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B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens!
    #920931 - 09/30/02 07:35 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

B.C. Marijuana Factory opens to produce pot for medical use

DENE MOORE
Canadian Press


Monday, September 30, 2002

(CP/Chuck Stoody)

Michael Maniotis, director of the Merlin Project, organizers of the Marijuana Factory, looks over some plants in a converted house in New Westminister, B.C. Monday. (CP/Chuck Stoody)

VANCOUVER (CP) - There are many houses in British Columbia home to marijuana grow operations. Few of them offer media tours.

But the people behind the Marijuana Factory, which officially opened Monday on a quiet suburban Vancouver street, say they are doing nothing wrong growing marijuana and processing it into potent pot pellets. Up to 110 plants will be grown by three users licensed by Health Canada to possess and produce the drug for medical purposes. One of the licensees, Mark, has HIV.

"The medications that I'm on pretty much annihilate the appetite," said Mark, who didn't want to give his last name. "And without some good nutrition the battle won't even begin to be fought."

Ottawa amended federal drug laws last summer to allow a limited number of patients to obtain a special exemption that allows them to possess marijuana for their personal use. So far 817 Canadians are licensed to possess marijuana; another 214 are licensed to produce marijuana for medical use and 17 have been designated growers for others.

At the house, the drug is processed into highly potent pellets of concentrated THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

These THC balls easily dissolve in oil or butter and can be used to make cookies, cakes or even tea.

Mark and others at the Marijuana Factory say they will look into donating any excess pot to agencies and physicians with patients who might benefit from medical marijuana.

"We have some contacts with doctors from different agencies that have expressed interest in cannabis for their patients," said Michael Maniotis, director of the Merlin Project, which is organizing the Marijuana Factory.

"What we've said to them is once we've completed the crop, whatever excess is available we'll find a way . . . to make it available to them."

But the amount that can be grown is determined by a doctor and specified in the licence, as is the location where the marijuana will be grown, according to a spokesman for Health Canada.

Up to three people can grow marijuana in one location, but that location must be specified in the licence, said Andrew Swift.

"Their licence has to indicate where they are growing it or it is not entirely correct," Swift said.

"Giving marijuana away that is intended for their own medical purposes is not permitted under the regulations, or any marijuana byproduct."

Members of the Merlin Project would like to have seven such "factories" in the Vancouver area.

Inside the house, bright hydroponic lights reflect off the silver metallic insulation taped over the walls to keep it warm.

So far just two mother plants sit in an upstairs room and a few fledgling pot plants and some lettuce decorate a hydroponic system under a bright light in the basement.

The system will produce high-grade pot efficiently and effectively, said Maniotis, who smokes pot to relieve arthritis pain and stress.

Mark, who said he's used marijuana most of his life, said medical users need a reliable, affordable source.

"Buying it off the street, you never know," he said.

Neither of them is worried that police will show up on their front door.

"They wouldn't have any justification for coming here," Maniotis said.

He faces a trafficking charge related to a raid of the Merlin Project's Marijuana Tea House, which was shut down by police in January after just a few weeks in operation.

Police say people without Health Canada exemptions were smoking marijuana and that equipment was being set up to grow plants.

Maniotis said he will fight those charges all the way to the highest court if he has to.

"I've never done anything illegal," he said.

? Copyright 2002 The Canadian Press

http://www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=%7BFD98289F-FE96-45B6-9EF7-8721A1262F8C%7D
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Related News - Throne Speech by Governor General of Canada hints at decriminalization of Marijuana could be part of national drug strategy

"The speech also said a national drug strategy will be developed, which could include decriminalizing marijuana."

http://cbc.ca/stories/2002/09/30/throne_speech020930



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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: Thor]
    #921020 - 09/30/02 08:01 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Nice find! Hopefuly the U.S. will be able to learn from this example.

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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: Thor]
    #921367 - 09/30/02 11:56 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

cool post

btw his name is Greek... lol there are a lot of Greeks in Canada... lol

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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: kykeon]
    #922521 - 10/01/02 01:56 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

so does that mean weed is legal now? if you process weed and smoke it, will you get busted?


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: LSAuser]
    #923051 - 10/01/02 05:05 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

From the original post:
In reply to:

But the amount that can be grown is determined by a doctor and specified in the license, as is the location where the marijuana will be grown, according to a spokesman for Health Canada.




So unless Health Canada has approved you, weed is still illegal. This is a GREAT step though. Get the medicine to those who need it! The recreational users might get theirs later.


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: LSAuser]
    #923350 - 10/01/02 06:52 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

NO weed is NOT legal in canada!

there are medical exemptions.


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: LSAuser]
    #923524 - 10/01/02 07:49 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

nice story bc is gotta be so cool.


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: Joshua]
    #924110 - 10/02/02 04:28 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

In reply to:

Nice find! Hopefuly the U.S. will be able to learn from this example.




Bet your ass they won't.


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: little-fungi-grl]
    #951230 - 10/10/02 10:29 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

BC is the bomb, besides all the drugs and whatever, it is BE YOU TE FUL, I was up there about 4 years ago on a ski trip to Whistler, well all I can say, if you've never been GO. The scenery is awesome.


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Re: B.C. Canada - Marijuana Factory opens! [Re: Thor]
    #967775 - 10/17/02 02:05 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

i'd like to move to bc.


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