Spoiler Report: Canada Makes Progress on Path To Legal Pot
Its been a big week for weed in Canada.
Medical Marijuana Patients in Canada Can Now Grow Their Own Cannabis
On Wednesday a Canadian Federal Court of Appeals judge ruled in favor of the country's medical marijuana community–which can now legally grow its own medicine.
Previously, this was totally chill under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR):
"Since 2001,[sic] has granted access to marihuana for medical purposes to Canadians who have had the support of their physicians."
Things changed in 2013 when officials took a closer look at the leaf:
"In response to concerns from stakeholders that this system was open to abuse, and after extensive consultations, the Government of Canada introduced the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations which were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on June 19, 2013. The new regulations aim to treat marihuana as much as possible like any other narcotic used for medical purposes by creating conditions for a new, commercial industry that is responsible for its production and distribution."
But on Wednesday, Justice Michael L. Phelan essentially reversed this decision, citing it as "unconstitutional," thus granting Canadian medical marijuana patients the right to cultivate cannabis in home-grow scenarios. Which, while great news for patients, had adverse effects on licensed producers of medical cannabis.
"Health Canada-licensed operations such as Canopy Growth, OrganiGram, and Aphria watched their stocks slump after the ruling."
The Largest Drug Store Chain in Canada Wants to Sell Cannabis
Canadian pharmacy and retailer Shoppers Drug Mart is exploring the option of carrying medical cannabis. It has been reported that the chain, which has more than 1,300 stores, has been meeting with marijuana brands and could possibly even carry their own "generic" (i.e. not-as-dank) line of weed.
From The Globe and Mail:
"Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. has held multiple meetings and phone conversations with licensed medical-marijuana producers across Canada over the past year about carrying a variety of brands in their drugstores, according to people involved in those conversations."
This Entrepreneur Quit Google To Create Canada's Premiere Cannabis Lifestyle Brand
In an essay published in the Globe and Mail, Alan Gertner details how he left an incredibly lucrative job with the tech giant, in order to pursue a more fulfilling path with pot. Check back early next week for an exclusive interview with Gertner, here at The KIND.
In the meantime, why not rave with Bill and Melinda Gates?