11 Jun Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Legal in All Forms
The Canadian Free Press reported that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled to remove limitations on what counts as a legally acceptable form of medical marijuana. Users may consume marijuana in the form of cookies, brownies, oils and teas. The decision has angered Health Minister Rona Ambrose.
As quoted in the publication:
Until now, federal regulations stipulated that authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis could only consume dried marijuana.
But limiting medical consumption to dried pot infringes on liberty protections under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the court said.
“The prohibition of non-dried forms of medical marijuana limits liberty and security of the person in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice,” said the written judgement.
The case stems from the arrest in 2009 of Owen Smith, former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, who was charged after police found more than 200 pot cookies and cannabis-infused olive oil and grapeseed oil in his Victoria apartment.