On that day, the court will also hear the brothers’ cross-motion to add eight more church members as plaintiffs to the action. Included in the cross-motion are Charles and Lianne Scott, who are also members of the Church of the Universe (see Canada’s cannabis confusion).
“Church members across Canada are asking to join with us,” said Reverend Baldasaro. “Just because Brother Walter and I are left alone, doesn’t mean that church people around the country aren’t being thrown in jail.”
Members of the Church of the Universe who are facing charges for the use or cultivation of the holy sacrament might ask the judge to delay proceedings against them until the church’s constitutional challenge has been heard.
Meanwhile, the Reverends Baldasaro and Tucker are wondering what happened to the pot that they sent Minister of Health Alan Rock. On September 2, they sent the minister a sample of some of the church’s medical bud, but so far there has been no letter acknowledging receipt, nor any response whatsoever from the Health Ministry. The brothers were hoping to supply cannabis for the Ministry of Health’s upcoming clinical trials of cannabis. A Ministry of Health spokesman claims that no record exists of the ministry ever receiving such a package.