Marijuana the Medicine

The political and economic landscape of marijuana is a tumultuous field of interests from a wide range of parties.

With votes, money and the health of many hanging in the balance, we often ask and are asked, why isn't marijuana legal and properly available and the answer is that we don't have the answers we need.

Our country works each day to produce more research in the medical benefits of medical marijuana so marijuana may reach the point of mainstream medication.

People who suffer chronic pain, cancer, seizures and other maladies turn to marijuana for the immense relief it provides and their cases are documented where applicable.

One of the major problems with medical marijuana, is that it's not yet medicine.

In terms of money

A pile of Canadian 20 dollar bills

There is no question amid any group that marijuana is not a cash crop.  Colorado counted $11 million in tax revenues in the first business quarter of 2014 alone, all from marijuana sales and sales are projected to reach $10.8 billion by 2019.

With a reduced crime rate, the city saved money for police, vandalism, etcetera.

On home soil

The politics surrounding medical marijuana in Canada can be dense and difficult to cut through.  However in 2014, former B.C. solicitor general and former police chief Kash Heed predicted we will have a legal marijuana program "within five years."

Of course, it helps that Liberal proponents such as Trudeau himself have weighed in to defend the medical marijuana movement citing that Stephen Harper's prohibition is failing.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

In 2013, Ottawa predicted that by 2024, the medical marijuana market will have approximately 450,000 registered users providing a cool $1.3 billion annually throughout the industry.

Only a few years later, there are marijuana providers listed on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange), being traded openly as any legitamite entity should be.

Meanwhile, the industry is constantly expanding, such as with Health Canada's recent ruling allowing edibles in full spectrum.

This means medical marijuana is available as cookies, cakes, oils, creams and more; many of our own products are designed to be mixed with confections and meals for their best effect!

Now Parliament has their one year window provided where they aim to draft new regulations surrounding cannabis extract products.  This makes sense, it is a medication after all.  If there's one thing we have always said, it's that managing your dosage is important and we hope to see good things of managing the marijuana industry.

A changing political landscape

The Harper government's own polls (among so many polls) have shown that public opinion sides in favour of legalization or decriminalization, and that's important because politicians aren't necessarily swayed by economics when it comes to medical marijuana.

The more important piece of the political puzzle is public interest.  The status quo is changed, and still changing, and with it the politics behind marijuana have to adjust.

The medical frontier

Doctors can't write prescriptions for pot.  It's a simple fact of the industry that medical professionals are not the source for the medicine.  There is no identification number for a marijuana product as there would be for anything found in a pharmacy.  There are no clear guidelines for dosage, use or risk.

Despite this, the medical marijuana movement has proponents such as Sanjay Gupta quoted saying “I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana.”

Marijuana as medicine

A pile of medical marijuana cigarettes

People need their medication and in some cases need health care costs managed by the health care system, which includes an insurance provider.

An epileptic who suffers seizures may find that marijuana provides relief in cases where no traditional medication does.  In that case, they are responsible for the costs of their marijuana and may be paying several hundreds per month.

Removing this major hurdle means allowing medical marijuana to be covered by health care and provide the best care possible.

Still growing

While providers and users must be licensed, and the political landscape is thick, the truth is the medical marijuana industry is still very much in it's infancy and still being developed.

In time we hope to see a point where those in need can be prescribed their medicine, and receive it under coverage for what is in some cases a range of debilitating issues.

It's not legal yet, but there is evidence that the changes needed are brewing, so we are hopeful and expect good things in the future.