Medical Cannabis Legality In Canada

Poster on
February 9, 2018

Canada and Marijuana Legislation.

It is no longer a new story that Canada has one of the largest and fastest growing economy in the entire North America and this record is transcending beyond continents now. It is to this regards that businesses are on the up rise, immigrants navigate the borders of Canada on a daily basis, no wonder we get lots of advertisement motivating foreigners to consider studying in Canada and several other captivating captions on why you should consider moving to Canada. Well truth be told, Canada is such a marvel to behold and believe me you won’t regret your decision to migrate to Canada.

Intending immigrants to Canada who are active consumers of Cannabis in their respective places of residence are obviously on the lookout as they would definitely want to know the legality of Cannabis in Canada to know if they would have to watch their backs while consuming Cannabis or if they could freely puff smoke on the streets without having to look over their shoulders. This is not peculiar to only foreigners, as even active users of Cannabis who are citizens of Canada are also on the watch as every one of them anticipates that a time will come when they would be able to consume Cannabis for the high feeling that is for recreational purposes and not just because they need it to cure a ailment or disease as it is being preached by medical Cannabis activists. Could this anticipation be propelled by the fact that Canada’s big brother (United States) has done the needful in about 28 states including Washington DC or could it be because it feels good to consume it freely? Whatever reason propelled this anticipation, one fact is that nobody would want to always have the cops behind their back.


So many research work over the years written or orally spelt suggests that Cannabis may be the solution to several health conditions too numerous to mention, frankly speaking it has transcended from being just a suggestion into a gospel which is preached not just within the four walls of the Cannabis industry but the entire health industry. The fact about this is that only a few testimonies have surfaced over the years but it never stopped the spreading of the gospel as the few testimonies recorded can actually hold water. Personally, I agree with the philosophy that Cannabis when consumed using the right methods is evidently medicinal and when I say right methods I mean methods that would to a large extent reduce the harmful toxins and carcinogens that threaten the well-being of consumers. But my thoughts and opinions would not change the legality of Cannabis anywhere, not in Canada or any were in the world.

I recently stumble on a caption from a popular Canadian Cannabis forum which boldly states that Cannabis is now legal in Canada, at first I felt good but later I said to myself how many of such captions have I seen, too many obviously. Well the op was referring to legalization of Cannabis for medical purpose. Cannabis for medical purposes have enjoyed commendation from the government as the guidelines are followed judiciously according to the Access to cannabis for medical purposes regulation (ACMPR) which was enacted some few months after medical Cannabis was passed into law. For those who do not know, recreational purpose Cannabis is still illegal in Canada and the community of users are hoping that Canadian prime minister would fulfil his campaign promises that was made in 2015 which is to legalize cannabis for both recreational and medical usage. We are hopeful and the Cannabis community would wait for it to pass the integrity test.

Outside of Canada

Canada’s Biggest brother the US, has legalized the usage of Cannabis in about 28 states including Washington DC, all of which now boasts of complete legality of Cannabis and when I say complete I meant for both recreational and medical usage. Are you amazed? Certainly! but there are certainly some rules governing these supposed free usage. Whatever rules are governing it, this would be the dream of every Cannabis consumer in Canada. This new development by states in the US resulted in what we refer to as an explosion of different products which includes edibles and vaping oils and a variety of harsh like concentrates which are obviously of many advantages to the human health. But the fact remains that it is illegal in Canada because Cannabis seeds are still regarded or seen as a contraband. Things would definitely take a new turn soon but I hope the pressure by Cannabis consumption community would not bring the legislations against Cannabis to a collapse.

Let’s get this clear, no matter the ups and downs of Cannabis legislation in different countries, recreational use of Cannabis would never be permitted for teenagers, so if you fall in this category, you are advised to steer clear off the lanes because the business of Cannabis is a serious business and if not careful might end up making one pay huge fines for violating codes of conduct.

Many nations of the world have decriminalized Cannabis either directly or indirectly, meaning that the previously known violent approach toward its consumption has greatly subsided though restrictions still exists especially on the part of recreational usage but with the recent actions by the Canadian government, I think smiles would be restored on the faces of Canadians soon enough.

Justin Trudeau in one of his speeches recently introduced legislation to legalize the recreational Usage of Cannabis in Canada as a fulfilment of one of his numerous campaign promises and if this pulls through, Canada as a nation would become the second country in the world after Uruguay to completely (Both medical and recreational) legalize Cannabis as a consumer product. That would be quite historic though history matters less to the Cannabis (Cannabis) community right now. What would really matter to them right now is the fact that the drug would no longer be addressed as illegal or as a contraband and they themselves would no longer have to play hide and seek with the cops anymore.


A Canadian lawmaker and a former police chief of Toronto “Bill Blair”, in one of his speeches was aired to have said that criminal prohibition of Cannabis has failed to protect our kids and our community, hence the need for a full legalization of the drug. He (Bill Blair), also affirmed that the Canadian government are working hard to ensure that legal sale of Cannabis becomes possible by the middle of 2018. This is good news for the Canadian Cannabis community.

In an exclusive interview with a member of the liberal government, more light was giving to certain concerns that might arise when Cannabis eventually become a legal commodity and one of such concerns that captivated me was “where can one smoke it” the responses seem like one cannot be able to light up buds anywhere and rumours has it that Cannabis might be restricted for use only in private residence. A summary of this exclusive interview session reveals that the legalization will come with several restrictions which might not go down well with the Cannabis activists in the country.

In conclusion, Cannabis for medical purpose is duly legal in Canada today though you must be certified before you can have full access to the drug. But recreational purpose Cannabis is yet to be legal and until then we all need to stay cool. The bill anticipated by Canadians on legalization of Cannabis for recreational purpose would definitely come with some restrictions particularly on the part of non-adults. Though the age restriction would be exclusively determined by the state while other laws would still be enforced by the federal.

So, let’s wait and see how far this will go and how long it will take for it to be legalized for recreational use but for now it only for Medicinal use.