Pubdate: Thu, 12 Mar 2015
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2015 Black Press
Author: Ted Smith


When Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter spoke to the Chamber of Commerce last
month, in my opinion he made some misleading statements about a case
soon to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Hunter is incorrect to say that Owen Smith argued he was licensed by
the government. The exact opposite is true.

Owen has never had a licence to possess cannabis and was arrested
while working for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club.

Lawyer Kirk Tousaw focused on the fact that making tea or butter from
dry plant material is not legal, even for a patient with a licence.

Hunter acknowledges that it is illogical for the plant to be legal but
for edible and topical options to remain illegal. This case validates
the existence of clubs.

Sad to see such a blatant disregard for the sick. Public officials
should not be able to mislead the community about important legal matters.

Ted Smith

Cobble Hill
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