NEWS/ COURTS — Charges were stayed today (Wednesday) against marijuana activist Carl Anderson and his business partner Wesley Jenkins.
In provincial court, a Crown lawyer said it wasn’t in the public interest to proceed with charges arising out of the operation of a compassion club, where marijuana was sold to medical users, in 2011. The Tranquille Road storefront was raided and shut down by RCMP, prompting a protest march by supporters.
In response to charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, Anderson launched a constitutional challenge against the trafficking section of Canada’s marijuana laws, claiming they are contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms..
“I should probably feel happy about this, but I don’t,” Anderson told The Armchair Mayor News today.
“I wanted my story to be told in court and I wanted the law changed. I was willing to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be to prove my point.”
He said he has spent his life savings defending himself in court. “I hope that citizens are aware of the mount of resources our government has wasted on this case.”
Last fall, Anderson helped organize a drive by Sensible B.C. to collect petition signatures in an attempt to force a provincial referendum on marijuana decriminalization.