On June 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down limits on what constitutes legally acceptable medical marijuana products.
The court ruled unanimously that medical marijuana can be legally consumed in a range of ways, from cannabis-infused cookies and brownies to cooking oils and teas.
The challenge was brought by Owen Smith’s arrest in 2009. The CBC reports that:
Smith, a baker for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, was found with more than 200 cookies and 26 jars of liquids, including cannabis-infused massage oils and lip balms.
Until now, federal regulations stipulated that authorized users of medical marijuana could only consume dried marijuana, as per Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
The Court noted in its judgment however, that limiting medical consumption to dried pot infringes on liberty protections under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The seven justices said the national medical pot program was flawed, impinged patients’ fundamental rights, and was not saved by the section of the constitution that allows reasonable infringements for worthy societal goals.
The initial trial judge in Smith’s case gave the federal government a year to change the laws around cannabis extracts, but the Supreme Court said that its ruling takes effect immediately.
While this ruling offers relief to many patients, it has been met with strong and swift criticisms from the government.
Read the full decision here: http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15403/index.do