Seriously you have to wonder if MP Peter MacKay graduated law school after the stupid comment he made regarding Cpl Ronald Francis – the marijuana medicating RCMP officer. While the cannabis discussion has centred on the officer, it’s justice minister statement that’s a true head scratcher.
His statement made me wonder, “Did Peter MacKay fail law school?” Responding to reporter questions, probably in the scrum, the minister states, “It sets a very poor example to flout the law.” MP MacKay insinuates Cpl Francis has no regard for Canada’s cannabis laws, but the reality is completely opposite.
The officer tried all traditional medications for his PTSD and then signed onto Health canada’s legal medical marihuana program. In other words Peter Peeper the officer is legally allowed to consume cannabis to treat his illness.
Therefore Peter Peeper, Cpl Francis isn’t flouting Canada’s law. The motherfucker is legal, but Canada’s justice minister somehow believes the officer is disobeying the law. This isn’t grey area case law haziness, but real legal.
It wasn’t too long after these wrongful statements were made by the RCMP uppermost boss that Cpl Francis was relieved of duty. We don’t know what transpired between MP Peter MacKay and the higher ups at RCMP headquarters. The RCMP probably just rolled in based on their boss’s erroneous and outrageous public comments.
The statement is so boneheaded a Dalhousie Law School professor ought to call to offer schooling or take back their law degree. How could the minister of justice suggest an officer was breaking a law when medicating legally with cannabis?
When MP MacKay was given the role of justice minister I thought it’d be a minor improvement over the moralistic former minister MP Rob Nicholson, who I beat like a gong. After all MP MacKay is supposed to a progress minded politician. However, I’m now convinced Peter Peeper spent more time in the Dalhousie Law School bar to get called to the bar than in class.
If he’s misreading this very easy to understand concept – med pot pink paper equals legal – I’ve now become very fearful about any legislation Peter Peeper is going to write. It’s obvious based on MP MacKay’s boneheaded statement to The Harper Conservatives what they don’t like is illegal, what they like, is legal.
Matt Mernagh is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. His Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains reviews a 150 different kinds of cannabis with full color photos and is available from Amazon and iTunes.