A Federal Court judge in Vancouver is expected to rule today on a last-minute reprieve for medical marijuana users who say they need to be able to grow their own pot at home.
Abbotsford, B.C., lawyer John Conroy is seeking an exemption to Health Canada’s new laws for medical marijuana
On April 1, the new laws go into effect, ending the home production of medical marijuana. Instead, all those using medical marijuana will have to purchase it from large-scale commercial facilities that are being set up around the country.
Patients have voiced concern about the cost and the quality of the product they will be able to obtain under the new system.
Conroy is seeking an interim injunction for growers, alleging that Health Canada’s pronouncements are a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Earlier this week, Conroy argued that the new rules create an intractable dilemma for patients.
“If the patient can’t afford the medicine at the prices under the program that’s being produced, then they’re placed in a position where they have to choose between their liberty and their health,” Conroy said.
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