Nationwide Protests of Health Canada’s New Medical Marijuana Regulations

CANNABIS CULTURE – The International Hempology 101 Society is spearheading a nationwide protest of Health Canada’s proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, (MMPR) on February 21 outside MP offices across the country.

The new regulations are a response to the many court cases that have found the current scheme, the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, to be in clear violation of section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (CCRF). The proposed changes remove patients’ right to grow their own medicine, while continuing to prohibit them from processing their medicine into healthier alternatives than the dried plant matter prescribed by Health Canada.

Voices from all across Canada will gather to protest the MMPR on February 21 outside of their MP’s offices, with 42 ridings confirmed to date. We are also encouraging anyone who can’t make it out to participate in a ‘phone jam’ aimed at the office of our Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, as well as a letter writing campaign. This gives us one week to apply pressure before the deadline for public consultation on the matter passes on February 28.

The MMPR fail to address two pivotal court rulings versus the previous schemes.

R. v. Parker found that section 7 of the CCRF grants patients the right to grow their own medicine. The MMAR were originally drafted in response to this decision, coming to replace the inadequate pre-existing regulations, known as “exemption 56”. The MMPR revoke this right, citing a rise in neighborhood crime as an issue without any solid evidence.

R. v. Smith found that the MMAR’s prohibition of the production and possession of cannabis extracts and their derivative products was in violation of section 7 of the CCRF, in that such products are healthier and more cost effective than smoking the dried herb. The MMPR take no heed of this, again criminalizing those who would rather eat cannabis or use it topically.

The MMPR circumvent the courts by taking away the right to grow one’s own medicine as well as prohibiting edible and topical products. This means, should these regulations take effect, judges will once again need to waste time and resources ruling them unconstitutional.



  1. tcc member on

    This is such a great article you need to copy and paste it and go to the above address which is Health Canada, we need all the voices we can get last day is feb 28th. Thanks for speaking out with the truth.

  2. Sparkky McPuff on

    It is my understanding that current scientific studies have found that cannabis treats and in some cases helps eliminate cancer symptoms from the human body.

    In your opinion, what makes you feel like anyone has the right to, in any way, restrict access to a substance that the human race has been searching for for centuries, especially one that has been previously banned by governments around the globe for racist ideals and anti competition goals?

    Please explain in exhaustive detail why the government would even consider making this substance prohibitively expensive to most consumers (with the new proposed medical marihuana production regulations), that again current science has concluded that there is no quantitative lethal dose, toxic amount, or is otherwise destructive to the health of the individual that uses this substance.

    Cannabis can be grown in a safe, sanitary environment, kept free from moulds and pathogens, for around $660 per kilogram. With the associated costs regarding record keeping and packaging and security requirements the government has come up with a figure that resembles $10000 per kilogram when delivered to the consumer. This is inline with the prices that the black market is eliciting currently and is, in most cases in canada, even more expensive. This regulating body has come up with an ideal situation that will allow the profits from a few companies that produce cannabis to run wild. This type of activity is abhorrent, unconscionable, and down right destructive to a free and democratic society.

    I understand that the medical industry would lose a portion of their profits if numerous individuals were to choose cannabis treatment over traditional western medical practices. But does that mean that people should suffer and continue to pay ridiculous amounts of hard earned money, go into debt, and squander their savings to a naturally occurring medicine, when they can, just as easily as growing tomatoes, grow their own cannabis in their own garden for relatively nothing, to save they’re own lives?

    The individuals that have come up with the document
    “Vol. 146, No. 50 — December 15, 2012
    Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” in the Canada gazette have completely dropped the ball on determining what should be done about controlling cannabis. Cannabis has not been put on this earth to make certain individuals or agencies richer but to enrich the lives of all of the habitants of the earth. Sounds dumb but its true. The worst part about cannabis currently are the laws surrounding it and no law regarding cannabis can possibly make sense.

    Maybe the easiest way to curb the black market of the production of cannabis would be to eliminate controls of cannabis completely and forever. If anyone can produce it then there would be no money to be made and the moneys that would have been spent on $10000 kilograms of cannabis can stay in the hands of the consumer to be free to enjoy on other consumer products or in RSP’s, bolstering the economy and saving the government billions upon billions upon billions of dollars over the course of a generation.

    The charts in the aforementioned document were very well established and articulated regarding the cost benefits of the new proposed system. However, by deregulating cannabis now and for the future, you will see an increased economy of unfathomable proportions as new technologies, products and services will be made available to the general public.

    As for the safety of the individuals that use cannabis and their actions think about it like this, if you took a barroom full of patrons and gave them free alcohol, they would each consume as much liquor that they could, until they’re bodies shut them down by either vomiting or passing out. If they continue to drink they risk alcohol poisoning and death. Not to mention that they have put additional strain on their organs specifically they’re liver. If you want to see an example just look at any nightclub on the weekends that are filled with 18 and 19 year olds with mom and dads allowances.

    Now take a barroom full of cannabis users that are given free marihuana. They might consume cannabis for an hour or two before they decide to leave the bar, grab some food and enjoy a movie while peacefully drifting off to sleep. A healthy restful sleep unlike the one derived from drinking too much alcohol. All while producing negligible harmful effects to the human body, comparatively speaking.

    It is time for Canada to STOP taxing the sick and dying, stop looking for a way to generate taxes on everything especially a medicine. No added cost above the price of production, packaging, and simple delivery should be passed on to the consumer/patient.

    Please urge your representative to rethink this unworkable strategy that does absolutely nothing to curb black market trafficking of cannabis, and may actually make the violence and societal destruction even worse due to less production sites and hardcore criminal elements taking the industry back from the hundreds of mom and pop medical pot producer (the safest of illicit suppliers). It is time for Canada to make a positive change and rescind the obligations of international treaties that Canada volunteered to abide by regarding cannabis. They are useless for the furtherance of the human race in respect to love and compassion. And by the way, cannabis is NOT a narcotic.

    Let me ask just this one more question. What if you, or your parents, or what if your child was struck with cancer, what if they were in excruciating pain, they couldn’t eat or sleep, and they were wasting away, death on their doorstep, one foot in the grave? What if there was a product that at minimum could ease just some of that pain, and at best, bring them back to life and cure what ails them? What if I told you that theoretically you could acquire this product at little to no cost, that you could produce it yourself and not rely on government agencies that force their rules upon the sick and dying by way of the police forces of this country? What if you could use this substance as a preventative measure to keep cancer and other diseases at bay? Would you not do everything in your power to provide this medicine to them? What if because of ridiculous rules you could not afford it?

    Yes there may be a demand for super hygienic cannabis, but at up to $88 per day or more for some patients, a set of rules that would not help curb violent gangs from leading the cannabis economy is a waste of billions of dollars. Not just taxpayers but the medical users and recreational users as well. If cannabis was not held hostage by the government then you could provide that medicine for $0.66 per gram. Less than 7.5% the cost that the government is proposing.

    Proper education of good growing practices and procedures, electrical set ups by qualified electricians could curb most, if not all, dangers associated with home grows. No need for security requirements if the plant is freed. Packaging and label requirements would be minimal.

    The need to inform local authorities would not need to be done. Record keeping would be for personal use only. Communities would be safer. Police would be able to concentrate their efforts to stop violent offenders from terrorizing the citizens, and move away from terrorizing the sick with swat teams raiding dispensaries and patients homes in a search for clandestine operations.

    It’s time for Canada to take a lead role on this planet and allow its citizens to freely grow and consume an organic alternative to chemicals that is being forced down out throats because there is NO alternative to pharmaceuticals available with any substantial effect in curing or treating pain without life altering side effects. Take morphine for instance. At high doses coma, seizures, death. Not to mention side effect of normal dosages. Itching, sedation, addiction. Just switching from opiates to cannabis will save millions of dollars due to decreases in crime rate of addicts looking for a fix and millions of dollars more in not having to treat addiction.

    I strongly recommend that you look into the benefits of cannabis. And see for yourself if the benefits outweigh the risks.

    Thank you for reading. Please respond in writing me an email to all my questions in their entirety.


    Sparkky McPuff
    [email protected]

  3. Anonymous on

    Hmmmm. I like the first paragraph for cutting through the imposed talking points and getting to the root issue of the bullshit.

    It clearly reinforces the notion that it’s a clear violation of basic inalienable human rights and freedom. If you hadn’t yet noticed, that just happens to be something that our government is absolutely comfortable with. Mostly because we’re lazy and complacent egyptians and we let them get away with it.

    I like that it also clearly mentions extracts having the potential to be healthier alternatives than the worst examples. I’d add they have the potential to be even healthier than some of the better examples, and methods. The reason they’re not is the criminal prohibition industry.

    But you fall back in line with conventionally imposed limits with the mention of a “deadline to get your voice heard”. That’s the deadline to have your voice ignored. Their deadline is our start date. That’s when we really get heard, once we’re expected to have shut up and been pacified by our complacent and apologetic selves.

    At this point, each time you hear that apologetic canadian schtick on social media, know it’s either your keepers mocking you or your wordly peers feeling sorry for you.

  4. greg on

    count me in, were are the protests in hamilton ?

  5. for your right to grow on

    hey there, you can register your riding at the website and they will help to organize others to attend your local MP’s office on feb. 21st. i think they have over 42 ridings with confirmed attendees already.

  6. dabaroodeedee on

    I think this is leaving it wayyy to late. Anyone wanna go to the hamilton location reply here and we will setup somthing. My wife cant afford her meds if this goes in and she works fulltime!

  7. Bruce on

    Is someone running barrie protest or just show up

  8. Anonymous on

    Count me in on the protest.My only concern is that this should have been done sooner.One week before the desicon is kinda cutting it close dont you think?

  9. Bud Grinder on

    Harper and his sidekick, Toews, are Bible-thumping, ignorant, mercenary thugs. Neither of them, especially Toews, has any morals, principles, ethics or scruples that any normal person would recognize.

    Their kind needs to be shuffled out the door, the sooner the better for the decent, right-thinking people of Canada.

  10. gutrod on

    Harper and Toews continue to bully medicinal marijuana users. They have no conscience and are nothing but a bunch of bullies. All of their new laws will go up in smoke once we get rid of them once and for all. Remember every vote counts and we should all encourage everyone to get out there and vote in the next federal election. Freedom in Canada is in it’s worst state ever in my lifetime. What a complete waste of taxpayers money.

  11. CanadianGiant on

    Count me in. My federal MP is a Conservative puppet named Patrick Brown.