Health Canada Tells Pot Growers to Destroy Surplus Marijuana Using Water, Cat Litter

Users of medical marijuana will soon be prohibited from growing their own pot — and the federal government is suggesting they turn to their feline friends for help in properly disposing of leftover stashes.

Health Canada recommends blending marijuana with water and mixing it with cat litter before tossing it into regular household trash.

“The primary option is to break down the materials, mask the odour and dispose of it in the garbage,” department spokesman Sean Upton said in an emailed response to questions.

Health Canada has announced a complete reworking of the medical marijuana system — in part due to concerns about the risk of criminal infiltration.

Under the existing program, to be phased out by April 1, people like Jason Wilcox of Abbotsford, B.C., are issued licences to grow marijuana for their personal use to help ease the symptoms of painful conditions.

Wilcox and thousands of others who cultivate their own pot have until the end of March to render any remaining weed “unfit for use or consumption.”

– Read the entire article at Calgary Herald.


Throw Out My pot? Medical Marijuana User Finds Federal Plan Absurd
By Jessica Hume, Toronto Sun

OTTAWA — Medical marijuana user Russell Barth wants to know what the government was smoking when it came up with its guidelines on how to dispose of old weed stashes.

“To dispose of dried marijuana or marijuana plants it must first be rendered unfit for use or consumption,” Health Canada says. “One way is to blend the marijuana with water and mix it with cat littler to mask the odour. This can then be placed in your regular household garbage.”

First, Barth says, the stuff is compost — not garbage.

And second: “This is absurd.”

“There’s not one person in the country who would do that, trust me,” he said. “Throw out my perfectly good medication? No.”

– Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.