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Free pot for a year: Canadian website launches ‘get happy’ contest

Published time: June 11, 2014 10:07
Edited time: June 13, 2014 10:12
Reuters / Mark Blinch

Reuters / Mark Blinch

A Canadian website is offering a year’s supply of medical marijuana as part of an awareness campaign. The ‘Get Happy Canada’ contest is open to all Canadians with a valid marijuana prescription and will provide the winner with up to a gram a day.

“We recognize that not everyone can afford the medicine he or she needs,” says non-profit organization Lift on its website. For this reason the organization has launched a nationwide competition for a year’s supply of marijuana.


Although having a prescription for medical marijuana is not a prerequisite for entering the competition, the winner will be required to obtain a valid under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

Lift also stresses they will not be supplying the winner with marijuana directly, instead they will order and pay for up to one gram a day from one of Canada’s Licensed producers. The contest is aimed at raising awareness of Canada’s federal medical marijuana program, MMPR.

Under the new legislation, patients are required to order their medical marijuana from licensed sellers and producers. Lift argues that these recent changes in the law have led to “confusion and misinformation” amongst consumers.

“Our goal at Lift is to promote the production and consumption of high quality and ethical Canadian marijuana offered at affordable prices to Canadians,” states Lift on its website. “We want Canada to set an example for the rest of the world; to show them how marijuana can change lives and transform economies.”

Canada made significant changes in the rules regulating medical marijuana on April 1 of this year. The new legislation made it illegal for citizens to cultivate marijuana, forcing them to destroy their crops and notify authorities of exactly how many plants they eliminated.

Currently only licensed producers are authorized to cultivate marijuana, and Health Canada has thus far imposed no limit on the amount of sanctioned indoor weed farms.

Health Canada says that it does not advocate the use of marijuana, it is merely doing its best to protect the public “while providing reasonable access to marijuana for medical purposes.”

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