Federal Court judge rules law for medical marijuana unconstitutional

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Federal Court in Vancouver has today ruled patients who are allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes are allowed to grow their own pot rendering the former federal Conservative government’s regulations on the issue a Charter violation.

The new federal government now has six months to rewrite the rules and that’s in line with Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment last year during the federal election campaign.

Arguing the B.C. government has a role to play when Mr. Trudeau follows through on his promise provincial NDP opposition leader John Horgan is sending a pair of his veteran MLAs South of the border on a pot patrol.

Finance critic Carole James, and Public Safety critic Mike Farnworth, will look at what worked and didn’t work in Washington State and Oregon when they did, what Mr. Trudeau is now committed to doing.

Mr. Farnworth says the province should be prepared for the implications of federal legalization including road safety and child protection.

In the 2012 Presidential election year, Washington State voters legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Those who now purchase it pay taxes and the state claims the revenue is designated for healthcare and substance abuse prevention and education.