Canadian Judge Gives 3 Months to Fix MMJ Program

The Canadian press is reporting today that a Superior Court judge in Ontario has declared the MMJ program there to be unconstitutional, and has allowed Ottawa a period of three months to solve the problem.

In his ruling, Justice Donald Taliana found that chronically ill people are unable to obtain their medical marijuana through “appropriate means,” forcing them to resort to illegal sources of the drug. This, in turn, he says, incorrectly labels such patients as criminals.

The Justice, who hails from St. Catherines, declared that the province’s entire MMJ program to be invalid, as are the laws prohibiting possession of marijuana and growing cannabis. However, he has given the government until July to fix the program or face the prospect of making cannabis production and possession legal across the board.

It’s expected that the government will appeal the ruling, pushing the three-month stipulation farther into the summer, or beyond, which could leave the current system in place indefinitely.

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2 Responses to Canadian Judge Gives 3 Months to Fix MMJ Program

  1. lindzzz says:

    I enjoyed reading this, I did not know that a judge could tell a government to fix a program that isn’t working. And why exactly hasn’t a US Judge demanded this? I hope that someone within our justice system asks for some accountability and change in outdated legislation, such as keeping cannabis on the Schedule I list when it is proven that it cures cancer, amongst many other positive effects.

  2. SkillitHits247 says:

    Good point, lindzzz. There are judges out there that are in favor of legalization of marijuana, some of which probably are still in silent about their agreement because of fear of losing their position and/or political status. I think in order for this order by a judge would not be able to pass with just one judge, it would be best for a hand-full of judges to order the medical marijuana program to be fix the issues that criminalizing the patients; and this may be where the patients, us, need to step up and bring our valid facts/arguments and proven results to the courts that would be hard not to rule in favor of the patients.