Ontario judge declares criminalization of pot unconstitutional

Ontario is one step closer to the legalization of marijuana after the Ontario Superior Court struck down two key parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that prohibit the possession and production of pot.

The court declared the rules that govern medical marijuana access and the prohibitions laid out in Sections 4 and 7 of the act “constitutionally invalid and of no force and effect” on Monday, effectively paving the way for legalization.

If the government does not respond within 90 days with a successful delay or re-regulation of marijuana, the drug will be legal to possess and produce in Ontario, where the decision is binding.

The ruling stemmed from the constitutional challenge of Matthew Mernagh, a man who relies on medical marijuana to ease pain brought on by fibromyalgia, scoliosis, seizures and depression.

via Ontario judge declares criminalization of pot unconstitutional.

Whoa…this is pretty big… This isn’t simple possession getting legalized, this is production AND possession. But for you Canadians itching to start growing and selling it to pay off your mortgages, beware that this does NOT indicate the sale would be unregulated, as there are plenty of things that are legal to make and have but not sell, at least without a license. Alcohol comes to mind.

Anyway, nice to see some sane judges running around. This kind of human rights abuse has gone on far too long. And in the meantime, perhaps we can get back to making paper out of the stuff, which is originally why it got banned in the first place, and save a forest or two. Nevermind the fuel potential…

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