The decision, at CANLII.org, in french.
Medical marijuana case halted
The Ottawa Citizen
Friday, December 20, 2002
MONTREAL -- A judge has halted the drug-trafficking trial of two marijuana activists who were involved in a club that dispensed the drug for medical use.
A lawyer who represented the federal government at the trial said yesterday's decision amounts to an acquittal for the accused.
"When the judge orders a stay of proceedings, that is tantamount to an acquittal," Robert Marchi said in an interview.
Quebec court Judge Gilles Cadieux, who had postponed making a decision on the case about 10 times, said the absence of a legal source of marijuana takes away the right to life and liberty for those who need it. He also said he wouldn't rule on the constitutionality of marijuana laws.
Marc-Boris Saint-Maurice, director of the Compassion Club, and Alexandre Neron, who worked at the club, were accused of possession of marijuana and trafficking.
Montreal marijuana activists grew bolder after winning the court battle, immediately setting up a Web site that takes orders for medicinal marijuana.
"This service is being offered as an interim measure to fill in where the government has so far failed," said Mr. Saint-Maurice, who is also leader of the federal Marijuana party.