Feds want medical marijuana suppliers to report doctor prescriptions

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OTTAWA - The federal Health Department wants medical marijuana suppliers to provide provincial authorities with information on the doctors who prescribe the substance.

And they want them to issue semi-annual reports on the physicians who prescribe marijuana for their patients.

The reports would include the doctor's name and address, how much of the substance was prescribed and for how long.

The proposed regulations were published Friday by the federal government.

On April 1, Health Canada radically altered the rules for medical marijuana, opening its production up to the commercial sector, expanding it from a cottage industry of thousands of loosely regulated growers.

As of late last month, the department had received 858 applications from a variety of firms wanting to be medical marijuana suppliers.

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