Constitutional Challenge of Canada’s Medical Marijuana Laws Begins in Vancouver

A constitutional challenge of Canada’s new medical marijuana laws will hear from marijuana law experts from Holland, Israel and the U.S. when it begins Monday in Vancouver.

The expert witnesses will include Robert Mikos, a law professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville; Dr. Yehuda Baruch, the former head of Israel’s Medical Use of Cannabis Program; and Catherine Sandvos, an official with the Netherlands Office of Medicinal Marijuana.

Also on the witness list is Paul Grootendorst, a health economics expert at the University of Toronto, and Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis.

The fire chief is a witness for the defence – the Attorney General of Canada – who will testify about the dangers of marijuana grow operations.

The federal court challenge aims to strike down the current law, known as the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

“If we win the case, people will be allowed to continue to grow,” said lawyer John Conroy, who is representing four medical marijuana patients.

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