Questions Surround Future of Marijuana Legislation, Prescriptions for Pain

Article by CTV News

Marijuana as medicine Aside from illegal recreational users, there are 130,000 Canadians licensed to use medical marijuana. The landscape is shifting for all consumers

The legal status of marijuana is about to change in Canada, and it seems changes can’t come soon enough for doctors who are under increasing pressure to prescribe pot to patients.

Marijuana has become the remedy of choice for many suffering ailments from PTSD to chronic pain, and it’s far more available today because of products on the internet and in licensed dispensaries.

Dr. Tom Evans operates a pain clinic in Moncton, and says a lot of the demand is driven by word of mouth.

“Pain patients want their pain treated,” says Dr. Evans. “There’s even more of that anecdotal, “I have a friend”, pressure with the cannabinoids, with marijuana, because it is so readily available.”

However, not everyone in the medical community is embracing weed.

“Right now it is the Wild West, and clinicians are reluctant to prescribe it, because they don’t know what they’re really prescribing,” says Barry Strack with Horizon Health research services.

Strack organized a forum on Friday that explored the use of marijuana to control pain, and some unanswered questions.

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