Cannabis in Canada is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Medicinal use of cannabis was legalized nationwide under conditions outlined in the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, later superseded by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, issued by Health Canada and seed, grain, and fibre production was permitted under licence by Health Canada.
After a long delay in implementing the retail component of the law, in 2017 sixteen pharmacies were authorized to sell cannabis commercially. On 19 June 2018, the Canadian Senate passed a bill and the Prime Minister announced the effective legalization date as 17 October 2018. Canada is the second country to legalize the drug.
On the legal front CBD has recently be re-scheduled from Schedule 7 of the Medicines Act (being a highly regulated substance) to Schedule 4 (substances that can be sold with a prescription). In addition, some products with THC levels of less than 0.001% and less than 0.0075% of CBD have been excluded from the list completely.
May 08, 2017 · A number of factors have driven the policy changes observed over the past several decades, including rising state budgetary costs associated with arresting and incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders (Raphael & Stoll 2013, Reuter et al. 2001), growing scientific evidence of the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant (Hill 2015, Koppel et al. 2014), and strained state ...