Price of medical marijuana to hit new high with introduction of new sales system

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The cost of medical marijuana in Canada is about to hit a new high as the government seeks to get out of the business.

Proposed regulations posted by Health Canada say medical marijuana would be treated more like any other medicine by creating a licensing scheme for production and distribution.

But the changes would nearly double the price of a gram of the drug, costing consumers an additional $166 million a year for the next 10 years.

Canadians have had access to marijuana for medical purposes since 1999 and the system has been tweaked several times since, thanks mostly to court cases.

The government says the new system will reduce risks to public health and safety while at the same time improve the way people access marijuana for medical purposes.

The public will have the ability to comment on the new system for the next 75 days.