Tuesday, August 4, 2015

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

 Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
On July 20, 2015 the Winnipeg Police Service issued a media release regarding concerns that had been raised about the sale of purported medical marihuana within the city.
In 2014, Health Canada introduced Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The intent of the regulatory system is to ensure that there is no risk to public health, safety and security when it comes to accessing marihuana for medical purposes. Only licensed producers approvedby Health Canada can produce and provide medical marihuana.
Without this authorization, any person or business selling marihuana is committing a criminal offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The Winnipeg Police Service will investigate activities that appear to be in contravention of this act.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. today the Winnipeg Police Service attended to the 1400 block of Main Street in as part of an ongoing investigation into complaints regarding the illegal sale of marihuana at a business in the area. Further information relating to the details of this operation will be released once the investigation has concluded.
As previously stated:


  • Health Canada licensed producers are highly regulated. They must meet stringent controls to ensure public safety. 
  • Only Health Canada authorized licensed producers can provide medical marihuana and only to individuals with a valid medical document. 
  • Any business or person (not licensed by Health Canada) who sells marihuana is marketing a substance whose quality and content is unverified. This may pose a significant health risk to the consumer. 
  • Dispensing, by a Health Canada licensed producer, is only done by a delivery service and is never dispensed through a store-front or personally.  Marihuana sold any other way is illegal. 
  • Winnipeg Police will respond appropriately using the authority provided to them by the CDSA and Criminal code of Canada to stop any dispensing of marihuana that is not authorized by Health Canada so as to ensure the health and safety of the public. 

For more information about licensing and compliance regarding Medical Use of Marihuana, please refer to Health Canada:



For further information contact either:
    Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
    Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer

    Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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