Canadian doctors are calling on strict limits on legalized pot smoking. Doctor’s have concerns about the details of the law and how it will impact their patients.
Currently in Canada, marijuana can be prescribed and used for medicinal purposes, yet possession for recreational use is still against the law. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) does not support or propose legalization, but has some go-slow recommendations that include; money on research, medical and social services for addictions treatment, ban on smoking non-medical marijuana in public places, prohibit marketing and advertising of pot (similar to the restrictions on cigarettes).
The CMA believes that the minimum age for pot smoking should be 21 along with those under 25 having a potency of products tightly controlled. Here’s an example similar to this. The use among pot smoking is aged 15-24 whereas the legal drinking for Canada is set by each province and territory, however, the CMA suggested the legal age for pot consumption should be set nationally across the country to reduce enforcement issues near border lines.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) wants a private submission towards a minimum legal pot smoking age, leaving the age designation to health professionals. According to Canadian doctor’s, they also argue that it should not be sold to anyone 21 and under because their brains are still maturing. In fact, Police now use a standard sobriety test to detect a drugged driver. This is similar to the road testing devices police use to detect alcohol impairment and the device is still in development with no approval under the Canadian law for police use just yet.
Right now, medicinal marijuana can only be sent legally by mail from cannabis producers approved by the federal government, yet store-front pot dispensaries have emerged in Toronto and Vancouver. The CMA did recommended that pot should be sold in places that already sell controlled substances (LCBO) compared to pharmacists. Canada’s pharmacists are also recommending the federal government to distinct local drug stores as the best choice to manage and dispense medical marijuana. There are 9,750 community pharmacies and 285 hospital pharmacies currently in Canada.
If marijuana were to be sold at a place like the LCBO, staff will have experience asking for identification along with warning customers of a products risk. They say medical marijuana should not be a subject to sales as well as other prescription drugs are exempt (which is being taxed right now).
The question of age limits will be an important one for Justin Trudeau’s government as it develops its legalization plans. Now it will be up to the nine members appointed by Trudeau to make ease of the situation by the end of November.