Throw out my pot? Medical marijuana user finds federal plan absurd

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store in...

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:32 PM ET

OTTAWA — Medical marijuana user Russell Barth wants to know what the government was smoking when it came up with its guidelines on how to dispose of old weed stashes.

"To dispose of dried marijuana or marijuana plants it must first be rendered unfit for use or consumption," Health Canada says. "One way is to blend the marijuana with water and mix it with cat littler to mask the odour. This can then be placed in your regular household garbage."

First, Barth says, the stuff is compost — not garbage.

And second: "This is absurd."

"There's not one person in the country who would do that, trust me," he said. "Throw out my perfectly good medication? No."


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