Last week’s raid of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club and the protests and petitions that followed, as well as the threat to Halifax’s Green Cross Medical Dispensary added to an ongoing discussion about the future of MED in Canada.
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- Statistics Canada found 811,000 Canadians are using legal or illicit REC for MED reasons without prescription.
- The Régie de Logement, Quebec’s housing body, ruled a tenant does not need to have a prescription in order to be considered a MED user, with the right to smoke MED at home, even if landlords complain.
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- Health insurance–plan sponsors and members are both more open to MED than five years ago.
- New research from UBC and the BC Centre on Substance Use found daily cannabis may be an effective alternative to opioids for chronic pain sufferers. The University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine is researching the effects of low doses of cannabinoids on their colony of teaching dogs, and will eventually invite pet owners to bring their dogs in to participate in the study.
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- Analysts warned as long as access to capital markets remains closed to cannabis, some LP bankruptcies will follow.