BCCLA Slams Medical Marijuana Reforms

The federal government’s plan to reform Health Canada’s medical marijuana program is not dope, says the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

Last month, the federal government launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the program, following a recent Ontario court decision that struck down the program as unconstitutional.

Currently, people seeking marijuana for medical purposes must first get a declaration from a licensed medical practitioner before they can apply to Health Canada for authorization to possess pot. Existing regulations also allow authorized patients or a designated person to get a licence to grow their own medical marijuana.

Under the proposed changes, doctors would directly authorize patients to use medical marijuana and patients would have to purchase it from commercial producers licensed by Health Canada.

But BCCLA’S Micheal Vonn said Health Canada’s proposal is heading in the wrong direction.

“Patients have a constitutional right to access (medical marijuana) without fear of criminal prosecution,” she said.

The BCCLA is also calling for the development of a “non-profit or price-regulated production and distribution system” based on the “compassion clubs” model.

Dana Larsen, director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, said he would like to see dispensaries brought into the program because they have the ability to work with producers and growers, offer organic-quality product and provide one-on-one consultation and education.

– Article from Metro Vancouver.

BCCLA decries Harper government’s plan to reform medical marijuana program

By Stephen Thomson, The Georgia Straight

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is speaking out against the federal government’s plan to reform the program that provides legal access to medical marijuana.

In June, Health Canada launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the medical marijuana access program, following an Ontario court decision that ruled the program is unconstitutional.

Under the proposed changes, physicians would directly authorize patients to use medical marijuana and only commercial producers licensed by Health Canada could legally grow and sell the dried pot.

Existing federal regulations allow authorized patients to obtain a licence for themselves or a designated person to grow medical marijuana.

The BCCLA has joined a chorus of marijuana activists who are decrying the federal government’s plan, saying it will not help those suffering from serious illness.

The BCCLA says healthcare providers who aren’t doctors should also be allowed to authorize the use of medical marijuana.

“Health Canada’s proposal is to provide doctors with up-to-date information on medical marihuana but the lingering stigma of marihuana criminalization isn’t going to be fixed with some brochures for doctors,” the BCCLA’s Micheal Vonn said in a statement today (July 26).

– Read the entire article at The Georgia Straight.



  1. Anonymous on

    It’s not only supporting law enforcement and certain “good ol boys” but it supports and maintains the delusion of “science based” pharmacology that’s only based on fake science, marketing and is completely profit driven, that further results in a passivated, brainwashed, doped up society that’s easily controlled, one that lacks the mental capacity to ever queston authority.

    Get educated on the topic here, and it’s well worth watching the entirety of it.


  2. Bud Grinder on

    Most of you may be falling for the old “tough on drugs/crime” line but that’s just the cover story being used to sell to the public what’s really going on behind the scenes. If you can penetrate a bit deeper than what appears on the surface, you’ll see clearly, as some of us already have, what the The Harper Government does not want you to figure out… it’s real motives.

    Stephen Harper and his deluded gang of ignorant, mercenary, raptureista thugs, aka “The Harper Government” (their words, not mine), are ecstatic with their new parliamentary majority’s political power and with their religious fantasies, but the God squad isn’t so far out there in rapture-land that they haven’t been able to see that large sums of money are crossing the table in the medical marijuana business.

    Its mostly about all that MONEY, folks. The rest is about the religious crazies’ compulsion to punish.

    Like gangsters anywhere, The Harper Government has smelled a golden opportunity to lock-up all of this lucrative marijuana business exclusively for itself and it’s cronies.

    Here’s how it will work: Once The Harper Government has enacted it’s new Health Canada regulations, its going to field even more armed enforcement agents who will be focused on hunting down everyone who consumes or supplies marijuana outside of The Harper Government’s new monopoly. He has also announced that The Harper Government will spend billions of dollars to expand the Canadian prison gulag to accomodate all the new criminals its going to create with it’s new criminal legislation.

    The Harper Government will be setting up a few of it’s “good old boys” in the licensed medical marijuana business and it will employ the long arm of the law to enforce it’s marijuana monopoly at gunpoint. To finance this new pogrom, the funds generated from sales to legalized medical marijuana consumers can be used to hire more gun-toting thugs and prosecutors and to build more prisons.

    Its good for everyone… except the new criminals.

    The cops get to pursue easy, safe pot smokers instead of dangerous, armed desperados who might actually fight back and hurt them. The courts, judges and lawyers get to process and convict an endless stream of fresh evil doers, thus justifying their own existence. They’ll feed the new convicts into the maw of The Harper Government’s newly enhanced abuse mill where the cowardly operators of the abuse mill get to have well-paid government jobs where they happily express their barely disguised malice and sadisim with impunity while they’re warehousing all those new criminals. The legal medical marijuana patients have an authorized source to obtain their drug from. The Harper Government gets license fees, taxes and political contributions (aka “kickbacks”) from it’s licensed medical marijuana business partners. Oh, and it gets to punish lots more people.

    Everybody wins except for the citizens that The Harper Government says are criminals.

    But, heck, they’re just criminals, right? The Harper Government says so. No-one needs to give a damn about them and their families and their loved ones, right? RIGHT?