Allard et al v. Canada Federal Court Decision Favours Patient’s Rights and LPs

Today, Judge Michael Phelan delivered his long awaited decision. Judge Phelan ruled that prohibiting medical marijuana patients from growing their medical marijuana violates their Section 7 rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He declared the MMPR unconstitutional and therefor invalid; however, he suspended his declaration of invalidity for six months to allow the...

The Supreme Court of Canada’s release of the R. v. Smith decision yesterday morning was greeted with much excitement by patients, activists and Licensed Producers (“LPs”) under Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (“MMPR”).  For patients and activists the significance and impact of the decision are fairly obvious.  For LPs, the significance is a little less...

Earlier this morning, we published a concise summary of the SCC’s decision in R. v. Smith released today. See here. While the Court’s decision is clear, what is less clear is what it means for those patients authorized to possess and use marijuana for medical purposes under Canada’s MMAR and MMPR, for “Designated-Person” producers under...

In R. v Owen Smith, the BC trial judge found that the regulatory scheme breached s. 7 of the Charter, was arbitrary, and could not be justified. He struck the word “dried’ and the definition of “dried marijuana” from the Regulations. A majority of the BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, but varied the trial...

In Allard, the Court ordered that a holders of a valid Authorization to Possess under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (“MMAR”) are exempt from the repeal of the MMAR and any other operation of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”) which are inconsistent with the operation of the MMAR, to the extent that such an Authorization to Possess shall remain...

In 2001, Health Canada granted access to marijuana for medical purposes by implementing the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (“MMAR”).  Under MMAR, patients and other private persons were permitted to produce their own supply.  In 2013, the Government of Canada announced that MMAR would be replaced with new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”), thereby treating marijuana similar to the...