Study: Majority of Medical Cannabis Patients Use Cannabis to Replace Prescription Drugs

A new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy has found that a majority of medical cannabis patients are using cannabis in replace of dangerous prescription drugs, mainly opioids.

For the study; “Patients registered to purchase cannabis from Tilray, a federally authorized Licenced Producer (LP) within the MMPR [the law that allows medical cannabis on the federal level in Canada], were invited to complete an online survey consisting of 107 questions on demographics, patterns of use, and cannabis substitution effect. The survey was completed by 271 respondents.”

According to the study; “Cannabis is perceived to be an effective treatment for diverse conditions, with pain and mental health the most prominent.” It was found that 63% of the study’s participants use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, “particularly pharmaceutical opioids (30%), benzodiazepines (16%), and antidepressants (12%).”

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Canada’s Largest Pharmacy Applies for License to Distribute Medical Cannabis

 pharmacy Shoppers Drug Mart, the largest pharmacy in Canada with hundreds of locations across the country, confirmed Wednesday that it has filed an application with the Canadian government to become a licensed distributor of medical cannabis.

“We are hopeful that the Government of Canada will revise the current regulations to allow dispensing at pharmacy,” a spokesperson for the company said in a media statement. According to the company, allowing medical cannabis to be dispensed at pharmacies “would increase access, safety, quality and security for the thousands of Canadians who use the drug as part of their medication therapy.” Currently medical cannabis can only be received through the mail from licensed producers.

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Canada: Patients Now Allowed to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home (Indoors and Outdoors)

Grow Medical CannabisIn Canada, medical cannabis patients are now legally allowed to grow the plant at home. The change made by Health Canada comes roughly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.

Under the new law, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors. They can cultivate higher amounts if their physician recommends it. According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.

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Canada Patients Allowed to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home Starting August 24th

canadaCanada’s government announced today that it will be allowing qualified medical cannabis patients to grow their own cannabis at home beginning August 24th. The announcement comes nearly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.

Under the new policy, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors (more is allowed if prescribed by a physician). According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Canada’s Ban on Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

purpleplantA Canadian Federal Court ruled Wednesday that the nation’s ban on medical cannabis patients growing their own medicine is unconstitutional. The court gave the Canadian government six months to establish regulations for legal cannabis cultivation.

“The evidence at trial failed to show that public safety will be advanced in any significant way by the removal of the ability to lawfully and safely continue to personally produce medical cannabis,” Judge Michael L. Phelan wrote in the decision. Phelan argued that the current law prohibiting cultivation restricted patients’ liberty by leaving them under the threat of criminal prosecution; he also argued that the law is not supported by compelling evidence.

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Canada Supreme Court Legalizes Cannabis-Infused Products for Patients

canadaCanada’s Supreme Court has ruled that the nation’s ban on the medical use and distribution of cannabis-infused products such as edibles and oils is illegal, rendering it “null and void”. The ruling was unanimous.

According to the ruling, Canada’s law restricting medical cannabis use to only dried cannabis flowers, prohibiting the use of any cannabis-infused medicines, violates citizens’ rights “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.” Thus, Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits possession and distribution of cannabis-infused products, has been rendered “null and void”.

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