Federal Court Judge Rules Canadian Medical Marijuana Patients Can Continue to Grow Their Own Marijuana

A Federal Court Judge ruled patients who are currently licensed to grow their own marijuana will be permitted to continue producing their own medicine when new regulations take effect on April 1.

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Judge Michael Manson granted an application from a group of medical marijuana patients, who asked for a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo until a constitutional challenge of the new system can be heard.

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The new regulations restrict medical marijuana production to commercial growers, though the injunction does not affect the new licensing system.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue the updated regulations violate their right to access important medicine, because marijuana is expected to initially be more expensive under the new system. They also say they won’t have as much control over which strains of the drug they use.

During a hearing earlier this week, their lawyer said the patients would suffer “irreparable harm” if they weren’t granted an injunction, and they suggested the federal government has offered little concrete evidence that the medical marijuana system actually poses as many risks as it claims.

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