OTTAWA—Revamped federal rules to allow Canadians to grow their own medical marijuana likely are to form part of the government’s overall plan for legalization of the drug, the federal justice minister says.
The new rules will allow people who have been authorized by their doctor to use medicinal cannabis to grow a limited amount of marijuana for their personal use, or designate someone else to grow it for them.
Those rules will be taken into account by a federal task force struck to craft recommendations on how to legalize recreational marijuana use, Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said.
Under the new rules unveiled yesterday by Health Canada, authorized patients will be able to grow a specific number of plants based on their prescriptions and whether they are growing the plants indoors or outdoors.
Indoors, patients will be able to grow five plants per gram of dried product, and two plants per gram outdoors.
The new rules come into effect Aug. 24.
The regulations are in response to a Federal Court decision earlier this year that found the ban on patients growing medical marijuana to be a violation of their constitutional rights.
The court gave the federal government six months to come up with a new regulations that would let patients grown their own cannabis for personal use.