What are the marijuana laws in Canada?

are the medical laws similar to the ones in America well most of America like California where you can just say my head hurts and you get a card? or is it legal there because i saw video of someone without a card walking into a shop and buying large amount

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    In Canada, Marijuana Law is such that cannabis is only legal for medical purposes under a license from a professional physician. Without a written prescription from a doctor, marijuana use is illegal in Canada, which includes recreational purposes and all other uses.

    What exactly are “medical purposes”?

    According to Health Canada and in compliance with the current marijuana law, in order to qualify for “medical marijuana” in Canada, a patient must demonstrate substantial medical need. The primary approvals are patients requiring “compassionate end-of-life care” or those suffering from serious debilitating symptoms. Examples would be cancer patients, those with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, or hepatitis.

    The medical marijuana law also includes people with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Those with substantial chronic pain also can qualify, as the drug is recognized as being an effective pain killer.

    It’s Medically “Legal,” But Don’t Push It

    Despite its apparent legalization in the medical arena however, multiple physicians have faced criminal charges for overly promoting and distributing the drug to their patients, most notably Chris Buors and Lynn Harichy, in the early 2000s.

    Marijuana Law in the Courts

    Despite the fact that the marijuana law is included in the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, there exists discrepancy in its legality. Basically, the legal status of marijuana law in Canada is currently up in the air. It is certainly not going to be legalized, but marijuana law is in the process of being rewritten.

    Why Is the Canadian Marijuana Law Being Revamped?

    On July 13, 2007, an Ontario Provincial Court Judge ruled that the Canadian criminal possessions laws for marijuana are unconstitutional. Attempts have been made since then to rework the Canadian marijuana law, but little progress has been made. Therefore, in April 2011 the government was ordered by the Supreme Court to overhaul the marijuana law so that is complies with the constitution of Canada. The government was given until November 2011 to come up with an updated marijuana law.

    Discrepancies Lead to Broad Tolerance in Canada

    Because of all the discrepancies, and the questions surrounding marijuana’s true legal status in Canada, there remains broad toleration for the drug. While police do make criminal charges for cannabis possession, in general, the marijuana law is not heavily enforced, perhaps because it is not widely understood. Ultimately, the government of Canada needs an updated marijuana law that accurately represents the constitution of this country. If the orders of the Supreme Court are effective, Canada can expect to see changes in the marijuana law before we reach 2012.

  • mauzon
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    The legislation are the equal for all of Canada - it's unlawful. Period. Growing/sporting - all unlawful. The simplest exception might be for folks with a surgeon's prescription for scientific marijuana. However, there is not any authorized manner but for them to get the stuff, so there are disorders inspite of that.

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