Canadian Government will not appeal Judge Phelan’s ruling on home-grown weed for patients

OTTAWA – The federal government will not appeal a Federal Court decision which struck down a ban on medicinal marijuana patients growing their own pot, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday.
Speaking outside the Commons, Philpott said the government respects the February decision.

The ruling followed a constitutional challenge from four B.C. residents against a law passed by the Harper government, which they argued violated their charter rights.

In his decision to strike down the ban, Judge Michael Phelan suspended the ruling for six months to allow Ottawa to rewrite the law.

Philpott said Thursday the government will move to address medicinal marijuana regulations in response to the concerns of the court.

It intends to have completed this process by August – the time frame laid out in the judgment.

“At this point, I am not going to speculate as to what kind of regulations will be put in place or how the current regulations will be amended, but certainly we will take into respect every recommendation of the court decision,” Philpott said.

The government will ensure that those who require marijuana for medical purposes have appropriate access, she added.

“Until such time as the amendments are put in place, the marijuana for medical purposes regulations will remain in effect,” she said.

“If people have an injunction that allows them to be able to grow for medical purposes, then those with an injunction will continue to be able to use that. Otherwise the licensed producers are the only organizations that are allowed to produce medical marijuana under these regulations.”
Health Canada’s medicinal marijuana regulations were first introduced in 2013 and required patients to buy cannabis from licensed producers instead of growing their own.

The Liberal government has also committed to regulating and legalizing recreational marijuana, though it has yet to proceed with the establishment of a federal-provincial-territorial task force to consult experts on how to proceed.

Again Governments dragging its feet while innocent harmless mom and pop users are criminalized and arrested. Personally affected by this with a criminal charge from 1985 for possession of a joint I was stopped at the border on the way to Disneyland with my child this only 7 years ago. Much worse for many whom are in prison today, lost their children, remained sick, suffering or even died.

Bill Blair, the Liberal MP and former Toronto police chief who was tapped by the Trudeau government as its pot frontman, has stressed Criminal Code provisions on marijuana must be enforced as the government considers a legalized regime. This makes absolutely no sense and really suggest Justin Trudeau is not as committed to his election promises as most that voted for him had hope. Many suspect Liberals won solely on their legalization and decriminalization election promises.

In February, members of the police community said the discussion surrounding legalization had created confusion, particularly for front line cops. It would be nice if they would just default to moral code and leave none violent crimes to wayside.

Blair, parliamentary secretary to the justice minister, stressed at an open Senate Liberal caucus meeting that the laws remain on the books.

“The laws that currently exist, exist in this country and we are a … nation of laws,” he said.

Does Bill Blair knows its illegal to;

  • whistle in Petrolia Ontario or that transporting alcohol across provincial lines is illegal According to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (which dates back to the time of prohibition and bootleggers).
  • According to Halifax’s Regional Municipality Bylaws for Taxis and Limousines, number 42 a) stipulates drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their attire in neat and tidy condition at all times, and absolutely cannot wear a t-shirt.
  • Many Canadian communities long restricted the use of clotheslines and believe it or not it is still illegal in many today.
  • All business signs in the province of Quebec must be predominantly in French.
  • No one in Canada may watch or listen to an encrypted broadcast which is not licensed by the Canadian government. Homeowners are responsible for clearing snow off of municipal sidewalks in front of their house or business.
  • Province-wide, Alberta: It is against the law to paint a wooden ladder.
  • Province-wide, Alberta: It is illegal to own a pet rat. Sudbury, Ontario: It is illegal to attach a siren to your bike.
  • Province-wide, Ontario: If you don’t pay your hotel bill, they can sell your horse.
  • Oshawa, Ontario: It is against the law to climb a tree.
  • Nation-wide: It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft.
  • Don’t keep cows in your house in St. Johns, N.L.
  • Don’t put a ‘for sale’ sign on a moving vehicle in Montreal
  • Immoral theatrical performances are formally illegal in Canada.
  • Every one who (a) defaces a current coin, or (b) utters a current coin that has been defaced, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
  • You probably already knew trespassing is illegal. Curiously, trespassing at night has its own, separate charge in the criminal code, and can result in a summary conviction.
  • In BC it’s illegal to kill a Sasquatch
  • In Victoria, street entertainers aren’t allowed to give kids balloon animals
  • In Toronto it is illegal to swear in a public park.
  • in Ottawa because taking your feet of the pedals while riding is illegal.
  • In Victoria, street entertainers aren’t allowed to give kids balloon animals

I wonder if Bill Blair will pursue these “criminals” with the zeal and zest he has for cannabis users.

“Quite frankly, until those laws are repealed by Parliament through the appropriate processes, they should be upheld, they should be obeyed.” While other more sensible jurisdiction in BC are licensing and out right ignoring federal stance and laws Toronto/Ontario’s arrests and harassment have only increased.