MedReleaf hopes to fill Canada’s cannabis prescription and more.

MedReleaf hopes to fill Canada’s cannabis prescription and more.

On April 1st of this year, a new set of medical marijuana regulations took effect in Canada. The old program dated from 2001, and under that guidance the number of Canadians authorized to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes expanded from a couple hundred participants to more than 40,000, and according to Health Canada, the agency fielded numerous public health and safety concerns about cannabis grows from mayors, fire chiefs, police officials and citizens, so through Parliamentary action lawmakers changed regulations in Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and as of April 1st, individuals can no longer grow their own medical marijuana and must purchase it from a Health Canada-licensed producer with a prescription from a physician. MedReleaf is one of 13 licensed cannabis producers and distributors in Canada … CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with CEO Neil Closner to learn more about the operation and its association with noted Israeli cannabis producer Tikun Olam …

Facts of note:
Number of Health Canada marijuana patients in 2002: 477
Number of Health Canada patients in 2013: 37,359
Projected number of Health Canada patients by 2024: 300,000 to 450,000

Music credits as reported through the Public Radio Exchange, in order of appearance:

Title: Intraspettro
Artist: Les Hommes
Album: Les Hommes
Label: Schema Records
Date: 2002
Duration: :42