Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dunno ..... because Stephen Harper and his Health Minister are really stupid?

Good Day Readers:

This is how the Harper government wants you to consume your medical marijuana.
For those who can remember the so-called "Good Old Days" come election time politicians would run around the countryside promising a chicken in every "pot." If Rona Ambrose and her Conservative colleagues were smart, which they're obviously not, they'd be offering voters some nice chocolate chip cookies or marijuana brownies in every pot.

Better yet, when they send out those taxpayer financed useless political flyers why not attach a "special"chocolate chip cookie or browner? Then they wouldn't be thrown in the garbage quite so quickly.

Thank goodness that Old Witch Girl and her wingnut colleagues will be gone come October. The Harper government sure has been lately!

When a federal candidate comes knocking at your door pandering for your vote you should ask them these five questions:

(1) Did the party you represent vote in favour of anti-terrorist Bill C-51?

(2) Do you support C-51?

(3) If the party you represent tried to pass a highly controversial piece of legislation but your constitutents were strongly opposed, how would you vote?

(4) Do you favour the de-criminalization of marijuana?

(5) Do you favour an audit of Member of Parliament expenses?

(6) Do you support abolition of the Senate?

As you pose these questions watch them squirm and avoid trying to answer.

The Harper government on October 20, 2015.

Clare L. Pieuk
Robyn Urback: Why does our government insist medical marijuana users must smoke big fat joints?

Robyn Urback
Friday, June 12, 2015
This is just basic common sense. A patient with terminal lung cancer and a license to possess and consume medical marijuana, for example, should be forced to turn off the oxygen tank and light up. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

With the latest decision on medical marijuana released by the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday, that makes about, oh, a million losses for the Conservative government, give or take, and approximately two wins. I’ll concede, I may be overstating slightly, but I’m just trying to match the hyperbole espoused by Health Minister Rona Ambrose, who said she was “outraged” by the court’s unanimous decision that patients can now consume medical marijuana in all forms.

Pot cookies, brownies, oils and teas legal for medical marijuana users: Supreme Court

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says medical marijuana can include products other than dried pot, such as cannabis-infused cookies brownies, oils and tea.

The court has rejected an appeal by the federal government of a lower court ruling that medical marijuana users have a right to a range of products containing the drug.

In a 7-0 decision, the court ruled that limiting medical consumption to dried marijuana infringes on liberty protections under the Charter of Rights.

Current federal regulations stipulate that authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis can only consume dried marijuana.

The case stems from the arrest in 2009 of Owen Smith, former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, who was charged after police found more than 200 pot cookies and cannabis-infused olive oil and grapeseed oil in his Victoria apartment.

Smith was acquitted at trial and later won an appeal.

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The court said the rules on medical marijuana, which restricted its use to only the “dried” form, violates the guarantee of life, liberty and security of the person under section 7 of the Charter, in a manner that is “arbitrary.” In its decision, the court wrote that the denial of legal alternative forms of consumption “subjects the person to the risk of cancer and bronchial infections associated with smoking dry marihuana,” and infringes on the security of the person by forcing them to choose between “a legal but inadequate treatment and an illegal but more effective choice.”

This is just basic common sense. A patient with terminal lung cancer and a license to possess and consume medical marijuana, for example, should not be forced to turn off the oxygen tank and light up a joint. Indeed, permitting the use of a substance but stipulating the specific way it must be used, especially when that is arguably the most harmful method of consumption (and annoying to everyone else), is pretty much the definition of asinine policy. There’s no good reason why the government should insist patients must smoke marijuana, as opposed to consuming it in baked goods, teas, tablets or extracts — all of which, until now, were prohibited under sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

Ambrose, speaking to reporters Thursday, said that she was nevertheless “outraged at the supreme court,” adding that “marijuana has never gone through the regulatory approval process at Health Canada, which requires rigorous safety reviews and clinical trials with scientific evidence.” Back in April, Ambrose made headlines when she called on the mayor of Vancouver to scrap plans for regulations on dispensary storefronts and instead shut down the city’s 80 storefronts. “Legitimizing and normalizing the use and sale of marijuana can have only one effect: Increasing marijuana use and addiction,” she said.

This is the Tory old guard at its best, flouting established scientific evidence for the sake of political posturing. BC’s Chief Medical Officer challenged Ambrose’s call to shut down Vancouver’s dispensaries, noting that there are plenty of established scientific studies showing the medical benefits of marijuana consumption. Documents presented by Health Canada during this supreme court challenge, as well, showed that medical marijuana can be useful in managing the symptoms of certain conditions.

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For years, families with children suffering with severe forms of epilepsy — the Pogson family, the Repetski family, the McKnight family, to name a few — have been pleading with Health Canada to allow their children to use cannabis oil. Six-year-old Liam McKnight, for example, had up to 67 seizures a day before starting cannabis oil treatment, after which time he was seizure-free, according to his mother. The problem was that although Liam had a license for medical marijuana, Health Canada basically said that the kindergartener would have to smoke it. His family thus had to adopt a complicated scheme to turn dried buds into oil by shipping the marijuana across the country, which took a financial toll on the family. This new supreme court ruling, however, should make things much easier.

That doesn’t mean it will settle Ambrose’s outrage, which so clearly puts ideology ahead of medical evidence, as well as basic common sense. The supreme court has struck down a law that exposed medical marijuana users — Canadians with cancer, chronic pain, children with epilepsy, for example — to unnecessary harms. That’s not worthy of indignation, but applause.

Robyn Urback • |


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