OTTAWA, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Marijuana is not an approved drug or
medicine in Canada and has not gone through the necessary rigorous
scientific trials for efficacy or safety.
Health Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have
required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana for medical
The Government of Canada believes that this must be done in a controlled
fashion to protect public health and safety.
The Government of Canada is proposing to amend the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR) to further strengthen public health and safety.
These amendments would require licensed producers of marijuana for
medical purposes to regularly report to provincial and territorial
medical and nursing licensing bodies which doctors and nurses are
authorizing marijuana and in which quantities. The reporting will
enhance their oversight by ensuring they have the ability to monitor
for high dosages, multiple medical authorizations and multiple
registrations with licensed producers, and can take appropriate action
such as investigation, or discipline.
The proposed information provided is consistent with many established
provincial and territorial drug monitoring programs for controlled
The proposed amendments will be published in Canada Gazette, Part 1 for a 30-day public comment period. Interested parties are encouraged
to submit any comments to Health Canada by July 13, 2014.
Health Canada will continue to work with healthcare partners to develop
information to help meet the needs of the medical community regarding
the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada.
The Marihuana Medical Access Program, introduced in 2001, went from a
few hundred people to almost 40,000 which created consequences for
public health, safety and security, as a result of allowing individuals
to produce marijuana in their homes.
The medical community and provincial and territorial medical and nursing
licensing bodies have asked the Government to work with them and to
share this information.
"We have consulted with healthcare licensing bodies who expressed a need
for the data on how doctors and nurses are authorizing marijuana to
their patients and in which quantities. The proposed regulatory
amendments will further strengthen public health and safety by ensuring
appropriate oversight and monitoring."
Minister of Health
"The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada strongly
supports the proposed amendments that will enable its Members to
exercise their duty in the best interest of the public. Medical
regulatory authorities require access to this information so they can
hold physicians accountable to a high standard of care when they choose
to authorize patient access to marijuana for medical purposes."
Dr. Trevor Theman
President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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