Cannabis Group Fights Omnibus Crime Bill

A group that promotes medical marijuana rights says the federal government’s omnibus crime bill would make criminals out of people with legitimate health conditions.

Representatives for Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana Society say the bill will impose mandatory prison sentences of at least six months for anyone convicted of growing as few as six cannabis plants.

“Countless patients are either oblivious to Health Canada’s medical marijuana program or are struggling to gain access to it due to physician reticence,” Debbie Stultz-Giffin, the group’s chairwoman, said in a news release. “This means that many sick people who rely on cannabis to alleviate health considerations, who are otherwise law-abiding citizens, will be thrown under the bus with this legislation.

According to the release, the medical marijuana access regulations, in place for 10 years, have been proven to be unconstitutional in many Canadian courts due to accessibility issues and only offer legal protection to about 12,000 patients. A Canadian Medical Association survey revealed that at least 400,000 people use cannabis for medical reasons.

“The omnibus bill will do exactly the opposite of what the Conservative party claims, Bob Dillman of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition said in the release.

“The only thing that prohibition and mandatory sentences have succeeded to do in the United States is bankrupt the country. In fact, many states that implemented mandatory minimums are shying away from them as they have proven to be ineffective policy.

– Article originally from The Chronicle Herald.