Facts and figures on medical marijuana in Canada

It figures.

Global News

OTTAWA – Facts and figures on the medical marijuana regime in Canada, which is changing rules by March 31, 2014, to encourage large private-sector growers:

Current number of medical marijuana users approved by Health Canada: 37,359, up from 477 in 2002.

Number of patients with personal licences to grow marijuana for themselves: 25,600 (ends March 31, 2014)

Number of growers licenced to produce marijuana for a maximum of two patients each: 4,200 (ends March 31, 2014)

Current number of entrepreneur applications to grow medical marijuana under new rules allowing larger facilities: 156

READ MORE: Medical marijuana in the workplace: a diagnosis for employers

Health Canada’s current price for medical marijuana produced under contract: $5 a gram (government sales end March 31, 2014)

Health Canada’s projection of profitable private-sector price in 2014 after the new free-market kicks in: $7.60

Projection of average price as market matures in several years: $8.80

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Pot Smuggler’s Boat Capsizes Off Beach Near Santa Cruz

Such a loss!

CBS San Francisco

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Authorities recovered 80 pounds of marijuana Monday from a smuggler’s boat driven from Mexico that capsized off a beach in Santa Cruz County with most of its drug cache missing, a sheriff’s deputy said.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputies, California State Parks, the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified of an overturned boat in the area of Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz County, Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

The person who reported seeing the 20-foot boat called out of concern for the safety of anyone on the craft, Kennedy said.

When emergency responders reached the boat, they brought it ashore and while searching for its occupants, found four 20-pound packages of marijuana in the area worth about $96,000, Kennedy said.

Sheriff’s deputies also recovered six 12-gallon gas containers and learned that some of the liquid had spilled into…

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