Canada: Medical marijuana law goes to Supreme Court

Canada’s high court on Friday will contemplate whether it’s a constitutional right to munch cookies, brownies and oils laced with medical marijuana.

Federal regulations restrict authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis to consuming only dried marijuana plants. Brewing pot in tea, baking it into a brownie or any form of consumption other than smoking the dried plant buds can trigger criminal trafficking and narcotics possession charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The question before the Supreme Court of Canada, in its first foray into the medical marijuana debate, is whether the Health Canada regulation violated medical marijuana users’ constitutional right to life, liberty and safety.

That’s what Owen Smith contends. Police in 2009 found more than 200 pot cookies and cannabis-infused olive oil and grapeseed oil in his Victoria apartment. The former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and unlawful...

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