The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that limiting medical consumption to dried marijuana infringes on liberty protections under the Charter of Rights.
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Cannabis-infused peanut butter cookies are displayed for sale at a Weeds Glass and Gifts medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
By:The Canadian Press,Published on Thu Jun 11 2015
OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada says medical marijuana can include products other than dried pot, such as cannabis-infused cookies brownies, oils and tea.
The court has rejected an appeal by the federal government of a lower court ruling that medical marijuana users have a right to a range of products containing the drug.
In a 7-0 decision, the court ruled that limiting medical consumption to dried marijuana infringes on liberty protections under the Charter of Rights.
Current federal regulations stipulate that authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis can only consume dried marijuana.
The case stems from the arrest in 2009 of Owen Smith, former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, who was charged after police found more than 200 pot cookies and cannabis-infused olive oil and grapeseed oil in his Victoria apartment.
Smith was acquitted at trial and later won an appeal.