Vancouver, BC / ACCESSWIRE / March 24, 2014 / Enertopia Corporation (ENRT) on the OTCBB and (TOP) on the CSE (the "Company" or "Enertopia") announces the following Corporate update with respect to the Canadian Federal Court injunction issued Friday, March 21. Readers should be advised that the information below is believed to be correct although the case has evolved quickly and may change.
The injunction exempts existing patients currently licensed to possess and grow medical marijuana, from compliance with the new Health Canada regulations for commercial growers that will continue to take effect for those commercial growers, on April 1. The injunction does not affect the new licensing system. The injunction is temporary - for the existing patients, it preserves the status quo only until a legal ruling is produced in their legal case with the government of Canada. News reports suggest that legal case is expected to provide a ruling within one year.
The injunction suggests that Enertopia's partially-owned partner, The World of Marihuana Productions Ltd, will be allowed to continue to grow for their patients while awaiting for the Health Canada site inspection under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, (MMPR) and for so long as the injunction remains in effect.
The injunction also suggests that Enertopia's partially-owned partner, The Green Canvas Ltd., will also be allowed to continue to grow for their patients even as they upgrade their facilities to be compliant under the new MMPR system.
The court injunction is good news for medical marihuana patients and the producers that currently supply them. It allows patients access to the medical cannabis they need and allows current producers the ability to meet their patient's needs, while allowing the current producers to keep their medical marihuana strains.
Health Canada was quoted as saying "While the Courts have said there must be reasonable access to marijuana for medical purposes, Health Canada's goal is to treat dried marijuana as much as possible like other narcotic drugs used for medical purposes. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations are intended to provide reasonable access for those Canadians who need access to dried marijuana for medical purposes with the support of a health-care practitioner, while protecting public safety."
The Court ruled in favor of the new smaller patient limit as set down in the new (MMPR) regulations with patients being restricted to possessing 150 grams of dried marijuana, which is a limit set by the new (MMPR) regulations.
Health Canada further stated "Health Canada is committed to the implementation of the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in order to provide Canadians reasonable access to dried marijuana for medical purposes, while protecting public safety."
"Enertopia believes in the provision of affordable, safe, regulated, high quality medicinal marihuana for all medical marihuana patients not only in Canada but around the World wherever permitted by law. We are seeing daily, the benefits medical cannabis have with helping people regain quality of life. Through no fault of their own - because of disease, work place accidents or automobile accidents - and with the judicious use of medical cannabis as a pain relief medication, many patients have reported relief they have been unable to obtain through any other means. We look forward to complying with and working with Health Canada and all applicable regulations during this period of transition", stated President Robert McAllister.
Enertopia's shares are quoted in Canada with symbol TOP in the United States with symbol ENRT. For additional information, please visit www.enertopia.com or call Dale Paruk, President, Coal Harbor Communications Ltd. at 1.604.662.4505
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