Canadian Medical Marijuana Growers Challenge Federal Laws With Online ‘Legal Kit’

More than 200 people, many armed with a “legal kit” downloaded from the Internet, have flooded the Federal Court with lawsuits demanding the right to possess and grow their own medical marijuana. A judge has put most of the cases on hold until a decision next year in a case examining Ottawa’s recent changes to pot production.

New regulations were to take effect April 1 restricting medical marijuana production to licensed commercial growers, but an injunction was issued in March that temporarily allowed patients who were previously authorized to grow medical marijuana to continue doing so while some patients challenge the new rules.

A Federal Court decision released this week notes 222 people, each representing themselves, have filed their own lawsuits alleging the federal marijuana laws are unconstitutional. They want, among other things, personal exemptions to possess or grow their own pot.

Some of the plaintiffs will still be permitted to grow under the terms of the injunction, Justice Michael Phelan wrote.

Other plaintiffs include previously authorized patients whose licences expired too early to be covered by the injunction; patients who believe possession limits imposed by the injunction are too strict; and some who want to use marijuana for other reasons, including “preventative medicine” or for “self actualization.”

Those groups will see their cases put on hold until next year’s Federal Court case is decided, Justice Phelan ruled.

– Read the entire article at The Globe and Mail.