A lawyer from Abbotsford, B.C., was in Federal Court Tuesday morning seeking a last-minute reprieve for medical marijuana users who say they need to be able to grow their own pot at home.
Health Canada is bringing sweeping changes to the medical marijuana licensing system at the end of the month.
Patients are being told they will have to destroy their own plants before April 1 and start buying their medicine from newly licensed medical marijuana businesses.
Lawyer John Conroy, who is bringing the challenge to court, said Health Canada’s pronouncements are a violation of a patient’s basic rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“If the patient can’t afford the medicine at the prices under the program that’s being produced, then they’re placed in a position where they have to choose between their liberty and their health,” he said.
Conroy is asking for a trial on the issue, but in the meantime patients like Sarina Auriel and Sita von Windheim — who are not plaintiffs in Conroy’s case — are worried about what will happens in two weeks.
“For me, April 1st is the day that the government shows that they really don’t care about patients in B.C. and across Canada,” Auriel told CBC News.
“This March 31st day is like doomsday for so many patients,” said von Windheim.
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