Today's ruling on medical cannabis extracts is only the latest in a long series of Conservative government drubbings in the Supreme Court of Canada.
The highest court determined that the federal ban on non-dried marijuana extracts for medical use is unconstitutional.
Similarly, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in February that the federal ban on assisted suicide was unconstitutional.
The Conservative government also lost in December 2013 in a landmark case involving three prostitution laws.
And when Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to appoint a Federal Court of Canada judge to fill a Quebec seat on the Supreme Court of Canada, this too was deemed unconstitutional.
Harper had a hissy fit after that one.
Then there was the prime minister's attempt at Senate reform without consultation with the provinces—another loss.
Harper was also blocked by the Supreme Court of Canada in his attempt to shut down Insite, which is the only legal supervised-injection site in the country.
In addition, the highest court ruled against mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crimes.
That wasn't the only tough-on-crime law that failed to meet the constitutional smell test.
Aspects of the Truth in Sentencing Act were also struck down. It set strict rules for judges around giving offenders credit for time served while awaiting trial.
In another case, the court ruled that a Conservative government law taking away early parole from nonviolent, first-time offenders could not be imposed retroactively.
Once in a while, the government wins, such as with its bill to destroy data from the long-gun registry.
But more often, such as with the Tsilhqot'in First Nation's claim for aboriginal title, the federal government loses.
It must be demoralizing for Department of Justice lawyers to so often end up on the wrong side of constitutional arguments.
Health minister is outraged by Supreme Court of Canada
Today's decision on cannabis makes a mockery of Health Minister Rona Ambrose's claim earlier this year that marijuana is not a medicine.
The ruling came down just as Vancouver city council is holding a public hearing on proposed regulations for marijuana dispensaries, which Ambrose wants shut down.
Ambrose says she's "outraged by the Supreme Court".
For the sake of people with HIV, multiple sclerosis, Dravet's syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other serious medical conditions, let's hope that Edmonton voters do to Ambrose what they just did to Jim Prentice's Progressive Conservatives.
Ambrose is simply not qualified to be health minister, given her lack of understanding of the constitutional rights of patients.
Is it any wonder that Vancouver physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté once referred to her as Canada's minister of disease?