medical cannabis laws
|Marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug that poses significant health threats to users.|
|Marijuana has no medical value that can't be met more effectively by legal drugs.|
|Marijuana users are far more likely to use other drugs like cocaine and heroin than non-marijuana users.|
|Drug legalizers use "medical marijuana" as red herring in effort to advocate broader legalization of drug use. 3|
Although Marijuana remains a controlled substance in Canada, "Health Canada grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses." 4 These include relief of certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, spinal cord disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, severe forms of arthritis and epilepsy. Additional disorders and diseases are considered for individual patients "if a specialist confirms the diagnosis and that conventional treatments have failed or judged inappropriate to relieve symptoms of the medical condition." A patient can apply for permission to grow marijuana for personal use or to have someone grow it for them. 5
In 2005-APR, Health Canada approved the use of Sativex under prescription use for the relief of neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis, Additional approval for the relief of pain caused by cancer is expected late in 2007. Sativex contains two active ingredients: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). It is derived from the cannabis plant. 6
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Copyright � 2007 by Ontario Consultants on
Originally written: 2007-SEP-07
Latest update: 2007-SEP-07
Author: B.A. Robinson
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