Ontario Court Strikes Down Marijuana Law

| August 7, 2000

Ontario Court Strikes Down Marijuana Law, Jane Gadd, Globe and Mail
Last week, Ontario's highest court declared the law prohibiting the possession of marijuana unconstitutional, and has given Ottawa a year to amend it or lose it, reports Jane Gadd on the Toronto Globe and Mail website. Upholding a lower-court decision in the case of epilepsy sufferer Terrance Parker, the Ontario Court of Appeal said the lack of a provision for medical marijuana forces patients to choose between the painful symptoms of a chronic illness and imprisonment, violating their 'fundamental rights.' The court decided to temporarily leave the prohibition on possession of marijuana in place. 'If [Parliament doesn't] amend the law and rectify the problem with [medical] exemptions, then everyone will be entitled to smoke marijuana legally in 12 months,' lawyer Alan Young told reporters. -- Leif UtneGlobe and Mail report>>
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