Please Join us during a precedent-setting herbal court case, Oct 16, Vancouver Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fill the courtroom!!!!
WHEN:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Thursday, Oct. 16,
Friday Oct. 17,
Tuesday Oct. 21,
Wednesday Oct. 22,
Thursday Oct. 23
WHERE: Federal Courts, 701 West Georgia St., Vancouver
TIME: starts at 9:30 am
These are all-day proceedings, but if you can spare even a few hours, it’ll make a big difference. Hope to see you there!
This is a precedent-setting court case that impacts the future of herbs.
If you live near Vancouver, we’re looking to help pack the courtroom so that a clear message is sent to the judge regarding Canadian interest in the outcome of this case.
In a nutshell, Strauss Herb Company is defending yohimbe bark from Health Canada’s drug prescription regulations.
“Everyone agrees that you cannot take something listed as a prescription drug and add it to a natural health product,” says Strauss lawyer Shawn Buckley. “However, this is not enough for Health Canada, which drew out a policy in the fall of 2004. According to the new policy, if you can extract a prescription substance from a plant, then the PLANT is a prescription drug and is only available by prescription.”
So far, Health Canada has targeted:
- red yeast rice
- gotu kola
- yohimbe bark
- cowhage/velvet bean
The list of plants from which you can extract prescription substances is long, and includes very common botanical elements found in green tea, black tea, and cocoa (chocolate). It also includes elements found in common foods such as eggs, carrots, milk, broccoli, etc.
See the list called Schedule F of the Food and Drug Regulations:
“If this court case is not successful,” says Buckley, “Health Canada will have a powerful weapon to drive foods and other natural health botanicals – and products derived from them – out of the marketplace.Ã‚Â They will be available by prescription only.”