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Canadian Government Moves to Ban Homegrown Medical Marijuana
Federal Health Minister cites system abuse and electrical fires cited in proposed shift

Photo via your old college roommate, and NPR

Not everyone loves things organic and locally grown like you do. Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s plan to outlaw home-grown medical marijuana for the 30,000 licensed Canadians was finalized yesterday following nearly two years of debate. The motion stands on one main argument: that the system has been abused, illustrated by an overwhelming growth from 500 medical-marijuana users in 2001, to 30,000 today. Also of concern are the incidences of electrical fires caused by home grow-ops.

Aglukkaq’s approved solution consists of mail-order deliveries only, which puts to rest security concerns of pharmacies stocked with potent, government-grown pot. The Canadian Pharmacists Association appears to be weary of medical marijuana as a concept, stating, “there is little information available on safety, effectiveness, dosage, drug interactions or long-term health risks.”

Dana Larsen of Sensible BC sees only one solution to the problem of medical-marijuana control. “The only reason for medical marijuana laws is to make it illegal for everyone who doesn’t have a doctor’s note,” said Larsen. “If we legalize marijuana, the medical-marijuana problem is solved.”

[via Canada.com and the Globe and Mail]

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 Jeremy Schipper is an intern at Toronto Standard. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeromeoschipps.

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