Battle Over Canadian Medical Marijuana Continues

More than a decade ago, after several court rulings, the federal government was forced to create regulations allowing people with legitimate needs to possess or grow cannabis for personal medical use without facing criminal charges.

Yet it seems Canadians will have to wait longer for a truly workable system that ensures access. Unfortunately, in a ruling issued Feb. 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected the latest constitutional challenge to the current marijuana medical access regulations (MMAR).

There is an ongoing chill surrounding physicians who might consider providing the medical declaration that is a required part of a patient’s application to Health Canada for permission to possess or produce cannabis for personal medical purposes.

Some provincial regulatory authorities have actively discouraged physicians from providing this service to patients, some to the point of stating clearly that physicians should not support a patient’s application.

– Read the entire article at The Toronto Star.