Federal Court Decision Allard v. Canada

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February 24, 2016

CBC News – Mike Laanela

Ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot struck down by Federal Court

4 B.C. residents challenged legislation introduced by the previous Conservative government

John Conroy

John Conroy

NORML Canada’s President,

John Conroy speaks with CBC News TV about the Allard ruling.

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/medical-marijuana-federal-court-ruling-1.3461694


February 24, 2016

CTV News Channel

A federal judge ruled today that users of medical marijuana can grow their own pot.

NORML Canada’s Executive Director,

Craig Jones joined CTV News Channel to weigh in.

A federal judge ruled today that users of medical marijuana can grow their own pot. Craig Jones, Executive Director of NORML Canada joined CTV News Channel to weigh in.

Posted by CTV News Channel on Wednesday, 24 February 2016


February 24, 2016

CBC Radio – BC Almanac

Right to grow your own from CBC Radio Britsh Columbia

Kirk Tousaw

Kirk Tousaw

NORML Canada’s Pacific Regional Director,

Kirk Tousaw speaks with CBC radio about the Allard ruling.

podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/bcalmanac_20160224_37448.mp3


February 25, 2016

Metro – Neal Hall

Cafe Politics: Marijuana crusader John Conroy discusses the future of pot in Canada

“This is their opportunity to change the regulations but deal with dispensaries as well,” explains Conroy, 68, who has been fighting Canada’s marijuana laws for almost 40 years – he was a founder in 1978 of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws in Canada.

NORML Canada’s President,

John Conroy speaks with Metro.

www.metronews.ca/features/vancouver/vancouvering/2016/02/25/marijuana-crusader-john-conroy-on-future-of-pot-in-canada.html


February 25, 2016

Vancouver Sun – Ian Mulgrew

Vancouver Federal Court judge rules medical marijuana law unconstitutional

A judge has struck down the law barring medical users from obtaining marijuana outside of licensed producers, saying it violates their charter rights

NORML Canada’s President,

John Conroy speaks with Vancouver Sun about the Allard ruling.

NORML Canada’s Pacific Regional Director,

Kirk Tousaw speaks with Vancouver Sun about the Allard ruling.

www.vancouversun.com/health/story.html?id=11740821



February 26, 2016

The Globe and Mail – Mike Hager

The federal government should use a court decision ordering it to rewrite the rules on medical marijuana as an opportunity to legalize the storefront sale of such medicine, experts and commercial growers say.

NORML Canada’s President,

John Conroy comments on the Allard ruling and current dispensaries “The next fight is making sure the dispensaries are legal,“.

www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/marijuana-advocates-say-next-fight-is-legalizing-storefront-dispensaries/article28923818


February 29, 2016

TVO, The Agenda – Steve Paikin

Legal Highs? A federal court ruled this week that medical marijuana users should have the right to grow their own weed, rather than buy exclusively from licensed producers. Although the drug has not yet been made legal, hundreds of dispensaries have opened up across the country, with more than 100 in Toronto. The Agenda looks into the grey areas of legalization.

Paul Lewin

Paul Lewin

NORML Canada’s Secretary,

Paul Lewin and Jenna Valleriani speaks with TVO The Agenda

tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/legal-highs


March 11, 2016 issue
Cristin Schmitz – Lawyers Weekly Serving Canada’s Legal Community Since 1983

Winning lawyer hopes for path out of deepest weeds on pot file
Judge says restrictions against small-scale growers unjustified .

John Conroy

John Conroy

NORML Canada’s President,
John Conroy comments on Allard ruling.

 

 

 

Alan N. Young

Alan N. Young

NORML Canada’s Vice President,
Alan N Young
comments on Allard ruling

 

 

www.lawyersweekly.ca/articles/2628


March 24, 2016

The Globe and Mail – Mike Hager

Ottawa won’t appeal marijuana ruling, will address rules

NORML Canada’s President,
John Conroy, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in that case, said he hopes that Thursday’s announcement signals a turning point in the way the government regulates the stigmatized drug.

www.vancouversun.com/health/story.html?id=11740821


March 24, 2016
Ottawa, ON Health Canada – Minister of Health Jane Philpott
Statement from the Minister of Health – Minister Philpott confirms Canada’s way forward on marijuana for medical purposes

Following a careful review of the Federal Court’s decision in the matter of Allard v. Canada, the Government of Canada has decided not to appeal the decision. In the coming months, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) will be amended to give effect to the Court’s judgement. The Government’s intention is to have completed the amendment process by August 24, 2016, which is the timeframe set by the judgement.

Read more from Minister Philpott and
NORML Canada’s pacific regional director Kirk Tousaw provides some great advice.