It’s a big win for medical marijuana activists in this country.
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a lower court ruling from B.C., saying the law banning edible marijuana products and oils was unconstitutional.
The case resulted from a charge against Owen Smith, who was the head baker at a Victoria marijuana dispensary six years ago.
Medical marijuana supporters contend pot cookies and oils are much easier for some patients to take than smoking dried pot, and today’s ruling opens the door for that to happen.
Jason Gratl is with the BC Civil Liberties Association says legalizing pot would clear up the current legal mess.
“The BCCLA has been saying for more than 50 years now that the prohibition against marijuana is irrational, is unnecessary, and causes grief for everybody in a way that’s unjustifiable. And I think the only reasonable to what’s now a complicated legal situation is to just legalize the stuff, and regulate it and tax it the same way that alcohol and tobacco are regulated and taxed.”
Meanwhile City of Vancouver wants to ban edibles from dispensaries
Last night at Vancouver City Hall, 157 people signed up to speak at a public hearing on Vancouver’s proposal to regulate pot shops, but City Hall managed to get through only a dozen speakers.
They included pot-legalization advocates, dispensary owners and patients. The most contentious issue was the ban on edibles.
Last night, City Manager Penny Ballem said the court decision would not have an impact on their policies at this point.
“I think what we do know is regardless of whatever the decision is, it will be some time, if ever, that there is a regulatory framework that regulates edibles, and monitors and regulates the amount of marijuana that is in a marijuana product, so our approach to edibles is not likely to change for a significant period of time.”
Under the current city proposal, edibles would be banned from marijuana dispensaries. Health officials say there are quality control issues, risk of overdose, and some edibles, like cookies, appeal to children.
However, BC lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who represented Smith in his Supreme Court challenge, told city council food safe requirements, labeling and child proof containers would address any concerns.