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For over a decade, medical marijuana has been legal in Canada, but only under strict guidelines. If a patient needed it, with doctor approval they could either grow it themselves or have an individual grow it for them. These individual growers could only sell to two people each. Another option available to these patients was to request small amounts from Canada’s national healthcare department (Health Canada).
Recently the Canadian government passed a new initiative privatizing distribution, called Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. Since October 1, Canadian patients in need of medical marijuana can have a doctor send an application directly to specific government-sanctioned corporate producers.
In April 2014, all small-time growers will have their licenses nullified, and privately-owned marijuana farms will replace them – including one at a former chocolate factory. While medical marijuana may now become more accessible and “more legal” to patients, it will only be accessible through the form of these government-sanctioned corporate producers, and only via mail.
A subsidiary of the company supplying Health Canada, Prairie Plant Systems (PPS), was among the first of Health Canada’s “list of authorized licensed producers.” Unfortunately, PPS has come under a great deal of scrutiny for the quality of their product, facing accusations of containing biological impurities, heavy metals, and gamma ray radiation. The quality of the product is one more concern shared by critics of the new regulations.
We hope that despite the flaws, this can be a step in the right direction for Canada! Only time will tell. Feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page or in the comment section below!