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Marijuana Coming to Canadian Drug Stores

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OTTAWA, Mar 22, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Canada will become the second country in the world this year to permit the sale of marijuana in drug stores for medical use, the Toronto Sun said Monday.

While there are now just 78 medical users in Canada, the federal Health Canada agency anticipates a rapid boost in the number of registered users.

A pilot project is being organized in British Columbia, based on the year-old system operating in the Netherlands.

"We're just at the preliminary stages right now," said Robin O'Brien, the consulting pharmacist organizing the Health Canada pilot project.

The marijuana is grown by the government at an underground facility in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

A 30-gram bag of dried buds sells for about $110, and current users receive it by courier service.

Regulations are being altered to allow participating pharmacies to stock marijuana for sale to approved patients without a doctor's prescription, similar to rules governing so-called morning-after contraception pills.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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