Article by Sarah Hanlon, 24 Hours
They took their own sweet time but the federal government has finally made necessary changes to the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).
People who sign up through the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR for short – oy! – so many acronyms!) can now grow their own weed or give one person the right to grow it for them.
The amount of cannabis you can grow is small, regulated and dependent on the recommended dosages a patient should receive.
The about-face is the result of a February Supreme Court ruling which ruled that patients who needed cannabis for medical reasons were not getting “reasonable access”.
This was the exact same decision that gave the recently raided and reopened dispensaries a legal leg to stand on.
They were operating on the presumption that the Supreme Court would rule in their favour given the limited amount of access.
Now, the new ACMPR rules appear to be a direct attempt by the feds to de-legitimize that legal argument.
In the Health Canada document describing the changes, they make clear to note “What’s Still Illegal (…) storefronts selling marijuana, commonly known as ‘dispensaries’ and ‘compassion clubs,’ are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes.”