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Letter To local Government About necessity of Patient run cannabis societies in Abbots

Dear Ms. Clark,
Further to Abbotsford City letter of May 22. 2015, today’s meeting with planning dept. And our discussions, I am forwarding the letter and other personal related info regarding myself and other Abbotsford members who will be directly negatively affected by this order to close the Canadian Cannabis Society on Clearbrook Rd. Let me begin with the background that led has to this issue.
In spring 1994 I was diagnosed with glaucoma, asthma, high blood pressure, and latter chronic pain and arthritis. 1999 My Gp applied for my section 56 minister’s exemption for medical marijuana. During the original lengthy application period I was arrested and charged for possession and cultivation in July 2001. 2002 my minister’s exemption ( now MMAR license) was granted and the criminal matter was stayed. Jan 2003 BCSC Justice Loo ( file #44497 ) ordered return of all plants and growing equipment and further detailed my unique medical needs including being required to injest the extracted cannabinoids from up to two ( 2) ounces per day / 56 grams.
She also assessed that my replacement value without my grow equipment or ability to produce my own supply cost me $90,000 CDN per year as proved by my dispensary receipts.
The compensation and personal application for court exemption were adjourned pending improvement to my health and that my, at the time, MMAR license made a court exemption order redundant.
Until the MMAR was in force and operational I also started a Cannabis society in Chilliwack from 1999-2004 to assist other members to also become legal and have access to legal supply. Assuming the MMAR and or further legislation would continue to protect patients I closed the Holy Smoke Society. Unfortunately now that the MMAR and mmpr is not functional legal patients must have societies again to gain and educate them with no program or other guidance around.
Brian Carlisle A.A.,B.A.
PS I look forward to meeting with the mayor to discuss this matter further.


Assisted Suicide or Euthenasia? Where does Canada draw the line?

May 5, 2015
My first so publication in the Canadian Journal of Criminology Research, in Spring 2015 edition.
Until very recently Canadian law prohibited suicide, assisted suicide, euthanasia or physician – assisted suicide (PAS). In the Canadian Criminal Code and pursuant to section 241(CCC, 2012: s. 241). “Everyone who (a) counsels a person to commit suicide, or (b) aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years” (CCC, 2012: s. 241).
Canadian physicians and hospitals have developed practices of euthanasia (CBC News, 2012. Such as giving a lethal injection, or when a physician doesn’t resuscitate a patient, or discontinues life-support equipment (CBC News, 2012). Many such interventions are in direct contravention of Canadian criminal law and the majority of charter challenge cases have attempted to legalize active PAS with the legal argument’s focus on the debate over a patient’s autonomy (CBC News, 2012).
Euthanasia and assisted suicide already exists legally in many countries, such as the Netherlands and Germany (Smith, 1997). “Doctors are allowed to prescribe lethal doses of medicine to terminally ill patients in five U.S. states”. In Germany, “active-assisted suicide” is legal “as long as the legal drug is taken without any aid. In Switzerland, the law is more relaxed, “ensuring mainly against “self-seeking motives”…Euthenasia is legal in Belgium, “but the presence of a physician is required….Belgium also became the first country to legalize euthenasia for children.” (The Guardian, 2015).
However, in most countries suicide is frowned upon, and assisted suicide is both condemned and illegal in most parts of the world. This reflects society’s fear of a “slippery slope” which may lead from assisted suicide to legalized murder (Smith, 1997).
A unanimous Supreme Court of canada ruling, has established “that the “sanctity of life” also includes the “passage into death,” extending Canadian constitutional rights into a new realm”…and “will change the way some Canadians are permitted to die”.(Globe and Mail, 2015). In its poweful opening paragraph the court stated, “Those who are severely and irremediably suffering, whether physically or psychologically, may be condemned to a life of severe and intolerable suffering” by the government’s absolute ban on assisted dying. A person facing this prospect has two options: she can take her own life prematurely, often by violent or dangerous means, or she can suffer until she dies from natural causes. The choice is cruel.” ”.(Globe and Mail, 2015). Ity further ordered that, that individuals cannot ‘waive’ their right to life. This would create a ‘duty to live,’” ”.(Globe and Mail, 2015). Many disability advocates object to the ruling, “Because it is not restricted to the terminally ill, but to a broader group who have a “grievous and irremediable medical condition,” it means “all persons with a serious disability in Canada can access assisted suicide, a degree of pemissiveness that does not exist anywhere else in the world.” (Globe and Mail, 2015). Proponent see it as a god send, which now enables Canadians to “have a choice to die with dignity in their (our) own country, surrounded by friends and family.” (Globe and Mail, 2015).
Today in Canada’s medical practices “Passive euthanasia” is called “appropriate care.” and is universally practiced in most Canadian hospitals (Schafer, 2009). To date no Canadian physician has ever been charged with a criminal offence for withholding or withdrawing life support, whether at the request of a dying patient, in compliance with a living will or at the request of the patient’s family when the patient was no longer competent (Schafer, 2009).
Indirect or passive euthanasia is an established form of palliative type care. Today, many Canadian hospitals have palliative-care wards in which the overall treatment goal is to keep the patient comfortable rather than to prolong life (Schafer, 2009). In these wards and in hospices for the dying, there is little hesitation in administering whatever dose of painkiller is required for comfort, even when the foreseeable consequence is accelerated death (Schafer, 2009).It is quite evident that legalizing and regulating active physician assisted suicide would be the logical progression to illegal assisted suicide methods and prevent any possible abuses or dangers to vulnerable patients unable to give proper end of life consent (Smith, 1997).
Any knowledgeable individual is capable of accepting the nature and consequences of the decision to be made and capable of communicating this decision (Tiedemann, Valiquet, 2008). An incompetent individual is not capable of understanding the nature and consequences of the choice to be made, and/or is not capable of communicating the decision. Several Criminal Code provisions encroach upon the issues of euthanasia and cessation of treatment. Section 14 of the Code provides that: No person is entitled to consent to have death inflicted on him, and such consent does not affect the criminal responsibility of any person by whom death may be inflicted on the person by whom consent is given. Section 222 of the Criminal Code includes it as Homicide (Marlisa Tiedemann, Dominique Valiquet, 2008). Canadian jurisprudence could charge and convict a physician for assisting with the dignified death of their patient without an end to euthanasia prohibition.
Historically suicide and mercy type killing was accepted as a societal norm, but with the evolution of Christianity this changed to suicide being a violation not only of the social contract norms but also a violation of covenants with God (Schafer, 2009). St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the “Summa Theologiae” that since organisms strive to survive, suicide is an unnatural act (Schafer, 2009). Religion also believes that it adversely affects the community and violates the property rights of God the true owner of a person’s spirit (Schafer, 2009). Christianity regards suicide as equal to an abuse or misuse of God’s possession the human soul which is temporarily lodged in a corporeal mansion the body (Schafer, 2009). Century’s later paternalism was propagated by Sir William Blackstone, known as the codifier of British Law. Paternalism believes that suicide is self-murder and a grave felony, which the state has a right to prevent and to punish for and in certain countries this is still the case (Schafer, 2009). In Israel, for instance, a soldier is considered to be “military property” and an attempted suicide is severely punished as “the corruption of an army chattel”(Schafer, 2009). Paternalism, a malignant transformation of kindness, is about objectifying people and treating them as possessions (Schafer, 2009). Even fully-informed and consenting adults are not granted full, unmitigated autonomy, freedom, and privacy (Schafer, 2009). Without PAS this tends to breed “victimless crimes” such as an illegal assisted suicide (Schafer, 2009).


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The Blessing of Gratitude by Brian Carlisle Dec. 15, 2014

The Blessing of Gratitude by Brian Carlisle Dec. 15, 2014
During this most blessed time of the year, when we Christians celebrate the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, our minds should be focused and our actions should follow Christ’s teachings; of Faith, Love, Charity and gratitude. Unfortunately, the adversary will find opportunities to remind us of our shortcomings. Which can lead us down the path of committing sins such as; envy, greed and gluttony. Causing us to forget our own many blessings and instead making us hunger for our friends and neighbors blessings. As we read in In the Doctrine and Covenants chapter 78:19.
“He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” This is a clear indication of our required covenant to remain grateful not envious of others. Scriptures teach us in, Luke 11:43, Nephi 13:12 and Matthew 6:13, telling us we should pray to the lord to help us not be, “lead into temptation; but instead delivered us from evil“like being envious and greedy.
Even when it is not Christmas, the Lord still wants us to have a spirit of gratitude in all we do and say. To live with a spirit of thanksgiving and we will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help us recognize his influence and blessings in our life. Even in the most difficult times, we can find much to be grateful for and by doing so we will be strengthened and blessed.
D&C 78:19 19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.
It is much easier to be grateful or thankful for the blessing we want or pray for, but what if our prayers are not answered exactly as we wish does gratitude come just as easy, many would disagree. But that comes from the personal perspective of what we want versus the perfect understanding God has of our true needs.
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: Proverbs. 28:20; and The Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing: Malakai. 3:10; (3 Ne. 24:10 ;).
Even as far back as the beginning in Genesis God said, (Genesis 12:3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
In October 2012 President Thomas A. Monson said, “we are blessed with so very much. And yet it is sometimes difficult to view the problems and permissiveness around us and not become discouraged. I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness. As I have reviewed the past 49 years, I have made some discoveries. One is that countless experiences I have had were not necessarily those one would consider extraordinary. In fact, at the time they transpired, they often seemed unremarkable and even ordinary. And yet, in retrospect, they enriched and blessed lives—not the least of which was my own. I would recommend this same exercise to you—namely, that you take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you have received”.