Canada MMJ Appeal Scheduled for November

The highest court in Ontario, Canada will be reviewing a landmark decision, come November, which speaks to Canada’s unstable MMJ program and the way production and/or possession of marijuana will be treated there.

Why November? Well, two months ago there was a court case in Ottawa that involved a patient from St. Catharines named Matthew Mernagh. In that case, Justice Donald Taliano ruled that the existing Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) were unconstitutional, and he gave Ottawa until the middle of July to fix it, or marijuana would be effectively legalized in Ontario.

That mid-July deadline was extended when Kevin Wilson, arguing on behalf of the federal government, said that current laws and regulations regarding medical marijuana – and marijuana in general – should stay in force until an appeal could be heard. Since that can’t happen til November, Court of Appeal Justice Robert Blair granted a deadline extension.

In his decision, Blair said, “The practical effect of the decision if the suspension were permitted to expire on July 14 would be to legalize marijuana production in Ontario, if not across Canada.”

So what is the flaw in the Canadian MMJ system? Lawyers on both sides of this court case are blaming doctors - they’re not educated, there are no standards for their training regarding MMJ, etc.

Knowing this, one has to wonder: will there be a new system ready to go in Canada when November comes around, or is everyone pinning on their hopes on the court appeal, and hoping no changes will be required?

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2 Responses to Canada MMJ Appeal Scheduled for November

  1. KushieQ says:

    Just as with everything it always boils down to lack of education. When they don’t know anything about it, then it seems that everyone keeps passing the buck and moving deadlines to keep from making a powerful decision. It just remains a fact that the whole world not just Canada needs to realize that there are valuable medical benefits to marijuana and take the appropriate action. Until that happens there is always going to be turmoil. But it is the same as with so many hard core pharmaceuticals not everyone agrees they have merit but they exist none the less. So why is it that marijuana is having such a problem? Well in the end it just comes back to money. So sad for patients. You know if people could make their own vicodin or oxycontin then those would be stopped as well. A real shame that the world needs so much education when MMJ comes into play.

  2. SkillitHits247 says:

    People/Congress can always find an excuse to justify their decision to keep marijuana illegal; but when it comes to the pharmaceutical drugs they have no problem openly stating the uncomfortable & fatal symptoms and doctors still smile in your face saying how good it will be for you…and takes your money.
    Not educated on medical marijuana???…. HELLO, THE FACTS AND PROVEN RESULTS ARE FOUND IN EVERY MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT!!!! Where else can you get more educated from?…..