Canadian Marijuana Patients Hope Police Won’t Enforce New Pot Laws

Medical marijuana users in B.C. are hoping police do not enforce new Health Canada regulations that only allow marijuana to be purchased from licensed producers.

Starting April 1, Canada’s 38 thousand pot patients will have to purchase their weed at market rates from approved online producers. So far, only five companies across the country are allowed to legally grow and sell marijuana. As a result, there is growing concern that there will be cannabis shortage under the new regime, and that the price of it will skyrocket.

Medical marijuana user Joanne Crowther says that’s a risk she cannot afford.

“I could die if I don’t have my medical marijuana and I don’t take my oil every day,” she told CBC News.

Crowther was diagnosed with large-B vascular lymphoma three years ago. When chemotherapy and hospital treatment failed, she was referred to palliative care in renal failure.

“When they sent me home to die, my liver was less than 30 per cent, which they say once it hits 30 per cent it will never heal. It’s now 100 per cent.”

Six weeks after she started taking concentrated marijuana oil capsules, she went into remission which her oncologist calls miraculous.

But new Health Canada regulations mean she and other pot patients will have to pay about seven dollars per gram of prescribed marijuana. Crowther says she cannot afford what could amount to $3,100 a month.

“I’m fighting for my life. I want to live and the government wants to kill me,” she says.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.