Matt Mernagh is possibly the most infamous medical marijuana patient in North America — despite not actually being in the medical cannabis program. Since spending two nights in Toronto’s Don Jail having been caught cultivating the city’s largest balcony grow, Mernagh has been embroiled in a complex legal battle with roots as deep as the Constitution. The ultimate goal is to allow patients to grow their own medicine without restrictive and illogical licenses from the government’s broken medical marijuana program. In the meantime, Mernagh has a court ordered exemption from the country’s marijuana laws, making him the only person in Canada legally entitled to grow and possess his own weed.
Mernagh has been a writer and activist for 15 years, and was a regular contributor to Toronto papers NOW and Exclaim! as well as Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture. He currently runs an extensive collection of cannabis smoke reports on his website, Mernagh.ca, and hosts the Mernajuana Show every week from Toronto’s Vapor Central.