Legal “home grown” will soon be a thing of the past for Canada’s 30,000 medical marijuana users.
Citing public safety concerns, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq rolled out new medical-marijuana rules Monday in Ottawa, citing overwhelming growth in medical-marijuana users as reason to ban patients from growing their own.
“This rapid increase has had unintended consequences for public health, safety and security as a result of allowing individuals to produce marijuana in their homes,” said the health ministry, which noted that 500 medical-marijuana users in 2001 has mushroomed to 30,000 today.
“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.”
Dana Larsen of Sensible B.C., which is seeking to legalize pot for adults, said medical-marijuana users have spent their time and money to learn how to grow.
“Now they’re telling them to throw everything away,” said Larsen. “This could be dealt with by city bylaws, regulation, and inspection.
“The lack of rules is what got us in trouble in the first place — now they say, ‘Ban it.’”
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