The North Island Compassion Club is co-sponsoring a number of events next week, starting with “Medical Marijuana and Mandatory Minimums”, a talk by Kirk Tousaw, executive director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation. Mr. Tousaw recently won the constitutional challenge in R vs. Smith (aka the “cookie case”) heard in Victoria. Justice Robert Johnston ruled that people authorized to use medical marijuana in BC can now legally make cookies, salves, tinctures and other edible and topical medicinals, not just smoke it. Currently Health Canada allows people with licences to use cannabis only in its dried form.

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND MANDATORY MINIMUMS
Monday February 18, 6:30pm
Salish Building, Lewis Centre
489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay
The following day, Tuesday February 19, Mr. Tousaw and Ernie Yacub will hold a news conference at 10:30am after their court appearance at 420 Cumberland Road, Courtenay.  Mr. Yacub, manager/director of the North Island Compassion Club, has been charged with “possession for the purpose of trafficking” for providing cannabis marijuana in dried, edible, and topical forms to members of the club, some of whom have Health Canada licenses and many who don’t. As Ontario Superior Court Justice, Donald Taliano said in his ruling in favour of Matt Mernagh’s right to cannabis, doctors across the country have “massively boycotted” the medical marijuana program.
On Thursday noon, there will be a demonstration at MP John Duncan’s office 576 England Ave, Courtenay, as part of a nationwide protest against the changes to the medical marijuana program that would eliminate personal growing licenses. People who now grow their own for under $1 a gram will be forced to buy from licensed commercial producers at $8-10 a gram. Most won’t be able to afford it even if they can get a doctor’s prescription. Some will continue to grow their own medicine despite the risk of mandatory minimum prison sentences.
At the end of the week, Ted Smith comes to Courtenay on his Hempology101 Textbook tour, 2-3:30pm Saturday February 23, at the Lewis Centre meeting room.
The SensibleBC campaign to decriminalize marijuana in BC will be featured at each of the above events. People can also sign up at sensiblebc.ca.