Pubdate: Sat, 13 Jun 2015
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2015 Postmedia Network Inc.
Author: Ed Papazian
Page: C8


Re: Ambrose 'outraged' by marijuana ruling, June 12.

Why doesn't Health Minister Rona Ambrose simply be transparent and say
that she (and her colleagues in cabinet) simply don't accept the
legitimacy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? They seem to jump at
every chance they get to challenge this Charter and denounce Supreme
Court decisions that try and uphold it.

In trying to limit the use of marijuana to only the dried substance,
the Conservatives once again show that their ideology trumps common
sense. Ambrose claims that "judges" are deciding whether or not
marijuana is a medicine. Somehow she is able to ignore the relief from
pain and suffering that thousands of Canadians get from using the
substance in a variety of forms, that are more suited to their medical

If Ambrose took the time to talk to the mother of a child with
epilepsy (who had to break the law to get the dose he needed), instead
of listening to the myopic hardliners in her party, she might have a
different point of view. Unfortunately, Ambrose resorts to reminding
us that this will be an election issue. "My mind is made up. Don't
confuse me with facts" is seemingly once again her mantra.

Ed Papazian, Kanata
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