Meet the former correctional officer fighting to overturn Manitoba’s ban on home growing

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  Late last month, about 2,500 pages of documents landed on the desks of Manitoba government officials. The documents contained eight affidavits and the package was courtesy of Jesse Lavoie, a 28-year-old former correctional officer, who has filed a constitutional challenge against the Manitoba government’s ban on home growing. Lavoie is represented by attorneys from the MLT Aikins law firm. Under the federal Cannabis Act , Canadians are legally allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per residence. Unless they live in Quebec or Manitoba, that is, where provincial governments moved to ban home cultivation. In 2019, a Quebec Superior Court Justice struck down the provincial law prohibiting home growing but the province is appealing that decision. In the meantime, Quebecers are still prohibited from growing cannabis at home, or from possessing a cannabis plant. Lavoie believes that “everyone should be allowed their federal right to grow.” Manitobans that are caught growing cannabis — and at least one person in the province has been charged with cultivation since cannabis was legalized — face a $2,500 fine and all the implications that come with it, including potential issues crossing the border. “I’m very surprised that the Manitoba government is putting so much time and assets into fighting this ban, even though it’s been proven unconstitutional in Quebec,” Lavoie says. Magic mushroom therapy could help treat PTSD in Canadian military vets What is lab accreditation and what could it mean for your cannabis? Canadians sprouting increased enthusiasm for growing cannabis at home Lavoie was prescribed medical cannabis in 2017 following a violent workplace incident that left him with post-traumatic stress disorder and altered his career focus. He moved on…

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