In Canada, medical cannabis patients are now legally allowed to grow the plant at home. The change made by Health Canada comes roughly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.
Under the new law, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors. They can cultivate higher amounts if their physician recommends it. According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.
The rules – which officially took effect on August 24th – are temporary and may be changed in the future, though no change will completely prohibit the private cultivation of medical cannabis.