CANNABIS CULTURE – A benefit fundraiser organized by the International Hempology 101 Society will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at Hush Nightclub in Victoria, B.C. to support a legal challenge fighting to maintain patient cannabis gardens.
Health Canada is currently phasing out the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, which allow patients or their caregivers to grow medicine at home, and replacing it with the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, a scheme which allows only licensed commercial producers to mail cannabis to patients. This is being fought in several ways, most notably by a court challenge lead by veteran lawyer, John Conroy.
The MMAR Coalition Against Repeal has hired Conroy to protect patient gardens by filing an injunction that would allow patients with an exemption under the MMAR to continue growing until a full hearing takes place. With a date of March 18 in the Federal Court in Vancouver, the timeline could not be tighter. If Health Canada gets its way, the new MMPR will be in full effect on April 1 and patients are expected to destroy any medicine they grew themselves by mixing it in kitty litter.
The benefit at Hush, which will feature several top-notch local DJs and a raffle, is one of several attempts to raise money for this campaign. With close to $70,000 raised so far, The Coalition has a long way to go before collecting the $250,000 the case is expected to cost if it works its way to the Supreme Court of Canada. However, with 40,000 patients currently signed up to the program and many more concerned about losing this right forever, many are expected to contribute as the date gets closer.
Plans are also in the works for the International Hempology 101 Society to stage a press conference and protest in Ottawa on April 1 to condemn the government’s new regulations, if the court challenge is unsuccessful. Many patients will not be able to afford an adequate supply of medicine from these new commercial ventures, suffering unnecessary pain, seizures and anxiety, which could result in premature deaths.
Hush Nightclub is at 1325 Government St. Tickets are $10 and the doors open at 9pm.
For more information call Ted Smith at 250-381-4220 or email [email protected]
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