TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - On Friday Dec 14, 2012, Health Canada has
released its much-consulted and much-awaited regulations dubbed the
MMPR - the Medical Marihuana (sic) Production Regulations. CALM and its
advisers have reviewed the new regulations which address some
shortcomings but not others, like affordability.
"These Regulations signal the emergence of a new industry! Health Canada
has been purposefully dodging the regulating of a robust and thriving
trade for years," says Neev, owner of CALM, Toronto's first medical
cannabis dispensary. "These changes are a step forward. Removing the
dysfunctional monopoly is good for all stakeholders nationwide -
especially the taxpayer. Hundreds if not thousands of legal
opportunities and jobs have been created almost overnight."
Some changes include
mandatory record keeping, labeling, and analysis
cannabis does not require irradiation, like some food products
physicians are still reluctant gatekeepers of the new MMPR
cannabis can be imported and exported
derivatives and edibles are still not recognized (illegal)
cost to the patient/end user will stay the same or increase by as much
as 15% or higher
physicians and pharmacists can be authorized cannabis sellers
regulations spell the end of personal and designated production
"It appears that Health Canada has listened to some of the suggestions
of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD),"
says Neev, founding Director. "There are still improvements to be made,
but these new Regulations open the floodgates to a large and
experienced population who want to produce and consume medical
cannabis. Medical Cannabis and CALM will be open for business -
The regulations come into effect when Canada Gazette 2 publishes the
regulations for the final time, expected to be in April 2013.
CALM is Toronto's first medical cannabis facility established in 1996
with almost 4,000 members nationwide. Neev is a proud founding director
of CAMCD. 50% of Canadians with licenses to possess cannabis access
dispensaries like CALM across Canada.
CAMCD is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote a
regulated, community-based approach to medical cannabis access, and to
support dispensaries in the provision of high quality patient care
For further information:
Rade Kovacevic - 519-780-7830 - CAMCD President and Spokesperson
Adam Greenblatt - 514-830-1331 - CAMCD Director French Communications
Law Professor Alan Young - 416-736-5595