Pot height rules under examination Restriction on cannabis grown in homes may be removed
Green thumbs hoping to grow their own recreational pot won’t have to worry if their cannabis plants grow like weeds anymore, if the province takes its cue from the federal government.
Last week, a House of Commons health committee removed a proposed 100 centimetre height restriction on homegrown cannabis plants from Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act.
Matt Durrant, owner of Edmonton-based Medigrow, a company that mentors medical cannabis patients already growing their own supply at home, said it was a welcome change.
“One hundred centimetres is a pretty small plant for a cannabis plant,” Durrant said. “It is a big deal for people trying to grow certain strains that are tall, lanky plants — some strains are just bigger plants by nature and people grow different strains for different ailments or preferences.”
Medigrow consulted with the province multiple times while it was drafting Alberta’s Cannabis Framework — expected to be finalized later this year — and is planning to expand to the recreational market if Bill C-45 is passed.
The framework follows the federal government’s lead in many areas, including a proposed four plant limit per household and the now-discarded height restriction.
A spokesperson for Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said they’re closely watching the bill as it works through the parliamentary process and wants to hear from the public.
“We will take any resulting changes into account as we work to finalize and implement the Alberta Cannabis Framework,” Veronica Jubinville told Metro, adding Albertans can provide feedback on the proposed provincial framework online until Oct. 27.
Four healthy plants, no matter their height, could provide more than enough dried cannabis to supply a heavy cannabis smoker year-round, according to Durrant.
Bill C-45 will now return to the House of Commons for third reading.
Five growing cannabis plants.