Calgary medical marijuana activist agrees to stop selling to sick

CALGARY — A longtime advocate for the use of medical marijuana has agreed to give up a fight that has seen him battle the justice system as far as the Supreme Court.

CALGARY — A longtime advocate for the use of medical marijuana has agreed to give up a fight that has seen him battle the justice system as far as the Supreme Court.

Grant Krieger, who has for years vocally defended his right to provide marijuana to the sick, signed a legal document Tuesday pledging to stop growing or distributing it.

“I’ve hit the end of all my ropes and I’m just tired of it now,” he said in Calgary.

Krieger uses marijuana himself to treat symptoms of progressive multiple sclerosis. At one time, he also supplied more than 400 sick people with the drug through a compassion club.

As a result of Krieger’s promise, Alberta’s Court of Appeal has swapped a four-month jail sentence for 18 months of probation in a 2007 trafficking conviction.

Krieger was at first given jail time because he “stated he did not think he had done anything wrong and had no intention of closing his club (and) and confirmed that he would not desist from his campaign to distribute marijuana,” the appeal decision reads.

That stand was the continuation of a campaign that saw him defiant in court case after court case from his first trafficking conviction more than a decade ago.

He took one case all the way to the Supreme Court, where he was granted a new trial after the court ruled the trial judge had erred by directing the jury to find him guilty.

Krieger admitted Tuesday that he could no longer keep up the fight.

“It’s taken 13 years out of my life, destroyed my family, removed my driver’s license,” he said. “It’s cost me a phenomenal amount of money, I’m in hock up to my eyeballs.”

Krieger maintains the federal government’s medicinal marijuana program is a joke. He refuses to use their marijuana himself, saying it’s grown in a dirty mine shaft and irradiated.

It’s next to impossible for most sick people to even have the option, he said, as doctors are extremely reluctant to sign off on the therapy.

And although he technically has the federal government’s permission to use marijuana legally as a treatment, he said has been backed into a corner.

He said he’ll now buy the drug — which enables him to continue to walk and function despite his debilitating disease — “on the black market, like everybody else.”

“The government themselves have determined that there is medical use in marijuana because they’ve created a system whereby it is available,” said Krieger’s lawyer, John Hooker.

“If that’s the case, why not make it as easy to obtain as any other serious pharmaceutical such as morphine?”

Krieger is still facing sentencing in one outstanding trafficking case in Winnipeg.

After that’s dealt with, he’s done trying to change the system.

“I’m just tired. I don’t have the financing to go forward anymore, and I really don’t feel like going forward anymore,” he said quietly.

Just Posted

Walmart melding online and in-store shopping

South Red Deer Walmart recently underwent six months of renovations

Updated: Nature trail unveiled at RDC

Trail unveiling and tree planting honours Nova Chemicals $2 million donation

Rural municipalities seek more funding to address cannabis legalization

Not enough supports in Municipal Cannabis Transition Program

Culprits smash truck into store in failed attempt to steal ATM

Suspects reversed truck through doors of Eastview IGA early Sunday morning

Video: Windows smashed at three Red Deer businesses

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vandalism spree

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

OTTAWA — More than one million jobs could be lost to the… Continue reading

McGill research finds significant driving impairment 5 hours after cannabis use

MONTREAL — Driving under the influence of cannabis remains dangerous even five… Continue reading

Family: Remembering the important things

It seems so much of life is work and routine and then… Continue reading

Canada gets into Women’s World Cup with 7-0 win over Panama

FRISCO, Texas — Christine Sinclair isn’t concerned about chasing records. She’s set… Continue reading

Baldwin urges ‘overthrow’ of Trump government via voting

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal… Continue reading

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

CANBERRA, Australia — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex,… Continue reading

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling… Continue reading

Doctors to debate medical pot as more patients expected to ask for prescriptions

VANCOUVER — Doctors with opposing views on whether medical marijuana should be… Continue reading

Most Read