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A response to Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) regarding cannabis edibles

This is a global response that I sent today setting out my views on Island Health's misguided and anti-health initiative.

Statement on Cannabis Culture raids

Late last night and this morning a variety of police departments executed warrants that appear to have been sought by the Toronto Police Services. Marc and Jodie Emery have been arrested, along with several other cannabis activists including Chris and Erin Goodwin, Britney Guerra and perhaps others. This latest salvo in Canada's senseless war on cannabis...

Dispensary Challenges Federal Medical Cannabis Rules

Download Statement of Claim (PDF) A Toronto-based not-for-profit medical cannabis dispensary has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging Canada’s current medical cannabis access rules. The lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by unreasonably restricting patient access to medical cannabis (marijuana). The lawsuit argues that the...

Initial Thoughts on the Final Report on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

Kirk Tousaw reviews the final report for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada

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...
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