According to reports, the Canadian government plans to restrict medical marijuana growing to only those private businesses licensed by the government. This would make individual growing illegal, creating much hardship for patients who prefer cultivating their own medicine.
“By privatizing the industry, they’ll effectively be removing the rights of medical cannabis patients to produce their own cannabis,” said Adam Greenblatt, a spokesman for the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. “That’s problematic because you have patients who spend many years trying to find the variety that works for them, and also because some patients have invested a lot of money in growing supplies.”
Authorities claim they don’t want individual growers out there bypassing electrical and safety laws, but it’s really more of a function of government control. They say they are privatizing the system, but the Canadian government will control who grows.
This leaves patients at the mercy of the Canadian government for their medicine; not the best of situations. Then again, the government doesn’t care about patient relief or convenience. In fact, they would rather medical marijuana didn’t exist in Canada at all, but while it does, they want as much control over it as possible.
With a Conservative government that is extremely hostile to cannabis now in place, I fear dark days ahead for patients up north, and this is just the beginning. Who would have ever thought that the day might come when Canadians would have to cross the southern (or western) border to increase their freedom when it comes to cannabis?
That day may be here soon.