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Canadian Government To Put $1.3 Billion Into Medical Cannabis Production And Distribution

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canada marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

Starting Tuesday, Canada’s federal government will be launching a $1.3 billion market for medical cannabis, which is expected to eventually supply over 450,000 Canadians with cannabis, reports the Canadian Press.

Health Canada is replacing a system which relied on small-scale, home cultivation to supply medical cannabis, in exchange for a system of large indoor farms certified by Canadian police. Health inspectors will be tasked with the production, packaging and distribution of a variety of cannabis.

Initial sales under this new program are expected in the next few weeks.

The government will be putting no limit on the number of large grow operations that are in operation; they plan to base production on demand. The government is also expected to import some cannabis from places such as the Netherlands.

156 firms have already applied to become a producer or distributor. The first two received their licences last week.

Canada currently has 37,400 authorized medical cannabis patients, but officials expect that number to be closer to half a million by 2024; these estimates are considered to be conservative.

Health Canada projects that cannabis will be sold at an average of $7.60 a gram by next year, once the old system is phased out.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. The Canadian government is NOT putting 1.3 billion dollars into medical marijuana. They are licensing corporate growers to produce 1.3 billion worth of pot, and bringing back prohibition for medical patients who grow their own.

  2. Johnny Bloomington on

    This is government ran/controlled legalization. This is the government holding a monopoly on marijuana and overcharging per gram. Bad system.

  3. The new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) won’t enhance the safety of Canadian communities. To the contrary, the new MMPR will contribute to the rise in the number of illicit grow-ops throughout all Canadian communities. That, in turn, will contribute to the rise in the number of problems associated with the prohibition-related phenomena of illicit grow-ops, such as, hydro theft, etc.

    It was not the increase in numbers which had unintended consequences for public health, safety and security. It was the extent of Health Canada’s mismanagement of the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) which, when magnified by the increase in numbers, made the mismanagement and malfeasance all that much more apparent.

    The new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) are meant to do two things: One, to present Health Canada in a positive light and two, divert attention away from Health Canada’s mismanagement and malfeasance of the court-ordered Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP/MMAR)

    Contrary to what Health Canada says, the MMPR won’t provide affordable access to quality-controlled cannabis for medical purposes for the majority of low-income Canadians who need it. Moreover, the continued harassment by Health Canada is clearly evidenced by the fact that the new MMPR makes no consideration for B.C. Supreme Court ruling that it
    is unconstitutional to restrict medical marijuana patients to using dried marijuana only. The new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) are flawed.

  4. I’m not surprised that Canada has jumped onto the Med Can wagon, and the US lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves for their inability to move forward, in any forward direction, rather than let everything sit as is.

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