The very active Oshawa marijuana movement has invited cannabis constitutional challenger Matt Mernagh to speak Friday, June 10 (3 p.m. and again 7 p.m.) at Kingside Clubhouse (537 Tennyson). He’s the advocate who participated in striking down Canada’s cannabis laws.
His presentation is to counter recent hysteria created by Durham Region Children’s Aid Society. A public forum by Durham CAS on Marijuana’s Impact on Parenting was a misinformed fearmongering effort to brand all people who inhale cannabis as bad parents.
“This is nothing new, I’ve read and experienced Canada’s prohibitionist playbook,” he says. “It’s the same argument used since it’s inception, think of the children. I did and there’s no evidence to suggest a connection between bad parenting and pot.”
He is excited to present an alternative view, background on his amazing court victory, marijuana for health and will hold a discussion on how to prevent prohibitionists. The information session is a perfect compliment to Oshawa Cannabis Day, July 2.
Mernagh made international news with lawyer Paul Lewin when Ontario Superior Court justice D.J. Taliano agreed with their argument Health Canada’s medical marijuana program prevents people from accessing medicine of their choice. Justice Taliano gave the government 90 days to make changes to their medicinal marijuana program or loose their law.
With a deadline fast approaching it’s very possible on July 11, 2011 the province of Ontario will have no law for possessing or growing marijuana. He’s been actively involved in legalizing marijuana since 2003.
When police raided his home in 2008 Mernagh fought back by refusing to plead guilty. Using his bust as an opportunity to demonstrate Health Canada has failed in helping sick Canadians in accessing medicine of their choice.
This is an opportunity to go well beyond media headlines and learn firsthand from one of Canada’s premier marijuana activists.
Doors Open at 2 p.m.
Mernagh Appears at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.