Health Canada Continues to Defy Medical Marijuana Laws

June 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)–The use of medical Marijuana is legal in Canada, but the government run health service continues to put up constant roadblocks to the full implementation of the law, by severely restricting the supply, forcing patients in pain to purchase Marijuana illegally.

The litigious Health Canada has lost no less than eight court challenges to its illegal obstructionism, but undeterred, it recently imposed new restrictions virtually identical to ones that were struck down and ruled unconstitutional by the by Federal Court of Canada.

The recent defiant restrictions would allow producers to grow enough marijuana to supply a grand total of just two individual medical users, instead of a maximum of one, permitted under the old regulations.

A previous court ruling hailed Health Canada’s regulations as so restrictive as to “create an alliance between the government and the black market,” to supply “the necessary product.”

Lawyer Ron Marzel and medical marijuana advocate, called Health Canada’s restrictive regulations a “mockery” of the courts last eight consistent rulings declaring the government’s restrictions unconstitutional.

Mr. Marzel believes it’s useless to go another legal round with the government health service, as it will just continue to endlessly appeal any legal challenges to its actions.

Attorney Marzel instead, plans to sue the government on behalf of various defendants arrested for marijuana trafficking, demanding that the charges be dropped, based partly on the legal premise that there was no legal prohibition against possession of marijuana for a short period in 2003, due to flaws in the medical marijuana regulations.

If Marzel’s legal efforts prove to be successful, the practical effect would be the wiping out of any and all legal prohibitions against both possessing and producing marijuana, for not only medical, but recreational use as well.

Marzel is essentially playing legal chicken with Health Canada, threatening the health service with the prospect of full legalization of pot unless it backs off from its obstructionism and enacts good-faith regulations allowing for a reasonable supply of medical marijuana.

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7 Responses to “Health Canada Continues to Defy Medical Marijuana Laws”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 2nd, 2009 12:48 pm

    The solution to the problem is to bring the ministers who are making the rules promulgated by Health Canada up before the bar on charges of contempt of court and willful and negligent collusion with illicit drug sellers, since one court has already stated that HC’s restrictive rules have created the black market.

    And, of course, full legalization would eliminate the black market completely, and provide the Government with another channel for tax revenue.

  2. truth on June 2nd, 2009 12:58 pm
  3. Responsible Tax Payer on June 2nd, 2009 1:50 pm

    Legalize it. Treat it like alcohol plain and simple. End black market and violence.

    I’m so sick of the Gateway Drug Argument. Alcohol is the ULTIMATE GATEWAY DRUG. It’s probably 90% of people’s first buzz. And if they like it, the want more. None of my successful friends that smoke got into heavy drugs like coke.

    It’s a shame that the people who get addicted and kill themselves with crack & cocaine get wrapped in the same category as an adult that want to smoke a joint on a Friday night….. What a weird world.

    Once it’s legal it will be exciting for the first 3 months. After that, the people who smoke now, will probably smoke the same amount. And the people who won’t, simply won’t. Not much will change.

    And if treated like alcohol. Kids will have as much access to it as a 6 pack of beer. In otherwords, if regulated, kids can’t get it.

    So legalize it. And to the folks that say NO and that have never done it, what right do they have to judge it?

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  5. Mark Montgomery on June 3rd, 2009 5:45 am

    I LOVE seeing these stories because they drive home the point that all across the USA thousands and thousands of tons of pot are being grown, transported and smoked as we speak and there is nothing the cops can do about it. Pot should be legal. Mexico just legalized possession of small amounts of all drugs. Switzerland just legalized heroin. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court, but in practice they are just not arresting people. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

  6. Vince on June 4th, 2009 2:02 pm

    This insanity needs to stop, write to your elected officials and demand action!

  7. ElectroPig™ on June 18th, 2009 4:12 pm

    Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect2=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&RefSrch=yes&Query=PN%2F6630507

    How is it that the US government can say that cannabis is a schedule 1 drug with “no accepted medical benefits” while filing medical patents based on cannabis?

    Better still…how can they prosecute people for medical uses while knowing that they have filed patents for medical uses more than a decade ago?

    Even better than that…how can they continue to do so without comitting perjury?

    Still even more better, now that the truth is known, shouldn’t all of the cannabis possession (et cetera) cases tried since 1999 be rescinded due to the government’s wilfull deception of the court system?

    Health Canada’s case is similar, in that they SAY they’re making it avaiable for those who want/need it, but they so severely restrict it that almost noone is able to get it.

    The end result of such hypocrisy is that the liars eventually get caught, because they simply can’t keep their lies straight, and people DO learn the truth!

    Just something that was rolling around in my cranium…

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