To the editor,
Re: 'Five search warrants result in drug seizures, criminal charges' (Amherst Daily News, Nov. 30)
I ask in the name of every man and woman who owes their life to Rick Simpson's oil that you allow this information to reach the people.
Derek Francisco is the only Canadian to have received a Section 24 Order from a judge for the return of his cannabis, and all his grow equipment. He was busted last January before he received his federal exemption. By June he was free to grow and consume his cannabis medicine.
That was a legal precedent. He also had hash charges withdrawn. That was a further precedent. All charges against him and his wife were withdrawn.
John Turmel is engineering the procedure for proving to the courts that the Cannabis laws in Canada are of no force and effect for possession and cultivation, and by implication, trafficking.
Rick Simpson is in Europe. He was invited to receive a humanitarian award for his work in saving lives. As a reward, the government has busted him. This same government has a claim on the process for making the cannabis oil he treats himself and others with.
This strikes me as a glaring conflict of interest, at minimum.
At worst, I would leave people closer to Rick to express what it means to them.
Bruce Codere, Fox Creek, Alberta