The conservative Canadian government outlawed growing and buying cannabis in 2013. Patients were still allowed to purchase cannabis from licensed growers via mail order, but there were only 34 of them throughout the country.
Patients will still not be able to purchase cannabis from a dispensary or a compassion club. The organization Health Canada said in a statement, “These operations are illegally supplied, and provide products that are unregulated and may be unsafe. Illegal storefront distribution and sale of cannabis in Canada are subject to law enforcement action.”
A federal judge overturned the ban on the basis that the restrictions put in place by the Canadian government were inconsistent.The Canadian government has been given six months to follow a court order which lifted the ban on growing cannabis.
This decision comes at a time when attitudes toward cannabis are changing all around the world, and especially in the US, where cannabis is legal for medical use in over half the country, and legal for recreational use in four states. Eight more states are putting cannabis on the ballot this November and a majority of Americans think cannabis should be legalized.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he will push for full legalization of cannabis sometime next year. A spokesperson from the Clinton campaign has said that Clinton would push for rescheduling cannabis were she elected. Even four years ago, a promise like that would have been unthinkable.
There is more than enough evidence that cannabis is not only safe, but beneficial to people who use it for chronic conditions. With more countries and US states jumping on the bandwagon, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world begins to follow suit.
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