Adam Greenblatt,executive director of the Montreal-based Medical Cannabis Society (MCAS), said his organization advised Health Canada on the new regulations last summer.
"Unfortunately, they didn't take all of our counsel, which would have resulted in a far more patient-friendly regime," he stated.
'For many patients who grow their own [marijuana], this is one step forward and two steps back'
—Adam Greenblatt, Medical Cannabis Society
Among its proposals, the MMPR suggests the price of medical marijuana should rise to $8.80 per gram. It currently it ranges from $1.80 to $5 per gram.
The regulation also says it would no longer permit individuals to grow their own marijuana, a move that Greenblatt says is unfair.
"For many patients who grow their own, this is one step forward and two steps back," he said.