Leave Grant Krieger Alone

Leave Grant Krieger Alone
Posted by CN Staff on June 09, 2002 at 11:31:37 PT
By Licia Corbella, Calgary Sun Editor
Source: Calgary Sun
On Tuesday, some United States senators noted that prior to Sept. 11, the FBI had time to wiretap a New Orleans brothel for 13 months with 10 agents. At the same time, of course, information about large numbers of Middle Eastern men taking flying lessons -- without wanting to learn how to land or takeoff -- went virtually uninvestigated. They were much too busy investigating a victimless crime. Tsk, tsk, tsk, many now say. How could a law enforcement agency have such obviously wonky priorities? 
Well, you need not look to the pitched battle between the FBI and the CIA to see bad priority spending by security agencies. Right here in Canada -- and more specifically, Calgary -- crimes that really affect us are given the big yawn by our police departments, and other acts that are actually providing a very worthwhile benefit and service are prosecuted with the ferocity of a famished pit bull. Calgary's -- if not Canada's -- foremost cannabis crusader, Grant Krieger, was in court again recently to answer to charges of possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking. I've spent quite a bit of time with Krieger, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and watched him do his rounds, delivering marijuana to ill Calgarians -- often at a loss and certainly never at a gain. I have known drug dealers in the past -- with their fast cars, Rolex watches, Persol sunglasses and gold Dunhill lighters -- and I can assure you Grant doesn't fit the profile. He frequently asks for the time because he doesn't have a watch, he uses a Bic to light up his joints and he's driving around in borrowed cars because his rusty, five-speed 1985 Honda Accord broke down. Despite the fact that last June Krieger was found not guilty of trafficking by an 11-woman, one-man jury and has a so-called Section 56 exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, our supposedly cash-strapped, underpaid, under-manned police service manages to find the time to continually arrest and charge Krieger for possession of marijuana and trafficking. This, despite the fact that way back on Dec. 11, 2000, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Darlene Acton handed down a landmark ruling in which Krieger won the right to grow and cultivate marijuana. She placed no limits on how much Krieger could possess or carry and no restrictions on him providing marijuana to other sick individuals. As she said then, there is an absurdity in the federal law that gives ill Canadians, suffering from severe illness like cancer, MS and AIDS, the right to possess marijuana but no legal outlet in which to buy it. So what do the Calgary police do time and time again? They destroy his plants and marijuana supply which is akin to taking a diabetic's insulin and dropping it in a sewer. Meanwhile, a friend of mine had his driver's licence and a credit card stolen from his wallet recently. In other words, his entire wallet was not stolen, the thief took just those two specific cards and then went to two banks, visited a teller and withdrew some $3,000 from his credit card. It would be pretty easy to capture this thief, who may or may not be tied to a sophisticated credit-card fraud scheme. After all, it is known which two branches he went to and all banks have video surveillance cameras. What did Calgary's finest do? They phoned my friend once and said on his answering machine: "We are closing your file because we couldn't reach you on the phone." So my friend called back. Then guess what they said? "Oh, that would be great if you could get those videotapes. We'd be happy to look through it with you at that time." Needless to say, my friend was both outraged and aghast. I guess the Calgary police were too busy busting Grant Krieger to protect us from a clearly sophisticated thief. The fact of the matter is, Krieger is saving taxpayers many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by helping more than 100 sick people get out of nursing homes and off of costly pharmaceuticals. When Krieger was confined to a wheelchair and in excruciating pain due to his MS, he was using about $300 a month in pharmaceutical drugs, which were being paid for by the taxpayer. One of the people he helps now, 86-year-old Henry Adams was in a nursing home, and on a costly cocktail of some 20 medications to help alleviate the pain and other symptoms caused by the prostate cancer that has now spread into his bones -- including his spine. The nursing home cost Adams $920 per month and the province kicked in an additional $500. His legal drugs cost at least $300 a month and yet he was in constant pain and unable to eat. His daughter, Eunice Cluff, pulled him out of the nursing home, started feeding him cannabis butter in his muffins and porridge and Adams is back walking and even wrestling with his young grandkids. Adams and his daughter were once terribly opposed to marijuana. Now they are not just believers but marijuana minstrels. Like the FBI wasting their limited resources on bugging a brothel while truly evil people were plotting the murder of thousands, Canada's police forces do the same on a smaller scale. I, for one, resent my tax dollars paying police and courts to prosecute people who use marijuana as a medicine. It's high time that our law enforcement communities got their priorities straight and started arresting criminals and not sick people. Note: It's high time our law enforcement agencies got their priorities straight.Her columns appear Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.Newshawk: puff_tuffSource: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)Author: Licia Corbella, Calgary Sun EditorPublished: June 9, 2002 Copyright: 2002 The Calgary SunContact: callet sunpub.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:Canadian Links W. Krieger Cannabis Research Marijuana To Alleviate Pain Hardly Criminal Crusader Charged Again Take Pot Fight To Court 
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Comment #10 posted by Jose Melendez on June 10, 2002 at 05:52:15 PT
Unimed has expertise in "ethical drug development&
from: Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to be Sole Marketer of Marinol®
					Co-marketing Arrangement with Roxane Laboratories ends December 31, 2000
					DEERFIELD, Ill. (January 2, 2001) – Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that effective January 1, 2001, it has become solely responsible for the marketing of Marinol® CIII (dronabinol) capsules. Marinol® is the only FDA approved synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Marinol® was first brought onto the market for the treatment of cancer chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting that is unresponsive to conventional medications. In 1992, the FDA approved Unimed’s supplemental new drug application for Marinol® for the treatment of appetite loss or anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients.
					Roxane Laboratories launched Marinol in 1987. In 1992, Unimed and Roxane Laboratories started co-promoting Marinol® in the United States. Now, as sole marketer of Marinol®, Unimed Pharmaceuticals assumes responsibility for all manufacturing, distribution, and marketing responsibilities for the product.
					"Marinol® has provided HIV and cancer patients nationwide a safe and effective treatment for anorexia and nausea," said Robert Dudley, Ph.D., President and CEO, Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "Unimed looks forward to fully supporting the continuing education of health care providers and patients on the medical role of Marinol®, including support of an indigent patient assistance program. Moreover, Unimed is currently exploring Marinol's use in additional therapeutic areas."
					In 1999, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reclassified Marinol® from a Schedule II to a Schedule III medication, indicating lower abuse and addiction potential and facilitating the prescription refill process. To date, 41 of 50 states have rescheduled Marinol“ in accordance with DEA actions, and efforts are underway to ensure the reclassification in all 50 states.
					Marinol® is contraindicated in any patient who has a history of hypersensitivity to any cannabinoid or sesame oil. Patients receiving treatment with Marinol® should be specifically warned not to drive, operate machinery, or engage in any hazardous activity until it is established that they are able to tolerate the drug and perform such tasks safely. Marinol® should be used with caution in patients with cardiac disorders, a history of substance abuse, mania, depression, schizophrenia, or concomitant therapy with sedatives, hypnotics and other psychoactive drugs.
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Comment #9 posted by p4me on June 09, 2002 at 22:23:29 PT
I had another pasting error
Here is the email reefered to below that was sent to Mark Emery's people.         There exist a person named Paul Peterson in Illinois that is running for legislature. I am sure he could use financial aid but that is not why I am writing in particular. You see Paul Peterson is a story in his own right and was a lawyer that lost his license because of his stance on medical marijuana. Paul has ADD and it seems that they have diagnose a Brain Racing Syndrome type just recently. Anyway Paul is a devote Christian forced into the fray even though it has cost him his family and many friendships as well as depriving him of his livelihood. It gets better. You see Illinois still has a statute on the books about medical marijuana that go back to 1979 and would be a statute: 720 Ilcs 55 section 11. He had a class action lawsuit representing patients and he had an interest in the case because marijuana helped his ADD and he says that Oregon may allow marijuana for the Brain Racing Syndrome he has. Anyway he has a letter from a state Senator that in fact confirms that these laws are still valid. So the way to kill the lawsuit and silence him was to take away his law license and he can tell you about his struggles in that arena.What makes this story so interesting is that Paul went to the DEA to get permission to conduct legitimate marijuana studies and had the idea of making pellets or pills if you will as a way of guaranteeing consistency within a batch. I learned of Paul at and the regular users have come to know of his plight and his fight and the details I think he would gladly share with you.Now the laws and the cover-up are corruption plain and simple and would normally bore even a reformer. But what makes magnifies the importance of the situation in Illinois is that Unifed, the maker of Marinol, is an Illinois Corporation. I mean how does one man fight a company that can make a $1000 a month either off a patient or Medicare/Medicaid when Congress and the DEA make it legitimate medicine while demonizing MJ?I just wanted to contact you and see what you thought of this story and if you might contact him for a story on pot-tv or an article in Cannabis Culture. Paulís number is 312-558-9999 and he has a website: and his email would go there also: paulpeterson Would you please somehow acknowledge this email with Paul or myself. It is not right not to support a fighter on the front lines and about all I know to do is contact you and hope for the best.Thanks for what you fine people in Canada are doing to restore some kind of sanity to the world.   
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Comment #8 posted by p4me on June 09, 2002 at 22:15:48 PT
it's chatty old me again
I regret doing this somewhat but if you can copy a paragraph or reconstruct something out of this maybe you could help spread that there is a story out there waiting to be told. Paul will appreciate it and it is a story that needs to get out. I said I would email Mark Emery's people about Paul and here it is. I want to copy something for Paul here. You will one day be restored to your fortunes, even though this might be the most glorius time of your life when you tell your grandchildren how you shaped the definition of American freedom way back in 2002. For Paul and others:         Chat Now! | Need Help? | Back to Article List | Full Article List | Search | Exit       KEY: 
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                I Wish You Enough ~ by Bob Perks       Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They
      had announced her flight departure, and standing near the security gate they
      hugged. He said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, our
      life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish
      you enough, too, Daddy." They kissed and she left.       He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I
      could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy,
      but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone
      knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have, " I replied. Saying that brought
      back memories of expressing my love and appreciation for all my dad had
      done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him
      face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was
      experiencing.       "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked. "I am old
      and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, the
      next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.       "When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I
      ask what that means?" He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed
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Comment #7 posted by p4me on June 09, 2002 at 21:26:37 PT
Long live liberty
That is the closing line of Prince of Pot#7 at pot-tv that Mark Emery did mainly for the June 6th demonstrations. He is extremely upbeat about the cannabis legalization efforts and he is personally running for mayor of Vancouver. The mayor that held office for the last decade will step down and Mark's chances of winning are great to excellent. Here is his website: The link for the pot-tv show would have been made about June 1st: talked about D-day or DEA-day and explained the reason the Thursday date of June 6th was chosen because of the original D-day in France on June 6, 1944. It just goes to show that if people don't speak up ideas are lost or misunderstood and nuances unnoticed. This was the first episode I had seen where it was just Mark Emery talking from the heart and at a desk. That guy is impressive.He spoke of all the recent media attention he had gotten and how people have just now learned of pot-tv and viewership is up. He was all but glad that dumbfuk McGinneas made such an a$$ of himself and talked about how they let Chris Bennett (now the husband of Renee Boje and dad of there young child and bigshot of pot-tv productions) was allowed a rant on national television that tagged the McGinneas stupidity act.He spoke of funding an intelligent piece of art on a Captain Jackson character that has a history and is recognized by some and can be seen at Their are people volunteering time that are professional Hollywood types making the new video.He started out talking about how he got the moniker "Prince of Pot" and talked about his run for Mayor and what he is doing to help people with a pro-pot position that are running for election all over the world. Inquiries about contributions or aid can be sent to a person devoted to funding of political races: mikecust
Paul Peterson, are you there? I will email them about your story.I was really going to say that we vote everyday with our money and how the leaders of the MMJ movement should ask people to close their wallets and force things to a head. The rich have run up the national debt another billion$ today and will do so until the people stop them. Starve the economy and have a thrifty meal.1
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Comment #6 posted by Industrial Strength on June 09, 2002 at 21:09:51 PT
Finally, and this is not in some "counter culture publication", this is a "real" (in the eyes of moderate readers)newspaper. Hopefully, this trickle will become a stream, the stream a river, the river an ocean. An ocean that will drown all the ignorance and injustice. Im regressing into melodrama.
"So what do the Calgary police do time and time again? They destroy his plants and marijuana supply which is akin to taking a diabetic's insulin and dropping it in a sewer." Ohh!!!!! What more needs to be said? Everyone should have to force fed that statement one thousand times.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on June 09, 2002 at 19:19:34 PT
Leave Steven Wells alone
A man accused of helping his son make marijuana-laced brownies may spend the rest of his life in prison because of the state's three-strikes law. Prosecutors also charged Wells with child abuse, saying he hurt his son when he gave him the marijuana, but Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wissed that charge. (ALSO, it shouldn't matter, he's already facing the restof his life in prison)"I'm not convinced it causes great bodily injury for a 15-year-old to have a ( laced ) brownie,'' she said. MAN MAY FACE LIFE IN PRISON FOR PROVIDING MARIJUANA TO SON 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on June 09, 2002 at 17:55:14 PT
Leave Grant Krieger Alone
Stop putting humans in a cage for using a plant.Do drug war lords = urine suckers? Or what! Simple math.It is important to put this into Biblical perspective. So ask what would Jesus Christ do? He chose to break the law in order to heal the sick. So who is it that would cage Grant Krieger?Would they cage My Man Christ?
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Comment #3 posted by Richard Lake on June 09, 2002 at 15:45:20 PT
Major Media Ignores National Protest Against DEA
-------DrugSense FOCUS Alert #245 9 June 2002Thursday, June 6th was a nation-wide day of action to push back DEA attempts to re-criminalize medical cannabis. On or after June 6th, 2002 the DEA will attempt to shut down dispensaries now legally providing medical cannabis to patients in western states. Protests were held in 60 cities, and there were arrests in both Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.The Media Awareness Project of DrugSense joined California NORML, Cannabis Action Network, Common Sense Drug Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform and other organizations in supporting this direct action called by Americans for Safe Access efforts of local protest organizers and the protest being covered by two wire service stories, newspapers carried only 17 items (list of links below) directly related to the action as newshawked to MAP or Americans for Safe Access. No major newspapers, with the exception of the Washington Times and Washington Post provided coverage on this important national event!Please write Letters to the Editor to tell your local, state, and particularly major national newspapers that medical marijuana and these protests are important news to you and that this type of event should be covered. Even if your letter is not published, newspaper editors and publishers need to know what you, their readers, think is important!By using this webpage and the 'List by Area' dropdown you can select newspapers in your state, click on the word 'Contact' and obtain the email address or webform for sending Letters to the Editor to your newspaper.Reports of where local actions were held, and many result reports, are on the Americans for Safe Access website that may allow you to add some local protest information to your letter. Other resources with superb information about medical cannabis include: - facts referencing respected sources. presents the conflicting views and opinions of different sides of the medical marijuana debate. 66 separate public opinion studies, plus this: An estimated nine million people in the United States use cannabis medicinally and over the last ten years, nearly one-quarter of a million people in the United States have been arrested on medical-marijuana-related offenses.Thanks for your effort and support.WRITE A LETTER TODAYIt's not what others do it's what YOU do************************************************************PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID ( Letter, Phone, fax etc.)Please post a copy your letter or report your action to the sent letter list (sentlte if you are subscribed, or by E-mailing a copy directly to MGreer if you are not subscribed. Your letter will then be forwarded to the list with so others can learn from your efforts and be motivated to follow suit.Subscribing to the Sent LTE list (sentlte will help you to review other sent LTEs and perhaps come up with new ideas or approaches as well as keeping others aware of your important writing efforts.To subscribe to the Sent LTE mailing list see is VERY IMPORTANT as it is one very effective way of gauging our impact and effectiveness.************************************************************SAMPLE LETTER that was sent to USA TodayDear Editor,Reading today's USA Today I thought I would find articles about yesterday's medical marijuana protests in over 50 cities throughout the US? I find your paper to be one of the better in existence but do not understand why there is no mention about this important event.As you must well know, the DEA will close/are closing medical cannabis clubs in California in deference to the will of the California voter and possibly 80% of the American voter. When polled, the American people are clearly behind marijuana for the sick, and to a slightly lesser degree, the American people want some sense to our War On Drugs and a re-evaluation of our government's war on marijuana as started by and with no revisions since the Nixon era.The time is long overdue to bring science and sanity together on this issue. The current government scheme to combine drugs and terrorism and place the American recreational and medical drug user at the forefront of our recent terrorist woes is unconscionable.I hope you will continue to service the American people by your good work in the media and not forget the heart of our domestic problems - the failed War On Drugs. Patients and their caregivers are now subject to arrest and imprisonment. If this is not front-page news I don't know what is.Respectfully,Peter ChristopherIMPORTANT Always include your address and telephone numberPlease note. If you choose to use this letter as a model please modify it at least somewhat so that the paper does not receive numerous copies of the same letter and so that the original author receives credit for his/her work.------------------------------------------------------------ADDITIONAL INFO to help you in your letter writing effortsWriter's Resources************************************************************
Major Media Ignores National Protest Against DEA
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Comment #2 posted by Richard Lake on June 09, 2002 at 15:43:28 PT
Major Media Ignores National Protest Against DEA 
Extra Credit. Please consider writing to some or all of the newspapers that did publish something. Just click on the URL to see the article - and the contact for your letter.CA: OPED: Medical Marijuana Feds Should Stop Their Attack
URL Protesters Ask DEA to Change Drug Law
URL Rally Backs Medical Marijuana
URL PUB LTE: Medicinal Marijuana Is Up In Smoke
URL OPED Why I Am Willing to Go to Jail For Medical Marijuana
URL 200 Join Santa Rosa Protest of Federal Pot Laws
URL Medicinal Marijuana Advocates Prepare For 'Day of Direct Action'
URL Protesters Target DEA Offices Over Medical Pot
URL Medical-Pot Backers Protest To Feds
URL 10 Arrested In Protest Against DEA
URL Hill Protests Target Marijuana, Oil Policies
URL OPED: Stop The War On Medical Marijuana
URL Medical Marijuana Activists Plan Massive Protest
URL OPED: Stop The Federal War On Medical Marijuana
URL OPED: We Must Stop The War On Medical Marijuana
URL Making Case For Marijuana
URL Inland Rallies For Medical Pot OK************************************************************Prepared by Richard Lake Focus Alert Specialist************************************************************Please help us help reform. See for details=== 
Major Media Ignores National Protest Against DEA
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Comment #1 posted by p4me on June 09, 2002 at 13:18:46 PT
Human hunting at Rainbow Farms
I would like to mention that 50 FBI agents were at Rainbow Farms a week before the twin towers went down just in case a newbie is lurking. I was interested in seeing if the LA Times had anything about the DEA protest in particular and anything to do with medical marijuana in general. I went to- -the health section and was braced for diasppointment when the Zoloft ad kept rotating at the top talking first about its greatness and then its health disclaimers. On the right side about half way down they have a drop down menu for topics. Then suprise. Out of the 60 topics listed medical marijuana was not even listed.I guess Gomer Pyle would say "Surprise, surprise."I remember Andy Rooney mentioned one time his calculation scheme that figured the NY Times Sunday paper had more that a million words. Last night I did a search with the word marijuana and it yeilded one result in the movie section. I am not sure about daily word counts but lets say that the average man says 2000 words a day and a woman 4000 or an average of 3000. That comes to about a million words a year. Now do you think that the average American uses the word "marijuana" just one time a year. It is almost like the institution that proclaims "All the news fit to print" does not want to talk about marijuana.So to the Extremist I say again vote against all incumbents. There are plenty of people to say that you should moderate your opinion and select here and there. They are much more numerous than us and if they are friendly to getting rid of the corruption and lock on power that brings us the War on Marijuana we surely understand their beliefs. We are so few in number that you need to true to a force that wants to get rid of all elected management. Together with the friends of freedom we will get rid of some incumbents and if we don't get them this time we will try again in elections to come.The speech Busch made about getting rid of the estate tax forever in front of the heartland farmers was enough to make me gag. The country is sliding down a slippery slope of debt and we have serious problems with corruption, the economy, and a government stonewall to the will of 73% of the American people that want medical marijuana. You could add the crisis in health care, the rape of the jury system, polluted air and water and everything else and the President has to be busy trying to discuss the issue of estate taxes that will not change for 9 more years. What a stupid priority of a President out there showing that he is a puppet for the rich. And maybe he has a personal interest in holding on to all of Daddys money while he buys votes for the next election with Uncles money.1
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