Supreme Court rules medical marijuana legal in all forms

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The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that medical marijuana patients can now smoke pot legally — as well as consume it through edibles and other forms.

The court initially restricted the decision to simply dried marijuana, but then expanded its ruling to other forms such as pot cookies, infused teas and oils. The court ruled that limited medical patients to dried pot “unjustifiably infringes” on their liberties under the Charter of Rights.

The decision is derived from courts in B.C. which argued the case of infringing on liberties to light. The court rejected a federal government’s appeal to limit consumption to smoking pot by stating “inhaling marihuana can present health risks and that it is less effective for some conditions.”

The rulings come from a case that dates back to 2009 when Owen Smith, a Victoria man who worked as the head backer for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada was charged with possessing THC for the purpose of trafficking.

Smith later won appeal. When the B.C. court of appeal ruled in his favour, the federal government brought his case to the Supreme Court.

The new definitions of medical marijuana available for medical patients’ consumption include ointments, capsules, massage-oils, lip balms and butters.

Meanwhile in Vancouver, public hearings on the city’s proposed dispensary regulations lasted until 10 p.m. last night, and will continue tonight.

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