Politics and its Discontents: An Ideological And Horticultural Taint

Although I am not a user of medical cannabis, the current scandal (and it can only be termed a scandal) regarding dangerous and forbidden pesticide use by companies with the Health Canada seal of approval is instructive. First, a recap of the situation is in order: After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., ...

Politics and its Discontents: On The Dyspeptic Rona Ambrose

In a post last week, I explained the basis for my outrage over Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s manufactured rant at the Supreme Court’s decision permitting medical marijuana users to ingest their medicine in any form they wish. Reading this morning’s Star letters to the editor, I was pleased to see that I am not alone ...

Politics and its Discontents: I’m Outraged Over Her Outrage

Playing to her party’s base, Health Minister Rona Ambrose yesterday expressed “outrage” over the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to make it legal for medical marijuana users to ingest their pot in any manner they see fit, be it oils, tinctures, cookies, or brownies. Given her well-demonstrated ineptitude in ensuring that Health Canada protect the health ...

Wise Law Blog: Medical Marijuana Law Goes to Canada’s High Court (No Pun Intended)

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether Canadians have the constitutional right to consume medically-prescribed marijuana in a manner other than smoking.Currently, it’s only legal for medical marijuana users to intake dried-marijuana plants. They can’t add it to baked goods or anything else, without opening themselves up to charges under the Controlled Drugs ...

Politics and its Discontents: TWO Judicial Setbacks In ONE Day!

I don’t want to chortle; I really don’t. Chortling bespeaks a certain pettiness and vindictiveness that I would like, in my more high-mined moments, to think I am above. But I am weak, and so today is a good day to indulge in some whole-hearted chortling. First came the news this morning that Marc Nadon, ...

Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office. Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly ...

Left Over: Continuous ConJob Growing Like a Weed….

$1.3B medical marijuana free market coming to Canada New system will use large indoor marijuana farms certified by RCMP The Canadian Press Posted: Sep 29, 2013 3:52 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 29, 2013 5:27 PM Well, Emperor Steve acknowledges that dirty oil isn’t the only ‘natural resource’ his friends can get rich with…and making it still ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Marijuana Debate Continues

The other day I wrote a post suggesting the need for a vigorous debate on the question of the legalization of marijuana, a drug against which countless billions have been spent as part of what many feel is a failed ‘war on drugs.’ In today’s Star, there is a spirited discussion in a lengthy series ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Eloquent Plea

Even though her speech isn’t completely clear, Cathy Jordan, who has been suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for 20 years, issues an eloquent plea for the use of medical marijuana, the drug she believes is responsible for her atypical longevity with the disease; ALS kills the majority within two to five years of diagnosis. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Medical Marijuana – Part 2

The other day I wrote a post suggesting that policy formulation in the Harper government is conducted not in the measured and studied way most governments employ, but rather more than anything else from a knee-jerk ideological orientation. This is apparent most recently in Health Canada’s decision to license private farms to grow medical marijuana, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper and Medical Marijuana

As my policy-analyst son has made abundantly clear to me, government policy formulation does not take place in a vacuum. Much time and deliberation goes into the devising of new policies or the revising of old ones. Like the butterfly effect, every change or innovation brings with it both anticipated and unanticipated results. The job ...