A judge found in favour of Allan Harris, a MED user prescribed 100 grams per day who complained the 150-gram public possession limit for MED users (the public possession limit for REC users is 30 grams) prevented him from being able to travel anywhere for more than a day. The next day the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the decision.

  • The initial decision would have granted MED patients the right to possess one kilogram of cannabis in public. Federal Court of Appeal Justice David Near said Harris should find other ways to find MED when he’s away from home, and that if Harris were granted a constitutional exemption, other MED users would have that as well, which he said could lead to theft, violence, or diversion.
    CBC Politics
  • NextLeaf Labs president “Canna Tom” Ulanowski suggested an alternate headline to stories stressing the 100-gram daily prescription: “Patient who uses arbitrary amount of cannabis granted right to possess a higher arbitrary amount of cannabis, relative to what is arbitrarily allowed.”
  • Lawyer Kirk Tousaw noted, “Prior to 2014 Harris could have possessed a 30 day supply or 3kg.” He added, “My goal is no personal possession limits. For REC or MED.”
  • Harris said he will continue to fight for the right to three kilograms. “There’s no other medication that’s based on amount,” he said. “Why am I able to get 30 days of any narcotic, but I can’t have 10 days or 30 days of my cannabis? I can smoke myself to death, I can eat myself to death or I can drink myself to death and the government doesn’t do anything about it. But when it comes to cannabis, then we’ve got to be protected.”

Quick Hits

  1. A 60-year-old BC woman said she’s given up three prescriptions since turning to MED and will file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal to challenge her condo development’s anti-cannabis bylaw.
  2. Cronos Group CEO Mike Gorenstein said Health Canada’s regulations will prevent the emergence of global brands and MED patients decried Health Canada’s 10mg THC caps on edibles, while the Star editorial board argued protecting children from accidental consumption merits “a safe and stodgy strategy.”
    Bloomberg, Botaniq, The Star
  3. Producers of non-cannabis Natural Health Products (NHP) are using the trendiness of the endocannabinoid system to promote products like ginger, echinacea, and clove, believed to promote endocannabinoid function.
    Victoria Times Colonist