The monopolies of the pot in question before the supreme Court

News 7 December, 2017
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    Activists for the cannabis and the owners of the business in Cannabis Cultivation were to the supreme Court of Canada, Thursday, to talk about the case of Her Majesty the Queen v. Gerard Comeau.

    Boris Proulx

    Thursday, December 7, 2017 13:03

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    OTTAWA | quebec law on cannabis, which creates a monopoly in the sale of seals could be unconstitutional if the supreme Court decides in favour of the free trade of alcohol between provinces, the hope of the activists heard by the judges on Thursday.

    “In Quebec, this is especially a problem. With only 15 stores of cannabis use [from legalization], it is ridiculous, absurd, and gangs will continue to dominate the market, “said Marc Emery, nicknamed the prince of pot” and founder of the company Cannabis Culture of British Columbia.

    “Discriminatory effects “

    His lawyers have intervened before the highest court of the country in the case, who must determine whether the principle of free trade between the provinces gives the constitutional right to a New brunswicker to buy their beer cheaper in Quebec.

    They took the opportunity to criticize the idea of limiting the sale of marijuana to State-owned companies, such as the future of the québec Society of cannabis (SQC), which would be ” contrary to the cooperative federalism “.

    “The monopolies of provincial […] have discriminatory effects on other provinces,” said his lawyer, Kirk Tousaw before the court.

    Cannabis Cultivation is known in Quebec for having opened eight shops cannabis free sale in Montréal last December, which were promptly closed by the police Department of the City of Montreal.

    Laws on alcohol

    According to the co-owner and activist for cannabis Judy Emery, the future consumers of joints legal may have the same legal problems as those who bring back alcohol from other provinces.

    Wednesday, in the same case, Quebec has begged the judges to change nothing in their interpretation of the constitution in the area of free trade among the provinces. This could impair its right to make laws on alcohol, such as those on the monopoly SAQ.

    The man at the origin of this judicial saga is Gerard Comeau, a citizen of Tracadie in New Brunswick. He crossed in 2012 the quebec border to buy lower cost the equivalent of fifteen crates of 24 beers, and three bottles of strong liquor, which is banned in her province.