Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Medical Marijuana in Canada: typical government bureaucracy

As mall owners and stock holders have allowed big box stores to dominate the market, small
family businesses are going bankrupt. This is the same, growers warn, of the small growers upon whom many medical marijuana users depend.
Being a hospice and respite volunteer, I often come across people who would benefit from this drug. Doctors are often against it. That is changing. My friend, Michele, had access to it in British Columbia. She has been unable to access it here, in her long-term care home. In addition, the law forbids people from smoking on the property of LTC, hospitals and other government facilities. This is a huge barrier.
My friend, Michele.
I wrote about her in my book.

Many of my clients cannot afford to buy it from these new commercial producers. There have been Canadian Government changes to the distribution and growing of this product. Many fear that that will no longer be able to afford to buy from their regular growers. In fact, many who could use the drug are on disability (ODSP), unable to work, or unemployed due to their various illnesses. I had a client I took to the pain clinic, and she could not even afford it buying it on the street. 

The street value of pot is about $2 per gram, but these sophisticated plants cost money. Health Canada sells it for $5/ gram. They anticipate selling it for about $8/gram in the large-scale production plants. Former legal growers are upset, in that they are able to have a couple of clients, and have spent 40 years, some of them, learning how to grow this plant. All of their expertise will be lost for customers who live in rural or remote locations, as well as those in the city who depend on the small growers.
  • The federal government gave permission for two patients to smoke pot in 1999.
  • In 2000, the courts rules that Canadians have a constitutional right to use cannabis as a medicine.
  • In 2001 they granted legal access to cannabis for those with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses.
  • In 2001 they permitted some 100 authorized users. 
  • In 2014 there are 37,800 legal users. 
  • There are 25,000 authorized to grow pot for themselves.
  • Authorized designated growers: 3900.
  • Currently, there are 12 commercial producers licenced under the new rules (See the list below).
Some say they can grow at home for pennies a gram, while official suppliers licensed by Health Canada charge anywhere from a discounted price of $3 a gram to as much as $13.50.

Medical marijuana users take fight to grow pot to Parliament Hill

Protest comes after Ottawa said it would challenge injunction letting medical users keep growing pot

  1. Medical marijuana growers warned to destroy pot or face police ...


    Mar 17, 2014 - Health Canada is warning users and growers licensed under an outgoing law they must destroy and dispose of their pot by April 1.
Tweed.com offers compassionate pricing
The  Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) are in effect and the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations(MMAR) will be repealed on March 31, 2014. The MMPR deal exclusively with the medical use of marijuana and do not address the issue of legalizing marijuana for general use.
If you already have a valid Authorization to Possess (ATP) under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, you can use your Authorization to Possess (ATP) to register with a licensed producer until the validity date shown on the ATP. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you do not have an Authorization to Possess (ATP) under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, you need to follow the following steps:
Authorised Licensed Producers
Name of licensed producerPhone numberEmail (if applicable)Website (if applicable)
Bedrocan Canada Inc.1-855-420-7887info@bedrocan.caNext link will take you to another Web site Bedrocan
Canna Farms Ltd.1-855-882-0988info@cannafarms.caNext link will take you to another Web site Canna Farms
CanniMed Ltd.1-855-787-1577info@cannimed.comNext link will take you to another Web site CanniMed
Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc.1-855-245-1259info@delta9.caNext link will take you to another Web site Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc.
GreenLeaf Medicinals Ltd.1-855-488-3668info@greenleafmedicinals.caNext link will take you to another Web site GreenLeaf Medicinals Ltd.
In The Zone Produce Ltd.1-800-420-1707info@inthezoneproduce.comNext link will take you to another Web site In The Zone Produce Ltd.
Mettrum Ltd.1-844-638-8786 (METTRUM)info@mettrum.comNext link will take you to another Web site Mettrum Ltd.
MedReleaf Corp.1-855-4-Releaf (73-5323)askus@medreleaf.comNext link will take you to another Web site MedReleaf Corp.
The Peace Naturals Project Inc1-888-64-PEACE (73223)info@peacenaturals.comNext link will take you to another Web site The Peace Naturals
ThunderBird Biomedical Inc.1-778-588-9528info@thunderbirdmedical.caNext link will take you to another Web site ThunderBird Biomedical
Tweed Inc.1-855-55-TWEED (89333)hi@tweed.comNext link will take you to another Web site Tweed
Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp.1-604-962-3440info@whistlermedicalmarijuana.comNext link will take you to another Web site Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp.

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