Medical marijuana users no longer allowed to grow their own

A new federal law means medical marijuana user Kevin Wetzel will no longer be able to grow his own...

A new federal law means medical marijuana user Kevin Wetzel will no longer be able to grow his own medicine as of April 1. He was photographed in London, Ont. on Tuesday March 18, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency)

Hank Daniszewski, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Come April 1, Canada's 40,000 medical marijuana users -- equivalent to a small city -- must buy their marijuana from a handful of licensed companies. Users say prices will spike, and they also fear police will knock on their door if they don't get rid of their marijuana stockpile.

In 2001, the Medical Marijuana Access Program allowed "grow your own" production in private homes and small-scale distribution.

That meant patients prescribed marijuana for medical use were able to grow it themselves or obtain it from the federal government or a person authorized to grow it for them.

In 2012, then-federal Health Minister Leona Agglukkaq said the number of medical marijuana users was growing "exponentially" and was threatening public safety because home grow-ops were causing fires and spurring home invasions.

So the rules were changed.

As of April 1 users can only buy the drug from a government-licensed producer.


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