CANADA: Medical marijuana users will be permitted to continue growing pot at home after the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a decision last month that would exempt patients from a massive overhaul of Canada’s cannabis laws.
Regulations introduced in 2013 shifted the production of medical marijuana to licensed commercial producers under Canada’s new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), preventing users from growing cannabis at home, a move that is being challenged by a group of patients in a case that will be heard this year.
In March, medical marijuana users won a last-minute reprieve allowing them to continue growing their own pot at home until the case is resolved. Ottawa appealed, but the Appeal Court upheld the injunction in a unanimous decision Dec. 15.
It’s another small win for the plaintiffs in the federal case who’ve filed a constitutional challenge arguing that forcing patients to source their pot from commercial producers violates their right to access essential medicine at an affordable rate. Most commercial producers list their cannabis at between $8 and $10 a gram, although prices can go as low as $2 and as high as $15. Many personal growers have been able to produce pot at between $1 and $4 cultivating at home.