Medicinal marijuana legalized in Canada
In 1923 it became illegal for Canadians to possess marijuana. But the laws have always been flouted, by recreational users who just want to get high, and by medicinal users seeking relief from pain and illness. From cannabis cafés to courtrooms, doctors and patients, rabble-rousers and senior statesmen have engaged in a passionate debate over marijuana possession. But the laws have endured.
• Health Canada planned to use the crop for research into the therapeutic value of medicinal marijuana, and ultimately set up a system for distributing it to medical users. But the distribution system was put on hold when Anne McLellan took over as health minister. In August 2002 McLellan said she would wait for the Supreme Court of Canada to settle legal questions surrounding medicinal marijuana; an issue that makes her feel "a certain degree of discomfort."
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 30, 2001
Guests: Peter Barrett, Marilyn Chamney, Jody Gomber
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Norman Hermant
Last updated: July 29, 2013
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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