Pot height rules un­der ex­am­i­na­tion Re­stric­tion on cannabis grown in homes may be re­moved

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - FRONT PAGE - El­iz­a­beth Cameron For Metro | Cal­gary

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.

Matt Dur­rant

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Five grow­ing cannabis plants.

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