Medical Marijuana Update – some use and grow licences will continue to be valid until lawsuit is decided

A Court Order on March 21, 2014, means that most people with valid licences to use and/or grow medical marijuana can continue to use their licences until a decision is made in the lawsuit that is challenging the new medical marijuana regulations.

Under the interim Order from the Federal Court of Canada:

  • MMAR Authorizations to Possess Marihuana that were valid on March 21, 2014, remain valid until a decision is made in the lawsuit, BUT the maximum quantity of dried marihuana authorized for possession is the amount in the license or 150 grams, whichever is less.
  • MMAR Personal-use Production Licences and Designated-person Production Licences that were valid as of or issued after September 30, 2013, remain valid until a decision is made in the case.

The order is in effect until a decision is made after a trial of the lawsuit.  It may be one year or more until the trial of the lawsuit.

As we reported in our HALCO news Winter 2013/2014 edition newsletter, the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) are being replaced by a new system called the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).  The new MMPR came into effect in June 2013 but some of the old MMAR provisions were still law until March 31, 2014.  The Court Order means that some of the old MMAR provisions will continue after March 31, 2014.

In our newsletter, we also reported on the lawsuit.  For more information, or to keep updated, you can visit the law firm’s website:

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