The appalling reality of the promise of legalization has come to haunt many of us. Since the new government took over in November, Canadian Medical Cannabis Partners SocietyÂ have repeatedly inquired about the promise to legalize and how it affects medical users. Would the Canadian Liberals keep the MMPR despite Allardâ€™s expected win against its restrictions on personal growing?
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 was a monumental day in Canadian cannabis action with the long-awaited decision in the Allard case. It was a fight that saw medical marijuana users taking the Canadian government to court for around the tenth time in fourteen years, andÂ each time part or all of the medical marijuana program has been found unconstitutional. This time the fight was over the right of patients to grow their own marijuana or have a designated grower rather than be forced to buy it from a small handful of government-sanctioned Licensed Producers.
For most of us, we learn to obey at an early age. Parents use a variety of methods and will go to great extremes to teach this lesson; itâ€™s important for the survival of the child and for the sanity of the parent. It also serves the child well with respect to getting what they want while they grow up. The problem is that it does not always serve us so well in society after we have grown up.
All my life I have heard references to us living in a â€˜free countryâ€™ but as my life continues it becomes more and more clear to me that it is much more accurate to say that we are living in a country where we are â€˜free to obeyâ€™.
This is not the freedom that our forefathers fought for and it is far from acceptable to me. Perhaps itâ€™s because I had issues with bullies growing up or perhaps because I have a strong sense of right and wrong, in any case it is frustrating to see the way our â€˜dumbocracyâ€™ has been co-opted by corporate and private interests at the publicâ€™s expense.
On June 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled to uphold the BC Court of Appealâ€™s judgement in favour of Owen Smith: the right of Canadians to ingest medical marijuana includes the right to access cannabis derivatives. Medical marijuana patients are no longer limited to inhaling â€˜dried marihuanaâ€™.
June 11, 2015, will not be a date soon forgotten in Canadian cannabis history: the day the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the BC Supreme Court ruling that cannabis extracts and edible products are legal under MMAR/MMPR.