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.Follow @Canoe
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.