Christine and I have informed our doctors (in writing) that we would not be signing on to the MMPR, for the following reasons:
1) It is outrageously expensive. The help we have been receiving over the years was able to keep us going because of the MMAR. Without the MMAR, the same level of help – which would still be offered – won’t take us even 1/20th the distance we need to go each month.
2) The regulations limit the users to 150 grams per month, each, or roughly 5 grams per day. That is less than half of Christine’s prescribed dose and about half of what she uses now. It it less than one third of mine, so even if we signed on, and even if we could afford it, we can no longer manage on doses that low. Nor should we even be asked to. In fact – due to certain issues – I only get 12 of the 16/day I’m been prescribed!
3) If we signed on, we would have to commit to one grower (like being told you can only shop at one grocery store). We cannot trust that the company we sign on with will even still be in existence in a few months. The program is so onerous – for growers and patients alike – that many closures and bankruptcies are expected. Then what? Wait weeks or months for paperwork to clear before we can buy from the next grower?
4) We can trust the extralegal growers to produce better, cheaper product for us. Some growers might even donate some for free (or have before). MMPR growers are not allowed to offer price reductions for bulk purchases, and they must charge tax. We calculated the monthly cost under the MMPR would be $1500-2000, each. Or $75,000 – 82,000 per year, depending where we purchased.
5) The medicine these companies produce promises to be second-rate, at best. If Prairie Plant Systems’s “product” is any indication of what the other MMPR growers are likely to produce, thanks anyway.
6) Principle: Our right to grow our own medicine or have a designated person grow it for us has been taken away and handed to corporations! Some of them aren’t even in Canada! So even if we could afford it (and only needed five per day), we would still boycott it, because a) the prohibition of marijuana us unjust and absurd, and b) the regulations are nonsensical and unjust. We simply cannot bring ourselves to participate in absurd and unjust things, and obeying laws pertaining to plants is like…. well, convincing ourselves that Santa Claus is actually real. It is beyond absurd. Juvenile and ridiculous.
Breaking unjust laws to get the medicine we need feels more sensible, to us, than obeying stupid laws designed to harm us. It is as simple as that.
We still have some medicine saved, enough to last us until about the first week of May, and other people have offered to get “care packages” to us, but we fully expect the RCMP to come search our home on – or shortly after – April 1st to make sure we are complying with the new regulations. Or intercept our mail to stop the medicine getting to us.
No – really. We are literally expecting to be arrested sometime in April or May, even with our MMAR possession permits lasting until April (for Christine) and June (for me), we still expect an arrest and confiscation of medicine. We doubt the OPS would bother, but we do expect the RCMP are pretty chuffed about the fact that they get to go tearing out people’s hard work and making sick people cry.
The only hope, at this point, is that the judge in John Conroy’s court challenge can extend the MMAR program for a while, allowing us the possibility of continuing to survive. Or – even better – force modifications to the MMPR allowing for more than 5 grams per day, and adding a DIN# so that ODSP can pay Company X for the pot they send us. Then we could maybe sign on. But as the MMPR regs stand now… no way. We are screwed.
Frankly, we have both resigned ourselves to the idea that this is how it will all end. Because there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. We will run out of medicine eventually, the seizures will come, and I will buckle under the weight of that horror and start drinking again. And then we will both fade out. That is what we expect for this coming summer/fall. No hyperbole, no joke.
We will accept charity, but ask for none. We bring this to your attention, because if this could happen to us – if our rights can be arbitrarily modified or taken away at the whim of a government minister – then no one in Canada is safe.
Russell Barth & Christine Lowe
Ok… so, according to Chris Goodwin of Vapor Central, I am wrong about a number of things.
“Hey Russell Barth, Im only a few points in your blog, and they are all wrong so far…
1) $3 to $6 a gram, it’s half the price of compassion clubs in Canada, which is odd to me.
2) The regulations limit the users to 150 grams per month, WRONG, the limit is 150g per order…
3) If we signed on, we would have to commit to one grower, WRONG, You can sign on to all 8 current companies if you want.
4) MMPR growers are not allowed to offer price reductions for bulk purchases, and they must charge tax. WRONG, LP’s can charge bulk rates, and there is NO Tax.
5) The medicine these companies produce promises to be second-rate, at best. WRONG… Do I even need to explain this one…
6) Principle: Our right to grow our own medicine or have a designated person grow it for us has been taken away and handed to corporations! WRONG, there was no right to grow, only a permit to do so, and you can still grow, the regulations dont disregard court decisions. And your DG was a corporation, and can now grow for all 400K patients, instead of just you and Christine.”
Well….. still, we can’t afford it, and my our grower was not a corporation.
So, despite my many glaring mistakes, the fact remains: we can’t afford this, period.