Tag: constitutional challenge

  • The Extract Trial: Issue of Standing

    (Title image: Vancouver Sun) (This is part of a series of blogs by Owen Smith on the Medical Cannabis Extract Trial) On a cold December morning, 4 years after my arrest, I attended the BC Court of Appeal to witness the oral arguments of the two crown prosecutors and my lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, in front […]

  • Trial By Fire – Part 2

    A Retrospective Look at the Future of Canadian Drug Policy (Part 2 of 3)  (read Part 1 Here) BY RYAN FINK When I was arrested back in 2003, it was by a team of police officers who were bent on dismantling the CBC of C (now the V-CBC) through continued raids, who would go to […]

  • Supreme Court Extract Case Set for March

    By Ted Smith On March 20, 2015, patients and activists from across the country will descend upon the Supreme Court of Canada to witness the first medical cannabis case ever heard by the high court.  Owen Smith, former head baker of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, will be in the front row to watch his […]

  • Cannabis Baker Basics: Decarboxylation

    By Owen Smith I began my foray into the role of a medical cannabis caregiver at the bakery of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 2008. Previous baking experience and a keen interest in learning about the cannabis plant as medicine made me an ideal candidate. Although I took a pay cut, i learned a […]

  • How Can We Regulate Cannabis Extracts?

    (image: HighTimes) By Owen Smith Patients, caregivers, advocates and now licensed producers are pressuring for the regulation of cannabis extract products. Canada’s prohibition on cannabis based medicinal extracts was struck down in British Columbia in 2012 and is under increasing pressure nationally as seriously ill Canadians are in need of the cleanest most effective form […]

  • Synthetic THC Pills or Whole Plant Cannabis?

    The importance of having CBD with your THC By Owen Smith The recent discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the human body presents exciting new targets for medical research, yet only confirms what patients have been saying for decades, whole plant cannabis works for them. Seriously ill people who have run the gamut of conventional medicine […]

  • Winter of Hash? Has Smith created legal lacuna for extracts?

    Winter of Hash?   Has Smith created legal lacuna for extracts? All of the impacts of the recent Smith decision in the BC Court of Appeal have not been fully understood and many questions remain.  While the lawyers debate about how the government will respond, there are a few points I would like to raise about […]