Petition to the Government of Canada

WHEREAS

  • The right to access medical cannabis is well-established by the courts and many feel this access is still lacking, in particular, by not adequately addressing the underlying issues of R v Smith and Allard v Canada rulings.
  • Such access is protected under Section 4 of the Health Care and Care Facility Act, and Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the protection from delay of access, and that this access is effectively denied for many lower income, marginalized, or disenfranchised people.
  • The illicit market continues to thrive and Justice Phelan in Reasons for Decision in Allard v Canada correctly noted “a connection between the restrictions to access and the need for patients to obtain their medical marihuana from illicit sources.”
  • The 2002 Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs found that action should be taken to support and encourage the development of alternative practices, such as the establishment of compassion clubs.” And that “The practices of these organizations are in line with the therapeutic indications arising from clinical studies and meet the strict rules on quality and safety.”

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CITIZENS OF CANADA

CALL UPON THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO

  1. Take action on the 2002 Senate Committee Special Committee on Illegal Drugs recommendation to “support and encourage the development of alternative practices, such as the establishment of compassion clubs.”
  2. Undertake a full review of the current state of medical cannabis access, from availability and access, to cost and coverage, to post-legalization enforcement.
  3. Include the organizations that inspired and impressed our Senate and our Courts in this review.
  4. Grant exemptions to these medicinal dispensaries, their patients, and their suppliers while this review is on-going.
    • The right to access medical cannabis is well-established by the courts and many feel this access is still lacking, in particular, by not adequately addressing the underlying issues of R v Smith and Allard v Canada rulings.
    • Such access is protected under Section 4 of the Health Care and Care Facility Act, and Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the protection from delay of access, and that this access is effectively denied for many lower income, marginalized, or disenfranchised people.
    • The illicit market continues to thrive and Justice Phelan in Reasons for Decision in Allard v Canada correctly noted “a connection between the restrictions to access and the need for patients to obtain their medical marihuana from illicit sources.”
    • The 2002 Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs found that action should be taken to support and encourage the development of alternative practices, such as the establishment of compassion clubs.”

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