Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Fed Government News
laws to change by 2014
Released by the office of MP Mark Strahl/Web
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
"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
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