26 August 2016

Freedom Leaf Canada reports

The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) replaced the older framework Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in Canada on Aug. 11. These new regs are a response to the Allard v. Canada Supreme Court of Canada case, which in February ruled that medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to grow their own cannabis and are no longer required to purchase it from licensed producers.

“The AMCPR is designed to provide an immediate solution required to address the Court judgment,” the agency reported. “Moving forward, Health Canada will evaluate how a system of medical access to cannabis should function alongside the Government’s commitment to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana.”

Those who wish to grow their own medical cannabis must register with Health Canada. The number of plants a patient can cultivate will depend on his or her doctor’s recommendation and plant yields.

Laurie MacEachern, director of Medicinal Cannabis Patients Alliance of Canada, uses medical cannabis to treat nerve damage, irritable bowel syndrome and a spinal injury. Growing her own cannabis costs about $300 a year, while buying the same amount from a licensed producer runs upwards of $11,000 a year. She credits cannabis for getting her off of pharmaceuticals like OxyContin and Percocet—at one point she was taking 27 pills a day.


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