The federal Crown has decided to file a stay of proceedings in the case against Terry Wood, a 53-year-old medical marijuana user and grower from the Cumberland County community of Williamsdale, near Oxford.
Judge Paul Scovil was to render a decision in Amherst provincial court on Tuesday on charges against Wood for the possession and production of marijuana.
Jim O’Neil, Wood’s lawyer, said he received an email from the Halifax office of the federal Justice Department on Friday confirming the Crown’s decision to file a stay of proceedings.
Once the stay is entered, O’Neil said the provincial court loses jurisdiction over the case. The provincial court advised both parties that no one had to appear on Tuesday.
“Needless to say this is very good news for Terry Wood,” O’Neill said. “He has been under pressure for a long time related to these charges.”
Wood’s saga began in 2002 when he first started using medical marijuana as a means to control his pain. When Health Canada terminated all medical exemptions approved by the doctor who had approved Wood’s exemption, he wasn’t able to get another doctor’s OK for about five months.
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