Monday, October 4, 2010

Pot activist smokes joint in House of Commons

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Samuel Mellace holds up the marijuana joint he smoked in the House of Commons during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday October 4, 2010. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The faint whiff of marijuana smoke wafted through the air of the House of Commons Monday when a pot activist lit up a joint as Parliamentarians traded barbs during Question Period.

Samuel Mellace took "seven or eight" tokes from his spliff before a security officer "came over and told me to put it out." A glassy-eyed Mellace later told reporters that he left the House of his own volition and "was not escorted off the property."

Mellace lit up in the House's public gallery to protest the fact that Canada's Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) don't include exemptions for alternatives to smoked marijuana, such as creams or food product like butter.

Mellace is among 5,000 Canadians who have permission from the federal government to use medical marijuana. In his case, Mellace smokes to alleviate symptoms from previous leukemia treatments and chronic pain from injuries he suffered in a car accident.

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