Canada Under Growing Pressure to Lift Medical Marijuana Import Ban

A disparate group of countries, #businesses and organizations is calling on the #Canadian government to remove nontariff barriers effectively blocking commercial imports of unapproved #medical #cannabis, even as some local players say the ban is needed to protect squeezed #domestic #cultivators.

Businesses with their headquarters in Canada but production overseas have joined countries such as #Colombia and #Jamaica in calling out Canada for prohibiting foreign competition within its medical #marijuana industry, which largely remains closed to #foreign #exporters. The Canadian #Chamber of Commerce’s cannabis working group joined the call to allow foreign competition within Canada, albeit in a limited form. And in October, the Colombian government raised concern about Canada’s commercial-import restriction with the #World #Trade Organization (#WTO).

Industry sources say the crux of the issue is that 3Health Canada, the government body tasked with regulating #imports and exports of cannabis, is dragging its feet in allowing #commercial medical cannabis to be imported into the country.

Some #executives say that puts Canada on shaky ground vis-à-vis #international trade agreements, even as Canada is a world-leader in cannabis exports.

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