Article by The Canadian Press via Global News
In a court hearing lasting just over one minute, the Crown withdrew all charges against a Halifax marijuana advocate stemming from a series of police raids at his medical cannabis shop.
Chris Enns had planned Friday to launch a constitutional challenge under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
However, Crown attorney Jill Hartlen informed Justice Jamie Campbell that the charges filed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act were being withdrawn.
Enns’ business, Farm Assist Cannabis Resource Centre, had been raided as part of ongoing trafficking investigations in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In an interview following the hearing, Hartlen said the regulations around medical marijuana access had changed since the charges were filed.
She noted that the previous Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations were struck down by the courts.
“With all the factors at play, we just questioned the continued public interest in defending against a regime that had already been struck down by another court,” said Hartlen.
She also referenced the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
“That regime is not being commented upon by our actions and that regime actually offers a lot more points of access to medical users,” Hartlen said.