by Martijn on 25/02/2016

Victory for medicinal cannabis in Canada


Victory On Wednesday 24th February the Canadian court ruled that patients have the constitutional right to grow medicinal cannabis. But the fight is not yet over! An update on this, and many other international developments, can be seen in the forthcoming report from Cannabis News Network.



On Wednesday 24th February 2016, a  judge from the Canadian Federal Court ruled that patients have the constitutional right to grow their own medicinal cannabis. A triumphant victory for the group of patients who have spent the last three years fighting for this right.

The patients found it unconstitutional that they were only able to obtain their medicinal cannabis from the few producers who held a permit for it. The price of this licensed cannabis was much too high, and the range of types was limited. Different  varieties of cannabis have different compositions of the active substances (cannabinoids). Therefore it is not the case that all afflictions that can be alleviated by cannabis can be treated by just one type.

The patients found it unconstitutional that they were only able to obtain their medicinal cannabis from the few producers who held a permit for it.
The patients found it unconstitutional that they were only able to obtain their medicinal cannabis from the few producers who held a permit for it.

Lawyer Kirk Lousaw, co-advisor of one of the patients, is enormously satisfied with the decision. He stated to CBC News that “We proved that growing medical cannabis can be perfectly safe, and can be done completely in compliance with the law and people ought to have a right to do that without fear of being arrested and locked in cages for that activity.”

The verdict is currently only applicable to the approximately 28,000 Canadian patients who hold a permit allowing them to use medicinal cannabis. The government has six months to adjust the law accordingly. Read the complete verdict here.

Dutch patient also wins court case

On February 10th, the Dutch patient Rudolf Hillebrand was acquitted of illegally growing medicinal cannabis for personal use. He did this for the same reasons as the Canadian group: to be able to obtain the most effective type for the lowest price.

Rudolf Hillebrand: “The Mayor of Amsterdam is going to see if he can arrange a space where I, possibly with more patients, can grow cannabis.”
Rudolf Hillebrand: “The Mayor of Amsterdam is going to see if he can arrange a space where I, possibly with more patients, can grow cannabis.”

Thanks to this verdict, he is now permitted to legally grow in order to meet his medicinal needs. But in contrast to Canada, this verdict only applies to him. In fact, the housing association which owns his residence wants to evict him if he resumes his cultivation. Luckily, the Mayor of Amsterdam is prepared to offer him a helping hand in overcoming this problem.

Is medicinal cannabis a human right?

An increasing number of patients are saying “yes, access to medicinal cannbis is a human right”, and an increasing number of official institutions are finally agreeing with them. What humankind has known for 5000 years is now being rediscovered. Knowledge which has been suppressed by the global ban on cannabis is resurfacing, slowly but surely, to the great relief of the thousands of patients for whom medicinal cannabis is of vital importance.

But the fight is not yet over! An update on the stories above, and many other international developments, can be seen in the forthcoming report from Cannabis News Network.

 

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