A monumental decision in regards to marijuana legality in Canada was handed down by the nation’s highest court, yesterday. Previous versions of Canada’s Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act have been ruled ‘null and void’ and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada.
This makes all forms of medical marijuana legal in the US’s neighbor to the north. Previously, only ‘dried forms’ of marijuana were legal under the Controlled Substances Act.
Here’s how it happened:
Started From the Baker, Now We’re Here
The case of Owen Smith, a registered medical marijuana ‘cardholder’ and medical marijuana business person who baked pot goodies for his patients, came before the Supreme Court of Canada after repeated defeats of the federal government in the nation’s lower court systems. As usual, the Canadian federal government did not like losing to one of its people in a court of law, so despite rulings in Smith’s favor by a British Columbia judge and the B.C Appeals court, the case was once again appealed by the Canadian government and appeared before the Supreme Court.
After a lengthy trial, the Supreme Court of Canada once again ruled in Smith’s favor, settling the case once and for all.
Smith may have now officially affirmed all forms of medical marijuana are now legal across Canada, but the Canadian Federal Health Minister, Rona Ambrose, is still unhappy about the decision and has vowed to fight the ‘normalization of marijuana in Canada.’
What’s that? A federal employee sounding like a sore loser? How atypical of a federal government employee…
While there is still many steps to be taken if Canada is to mirror its southern neighbor and begin to allow recreational or widespread medical marijuana to the public, the Supreme Court’s decision is a leap and a bound in the right direction.
With such an outraged reaction from the Federal Health Minister, stay tuned for a quick action from the Canadian government regarding the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision about making all forms of medical marijuana legal in Canada.