Medical Marijuana Patient#Activist Meets with Canadian Health Minister 3/20/98

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At a news conference in Tillsonburg last Friday (3/13), Canadian Federal Health Minister Allan Rock answered reporters' questions about medical marijuana, saying he is taking the issue "very seriously," according to the London Free Press. The Minister was in town to announce the renewal of the legal planting of hemp in Canada. Tillsonburg is also the home of medical marijuana activist/patient Lynn Harichy, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Harichy, who is in the process of setting up a temporary cannabis buyers club in her home town, until it is "available through doctors and pharmaceutical companies," spoke with The Week Online about the meeting. "When I got there they said this meeting was by invitation only. I said I need to get in to talk with him. A reporter recognized me and took my picture. Other reporters started asking questions. Soon a girl came up and grabbed my arm and said come this way. When we were away from the reporters she said, 'he's expecting you.' I said 'who.' 'Allan Rock' was the reply.

Harichy said the meeting went well and that she was impressed by Rock's character. "He was very compassionate, I told him I am opening up a cannabis buyers club for people to get affordable marijuana through us and not off the street. I don't want any of them to be harmed. Rock said 'Yes' and that he is, 'very, very close to a resolution.'"

If the laws are not changed, Harichy will face a trial in June or July for a possession charge. Alan Young, the Osgoode Hall law professor who took Chris Clay's constitutional challenge of marijuana prohibition to court has agreed to represent her.

Harichy urged people to "write to their representatives and don't give up. Stop the propaganda. Pressure our lawmakers to change this ridiculous law."

Donations to Lynn Harichy's defense fund can be made to:

Prof. Alan Young York University Osgoode Hall Law 4700 Keele St. Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

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