“This June the trial of Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt and three other farmers for obstructing a police officer will resume. The charge stems from a 2015 raid of Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms where members of a food cooperative obtaining raw milk products and other foods from Schmidt stopped police from confiscating those foods.
The province of Ontario and local government authorities have been prosecuting Schmidt since 1994 for distributing raw milk, spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in the process. The sale and distribution of raw milk have remained illegal throughout this entire time in all Canadian provinces. It’s interesting to contrast the provinces’ refusal to change laws on raw milk sales with legal developments in the U.S. over the past 23 years.
While provincial and local governments have been wasting millions of dollars since 1994 in prosecuting Schmidt, 16 states in the U.S. have either legalized the sale and/or distribution of raw milk or increased access to it through changes in statute, regulation, or policy. The states are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The sale or distribution of raw milk is now legal in 42 states in the U.S. Currently, there are 27 states that have legalized the sale of raw milk for human consumption, 9 have legalized the distribution of raw milk through herd share agreements, and 6 have legalized the sale of raw milk for pet consumption. The federal ban on raw milk for human consumption will become even more meaningless over the upcoming years as the remaining 8 holdout states legalize the distribution of the product. As it is, thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens violate the ban each week in the U.S. by obtaining raw milk from across state lines….”