Article by Michael Platt, Calgary Sun
To lose his legacy in a haze of legalized pot would be an injustice.
Not that Grant Krieger isn’t feeling lost enough these days, some seven years after he abandoned his crusade to use and supply medicinal marijuana as a real and effective treatment for conditions like the multiple sclerosis he’s battled for decades.
“I could be better, and I could be worse, but I’m just so frustrated at the way things ended,” says Krieger from his home in Calgary.
“I’m just a hermit now.”
Obviously he has the the right to feel he didn’t go far enough — but for those on the outside, including journalists who watched Krieger deliberately disobey the law in order to force Canada to reassess its stance on marijuana, it’s what the man started that should make him proud.
At a time when patients can now easily access doctors willing to prescribe government-mandated marijuana, and with a federal government quickly moving to legalize the once-feared narcotic, it’s pot pioneers like Krieger who deserve credit for getting the the whole thing rolling, and we’re not talking joints.