Published: Monday, 11 December 2017 0:Dec
Landlords' fears about pot-growing renters overblown: horticulture expert
Al Unwin says concerns relate to large grow-ops, not a small number of plants.
Unwin said marijuana plants require the same sort of care as other plants that renters might have in their homes.
By Ashleigh Mattern,
CBC News Posted: Dec 08, 2017 1:27 PM CT
Federal Court Decision Allard v. Canada,
Co-counsel Kirk Tousaw said "Basically we won, and it was a complete victory," and "We proved that growing medical cannabis can be perfectly safe, and can be done completely in compliance with the law and people ought to have a right to do that without fear of being arrested and locked in cages for that activity." and "The lessons I think are pretty obvious. If you can grow cannabis for yourself for medical purposes safely and with no risk for the public, surely, you can grow cannabis for yourself for non-medical purposes safely and with no risk to the public,"
Judge Michael Phelan Allard v. Canada:
In his decision, the judge noted that "many 'expert' witnesses were so imbued with a belief for or against marijuana — almost a religious fervour — that the court had to approach such evidence with a significant degree of caution and skepticism."
In particular, he called one RCMP witness for the Crown, Cpl. Shane Homequist, "the most egregious example of the so-called expert.
"He possessed none of the qualifications of usual expert witnesses. His assumptions and analysis were shown to be flawed. His methodologies were not shown to be accepted by those working in his field. The factual basis of his various options was uncovered as inaccurate," he wrote.
"I can give this evidence little or no weight," the judge concluded
Judge Phelan also dismissed many of the federal government's arguments concerning the risks cannabis gardens could pose to homes, noting mould, fire, break-ins and insurance concerns can be addressed within existing laws and regulations.
Also of interest is,
Dr. Susan C. Boyd, a B.C. researcher's book "Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media and Justice". about how law enforcement and media are not telling the facts.
Dr. Susan C. Boyd's "Reefer madness is governmental"
Dr. Susan C. Boyd is a member of Liberal government "Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation"
See more on Federal Court Decision Allard v. Canada, February 24, 2016
Published: Monday, 13 November 2017 0:Nov
November 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada
Announcement on Cannabis Excise Tax
Parliamentary secretaries Joël Lightbound (finance) and Bill Blair (justice and health) provide details on the government’s plan for an excise tax on the sale of cannabis at a press conference in Ottawa on November 10, 2017. The revenue from the proposed tax will be divided evenly between the federal government and the provinces and territories.
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The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals.
In support of these goals and the broader legalization efforts, the Department of Finance Canada today published for consultation a proposed excise duty framework for cannabis products. The proposed level of taxation is intended to keep prices low to eliminate the black market, as discussed at the Finance Ministers Meeting last June. The proposed duty would apply to all cannabis products available for legal sale, including fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and seeds and seedlings for home cultivation.
The federal government believes that the combined rate of tax for cannabis flowering material contained in a final packaged product should not exceed $1.00 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price of that product, whichever is higher, with this tax room divided equally between the province or territory and the federal government. Revenues raised from the taxation regime will help support investments in public education, enforcement, research and other activities integral to an effective system of legalization and regulation of cannabis.
In developing the proposed approach, the Government has paid careful attention to work done by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and the Parliamentary Budget Officer, as well as the experience of international jurisdictions which have successfully implemented legal access to recreational cannabis on the part of adults.
The federal framework is intended to be in place once legal cannabis for non-medical purposes becomes accessible for retail sale, no later than July 2018.
Media may contact:
Office of the Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada