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Health Canada relaxes rules for medical marijuana

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People who are allowed to use medicinal marijuana can grow it themselves

The new rules come into effect on August 24th

OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) –┬áCanadians who want to grow their own medical marijuana will soon be able to under revamped rules from Health Canada, but dispensaries are still illegal, at least for now.

The new guidelines will allow people who have been authorized by their doctor to use medicinal pot to grow a limited amount of weed for their personal use, or designate someone else to grow it for them.

The new rules come into effect on August 24th.

The regulations are a response to a Federal Court decision earlier this year that found the ban on patients growing medical marijuana to be a violation of their constitutional rights.

In a release, Health Canada says it believes the new regulations provide reasonable access for patients to medical marijuana and address the issues raised in the court decision.

The department says today’s move shouldn’t be seen as a long-term plan for dealing with the issue of medical marijuana writ large, which is part of federal plans to legalize marijuana across the country by next spring.