Health Canada announced Thursday that Canadian medical marijuana patients can register with Health Canada to grow a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes. Pictured: Marijuana plants sit under lights at a licensed growing facility in Arlington, Wash., in January 2015. (Elaine Thompson, Associated Press file)

Get your grow on, Canada: Medical pot patients allowed to grow cannabis

The new rules from Health Canada come into effect on August 24

TORONTO — The government says Canadian medical marijuana patients will be able to grow their own cannabis under new regulations that come into effect later this month.

Health Canada announced Thursday that patients approved for medical marijuana can register with Health Canada to grow a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes.

The new rules come into effect on Aug. 24.

The regulations are a response to a Federal Court decision earlier this year that found the ban on patients growing medical marijuana to be a violation of their constitutional rights.

Canada has said it plans to legalize marijuana in the Spring of 2017.