Erickson who maligns Russel Barth, MMAR patient in Canada and Author of the book "Mommy's Funny Medicine.""We must all hang together or we will all hang separately." --Benjamin Franklin, US Diplomat, author, philosopher and signer of the Declaration of Independence
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