Article by Mike Hagger, The Globe and Mail
Medical-marijuana patients won a court battle at the beginning of this year allowing them to grow their own cannabis at home, but they have no legal way to obtain the seeds or seedlings at an affordable price.
Ottawa tweaked its medical-cannabis regime two months ago, after a Federal Court ruling in February found the government was “over broad and arbitrary” in banning home growing in favour of a mail-order system supplied by a network of large commercial growers.
Now, B.C.-based Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. is the only one of more than 30 licensed commercial producers so far approved to sell seeds or small plants – known as clones – to authorized clients.
But that company, which is still roughly two weeks away from mailing such products, is charging $750 for its five-plant package and, as result, will turn most aspiring home growers toward underground producers or illegal online dispensaries, activists say.
Jason Wilcox, a cannabis advocate who oversaw the fundraising effort to take the case to Federal Court, said he and his network of activists will continue to direct those authorized to grow at home away from the market regulated by Health Canada.