Federal Court reverses ban on grow-your-own medical marijuana

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REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

OTTAWA - A Federal Court judge in Vancouver issued an injunction Friday against the government's plans to end the practice of grow-your-own medical marijuana.

The order gave a coalition of people who use the drug for medicinal purposes an exemption from new Health Canada rules, which were set to eliminate 30,000 licences for homegrown pot on April 1 and force patients to buy what the feds say would be "quality-controlled" marijuana from approved commercial producers.

"I am very stressed about the plan to take away my ability to produce my medicine," plaintiff Neil Allard said in his affidavit.

RCMP officer Shane Holmquist said in his sworn statement the current system is rife with crime.

Holmquist testified that licence holders "are known to transport shipments of marijuana for sale under the guise of their authorized possession amount."


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