Victoria Cannabis Baker Acquitted in Case That Challenged Medical Marijuana Laws
In a case that may have national ramifications, the head baker of the Cannabis Buyers’ Club of Canada has been acquitted of outstanding drug offences.
The charges against Owen Smith — possession for the purpose of trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana — have been at the centre of a successful constitutional challenge against Health Canada’s medical marijuana laws. April’s landmark ruling allowed people who are authorized to use medical marijuana to drink it in tea or bake it in brownies and cookies.
Despite the ruling, Smith still faced the original charges.
The 30-year-old was charged in December 2009 after the manager of the Chelsea apartments on View Street in Victoria complained to police about a strong, offensive smell wafting through the building.
Officers obtained a search warrant and recovered substantial quantities of cannabis-infused olive and grapeseed oil, as well as pot cookies destined for sale through the Cannabis Buyers’ Club.
- Read the entire article at The Victoria Times Colonist.