CANADA: A number of Winnipeggers are fuming over new changes to Canada’s medical marijuana law.
The federal government will launch its free market for medical marijuana on Tuesday, eliminating personal home-growers and replacing them with commercial growers.
The move is meant to stop pot from being diverted for illegal use, but some medical marijuana users in Winnipeg say the move means they’ll be paying big bucks for something they could previously grow for cheap.
“They’re forcing sick people to jump through more holes than we have to,” said Steven Stairs, who uses medical marijuana for his glaucoma. “We already have to jump through holes to pay bills.”
A small group of medical marijuana users gathered outside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Monday afternoon to protest the decision, which Stairs says unfairly marginalizes the ill.
“I’m not a criminal. I’m not a drug dealer, and I’m not a danger to my community,” he said.
Stairs wants to be allowed to keep growing marijuana at home.
Right now, about 37,000 people use medical marijuana in Canada. Of those, about 25,000 have licenses to grow for themselves.