Medical marijuana producers in BC are hailing a Health Canada decision to amend the rules allowing the sale of cannabis oil and fresh marijuana buds and leaves.
“It’s a great day for patients; it’s a great day for the future of our legitimate industry.”
CEO of PharmaCan, Paul Rosen, who speaks for the Okanagan’s “In the Zone,” says the changes don’t go as far as allowing the sale of edibles.
“It’s not so important that the licensed producers for example to produce a cookie, although that may eventually become part of our program, what is important is a patient can now get oil from an authenticated supply chain, and at that point they can turn it into, for example, a cookie.”
The move comes on the heels of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling giving users more choice in what form of the drug they can use.
Producers will have to comply with the same terms and conditions as those on dried marijuana — including making sure the product is shipped in child-resistant packaging as well limiting the amount of the active ingredient in the drug.
Health Canada says while the courts require reasonable access to the drug, it must be done in a controlled fashion.
The grandmother of a three-year-old, Summerland girl who depends on marijuana oil to combat her seizures is happy to see Health Canada amending the rules allowing the sale of cannabis oil and fresh marijuana buds and leaves.
“That’s going to alleviate the pressure on the producers. They’ll be able to actually start producing oil so that there can be more investigation or some more scientific evidence behind it.”
However, Elaine Nuessler is also hoping to see clarification on what kinds and concentrations of oil producers are now legally able to harvest.
“It’s all about consistency of the oil and a very high-grade product– Hopefully Canada gets there…”
Nuessler’s granddaughter Kyla went from being on pharmaceutical drugs and experiencing hundreds of seizures a day to being on cannabis oil only and suffering only ten to twenty seizures a day.