It’s clear that the economic benefits were a major factor in the state’s change of heart about medical marijuana.
“To put it mildly, we live in interesting times when it comes to cannabis policy,”
“She wasn’t in a very good place so we gave her the first dose of cannabis oil and within half an hour we saw an immediate, and I mean immediate, change,”
“If we went back to day one, and we were legislating this again I’m sure people would realise that alcohol causes a lot more harm than cannabis does
This new delay may also serve to embolden determined Conservative senator opponents of Bill C-45. Several Conservative senators have already signaled their intent to stall the bill’s passage. They may try to adjourn the debate in their name and other tricky maneuvers to delay reading in-chamber.
At the same time, health insurance companies have been receiving a large number of applications for the reimbursement of medical marijuana costs.
Last month, in a preliminary reading in the Knesset, an amendment to allow the export of medical marijuana passed unanimously. The amendment, which falls under the Dangerous Drugs Law – the same law under which the legalization of cannabis is considered – will need to be passed by the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee before its first reading.
“Before looking at the evidence, I was personally resistant to the idea of legalisation, especially due to the preconceived ideas related to the potential risk of mental health consequences from consumption,”