Qualified and registered residents of Canada are now allowed to grow cannabis at home. The Canadian government announced that they would be following the ruling of the Allard v. Canada case.
The case hinged on the government’s ability to prevent patients from growing at home. The court ruled that the regulations which required cannabis to be provided by licensed producers violated patients’ Charter rights, and gave the government six months to make a new path for home grow registration.
Patients can now choose to order their medical cannabis from mail order producers, apply to produce their own, or designate a caregiver to grow on their behalf. Patients who grow their own cannabis will only be able to be a caregiver for one additional person.
The cannabis can be grown indoor or outdoor. Typical storefront dispensaries and compassion clubs are still illegal under the updated rules. The Liberals in Canada have promised to legalize recreational cannabis by Spring 2017.
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