Ex-Mountie sues RCMP and Health Canada over raid of medical marijuana facility

By Yolande Cole

A former RCMP officer and his wife are pursuing legal action after they say their medical marijuana facilities were raided by Sooke RCMP.

Cam Cavaco, who has late-stage progressive multiple sclerosis, and his wife Marnie O’Neil, who acts as his caregiver and is living with fibromyalgia, are suing Health Canada and the RCMP after they allege their medical marijuana plants were destroyed twice within six months.

The statement of claim filed by the couple’s attorney Kirk Tousaw alleges that Sooke RCMP raided Cavaco’s Health Canada licensed facilities without a warrant in December 2009, then destroyed the facilities.

“The license was posted at the site and the landlord was ignored when he asked to see a warrant and requested the police contact Mr. Cavaco,” the statement of claim reads.

The couple also alleges that Health Canada failed to properly process licenses, and that they “unduly pressured” their doctor to decrease Cavaco’s permitted amounts of medical marijuana.

The couple are seeking damages after they say the police raids left them “spiritually, emotionally and financially bankrupt.”

“As Cam grew more debilitated I had to turn my focus from our restaurant, to home,” O’Neil said in a statement.

“The cost of trying to replace everything that was destroyed, my own symptoms flaring, working and managing the business, the stress was off the charts. Then the push over the edge came when the RCMP returned and it started all over again, only worse.”

Straight.com

http://www.straight.com/article-441836/vancouver/exmountie-sues-rcmp-and-health-canada-over-raid-medical-marijuana-facility

No Medical Marijuana for N.S. Welfare Recipients

Nova Scotians on social assistance will no longer be able to get medical marijuana, gym memberships or hot tubs as a special need. The Department of Community Services is tightening the rules for its special needs funding. Until now, some people on income assistance were able to force the department to pay for pot or […]

HIV Sufferer Has Medical Marijuana Confiscated

A St.  John’s man had $1,500 of medical marijuana confiscated when he went to pick up a package at Purolator and was met by the RCMP instead. Richard Oakley, who tested positive for HIV 25 years ago, moved back to the province from British Columbia three months ago to be near family. He told The […]

Medical Marijuana Issue Lights Up

Marko Ivancicevic says he takes medicinal marijuana to cope with the pain. He suffers from scoliosis and a condition called Fibula Hemilelia, where there is essentially an absence of the fibula, he explains, adding he has had 10 surgeries to deal with this. As a member of the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee ( OAAC ) […]

Getting Medical Marijuana To The People Who Need It

The federal government is promising to create a new and improved system of medical marijuana, but does it have the will to make that system work for patients? The current system is broken.  Patients from around the country – a Saskatchewanian with migraine, a Quebecker with degenerative disc disease, a Nova Scotian with glaucoma – […]

Pot Activist Smokes Out Doctors

Canadian Medical Association says most physicians not informed enough to prescribe medical marijuana Toronto activist Matt Mernagh is calling the medical marijuana program a “disaster.” “In my trial, the judge concluded that less than one per cent of doctors are signing the application,” said Mernagh, who had been involved in a three-year legal battle against […]

Locals Weighing In On Global ‘Pot’ Debate

The debate on whether marijuana should be legalized, or at least decriminalized, has been simmering for years. Decriminalization involves merely removing an offence from the Criminal Code, while allowing the activity to be prohibited by other means such as making it a Provincial Offence or permitting municipalities to prohibit by bylaw.  Legalization of an activity […]

Little Shop Of Pot

If Kamloops Mounties consider Carl Anderson a problem, it might well be he is a problem of their own making. Who is Carl Anderson, you’re asking? Depends on who you talk to.  For some, he is no doubt a saviour, a supplier of high-grade medical marijuana it appears many in our community need to help […]

Medical Marijuana Ban Hearing Draws Big Crowd

A proposed ban on dispensing medical marijuana without explicit federal approval drew medical marijuana users, legalization activists and residents from across the North Shore into the District of North Vancouver’s council chambers Tuesday night for a standing-room-only public hearing. The draft bylaw comes in response to an abortive attempt by the Re-Leaf Dispensary Society to […]

Ottawa Cracks Down On Medical Pot

The federal government is expected to announce new rules for growing medical marijuana that would only allow licensed growers to cultivate and distribute it. The move would eliminate individual and private growers from the current system, whereby eligible people apply to Health Canada, which then issues the licence. People in the dispensing community who have […]