Breaking The Law To Save Our Lives

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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

AMENDMENT:

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.”

Interesting.

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.

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About russellbarth

Trying to end marijuana prohibition, and educate people about marijuana, diet, prohibition, and sustainable living.
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5 Responses to Breaking The Law To Save Our Lives

  1. Al says:

    It’s either grow your own or buy off the black market because it is a lot cheaper and better quality than what the LP’s are offering.

  2. Hey Russell Barth, Im only a few points in your blog, and they are all wrong so far…

    1) It is outrageously expensive. AT $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.

  3. yes-I garvey says:

    you have the right to grow any plants you like! we appreciate your courage and wish you every success

  4. charlier64 says:

    So far, the prices I have seen have ranged from $5 at the lowest to $12 at the highest. The one 1 offering $3/g is very misleading (Peace Naturals), as they will discount the 1st daily gram prescribed to $3/g, the rest for the day’s prescription is $6, so they are basically giving you a $3/day discount….not so much, eh?
    I understood that they ARE charging tax + courier fees.
    I have also seen that each LP demands (As per HC rules) that the ORIGINAL Authorization from the Dr. be given to them, so how could you possibly sign up with more than ONE? I doubt the Dr. will sign more than one, so that you can sign on with others, as it would be thought of as ‘double prescribing’….like with narcotics….they are supposed to ensure that doesn’t happen.
    I don’t expect that the LP’s will be able to supply demand, as they are already staggering and leaving patients waiting…..for months. How can a patient be expected to live like that when they NEED their medication? FACT IS…the MMPR is treating sick patients like RECREATIONAL users, as if they have a choice, based on their earnings to afford it.

  5. Chris Goodwin is either wrong or missing some key points in his rebuttal.

    1) Dispensaries do not charge 12 dollars a gram. Our prices range from 5.50 – 7.50 max at the ounce level. Most are now firmly in the 8 dollar a gram range and often offer discount product below that price.

    Also as stated above the $3 dollar a gram price is limited to 30 grams a month. This is a bit disingenuous.

    2) He is correct on this – its 150 per order. But this also ties into a later issue of applying to more then one company later on.

    3) You mat split up your prescription among many companies – but you are to remove your first prescription and have the doctor split up the maximum among how ever many new companies you would like to purchase from by dividing the total and writing new prescriptions for each. Every time you would like to add or remove a company necessitates a new visit to the doctor and removing your existing prescriptions.

    4) At this point taxes are supposed to be collected on cannabis. Some are charging on top, some are including it in the total and some have actually claimed no tax. When it comes to what should or shouldn’t be taxed its a long drawn out process to deal with Revenue Canada – and this hasn’t happened yet. As for delivery prices – that’s a matter for each company to decide.

    Bulk discounts are likewise up to each company to decide – i don’t believe the regs prohibit it.

    5)This is a tough point. With free market economics we should imagine that they will grow quality medicine given market pressures. They are currently limited to only using 2 organic pesticides
    so adulteration shouldn’t be an issue.
    MILSTOP FOLIAR FUNGICIDE (Reg. No. 28095)
    ACTINOVATE SP (Reg. No. 28672)

    Reviews have been mixed so far on the products coming from Peace Naturals – and their selection has been severely limited so far by availability.

    6) Sure if they spend a half million dollars on facilities, equipment, and the associated necessities of a hyper-regulated industry.

    Best of luck.

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