Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Minister Aglukkaq,
Thank you for your August 2009 letter in response to my call for a full public review of the Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR).
In your letter, you outline your plan to amend the MMAR to address the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Paragraph 41 (b.1) violates the Charter or Rights and Freedoms and “unjustifiably limits the ability” of authorized patients to access medical marijuana. You also mention the need to examine regulations concerning the use of medical marijuana in public.
In the last months, I have met and spoken with MMAR users and support organizations across the country who are all calling for public consultation on MMAR regulations. I would therefore like to know if it is your intention to consult stakeholders and medical marijuana users as part of your examination and consideration of regulatory changes to the MMAR, and if not, why.
Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East
NDP Spokesperson for Drug Policy