We came across this very interesting conversation happening over at Reddit about the possible legalization of growing and owning marijuana in Canada.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the Ontario Superior Court decided that Sections 4 and 7 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are “constitutionally invalid and of no force and effect.” These rules govern access to medical marijuana.
The government has 90 days to re-regulate (or delay), and if it doesn’t, Ontarionians will legally be able to possess and produce pot. Part of the problem is the difficulty that some have in obtaining doctor’s notes to buy medical marijuana to treat medical ailments. This is seen as a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Says B.C. lawyer and foundation executive director, Kirk Tousaw:
I think it represents a dramatic step forward for critically and chronically ill Canadians. It is undoubtedly going to progress through the court system…but it’s gratifying to see a court has accepted what so many thousand medical marijuana patients have been saying for years — that it’s incredibly difficult if not impossible to access medical marijuana.
If this happens in Ontario, it will just be a matter of time before it ripples across the country.