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New Opportunities Arise as Cannabis is Legalized in Canada

“Tea” Time? Cannabis Legalization in Canada

In Summary

Last summer an op-ed came out in response to cannabis legalization in Canada discussing the risks and benefits of the legalization. The author acknowledges the myriad of health benefits that cannabis has been shown to treat but also brings forth the gaps in our knowledge that still remain. The piece urges physicians to fully discuss the most current information with their patients when recommending cannabis and for at-home cultivators to carefully manage their plants to prevent underage consumption. The author ends the piece on a hopeful note, mentioning that the only certainty of legalization cannabis is that much more robust research will be able to be conducted and provide more information for the public. 

The author emphasizes the research opportunities that have now opened up in Canada due to the legalization of cannabis, highlighting the limitations of cannabis research in the United States. As cannabis is currently ruled a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act the federal government sees no medical benefit in medical cannabis, despite an abundance of research. Researchers around the world have found evidence that cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can provide novel therapies for various disorders yet research in the US is still extremely limited by the lack of federal funding. Canada’s decision to legalize cannabis opens the door for so many cannabis-based therapies to be developed, and for economic and healthcare reasons, other countries should follow along.

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THE GRASS IS GREENER

By Shuki Greer, Esq.

A friend of mine posted that during these times the marijuana industry has done more to keep people safe, inside their homes than our leaders have. Without opining on the intelligence of our leaders or their decisions, it is clear that she is at least partly right. The cannabis industry is playing a large role in people’s decisions to remain inside. Many people have reported using cannabis to get through the long days, and that it is the only thing keeping them cooped up inside. The days of “Netflix and Chill” are truly upon us. 

The numbers also confirm this notion. Dispensaries from Alaska to Colorado have reported lines around the block, similar to those seen at supermarkets and drugstores around the country. Some are seeing a spike in sales of 33%, while others are reporting a 159% jump from the same time last year. One San Francisco dispensary reported having the biggest day of business since recreational sales began there in January of 2018.  

Most noteworthy, however, has been the official treatment of dispensaries in this time when nonessential businesses are being forced to close across the country. One state after another is announcing that cannabis businesses are to remain operational. Nevada and Colorado both issued advisories to dispensaries on how to observe social distancing. New York encouraged businesses to allow patients to schedule appointments in an effort to limit overcrowding. Illinois also exempted dispensaries from the list of non-essential businesses that must cease operations. In San Francisco, the city initially didn’t list cannabis businesses as essential, and its health department asked dispensaries to shut down. However, after an outcry from the community and patients across the city, they reversed course and allowed cannabis businesses to remain open. Ultimately California announced that cannabis business was deemed “essential”, allowing them to remain open statewide. 

Because not all states have made similar moves, the Marijuana Policy Project, a cannabis legalization organization, penned a letter to all governors urging them to declare medical cannabis businesses “essential” and ensure that they remain open during this crisis. The letter is signed onto by several reputable organizations and can be found in its entirety here:

https://www.mpp.org/issues/medical-marijuana/covid-19-medical-cannabis-access-letter/)

Think about what all of this means. States are not only declaring dispensaries to be essential businesses, but they are putting out guidelines as to how to expand remote services, maintain good business practices, and safely deliver cannabis to the consumer. Just a few years ago, this would have been unimaginable. The notion of deeming a dispensary to be an “essential business” would have seemed laughable from a governmental perspective. The thought of advising them on how to remain operational in a time of crisis seems even less likely. 

In this time when everything seems chaotic, it is important that we take time to reflect on the good in our lives. It is important to remember the blessings we have and to appreciate the times we are living in. The cannabis industry remains young, but it seems to have established itself as a legitimate industry in the minds of our leaders. This is something that should not be taken for granted. I encourage all to take a moment to think about this and appreciate how far we’ve come. 

Benjamin Caplan, MDTHE GRASS IS GREENER
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Safely Marketing Cannabis Products

Marketing of legalized cannabis- a concern about poisoning

In Summary

A recent op-ed has come out to discuss the danger of marketing cannabis edibles as sweet treats or other types of food a child may accidentally consume. The author warns that manufacturers should boldly label their products if it contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and may pose a danger to nearby children. Often-times the recommended dose of a chocolate bar is only a few pieces, but for an adventurous child who wants chocolate, the entire bar may be consumed, resulting in the consumption of a very high dose of THC. The author of the piece calls for serious marketing restrictions for cannabis products, including vaporizer pens that look like e-cigarettes, in countries or states with legal cannabis. 

It’s interesting that this piece highlights the need for better marketing in concern for children’s accidental consumption but does not highlight proper storage for caretakers so that children are unable to access such products. Newer evolutions of cannabis edibles make them more convenient for public use as they are discreet, and taste better than other methods of consumption, which does make them appetizing for children. The marketing restrictions in the united states vary by state considering cannabis is only legal at state levels so each state has its own set of guidelines. What is consistent, is storage recommendations for dangerous substances around children. Like any pharmaceutical, cannabis should be kept out of children’s reach and in a sealed container for safety and freshness. 

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