Marijuana Could Be the Government’s Best Friend

When the Liberal Party of Canada voted at their biennial convention to legalize and regulate marijuana, some joked that the 77 per cent who backed the non-binding resolution must have inhaled.

As a criminal lawyer who defends average people who face charges simply for seeking relief from chronic pain or other illnesses from the drug, I say the Liberals are on the right track in adopting the ideology that marijuana should be legalized and taxed ­– just like tobacco.

This is not a new concept; but it’s encouraging to see this is still on a Liberal agenda. In fact, several years ago, the Liberals were planning on decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. It was heralded as a great move to eliminate all sorts of minor offences that clogged the courts at great cost to taxpayers. At the same time, it recognized that marijuana is not the same drug as cocaine, ecstasy, and many of the other illicit substances that are contained with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Unfortunately, that all disappeared with the Conservative government and a more law-and-order agenda. Instead we have seen an increase in penalties that are applied to possession and production of marijuana, which is in the wrong direction.

The already scarce resources that exist in the criminal justice system ought not to be spent on the investigation and prosecution of Canadian citizens who use marijuana for pain relief, anti-nausea, or frankly, to just relax. The thousands of dollars that are wasted on these types of cases are real dollars going to waste when more money is needed for health care and education.

We need a dramatic shift in ideology to a new regime that would recognize that marijuana itself has true medical benefits and ought to be removed as an illegal drug under the CDSA and be regulated under federal legislation.

The reality is science has long recognized the legitimate medicinal benefits of the chemicals contained in marijuana. The drug provides not just analgesic assistance, but is also a successful treatment for nausea, inflammation, pain and may have broader benefits beyond those we have scientific evidence of. There are many Canadians using marijuana lawfully for medicinal purposes. But, because the current system is so incredibly ponderous, many average Canadians are turning to growing the plant for themselves in desperation for the same relief those who have the authorizations.

What has been of significant concern over the last year and a half to two years is many individuals who have been prescribed, or are trying to obtain prescriptions for marijuana for legitimate health issues, have had tremendous difficulty in gaining access to medical practitioners who sign the authorization applications and in many respects, in spite of very long waiting lists, are forced by Health Canada to see specialists.

In addition, the reality — at least in Ontario — is that the vast majority of health practioners are not supporting the program because of the government’s influence. To further compound the problem for sick Canadians who need a safe, reliable supply of this medicine, are extensive delays by Health Canada in processing the applications.

Unfortunately, recent federal legislation [Bill C-10] that impacts prosecution and sentencing in relation to marijuana-related offences, sends the wrong message about marijuana and hence detracts from any legitimacy marijuana deserves as a legitimate medicine.

The more serious a marijuana production offence or possession offence is viewed by government, the more the drug itself is equated with drugs like cocaine, which is patently unfair. The effect is a small number of doctors are willing to prescribe marijuana and the sick individual must find alternative means of gaining access, like growing marijuana on their own at serious risk of being criminally charged.

Sadly, the ensuing prosecution drains them not only of the marijuana, but also the money, putting them at risk of losing their homes, cars, and other assets which are seized and/or restrained under such an investigation. Even if charges are withdrawn, the process itself has a very crushing effect on many individuals who are already quite vulnerable given their medical state.

Now we have Bill-C10 that can see someone growing more than six plants, if convicted, facing a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail.

The right direction is to finally recognize that marijuana has legitimate medical benefits and that overall use of marijuana has far less serious side effects and impact than those of alcohol. The effects of alcohol can be far more insidious and damaging to the community. We should recognize that marijuana is a much milder drug than many others, including those that are legitimately prescribed, and allow people to possess and use without fear of criminal sanctions. It’s equally important to regulate marijuana under a different regime, where the production and sale can be managed and taxed.

All of illegal commercial grow operations that exist on the black market would have the profit removed and hence would no longer be the problem that it currently is. Once lawful growing and dispensing becomes regulated, the community will not be subjected to the same types of risks that exist now.

And again, let’s not forget, we could take a nice chunk out of our deficit with the revenue that would come into the government coffers through taxing this drug.

– Article from The Huffington Post.

Comments

4 Comments

  1. g on

    It is much safer to grow your own food rather than trust what is supposedly inspected by government authorities. Why would growing your own medicine be any different, especially if it was safe and proven effective beyond any reasonable doubt.
    Most of North America is going green. Not our current governments law policies though.
    They only recognize greenbacks and all the profits to be made from housing non violent drug offenders in prisons. Unfortunately the buck stops with all taxpayers in both countries.
    Way too many jobs at stake here and this will be the main reason cannabis prohibition will have a life line. Justice, freedom of choice and democracy in N.A. is a big lie.

  2. Anonymous on

    Mr.Neuberger article is very well written and certainly shows his expertise as a criminal lawyer.He points out that many canadians out of luck and money and who have lost all hopes of seeing the governement in the near future to decriminalize or legalize marijuana and who are lost at getting a doctor sign the medical marijuana forms or too complex Health Canada bureaucracy have simply decided much to their regrets and with some undestandable fear to grow the very own medicine that helps them. If I ever need legal advice regarding my 8 plants garden.I now certainly know who I will call.

  3. Anonymous on

    SUPER NEWS WITH THE BIG RECAP FOR SPORTS FANS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption.

    The solar flare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado.

    WHAT INSPIRATION DOES GOD NEED TO PROVIDE TO PEOLPE TO UNDERSTAND MERCY GIVEN TO LIFE?

    THE RECAP WITH THE MOST MEANING TO THOSE WHO DESIRE JOY IN THE JOURNEY.

    Where is the filing of the class action lawsuit for unlawful biological warfare against the citizens of North American and now the world.

    I have personally informed the largest collectives in the state of California – spoke directly to the THC convention in LA 2009 — in addition to directing readers to the web sites with specific information to establish and initiate the action under comments in this website.

    However — still no concrete actions are on the table that say — where you born after 1940 — Did you breast feed — are you a sexually active human — food of birth/forest/sex is reason to believe you have been exposed to the bioweapon known as Lyme disease.

    Now if all parties focus on remedy — initiate class action lawsuits — use the media circle from all the infomercials and court coverages to expose the circumstance which is completely denied by the aggressors in charge — we will be on the path to recovery.

    Feb 05
    Why is Lyme Disease Not JUST a Tick-Borne Disease Any More?
    Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 05 2012 | 20,240 views

    By Dr. Mercola

    Some experts feel that almost everyone has been exposed to Lyme disease and may have it in one way, shape or form.

    Whether that’s true or not is up for debate, but clearly there are those who have it and are severely disabled by it.

    Dr. Klinghardt—who is one of my earliest mentors in natural health and always on the leading edge—has actually suffered with Lyme disease himself, and as a result, he’s passionate about finding effective natural treatments for Lyme.

    The Ongoing Discovery of Lyme Disease

    It’s now been fairly well-established that chronic infection is an underlying factor in most chronic illnesses. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue are all turning out to be expressions of chronic infections.

    “Right at the center of that is the ongoing discovery of Lyme disease,” Dr. Klinghardt says.

    Lyme disease has recently received a new definition. It now refers to illnesses transferred by insects, as opposed to simply a tick-borne disease. Mosquitoes can carry Lyme disease and many other serious infections, as can spiders, fleas and mites.

    Subject: $300,000.00 USD AWARDED TO EVERY CITIZEN OF NORTH AMERICA FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF BIO WAR

    Apologies for the low dollar mark for return on the greatest crime in our history. We need to move forward. The denial of the settlement sets up the war for reclaiming our sovereignty as to establish any rational living security. As a collective society we are in a situation of clear choice.

    SUPERBOWL CHANT – HONOLULU TO PARIS – HELL FIRE GLORY – BIGGEST SCREENS BIGGEST CITIES

    Nothing like some nuclear mist and MRSA in the sand to help spread the story in Indy.
    MRSA ‘superbug’ found in ocean, public beaches
    San Diego Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down After Leak Discovered
    Cannabidiol and (?)?9-tetrahydrocannabinol are neuroprotective antioxidants
    A. J. Hampson,*† M. Grimaldi,‡ J. Axelrod,* and D. Wink§

    Autism And Lyme Disease Are Connected, Lyme-Induced Autism Study Finds
    Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866&page=1
    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa

    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np8002673?journalCode=jnprdf&quickLinkVolume=71&quickLinkPage=1427&volume=71

    WORLD WIDE GROUNDHOG DAY BREAKING NEWS [email protected]

    Feb 02

    BREAKING NEWS AROUND THE WORLD

    WOW – the news is spreading like a wild fire in the mind among the largest organizations of vets in America – the occupation center movement on earth – the martial arts circles – along with the NFL players wives association – figuring?

    Subject: BREAKING NEWS HONOLULU LOS ANGELES VANCOUVER DALLAS DENVER TORONTO NEW YORK PARIS
    HELL FIRE GLORY – prohibition to peace

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 10:58 AM

    To:
    [email protected]

    I REALLY CALLED HELL MAMA! THUS THE STORY JUST WENT TO ALL THE MAJOR STUDIO CONTACTS IN WEST LA SANTA MONICA VENICE – OMG – WOW – WHAT A FIRE IN TIME!

    LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL FIRE!

    THE MESSAGE OF THE NEWS PROVIDED WILL BE ON THE LARGEST SCREENS IN THE BIGGEST CITIES ON EARTH – RECOMMENDING YOU GET AHEAD OF THE STORM IN RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC VIA THE MERIT YOU CAN CREATE.

    Subject: Fw: HELL FIRE GLORY – prohibition to peace
    To: [email protected]
    Cc: [email protected]
    Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 9:18 AM

    Capturing content for the fire phase of this great conflict resolve – all prayers are needed as many give all in this battle for joy!
    Starbuck’s promotes Ancient Aliens Season 3 Episode 7 – Aliens, Plagues & Epidemics HD

    Hello to all,

    Being a student of hope with love of our collective humanity – this communication ranks with the communication sent from a three mile island employee regarding the need to fix the cooling system which led to one of our greatest known ecological disasters that pales in comparison to this email notice pleading for a future in which there is a possibility for much more joy and productivity among the living.

    Some help with understanding our collective situation is about to be on the counter top with coffee all around the planet.
    Of course there is a list of all who have been noticed in communication. Thus those who were noticed will be held to some accountability for helping resolve this great crime against the living.

    War is a reality of life.

    I am showing you the caliber of mind that is invisioned to manifest the clarity necessary for joy to return to our living planet. Brother the rivers will run red as wisdom is eternally born of blood.

    Ron Fricke is an American film director and cinematographer, considered to be a master of time-lapse photography and large format cinematography. He was the director of photography for Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and directed the purely cinematic non-verbal non-narrative feature Baraka (1992). He designed and used his own 65 mm camera equipment for Baraka and his later projects. He also directed the IMAX films Chronos (1985) and Sacred Site (1986). His most recent work was as cinematographer for parts of the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (he was hired to shoot the eruption of Mt Etna in Sicily for use in scenes of the volcanic planet Mustafar). The sequel to Baraka, Samsara, was released in 2011. Fricke writes about his work: “I feel that my work has evolved through Koyaanisqatsi, Chronos and Baraka. Both technically and philosophically I am ready to delve even deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal”.

    Lets see what is chosen – accepting that there is alien life and intelligence or paying for the greatest crime in our living history. Does anyone care about their history of work credit – we will see this is quite certain.

    Subject: WILL LAW BE USED TO SAVE LIVES?
    To: [email protected]
    Date: Monday, January 30, 2012, 4:42 AM

  4. Anonymous on

    Revolting Practice Targets Poor Unsuspecting People First – And You Next

    To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 2:24 AM

    By Dr. Mercola
    One of the most frustrating characteristics of multi-national drug corporations is their commitment to the corporate mantra of maximizing profits for their shareholders at any cost, including that of human lives.
    The testing of dangerous drugs and vaccines on children is an area that is particularly risk-filled…
    The Nuremberg Code i provides ethical guidelines for medical researchers to protect human test subjects in scientific experiments from injury, disability or death.
    The first principle of the Nuremberg Code—that doctors must obtain voluntary informed consent from the person about to be experimented on—appears to be frequently ignored, especially when it comes to clinical trials of experimental vaccines.

    In recent news, the Argentinean Federation of Health Professionals accused GlaxoSmithKline of misleading participants and pressuring impoverished, disadvantaged families into enrolling their children in clinical trials of the experimental Synflorix pediatric pneumonia vaccine.
    Fourteen of the children participating in the experimental vaccine trial died. Glaxo Smith Kline denies the charges and says it will appeal the nearly $240,000 fine imposed on the company and two doctors. According to CNN ii:
    “The deaths of 14 children, who reportedly died after participating in the trials, have drawn widespread attention in Argentinean media… GlaxoSmithKline categorically denies that the vaccine caused the deaths… But the health professional federation pointed to the children’s deaths in its call for increased regulations on drug testing.”

    PRICE OF PEACE REASON FOR WAR
    OUR EDUCATED LEADERS FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT TO KILL AND STEAL EVERYTHING FROM THE UNINFORMED IN THE LIFE.

    YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ANY RESPECT – HERE IS A PLAN WE ALL CAN BENEFIT FROM AS THE GUILTY ARE PURGED.

    Former B.C. Attorneys General Call for Legalization of Pot
    By Wendy Stueck, The Globe and Mail – Tuesday, February 14 2012

    Subject: SPACE TIME GOD MARK – $93,300,000,000,000.00 – THANKS MR. RATIGAN
    SUPER GREAT THANKS TO DYLAN RATIGAN FOR HELPING WITH THE MATH AND DISCUSSING A CARBON TAX SHUFFLE WITH STOCK OPTIONS AS A FORM OF PAYMENT OPTION FOR CITIZENS – TRIBES ARE LISTENING.
    311,000,000 CITIZENS MULTIPLIED BY A BLANKET SETTLEMENT AMOUNT OF $300,000.00 USD PER CITIZEN EQUATING THE AMOUNT OF $93,300,000,000,000.00 FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF BIO WAR.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/obama-war-on-weed.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_1

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/07/medical-marijuana-becoming-blockbuster-drug.aspx

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/05/dr-dietrich-klinghardt-on-lyme-disease.aspx

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Friday, February 17, 2012 12:33 AM

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT FOR MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME
    AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME!

    The Federal Tort Claims Act or “FTCA”, (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, Title IV, 62 Stat. 982, “28 U.S.C. Pt.VI Ch.171? and 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b)), is a statute enacted by the United States Congress in 1948. “Federal Tort Claims Act” was also previously the official short title passed by the Seventy-ninth Congress on August 2, 1946 as Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act, 60 Stat. 842, which was classified principally to chapter 20 (§§ 921, 922, 931–934, 941–946) of former Title 28, Judicial Code and Judiciary.
    That Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act act of August 2, 1946 was substantially repealed and reenacted as sections 1346 (b) and 2671 et seq. of this title by act June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 982, the first section of which enacted this title (Tort Claims Procedure). [1]

    The FTCA permits private parties to sue the United States in a federal court for most torts committed by persons acting on behalf of the United States.

    The FTCA constitutes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity.
    The Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946, for the first time, gave American citizens the right to sue the federal government.” [4]

    Bill O’Reilly Thinks Medical Marijuana is a Sneaky Plot to Give People Medicine, Or Something.

    Bill O’Reilly’s indignant posturing is typical of the contemporary medical marijuana skeptic: I have no problem with medical use, but any plan for supplying patients is a fraud and anyone who grows or sells marijuana is a scumbag.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdBNmCANzk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eF4Dn3CL0
    http://www.underourskin.com

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866&page=1

    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np8002673?journalCode=jnprdf&quickLinkVolume=71&quickLinkPage=1427&volume=71

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The email sent out by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.

    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime.