New Health Canada Marijuana Regulations May Drive Some Into the Bush

A veteran marijuana grower in British Columbia says the Conservative government’s new medicinal pot system may lead some patients to illicitly grow their pot outdoors.

Under proposed changes taking effect next year, personal-use production licences will be eliminated, making it illegal for patients to cultivate their own marijuana. Only commercial producers will be licensed in the new system.

The 28,115 Canadians currently authorized to use dried marijuana will have to rely on pricier government-sanctioned growers for their medication, rather than growing it themselves or relying on a designated grower.

A notice posted by Health Canada on the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations estimates the current $1.80-a-gram cost for marijuana will rise to $8.80 a gram when the program takes effect.

The average additional cost to consumers will be about $166 million a year for 10 years, the notice estimates.

Mik Mann, a 55-year-old activist with a personal-grow licence, says his current doctor’s prescription allows him to use up to seven grams of marijuana a day, which he cultivates from 35 plants in the basement of his home in Port Alberni, B.C.

“Right now the cost to me growing is probably a dollar a gram,” he says.

“At $8.80 a gram it’s pretty clear I won’t be able to afford it. It will leave me without a cheap source of medication.”

Health Canada says 72 per cent of applicants for an authorization to possess marijuana licence suffer from arthritis, spinal cord injury, spinal cord disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS/HIV, or epilepsy.

The Harm Reduction Journal, in a 2012 assessment of Health Canada’s medical marijuana program, found 61 per cent of Canadian medical-marijuana users have an income below $30,000.

Like other licenced users, Mann has personalized his plant strains to fit his ailments, but under the new legislation he will no longer be allowed to possess them legally.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.



  1. Anonymous on

    Derek Pedro is a bandit stay away from this site he will only rip you off

  2. Anonymous on problem solved

  3. Anonymous on

    Whats next, grow vegtables and pay toilets? Make a stand, don’t let this happen!!!

  4. gutrod on

    $8.80 a gram works out to $246.40 per oz. which is much higher than most people pay at least in Ontario. It is sad that our government must flex it’s muscles on such harmless people. It is so American.

  5. Bhonze on

    Same Ole Lame Ole BS; Reefer Madness!!!
    Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding H.R. 499, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. As your Congressman, I am committed to putting the needs of Mississippi families first, and knowing your views and ideas on federal legislation is critical in order to best represent you. To this extent, your comments and ideas are always appreciated.

    As you may know, H.R. 499 was introduced by Congressman Jared Polis on February 5, 2013. This bill would remove marijuana from federal scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing marijuana on the federal level and leaving it to the states to enact their own legislation how they see fit. This legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the House Committee on the Judiciary for further consideration.

    As a father of three children, I understand the need to protect our families from the negative effects of illegal drug use. Drug addiction is a serious disease affecting many Americans. Allowing easier access to illegal drugs would significantly compromise the safety, health, and well-being of individuals, families, and their communities. In this regard, I oppose any legalization of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Although we may disagree, please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should H.R. 499 reach the floor of the House for a vote.

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    Steven M. Palazzo
    Member of Congress