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Current Affairs (2013) - Chronological (14 items)

Dec 25, 2013 Federal Class Action suit modified to a Constitutional Challenge All medically approved patient ordinarily resident in Canada are affected and included and the government will be bound by any decision that the law is unconstitutional without the need to bring their own separate actions. If the court finds that the government is violating the Constitution it may suspend the declaration for a period of time to enable the Government to make the law constitutional with patients continuing to be exempt until that is done. If the law is held to be unconstitutional in relation to our chosen Plaintiffs then it is unconstitutional for all similarly situated.

Dec 16, 2013 Sensible BC Founder Says Marijuana Campaign Not Over Despite Falling Short on Signatures Despite the remarkable efforts of thousands of volunteers, the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize marijuana fell short of its target, collecting 2/3 of the signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot. But this isn't the end: organizer Dana Larsen says his now-established team will be back for another try with better chances.

Dec 11, 2013 Medical Marijuana Rules Changing New federal rules for medical marijuana set to come into effect in the spring have municipalities scrambling to figure out how to manage what could become a new industry within their borders. Under new federal regulations announced earlier this year, after March 2014 people with prescriptions for marijuana will no longer be able to grow their own. This leaves licensed producers as the only legal source of medical marijuana.

Dec 6, 2013 Marijuana Petition Falls Short B.C's marijuana referendum has failed to spark sufficient interest locally. As the Dec. 5 deadline approached, Sensible BC organizers for Vernon-Monashee had a strong representation but fell short of the 10 per cent goal.

Dec 5, 2013 Medical Marijuana in Tea or Baking Faces Another B.C. Court Challenge The Crown is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court decision that allows patients authorized to use medical marijuana to drink it in tea or bake it in their brownies and cookies.

Dec 2, 2013 Class Action Suit Would Challenge New Medical Marijuana Laws Up to 40,000 Canadians exempt from laws against possession

A proposed national class action suit has been filed in Federal Court against Health Canada seeking to have proposed changes to the medical marijuana laws declared unconstitutional.

Nov 29, 2013 FEDERAL CLASS ACTION LAUNCHED CHALLENGING HEALTH CANADA'S CHANGES TO THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA LAWS ON B Class Action Suit alleges that the changes to the Medical Marihuana laws taking away the right to personally produce or have a caregiver do so, prohibiting dwelling house and outdoor production and limiting possession to "dried marihuana" only and other restrictions violate the constitutional rights of patients.

Nov 28, 2013 Mountie Says He Has 'Legal Right' To Smoke Medical Marijuana In Uniform A New Brunswick RCMP officer says he has a ďlegal rightĒ to smoke medically-prescribed marijuana while in uniform, despite objections from his employer. Cpl. Ronald Francis, who has been on the force for more than 20 years, was recently prescribed medical marijuana to help treat his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Nov 21, 2013 40,000 Medical Pot Users Outed Medical marijuana users across Canada received this envelope from Health Canada, identifying it was sent by the medical marijuana program. Health Canada has confirmed 40,000 other letters were sent this week in error.

Nov 1, 2013 Medical Marijuana Rules To Be Challenged by Hamilton Man Unfair treatment resulting from a drug arrest, has led Mike Szymczak to launch a legal challenge against the federal governmentís new medicinal marijuana laws. He has filed a submission to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice stating the Conservative governmentís move to allow licensed growers to produce and sell medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

Sep 30, 2013 How To Access Canada's New Medical Marijuana Program - Part 1

1. You need only one doctor, regardless of illness. Gone are the specialists and categories of illness in MMAR. The MMPR is wide-open to ensure, regardless of illness, that if you want to medicate with marijuana and have a doctor's (or in the future, a nurse practitioner's) support, you're going to gain access to legal cannabis.

2. You don't apply to the government for medical marijuana. The burdensome application is not only gone, but so is government involvement. Many believe it's the feds that frightened-off doctors. It could be true.

3. Health Canada has a one-page PDF sample form. The sample medical document [9] is kind of amazing in its simplicity. It's not an application, but a form. You can print it off take it your doctor. Download it here [9].

4. The document looks innocuous, but the third line is the deal-sealer or deal-breaker. "Daily quantity of dried marihuana to be used by the patient" is where all the action is. Convince a doctor to put a number here and you may buy legal cannabis.

5. The rest of the information on the sample form is basic medical office information.

6. Doctor's signature. Most importantly, the doctor is signing that the information on the form is correct Ė you intend to use cannabis daily. No endorsement. No recommendation. No obligation. Doctors may still balk at being involved in medical marijuana or they may embrace it. At the moment we still aren't sure about all the possible barriers to access.

7. Nurse practitioner's signature. New under the MMPR is the possibility of nurse practitioners signing for medical marijuana. Health Canada will never admit my court case R v. Mernagh [10] forced this option, but Team Mernagh is going to take credit. Currently provincial legislation in every province prevents Nurse Practitioners from actually doing this.

8. Sample Medical Document. Remember, it's only a sample form and Health Canada notes another document may be used as long as the information is identical. Alternatively (and possibly the best method) would be to use a doctor's letterhead, because all the medical business information is already on it. A prescription pad note is also doable if it contains all the required information. Any alternative documents must have all the doctor's information on it and your's too.

Stay tuned to Cannabis Culture for "How To Access Canada's New Medical Marijuana Program - Part 2", where I explain how to submit your form and how to get your medicine.

Matt Mernagh is a medical marijuana user and the lead advocate for access in R v. Mernagh [10]. His book Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook: The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains [11] is available in bookstores, head shops, Amazon [12] and Indigo [13].

Sep 11, 2013 Marijuana Petition Hits The Streets Canvassers in Nelson and across the province began collecting signatures for the Sensible BC marijuana petition Monday. They now have 90 days to collect signatures from at least 10 per cent of registered voters in every provincial riding if they want to force a referendum on the question of decriminalizing pot possession in BC.

Sep 4, 2013 Chief Supports Ticketing For Marijuana Bridgewater's police chief has joined his counterparts across the country in calling for changes to drug laws which would allow officers to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

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Feb 1, 2013 Canada's marijuana rules upheld A landmark ruling that could have paved the way for legalizing marijuana in the country was overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal Friday. The Appeal Court found a lower court judge erred in an April 2011 decision that found Canada's medical marijuana laws were unconstitutional in a decision involving St. Catharines native Matthew Mernagh.


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