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Recreational Cannabis to be Legal by Canada Day in 2018

By July 1st, 2018, Canada plans to legalize cannabis across all provinces!  In July next year, Canada will be introducing some sweeping changes to its cannabis laws.

Canada already has medical marijuana available across the country, but in July marijuana will be legalized across the entire country.  (Canada is not the only country that has adopted this law.)

The different provinces have introduced slightly different rules and legislation governing how marijuana will be sold and distributed across their province. In some provinces, you will be able to possess as much as 30 grams of dried marijuana for personal use. While in other provinces you can grow up to four plants for your own personal use.  Check out more news on Canada and other legal states at

All over Canada, people will be able to walk into stores and purchase their favorite brands of marijuana.  Cannabis oil in Canada has also become very popular for treating various conditions and disease including cancer.

The legal age will be set at 18 and up depending on which province you’re living or visiting in. Tourists and visitors to Canada will be able to buy and smoke cannabis the same as any Canadian citizen without fear of legal ramifications. The same laws will apply to import and export of marijuana. If you were visiting Canada from a state in the U.S which had legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, it would still be a crime to transport marijuana across the border.

At this point, there hasn’t been any legalization of edible marijuana products discussed, but hopefully, this will happen in the not too distant future! Provinces will all be dispensing marijuana through a variety of different methods. Some provinces will allow independent stores to sell marijuana, while in others like Ontario, the LCBO will operate marijuana stores.

The legalization of marijuana and other cannabis products is continuing to grow in popularity around the world. Over 21 states in the U.S now have either legalized marijuana or medicinal marijuana available.

It’s important to keep lobbying and supporting groups which promote the safe and legal use of marijuana and other cannabis products.

The recent developments in legal mandates surrounding marijuana usage in Canada come from a history that depicts introduction, prohibition, and legalization. The current effort by the Canadian government to legalize medical and recreational marijuana influenced the increase of dispensaries in the country.

The following points detail the legalization of marijuana and where you can access quality products.

History and Development

The beginnings of marijuana in Canada dates back in 1801 with the distribution of hemp seeds. It was an effort to help promote agriculture in the region. In 1821, parliament began to provide incentives for domestic hemp. The province started to allocate machinery to process hemp. The same development will occur in 1917 to separate hemp fiber from the plant.

The process of prohibition began in 1923 with the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana along with other substances such as opium, morphine, and cocaine. In the succeeding years, the Canadian government will continue its crackdown of the substance. Among the notable events surrounding marijuana usage are the 1969 Le Dain Commission which sought to investigate the non-medical use of cannabis and the 1996 appeal of Terrance Parker on his arrest for marijuana use to treat epileptic seizures.

Breakthrough in marijuana use first occurred in 2000 when the Ontario Court of Appeal decided to support Terrance Parker’s argument and made cannabis prohibition unconstitutional. In the following year, the Canadian government created the Marijuana for Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). The mandate sought to support the growth and access to medical cannabis from licensed growers. However, the succeeding government policy and the 2006 anti-drug strategy further curtailed the production of marijuana.

It was in 2013 that the Canadian government again implemented the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and established an industry that provided licenses to the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Also, the 2015 ruling of Owen Smith was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada and recognized the production of cannabis oils and other forms of cannabis that supported the needs of patients.

Amendments in 2016 identified existing deficiencies and revised mandates to create the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Finally, the 2017 Cannabis Act is a proposal to legalize cannabis possession, use, and purchase for adults.

Benefits of Cannabis and the Changing Sterotype

With the existing mandate to legalize cannabis use, it also helped shape the growth of dispensaries in the country.   The changing legal scenario in Canada has made possible the growth of dispensaries.  The industry demonstrates a history that experienced prohibition and criminalization.  Despite these challenges, the significance of medicinal marijuana remains significant for patients and prior to recreational legalization, it is possible to obtain cannabis flowers or cannabis oil in Canada via mail order or dispensary.

The world is starting to take notice of the many medical and therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant.  Apart from obtaining cannabis in dispensaries, you can now even buy cannabis oil online legally.

It has proven to be highly effective in providing many benefits such as relieving pain, spasms and even shrinking brain tumours. At the end of 2016 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) sent out notices to suppliers of cannabidiol (CBD) products to inform suppliers that it was deemed a medicine and that  licenses would be issued for the sale of this popular,effective and misunderstood plant.

The fact is that CBD is a medicine.  CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, but its extraction us usually from the non-psychoactive cousin, hemp. This leads to the confusion that has been repressing the progress of legislation in favor of cannabis as medicine, the confusion between a plant that is the same, really.  Psychoactive  cannabis is classified 0.05% THC and above ; and the non-psychoactive version is usually classified as hemp, which below 0.05% THC. Problem comes in for legislators to distinguish these types of cannabis separately and “safe”for human consumption . Truth is they are very difficult to distinguish separately in nature and lawmakers just care if it makes you high or not. Bottom line, its a medicine and is saving lives.

Cancer research recently published statistics on brain tumors. Almost 11000 cases of brain tumors were reported in 2014. Deaths in the same year were 5223,with a reported survival rate from current treatments at 14%,with a less than 1% prevention rate. Looking at these numbers, maybe alternative treatments are desperately needed to be looked at to give people hope and possible prevention and cure of these cancers.

Some of the benefits of using CBD oil on a regular basis is for pain relief, anxiety, stress, heart health,  and keeps one skin healthy.

A recently published article mentions a child, William, a 4-year-old boy from Nottingham,  who was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumour in 2014. William is currently championing the research and fund-raising of the research being done at University of Nottinghams facility, The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre and its looking very positive. After trying all treatments available through the NHS early in 2016, Williams parents were told it was terminal and William was given 6 months to live. Naturally Williams parents looked at alternatives and since being on CBD oil his health has improved and the tumour has reduced significantly in size.

“Six months later, not only was William still alive – his tumour had shrunk by two-thirds!”

When not too many options are available, treating your symptoms with CBD might just do the trick.  It’s worth a shot.

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