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Current Affairs (2015) - Chronological (21 items)

Dec 4, 2015 Throne speech reaffirms Trudeau plan to legalize pot
Legalized pot is still part of the plan, the Liberals reaffirmed in Friday's speech from the throne.

"The Government will introduce legislation that will provide greater support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; that will get handguns and assault weapons off our streets; and that will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana," Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in the speech.

Oct 21, 2015 Pot Stocks Jump After Grit Win
TORONTO - Of all the industries across Canada, none could possibly be happier with Monday's election result than the medical marijuana sector.

Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize marijuana promises to bring massive opportunity to an industry that only came into existence last year.

Marijuana equities moved higher on Tuesday as investors absorbed the news.

Shares of Canopy Growth Corp. ( formerly Tweed Marijuana ) jumped 13 per cent, while Aphria Inc.'s shares climbed 11 per cent.

Oct 20, 2015 Mandatory Minimum sentence for marijuana production cruel and unsual CONCLUSION [267] The mandatory minimum sentences imposed by ss. 7(2)(b)(i)(ii) and s. 7(3)(c) are inconsistent with s. 12 of the Charter and are therefore declared of no force or effect under s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Oct 9, 2015 Pot Grower Fined $10
NEWMARKET - A huge undercover police sting that saw a medical pot-grower dragged through the courts for two years ended with a grand slam in court Thursday - a $10 fine.

"This is ludicrous," an exasperated Clifford Dawson said outside court. "This cost the taxpayers millions and two years of my life. All for $10? Does this make any sense?"

Dawson, 34, of Innisfil, who walks with a cane and suffers from scoliosis, pleaded guilty to production of marijuana.

Oct 9, 2015 Researchers Urge Doctors To Prescribe Pot Instead Of Opioids
Canadian doctors should use medical marijuana instead of frequently abused opioids to treat patients with neuropathic pain and a host of other conditions cannabis has been proven to combat, Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS researchers argue in a newly published editorial.

Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS argue the Canadian Medical Association is holding pot to a higher standard than other pain-relieving pharmaceutical drugs and is ignoring high-quality, peer-reviewed studies on the use of cannabis. Their editorial is in the latest edition of the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Sep 29, 2015 Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for pot growing An Ontario judge has struck down one of the Conservative government's signature drug laws - a six-month minimum jail term for growing between six and 200 marijuana plants for the purpose of trafficking.

Sep 18, 2015 Alberta Denies Medical Marijuana For Child Girl's Seizures Had Improved With Cannabis Extract, Prompting Mom to Seek Help at Ontario Clinic

An Alberta mother whose daughter has severe epilepsy has travelled to Ontario for a medical marijuana prescription after the girl's doctor said he was no longer allowed to provide permission to purchase the product.

In 2013, Sarah Wilkinson had started extracting cannabis oil from dried marijuana - purchased from a licensed grower with a prescription from a neurologist at Alberta Children's Hospital - to prevent life- threatening seizures in her eight-year-old daughter, Mia.

Aug 18, 2015 University Offers Course On How To Grow, Sell Pot It's high time a B. C. university offered a class on how to grow and sell medical marijuana.

That was the thought process behind a new course being offered at Kwantlen Polytechnic University starting this fall, according to Jim Pelton, the university's executive director of continuing and professional studies.

He said the idea for the course came about after university faculty spoke with licensed medical-marijuana producers in B. C. and realized there was hunger for a class on the subject.

Aug 17, 2015 Medical Marijuana, in Depth Review

Aug 15, 2015 Mounties Must Return Marijuana MOUNTIES will have to give back the weed they seized after mistakenly raiding a grow-op, only to later learn the owner had a valid permit to grow medical marijuana.

Aug 15, 2015 Vancouver, BC: So You Want To Open A Pot Shop? The City of Vancouver is holding private information sessions for current and potential pot shop operators to "learn how to make a successful medical marijuana business licence application" as it embarks on its plan to become Canada's first city to regulate the illegal dispensaries.

The city is advertising the sessions on its website, saying "staff will explain everything you need to know about the new regulations and how to successfully apply for permits and licences to run a marijuana-related business."

Aug 2, 2015 Feds Stamping Out Pot Advertising Health Minister Rona Ambrose ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana and restated the Conservative party's pledge to keep storefront dispensaries illegal Saturday on the eve of the expected launch of a federal election campaign.

"Today I directed Health Canada to create a task force to crack down on illegal marijuana advertising," Ambrose said in a statement.

Jun 11, 2015 Medical Pot Users Seek Class Action Against Health Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a proposed class action, claiming Health Canada breached privacy rights and jeopardized the safety of medical marijuana users, will be seeking damages of up to $20,000 per person, a court in Halifax heard Wednesday.

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is hearing a certification application for a proposed class action, put forward by medical marijuana users and growers across Canada, who were licensed under the previous federal medicinal marijuana program.

The claim alleges that in November 2013 the department sent letters to about 40,000 people explaining changes to the federal medical marijuana access program, and because the return address on the envelopes clearly stated they came from the Health Canada medical marijuana program anyone who may have seem them knew the recipient was either licensed to possess or grow marijuana for medical purposes.

Jun 11, 2015 Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana - and not just smoke it - as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

The unanimous ruling against the federal government expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the "dried" form.

Jun 10, 2015 Vancouver, BC: Public Hearings On Marijuana Dispensaries Set To Begin Public hearings begin Wednesday to help fine-tune Vancouver's plans to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries - and shape a policy that one advocate says will be copied by cities across Canada.

Dana Larsen, director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society and operator of two dispensaries, noted the City of Victoria has already cited Vancouver as a model for policies it is developing as it grapples with the issue.

"A lot of smaller cities don't have the resources to devote time and staff effort to analyzing this and figuring out what these rules should be," Mr. Larsen said in an interview on Tuesday. "They're going to copy whatever Vancouver does and tweak it a little bit for their own community."

Jun 10, 2015 Shambhala Leads World In Harm Reduction But as the festival ballooned to over 11,000 ticket sales, so too did the festival's harm reduction strategy, which is now the most ambitious approach in North America, with over 40 trained ANKORS volunteers on the ground each year, alongside a harm reduction team of over 200.

Now encompassing medical, security, outreach and sexual health services, the integrated approach is considered a best practice worldwide and has inspired interest from a number of other festivals.

May 4, 2015 Court to decide who can grow medical marijuana Final arguments wrapped up Friday in a court challenge of the federal government's move to ban home growing of medical marijuana by doctor-approved users. A win by pro-pot advocates would blow a big hole in the new federal system imposed last spring that outlawed previously legal home grows and tried to force all patients to buy only from new commercial producers. Those companies will have the exclusive right to grow and sell if Ottawa prevails.

Apr 24, 2015 Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker of the Senate, dead at 64 Nolin supported prison reform, the legalization of marijuana, more humanitarian immigration policies - all while working to reform the Senate

Senator Nolin spearheaded the 2002 SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ILLEGAL DRUGS
Mar 20, 2015 R. v. Smith in Supreme Court of Canada On March 20, 2015, the top nine judges in Canada will spend an entire day discussing whether cannabis derivatives deserve legal status similar to that of cannabis. This will be the first time in history that the Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments regarding medical cannabis and the regulatory schemes Health Canada has created to provide access to those in medical need. At the center of the trial stands Owen Smith, former head baker of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, backed by lawyer extraordinaire, Kirk Tousaw.

Feb 23, 2015 Constitutional challenge of Canada's medical marijuana laws begins in Vancouver A constitutional challenge of Canada's new medical marijuana laws will hear from marijuana law experts from Holland, Israel and the U.S. when it begins Monday in Vancouver.

"If we win the case, people will be allowed to continue to grow," said lawyer John Conroy, who is representing four medical marijuana patients.

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