On Dec. 2, 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded Canadians that brick-and-mortar medical marijuana dispensaries are still illegal and should be prosecuted.
“People are right now breaking the law,” Trudeau said in an interview with the Toronto Star Editorial Board.
Under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, patients can obtain medical marijuana in the mail from one of Health Canada’s licensed producers, from a health care practitioner who procures the medical marijuana in the mail from a licensed producer on behalf of the patient or from a personal home grow.
Even with storefront dispensaries being illegal, they continue to operate in plain sight. When the Star’s Editorial Board asked Trudeau what local governments could do about this, Trudeau replied, “You can enforce the law.”
Some municipalities, such as Toronto, have attempted to enforce the law on these illegal dispensaries, but the Star contends it has been done “with middling effect.”
While Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation recently announced that it had completed its report on how Canada should roll out recreational legalization, Trudeau explained that a regulated system for recreational marijuana has not yet been enacted and that “the current prohibition stands.”