The first new producer, not previously a supplier to the Federal
Government, to be granted a Health Canada license for production and
distribution of medical Cannabis
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Peace Naturals Project, a federally
licensed and regulated commercial medical Cannabis producer, has been
granted a license by Health Canada to produce and distribute medical Cannabis in Canada under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The Ontario-based company is the first new producer not previously a
supplier to the Federal Government, to be granted this license after
achieving the rigorous security and operational requirements set forth
by Health Canada.
"I am very proud that we've reached this milestone, which is truly
transformative for thousands of Canadians striving to manage their
medical conditions," says Mark Gobuty, Founder and CEO, The Peace
Naturals Project. "We are looking forward to helping make people's
lives a little bit better with safe, effective and consistent quality
Medical Cannabis, also known as medical marihuana, has been used by
patients with a number of serious illnesses, including multiple
sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, asthma and arthritis, among others.
Medical benefits include, but are not limited to: pain relief, muscle
relaxation, decreased nausea and increased appetite.
The Peace Naturals Project offers a range of conventional and organic,
allergen-free, harm-reducing whole Cannabis flower solutions, based on
a unique assortment of proprietary medical Cannabis varieties, with
varying degrees of active components to assist with different medical
conditions and symptoms. The Peace Naturals Project prides itself on
achieving a consistent level of quality through a strict
standardization protocol and 25 years of combined research and
agronomic practices. At Peace Naturals, an optimal Cannabis treatment
that suits specific client needs can be selected from a number of
Cannabis varieties, including those that have non psychoactive effects.
To date, The Peace Naturals Project has nine varieties that are
available to registered clients.
Health Canada's licensing process is part of the Government's plan to
change the way Canadians access marihuana for medical purposes and
transition to a new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations regime.
According to Health Canada, the current Marihuana Medical Access
Regulations (MMAR) will be repealed on March 31, 2014, and, effective
April 1, 2014, the new MMPR program that replaces MMAR will go into
effect. Health Canada will no longer distribute marihuana for medical
purposes, but will instead oversee licensing of a body of approved
suppliers. The new regulations are designed to provide secure access to
quality-controlled marihuana for medical purposes to those Canadians
who need it. Effective October 1, 2013, the transition to MMPR began.
Health Canada no longer accepts new applications for personal licences
under the MMAR. New and converting medical Cannabis patients will be
able to purchase their medicine through a licensed producer authorized
by Health Canada.
"The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations program is a
long-awaited step in the right direction. While I support the
government's action, I encourage Health Canada and other stakeholders
to work together to make sure the program produces the intended
results," says Professor Alan Young, Osgoode Law School. "We need to
think about providing the information and resources to both patients
and their support networks, on the one hand, and to healthcare
practitioners, on the other, to facilitate uninterrupted, secure access
to quality medical Cannabis and compassionate service delivery for
those who need it. The Peace Naturals Project has a passionate team and
a great infrastructure in place to pioneer best practices in the
production and distribution of medicinal Cannabis under the MMPR
program to raise the standards bar in the new commercial industry."
"The Peace Naturals Project strives to be the best commercial Cannabis
resource in Canada," says Gobuty, "The principles of integrity,
transparency, security and compliance are absolutely critical to this
project. As more patients and healthcare practitioners embrace broader
solutions to health challenges, we are well-positioned to be at the
forefront of shaping a viable commercial industry, influencing
attitudes, behaviours and business models as well as facilitating
much-needed education and awareness around medical Cannabis as part of
an overall self-care solution."
Health Canada, which regulates the country's medical Cannabis growing
operations, anticipates more than 450,000 authorized users by 2024. The
government's approach to this treatment creates new options for
patients seeking to make responsible and safe health and lifestyle
choices. According to Health Canada, since the introduction of its MMAR
program in 2001, the program has grown exponentially, from fewer than
500 authorized persons to more than 37,000 today.
In Canada, patients will be able to purchase an appropriate amount of
medical Cannabis, based on their medical condition, directly from a
commercial medical Cannabis producer licensed by Health Canada with a
medical document signed by a healthcare practitioner.
The Peace Naturals Project expansion plans include a number of local
community and sustainability initiatives. The company will offer job
opportunities to local professionals and will mitigate its expanding
energy demands through the mixed use of natural gas and electricity. It
will also champion environmental sustainability and land stewardship
best practices using a five-phase permaculture design plan.
About The Peace Naturals Project
The Peace Naturals Project is a federally licensed and regulated
Canadian medical Cannabis producer and distributor based in Ontario.
The company cultivates strains of Cannabis that can be used for
medicinal purposes, employing proven, proprietary plant varieties and
offering a range of organic medical Cannabis solutions. The Peace
Naturals Project, which has extensive experience in natural health food
production and agronomy, is one of the first new commercial producers
granted a license by Heath Canada to produce and distribute medical
Cannabis in Canada. Its transformative patient-centric model is based
on a strong understanding of the growing medical Cannabis industry, a
holistic approach to living well and the principles of integrity,
transparency, security, compliance, and social environmental
sustainability. The Peace Naturals Project is a privately held, wholly
owned Canadian company focused on becoming the global Agri-Health
leader in the development of effective and safe medical Cannabis
solutions. For more information visit www.peacenaturals.com.
SOURCE: Peace Naturals Project
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