Written by Helen Pike for Metro News.
Through the smoke and mirrors of Calgary’s Bylaw, one medical marijuana user is celebrating a small victory.
Ticketed for her medicinal marijuana use in a Calgary Transit bus shelter, Lisa “Mamakind” Kirkman was prepared to challenge her fines, over $1,500 in infractions, as a Charter of Rights and Freedoms case. But after a year of fighting the write-ups, charges against her were withdrawn on Wednesday, according to her lawyer, because of a vague bylaw.
“The charges were withdrawn,” said Student-at-Law Elizabeth Weisenburger. “Essentially the wording of the bylaw mostly pertained to burning pipe tobacco…it was vague as to whether it included cannabis smoke.”
Kirkman said she was charged several times within the span of a few weeks. Once with “molesting the comfort of reasonable persons,” and “smoking on transit property.”
“It’s a little bit of mixed feelings,” said Kirkman. “It’s wonderful that at least I’m getting an acknowledgement. There’s something wrong here if I’m continuing to get these tickets and city employees don’t know what the actual law is…however, if it had gone to court it would have set precedent everywhere, but it would also have chucked all the smoking bylaws.”