Canada Needs Medical and Non-medical cannabis platforms

Non-medical use of cannabis became legal in Canada, so what of the medical patients left with their market?   Those who were able to jump through tricky shifting legal hurdles, maintaining years of legitimacy for something they truly need. By MMAR now, and through to ACMPR Cannabis Regulations together with the Cannabis Act.

A hope glimmers as research is now more accessible. Once health authorities see any official evidence of cannabis’ medicinal benefits, however, a substantial amount of time will pass. For now, the new laws made a change that favors non-medical access, with medicinal purpose only becoming thinly expressed exceptions in the new Cannabis Act.

So readily comprehensible are some smaller changes, now we’ve been granted such a great federal freedom. Specific individuals patients, will see themselves inconvenienced in their daily routines, more as time carries on, waiting for granted blessings in specialty products, health benefits, and generation. A prescription that once separated someone from illegal usage now holds far less significance prior to a non-medical dominated marketplace.

A need for two platforms is different. Both now blend into a single, unjust for anyone needing true accountable assistance.


Pricing is unfair for those who are approved for medical use, for they are seeking relief of a serious ailment. But now they’re facing a market value that was only created for the general public. Celebrating stock market success for legal sale is only morally only when patients become untied to the new discovered capitalism.

Medical Access Denied

Another limited avenue is access, with a single supply source set despite two separate demands. Those normal producers selling legally today were on a restricted medical market for the past few years, creating products that were refused by individuals for inadequate quality and excessive prices – the same complaints we’re hearing from legal users today.

Patients instead sought out better relief from small-batch cannabis in grey market stores. Now that is set to gradually diminish through provincial force, when the  legal supply is mature enough to face black market competition. A fact some believe false, hoping medicinal dispensaries will continue business as usual, fighting no different than before. Alcohol’s strictly regulated sales status, despite its medicinal benefits to assert, should still bring clarity ro cannabis’ future under a non-medical sector. Now, both businesses are operated under a single hand.


Hopefully, with a private insensitive of care many small producers of the prior ACMPR carried. Before anything truly “craft” is seen on shelves, a crucial amount of time will pass. This creates an access gap that certain people will be struggling to sustain through, as with the arrival of legal marketplace edibles and concentrates.


Guidance is also limited. True, cannabis isn’t officially approved beyond CBD for epilepsy, as medication. It is, however, accepted by physicians and governments as aid for several severe ailments like cancer and pain. Many do rely on its medicinal value, which Health Canada respects, although it lacks scientific proof for official federal approval outright.

Cannabis isn’t one size fits all. Trouble being, so many constituents exists, with varying personal reactions to different spectrums. Knowing each variety is comparable to reading a complex map. Professional guidance is needed for many people to “find their fit,” demanding a need for retailers working with a strong code of compassionate ethics.

Despite a marketplace where a broad assortment of these cannabinoids and terpenes are advertised, one cannot give medical advice, for doubts which still do exist. Guidance can be given to help an individual find better relief, though. Those whom, example: want to avoid sedation might not understand what a high CBN content is, or that terpenes to avoid.

Kamloops BC will eliminate a community loved store, because of an operator ’s ability to benefit patients being so constricted as a personal merchant. A personal choice against a provincial program was created. This sacrifice will continue to replicate across our province and others. One can only expect private markets sustain a decent knowledge bracket, with an ability to direct customers professionally, albeit not medically. Carrying a broad enough variety of cannabis’ spectrum, to provide users picking responsibility or otherwise; medical or not.

Until we finally see two separate markets established.

Featured image courtesy of Leafly.

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