Proposed Changes to Medical Marijuana Access

Changes to the Medical Marihuana Access Program

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On December 16 2012, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health issued a press release outlining proposed modifications to the Canadian Medical Marihuana Purposes Regulations (MMPR).  These new measures would alter the way medical marijuana patients in Canada access their medicine.

The proposed changes aim to “protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and their communities by eliminating the production of marihuana in homes”. Under these new regulations Canadians would no longer be permitted to produce marijuana for their own medical usage, nor would they be able to designated a grower of their own choosing.

Additionally, medical cannabis would no longer be provided by the Government of Canada. The Ministry of Health website responsible providing information regarding the newly proposed changes states that, “the  $5/gram Health Canada charges to program participants who choose to purchase from the department is heavily subsidized”.

Users under the new system of medical cannabis access would receive a prescription from a doctor and then purchase an appropriate amount from an “authorized vendor”. This would “ensure that they have access to marihuana for medical purposes produced under quality controls while streamlining the process for applicants and health care practitioners”.

The Government of Canada aims to implement these changes as active policy by March 31st, 2014.

Leona Aglukkaq has provided a period of public consultation with Canadians that ends: February 28, 2013.

A protest against the proposed changes, involving displays of action outside MPs offices will be held on February 21st, 2013.

Details about the changes themselves can be found on the Health Canada website, here: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/future-avenir/index-eng.php

To read a critical article examining problems with the proposed changes, go here:

Details about the protest against the proposed changes can be found here:

http://hempology.ca/protest/

Contact information for your local MP can be found here:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

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