With the Cannabis Act expected to pass in July 2018, and the current regime overseen by the Office of Medical Cannabis and the Controlled Substance and Tobacco Branch, under the Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), in force as of April 1, 2014, recently modified on August 24, 2016 and renamed Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), it is essential that those involved in the industry remain aware of the regulatory changes. Our Cannabis Toronto and Ontario lawyers provide services in the following areas:
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Cannabis (marijuana) is still a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, and, unless otherwise regulated for production and distribution for medical purposes, is subject to offences under that Act. The possession and sale cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada.
Storefront operations selling cannabis, also known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not licensed by Health Canada and are illegal. They are supplied by illegal growers and sell untested, unregulated products that may be unsafe and of particular risk to children.
Some cities such as the City of Toronto has charged individuals with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds obtained by crime who have operated such dispensaries. There are 38 authorized licensed producers in Canada, and 23 in Ontario. Licensed producers distribute medical marijuana and cannabis oils by mail to authorized users. Storefront distribution of medical marijuana or cannabis is illegal and not permitted.
Enforcement of Current Laws
There are public health and safety risks that are associated with cannabis use, including its effects on the mental development of young people and illicit profits that support criminal organization. Until cannabis laws change, and strict regulations and restrictions are put in effect, local police authorities will continue to address illegal cannabis possession and sales.
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