Back in 2001, Canada was the first country to ever legalize the use of medicinal marijuana. A lot has changed since then and now even the recreational use of cannabis is legal, but that doesn’t change how much of an impact Canada has had on the world’s medical marijuana movement.
Other countries, the US included, have turned their eyes to the North to see how Canadians are handling the medical marijuana legislation. Many of them are even taking Canadian law into heart as they pass their own cannabis laws, and some even use the ACMPR production license as a framework for guidance.
It goes without saying that the ACMPR program has made a major impact on medical marijuana legislation, not just in Canada, but across the globe. Here’s how the country’s current rules and regulations for medical patients in need of marijuana have paved the way for the rest of the world’s view on it.
Canadian Law Promotes Easy Access
As the first country to legalize medicinal marijuana, it’s obvious that other countries will pay close attention to what works and what doesn’t. Well, one thing that Canada has struggled with over the years is figuring out a way to give medical marijuana easy access to treatment, but not giving too much access that could end up being taken advantage of.
This struggle was made obvious as the Canadian government transitioned from the MMAR to the MMPR, and finally to the ACMPR. With the MMAR, license holders were given the option to grow from home but that was taken away with the MMPR. However, Canada eventually found a way to find the right balance and grant easy access through home growing with the ACMPR program.
Since its passing, a few other countries have passed medical marijuana growing laws of their own, giving medical patients the option to grow from home instead of buy from dispensaries. Uraguay is the perfect example, allowing each citizen to grow up to six plants at home.
There are obviously a lot of rules tacked on, like the fact that these plants are not allowed to yield more than 480 grams (17 ounces) of marijuana per year, but it’s safe to say that Canada’s at-home growing laws made an impression.
Canadian Medical Marijuana Legislation Gives People Options
Canada has not only realized that easy access is a key component to a successful medical marijuana program, but that a big part of that access is to give people options. “Easy access” doesn’t mean the same for every medical patient; while some can benefit from growing their own plants, Canada realizes that others won’t have any interest in that at all.
This is why the Canadian government is giving their medical marijuana license holders several different choices for how they access their treatment. Aside from growing a certain amount of medical plants from home, another option is to simply buy it from licensed Canadian cannabis producers.
The government doesn’t stop there, there. They give license holders a third option – to designate another person to grow in their place. Other countries and governments are quickly catching on and realizing that there needs to be a few possible routes for access, one just doesn’t cut it.
Canadian Legislation Is Opening Eyes To The Powers of Medical Marijuana
It’s obvious that marijuana is a more liberal topic and many people (and governments) still don’t agree with it and probably never will. However, things are definitely changing and the overall attitude on marijuana (especially for medical purposes) is becoming much more open. Opinions are changing, and Canada’s progressive legislation has a lot to do with that.
When Canada passed the world’s first medical marijuana program back in 2001, there was still a lot of skepticism. But now, two decades later, many people have been able to see that granting access to medical marijuana is actually a good thing and can change the lives of many patients for the better.
Back in 2001, there were still a lot of questions on whether marijuana really was a possible treatment route for pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Now, not only is it considered a treatment for these three conditions, but it’s used for a multitude of medical ailments.
Individuals suffering from epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, MS, Glaucoma, cancer, ADHD, and more have found relief with cannabis, and Canada’s progressive view on medical marijuana is making that very clear to the rest of the world.