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2003-01-28 07:31:56 PM  
Canadian Cartels?
2003-01-28 07:32:00 PM  

also better beer.
2003-01-28 07:32:01 PM  
Yeah, but they don't sell Modafinil any more...
2003-01-28 07:32:01 PM  
The sun's not so strong in Canada. Killer weed comes from south of the border. Not that I'd know anything about that.
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2003-01-28 07:32:04 PM  
2003-01-28 07:32:05 PM  
Fark the drug industry, they are raping the people!
2003-01-28 07:34:19 PM  
there's a mistake here

this piece should have been marked as "OBVIOUS"
2003-01-28 07:38:25 PM  
Young_fart: They're talking PRESCRIPTION drugs. :P well...I guess if you've got claucoma that could apply.

anyways...I once ordered from Tylenol #2s from canada. They sucked.
2003-01-28 07:41:35 PM  
2003-01-28 07:42:27 PM  
Cheaper drugs because of a cheap dollar. Gotta love my country. Of course, American drugs up here cost an arm and a leg.
2003-01-28 07:43:58 PM  
Fine with me, Canada's closer to where I live anyway.
2003-01-28 07:47:20 PM  
Young_Fart, what are you talking about? BC bud is the finest in the world.
2003-01-28 08:00:32 PM  
Young Fart: Canadian weed is better becuse of the relatively lax attidude towards enforcing the pot laws, especially in BC. This makes it easier to grow superior strains indoors without worry.
Also, your sunlight claim is only partially true. The rays are less direct and there are fewer hours of light in the winter, but in the summer there are more. In Alaska the growing season is so long that huge vegetables aren't so rare.
2003-01-28 08:11:17 PM  
OT: Superior plants are not grown indoors, artifically. They are grown outdoors, in nature.

Back ON-topic

I have sent medication from Canada to my friends and family. But that's not the only thing that is much cheaper. You can get a tube of toothpaste for 67 cents Canadian, which is about 40 cents US. I buy deodorant, shampoo etc. there. And it's the same products as the US. I use Neutrogena shampoo to wash my goatee. It's $12 US in the states, in Canada I buy it for $6 Canadian, which is about $3.50 US. And the US product is the same.

If you need HGH, Canada is the place to get it. You can also get cars much cheaper. A new car is about 20% cheaper, and you pay 2.5% to import it. Warranty is a problem. Trucks are a 25% duty, so don't buy those. And used cars are amazing. I am going to buy a 2001 Ford Windstar for my mom in a few months, and I will pay about $10,000 CDN, which is about $6,300 US.

There are a lot of bargains to be had in Canada. If you all quit bashing it and went and checked it out in earnest, you could get a lot of cool stuff cheap, not to mention chocolate that isn't basically a brown candle, but actually high quality, creamy and smooth with flavour.
2003-01-28 08:11:41 PM  
BC bud is not the best in the world. BC just gets a larger portion of it's weed from indoor growers, so on the average, it is better. Indoor weed from anywhere is just as good. They mostly grow stuff from European breeders, or European stuff crossed by BC breeders.
2003-01-28 08:12:32 PM  
Canada gets busloads of Americans, usually seniors, who take advantage of pill-running excursion packages that include meals and hotel accommodation. But the U.S. pharmaceuticals are a pretty powerful lobby; get your drugs while you can, they're about to make it illegal for Americans to come here for pills.
2003-01-28 08:14:03 PM  
"OT: Superior plants are not grown indoors, artifically. They are grown outdoors, in nature."

Being able to control every aspect of the plant's environment produces better weed. The only thing better than indoor, is a climate-controlled greenhouse. That's not to say all indoor weed beats outdoor weed, but the outdor weed can never be as good as really well-grown indoor weed.
2003-01-28 08:18:04 PM  

Still OT:

Yes, technically if you are in Boise and I'm in BC and we both grow the same seed under the same light we'll have identically good product.

But the fact that there is less enforcement in BC than there is in the USA means that there is greater ability to grow with impunity and there's been a longer tradition of growing (yes...there are domestically bred seeds here).

otherwise, yeah, Northern Lights X Haze is Northern LIghts X Haze wherever it's grown.

...not that I know anything about this or anything.
2003-01-28 08:27:38 PM  
Considering how cozy Duuuhhbya is with the drug co's, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't start arresting seniors crossing the border and locking them away as 'terrorists'. Clearly, anyone circumventing the US drug cartels is anti-American.
2003-01-28 08:45:47 PM  
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2003-01-28 08:47:13 PM  
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2003-01-28 08:58:19 PM  
Ever notice that Bush seems to be close to every kind of company... oil, drugs, software, entertainment, food, dairy...
2003-01-28 09:04:00 PM  
The money you save on your perscriptions can be spent at Casino Windsor.
2003-01-28 09:14:45 PM  
Well DUH! the U.S. is controlled by corporations. We have more freedoms than most, but when it comes down to it, the almighty dollar talks, and when you are a huge corporate multi-national, you got a few bucks to do your talking....
2003-01-28 09:49:31 PM  
hmmmm, never thought of getting my Prozac from Mexico.
2003-01-28 10:25:47 PM  
Actually Nostra, the US is one of the least free of the democracies

I saw a ranking on the internet somewhere. I forget exactly
2003-01-28 11:04:43 PM  
Ahem, I believe the article refers to medicinal legal drugs, not specifically to Marihuana and other recreative drugs.
2003-01-28 11:10:58 PM  
Well, the US isn't a democracy, it's a Republic. Maybe a slightly democratic Republic, but not primarily a democracy.
2003-01-28 11:12:37 PM  
Can I be the first to say "NO shiat!"
The elderly have bus tours to Canada to buy their prescriptions. Not to Mexico.
2003-01-28 11:15:44 PM  
There are a lot of bargains to be had in Canada. If you all quit bashing it and went and checked it out in earnest, you could get a lot of cool stuff cheap, not to mention chocolate that isn't basically a brown candle, but actually high quality, creamy and smooth with flavour.

Criticisms of chocolate fall mute when the word flavor is spelled all foreign.
2003-01-28 11:42:30 PM  
Hhmmm...syrup instead of salsa
but the fact still remains that they call the languages french and spanish when in real life theyre their own damn language!
2003-01-28 11:51:58 PM  
yum yum i like that in my cereal!
2003-01-29 12:46:56 AM  
Cheaper medicine, nearly-legal weed... I think I'm converting to Canadianism already!
2003-01-29 02:06:34 AM  



That's an ENGLISH word.

I would say that the only FOREIGN one is the Amercian misspelling of the ENGLISH word "flavor."

It's ENGLISH. It's from ENGLAND. Anyone else speaking it in their country is FOREIGN. Americans don't own English (though we've tried our best to ruin it with things like southerners, ebonics, new yorkers, new englanders), they just borrow it.

Consider me an enlightened American. I learned how to finally spell in my native tongue.

2003-01-29 02:19:02 AM  
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Let's get Vic Mackey on that job
2003-01-29 05:12:11 AM  
We're all about capitalism and free markets, just as long as you aren't underselling our domestic producers.
2003-01-29 09:50:05 AM  
OK, I've been shopping around here in the US for Serzone, I take 300 mg daily. The best price I've been able to find stateside ends up costing ~$80 a month.

On here, I can get the SAME prescription for $45 a month.

I don't have insurance, I pay cash for everything. You tell me where I'm going to do my business.

I'm all for free markets. Perhaps the Canadians in the audience can tell me about what price controls their government has on medications. The article did say that the majority of the research money for newer, better working drugs comes from the U.S. market where consumers are charged the most.

The other side of this is we sue the fark out of a drug company if the most minute thing goes wrong with a medication. People need to quit suing each other over the stupidest things in the U.S. THEN watch prices come down.
2003-01-29 09:51:16 AM  
I'll get off my soap box now...

Oh yeah...

Boobies are cool
2003-01-29 09:58:00 AM  
If you're in canada, you don't need prescription drugs. Just get some C&C's.
2003-01-29 10:06:54 AM  
"The drug industry says filling prescriptions in Canada is unsafe and illegal."

I ph33r the wilds of uncivilized Canada!
2003-01-29 10:10:10 AM  
I now live closer to Mexico (AZ). I can vouch for the economy of going to Mexico for scrip drugs. As an aging fart, I take several prescriptions on a regular basis. For example, Prilosec (best selling in US I gather) goes for about $3 per pill in the US. In Mexico even with gringo-gouging it's under $1 per pill. No scrip needed, either, for non-controlled stuff. That $180 difference over 3 months on just one scrip. Same sort of deal with most other drugs. Makes the trip very worthwhile. One can also consider the resentment factor. We know the drug companies here are behaving like sleazy dope pushers. We notice crap like how they bribed congress into extending (for example) the Prilosec patent. So fark 'em. The Mexicans need the money more than they do. Oh, and Mexican docs will write for controlled stuff (Vicodin, etc) a lot more readily than US docs, too. Mexico is so much more accomodating than the US with respect to prescription drugs.
2003-01-29 11:52:27 AM  
Zyrtec, a newer allergy medication is close to $3/ pill in the US and is not covered by my insurance. Canadian mail order = $.56/ pill.
2003-01-29 02:56:27 PM  
Good article for those interested in hooking up pharmies in Mexico.

Personally i prefer hitting up the vetrenarios for some good ole K.
2003-01-29 09:55:51 PM  
Zorkthemadman, I don't know about governmental price controls, but I do know that Canada offers a hell of a lot more generic brands of name-brand prescriptions (than US pharamacies). The savings can be up to 80% off the name-brand price. And the pharmacists will suggest the generic equivalent if you don't think to ask for it.
2003-01-31 08:52:18 AM  
Agreed Some-Canuck, I saw a generic advertised there for my prescription which I hadn't even HEARD of in the U.S.

The U.S. Market has a patent on my medication which hasn't run out yet; I'd believe that there isn't a patent in Canada on this medication because the process of getting a patent on it in the Canadian market isn't worth the hassle.
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