As part of its public consultation, Health Canada said it was inviting Canadians to share their views on the factors that should be considered in "refusal or revocation of a registration on public health and public safety ground."
Canada on Monday launched a public consultation seeking to tighten rules for individuals who are allowed to grow their own medical cannabis, in an effort to clamp down on pot seeping into black markets.
The draft guidance for the first time sets out factors that the regulator may consider in refusing or revoking a registration for "personal production." Factors include authorization of unjustified amounts and "criminal activity and/or diversion of cannabis."
In a draft guidance issued for the consultation, Health Canada highlighted recent police raids and arrests at production sites where people were using licenses to "cover and support large-scale illegal production and sale."
Even though personal cultivators remain a small fraction of overall patient registrations, these people are allowed to grow as much as 36 grams per day on average, compared with just two grams authorized for daily purchase from retailers.
The consultation will run for 60 days through May 7, the regulator said.
"Abuse of the medical purposes framework undermines the integrity of the system that many patients and health care practitioners rely on to access cannabis to address their medical needs," Health Canada said in the draft document.
Reuters first reported the news earlier on Monday.
The number of patients registered for purchase from federally licensed retailers was 377,024 in September last year, a 24% increase from June. Meanwhile, registrations for personal cultivation grew 29% over the period to 43,211.
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