Health Canada’s new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) were published in the Canada Gazette today and are now in force. The ACMPR repealed the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”) previously declared unconstitutional by a Federal Court in Vancouver. The ACMPR allows persons with a doctor’s authorization to access medical marihuana by:
- Purchasing from a licensed commercial producer
- Producing their own supply;
- Designating another party to produce on their behalf.
Health Canada’s position remains that storefront distribution and sale (i.e. dispensaries and compassion clubs) are illegal and subject to law enforcement action.
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