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Ottawa to appeal medical marijuana injunction

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:03 AM on Monday, March 31st, 2014
A dried cannabis plant is trimmed at the Farmacy in south-west Quebec on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Staff
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 10:08AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 31, 2014 10:12AM EDT

The federal government has announced it intends to appeal a recent Federal Court order that allows thousands of patients to continue growing their own marijuana while patients challenge the government’s plan to change the system.

Health Canada said in a brief statement Monday that it disagrees with the injunction the court issued earlier this month and will challenge it.

The injunction allows patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana to continue to grow their own pot while patients take the government to court over plans to overhaul the marijuana system.

That proceeding is expected to be scheduled within the next year.

Canada’s medical marijuana system has allowed licensed patients to grow their own pot since 2001. But Health Canada has repeatedly said it does not endorse the use of marijuana.

It’s also suggested that federal officials have only been running a medical pot program because the courts have said there must be reasonable access to the drug.

Health Canada says the medical marijuana program has been open to serious abuse and that the risks related to marijuana grow-ops, such as fires and crime, outweigh the patients’ rights to grow their own pot.

Health Canada wants to bring in a new system to restrict medical marijuana production to licensed commercial producers only.

Patients are contesting those plans because they say the marijuana will become more expensive and they won’t have as much control over which strains of the drug they use.

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