Marijuana for Medical Use Laws Change in Canada on April 1

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How marijuana will be distributed, accessed, and used according to Canadian law will see a dramatic shift two weeks from today. On March 31, the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations program in Canada will end. In place of it, effective as of April 1, will be the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

The Medical Marijuana Access Regulations was implemented in 2001 and it authorized Canadians to possess marijuana and to produce their own stash under the Personal-Use Production and the Designated-Person Production Licenses.

The older regulations, however, was said to be abused over the years. Global News reports that those authorized to possess marijuana medically had risen from less than 100 in 2001 to a current number of 37,000 people. It is estimated that the number would reach 400,000, which would make it near impossible for Health Canada to inspect all of the production locations in the country.

In a news release Health Canada said they do “not endorse the use of marijuana” and they are doing their best to protect the public “while providing reasonable access to marijuana for medical purposes.” Under the changed laws effective on April 1, producing marijuana in homes will be illegal and only licensed producers have the authorization to produce marijuana. The medicine would then be distributed if it is deemed by health-care providers to be the right treatment to use for the patient.

For those currently growing marijuana in their homes, they are required to discontinue production and confirm via a form the number of plants they destroyed. Health Canada warns users that if they do not comply, law enforcement will be notified.

In defense of the program, a court document said that growing marijuana at home has various hazards, including fire, mold, the threat of home invasion, and toxic chemicals. Health Canada said that the large growth in production of medical marijuana in Canada led to violent invasions of homes, along with homicides and persistent dealing of drugs in neighborhoods.

In order to destroy the stash, Health Canada recommends blending water with the marijuana and then mixing it in cat litter. This method is said to deteriorate the materials and get rid of any odors.

So far, Health Canada has licensed ten commercial growers. Combined it is estimated that they will be able to produce 31,000 kilograms of the medicine per year. Health Canada also predicts that there will be licensing of 12 more growers by the time April 1 comes along.

One individual against the new regulations tells The National Post that the regulations will lead to a shortage of marijuana, and as a result, many users will be forced to use other remedies, or even worse, crimes and breaking the law in order to obtain the medicine.

One other user who is leading a legal movement against the regulations tells The Huffington Post he worries for patients who are in a condition much worse than he is and who are unaware of the change in Canada’s marijuana for medical use law. Just how will those not destroying stash because of their not knowing affect them legally, he asks. The user also says that he pays $2 per gram when he grows his own stash. This number will increase to $12 per gram under the new regulations effective on April 1, a price he cannot afford.

By Kollin Lore

Sources:
Health Canada
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Huffington Post
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The National Post
Global News

9 Responses to "Marijuana for Medical Use Laws Change in Canada on April 1"

  1. obedience training   February 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Some really good info, Sword lily I noticed this.

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  2. Adam Riga   August 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This makes my blood boil. It’s obvious Health Canada has become an extension of the pharmaceutical industry, these new regulations are always masked by some effort to reduce crime and promote safety when their sole incentives are clearly to consolidate and centralize supplies while increasing the demand to profit.

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    • Kevin Mark Bauer   August 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Has become an extension of Big Pharma? They always were an extension of Big Pharma from the days of it’s inception right to today. I can remember stories in the News back in the 70’s of scandals involving Doctors and kick backs from Big Pharma,especially for Anti Biotics,Valium and all the cousins,Vaccinations against every disease,etc,etc. I was lucky vaccinations with the exception of Tetnis were optional and my Mom had not had me or my Siblings Vaccinated.She didn’t trust Big Pharma going back to the late 50’s.
      Peace Y

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  3. Nebula Haze   March 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks to VancouverCanada.com for this information: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/03/14/brutal-press-release-from-health-canada-shows-their-disdain-for-cannabis-medicines-and-patients-in-need/

    In a notice posted on their website 3/14: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/changesmmpr-changementsrmfm-eng.php

    Health Canada shows why they cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of Canadians who need cannabis-based medicines.

    The notice was issued on a Friday afternoon so that it would not get much media coverage. But patients are already in an uproar as it has spread through social media.

    The essence of the press release is that patients who had been growing their own cannabis are now legally obligated to send Health Canada a letter confirming they have destroyed all their home-grown medicine by mixing it with kitty litter, and also killed all of their plants.

    If Health Canada doesn’t get this notice, then they will call the RCMP in an effort to have patients arrested for cultivation.

    The press release begins by saying “Health Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana.” What an odd statement to come from the organization which is overseeing the creation of a national medical marijuana program!

    The very first sentence reminds us that Health Canada doesn’t believe in the medical use of cannabis, and that the only reason there is a medical cannabis program at all is because it was “ordered by the Courts.”

    Patients across Canada registered with Health Canada in good faith, to protect themselves against arrest for cultivating their own medicine. Now they are being threatened with police action if they continue.

    Many patients will have perfectly good, medical grade cannabis at home. Some grew it themselves, others paid a Designated Grower to produce it for them. Either way, Health Canada wants them to throw it away and then buy new cannabis from one of these new companies.

    On April 1, Sensible BC is promoting a Day of Action against these ridiculous rules. Join our campaign to jam the phone, fax and email of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.

    I’ve heard that some people are planning on sending kitty litter to Minister Ambrose as well, to illustrate the absurdity of these new laws.

    Also, can Health Canada decide on a spelling for marijuana? Their press release jumps back and forth between “marijuana” and “marihuana.” How can they be relied on to run this program when they don’t even know how to spell the name of the plant in question?

    * APRIL 1 DAY OF ACTION: http://sensiblebc.ca/dayofaction

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  4. Magnum PEI   March 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Here are the phone numbers to start calling. Rona Ambrose office in Ottawa is 613-996-9778 or 613-957-0200. Her Edmonton office is 780-495-7705

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  5. Magnum PEI   March 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I don’t even have a license to posess and i am furious. I can’t believe how heartless and criminal Health Canada and Harpers government is. Do they really expect people to throw out perfectly good medicine with cat litter? They are forcing people to lie, first of all. Second of all, pot is not covered by any drug plan that i know of, so they will have to now pay out of pocket, and at quadruple what it currently costs them. They are making criminals out of sick people. It’s disgusting, to say the least.

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  6. Kevin Mark Bauer   March 18, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I have every confidence that the M.M.A.R. Coalition Against Repeal represented by the legal team of John Conroy Q.C. will be successful when they seek an injunction against the new regulations on March 18th,2014 in B.C. Federal Court, until the matter for their Constitutional challenge can be heard.
    Peace Y

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  7. David Stewart   March 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    We are witnessing the death throes of prohibition and the CPC.

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