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In Honour of Gayle Quin

Yesterday we lost Gayle Quin, a true heroine and peaceful warrior for cannabis freedom.

Conferences for September and October 2016

Kirk Tousaw will be speaking at the following conferences: Saturday September 17 Lift Expo Vancouver Conference and Expo https://events.lift.co/expo/vancouver2016/  October 13 and 14 International Cannabis Business Conference Vancouver  http://internationalcbc.com/

Opinion on Health Canada’s ACMPR Announcement

Today Health Canada announced that the new ACMPR would replace the MMPR on August 24, 2016. This represents the government’s response to the decision of the Federal Court in Allard. The new regulations are, in essence, a blend of the MMAR and MMPR. The Licensed Producers remain the sole commercial option and have become the...

Allard decision: Victory for Medical Cannabis Patients as MMPR Declared Invalid

Today in an historic decision the Federal Court of Canada determined that section 7 of the Charter was violated by the government’s implementation of the MMPR. The MMPR were declared invalid and that declaration suspended for 6 months to allow the government to respond legislatively. More analysis will follow. Congratulations and appreciation to all involved...

Garber et al. v. Canada: Victory for BC Medical Cannabis Patient’s Rights

Today, October 2, 2015, the BC Supreme Court issued an injunction, covering 4 medical cannabis patients, that permits them to continue to produce under the terms of their MMAR licensing, and does not contain the 150g possession limit set out in the MMPR.

BC Court of Appeal victory in Garber et al v AG Canada

Today (Sep 16), the BC Court of Appeal rejected the Crown application for a stay in this case. The Garber et al v AG Canada case seeks an injunction preventing removal of our clients’ rights to personal production of cannabis, possession of a full 30-day supply and the ability to move one client’s storage site....

Kirk Tousaw to discuss Government Policy and Public Activism at the Cannabis Conference 2015 (Vancouver)

Never before has there been such a wealth of information and research on the practical, therapeutic and medicinal uses of Cannabis, as well as a growing understanding and acceptance of Cannabis on the part of the general public. However with over 80 Cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver alone, increasing concerns about formal regulation from federal Health...

Kirk Tousaw on the panel, “Legal and Ethics: Guidelines and Practical Tools for Therapists,” at the 2nd Annual Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum

“After nearly forty years of prohibition, a new wave of research has emerged in the past decade exploring the efficacy of psychedelic substances (LSD, Ibogaine, Ayahuasca, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Cannabis) in the treatment of addictions, trauma, PTSD, end of life anxiety, and depression. This groundbreaking forum provides opportunities to  engage with researchers, academics, and therapists from a variety...

Breaking News: Supreme Court Decision on R vs Smith

We are thrilled to announce that the Supreme Court decision in R v Smith was a unanimous victory for the rights of medical cannabis patients in Canada. The decision can be read here: http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15403/index.do Supreme Court of Canada upholds acquittal of B.C. man who baked marijuana cookies for compassion http://t.co/Ib5yAK9otP via @georgiastraight — NORMLWomenCanada (@NORML_CWA)...

Full Text of Kirk Tousaw’s Speech at City Hall’s Public Hearing on the Regulation of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Vancouver

Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to speak. My name is Kirk Tousaw of the Tousaw Law Corporation and I practice law almost exclusively in the area of cannabis and medicinal cannabis access and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I represent several dispensaries in Vancouver and across Canada. My Vancouver clients have been...

Seminar on the Changing Legal Landscape Around Marijuana

Kirk Tousaw and John Conroy will discuss the changing legal landscape for medical cannabis at a Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. seminar at the Pan Pacific Hotel on May 29.  Tousaw said the seminar will address more than just the implications of the Smith and Allard cases. “We cover the gamut from civil law...

Webcast of the Supreme Court Hearing for Her Majesty the Queen v. Owen Edward Smith Case

View the webcast here: Her Majesty the Queen v. Owen Edward Smith Pre- and post-hearing pictures: #owensmith @KirkTousaw @AlisonMyrden … Waiting to hear the Owen Smith extracts case #SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/eGpsvK4zbD — Gary (@AskGoo) March 20, 2015 #Cannabis warriors .@mandymcknight @rainbowensmyth @KirkTousaw at the #scc #mmpr #drugpolicy #cdnhealth #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/uhCyx01erd — Adam Greenblatt (@adam_greenblatt) March 20,...