Pubdate: Fri, 11 Mar 2016
Source: Kelowna Capital News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2016, West Partners Publishing Ltd.
Author: Michael J. Dee


To the editor:

Tom Fletcher wrote "The Federal Court decreed last week that people 
have the right to grow their own 'medical' marijuana." (Government 
Again Bowing to the Power of the Judges, March 2 Lake Country Calendar)

If he read the decision he would of said the right of liberty gave 
persons protection to grow medical marijuana against unreasonable 
police power, discriminating against recreational users.

Every person arrested has been deprived of their liberty and has the 
right, as a defense, to claim the marijuana laws are unreasonable and 
arbitrary. Criminalizing marijuana cannot be demonstrably justified 
in a free and democratic society. Possessing marijuana is no threat 
to the rights of others' public safety.

Why are recreational users denied equal protection of law, sections 
1, 7, 8, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights 
and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits 
prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and 
democratic society.

7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person 
and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with 
the principles of fundamental justice.

8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has 
the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law 
without discrimination.

Michael J. Dee, Kelowna
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