Smoke Yet to Clear for Licensed Pot Producers after Court Green-Lights Edibles

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Smoke Yet to Clear for Licensed Pot Producers after Court Green-Lights Edibles


Omand, Geordon, The Canadian Press


Medical pot ruling hazy for producers

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VANCOUVER - Marijuana-medicated brownies, teas and oils are now on the menu for patients who prefer ingesting their treatment, yet commercially licensed pot producers say a high court ruling doesn't set out clear directions for them.

Lawyers at the cannabis industry's national association are hashing out the impact of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday that struck down limits on what constitutes legally allowable forms of medicinal pot.

"It's certainly confusing," said Eric Paul, a director on the board of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association.

"Does this mean the legislation we're governed by ... gives us the right to provide oral products or edibles or some other form?

"The answer is that it's not clear at the moment."

The high court decision gives medical marijuana users the right to both possess and consume cannabis derivatives, such as edibles and extracts.

Federal legislation previously stipulated that medical pot could only be produced, sold, possessed and consumed in its dried form, such as by smoking or using a vaporizer.

The unanimous court ruling came into effect immediately. It allows authorized users to both possess and consume marijuana products in alternative forms.

But many commercial producers say they're opting to wait for guidance from the federal government.

"Nothing has changed for us as a result of (the decision) and nothing will change until we receive a judgment from Health Canada," said Neil Closner, chief executive of Ontario-based producer MedReleaf. "It seems to me it's status quo."

Greg Engel, head of Tilray in British Columbia, agreed.

"At this point we are only in a position to continue to sell dried medical cannabis in the same form as we are today," he said. …

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