They are afraid of not being able to grow their pot at home
Photo Boris Proulx
Martin Labbé, who dreams of becoming “microproducteur” of cannabis, and the activist Lorette Clark were in Ottawa Monday to protest in particular against the rules, considered too stringent for the production of cannabis at home.
Monday, 10 July 2017 22:53
Monday, 10 July 2017 22:53
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The legalization of cannabis by the Trudeau government will not allow pot growers to the artisan to produce enough, say patients who fear a shortage.
“The federal program will not allow us to be self-sufficient. We will need to buy them constantly from the big players of the industry, ” says Martin Labbe, who has already produced his own cannabis at home.
He fears that legalization for recreational causes a shortage of medical cannabis, hence the importance for patients to grow it themselves in large quantities.
“The new law allows for only [four] plants of less than a meter to the house. It is unrealistic. Patients will have to turn to the producers dismissed [by Health Canada] to be within the law, while the cultures craft will remain illegal, ” says activist on the sidelines of an event that had taken place in front of the parliament in Ottawa yesterday.
Montreal’s 42-year-old dream of producing his own kind of cannabis craft, that he has already named ” The Potriote “, a bit like a microbrewery produces the beer.
Mr. Labbé consumes the last ten years to decrease his tics nervous caused by the syndrome of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, and has already been growing up to 25 plants at home.
His production fell in the grey area of the law, since it was allowed to happen at home enough for his prescription of five grams of “casserole” per day.
He would like to see the restrictions fall for such craft production after the legalization promised by the Trudeau government. However, this is not in the plans of the government.
Grow more plants for personal consumption will still be possible with the permission of the doctor, which is more difficult to obtain in Quebec than elsewhere in Canada, according to Loretta Clark, 58-year-old consumer since the age of 12 years.
She moved from Ontario to Quebec there are about a dozen years, and was very disappointed to see that the code of ethics of quebec physicians prohibited from prescribing the product to their patients.
“Is this what it is because there are a lot of pharmaceutical companies in Quebec, which produce drugs that could be replaced by cannabis ?” asks she.
The Collège des médecins du Québec has indicated that it does not recognize marijuana as a medical treatment ” sufficiently proven “. Only patients enrolled in a research setting can get a prescription.
The largest producer of cannabis approved for use in Canada, Canopy Growth, indicates for its part that the current bill ” allows small businesses “.
His spokesman, Adam Greenblatt invites aspiring small producers like Mr. Labbé to legally register, for little that they are serious in their approach.