Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Cannabis campaign legal bid failure - Law Ruling Forgets Justice

The points raised by James Torrens-Spence all seem to make complete sense to me, and it would follow that the law is wrong when it comes to dealing with people and their property, that is the cannabis crop, grown in their private dwellings.

Not only does it seem wrong to treat people that use cannabis differently to those that drink alcohol or smoke tobacco - both far more dangerous than cannabis it does seem to me to be a breach of Human Rights to discriminate in this way over one's PROPERTY - those superior laws, created to protect us from tyranny and unjust national laws, makes it quite clear.

As it does when it comes to the justification demanded of the authorities to interfere with one's Private Life - the law requires that it must be in the interests of law AND to protect public health, public order or the Rights of others?

How does the growing and possession of the cannabis plant for one's own use in one's own home, not involving others, pose such risks?

It would seem to me that the police had no justification to enter this man's house in the first place.

But, of course, we know that Courts are about law, not Justice

Cannabis campaign legal bid failure 

UTV News, February 8 2012

A man convicted of growing cannabis has failed in a High Court bid to have the drug granted equal classification with alcohol and tobacco.
James Torrens-Spence brought judicial review proceedings over the law which prohibits its unlicensed use.
The 58-year-old, from Downpatrick, Co Down, claimed he was discriminated against and suffered a breach of his human rights.
But a judge at Belfast High Court threw out his case after ruling that he was involved in an "impermissible attempt" to challenge an act of Parliament.
Mr Torrens-Spence was fined £300 last year after being convicted of cultivation and possession of cannabis.
Appearing as a personal litigant on Wednesday, he sought an order quashing the decision not to adjourn his criminal case so he could mount an abuse of process argument.
But his challenge also involved claims of an abuse of power in how the Executive applies the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.
The court heard how he has taken cannabis through a vaporiser in order to stop smoking tobacco.
He argued that the Class B drug should have parity with both alcohol and tobacco.
Mr Torrens-Spence told the court that a failure of policy had resulted in "horrendous discrimination".
However, Mr Justice Treacy ruled that he had failed to establish an arguable case at the preliminary stage of proceedings.
The judge pointed out that he could have appealed his conviction but has not done so.
He also rejected the applicant's claims that he was not challenging primary legislation.
"The reality appears to be that he complains about the fact that the Misuse of Drugs Act on the one hand does not criminalise possession or use of alcohol or tobacco, whereas the legislation does in his view unfairly criminalise responsible users of cannabis such as himself," Mr Justice Treacy said.
"Irresprective of whether or not the applicant regards himself as a responsible user of cannabis which, as he claims, has helped wean him off tobacco, that does not have any relevance to Parliament's view which is that a person who cultivates cannabis and is in possession of it is guilty of criminal conduct."
Dismissing the application for judicial review, the judge added: "The court's function is to interpret the legislation as enacted, not to look behind the legislation."
Outside the court Mr Torrens-Spence said he was "appalled" by the ruling.
He asked: "How is it I'm allowed to smoke myself to death or drink myself to death and no policeman or court in the land can prevent me from doing that?"
Yet for trying to protect my health by switching from smoking tobacco to vaporising cannabis I'm prosecuted."

1 comment:

  1. Seems the courts / parliment refuse to admit they're wrong because it'll look bad on them. When you can't grow a flower on your property, for your own enjoyment or medical needs there is something seriously wrong! Should I be imprisoned for growing, drying, and consuming bay leaves? They cause equal harm to the public, and surely taking money away from organised crime is a good thing, unless the government are getting their cut???