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Supreme Court to rule on Quebec law banning homegrown cannabis

April 14, 2023  By The Canadian Press

Ottawa — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether Quebec’s ban on growing cannabis plants at home is constitutional.

The ruling is in a case first brought before the courts in 2019 by Janick Murray-Hall.

Murray-Hall’s lawyer argued that Quebec’s ban on owning and cultivating plants for personal use is unconstitutional and contradicts the federal cannabis law enacted in 2018.

The federal law allows people to grow or own up to four cannabis plants at home, but the Quebec government banned growing for personal use, with fines running between $250 and $750.


Quebec Superior Court sided with Murray-Hall and found the law to be unconstitutional.

But the province successfully appealed to the Quebec Court of Appeal, and now the final word lies with the country’s highest court.

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