Last week a federal judge in Canada struck down the country’s latest round (2013) of medical marijuana regulations, eliminating the ban on patients growing their medicine at home.
Judge Michael Phelan ruled that the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) “have no force and effect.” He also placed a 6-month suspension on his ruling designed to give the new Liberal Government time to come up with new rules for medical cannabis.
Last year a major shift occurred in the Canadian government: the long-dominant Conservative Party was out and the Liberal Party was in, with a comfortable majority in Parliament. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has many plans for his country, and one of them is the legalization of marijuana.
A Canadian judge issued a significant ruling last week when hearing the case of Mario Larouche, 46, who was charged with possession of 30 marijuana plants. Further proving that Canadian politics is on the right track when it comes to legalization, Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier presented the defendant with his punishment: a fine of $1.30 Canadian.
Last month the Liberal Party dominated the elections in Canada, sweeping the Conservatives out of power for the first time in a decade. Their leader, the young and charismatic Justin Trudeau, made marijuana legalization one of the primary planks of his platform for governing. As the newly anointed Prime Minister, he is moving forward with that promise.
Yesterday in a surprise victory Canada voted to elect Liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, effectively ending the 10-year reign of Conservative Stephen Harper. Liberals celebrated their new Prime Minister and surprise majority of parliamentary seats (184 of 338), but none rejoiced more than the nation’s cannabis industry.