Quebec Supreme Court: Cannabis cultivation ban challenged

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Court suprême in Quebec: contesting the ban on cannabis cultivation

Lawyers prepare to plead before the Supreme Court in Quebec.

The Supreme Court is hearing today a challenge to the Quebec ban on owning a cannabis plant and cultivating it for personal use, in a hearing that is exceptionally being held in Quebec.

Janick Murray Hall, who gained notoriety for her parody website Le Journal de Mourréal, believes that the Quebec government has no not have the power to impose this prohibition under two articles contained in its Cannabis Regulation Act.

In this case opposing him to the Attorney General of Quebec, he argued on his behalf and on behalf of any person who could be prosecuted for possession of a cannabis plant, that these articles infringe on the exclusive federal jurisdiction in criminal matters. .

The federal law that legalized cannabis allows possession of up to four plants at home, and Murray-Hall believes it is this legislation that should take precedence.

The Superior Court of Quebec had agreed, at first instance, with Mr. Murray-Hall by declaring the challenged sections of the law constitutionally invalid.

However, the Court of Appeal of Quebec then overturned that decision and Mr. Murray-Hall then turned to the Supreme Court of Canada.

As the Supreme Court announced that; she was agreeing to hear the case, the office of Quebec Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette declined to comment given the ongoing legal process.

That being said, Quebec will always defend its jurisdictions. The law in question aims to protect the health and safety of the population, in particular that of young people, had nevertheless argued the minister's press attaché, Élisabeth Gosselin.

In addition to hearing from Mr. Murray-Hall's lawyers and representatives of the Attorney General of Quebec, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will hear from many other stakeholders, such as attorneys general from other provinces and the Society. Canadian Cancer Society.

The Supreme Court of Canada is holding hearings outside of Ottawa for the second time in its history in an effort to be more open and accessible and to be more open and accessible. help the public to have a better understanding of their role.

After all, it's hard to trust something you don't understand, said Chief Justice Richard Wagner on Wednesday before a first hearing at the Quebec City courthouse.

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