It is legal for individuals to possess up to 150 grams of dried marijuana for their own medical purposes, so long as they have a prescription and obtain their marijuana from a licensed producer.
Only producers who hold a valid license issued by Health Canada are permitted to sell marijuana. While in some cases police seem to be turning a blind eye to marijuana dispensaries, these establishments are, in fact, operating illegally.
Who can Legally grow Marijuana for Personal Medical Use?
A recent Federal Court decision struck down legislation that did not permit users of medical marijuana to grow their own supply. The Court provided the government with six months to develop new legislation and ruled that individuals who previously possessed a licence for growing their own marijuana under the former legislation can continue growing their own while awaiting the new legislation.
This decision does not mean that it is now legal for everyone with a prescription for marijuana to start growing their own supply. Only those who were valid license-holders under the previous legislation can do so at the moment. Other users of medical marijuana have to wait until the government introduces new legislation to find out whether they will be permitted to grow their own supply.
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Hicks Adams LLP is a large criminal defence firm whose lawyers work on marijuana-related offences on a daily basis. If you have been charged with illegally possessing, selling or growing marijuana, we can use our considerable resources and solid understanding of the latest marijuana-related legislation and case law to mount a strong defence against your charges. For more information on drug-related offences visit our Drug Offences page.
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Our experienced Toronto criminal lawyers can advise you on the current state of the law in regard to marijuana-related offences and effectively defend you against your charges. Call us on 416-975-1700 or send us an email for a free consultation.