Canadian court decision challenges new rules on medical marijuana

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2369
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Canada’s rules on producing and prescribing medical marijuana are set to change radically on 1 April as the federal government seeks to eliminate home growers’ permits that it says have led to “unintended consequences” and “exponential growth” in the industry. But a last minute injunction from a federal court means that the law will go into effect with its key provision—that home growers destroy their plants—suspended.

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations removed the right of medical marijuana permit holders to grow their own plants or buy marijuana from other permit holders. Instead, the regulations aimed to limit production to about 20 licensed commercial producers …

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