Government will not appeal pot ruling


OTTAWA – Health Minister Jane Philpott says the federal government will not appeal a Federal Court decision which struck down a ban on medicinal marijuana patients growing their own pot.

Philpott says the government respects the February decision.

She also says the government will move to address medicinal marijuana regulations in response to the concerns of the court.

In his decision, Judge Michael Phelan suspended the ruling for six months to allow Ottawa to rewrite the law.

The regulations were first introduced in 2013 and required patients to buy cannabis from licensed producers instead of growing their own.

The Federal Court ruled after four British Columbia residents challenged the Harper-era legislation, arguing it violated their charter rights.