Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the series on Marijuana
St-Maurice contents that are major problems with Canada’s medical marijuana distribution program.
There is only one strain of marijuana offered for medical purposes in Canada and it must be bought through the Canadian government (Health Canada). Marc-Boris St-Maurice maintains that the government shouldn’t be selling marijuana they should be selling the licenses to sell the marijuana to the compassion clubs. He says Canada has no experience in this area whereas legitimate establishments such as his compassion club do, and they will be able to get the job done properly.
Dr. Mark Ware, an assistant professor in family medicine and anesthesia at Montreal McGill University, agrees with St-Maurice. Health Canada policies concerning the sale and distribution of legalized marijuana should be reviewed, especially the regulations behind the sales and distribution. He states the medical marijuana users prefer the comfort of the compassion centers over ordering from an unknown entity many miles from home. Unfortunately some of the centers have abused their power and have ruined it for the more reputable establishments. He said these abusers have made a mockery of the entire Canadian program.
Dr. Ware says that compassion centers provide valuable information about cannabis and how to use it properly. He also states the many Canadian doctors don’t even know how the Canadian distribution program works. He worries that the real sufferers who need the marijuana will suffer in the end. Access will be limited even more, all due to the misconduct of a few centers.
Fear of the black Market
Conservative Senator Pierre-Claude Nolin fears that if legitimate users have restricted access to cannabis, or hashish, they may have to resort to getting it illegally. Nolan is an advocate for relaxing drug laws in Canada and feels that users will be forced to get their cannabis or hashish from criminal gangs within the underworld. One million Canadians who say they use cannabis yet only 5,000 Canadians are legally registered to do so.
In the aftermath of raids and subsequent controversy, Health Canada released a statement that they will be reviewing their Legalized Marijuana Distribution program.
To date, 305 licenses have been granted for the people of Quebec.
Here are a few Montreal compassion clubs
Le Centre Compassion de Montréal
4135 St. Laurent,
Montreal Compassion Club
72 Rachel East Street