The recent police raid on the so-called compassion clubs where marijuana was openly sold for supposedly medical purposes
came as no surprise to most criminal lawyers in Montreal. Despite the obvious foolishness ans impracticability of trying to prevent its use (see previous blogs in this category) marijuana remains an illegal drug in Canada and the only circumstances under which possession is legal are set out in the lesilation enacted in 2001 whereby it can be obtained under strictly regulated conditions from the federal government for medicinal use. There was a court decision subsequent to 2001 which nuanced the law but it was not appealed to the higher courts and did not change the law. This decision will be discussed in a future article.