09/23/2013 18:24 EDT | Updated 11/23/2013 05:12 EST

2 Sask. companies first licensed to sell marijuana

Two Saskatchewan companies are the first to be licensed to sell medical marijuana under Health Canada's latest regulations.

Prairie Plant Systems and its subsidiary CanniMed Ltd. have received licences to grow the drug. Both companies are based in Saskatoon.

The licences were issued as a result of a regulatory change made by the federal government in June. Under the new rules, medical marijuana is no longer allowed to be grown in homes.

The government said the changes are aimed at making it safer for patients to access the drug.