***CANADA'S NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS:
WHAT ARE THEY REALLY ABOUT?
On March 13, 2014 the current medical marijuana laws in Canada will end and an entirely new system of laws concerning medical marijuana will take effect. The current laws allow those registered as medical marijuana patients to grow their own marijuana or to buy government produced marijuana from authorized pharmacies. Under the new laws that go into effect in a few months, medical marijuana patients will no longer be permitted to grow their own marijuana and the government will no longer produce marijuana, nor will pharmacists be involved in the sale of medical marijuana to patients.
The legal reasons stated for this drastic change in the medical marijuana laws in Canada are listed as public health, safety and security issues. Despite reading many articles and trying to discover these alleged public health, safety and security issues, one is hard pressed to find a single article describing exactly what those issues are. There were a few (very few) growers who had fires break out. Those were all related to poor wiring. Electrical issues are easy to cure and simple compliance inspections of grow operations would remove that issue from the table. As for public health and security, there was nothing describing exactly what they are, just the generic legal umbrella under which the politicians are able to enact new and stricter laws. So why the need to fix that which is not broken?
There are currently 37,359 registered medical marijuana patients in Canada. That number is much higher than the 477 registered medical marijuana patients in 2002 evidencing the need for medical marijuana. Of those 37,359 registered medical marijuana patients, 25,600 are licensed to grow their own medical marijuana. Of those 25,600 licensed to grow their own medical marijuana, only 4,200 are specifically licensed to grow for one (and only one) other registered patient besides themselves. All of these rights will be stripped away from Canadian medical marijuana patients as of March 13, 2014.
Under the new laws there are currently 156 applications awaiting approval to grow medical marijuana on a much larger scale in huge warehouses. These warehouses will be owned and operated by those entrepreneurs with enough money to buy the licenses, the warehouses, the property on which the warehouses sit, the massive costs of filling that space with the maximum lighting possible and to employ a staff large enough to grow, trim and prepare the medical marijuana for public sale and to distribute it. With private sector businesses, profits tend to be the overriding priority rather than producing a high quality product that is organic and safe.
Under the new laws patients will be permitted to purchase medical marijuana from these massive warehouse farms. All sales will be through a mail order system and thoroughly regulated. The regulations only apply to the amount of marijuana sold and the income the entrepreneurs take in. These strict regulations will not cover the quality of medical marijuana grown nor the non-organic fertilizers and pesticides used to grow the marijuana to produce ever larger and more profitable plants. This puts unsuspecting (and already burdened with health issues) patients at further risk of ingesting marijuana and medical marijuana products that essentially contain poisons detrimental to their already deteriorating health.
Health Canada's current average price of medical marijuana is approximately $5 per gram. The projected cost of private sector medical marijuana after the new laws take effect in March is expected to be about $7.60 per gram. CannaMed
, the first licensed distributor in the private sector is currently advertising their medical marijuana at a cost of $9 to $12 per gram once the new laws go into effect. Keep in mind that the current black market cost of marijuana in Canada is approximately $10 to $15 per gram. No matter how one tries to make sense of these new laws, they fail to address any alleged public health, safety or security issues. They also have the added disadvantage of driving up the cost of medical marijuana for patients. These patients are often already financially strapped due to their varying medical issues.
So why the sudden change in medical marijuana laws that seemed to be working so well according to the patients who are the intended beneficiaries of these medical marijuana laws? It is simply a desire for profits.
Health Canada has projected that by 2014 there will be 58,000 registered medical marijuana patients. They further project that by 2024 there will be 450,000 registered medical marijuana patients in Canada. Health Canada has estimated that by 2024 the medical marijuana industry will be a 1.3 billion dollar per year market.
That 1.3 billion dollar per year market will all be taxed at a higher rate, a luxury tax, and not as a medical necessity.
It appears to be obvious that the only reason for the change of the current medical marijuana laws in Canada is related to revenue collection and has little (or nothing) to do with any issues of public health, safety or security. Sadly, this massive change of the current and well functioning medical marijuana laws in Canada is more about a healthy economy than about a healthy population of Canadian citizens.
Georgia: AMEN! *Well said as always! Thank you Lisa! I am the first to admit - I know what I want to say, but often it is difficult - just as cartooning is difficult for many! She once again put it perfectly IMO. Are you paying attention Canadians?
If this is how they treat us ans get away with it- who's
More on the Health Canada mail. Not only did they make everyone a target by mailing out letters stating on the outside of the envelope you are a recipient of the Marihuana Medical ACCESS Program
- it just got more insane from there.
THIS REALLY made me my hair hackle...
Health Canada states that all medicine must be destroyed as of March 31, 2014.
This means Not only are people NOT permitted to grow their own any longer, nor are they permitted to have a D.G. (Designated grower ) AND NOW IF they have ANY medicine in their possession as of March 31,2014 they will be considered criminals and can be charged!
WAIT - there’s more! -
YOU MUST DESTROY all YOUR MEDICINE by March 31,2014 Or ELSE!
GET THIS - the only example they can think of to suggest at this time is to:
Mix it with water and add it to the kitty litter and throw it out!!!
OR Call your local friendly police station and ask for assistance.
OMGOSH! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
FU*K - I was mad when I read that. At first my brain could NOT register - I swear - I thought THIS HAS to be a joke!? DESTROY OUR MEDICINE!?
OUR medicine that is saving my sons life!? TAMES my twitch and gives me a BIT of a break! Helps me eat!? Helps Storm function? OUR MEDICINE - OUR Dr. Prescribed!?
AND the only example you can give us instantly makes one think of cat shit!?!
REALLY - I am sure that was intentional and it is appalling!! It is adding insult to injury.
I read it at night before I went to bed, my twitch was full force. The next morning Storm came up to my office, (I was on the computer) I decided NOT to start the day off with talking about it so I kept quiet. He was looking out my office window and he said
“Do you know how I feel that my medicine that helps me have any quality of life is comparable to cat shit in the the eyes of my government?”
AGAIN- HOW DARE YOU!!! NOW you degrade all of us! Turn us into criminals and associate our medicine with cat shit. Yes you did! I’m NOT the only one that has come to this conclusion. YOU OWE EVERY patient on the program an apology! AND our families and our friends!!
Call a police office - yes, sure. SORRY - with stories we see on Youtube, cops beating people for no reason (Barrie). Oh sure, that is my first thought - hmm call the police to help me destroy my marihuana.. duh... Wow, that will be interesting. COME ON!!!
NOW it is CLEAR Health Canada ASSumes everyone they provided a Medical license to grow or use CANNABIS is a criminal. I have friends now that are panicking about running out of meds! You bet people tried to stock up! I HOPE THEY DID!!!
*If someone has a few ‘hundred pounds’. There’s something else going on..
Leave the serious patients alone! Police already have a good idea of who is who,
yet we all pay the punishment. FUCK THAT.
TRY to destroy my son’s medicine. THAT YOU DID NOT PROVIDE.
Guess what? MORE on this ‘Joke‘ tomorrow.
PLEASE share - IF it was your child YOU WOULD! PRAY you are never in our situation.
Tell any mom who’s child is being helped by Cannabis to DESTROY IT!
Watch what happens. Then tell them to think of it like catshit..
;(. I can't believe this is our country. As the rest of the world legalize
ARRRRGGGH!!!!!! I am so angry- I can’t even draw-
I have so many wanting out of my head!
Never have I been so insulted as a parent & as a Canadian. We got mail.
Storm & I, from Health Canada Marihuana Medical Access Program!
^ ^ ^
Could you be any more specific!?
On the FRONT of the envelope!?
Wow. Yet the first thing you make sure to point out is the 'safety issues and home invasion' !? WTF!? This has to be some sort of sick joke.
& Don’t tell me there has never been a postal worker that has stole something.
It happens. Never mind the odd time they accidently slip my mail in someone else's box. I've had it too many times to count.
YOU just made everyone a TARGET!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?
INSTANTLY, I thought of my pal in her apt. building in a rough neighborhood! In a wheelchair. And that’s just the start... talk about first impressions.
Slap - I felt sick to my stomach when I read this!
You’re also insulting my Dr.! & the many professionals and Dr.s that have in fact recognized CANNABIS as a legal medicine in this country!
To ‘Destroy’ my sons LIFE Saving Medicine!?
Regardless of what you think.. their ARE people WHO NEED This medicine!
CANNABIS. Not 'Marihuana'. Who checked the dictionary on that one?
You should be treating it with the respect it deserves in a professional manner.
Your ignorance on THIS topic is astounding.
Who do you think you are!?
WHO do you think I AM? This is our only son. My only kid.
WHO has suffered more than most of you will ever know.
So ‘Destroy’ his medicine because YOU continue to FU*k up?
Yeah. I’ll be right on that.
Who do YOU think WE are? You say there is 45,000 of us. 'Criminals'.
Now you just told everyone where we all live. Making your job much easier!
Class Action looking good...
THAT IS FEAR MONGERING AND you should be charged!!!
The sooner our medicine is gone the sooner you start to rake in the $$$.
Welcome to Corporate fucking Canada!
Thank you Steven Harper - Leader of the pack (of wolves)!
IS anyone paying attention?
To be continued...
*No husbands were hurt during the drawing of this toon.
It still felt good regardless. hee hee hee
The times are changing! Thank GOD!
People are becoming educated, they can't help it!
Stories, news, people you know being healed with a plant! Freed from Pain and yes many are saying Free from Cancer!
I am not going to sit here and say "Believe it Damn it!!!"
No, I prefer to say - get curious, I dare you.. Do a bit of research. Then I KNOW you will be shocked and angry and then you will start to research a bit more. It is common sense.
When DRUG companies are being sued, left and right for side effects and then this:In one of the country’s largest health care-related settlements, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson paid $2.2 billion to settle charges of false marketing, and paying doctors and nursing homes kickbacks for promoting drugs for unapproved uses. Read More:http://www.drugwatch.com/2013/11/07/johnson-johnson-settlement-risperdal/
I can't help but sit here between twitches - some so painful I can't thinks straight while they are going on. No one seems to be able to tell me why or how to stop it.
3 Neurologists and a not completely successful surgery... was it pills? I was prescribed the above drug "it was to give a medication I was on a boost".
I've had people say to me "SUE!", I am too busy living and trying to function to sue.
THAT is another terrible side effect. How many people are just too sick and tired?
We have to pick our battles and I'm pretty sure mine is evident to all who know me!
I battle for my son's medicine. The love of my life's - Quality of life giving medicine!
Bring it on.
I am confident with each passing day and continued education that the times are changing! Harper - when you start arresting the sick for something Health Canada allowed for years... I will make sure as will several thousand other Canadians that the rest of the world is aware of how you treat your your sick and suffering. <3 - They seem to be getting a pretty good idea lately as it is.
Tomorow's Blog Radio Interview.
What Am I?
I am sick and tired of Health Canada and Steven Harper saying everyone they
provided licenses to are CRIMINALS.
WHY now? After providing thousands with permission to grow for years?
Because they REALIZE that YES indeed Cannabis will become a BILLION dollar industry and they can make $$$. LOT's of MONEY.
Who cares about the Health in Health Canada?
It is ONLY about money... for them.
For US it is about a life saving medicine that has changed our lives for the better!
ONE that WE were prescribed by a Dr. (not paid for) & granted permission from Health Canada to have a Designated Grower and provide Storm with his own medicine.
YES WE have invested MUCH. Blood , sweat & tears and $$$.
You would too if your only son was suffering from a terminal to progressive, no treatment no cure, chronic pain disease! We are after 7 years finally just now making up for all of it and providing for Storm and myself perfectly.
NOW Health Canada expects us to stop providing for ourselves - as we have for the past 7 years. We are expected to stop and start paying for cannabis -* the amount Storm would need, according to Health Canada's prediction of prices would be:
10 grams / day @ $5 = $18,200.00/year
@$3 = $10,920.00/year
@ $7 / gram = $25,480.00 < what H.C. suggests.
ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME? - people wonder why I swear. ;)
We can not afford it. Could you?
For something our DG is now producing for pennies?
I think NOT.
Simply because they ASSume, we are all criminals?
I know what I am and it is NOT a criminal.
All cops are Pigs.
All fat people are lazy.
All blonds are dumb.
All priests are pedophiles.
All muslims are terrorists.
All women are easy.
All men are assholes.
All politicians are criminals .. (hmmmmmmmm - verdict not yet in on this one.)
^ALL WRONG! ^ All negative, uneducated stigmas/stereo types.
This is no exception. It is wrong.
Criminals? Gardeners!? That is what they are!
GROWING A PLANT. A human right.
How we have survived - forever.
Who are you?!
I hope I have inspired more to do the same or at least THINK about it. We are powerful. We are Not criminals and we deserve the right to provide for ourselves as we have been for years. < Thanks to Health Canada.
Who does not love Pooh!? I do! Winnie the Pooh!
I do not love to cook, but over the years I have been given a few cookbooks and I can't part with this one. It is simple and has a few drawings and quotes. Well I came across this and instantly thought MEDICATED! So easy - just trade up the butter for medicated butter or I used Medicated coconut oil.
(included toon on bottom)
I love medibles, especially when you are not feeling well. I have never been a cigarette smoker and only have a couple of puffs with the bong a day, usually at night when my pain is more intense. I'm not really a joint smoker -it burns my throat, what ever works...
I enjoy edibles and these are perfect. I LOVE LEMON.
I made them - it was easy IMO, MUST stir constantly. I only went the 7 minutes and it is a soft toffy, the next batch will be the brittle so I can break up some for travel.
To think in a few months canadians wont have the option of making thier own edibles.
A much safer and easier way for many to medicate. Especially those who can not and do not want to smoke. I smoke because my twitch reacts almost instantly to a bong hit. I can get a break for a few minutes - the bong it is. As for arthritis - edibles are best for me - it is more of a soft body high... I like to be in control of my medibles, I have work, chores and stuff to do - I don't want to be stoned on the sofa in front of the TV unable to function, if that was the case I'd take OXY.
I MAKE the strength I KNOW I NEED for MY body. Enough said.
Edibles as I understand will be considered illegal in a few month.
Who are the criminals?
Recipe from the Book: The Pooh Cook Book
Milne/Ellison McClelland & Stewart
Some available on E bay - great book for kids and adults! <>< xox
Note* recipe below is just how I make it, try to research a few and see what one you prefer and I let it simmer longer than an hour most times.. usually 3
I only had to research the side effects of the most common OXY.
I do not understand why someone would NOT try Cannabis first.
Yes I do.
Lies and lack of education on the subject.
I believe Cannabis should be someone's first choice as it IS safer than most if not all options available.
I know one of the main reasons my body needs Cannabis is nausea.
I have difficulty maintaining between 115 and 125, I don't like me at 115, and I never in my life thought it would ever be a problem but it is. Cannabis help me eat.
It creates the desire.
It also can make things appear to: 'this is the best tasting pizza ever!' LOL - true.
It's not fun being too skinny and I can't afford a new wardrobe.
Now read the side effects for the prescribed anti nausea medication I have-
PMS ONDANSETRON 8mg :
- abdominal pain
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- dry mouth
- feeling cold
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- but wait... there's more...
- signs of a serious allergic reaction (i.e., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
- signs of a severe skin reaction (e.g., a rash combined with fever or discomfort, a rash covering a large area of the body, a rash that spreads quickly, blistering, peeling)
- temporary blindness
- This medication ^ did NOT work for me when I was in the hospital. It was not until I was home and used my vaporizer that I never vomited again - Thank God - throwing up with no fluid in your brain IS NOT FUN. I could feel it moving around up there. YET - I was not allowed to have my vaporizer in the hospital after surgery - TELL ME THAT is not a crime! (*In defense of my surgeon, at the time - he said we did not have the time to get into all of that... and we did not. I love him. - Really - I know now, I don't think I'd still be here if not for that surgery. I could not even draw some days.
^ THIS MUST change. Cannabis is a legally recognized medicine in this country, prescribed by Dr.s WE should NOT be forced to use other medications.
SO for those side effects alone ^^^ !? Why would you not at least try cannabis first?
The facts are in the PROOF is here. Google.
Have you watched the Doc. By Dr. Gupta?
I guarantee you, YOU will be better educated on the subject.
According to Health Canada now it will be easier for patients to access medicine (they can no longer afford) via Canada Post. Visit the distributor ONLINE, order and it comes in the mail. Woot Woot! "It's in the mail... " will take on an entirely new meaning.
We had a family conversation about this the other night and had many interesting thoughts. FIRST of all theft. From Postal workers and others watching postal workers or patients that share information unknowingly, the possibilities are endless.
The Postal System does indeed have theft problems. Who does not?
To say they don’t would be like saying there is no such thing is a corrupt cop or a pedophile priest. I WISH it was not true in any case.
Lead us not into temptation. That is exactly what Health Canada has done.
I have had problems with the mail we all have. Let alone returning crappy products.
O.k. never mind that - ‘one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch’ - more importantly, the safety of these postal workers.
Why are we NOT reading anything about this?
I wonder how they like the fact that they have all just been turned into legal drug dealers. Ahhh, only in Canada Eh!? Pity.
Criminals hold up armored cars and drive away with interact machines - don’t fool yourself - someone is already thinking and plotting. Are Postal workers entitled to carry a weapon? DO WE WANT postal workers to carry a weapon???
I am also worried about my friend - she lives alone (in a ‘troubled’ area of Toronto) in a large building and is concerned she will become a target. I understand completely and would feel the same. It is just ONE MORE added stress many patients do not need or WANT.
How about a Postal strike?
Insurance for “LOST Mail”- Big deal, what will insurance mean to me when I am hurting without my medication?
More toons to come.....
This is just another set of problems - get ready to start reading about them and then you can thank Health Canada. & Steven Harper. Remember it is your tax dollars paying for this and of course I imagine there was a contract with the postal service & gov. so they made money... Ah, that’s Harper - keepin it in the family.
‘Harpers Canada’ family... Not the rest of us.
A friend had some plants taken from his back yard. I am hoping it was just some thoughtless kid and NOT someone he knows. He is upset and stressed. I GET IT.
How do you think I feel when I worry about he proposed future of medical Cannabis in Canada today? Not being able to afford medicine that Storm needs. Medicine I need.
I get it.
Someone stole the plants - to get high. Not thinking much about anything other than themselves and getting a BUZZ. The real buzz is the BUZZ kill a patient now is dealign with over a plant. Suffering - a few months supply of medicine gone. Thief.
If this PLANT were decriminalized and be as IT SHOULD - a seed to plant for all human kind - no one would need to go around and STEAL it!
What other weeds do people do around and steal!? Not my dandelions.
Prohibition is turning people into criminals over plants.
Not the Plant and not the person - that is HUMAN NATURE, to want to feel good.
Please THINK before you consider lifting a plant you might see that does NOT belong to you. It could mean a lot more than getting high to someone - I could mean them being able to keep their job, or function with their family.. it could mean life or death.
A Thief is a Thief. If they steal from one with no guilt, they will steal from another.
It is sad. I don’t think anyone ever trusts a thief again. Including themselves.
I also feel there is an entire beautiful energy surrounding this plant - bad karma if you ask me. Not a high I would enjoy. Not one someone who truly appreciates cannabis would do.
VOTE & GROW it.