Posted on October 9, 2015

Canadian Courts Rule All Forms of Marijuana for Medical Purposes Are Legal

Since 2009, there had been debate on whether other forms of marijuana were legal for medical purposes, besides dried marijuana. The case began after a baker was accused of drug trafficking and unlawful procession of marijuana, which was being used to make baked goods. At that time, the baker was acquitted of the criminal charges by a British Columbia judge. However, the court demanded the Canadian government change the laws in regards to extracted marijuana, with the case eventually making its way to the Supreme Court of Canada for further review.

After careful consideration and review by the Supreme Court, the court concluded there was no reason to restrict medical marijuana users to only dried forms of marijuana and all other extracted forms could also be used legally. In its findings, the Supreme Court stated, ?the effects of the prohibition contradict the objectives of protecting healthy and safety.? As a result, those Canadians with a medical marijuana card are now able to take advantage of extracted marijuana used in baked goods, teas, and other such products.

As such, medical marijuana users now have more options to obtain the benefits of marijuana besides smoking dried cannabis. However, keep in mind, the use of extracted forms of marijuana are limited to only those who have obtained their medical marijuana card. Medical marijuana recipients are not allowed to share baked goods, teas, and other such products with other people, even those who possess their own medical marijuana card.

How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Canada

In order to be allowed to purchase marijuana for medical purposes, a person must apply for a medical marijuana card. The application process starts by obtaining a medical diagnosis for one or more of the listed medical conditions where marijuana is allowed to be used as a prescription to treat the condition. Next, the applicant must obtain supporting medical documentation showing their medical diagnosis from an authorized primary care physician. Lastly, a formal application with all supporting documentation is submitted for approval. Once approved, the applicant receives a medical marijuana card.

After receiving a medical marijuana card, the recipient has to register with an authorized medical marijuana dispensary. The dispensary will normally require medical documentation signed by an authorized physician. This document is similar to a prescription and must include the daily dosage amount in grams, as well as the time period the prescription is valid. Keep in mind, current Canadian Laws only allow for a medical marijuana prescription to be valid for up to one year. Every year a new medical document and prescription has to be submitted to the dispensary in order to continue to purchase marijuana products. In addition, you may be required to submit a registration form.

The documentation and registration process must be completed with each authorized medical marijuana dispensary you intend to use. For more information or assistance in determining your eligibility for a medical marijuana card, contact Grow Legally today at 888-909-6336.