Marijuana infused products are not new, but they are certainly growing in popularity. Marijuana edibles like brownies and cookies are a great way to medicate. They don’t require inhaling anything, and the effects can be felt for a lot longer compared to inhaling vapor or smoke. Marijuana topicals are very effective at treating arthritis and tendinitis. I have bad tendinitis, and the only thing that works for me is marijuana topicals. Pharmaceuticals, over the counter or prescription, have done nothing for me.
Health Canada allows medical marijuana to be consumed by patients in Canada, however, the rules only allow consumption and sales of dried marijuana. That is, until a B.C. Court of Appeals judge ruled prohibition of marijuana infused products to be unconstitutional. Per CBC:
In her written reasons, Justice Risa Levine said this specification “is arbitrary and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.”
Levine went on to state that when patients choose to use edible forms of marijuana, it “was a matter of necessity, or put another way, the restriction to dried marijuana interfered with their physical or psychological integrity.”
I have no idea why marijuana infused products were banned in the first place in Canada. Marijuana is medicine, whether it be in smoke, vapor, edible, or topical form. If a person is qualified as a medical marijuana patient, then they should be allowed to consume medical marijuana in whatever form they choose. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is harmful to patients. I’m glad the B.C. Court did the right thing.