As the first of B.C.’s licensed medical marijuana producers began shipping product from Whistler this week under new federal rules, a number of facilities without Health Canada licences continue to supply customers due to a recent court ruling.
Companies such as Agrima in Maple Ridge would have been in regulatory limbo as of April 1 had a Federal Court judge not granted a temporary injunction last month. The ruling allows licensed medical marijuana users, or their designated growers, to continue supplying their own medicine until the courts decide whether the new rules, requiring patients to buy from a government-approved grower, violate the rights of those who can’t afford it.
Agrima has applied to Health Canada to be a licensed producer, but is awaiting a final inspection, chief operations officer James Poelzer said Tuesday. Because of the court injunction, they are able to continue supplying their current patients as a designated producer under the old rules, he said.
There are other facilities throughout Metro Vancouver in a similar boat, although it is impossible to say exactly how many as lists are not public due to patient confidentiality.
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