The Health Canada plans to introduce new laws that seek to compel medical marijuana producers to avail information on their patients and physicians who recommend marijuana to medical schools.
The government intends to introduce amendments to the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR) and Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The new measures will require licensed medical marijuana producers and the nurse licensing authorities to provide information on nurses and physicians who prescribe marijuana and the corresponding dosage, reported the Canada Journal.
This ensures that the government can be able to monitor flaws such as overdosing, numerous registrations with various producers and multiple medical prescriptions and take the necessary action such as investigating or disciplining the offending party.
The new amendments will be printed in the Canada Gazette, Part 1 in order to allow the public to submit comments and opinions over a 30-day period, which ends on July 13, 2014.
However, a medical marijuana advocacy group has termed the new proposal as redundant and insisted that the earlier alterations to the federal marijuana program have already lowered the risk of the system being abused, according to the Toronto Sun.
Recently, the government overhauled the entire medical marijuana program, ending the policy of issuing licenses to individuals to plant their own marijuana. Under the new system, which took effect on April 1, thousands of prospective commercial growers have applied for production licenses with the Health Canada, with only 13 licenses approved so far.
Eliminating the rights of individuals to plant their own marijuana has reduced the possibility of abuse, said Adam Greenblatt of the Medical Cannabis Access Society.
“I don’t see much room for abuse in the system,” Greenblatt was quoted by the QMI Agency as saying during a Saturday interview. “You can’t get a license to grow your own so you can’t grow extra.”
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