Article by Tom Blackwell, National Post
As Canada edged ever closer this year to making it legal for any adult to buy marijuana, Dr. Hance Clarke noticed a surprising phenomenon.
At his Toronto pain clinic, Clarke encountered more and more people eager for him to prescribe medical cannabis, though they could soon buy the drug without anyone’s approval. The trend has continued and today he estimates that 15 of every 20 of his patients seek pot as a treatment.
Logic suggests the newly legalized recreational weed business — which makes purchasing cannabis about as difficult as ordering a bestseller online — would render the rest of the market irrelevant.
But patients, doctors and industry representatives say the more cumbersome medical system – rather than melting away — is actually gaining in popularity.
And it’s happening despite caution from experts that the evidence of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits falls well short of the considerable hype.