CANNABIS: A Medication Worth Legalizing?

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Toronto Defence Lawyers practice in the area of drug offences and have been successfully defending against countless drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for years. While marijuana is still a prohibited substance, the infographic below takes a deeper look at why cannabis is a medication worth legalizing.

Already, 28 states in the US, and many other countries around the world, have legalized medical marijuana. Some have even legalized the recreational use of the drug.

At present, there is a lack of regulation in Canada involving cannabis that cannot be ignored. Because of legal gray area, suppliers do not feel pressured to meet Health Canada standards. Non-regulated cannabis could potentially contain yeast, mold, and bacteria commonly found in both sewage and the intestinal tracts of humans. Unfortunately, this is the case with 1/3 of the dispensaries in Toronto. One study in particular found that a popular dispensary in Toronto contained traces of yeast and mold 9 times that of the acceptable Health Canada standard, as well as large amounts of the aforementioned bacteria commonly found in sewage.

As for the clinical studies into the health benefits of cannabis, they have found that the chemical compounds found in cannabis (CBD and THC) can successfully treat chronic pain and other ailments. The largest-ever study on cannabis, which examined over 10,000 studies, found that cannabis can also be an effective defense against muscles spasms in those suffering from multiple sclerosis, nausea in those undergoing chemotherapy, inflammation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, stress, and PTSD.

Studies have also shown that medical marijuana can lower opioid prescriptions and opioid-related deaths. This is demonstrated in states that have legalized medical marijuana, as they suffer from fewer opioid-related deaths, a number which increases each year. Legalizing cannabis would also have the effect of cutting off profits from organized crime groups.

Although the history of cannabis has been long and complicated all over the world, the benefits of legalizing it are great. In April 2017, the liberal government passed a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, which is expected to come into effect in July of 2018, but it remains to be seen whether its perception can change into that of an effective form of treatment against a wide number of health concerns and a defense against opioid deaths.