Will home-grown medical marijuana from licensed producers be of high enough quality for patients?
That’s the question after Health Canada gave the green light to new rules allowing patients to grow their own pot for medical needs.
Sacha with dispensary the Karuna Health Foundation says he has concerns about industrially produced cannabis.
He he says only allowing patients to buy seeds from a total of 34 government licensed growers is a problem, and that mass production affects quality.
“It has a lot to do with strains, these licensed producers, and a lot of them are newer. Cannabis is very different and requires a lot of experience with specific strains to get them to grow properly and get them to have the effect that you want.”
Sacha says he wants the feds to leave the mass producers to grow recreational marijuana, while small dispensaries to cater to the sick.
“You’re not seeing a lot of really high end stuff come out of these licensed producer places because they don’t have the genetics. They have very generic genetics, almost GMO in way, they are resistant to mold and pathogens but they don’t produce the Cannabinoids and they don’t produce the effect.”
He says a majority of patients with cancer, Aids, or tumors look for specific strains that mass producers can’t provide, and that consumers won’t see quality products because strains are basically genetically modified.
Lawyer John Conroy specializes in pot law, he says patients who want certain strains will just ignore the government.
“People will simply take the seeds from health Canada, put them in a drawer or throw them out and use better seeds if the quality is lacking.”
Health Canada says patients have the ability to ask someone else to grow pot for them, as long as they are registered.