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BC Company Canada's First Certified Organic Medical
Duncan Couple Canada's First Certified Organic Pot
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
By Andrew Costa - Citizen Staff
A Duncan couple who've been growing medicinal marijuana
for a year and a half became the first certified organic
pot growers in Canada earlier this month.
Wendy Little and Eric Nash say people with compromised
immune systems need toxic-free medicinal marijuana.
Eric Nash and his wife Wendy Little, both federally
licensed medicinal marijuana growers, were given
certification for the production of organic cannabis by
the Certified Organic Association of B.C.
They sought organic certification because they believe
patients with compromised immune systems should have
access to "medicine" that is grown without the use of
toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
"As growers, we receive many emails from patients across
Canada concerned about the quality of the marijuana
they're purchasing on the street," Little said. "We want
to give patients assurance of a toxic-free certified
The federal Marijuana Medical Access Regulations,
enacted in July 2001, allow people to apply to legally
grow their own marijuana or designate a grower for their
supply. Nash and Little are two of only 36 Canadians
licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana
for ill people.
"Most people don't realize they can go to the doctor and
get a prescription for marijuana," Little said.
Next fall Nash and Little will be offering a four-hour
course on growing marijuana and the Marijuana Medical
Access Regulations at the Cowichan campus of Malaspina
It's Official: The Organic Dope Crop
The London UK Guardian
March 7th, 2003
by Ellen Himelfarb
Canada has always looked to the Pacific province of
British Columbia as its organic conscience - the first
to bring pockmarked fruit and gluten-free muffins into
It's also the leading garden in the country's
billion-dollar black-market marijuana industry. Now, for
the first time since 2001, when the government granted
doctors the right to prescribe cannabis in terminal
cases, a BC couple have united the region's two strong
After applying to become medical marijuana growers, Eric
Nash and Wendy Little - from the Vancouver Island town
of Duncan - sought the blessing of the local organic
body. Last month, inspectors from the Certified Organic
Association of BC slapped a blue ribbon on the prize
The thought of all that impure puff tainting the market
was too much to bear. "For four years we've been eating
only certified organic food," says Nash, a web designer
and former forestry worker, " and I haven't had the flu
or a cold for two years."
A grassroots facility was constructed with $2,000
(£800), and the soil patrol was alerted. It would seem
resources had been scarce for good reason. Legally,
growers can only cultivate as many plants as will supply
a single approved patient.
Little tends the 25 plants necessary to fix her
beneficiary, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, with five
grams per day - sold at cost. Nash's MS-afflicted
patient takes one gram daily, the yield of five plants.
That their wee cartel isn't generating briefcases of
unmarked notes hasn't curbed their enthusiasm. Nash and
Little, both seasoned lecturers, have signed on to teach
the science and protocol of organic medicinal pot
harvesting at the local university.
Medical Marijuana Certified as Canada's First Totally
ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP WIRE
April 28, 2003
DUNCAN, British Columbia - Marijuana growers Eric Nash
and his wife, Wendy Little, are Canada's first licensed
medical marijuana growers to have their crop officially
certified 100 percent organic.
In an interview at the couple's home in this Vancouver
Island town about 45 miles north of Victoria, Nash says
the action by the Certified Organic Associations of
British Columbia is a bonus for Canadians who seek pot
to ease suffering from multiple sclerosis, cancer,
arthritis, AIDS and other conditions.
"It's raising the credibility of medicinal marijuana as
a legitimate medicine, as a safe medicine, as an
alternative medicine to all the pharmaceuticals and
other things that people tried that don't work," Nash
In British Columbia, where the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police says illegal black market marijuana is worth
billions, making it the province's largest cash crop,
Nash, 44, and Little, 41, do not fit the stereotype of
marijuana growers or pot smokers.
Both graduated from university with honors, Little in
education and Nash in visual arts. They have an
8-year-old daughter and live in an attractive,
art-filled home in an older neighborhood.
Nash, a Web site designer and former professional
horticulturist, says organic certification is a step
forward in the struggle for recognition of the medicinal
qualities of marijuana.
People who are sick or in pain deserve access to pot
grown without toxic pesticides or fertilizers, he says.
"I want to ensure these people are getting certified
organic marijuana for their health problem," Nash said.
"I want people to know it's been inspected every step of
the way, from the soils to the fertilizers."
Nash and Little are two of the 36 people licensed by
Health Canada to produce medical marijuana under the
country's Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, enacted
in July 2001.