I have never smoked marijuana. Until last week, I had no idea where one could purchase it. Then someone told me they were going to get their “green card” from a doctor. This would allow them to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. No pressing medical reason, they just wanted to buy weed.
As I asked around, I was told by many people who have them that the process is a joke. You go to a known doctor, give them an excuse for why you want it, and they give it to you. Multiple people told me there was no examination or any probing into why they wanted it. They just got it. There are even websites that, for a fee, will tell you which doctors to see.
I am not against medicinal marijuana. I have had friends need it as pain relief as they struggled with chronic pain or had a terminal illness. I just found it stunning that some doctors prescribe a restricted substance because someone wants it.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons’ legal counsel, Bryan Salte, made it clear that medicinal marijuana is under federal jurisdiction and is tracked by Health Canada. That information isn’t shared with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. If there is abuse of the program, the province and the College are currently out of the loop regarding who is doing it.
What difference does it make if everyone in Canada is using medicinal marijuana? Even our own Prime Minister has admitting to toking once in awhile. The problem is that with it pseudo-legal in many places across Canada, the tools to regulate and control it are behind the times and are largely based around alcohol.