Health Canada Is Accepting Bids For Marijuana Supplier

On Friday, May 4th, the Canadian government took another step towards beginning clinical human medical marijuana trials by announcing the criteria for the potential Canadian marijuana supplier for the five year study.
Health Canada, Canada’s health care bureaucracy, approved the distribution of nearly one million marijuana cigarettes to ailing patients and researchers throughout the course of the study. The study will determine whether it is safe and effective for patients to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes.
“Establishing a Canadian source of research-grade marijuana is an important step in putting our plan into action, and we will proceed expeditiously,” said Health Minister Allan Rock.
The potential supplier, along with key personnel, must not have a police record for any drug offense since 1985, in any country.
According to Health Canada, the contractor will be responsible for: setting up and operating a marijuana growing, processing, fabrication and storage establishment; laboratory testing and quality control of marijuana throughout the product life cycle; fabrication, packaging, labelling and storage of marijuana products and bulk material; distribution of marijuana product to recipients authorized by Health Canada; and conformity with the requirements of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Food and Drugs Act and their regulations, including the stringent security aspects required of such a facility and its operations.
It is anticipated that the trials will begin within a year of the contract date.
“It’s becoming increasingly evident that the U.S. and Canada are going in opposite directions regarding their marijuana policies,” said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. “Canada’s elected representatives and bureaucrats are clearly not beholden to either law enforcement agencies or rabid anti-drug groups — unlike, sadly, in America. The American anti-drug bureaucrats seek to kill by attrition the federal program that distributes legal marijuana cigarettes to a lowly eight patients, whereas, the Canadian government is trying to rapidly expand it’s medical marijuana distribution program.”
For more information, please contact NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre at (202) 483-8751, or Jeffrey Pender, spokesperson for Health Canada at (613) 957 2988.