Following a federal court ruling that quashes the ban on growing medical marijuana at home, Health Canada announced patients will soon be able to grow their own under Health Canada changes to medical marijuana laws.
The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations will be replaced with “Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations,” which also provides patients the ability to nominate someone else who can grow the supply for them, if they are registered with Health Canada.
Those nominees will have to pass a police background check.
Patients can get starter supplies like seeds and plants from the 34 licensed producers but not from illegal dispensaries that Deputy Health Minister Jacqueline Bogden says provide products that are “unregulated” and “unsafe”.
“Storefronts or dispensaries or “compassion clubs” – these operations are illegally supplied and subject to law enforcement action which is supported by the government of Canada.”
As to what the future holds for those dispensaries, Ottawa is playing it close to the vest.
“I wouldn’t want to speculate on the future, I think it’s important that there are a lots decisions that the future is being looked at in the context of the government’s larger commitments, I wouldn’t want to speculate on what the future might hold.”
Health Canada also reaffirmed that dispensaries are still not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes.