Health Canada Announces New Medical Cannabis Regulations

August 16, 2016

Natural Health Services supports their patients with new community grow initiative.


August 16, 2016 – Health Canada recently announced that patients or a designated caregiver will be permitted to grow medical cannabis at home. The decision was in response to the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Allard v. Canada.

In response to these changes Natural Health Services, Western Canada’s largest medical cannabis prescriber, is developing its own community grow program to support its patients.

Dr. Stephanie Mason of Natural Health Services says of the changes, “We’re excited that the industry continues to provide further reasonable access to medical cannabis. The new ACMPR regulations, although temporary, are a step in the right direction.”

In their August 11th announcement, Health Canada made it clear that these regulatory changes are not part of the longer-term plan for the regulation of access to cannabis, which is presently being determined as part of the Government’s commitment to legalize access to cannabis.

The new regulations governing Canada’s medical cannabis program will be referred to as Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and will replace the existing Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The changes will take effect on August 24, 2016.

Dr. Stephanie Mason, NHS representatives and/or patients are available for interview by phone, in-person, or in writing.

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Amy Lafleche

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