Monday, April 16, 2007

Last day for sale medical marijuana

Nothing says PROFIT to the savvy and ruthless entrepreneur -- on either side of the law -- quite so much as prohibition laws. The prohibition of intoxicants creates a tremendous win-win situation for crooks and cops alike. In the wide pantheon of phony laws that bring the law itself into disrepute, not even "hate crime" can compare in its cynical benefits to all concerned. Sure, "hate crime" provides the otherwise unemployable with phony jobs in the racism industry, and gives lots of free publicity to racist creeps, but the drug war is pure gold for all concerned.

Criminals love the drug war for driving up the profits on simple plant substances that would otherwise be cheaper than wheat. Their counterparts in the law enforcement business love the drug war for providing a never ending excuse for increasing budgets to accomplish the impossible, and the opportunity to go after easy targets like pot growers instead of tackling more dangerous and difficult problems like the actual violent criminals we are supposedly paying them to pursue in the first place.

When it comes to medical marijuana, the Federal government puts profits before people:
The federal government charges patients 15 times more for certified medical marijuana than it pays to buy the weed in bulk from its official supplier, newly released documents show.

Critics say it's unconscionable to charge that high a markup to some of the country's sickest citizens, who have little income and are often cut off from their medical marijuana supply when they can't pay their government dope bills.

Records obtained under the Access to Information Act show that Health Canada pays $328.75 for each kilogram of bulk medical marijuana produced by Prairie Plant Systems Inc.

The company currently has a $10.3-million contract with Health Canada, which expires at the end of September, to grow standardized medical marijuana in an abandoned mine shaft in Flin Flon, Man.

Health Canada, in turn, sells the marijuana to a small group of authorized users for $150 -- plus GST -- for each 30-gram bag of ground-up flowering tops, with a strength of up to 14 per cent THC, the main active ingredient. That works out to $5,000 for each kilogram, or a markup of more than 1,500 per cent.

[..] A spokesman for the department, Jason Bouzanis, said the quoted price of $328.75 a kilogram for bulk marijuana does not include other Health Canada costs.

"The price for individuals authorized to possess marijuana for medical purposes is based on the actual cost of production and an estimate of costs associated with the distribution of the product,'' he said, "These costs are subject to change.''

Contract records show Health Canada also pays the supplier a packaging fee of $9.06 for each 30-gram package, to cover labour and materials, as well as courier fees that are dependent on shipping volumes.
You can buy a handful of seeds and a few boxes of zip-lop bags for $9.00 from local suppliers. For those concerned about the environment, you don't even have to use a bag. Simply pick and dry the buds from the plants growing in your backyard on your kitchen counter and transfer to a glass receptacle or cloth bag for future use. No carbon is emitted because you walked instead of driving.

Oh .. sorry, you're not allowed to grow your own weed, and you're not allowed to smoke it either unless you present the bureaucrats with a doctor's note. And soon that doctor's note won't even permit you to legally grow your own. The feds are looking to expand their monopoly on medical marijuana distribution. Fine revenue for non-compliance is expected to increase, along with black market competition:
Although patients currently can grow it themselves or have someone else grow it for them, Health Canada plans to phase out these production licences sometime after 2007. That would force patients to order from Prairie Plant Systems, or take their chances with street dealers or so-called compassion clubs, which are technically illegal.

[..] Many patients say they are unhappy with the quality of the Prairie Plant System product.

"It's garbage," said Tom MacMullen, 43, of Prospect Bay, N.S., who uses marijuana for leg and back pain. "It's just so awful-tasting."
cp: Dust My Broom


Anonymous said...

the quoted price ... does not include other Health Canada costs.

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You see? It's entirely legitimate.

Anonymous said...

well now we know why the feds dont want and will not legalize cannabis; its too lucrative.