Compassion Club and activism
Saint-Maurice has also experienced trouble with the law when he was a full-time volunteer at the Compassion Club, an organization that provides marijuana to seriously ill individuals with a medical prescription. The first Montreal Compassion Club, based on the example of those in Toronto and British Columbia was opened on Rachel, Montreal, near a police station.
Following a police raid, St. Maurice and his colleague Alexander Neron were accused of possession and trafficking of narcotics. The lawyers pleaded that the Canadian legislation left a legal loophole, allowing certain individuals to possess cannabis for medicinal purposes, but not supplying the product in question. Judge Gilles Cadieux halted the proceedings against the two men in December 2002.
- John David Gravenor; Kristian Gravenor (2003). Montreal: The Unknown City. Arsenal Pulp Press. p. 185. ISBN 1-55152-119-9.
- "CBC News – Montreal – Raids highlight gaps in medical marijuana program". CBC. June 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- Hugo Meunier. "Quatre Clubs Compassion fermés à Montréal". La Presse. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Marijuana Party founder joins Liberals". CBC. March 1, 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-07.