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Victoria City Council on Cannabis Dispensaries May 14, 2015

By admin | May 22, 2015

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Pot Buyers Club Backs Regulation

By admin | May 13, 2015

Pot Buyers Club Backs Regulation

 

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club is throwing its support behind the City of Victoria’s efforts to regulate the increasing amount of marijuana shops in town.

“We’re very supportive of the direction the city is taking. This is something that the oldest of dispensaries have been asking for, for more than 20 years, some form of regulation,” said Dieter Macpherson, advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and executive director of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club.

During a meeting last week, city council voted in favour of moving towards a regulatory approach to marijuana-related dispensaries.

Council has directed staff to draft new business and zoning bylaws that would regulate businesses that sell marijuana. Amendments could include imposing annual $30,000 business licence fees specific to the type of business, regulations regarding signs and merchandise in storefront windows, record keeping, limits on hours of operation and regulation to minors on the premises.

According to Macpherson, the proposed regulations shouldn’t have an effect on club patients.

“We have to see how the regulations end up looking. We expect that we will participate in any public discussion of forum, so that we can ensure we’re still able to serve the people that we do,” said he, adding that the proposed $30,000 business licensing fees are issues he thinks council can be moved on.

“There’s no reason that dispensaries shouldn’t be treated like any other business, especially when it comes to community impact,” said Macpherson.

The motion comes in response to a staff report brought to council stating the number of unlicensed medical marihuana dispensaries has increased significantly in the past year. According to the report, there are 18 medical marijuana-related shops, of which only seven are operating with a license.

The businesses have also generated a number of complaints from nearby businesses, regarding increased foot traffic, odour and exposure of youth to the sale of marijuana.

Coun. Ben Isitt, who put forward the motion at council, said he hopes the regulations will not have an effect on long-standing establishments such as the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, but will provide a framework for regulation of the substance.

“I expect, what a regulatory system will do is provide a pathway to compliance, rather than treating these establishments as outlawed establishments,” said Isitt. “I hope it has a minimal affect on long-standing establishments like the Cannabis Buyers Club. I think they have a proven track record of operating responsible in the community and providing a source of medicine to people experiencing pain.”

Isitt said the report by staff will be “substantial” in size and that it is a priority of city council’s.

Mayor Lisa Helps said a town hall meeting is expected to be scheduled with community stakeholders as well.

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Supreme Court of Canada – Cannabis Extracts – RvSmith – Mar 20th 2015 Pts 1 thru 3

By admin | April 27, 2015

The Defense Team

The VCBC’s Day In Court Literally !  Well Worth Watching ! Enjoy ! https://youtu.be/qIw6k19csSU

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High court to decide right to pot cookies

By admin | March 17, 2015

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High court to decide right to pot cookies

Canada’s high court will weigh the constitutional rights of medical marijuana users for the first time on Friday.

At stake in the case before the Supreme Court of Canada is whether approved legal cannabis users can be restricted to just using dried marijuana – the only authorized product under the new system of regulated producers – and denied access to oil extracts and other options, such as pot brownies and cookies.

It flows from the 2009 drug trafficking arrest of Owen Smith, a Victoria man who baked pot into various edibles for a cannabis buyers’ club.

Medical pot patients have twice convinced lower courts in B.C. that it’s unconstitutional for them to be denied their medicine in different forms if they cannot or do not wish to smoke it.

The B.C. Court of Appeal split 2-1 on the issue last August, agreeing federal regulations should simply state “marijuana” instead of “dried marijuana” but said actual changes to legislation should come from Parliament.

Health Canada has so far refused to authorize alternative medical marijuana products.

“Other means that don’t involve smoking are less problematic for health,” said Abbotsford lawyer John Conroy, calling the restriction inconsistent with the medical marijuana regulation’s goal of protecting health.

He said alternative forms are more effective for some people.

“Sick people trying to enhance their quality of life should not be criminalized for their choice of medicine,” said lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who represents Smith.

He will argue the current law limiting authorized users to dried marijuana restricts the choice of treatment for serious illnesses and therefore violates the charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.

Tousaw will urge the top court to simply exempt medical marijuana possession from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Medical pot could then still be regulated by other means by Ottawa, he said, but its users would be shielded from criminal prosecution.

“You can keep your outdated, ineffective prohibition on recreational marijuana consumers and producers. But let’s take sick people off the front lines of this ridiculous war on this plant.”

Police and federal authorities object because, unlike a bag of dried bud, it’s difficult to readily determine if personal possession limits are exceeded with products or extracts like brownies, cookies, oils and topical creams.

Tousaw insists it’s a red herring and other jurisdictions have dealt with that issue.

“To our immediate south in Washington, you can access all of these products, medically or recreationally, without fear of criminal sanction.”

The one-day Supreme Court hearing on March 20 is just one legal front in in a war

between pot advocates and the federal government over how medical marijuana is controlled.

The other key battleground is in Federal Court, where Conroy has sought to overturn the federal government’s ban on personal home growing by licensed users, which has continued under an injunction pending the outcome of the case.

He is also making a constitutional argument on behalf of users who say they cannot afford to buy commercially grown marijuana under Ottawa’s new system and that it denies them control over the strains they use.

The court heard conflicting evidence last week from fire chiefs from Surrey and Fort McMurray on the severity of public safety risks from authorized home grows.

Conroy will argue Ottawa has insufficient justification for the ban in closing arguments set for the end of April.

A win at the Supreme Court of Canada would likely have major implications for the case on home growing, Tousaw said, and could finally force reforms that the government has resisted, despite 15 years of litigation.

“Canadians have had to fight for every inch they’ve been able to get in court and the system continues to cause people to suffer in an arbitrary way that’s unrelated to protecting health and public safety.”

 

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Hemp Growing around the World

By admin | March 2, 2015

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International Medical Marijuana Day Silent Art Auction

By admin | February 28, 2015

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International Medical Marijuana Day Silent Art Auction

BY ADMININ ACTIVISM · BLOG · CANADA · FULL · LEGAL · MEDICAL — 28 FEB, 2015

Happening Now Until March 17th, the International Hempology 101 Society is holding a Silent Art Auction at 826 Johnson Street in Downtown Victoria. Hosted by the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, the Auction features Art from Club Staff and Members and proceeds go to help the Supreme Court of Canada Trial for medical cannabis in Ottawa on March the 20th. The Auction is open to the public from 11am-6pm every day until March 17th.

The Auction is open for bidding Now until 4:20 on March 17th, when the bidding will close. There is usually a few last minute bidders so consider coming down to the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club for an exciting finale.

You can also view the Art pieces on our Hempology Facebook Page.

If you would like to donate to the ‘Supreme Court of Canada Extract Trial’ fund but are not in Victoria, consider throwing an event like this in your own town or you can find out how to donate online at http://www.gofundme.com/RvSmith.

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Growing Hemp – Hempology 101 Textbook – Video 29

By admin | February 17, 2015

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Prohibition in the USA – Hempology 101 Textbook – Video 28

By admin | February 9, 2015

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Prohibition in Canada – Hempology 101 Textbook – Video 27

By admin | February 1, 2015

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Hemp for Fuel – Hempology 101 Textbook – Video 26

By admin | January 22, 2015

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