“It’s time to end the reefer madness in Quebec and Manitoba.”
Under the federal Cannabis Act, Canadians are legally allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per residence unless they live in Quebec and Manitoba, where provincial governments have banned home cultivation.
“Maxime Guérin and his team have done a phenomenal job building a formidable case that I believe will be victorious in the Supreme Court,” Lavoie said. “Maxime will have our full support and access to our research as we apply to intervene in their case and argue alongside them in the Supreme Court of Canada,” he added.
TobaGrown estimates that the initial proceedings in the case will begin in early 2022. Currently, Manitobans that are caught growing cannabis face a $2,500 fine.
Lavoie started consuming medical cannabis in 2017 following a violent workplace incident that left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. He later left corrections and began working in the cannabis industry.
“Everyone should be allowed their federal right to grow,” Lavoie told The GrowthOp earlier this year.
“Quebec and Manitoba have offered no credible social, economic, legal or health reasons for defying the federal legislation,” said Dougald Lamont, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA for St. Boniface.
“We know from experts and from the reality on the ground in other provinces that letting adults grow up to four cannabis plants is safe. It’s time to end the reefer madness in Quebec and Manitoba,” Lamont added.
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