Canada’s Marijuana Legalization and What It Means for Patients
Researchers, scientists, doctors, and other medical experts have attested to the benefits of medical marijuana. Canada is one of the countries that recognize its use and, while it has always allowed medical marijuana, recently passed the Cannabis Act, a law that legalizes both medical and recreational marijuana throughout the country.
While this will be implemented months from now, the act will mean a lot for both medical and recreational users. This is particularly important for the former, who need to use marijuana for pain and other symptom treatments.
Marijuana’s Legal History
From the 1960s until the ‘80s, Canada signed three treaties that agreed to prohibit drugs outside of medical and scientific purposes. Canada has kept medical marijuana legal, though highly regulated.
Last June 19, however, the Senate finally approved Bill C-45, which legalized marijuana possession, growing, and sales for adults — both medically and recreationally. It is set to take into effect on October 17. Until then, however, the current law still applies to people apprehended carrying.
Marijuana treats different physical and mental conditions. Chronic pain is a common symptom of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and others. Patients who find the pain unbearable and find regular painkillers ineffective receive a prescription for medical marijuana, which eases the pain.
Medical marijuana also mitigates mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to medical research. With marijuana legalized, it is possible for researchers to look into more benefits that can mitigate the pain of the disease and also the symptoms.
Certain strains can also produce a different effect, though this is based only on users during research surveys. Sativa strains, for example, can improve energy and mood, while indica strains handle pain management for ailments such as headaches and joint pain, sedation, and sleep.
Once marijuana is legalized, adults can purchase marijuana products from a federally licensed producer. While marijuana will be legal throughout the country, some provinces may provide different regulations. Quebec and Manitoba, for example, will ban home cultivation and will not be allowed to grow their own.
Marijuana will become more accessible. While crime rates will lower since carrying marijuana will be legal, there will still be regulations for some instances that warrant arrest (e.g. minors in possession of marijuana).
According to some immigration lawyers in the United States, Canadians frequently visiting the US may find border patrol tightening its security since most of its states still ban marijuana use.
The recent legalization of marijuana will inevitably affect the medical and recreational users in the future. However, this opens the door to making marijuana more accessible for those who need it, and the possibilities of discovering more benefits.
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