“Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt will have to wait a couple of more months to find out whether a judge will overturn his acquittal on 19 charges related to selling and distributing raw milk.
In January 2010 Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky ruled in Newmarket that Schmidt’s cow-share program for raw milk consumers did not violate provincial regulations meant to protect public health.
Kowarsky found that under Schmidt’s program, consumers became “part owners” of his dairy cows, so the system complied with the province’s Health Protection and Promotion Act.
There are prohibitions on selling unpasteurized milk but farmers are allowed to drink unpasteurized milk from their own animals.
The decision was appealed by the province and the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
In April, lawyers for the Ministry of the Attorney General argued before a provincial court judge in Newmarket that Kowarsky was too narrow in his interpretation of the law.
Schmidt’s lawyer argued that the fight isn’t about raw milk but respect for individual choices under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The judge was to release his ruling on July 4.
Schmidt said on Wednesday that that he was told the judge was overworked and did not enough time to write his decisions.
The decision has been adjourned until Sept. 16.”
Those of you who’ve been following this story on the Bovine will no doubt have heard the above news already by now, but since the Owen Sound Sun Times just printed it again we thought we’d run this as a reminder for anyone who didn’t already know.