The Evolving Role and Future of Medical Marijuana

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Amy Wiebe is a pharmacy manager at the Saskatoon City Hospital, and said she held her own biases about medical pot in the past.

Speaking at the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Calgary, Wiebe noted while the benefits of properly prescribed medical marijuana is clear, there are still many aspects of treatment that have to be fine tuned.

In 2001, there were about 500 medical marijuana users, and Wiebe said some estimates set the figure at 70,000 users now.

In the 1960s, the potency of THC, the main component of marijuana that causes euphoric effects, was about 1-2%, while now there are strains available with around 25% potency.

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