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Canada's Medical Marijuana Users May Get New Products After Supreme Court Ruling

07/08/2015 02:23 EDT | Updated 07/08/2015 04:59 EDT
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In this Oct. 23, 2013 photo, marijuana products are displayed at the River Rock dispensary, in Denver. On Nov. 5, Colorado voters are to decide whether to approve a 15 percent pot excise tax to pay for school construction, plus an extra pot sales tax of 10 percent to fund marijuana enforcement. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

OTTAWA — Medical marijuana users can legally consume other forms of the drug beyond the traditional dried version under new Health Canada rules that follow a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The department says licensed medicinal marijuana producers can now produce and sell cannabis oil and fresh marijuana buds and leaves as well as the dried form.

But they'll have to comply with the same terms and conditions on dried marijuana including making sure the product is shipped in child-resistant packaging as well limiting the amount of the active ingredient in the drug.

Health Canada says while the courts require reasonable access to a legal source of medical marijuana, the government's position is that it must be done in a controlled fashion to protect public health and safety.

The directive expanding access is the government's response to the top court ruling in June ruling that expanded access to the drug.

Prior to that, federal regulations said that authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis could only consume dried marijuana.

But the court said limiting medical consumption to dried pot infringed the liberty protections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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