02/21/2013 10:33 EST | Updated 04/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Medical marijuana advocates stage protest in Surrey

Medical marijuana advocates are planning a demonstration in front of MP Russ Hiebert’s Surrey office today to protest proposed changes to federal medical marijuana laws.

Joy Davies with B.C. Medical Cannabis Partners says the new rules would force people who need marijuana for pain relief to buy a more expensive product from the government.

“So with the new laws they are taking away our rights to grow, taking away our rights to have someone grow for us, forcing us to go to the internet and order over the internet where there is no education."

Davies is also calling on MLAs to work on establishing a B.C. medical marijuana program.

“We would like to see the province accept the responsibility under health,” she said.

“We are asking them to strike a committee before the election so that work, regardless of who is elected, will continue to design a B.C. medical program."

Davies says about 15,000 Canadians are currently licensed through Health Canada to use marijuana for medical reasons.

She says most won't be able to afford a government-controlled product.