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Winning lawyer hopes for path out of deepest weeds on pot file

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The latest Charter ruling striking down the federal medical marijuana regulation regime as arbitrary and overbroad could help the Liberals implement their campaign pledge to legalize marijuana for recreational use, suggests the lawyer who has led a series of successful court challenges to Canada’s cannabis laws.

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan’s Feb. 24 decision declaring invalid the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), implemented in 2014 by the Conservative government, could be an educational tool for the successor Liberals because the court debunks persistent concerns —...