Ottawa drags out medical pot reform

The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The federal government's plan to revamp Canada's medical marijuana program and address court-raised constitutional concerns seems half-baked. The proposed changes ignore a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling and do little to properly address some of the most contentious issues. In particular, Ottawa intends to continue to permit only dried marijuana to be produced, sold and distributed to medical patients who will use a new document issued by doctors to buy pot from commercial producers. That decision flies in the face of Justice Robert Johnson's ruling in April that patients could make cannabis-infused oils, drink it in their tea or bake it into brownies and cookies, not just smoke it.