Legalize marijuana in Canada – we need answers

Legalize marijuana in Canada – not till 2017 but what then?

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Why aren’t Medical Cannabis patients included in the task force that Justin Trudeau has set up.  Why not find out from patients what they need and the serious issues they are experiencing NOW.   Why haven’t they been asked questions or involved in a poll?  We want to know why some patients on disability are being charged over $1,000 by private clinics to sign papers in order for patients to grow.   I am in a number of private groups and asked patients what is the biggest issue they have right now and what they feel will be worse when it is legalized next year. Number one is they can NOT get their family doctor to prescribe it for them.  Second is private clinics charging illegal fees to sign the paperwork to grow, or for changes of address.  According to the Globe and Mail, one of the people on the task force is Dr. Ware who said:

Dr. Ware, who was brought in as one of Canada’s foremost experts on the science behind marijuana, said he does not believe that cannabis is a “panacea” as a medical drug. He also said there should be strict controls on the quality and potency of recreational marijuana, especially as Canada starts research on the long-term impact of legalization.

“Under a regulated, non-medical model, the opportunity stands to learn in a much more informed way what is the true picture of cannabis use and its impact on health,” Dr. Ware said. “Unquestionably, from a medical standpoint, it’s crucial for patients using any drug that they know its origins, its quality, its potency.”

The issues that remain to be determined are numerous: Who will have the right to produce marijuana for recreational purposes; how will the product be distributed and sold; and what type of research will be needed to ensure that legalization meets the government’s public-health objectives?

The overarching question is whether the government will opt for a strongly regulated system that allows only a few producers and tightly controlled sellers, or whether it will allow home growers and a wide variety of dispensaries across the country.

We agree that it needs to be controlled, to protect children, and also that potency needs to be controlled.

Patients who want to legalize Marijuana in Canada are saying:  “It would be invading my privacy to buy it from a public place like LCBO.  This is medicine and I should be able to buy it from a dispensary/pharmacy”  I hope this is something that is being discussed.  Dispensaries know what they are talking about and can advise me on the right strain for my disease.  Another patient said very strongly:  “I do not want to be FORCED to buy from a Licensed Producer.  I should have the freedom of choice”  You do not force me to go to Shoppers Drug Mart instead of a smaller drug store.

Questions that have been asked:

  • Will they reverse being able to grow our own plants?  If Marijuana becomes legal,  will only Medical users be able to grow?
  • Will the College of Physicians and Surgeons educate our doctors so they will start prescribing again
  • Will this stop private clinics from charging over $1,000 to sign the paperwork needed to grow.  According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons there is no charge.  Patients are being forced to use these clinics because their own medical doctors refuse to sign the paperwork


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This was shared in a private group and worth thinking about:

Medical Cannabis as a Digestive Aid
A healthy appetite is vital to a healthy body, especially when the body is healing. Some illnesses decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing itself. CBD stimulates appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute. In the human body, CBDs bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Scientists believe these receptors play an important role in regulating feeding behavior. CBDs stimulate appetite when they dock onto these receptors.
CBD also eases nausea and vomiting. This is especially helpful for individuals enduring chemotherapy and other treatments for serious diseases.
CBDs bind to CB1 receptors in the body to relieve pain. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling.

Cancer Spread
The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumor effects of CBD. One study in mice and rats suggest CBDs “may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.” CBDs may do this by inducing tumor cell death, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and by controlling and inhibiting the spread of cancer cells.
One study by California Pacific Medical Center suggests CBD “turns off” the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. These scientists found CBD inhibits ID-1, an action that prevents cancer cells from traveling long distances to distant tissues.
CBD relieves psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia, according to research by University of Cologne in Germany. Schizophrenia affects about 1.1 percent of the population, or approximately 2.4 million adults in the United States.
CBD continues to surprise medical researchers with the variety of common health benefits it provides. An increasing number of scientists, physicians and consumers are learning about these health benefits and incorporating CBD into a healthy lifestyle plan


Legalize marijuana in Canada – what the Lawyer wants for Medical Cannabis users

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Lawyer John Conroy estimates about 100,000 Canadians have licences to grow medical marijuana at home. (CBC)

“The evidence in Allard [v. Canada] was that people found they weren’t getting what they needed through the government program,” said lawyer John Conroy, who represented the four patients in the case against Health Canada. “They might get their stuff the first time, then they’re on a waiting list, and so on.”

Conroy estimates about 100,000 people are now authorized to grow their own cannabis in Canada. He wants to see the government create separate legislation to allow them to continue to do so after it’s legalized.

“You can grow 15 kilograms of tobacco in your home for yourself and anybody over the age of 18 if you want. You can make your own beer, wine and spirits for yourself and your family if you want,” said Conroy.  Police want to see the grow-your-own practice end. They think there are enough licenced producers to accommodate patients.

I am writing this to bring more attention to the current and future needs of Medical Cannabis patients.  I welcome information regarding your fight to medicate.  Let me know.  The Task Force is expected to issue their report in November according to this article written by Caroline Barghout of the CBC.