Medical Marijuana Crusader's Conviction Over-turned
October 25, 2006
Cindy Clyne, CFRA Radio (Ottawa)
It's a major victory for medical marijuana activists.
The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned Grant Krieger's conviction on charges of possession of pot for purposes of trafficking. That means the Calgary man will get a new trial.
In a 7-0 judgement, the high court ruled an Alberta judge who ordered a jury to convict Krieger went too far and violated the rights of the accused. Krieger says he should have the right to distribute pot to people who need it to ease the pain of serious illness.
Krieger suffers from multiple sclerosis and has legal permission to smoke pot for medical purposes.