Tuesday, December 18, 2012


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Medicinal marijuana laws to change by 2014

Released by the office of MP Mark Strahl/Web photo


t an announcement on Sunday December 16, attended by Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq stated the Government's intention to phase out in-home marihuana growth operations.


"The Government is acting on concerns by law enforcement, fire officials and property owners with regards to the dangers marihuana growth operations pose to health and human safety," said Strahl.

In the past decade, Health Canada's Marihuana Medical Access Program has grown exponentially, from under 500 authorized persons in 2003 to over 26,000 today. This rapid increase has had unintended consequences for public health, safety and security as a result allowing individuals to produce marihuana in their homes.

"Changes are necessary to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation by criminal elements," said Chief Constable Jim Chu. "We very much appreciate the collaborative relationship the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police enjoys with Health Canada and how they are responding to the unintended public safety impact through the proposed changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Program."

The proposed new regulations will authorize private licensed companies to produce and distribute marihuana for medical purposes, making multiple strains accessible to patients that are unavailable under the current program. A prescription will be given to a patient by a licensed health care practitioner, which can be used to purchase a legal supply of marihuana from the licensed company of the patient's choice.

It is the Government's intention to fully implement this new system by March 31, 2014. On this date, all authorizations to possess and licenses to produce issued under the current program would expire, and all individuals requiring marihuana for medical purposes would have to purchase it from licensed producers.

Details of the proposed regulations can be found here.




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