CANNABIS CULTURE – Activists from across Canada will gather in Ottawa to protest the federal government’s new medical marijuana regulations because they do not allow patients to grow their own cannabis at home.
Join the protest in Ottawa or do your part from home by phone jamming government offices!
On April 1, 2014, the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations come into full effect and the old Marihuana Medical Access Regulations become null, save a recent court injunction giving patients with a licence at least a temporary reprieve.
A press conference will be held in the morning inside the Parliament Buildings in the Charles Lynch Room, followed by a large rally at noon on the front lawn.
Among those traveling to Ottawa will be John Conroy, lead counsel for the four BC plaintiffs in the successful injunction. That decision essentially grandfathered those with licences to grow or possess cannabis under the MMAR, allowing them to continue doing so until such time as a full Federal Court trial can determine whether patients with a right to use cannabis for medicine also have a right to grow it. Patients have been unable to obtain a licence to grow cannabis since last Oct, when under the MMPR patients could begin mail-order purchasing from new Licensed Producers, who under that program are the only legal source for cannabis.
From the east coast, Debbie Stultz-Giffin from Maritimers United for Medical Marijuana, will be present to explain how important it is for patients to be able to grow their own cannabis and make derivatives. Alison Myrden, another patient from Toronto, will also be available to express how severe the loss of her garden would be. Adam Greenblatt from the Medical Cannabis Access Society in Montreal will also be at the press conference to discuss how all this affects dispensaries and answer any questions that French media or protesters may have.
This rally has been organized by the International Hempology 101 Society with the funding coming from the Vancouver Pain Management Society and WEEDS Dispensary. General manager of the International Hempology 101 Society, Ted Smith, is the publisher of the Cannabis Digest newspaper, founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club and author of Hempology 101: The History and Uses of Cannabis Sativa
If you can’t make it Ottawa for the protest, please participate from home with the April 1 Medical Marijuana Phone Jam!
On Tuesday, April 1, help us to jam the phone, fax and email of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. We need thousands of people to make phone calls and send emails so make sure to do your part!
• Call her Ottawa office at: 613-996-9778 and 613-957-0200
• Call her Edmonton office at: 780-495-7705
• Send her a fax at: 613-996-0785 and 780-495-7741
We want her phones all ringing off the hook all day long. Feel free to call her offices more than once to be sure your opinion is heard!
Points to remember when making calls:
1) Be polite. Don’t swear or yell at the people answering the phones. They’re not the ones we’re mad at. We want to keep them busy, not to curse them out.
2) Be firm. Don’t let them hang up on you or stop you from talking. Take your time, be patient, and explain why this issue is important to you.
3) Be persistent. If no-one answers, leave a voice mail and then try calling back a few minutes later. They will be getting a lot of calls so you might go to voice mail a few times. Leave a message and then call back.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD
Sensible BC is asking the public to help spread the word by dedicating 2 hours to help spread the word.
Small actions can have a huge impact when we work together. Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll help get you started today!
SIGN THE PETITION
Don’t forget to sign our petition to protect the right of patients to keep growing their own cannabis. Thousands have signed already, and we’re getting closer to our target of 10,000 signatures.
JOIN THE LAWSUIT
Patients who had been growing their own medical cannabis have joined together in a lawsuit against the federal government. You can find out more about the MMAR Coalition Against Repeal.