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SOLUTIONS: Health Canada Plans to Treat Marijuana Like Other Medicines


A proposal released by Health Canada would treat medical marijuana more like medicine and effectively commercialize its production and distribution.

“Current medical marijuana regulations have left the system open to abuse,” Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq stated in a press release on Sunday.

She said the proposed Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) would help control illegal activity, while also allowing easier access for those patients who have genuine medical needs.

In order to be approved for a license, producers must:

  • Employ a quality assurance person with appropriate training, experience and knowledge.
  • Have an indoor production site (not in a private residence).
  • Have restricted access to their production site.
  • Have a 24/7 camera security system and alarm system.
  • Hold valid security clearance, authorized by the Minister of Health.
  • Provide notification of their application and details about their site to local police, fire and government officials.

“These changes strike the right balance between patient access and public safety,” she said

Essentially, the new system will create licensed grow-ops that people could shop at, provided they have a prescription from their doctor. The regulations would allow for a regulated commercial market of licensed producers.

Currently, those who wish to use medical marijuana must apply for a permit from the government in order to either grow it themselves or buy it from a single government grower.


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