After more than three decades, hundreds of grime-charred men and untold millions in profits, the landmark mine ended its remarkable run last week.
It is remembered for far more than the 24 million tons of ore hauled from its dark, foreboding tunnels. In its time, Trout Lake was arguably one of the most famous mines in the world.
When a copper-zinc deposit was discovered beside Trout Lake, just east of Flin Flon, in 1976, the enthusiasm was palpable yet tempered. Flin Flon-based Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, now known as Hudbay, forecast a tidy profit from a mine expected to last just five years.
Production began in December 1981, feeding ore to a metallurgical plant a few kilometres down Highway 10A. Ongoing exploration would stretch out the life of the mine as the initial five, 10, 15 and then 20 years passed.
And it was 20 years on that Trout Lake gained global notoriety mixed with a dash of controversy.
In 2001, within vacant space in the mine, a Saskatoon-based firm launched the nation's first legal marijuana grow-op. Under contract to Health Canada, Prairie Plant Systems would supply chronically ill Canadians with safe subterranean weed to ease their pain.
Comment: bad reviews Posted by gutrod on Jul 14 2012 Most feedback that i have heard said the product was garbage, mostly stalk. You don't need a PHD in science to grow a weed. I would guess that the majority of the best growers in Canada would be lucky to have grade 12 education. The government should make use of their experience.
Filmed in her garden of eden, Michelle challenges Prairie Plant Systems to step-it-up and make the grade. Medical patients don't want the SCHWAG you are passing off as marijuana. R.I.P. Michelle Rainey October 21 2010
Is The DEA Legalizing THC? Not hard to be a psychic in the Ganjawar. When Barthwell went to GW to bring Sativex sublingual spray cannabis extract to the states. Another trifecta was in the making.
Canada's Supremes Cower Under DEAth Threats * Loosen Pot Laws and Face Tighter Border U.S. Warns! * Drug Czar Talks About Tightening at Border * Relaxed Pot Laws May Affect Border * Canadian Pot Legislation Could Snarl Border
Feds Need One Million Joints The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the $4.2 million, five-year contract to the University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy, which has been growing the federally-used marijuana under previous contracts.
ONLY 4 PEOPLE CAN LEGALLY USE POT AS MEDICINE "The compassionate access program is an acknowledgment by the government of the United States that marijuana has medicinal value," said Lawrence Hirsch, the lawyer for the patients. "It is fundamentally unfair for the government to supply marijuana for medical necessity to four remaining people in the United States, when the rest of the potential candidates for therapeutic cannabis are excluded."
Or as basic common sense has proven again and again... "We the People" can handle ii...
Inside the Remote Farm That Supplies WAMM 4/17/00 Santa Cruz County Sheriff Mark Tracy knows where they live, but leaves them alone as long as the Corrals stick to the strict guidelines they have set up for distributing marijuana only to the seriously ill and as long as Californias Proposition 215, which was passed in 1996 and allows for the medical use of marijuana, stays in effect.
The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a collective of patients and caregivers providing hope, building community and offering medical marijuana on a donation basis. We offer a safe, organic supply of medical marijuana to patients with a doctor's recommendation for the treatment of terminal and chronic illness. continued...
Nature knows best. That's why Granny Purps uses only the freshest California organically grown produce and ingredients, including the highest quality estate grown sativa and indica, to create create the best holistic and delicious marijuana cookies, brownies and fudge in California.
Nancy Black, called Granny Purps just like the pot dispensary she owns on 41st Avenue, is known for her palate-pleasing recipes for brownies, cookies and other treats containing medicinal marijuana. This holiday season, however, Black and co-owner Phil Hicks demonstrated that their recipe book also includes the secret ingredient to bringing in outsized donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank holiday food drive: a complimentary joint. For every four cans of food they donated to Second Harvest, patients received one pre-rolled marijuana joint, with a maximum of three per day. continued...
Redding Charity Turns Down Pot Dispensary’s Food “The Lord impressed on me to tell him thanks, but no thanks,” he said, adding that he does not regret that decision. “I feel good about the decision. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.” ~ Chris Solberg, director of Loaves and Fishes
“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” - Tolstoy
Granite Staters ask each candidate where they stand on DEA raids of medical users and what they would do as President. Senators Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and John Edwards all claim they would end the raids on medical patients in med-pot states, but I am unconvinced. Richardson, Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Dodd and Biden all favor keeping non-medical marijuana use criminal, and all five Senators voted to authorize The Patriot Act.
Senator Barack Obama has also smoked pot and calls it a mistake but doesn't regret it. He has consistently voted to fund the Iraq War, but says he's against it. On August 21, during a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire, Sen. Obama was asked by GSMM volunteer and seriously ill Nashua resident Scott Turner if he would end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients like him. Sen. Obama replied, "I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources." But America's great black hope is short on substance in every department. Obama has no plans to alter the drug war and his lukewarm rhetoric on medical cannabis patients is an untrustworthy committal. "Not good use of resources" is the lamest of all explanations for opposing a policy.
The government has had synthetics of various potencies since the 50's. So blaming Alobama for saying what he never said is weak. Alobama has never been for stoners and that includes in his circles, sick stoners. If the 10th Amendment didn't engage with states having laws authorizing it for individual citizens. He wouldn't hesitate to bust individuals. I think the Cashkowski's do their schpeil, and the lyingharts follow orders. They are very careful in their wording and whenever its about not busting, its about individual sick people in states with laws authorizing it, not dispensaries that fall under the Commerce SantaClause. (The Feds won't bust individuals in states without protective laws either, but the state and local cops can. Theoretically in some pig headed counties state and local cops can't bust individuals either, but still harass them. In the 17 states and DC with initiatives. individuals are legal under the provisions of the state law. CA and Alaska have no restrictions on use. Note that it's called the Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act.
"marijuana" according to the feds, has no medicinal use. They are not saying THC has no medicinal use, just smoking it has none, and should remain schedule#1. Sublingually hasn't been approved in the US, leaving synthetics, as they have had since the 50's or longer.
Only by reading things into it has he changed his position. He's only busting those he knows he has jurisdiction over, Buyers Clubs, large grow ops, not individuals.
Is The DEA Legalizing THC? Not hard to be a psychic in the Ganjawar. When Barthwell went to GW to bring Sativex sublingual spray cannabis extract to the states. Another trifecta was in the making. continued...
NeoCon Flicts of Interest Bush Barthwell & Bayer Ohbouy! So, in other words, if a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.
Wait, it gets even more absurd.
Since the cannabis plant itself will remain illegal under federal law, then from whom precisely could Big Pharma legally obtain their soon-to-be legal THC extracts? There’s only one answer: The federal government’s lone legally licensed marijuana cultivator, The University of Mississippi at Oxford, which already has the licensing agreements with the pharmaceutical industry in hand.
If you have to be legal in order to reap the benefits of Ganja then the only way is to remove politics from science and declare cannabis and hemp as unfit for schedule#1 status. As should have been done 40+ years ago, it should have never passed through Congress. The trillion tax dollars spent went to someone. Those are the prohibitionists with their slimy laws and side stepping science to perpetuate profits. It has little to do with smoking pot and more to do with making money and eliminating competition. Until it is put rightfully on the front burner they will keep casting enough doubt to maintain dysfunction. This is why Obama can't change the laws.
The hundreds of wars and the century of the ever present insanity of the Ganjawar., Feds can patent cannabinoids. Bayer and Barthwell can patent sublingual sprays. Now surprise, the DEAth is lowering the narcotic classification of THC. Legalizing Big Pharma to sell sublingual whole plant extracts but not homegrown whole plant extracts to smoke or vape from the privacy of your own garden. Top priority is met, Hemp and Ganja will remain prohibited. Perpetuating the sales and service to the Ganjawar or selling synthetics for treating illness and the side effects of the treatments. Can we use the "F" word yet? Fascists!