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Medical marijuana producers OK'd to produce, sell oil and fresh buds

07/08/2015 12:58 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 05:59 EDT
Health Canada is clarifying its rules for licensed medical marijuana producers to allow them to produce and sell cannabis oil, as well as fresh buds and leaves, following a Supreme Court decision that lets patients use pot derivatives.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose had initially said she was outraged by the Supreme Court of Canada decision, which lets patients consume marijuana, not just smoke it. The government had tried to limit medical pot use to dried marijuana only.

But the ruling left a grey area with producers being limited under the law to selling dried forms of marijuana even though patients were allowed to consume other forms.

In a statement Wednesday, Health Canada said the new interpretation was effective immediately and intended to eliminate uncertainty.

Producers are not allowed to sell plant material that could be used to grow pot, the statement said. It also reiterated that compassion clubs and dispensaries are illegal.

Correction : This story has been updated from an earlier version that said Health Minister Rona Ambrose made the announcement in Edmonton. In fact, Health Canada issued a news release about clarifying the medical marijuana rules, and Ambrose did not make the announcement.(Jul 08, 2015 1:11 PM)

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