Canada’s new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations goes into effect

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Health Canada is out of the medical marijuana business and is only allowing licensed producers to provide Canadian patients with their cannabis, according to industry news.

Also, doctors can now prescribe medical marijuana directly to patients instead of the application process that would require each new patient to earn Health Canada’s approval.

What does this mean for patients? They are being told to purchase marijuana from licensed producers designated by Health Canada instead of individual growers licensed by the old Health Canada program. Doctors and now nurse practitioners can directly prescribe marijuana to patients. Medical marijuana firms, such as MediJean, are working on strains that could treat specific conditions.

The fly in the ointment, though, is that a federal court recently granted a last-minute reprieve for medical marijuana users who say they need to be able to grow their own pot at home. The surprising decision also means Canadians with an authorization to possess medical marijuana will also be allowed to continue to do so under the injunction, though they will only be permitted to possess up to 150 grams.

For more info on the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, visit this MediJean news report.