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Current Affairs (2014) - Chronological (12 items)

Dec 15, 2014 Federal government loses appeal to stop medical marijuana patients from growing pot at home The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of the system.

A Federal Court judge issued an injunction in the spring that allowed patients who were authorized to grow and possess marijuana under the old system to continue to do so until their case is resolved.

The government appealed, but the Appeal Court released a unanimous decision Monday upholding the injunction.

Dec 3, 2014 B.C. judge gives absolute discharge for man caught growing 414 pot plants "His conduct was not dangerous or antisocial and recent polls suggest that a majority of Canadians do not believe such conduct should be the subject of criminal sanctions," the judge said.

The judge added that law makers should seriously consider amending or repealing Canada's marijuana laws, to bring them in line with today's values.

"When it becomes common for persons of good character to willingly and knowingly conduct themselves in violation of a law, which is widely seen to be unwarranted or unjust or unfair, this should cause those who enact our laws and who are tasked with enforcing or upholding the law to give serious consideration to the repeal or amendment of that law to bring it into accord with modern social values," Challenger said.

The judgment is online here.

Sep 11, 2014 Fed Gov't Appeals Aug 14 BC Court of Appeal decision Victoria, B.C.: The federal crown has decided to go to the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether patients should have access to cannabis extracts, appealing the Aug 14 BC Court of Appeal decision in the Smith case. No date has been set yet. For many patients across the country this is a matter of life or death, as dried marijuana itself cannot provide the same medical benefits as derivatives.

May 15, 2014 Guidelines for 7 provincial colleges of physicians for prescribing medical marijuana The seven provincial colleges of physicians that have issued guidelines are urging their members to take a cautious approach to prescribing medical marijuana.

Apr 18, 2014 Recall of Marijuana for Medical Purposes - Greenleaf Medicinals Greenleaf Medicinals of British Columbia, is voluntarily recalling one batch (Purple Kush, Batch PK-10-20-13) of marijuana for medical purposes. The recall is due to issues with the company's production practices which were identified during an inspection by Health Canada and may impact the product. #LPs

Mar 31, 2014 Feds appeal medical marijuana injunction The federal government will appeal a March 21 court injunction that lets authorized patients temporarily keep growing their own medical marijuana past April 1, when the old system was to be outlawed. The move by Health Canada keeps thousands of medical marijuana users off balance as to how long they can continue home growing under personal production licences.

Mar 28, 2014 Statement: Medical Marihuana Access Regulations Update
March 28, 2014
For immediate release

As a result of ongoing litigation and uncertainty arising from court decisions, Health Canada will treat the following Authorizations to Possess, Personal-Use Production Licences, and Designated-Person Production Licences as extending beyond March 31, 2014 until a decision in Allard is rendered. As per the Federal Court interim injunction, the following criteria must be met:

Individuals must have held a valid Authorizations to Possess under the MMAR on March 21, 2014. Individuals must have held a valid Personal-Use Production Licence or Designated-Person Production Licence under the MMAR on, or after, September 30, 2013, where there is also an associated valid ATP as of March 21, 2014.

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Mar 26, 2014 Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Relating to Marihuana for Medical Purposes His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to subsection 55(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (see footnote a), makes the annexed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Relating to Marihuana for Medical Purposes.

Mar 21, 2014 WIN! Allard V.HMQ the MMAR/MMPR issue I am pleased to report that the Federal Court, Mr.Justice Manson, today has essentially grandfathered all existing MMAR Authorizations to Possess with Personal Production Licences and/or Designated Growers until trial, but the possession limit is 150 gms. This includes those who were renewed post September 30th but there is no provision for new applicants. The Order is attached and decision is attached. -John W. Conroy QC

Mar 18, 2014 The Motion for an exemption/injunction to be heard March 18th, 2014 A lawyer from Abbotsford, B.C., was expected to be in federal court this morning seeking a last-minute reprieve for medical marijuana users who say they need to be able to grow their own pot at home.

Mar 17, 2014 New Canadian Medical Marijuana Program coming soon Medical Use of Marijuana
Latest Updates
NEW: Statement: Changes to the Reporting Requirements in the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
NEW: Destruction of Marihuana obtained under the MMAR
NEW: Changes to the Marihuana for Medical Purpose Regulations - Regulations and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement
Important Information about the Repeal of the MMAR and Access to Health Canada Supply
For Clients: Transition and the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
Harper Government Announces New Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

By March 31, 2014, there will be a new medical program in Canada for patients who use cannabis, It will be illegal for anyone (except corporations) to grow cannabis. Combined with the mandatory minimum sentences, Canada's prison population will increase dramatically.
Feb 14, 2014 MANDATORY MINIMUMS ON HOLD AFTER JUDGE'S RULING A B.C. judge is the latest to challenge Ottawa's tough-on-crime legislation, finding that mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drug offenders violate their Charter rights.

Judge Joseph Galati sentenced Joseph Lloyd on Wednesday to 191 days in prison for three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The sentence falls well short of the one-year minimum the law requires.

In a Jan. 24 ruling in the case, Judge Galati said in situations such as Mr. Lloyd's, a one-year minimum would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, prohibited by Section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Lloyd was convicted on drug charges last September. His defence argued that the mandatory minimum sentence was unconstitutional, leading to Judge Galati's ruling last month.


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