It is legal for authorized Canadians to use medicinal marijuana to relieve symptoms of cancer, AIDS, eipilepsy and other conditions. The problem is that while it is legal to use dried cannabis, it is very difficult to legally obtain it.
The government arbitrarily restricts the users to three unsatisfactory options: to grow the marijuana themselves (many are too sick to do so); to deal with a licensed producer who is forbidden to grow for more than one user at a time; or to deal with a licensed dealer, Prairie Plan Services located in Manitoba. This last is said to be inferior quality and fewer than 20 per cent of the 1,983 users in Canada deal with PPS.
Having recognized marijuana as legal for medical use, surely the government cannot turn around and make it so difficult to obtain that users are forced into the black market at high costs.
At the very least th government should make it possible for designated outside suppliers, who are already tightly regulated, to produce high-quality marijuana for more than one authorized user at a time.
Medicinal marijuana should be in th business of relieving pain, not causing it.
Do you agree?