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Health Canada has continually changed the old MMAR and now the MMPR standards and requirements that appears to be a strong effort to block access to medical cannabis therapies including research. Actions to make it very difficult for not only the vulnerable sick and dying Canadians to comply but also for the new licensed medical cannabis producer applicants. Health Canada has claimed there is no limit on the number of producers in Canada but to date less then 20 have been allowed to start limited production in 2014. Health Canada has delayed approving any more of the hundreds of others that have submitted licensed producer applications with the same tactics they have been using against vulnerable Canadians for over 15 years.
Over 35,000 vulnerable sick and dying Canadians have complained the over decade old process has always been seriously lacking proper information not only for themselves but for health care professionals, authorities and other levels of governments as well. Many court cases have been launched since 1997 and many of those won to force the Canadian government to allow medical cannabis use.
In 2006 the Harper lead conservative government ended all funding for medical cannabis research. Starting Canada on a path towards privately owned for profit prisons in Canada. Introducing failed mandatory minimums prison sentences for growing as little as six cannabis plants to fill prisons with otherwise law abiding Canadians. The 30 year old USA failed mandatory minimums prison sentencing and the vast amount of science was completely ignored by Harper including the fact the USA is ending the decades old failed mandatory minimums prison sentencing.
So it comes as no surprise that Health Canada is not allowing any type of advertising or strain information. The few companies currently allowed to produce some medical grade dried cannabis flowers can’t even tell customers which strain provides benefits for which illness. The facts are illegal medical cannabis clubs in Canada and other countries have compiled vast amounts of medical strain science even under the threat of prohibition and mandatory minimums prison sentencing. Sadly the Stephen Harper conservative government is not only continuing to allow alcohol advertising Harper himself has publicly promoting alcohol and even prefers his children consume alcohol. Fact is in 2014 a young person was taken to the hospital due to excessive abuse of alcohol from the Harper residence. Keep in mind not only is cannabis a safer recreational drug then alcohol cannabis does not kill people. Fact is alcohol kills people every day of every year!
By Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau
Report of the Standing Committee on HealthBen Lobb Chair
Pursuant to its mandate under Standing Order 108(2), the Committee has studied marijuana's health risks and harms and has agreed to report the following:
The HTML version of this report will be available soon. In the meantime, the Committee is pleased to make available the report entitled Marijuana's Health Risks and Harms (.PDF, 745 KB) in printable format
October 2014 Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released a an evidence based study called Cannabis Framework Policy.
The CAMH study like so many other past evidence based drug policy studies(1) conclusions lead to prohibition of cannabis is a seriously flawed drug control policy. Legalizing cannabis will not only greatly reduce harm to our families and communities but will allow for a much safer way to actually have some control with regulations.
No need to reinvent the wheel either. Copy the beer and wine regulations. Selling on a commercial level the products provided are regulated the same as beer and wine are now. The regulations allow people to produce their own beer and wine while also providing for private for profit businesses to sell regulated products produced in a regulated commercial facility.
Advertising in the media shouldn't be allowed. Stop allowing alcohol advertising would also help reduce the harm caused from irresponsible use of alcohol products.
Hyper over regulation and or taxation is not the answer either if we really want to gain more control. Avoiding over regulation and or taxation will help reduce the violent criminal gangs current complete control of the cannabis market.
Educate with only evidence based facts starting with cannabis is a safer recreational drug then alcohol, coffee and many other currently legal substances.
Then use the huge amount of law enforcement resources that would become available to be more proactive in stopping crimes then just reactive after people have become victims of harm from another. Colorado has shown huge increase of tax revenue, a reduction in crime and law enforcement costs.
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Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy - 2013
The report of the RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy. Final report: Drugs facing facts - March 2007
Canadian Public Health Association 2007 Resolutions
The Fraser Institute – Vancouver B.C. Marijuana Growth in British Columbia - May 2004
Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs - 2002
The Le Dain Commission Report 1972
Nixon’s Shaffer Commission report March 1970
The La Guardia Committee Report – 1944
Marijuana should be legalized with strict controls to curb its use and social harms, the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says.
CBC News October 9, 2014
The Inside Agenda Blog
CAMH Backs Legalized Marijuana
Sandra Gionas, October 9, 2014
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