Documents Outline B.C. Ministry of Justice Concerns Over Ottawa’s New Rules for Medicinal Marijuana

The federal government is preparing to rescind more than 16,500 British Columbians’ licences to produce medical marijuana.

That has the B.C. Ministry of Justice worried that a lot of people who have been growing weed legally will go on caring for their plants after they’ve lost their permits to do so. What’s more, there’s very little police will be able to do to stop patients from continuing to cultivate their own medicine.

According to documents posted online by the province on December 30, 2013, the federal government has failed to respond to the ministry’s questions on those points and others regarding changes to medicinal-marijuana regulations scheduled to take effect on April 1.

“Police in B.C. are concerned that many of these operations will continue to grow marijuana after their MMAR [Marihuana for Medical Access Regulation] licenses expire,” states a September 18, 2013, briefing note prepared for B.C. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “Exacerbating this issue is the fact that Health Canada, citing privacy concerns, does not intend to disclose the addresses of former licensed grow operations once they are no longer permitted to legally grow marijuana.”

The documents were released in response to a freedom of information request and subsequently posted online by the province. Though heavily redacted, one portion left intact notes problems the province has with Ottawa’s “transition plan” for the regulatory changes.

– Read the entire article at The Georgia Straight.