Hon. A. McLellan, Minister of Health, Canada

5 November, 2003

Minister's Office - Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Bldg., Tunney's Pasture
P.L. 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0K9


This is an open proposal to the Government to aid, or at least allow me to grow and do research on hemp and then to refine its extracts. My aims are to grow the best strains and to produce resins and oils of medicinal quality. These substances would then be made available to research laboratories and the medical community.

My plans are to start small and develop the best strains for my purposes. If done on any scale the best quality hemp oil or resin could be produced for about three dollars ($3.00) per gram. This drug could then be made available to people with medical conditions at a very reasonable cost. Taking the drug in pill or capsule form as opposed to smoking the raw bud has more medicinal benefits, but a patients own condition and preferences must be taken into account, so, we could also provide raw bud if required.

THC and its related cannabinoids produced by the hemp plants are some of the most therapeutically active substances known to man, plus they produce no terrible side effects like many other drugs.

My own research into THC has produced amazing results against cancer and many other human maladies. This substance is a true wonder drug that must be produced; I feel that the uses for this drug in mans future are limitless.

It is time to put the health and welfare of people first; the profit margin of large companies can no longer be government’s main concern. Considering the past performance of drug companies and the like in relation to this substance, I feel that they deserve to play no future role in this drug's development. Also, I believe the medical system should start living up to the Hippocratic oath; “I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgement and never do harm to anyone. To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death”. Is it not wiser to treat a patient with a truly benign drug that has been scientifically proven effective, rather than a poison chemical cocktail, radium or surgery? Patients should at least deserve the right to choose for themselves.

You may never suffer from cancer, but if you did contract the disease, I would want this drug available for you. Then you could witness as I have, THC killing cancer cells painlessly and completely. I hope the government shares my enthusiasm for this project, time is of the essence; there are many lives at stake.

I respectfully await your reply.

Rick Simpson.

cc: Hon. M. Scott, Government of Nova Scotia.