The Canadian federal government has just changed the laws regarding the growing of cannabis for medical patients. Earlier this year, the Conservative federal government struck down laws that would allow medical patients to grow their own marijuana in order to make it easier and cheaper for these patients to have access to it. However, a new Liberal government sits in Parliament, and they’ve recently overturned that decision. As of August 24th, Canadian medical cannabis patients can grow their own marijuana, or designate someone to grow it for them.
For the medical marijuana patients that do want to grow their own plants, there are some regulations and requirements that first must be met. The new law will allow two plants to be grown outdoors, or up to five indoors, and patients must first submit an application to Health Canada. In this application, an original medical document from a doctor or other health care practitioner must be included and the patient must also outline where the cannabis will be produced and stored. The patient can either grow it themselves, or if they’re unable to, they can designate someone to grow it for them. If the patient chooses to get someone else to grow the marijuana for them, that person has to pass a background check, which cannot show that they’ve been charged with a drug-related offence is the past ten years.
The new law was passed after four British Columbia residents complained, stating that relying on dispensaries was both difficult and expensive. The Liberal government is hoping that this new law will take direct and immediate action to provide some relief to those who are suffering from an illness, but have a difficult time getting to a dispensary, and paying dispensary prices.
The Liberal government has stated ever since taking office in October that they’re highly interested in making the use of marijuana available to everyone. That same Liberal government also plans to bring in legal marijuana in September 2017.
There are a number of medical conditions that cannabis can be prescribed for in Canada. They include:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury or disease
- Car accidents
- Muscular dystrophy
- Sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Brain injury
- Chronic pain
- Chronic nausea
- Kidney failure
- Muscle spasms
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Low libido/sexual dysfunction