Pubdate: Tue, 11 Feb 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Sam Pazzano


Told to Fix Laws or Supply Weed

Ottawa is appealing last month's landmark Superior Court ruling that 
ordered the federal government to fix its medicinal marijuana regulations 
or provide a legal source and supply to sick people.

Last month, Justice Sydney Lederman declared the current Marijuana 
Medicinal Access Regulations (MMAR) unconstitutional but gave the 
government an ultimatum -- fix the regulations or supply the pot itself by 
July 9.

Lederman was scathing in his criticism of the MMAR in his judgment.

"Laws which put seriously ill, vulnerable people in a position where they 
have to deal with the criminal underworld to obtain medicine they have been 
authorized to take, violates the constitutional right to security of the 
person," Lederman wrote.

Government lawyers have another nine days to seek a stay of Lederman's 
declaration that would quash the regulations in July, preserving the 
current laws until an appeal is heard, perhaps later this year.
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