It’s a good day for medical marijuana card holders. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the federal government in favour of medical marijuana usage beyond the “dried” consistency. What that means is patients who are legally prescribed medical marijuana will now have the option of consuming it, rather than just smoking it.
Respondent in the case Owen Smith said emotionally, “I’m proud and really happy today for all those people who are going to benefit from this ruling.”
Marijuana users at times felt smoking was harmful to their health, but brewing it into tea or baking it into brownies was something that they could get charged with. Now that the laws have changed, patients are free to consume marijuana in any way they choose to.
The federal government is not very pleased with the decision, however.
“Frankly, I’m outraged by the Supreme Court. Let’s remember, there’s only one authority in Canada that has the authority and the expertise to make a drug into a medicine and that’s Health Canada,” said Health Minister Rona Ambrose during a press conference.
In 2009, Owen Smith was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana in Victoria, B.C. He was caught with over 200 cookies and 26 jars of liquids, including massage oils and lip products for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. This week’s decision by the Supreme Court leaves Owen not guilty.
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