By Daniel Shortt
A landmark decision in Canada has drastically altered the country’s medical marijuana laws. A Canadian federal court ruled that Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives medical marijuana patients the right to grow their own cannabis. The opinion strikes down the previous Conservative government’s ban on patient’s growing marijuana and gives the current liberal government six months to establish a new medical marijuana program.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is already working on fulfilling his campaign promise to legalize marijuana. On November 13, 2015, he stated in a mandate letter to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, that one of her “top priorities” will be to work with the “Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health [to] create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo via Cannabis Culture under a Creative Commons License.
In a politically unprecedented move to publish what is normally kept secret at the federal level, the letter is a lengthy list of campaign promises that were made public “so Canadians can hold us accountable to deliver on our commitments.” Continue reading
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Recent events hint at changes to Canada’s prohibition on marijuana. With an election of Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau for prime minister, a shift in Vancouver marijuana licensing practices, and a recent Supreme Court ruling, there may be changes in the overall attitude towards marijuana.