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Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (Aug. 24)

By | Drug Policy, Erb4Herb, Political

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)

Legalize Yes

August 24, 2016

Part 2 — Production for Own Medical Purposes and Production by a Designated Person

Part 2 of the ACMPR sets out a registration framework that allows for personal-use and designated production of cannabis (including cultivation of plants and alteration of products) for medical purposes.

Note: The majority of Part 2 incorporates the requirements of the former MMAR and relevant section 56 CDSA exemptions that respond to the decision in R. v. Smith with required modifications to incorporate the production, storage and possession of products other than dried marihuana or plants. New provisions that did not form part of the previous framework include the following:
•Proof of possession and registration can be demonstrated through a registration certificate issued by Health Canada.

• Starting materials (i.e. seeds and plants) can be obtained through licensed producers.

• Interim supply of cannabis (until plants are ready) can be obtained through licensed producers.

• Security measures do not need to be listed on the registration application, but those registering to possess and produce cannabis must declare that security measures are in place to keep plants and products secure.

• Information sharing provisions have been expanded to enable proactive sharing of information on registered persons with P/T health care licensing authorities.

Grams Per Day = Plant Count

Producing cannabis safety and security
Information bulletin: safety and security considerations when producing cannabis for your own medical purposes

Applications for Production for Own Medical Purposes and Production by a Designated Person

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/alt/pdf/drugs-products-medicaments-produits/buying-using-achat-utilisation/cannabis-medical/access-acces/personal-production-personnelle/registration-form-formulaire-inscription-eng.pdf

Guidance Document – Completing the Production for Own Medical Purposes and Production by a Designated Person Registration Form
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/drugs-products-medicaments-produits/buying-using-achat-utilisation/cannabis-medical/access-acces/personal-production-personnelle/registration-instructions-inscription-eng.php

August 11, 2016 Understanding ACMPR
Understanding the New Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations

Complete ACMPR Regulations
http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2016/2016-08-24/html/sor-dors230-eng.php

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Government of Canada moves forward on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

By | Drug Policy, Political

Legalize Yes

Task force and public consultation to inform creation of a new system that will protect and inform Canadians
June 30, 2016
Ottawa, ON – Government of Canada – News Release

Participate by providing your input by completing the online consultation
Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana – Discussion Paper

or skip directly to participate in “online consultation”, locate the “Next” button at “Accessing Marijuana for Medical Purposes” “Privacy Notice”

or see “How to participate” “Provide feedback on minimizing harms of use by completing the “online consultation.” link above the “Previous” and “Next” buttons on the following five pages: 3.1 Minimizing harms of use, 3.2 Establishing a Safe and Responsible Production System, 3.3 Designing an appropriate distribution system, 3.4 Enforcing public safety and protection and 3.5 Accessing Marijuana for Medical Purposes

Contact,
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Address locator 0602E
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Email: cannabis@canada.ca


Note 3 Task Force members: Dr. Susan C. Boyd, Dr. Mark A Ware and Dr. Perry Kendall members of Liberal government “Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation”

Dr. Susan C. Boyd, Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media and Justice.
The Canadian Press — Dec. 25, 2013
Book by B.C. researcher says media, police not talking straight on pot

Susan C. Boyd, BC BookLook – April 17th, 2014 Reefer madness is governmental

Dr. Mark A Ware,
Executive Director of The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC).

Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia Provincial Health Officer

November 10, 2014 Vancouver Sun
Dr. Perry Kendall reflects on 15 years as British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer


Erb4Herb Legalize It campaign successfully reaches goals!

By | Drug Policy, Erb4Herb, Events, Political

Erb4Herb reaches goals and is retired December 31, 2015!

Erb4Herb Legalize It! campaign sponsored many national 420 events in 2013, 2014 and 2015. And also supported a get the vote out and vote Liberal campaign to help get rid of ex PM Stephan Harper. Harper is out of course and legalization is now coming as well. Both goals were reached successfully, The national Erb4Herb Legalize It! campaign came to an end last year after the Oct. 19, 2015 Liberal election win.

Bob successfully accomplished what he originally set out to do and even more.  He said he was going to donated one million dollars for legalization efforts and he donated more the one million dollars. Truth is he did what he said he was going to do and so much more for so many.

It is unfortunate a few people, out of thousands, feel they deserve more from Bob then he has already given to all so many. Which has lead to one or more person(s) insisting on making up complete nonsense to suit their needs at the time. Taking pleasure in wasting other peoples valuable time and energies on complete made up nonsense?

We hope this explains Erb4Herb actual past efforts and actual current position.

Erb4Herb

KF420.ca

Written by Keith Fagin April 28, 2016

All in an effort to help others understand maybe see the following recent news report on CTV News.

Marijuana Billboard Hits Ottawa

By | Drug Policy, Political

MARIJUANA BILLBOARD HITS OTTAWAA new billboard will be going up in Ottawa tomorrow, calling on Trudeau to stop arrests…

Posted by Dana Larsen on Wednesday, 30 March 2016


Liberal government to respect Allard federal court ruling!

By | Drug Policy, Political
Medical Growing OK!

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said the Liberal government will not appeal the February 24, 2016 Allard v. Canada Federal Court decision that allows patients to grow their own medical cannabis.
“We will respect the decision of the federal court and as such we are now in a situation where we have responsibility to address the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and they will be amended accordingly in order to address the concerns of the court.”

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan February 24 ruling included,
“The access restrictions did not prove to reduce risk to health and safety or to improve access to marijuana — the purported objectives of the regulation,”
“In sum, the law goes too far and interferes with some conduct that bears no connection to its objectives.”
“Many ‘expert’ witnesses were so imbued with a belief for or against marijuana — almost a religious fervour — that the court had to approach such evidence with a significant degree of caution and scepticism,”
John Conroy, Kirk Tousaw and others lead to the Justice Phelan ruling in affect crushing decades old complete nonsense reefer madness propaganda kept alive by several corrupt people!

If the Liberals continue to be responsible politicians by respecting the science and evidence and using same in their decision making they should allow all Canadians 18+ that are currently allowed to grow 15 kg of tobacco per year also grow the same amount of cannabis.
Growing 15 kg of tobacco per year for adult personal use is currently allowed in Canada,
“the quantity of tobacco or cigars manufactured in any year does not exceed 15 kg for the individual and each member of the individual’s family who resides with the individual and who is 18 years of age or older.”
Excise Act, 2001
Federal laws of Canada.
Marginal note:Exception —
(3) An individual who is not a tobacco licensee may manufacture manufactured tobacco or cigars
(a) from packaged raw leaf tobacco or manufactured tobacco on which the duty has been paid, if the tobacco or cigars are for their personal use; or
(b) from raw leaf tobacco grown on land on which the individual resides, if
(i) the tobacco or cigars are for their personal use or that of the members of their family who reside with the individual and who are 18 years of age or older, and
(ii) the quantity of tobacco or cigars manufactured in any year does not exceed 15 kg for the individual and each member of the individual’s family who resides with the individual and who is 18 years of age or older.
2002, c. 22, s. 25;
2007, c. 18, s. 74.

Government should declare a moratorium on marijuana arrests and prosecutions today:

By | Drug Policy, Erb4Herb, News Media, Political

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NORML Canada

(Ottawa, Ontario – February 23, 2016) — The federal government should instruct police forces and Crown Prosecutors across Canada immediately to halt all criminal investigations, charges and prosecutions related to simple possession of marijuana while it proceeds with its initiative to legalize the plant, according to Canada’s oldest advocate for the reform of cannabis laws.

“Since everyone agrees that is well past time to end the criminalization of cannabis,” Dr. Craig Jones, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada (NORML Canada) said, “and the only point of discussion left is how to do it, it seems cruel to continue criminalizing more Canadians.”

“It is like refusing to fix a leaking faucet because you intend to renovate the bathroom … one day soon. It just doesn’t make sense.”

According to Dr. Jones, the government has identified several “stumbling blocks” to immediate legalization — which formed a major plank in its policy platform in its 2015 election campaign and an important promise in its Speech from the Throne — and claims it must resolve these issues before it can proceed with legalization.

These so-called stumbling blocks were identified in the Liberal Party’s January 2013 discussion paper, “Legalization of Marijuana – Answering Questions and Developing a Framework” (https://bc.liberal.ca/files/2013/01/DRAFT-Marijuana-Policy-Paper-Jan-13.pdf), which also provided practical ways to overcome obstacles such as those related to international conventions to which Canada is signatory.

“I urge all Canadians with an interest in stopping the further criminalization of Canadians for using cannabis – and particularly those in the Senate who will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this topic — to read the Liberal Party’s policy paper on legalizing marijuana,” Dr. Jones said. “It answers most, if not all, the questions that have been raised about how best to proceed. Once it stops needlessly criminalizing Canadians, the Government can then take the time it needs to work out the details and enact legislation.”

“Why not take the millions of dollars it takes to investigate, prosecute and incarcerate people for a crime no one thinks should exist and invest that money on government programs and services that actually help people?”

This is at least the third time that a political party/government has promised to stop criminalizing Canadians for cannabis use (1979 Progressive Conservative Party election platform; the Liberal Government Throne Speech; the 2015 Liberal Party election platform / 2015 Liberal Government Throne Speech), according to Dr. Jones.

“What Canadians need is for the government to declare an immediate moratorium and get on with it,” Dr. Jones said. “What we don’t need is more study leading to a concept for a proposal for a framework for a green paper leading to a white paper leading to …”

Dr. Jones will be attending the Senate Open Caucus on Marijuana Legalization on Wednesday 24 February and will be available for interviews following the meeting.

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Dr. Craig Jones, PhD
Executive Director
NORML Canada
(613) 331-1712
craig@craigjones.ca


Conservative leader flip flops on legalization?

By | Drug Policy, Political

The current Conservative party interim leader until 2017 Rona Ambrose has been talking up ridiculous reefer madness for several years now. In 2015 the Conservatives spent 7 million on anti marijuana legalization advertising campaign, using Health Canada in an attempt to legitimize their reefer madness nonsense. They went so far as to accuse Justin Trudeau of wanting to make cannabis easily available to children, by selling it in corner stores near schools.

Canadian doctors at the College of Family Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada refused to endorse the Conservative reefer madness advertising campaign stating the messaging was clearly political.

So it did come as a surprise when the media headline published by Civilized Life on January 21 was “Surprise! Rona Ambrose Changes Her Mind On Legalization”. The comment by Rona Ambrose in an interview by Simi Sara of Vancouver’s CKNW on Jan. 20 was “I hope that the faster they move on this (legalization), the better because the proliferation of pot dispensaries is quite large. So it’s moved now not just in Vancouver but across the country. And they’re unregulated. So the sooner they can move on that the better to protect kids.” Ambrose claimed the Conservative 7 million spent on the anti marijuana legalization (reefer madness nonsense) advertising campaign was the evidence she could provide..

Now to be fair to Civilized Life and other media reports many people did find some of the Ambrose’s comments during the interview confusing. Add Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary wrote on Twitter with the hashtag “#chutzpah.” “Health minister who spent millions of your $ on misleading ads against pot wants us to legalize faster,”.


Alberta’s premier cautious on legalizing marijuana

By | Drug Policy, News Media, Political

December 20, 2015
James Wood – Calgary Herald
Premier Rachel Notley says she has mixed feelings about the Trudeau government’s pledge to legalize marijuana even as a federal Liberal cabinet minister says action is coming soon on the campaign promise.
calgaryherald.com/news/politics/albertas-premier-cautious-on-legalizing-marijuana

Rachel Notley is a intelligent woman but her politician part is still fearful of publicly supporting drug policy reforms. That being said I was not surprised politician Kent Hehr being a intelligent man is comfortable with following what the history, evidence and science have very clearly shown. All history of failed criminalize and punishment drug prohibition policies (1923 for cannabis) and then increasing to a drug war with zero tolerance and mandatory minimum prison sentences drug policies has clearly shown it has only created vastly more harms to our communities and our families then all illegal drugs.

Legalizing cannabis will not only greatly reduce harm to all our families and communities but will allow for a much safer way to actually control with regulations. Continuing to allow the controlled by the most violent criminal prohibition type policies will continue to fail miserably as history has shown us. Legalize and regulate policies will not only free up expensive police resources it will make our communities safer. Add the savings in justice system costs. The savings could be used for a huge boost of funds for education, health care and other social services. Some of the costs saved could even reduce the heavy burden of taxes we all are force to pay. Which has been used to help fund the Stephen Harper type reefer madness insanity. Educate with scientific evidence only is the really responsible thing to do.

August 12, 2015 International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Scientists speak out against false cannabis claims and Using Evidence to Talk About Cannabis.
Leading international scientific body reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation, finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence

October 2014 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released yet a another evidence based study called Cannabis Framework Policy. The CAMH study like so many other past evidence based drug policy studies conclusions lead to prohibition of cannabis is a seriously flawed drug control policy.

September 2002 Senate Report on Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy. Page 617. A Regulatory Approach to Cannabis
“We believe, however, that the continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than the regulated marketing of the substance. In addition, we believe that the continued criminalization of cannabis undermines the fundamental values set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and borne out by the history of a country based on diversity and tolerance.


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RIP Senator Pierre-Claude Nolin, Chaired 2002 Canadian Senate Report on Cannabis

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He was the bold, independent Conservative Senator who chaired the important 2002 Senate Report on Cannabis.

 

CANNABIS:
OUR POSITION FOR A CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY
REPORT OF THE SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ILLEGAL DRUGS
Chairman: Pierre Claude Nolin
Deputy Chairman: Colin Kenny
SEPTEMBER 2002
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/371/ille/rep/summary-e.htm

 

Quotes from the 2002 Canadian Senate report
“Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy”

On Users and Uses:
• Close to 30% of the population has used cannabis at least once.
• Cannabis itself is not a cause of other drug use.
• Cannabis use can be a gateway because it is illegal, which puts users in contact with other substances.
• Cannabis itself is not a cause of delinquency and crime.
• Cannabis is not a cause of violence.

On Effects and Consequences:
•  The Committee concludes that the state of knowledge supports the belief that, for the vast majority of recreational users, cannabis use presents no harmful consequences for physical, psychological or social well- being in either the short or the long term.

On the Historical Context of Prohibition:
• Early legislation was largely based on a moral panic, racist sentiment and a notorious absence of debate.
• When cannabis was included in the international conventions in 1925, there was no knowledge of its effects.
• The international classifications of drugs are arbitrary and do not reflect the level of danger those substances represent to health or to society.
• Canada should inform the international community of the conclusions of our report and officially request the declassification of cannabis and its derivatives.

On Medical Marijuana and the Federal Government:
•  The MMAR (Medical Marijuana Access Regulations) are not providing a compassionate framework for access to marijuana for therapeutic purposes and are unduly restricting the availability of marijuana to patients who may receive health benefits from its use.

On Police Practices:
•  Annual costs for drug enforcement in Canada can be estimated at between $700 million and $1 billion.
• Cannabis was involved in 70% of the approximately 50,000 charges in 1999. In 43% of cases (21,381), the charge was for possession of cannabis.
• The uneven application of the law is of great concern and may lead to discriminatory enforcement, alienation of certain groups within society, and creation of an atmosphere of disrespect for the law; in general, it raises the issue of fairness and justice.

On Prevention:
• Prevention strategies in schools should not be led by police services or delivered by police officers.
• The RCMP should reconsider its choice of the DARE program.
• Harm reduction strategies related to cannabis should be developed in coordination with educators and the social services sector.

On Treatment:
• Physical dependency on cannabis is virtually non-existent.
• Psychological dependency is moderate and is certainly lower than that for nicotine or alcohol.
• Most regular users of cannabis are able to diverge from a trajectory of dependency without requiring treatment.
• As a rule, treatment is more effective and less costly than a prison sentence.

On Current Practices:
• We estimate the cost of enforcing the drug laws to be closer to $1-1.5 billion per annum.
• The principal public policy cost relative to cannabis is law enforcement and the justice system; we estimate this to represent a total of $300-$500 million per annum.
• The costs of externalities attributable to cannabis are probably minimal (no deaths, few hospitalizations, and very little loss of productivity).
• The costs of public policy on cannabis are disproportionately high given the drug’s social and health consequences.