Cannabis as a drug is legal to possess, consume, or grow for medicinal purposes under conditions outlined in the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations issued by Health Canada.
In April 2014, the Medical Marijuana Access Program was replaced by the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (or MMPR) by Health Canada.
In June 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada expanded the definition of medical cannabis to include any form of the drug, including but not limited to brownies, teas, or oils.
February 24, 2016 A Vancouver Federal Court judge rules medical marijuana law unconstitutional. The judge has struck down the law barring medical users from obtaining marijuana outside of licensed producers, saying it violates their charter rights. In (the Allard decision). It was argued, and the Federal Court agreed, that limiting patient access to purchasing from Licensed Producers under the MMPR , infringed Section 7 of the Charter, and on that basis, the entire MMPR was declared invalid.
After the court had struck down the previous Conservative government’s regulations restricting access to medical marijuana, and gave the new Liberal government until August 24th to create new rules, the government did nothing for 6 months, leaving cannabis medical patients in limbo as to where and how they would get their cannabis medicine. That ruling basically agreed with cannabis medical patients that forcing them to buy from a government licensed producer violated their constitutional rights.
Then on the last possible day August 24th, they come up with the ACMPR, a set of rules and regulations a mile long that was put in place merely to satisfy the court ruling on the deadline day. Has the deadline was inconvenient for the Liberal government occurring around 9 months before the regulations governing recreational sales and cannabis legalization are meant to go in effect. It meant that Health Canada employees had to dedicate the time to this Band-Aid solution until recreational sales come into effects instead of focusing on the cannabis legalization and recreational and medical regulatory framework itself as they should have been. These new regulations are nothing but a stop gap measure at best.
Another issue encountered by many cannabis medical patients, regardless of the Government Licensed Producers with whom they have registered, is related to the availability of cannabis edibles,cannabis oils or other cannabis derivatives which have yet to be incorporated into their market. Although previous supreme court rulings have granted cannabis medical patients the rights to use medical cannabis oils or other cannabis derivatives to help manage their symptoms or condition, the current market is restricted to low quality dried cannabis product and the all too often “out-of-stock” cannabis oils if you are lucky enough to find it from the Government Licensed Producers.
The ACMPR do not make mention of any efforts to help mitigate the financial burdens faced by a large number of medical cannabis patients in Canada. Quality cannabis medical patients education services are still out of reach for many cannabis medical patients, especially for those unfamiliar with the current Government regulatory frameworks. Questions related to cannabis medical strain selection, dosing, modes of administration, side-effects, contre indications and efficient registration with Health Canada Licensed Producers, too often remain unanswered for many cannabis medical patients.
Unfortunately, all signs suggest that the new ACMPR rules will not benefit medical cannabis patients. While the new system, allows patients to grow their own plants, it makes it clear that all dispensaries and compassion clubs are illegal, despite the fact that there is hundreds or even a thousand of such organizations in Canada and that they have a long history of helping cannabis medical patients access their cannabis medicine.
The new ACMPR rules has a complicated formula for determining the number of plants cannabis medical patients are allowed to grow on their own, and perpetuates the special privileged status afforded to Canada’s 34 licensed producers (LPs), by ensuring that they are the only legal source of young plants and seeds.
Adding to the Canadian government red tape, the new system is vulnerable to abuse by licensed producers (LPs). It didn’t take long for Canada’s largest LP, Canopy Growth Corp [Tweed] to respond to the new ACMPR rules. In a press release sent out hours after the new federal regulations were announced, Canopy charged that they were “a setback for the advancement of sound cannabis policy and Canada’s global leadership in cannabis regulation.”
Reluctant to release any part of their plant genetics and there growing process to the public, Canopy Growth which has more than half of the country’s legally registered cannabis medical patients said that its customers will not be allowed to grow its plants in their homes, as the supreme court said they have a constitutional right to do.
Instead its new program, Home grow without your home, promises to provide seeds, training and rental equipment, but, by taking advantage of the clause that allows patients to designate an alternate grower, will force its cannabis medical clients to grow plants only in one of its facilities. In other words, the largest licensed producer in Canada is already using its power to hold cannabis medical patients hostage, by refusing to allow them to grow their own plants, in their own homes.
Another disappointing aspect of the new ACMPR rules is that they specifically disallow dispensaries and compassion clubs, even in places where municipal bylaws allow them, as in Vancouver. Even before cannabis’s medical properties were recognized by the courts, compassion clubs were engaging in community education and support services to prospective and current patients, and helping people navigate the challenges of obtaining what was then an illegal, but effective, medicine. Run by folks who suffer from ailments that can be treated with cannabis like epilepsy, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders they helped patients figure out how best to take their medication, how much to take and when. Not only have compassion clubs served to support patients during the cannabis legalization battle, they continue to be trusted by a majority of patients across Canada.
We at Cannabis Medical Online Dispensary will continue to provide options and reasonable access by mail order in the comfort of your home, and without all the Red Tape to Canadian seeking cannabis products. If you are an adults 19 years of age and believe that cannabis can help you have a better quality of life or that it’s good for what ails you, you qualifies!
By the way, all cannabis is considered medical cannabis if you believe laughter is the best medicine.
“If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson
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