Government to appeal medical marijuana injunction

(REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files)

(REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:34 PM ET

OTTAWA — The government will appeal the Federal Court's injunction that allows medical pot smokers to keep growing their own stash.

It's the latest in a long string of court battles over the federal government's decision to get out of the marijuana-growing business.

Earlier this month, the Federal Court 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.

On Monday, the federal government said it will ask for the decision to be considered by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Twelve companies have secured licenses to grow, and the government has received more than 600 more applications.


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