Changes to the Medical Marihuana Access Program
On December 16 2012, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health released a press release outlining proposed changes to the Canadian Medical Marihuana Purposes Regulations (MMPR). These proposed changes would alter the way medical marijuana patients in Canada access their medicine.
The proposed changes claim to “protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and their communities by eliminating the production of marihuana in homes”. Under these new regulations Canadians would no longer be permitted to produce marijuana for their own medical usage, nor would they be able to designated a grower of their own choosing.
Additionally, medical cannabis would no longer be provided by the Government of Canada. The Ministry of Health website responsible providing information regarding the newly proposed changes claims, “the $5/gram Health Canada charges to program participants who choose to purchase from the department is heavily subsidized”.
Users under the new system of medical cannabis access would receive a prescription from a doctor and then purchase an “appropriate amount” from an “authorized vendor”. This would “ensure that they have access to marihuana for medical purposes produced under quality controls while streamlining the process for applicants and health care practitioners”.
The Government of Canada aims to implement these changes as active policy by March 31st, 2014.
Leona Aglukkaq has provided a period of public consultation with Canadians that ends: February 28, 2013.
A protest against the proposed changes, involving displays of action outside MPs offices will be held on February 21st, 2013.
Details about the changes themselves can be found on the Health Canada website, here: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/future-avenir/index-eng.php
Details about the protest against the proposed changes can be found here:
Contact information for your local MP can be found here:
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400+ chemicals in Cannabis
60 of these 400 chemicals are cannabinoids
Main psychoactive ingredient: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Cannabinoid receptors naturally exist in the brain. They are activated by a neurotransmitter called anandamide (a chemical belonging to the cannabinoid family, like THC).
- THC mimics the actions of anandamide, meaning that THC binds with cannabinoid receptors and activates neurons
High concentrations of cannabinoid receptors exist in the hippocampus (memory), cerebellum (coordination) and basal ganglia (unconscious muscle movement).
The terminal half-life of THC is from about (20 hours – 10 days)
Concentration of THC and other cannabinoids varies: growing conditions, plant genetics and processing after harvest.
As a cannabis plant matures, its chemical composition changes. In the early stages of plant life, the most prevalent chemical present is cannabidiolic acid.
- Later, cannabidiolic acid è cannabidiol (CBD), laterè THC when the plant reaches its floral maturation (flowering stage).
Cannabis strains with relatively high CBD:THC ratios are less likely to induce anxiety than those with higher amounts of THC to CBD.
- This may be due to the fact that CBD has an antagonist response at the cannabinoid receptor site, while THC has a partial antagonist effect.
History: human cannabis use ranges 2,000 years (28 B.C. by Chinese Records) and 3,000 (Egyptian Mummy found with THC in tomb).
Cannabis Sativa – long, stalky growth. Wispy buds. Mental, emotional effects predominantly.
Native to India, near Himalayan Mountain Range.
Cannabis Indica – shorter, squat growth. Wide leaves, large buds. Sedative, physical effects predominantly. CBD:THC ratio 4–5 that of Sativa.
Cannabis Ruderalis – low in THC. Most strains are low THC and grown for hemp production.