52% of the people living north of Mexico have access to legal medical marijuana.
Population tallies from the 24 US states with medical marijuana programs, one federal District and the country of Canada, which has a national program, show that the majority of those citizens are living in harmonious comfort with regulated medical marijuana production, distribution and use.
Recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a letter of mandates to the nation’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Among the mandates is that the country must legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis, fulfilling a campaign promise by Trudeau that he would legalize cannabis if elected.
In the letter, Trudeau mandates that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General work “with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health” to “create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.”
Led by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Liberal Party swept to a strong victory in Monday’s elections.
While results were still being tallied Monday night, it looks as if the party has won enough seats to form a majority government by itself. At press time, the Liberals had won 156 six seats in the lower house of parliament and were leading in 34 more. They only need 170 seats to form a majority in the 338-seat lower chamber.The Liberal platform included, among other things, marijuana legalization:
According to new polling released by the group Vote Compass, an overwhelming 86% of those in Canada support either decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis, including 75% of self-described Conservatives.
According to the poll of 14,502 respondents taken between September 22nd and September 24th, 56% of Canada residents are in support of fully legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. An additional 30% believe that it should be decriminalized, with just 14% in favor of retaining the nation’s current prohibition on the plant.
Canada’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”.
A B.C. Court of Appeals judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical cannabis patients from possessing cannabis-infused products such as cookies and lotions. The judge has given Parliament one year to recraft regulations to allow the use of such products; this includes brownies, teas, lotions and oils.
Justice Risa Levine, in her written response to the ruling, said that the ban on medical cannabis edibles “is arbitrary and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.” Levine says that when patients choose to use edible forms of cannabis over smoking the dried flower, it’s “a matter of necessity, or put another way, the restriction to dried marijuana interfered with their physical or psychological integrity.”
A newly released poll conducted for Canada’s Department of Justice has found that a strong majority of Canadians favor either the decriminalization or full legalization of cannabis, with less than 14% of respondents being in support of the status quo.
The survey, which included 3,000 participnants, was conducted by Ipsos-Reid, and commissioned by the nation’s Department of Justice; the poll cost around $175,000.
According to The Star, which obtained the poll early, Conservatives have been holding on to the results for months without releasing them to the public, though they apparently plan to do so at the end of this month.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released its annual World Drug Report, which provides a detailed analysis of drug trafficking and usage rates throughout the world. Using data from this report, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 countries that use cannabis the most, based on the percentage of the country’s residents that have consumed cannabis in the past year.
Starting Tuesday, Canada’s federal government will be launching a $1.3 billion market for medical cannabis, which is expected to eventually supply over 450,000 Canadians with cannabis, reports the Canadian Press.
Health Canada is replacing a system which relied on small-scale, home cultivation to supply medical cannabis, in exchange for a system of large indoor farms certified by Canadian police. Health inspectors will be tasked with the production, packaging and distribution of a variety of cannabis.
A new Forum Research Inc. poll has found that over 2/3rds of Canadian residents support the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis for adults; the results mark a 4% increase from when the last time the question was asked back in November.
The poll found that only 15% of Canadians want the penalties for cannabis to remain the same, and even less – 13% – want the penalties to increase. 3% remain undecided on what their opinion is on the matter.