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New Canadian Marijuana Program Goes Into Effect in 2014

Posted by MCN Blogger on 09/04/2013 in Canadian Cannabis Politics

In a recent news conference held by the Canada Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, it was announced that brand new regulations will change the way that Canadians will be able to access medical marijuana in the forecoming year. Officially published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, the all-new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations was issued on June 19, 2013.

Minister of Health Aglukkaq said, "While the courts have said that there must be reasonable access to a legal source of marihuana for medical purposes, we believe that this must be done in a controlled fashion in order to protect public safety. These changes will strengthen the safety of Canadian communities, while making sure patients can access what they need to treat serious illnesses." Deemed simply the M.M.P.R. by Canadian citizens, the regulations were set in place to provide an alternative form of beneficial treatment to terminally and seriously ill patients.

The all-new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations will aim to specifically treat marijuana as much as possible, similar to any other narcotic that is intended for medical purposes. The new regulations are going to provide access to quality-controlled marijuana for strict medicinal purposes. The marijuana is produced under entirely secure and sanitary conditions, all of which must remain within compliance of all state codes and laws. These implemented regulations will also streamline the process for applicants and healthcare practitioners.

Under Health Canada's new regime, individuals will not be required to provide personal medical information to Health Canada. Instead, healthcare practitioners will be able to simply sign a medical document that enables patients to purchase the appropriate amount of cannabis in direct relation to their respective condition. Patients will receive their medicine directly from a licensed producer that has been approved by Health Canada.

Due to the rapid increase of medical marijuana patients, Canada's medical marijuana program has exponentially grown to an enormous problem. This has had unintended consequences for public health, safety and security as a result of allowing individuals to produce marihuana in their homes. Under the new regulations, production will no longer take place in homes and municipal zoning laws will need to be respected, which will further enhance public safety. In order for the program to become facilitated properly, the transition from the current program to the new program will have to operate concurrently until March 31st, 2014. Effective as of April 1st, 2014, Health Canada will no longer be able to produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes. As of March 31st, 2014, the currently M.M.A.R. will be repealed.