Vancouver this week decided to ignore the bureaucracy and outdated policies of the federal government and regulate medical cannabis dispensaries. While the dispensaries are beyond the scope of Health Canada, who only governs cultivation of medical cannabis, it may be assumed that the Harper government is not pleased with lawmakers in the Lower Mainland.
Vancouver’s decision may well provide a template for other municipalities across Canada whose constituents are frustrated by the federal government’s continued prohibition. We also spoke with Don Briere and Jamie Shaw about how this will affect our medicine and our communities.
Stay tuned, and onward we grow!
For more, see the Jamie Shaw interview here, the Don Briere interview here, and read Caleb McMillan’s piece on Vancouver’s regulation here, and his follow up here.