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February 24, 2016
Federal Court Decision
Case name: Allard v. Canada
Court (s) Database: Federal Court Decisions
Date: 2016-02-24 Neutral citation: 2016 FC 236
File numbers: T-2030-13

John Conroy February 24, 2016
CBC News – Mike Laanela
Ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot struck down by Federal Court 4 B.C. residents challenged legislation introduced by the previous Conservative government
NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy speaks with CBC News TV about the Allard ruling.

Craig Jones February 24, 2016
CTV News Channel
A federal judge ruled today that users of medical marijuana can grow their own pot.
NORML Canada’s Executive Director, Craig Jones joined CTV News Channel to weigh in

Kirk Tousaw February 24, 2016
CBC Radio – BC Almanac
Right to grow your own from CBC Radio Britsh Columbia
NORML Canada’s Pacific Regional Director, Kirk Tousaw speaks with CBC radio about the Allard ruling.

February 25, 2016
Metro – Neal Hall
Cafe Politics: Marijuana crusader John Conroy discusses the future of pot in Canada “This is their opportunity to change the regulations but deal with dispensaries as well,” explains Conroy, 68, who has been fighting Canada’s marijuana laws for almost 40 years – he was a founder in 1978 of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws in Canada.
NORML Canada’s President John Conroy speaks with Metro.

February 25, 2016
Vancouver Sun – Ian Mulgrew
Vancouver Federal Court judge rules medical marijuana law unconstitutional A judge has struck down the law barring medical users from obtaining marijuana outside of licensed producers, saying it violates their charter rights NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy speaks with Vancouver Sun about the Allard ruling.
NORML Canada’s Pacific Regional Director, Kirk Tousaw speaks with Vancouver Sun about the Allard ruling.

February 26, 2016
The Globe and Mail – Mike Hager
The federal government should use a court decision ordering it to rewrite the rules on medical marijuana as an opportunity to legalize the storefront sale of such medicine, experts and commercial growers say.
NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy comments on the Allard ruling and current dispensaries “The next fight is making sure the dispensaries are legal,“.

Paul Lewin February 29, 2016
TVO, The Agenda – Steve Paikin
Legal Highs? A federal court ruled this week that medical marijuana users should have the right to grow their own weed, rather than buy exclusively from licensed producers. Although the drug has not yet been made legal, hundreds of dispensaries have opened up across the country, with more than 100 in Toronto. The Agenda looks into the grey areas of legalization.
NORML Canada’s Secretary, Paul Lewin and Jenna Valleriani speaks with TVO The Agenda

John ConroyAlan N. Young March 11, 2016 issue
Cristin Schmitz – Lawyers Weekly Serving Canada’s Legal Community Since 1983
Winning lawyer hopes for path out of deepest weeds on pot file Judge says restrictions against small-scale growers unjustified
NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy comments on Allard ruling.
NORML Canada’s Vice President, Alan N Young comments on Allard ruling

March 24, 2016
The Globe and Mail – Mike Hager
Ottawa won’t appeal marijuana ruling, will address rules NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in that case, said he hopes that Thursday’s announcement signals a turning point in the way the government regulates the stigmatized drug.

March 24, 2016
Ottawa, ON Health Canada – Minister of Health Jane Philpott
Statement from the Minister of Health – Minister Philpott confirms Canada’s way forward on marijuana for medical purposes Following a careful review of the Federal Court’s decision in the matter of Allard v. Canada, the Government of Canada has decided not to appeal the decision. In the coming months, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) will be amended to give effect to the Court’s judgement. The Government’s intention is to have completed the amendment process by August 24, 2016, which is the timeframe set by the judgement. Read more from Minister Philpott and NORML Canada’s pacific regional director Kirk Tousaw provides some great advice.

July 6, 2016
Lift Cannabis News Magazine – David Brown
Obviously in our view, re-instituting the provisions from the previous regulations, the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations, or MMAR for short, to enable medically approved patients to produce for themselves or have a caregiver do so for them, are the minimum to meet the Allard judgement. NORML Canada’s President, John Conroy speaks with Lift about the Allard ruling.


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