Church-state-pharma conspiracies

Doctors squeezed out of medicinal cannabis patient care.

Monday, June 25, 2012  by cathe douglas

Special report to Association of Citizen Prosecutors – Canada

Despite a judicial order that basically told the Government of Canada to fix medicinal cannabis laws or legalize it, the Canadian Government and police forces across Canada continue to ignore it.

Under the guise of regulating the system, the Harper Government has used the system, not only to defy judicial orders including from British Columbia and Ontario by using Health Canada and the police to discriminate against the users of medical cannabis.

While regulations demand that patients “inhale” medicinal cannabis, Mr. Justice Robert Johnson in a 35 page ruling delivered on April 13, 2012 in R. v. Owen Smith, giving Health Canada its request for a year to respond to changing its regulations to include that “people authorized to use medicinal cannabis infused oils, drink it in their tea or to bake brownies and cookies, not just to smoke it.”

While refusing to give police agencies patient names, releasing only numbers of licensed users, police have been raiding participating doctors offices. Doctors like Dr. Robert “Rob” Joseph Kamermans of Coe Hill Ontario where he has a thriving practice.

Coincidentally on the same date that Smith’s trial concluded in British Columbia, January 26th, 2012 is the very same day R.C.M.P. arrested, handcuffed and charged “Dr. K,” as he is known by some of his patients. He was then posed for photographs outside his small town office.

Under the guise of regulating the system, the Harper Government has instead used the system to exploit patient information, while allowing police agencies to use Health Canada and private confidential information to target “potheads.”

That is how the media describe “pot smokers,” even though hemp has been proven to be nutritious and can be made into healing balms and oils. There are numerous uses for hemp which is a natural greener industry.


Doctors who prescribe the use of medicinal cannabis and patients who apply for either a license and or the ability to grow their own have been publicly shamed for what ought to have been a legal practice.

After Dr. Kamermans’ arrest, he was further humiliated with a police interview taking several hours and forced to find his own way back to Coe Hill.

Then Global media’s show produced a report that further villified Dr. Kamermans as a “drug dealer” in part, because of the amount of money that he was charging for his out-patient clinics. Global media failed to provide a balanced story in the targeting of Dr. Kamermans.

Now Dr. Kamermans faces disciplinary hearings for the treatment of 21 of his patients alleging mistreatment before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. His hearings are scheduled for two weeks beginning in mid- February. It is known that at least one of these charges came as a result of a complaint from another doctor displeased that one of his patients made the choice to ask for Dr. Kamermans’ help in paying for medicinal cannabis.

With regard to patient care, Ontario Health Insurance Program treats medicinal users of cannabinoids differently than every other patient in Ontario, discriminantly refusing to pay for medical services and should too be brought before the courts. Justice Johnston and Justice Taliano both found that Health Canada regulations violated one’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with particular mention of Section 7, one’s right to life and liberty and not to be deprived thereof.

Canada’s Marijuana laws and Health Canada too discriminates against medicinal users of Cannibis by requiring applications, approval of applications and particularly the requirement to have the doctor sign the pack of a “passport” type photograph so that the government may identify medicinal users.” This even violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms not to discriminate based on medical conditions.

With warrants based on information that Dr. Kamermans was in possession of and dealing drugs, both his home and office were raided. No drugs were found, but police felt it necessary to seize all of Dr. Kamerman’s patient files, which include copies of the applications to Health Canada. Do police really have the right to information that is confidential between a doctor and his patient?

Do the police have the right to retain these files or to now use the information contained therein? After the treatment of Dr. Kamermans, who can blame the majority of doctors who refuse to participate in the medicinal cannabis program.

Should Dr. Kamermans’ patients be worried about their private and confidential medical information now being in the hands of police who refuse to recognize that medicinal cannabis is no longer illegal?

The answer is YES.  We now see Health Canada has been cancelling Dr. K’s patients’ licenses.  That means that if some have licences for 75 plants, for example a patient could end up with a new mandatory minimum sentence for as much as 14 years – or more.  This would be certain death for many cannabis patients who can not live without the natural oil or medicine.  This could be genocide in waiting.

Currently, this all forces patients and doctors into a climate of the “black market,” but is it really profiteering or a vile business foisted upon doctors by such a broken system?

In his decision in the case against Matthew Mernaugh of Toronto, Mr. Justice Donald Taliano agreed in a May decision that ordered Health Canada to rewrite Canada’s medicinal cannabis laws and regulations or to legalize it. Period.

He also concluded that the laws and regulations were unconstitutional and that many doctors have engaged in a massive boycott causing further problems for patients wanting access.

Thus far, Health Canada, provincial medical associations and pharmaceutical companies refuse to make literature available on the growing evidence to the importance of cannabinoids. In the words of one doctor, “I do not know enough about it to prescribe it.”

Well isn’t it time they all found out?  We are asking victims of Cannabis persecutions and prohibition to come forward and join our class action.  We have proof that Health Canada has been knowingly conspiring with Big Pharma in order lie to health care professionals and to prevent public access to known safe cannaibnoids.  This is also true in the United States.  See: United States Patent No. 6,630,507 October 7, 2003 “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” Assigned to: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)

OFFENCE MANDATORY PENALTY NOTES
  w/
Aggravating Factor
List  A1
w/ Aggravating Factor
List B2
w/ Health and Safety Factors3
Production 2 YEARS n/a n/a 3 YEARS  
Trafficking   1 YEAR 2 YEARS n/a  
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking   1 YEAR 2 YEARS n/a  
Importing 
Exporting
1 YEAR n/a n/a n/a Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking
2 YEARS
(if more than 1 kg of Schedule 1 substances)
Possession For the Purpose of Exporting 1 YEAR n/a n/a n/a Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking
2 YEARS
(if more than 1 kg of Schedule 1 substances)
OFFENCE MANDATORY PENALTY   NOTES
  w/
AggravatingFactors- List A1
w/
Aggravating Factor – List B2
w/
Health and Safety Factors3
Trafficking   1 YEAR 2 YEARS n/a Offence would have to involvemore than 3 kg of cannabis marijuana or cannabis resin
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking   1 YEAR 2 YEARS n/a Offence would have to involvemore than 3 kg of cannabis marijuana or cannabis resin
Importing
Exporting
1 YEAR n/a n/a n/a Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking
Possession for the Purpose of Exporting 1 YEAR n/a n/a n/a Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking
Production –
6 – 200 plants
 
6 MOS n/a n/a 9 MOS Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking.
Maximum penalty will be increased to 14 years imprisonment
Production –
201 – 500 plants
1 YEAR n/a n/a 18 MOS Maximum penalty will be increased to 14 years imprisonment
Production – more than 500 plants 2 YEARS n/a n/a 3 YEARS Maximum penalty will be increased to 14 years imprisonment
Production –
oil or resin
1 YEAR n/a n/a 18 MOS Offence is committed for the purpose of trafficking
¹ Aggravating Factors List A
The aggravating factors include offences committed:
  • for the benefit of organized crime;
  • involving use or threat of violence;
  • involved use or threat of use of weapons;
  • by someone who was previously convicted of a designated drug offence or had served a term of imprisonment for a designated substance offence in the previous 10 years; and,
  • through the abuse of authority or position or by abusing access to restricted area to commit the offence of importation/exportation and possession to export.
² Aggravating Factors List B
The aggravating factors include offences committed:
  • in a prison;
  • in or near a school, in or near an area normally frequented by youth or in the presence of youth;
  • in concert with a youth
  • in relation to a youth (e.g.  selling to a youth)
³ Health and Safety Factors
  • the accused used real property that belongs to a third party to commit the offence;
  • the production constituted a potential security, health or safety hazard to children who were in the location where the offence was committed or in the immediate area;
  • the production constituted a potential public safety hazard in a residential area;
  • the accused placed or set a trap.
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Comments
    • Bobbylee Dillman says:

      I would love to be a part of this as I am now In a fight with the Canadian government.I am a LEAP speaker , and former board member Of maritimers untied for medical marijuana..

  1. how does one get involved in this Class action suit?

  2. i was supposed to see Dr Kamermans, now i have to find a new doctor.

  3. patti Cottrell says:

    Dr Saul retired, had to look for a new doctor, finally find Dr. Kamerman……now i have to find yet another doctor. At this point i’m so fed up with it all. I move into a more accessable apt and have to wait 8-10 weeks for a new licence, cause i changed my address!!

  4. Rick Gauthier says:

    i am exempted since 2004
    and its the third Dr i loose in row
    and Quebec CSST cut my med supply
    cause i have lost my signing Dr in Quebec who signed me from 2004 to 2010
    saying that other province Dr is not recognized By RAMQ or CSST
    i was 6 years in court to win my free Mmj
    cost me many thousand $$$
    now i have to go back to court
    i get so much stress,i get depress,im scared to go back on pills
    almost burn alive in my car cause of side effect from pills
    i was taking 35 pills a day including morphine…

  5. Wayne Phillips says:

    I would like to attend this meeting in Toronto on July 4th

  6. bob dillman says:

    alot of us cannot attend but have been effected greatly, and need to be a part of it.,how do we take part?

  7. Steve says:

    Hopefully everyone can get on board with this. Our rights are being taken away from us. Keep us posted

  8. jose echeverria says:

    i am there as well i am very interested as i am one of his patients
    !!!!

  9. Lucy says:

    Such a great deal still to be done with regards to educating people about the use of Mj . We must get Harper out of Government immediately. I”m hoping the Liberals will find a better party leader than Trudeau though. With Jack Layton gone we are really not going anywhere unless they find a good leadter too. People resist change so when they see a polished PM like Harper they think more along the lines of experieince in the feild which so far no party has except the Tories. Lets hope we can make our voices heard next election!

  10. I Will Be there July 4th! Dr. K is My Doctor and they did take my files , also i will be videotaping as well as having Jason and Kevin Annett on my radio show july 7th at 7:30pm eastern on http://www.taketheredpillradio.com

  11. Hendrik says:

    The more educated I get in the published research stuidies and facts of MMJ, the more embarassed I get of the general public ignorance, assumptions and brain washing, that has been injected by the people that know nothing and want to continue their assumptions. I am not a user or a MMJ patient. If a medication has less addiction than caffein, alcohol,or the opiates prescribed by doctors… with no withrawl symptoms…. and the only side effect is better, more effective and safer management of pain and disease, then why would anyone not consider legalization?? The answer is simple…Follow the Money!! Few Doctors are genuine in their career to care and need to heal and shouldn’t be prevented from doing their practice. If all compliance is met with Health Canada (Federal Government), how can an organization believe its immuned to breaking Doctor and Patient confidentiality? Isn’t this breaking the law? Aren’t all doctors drug prescribers? Wake up!!

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