Medical cannabis patients residing in Canada can now use all forms of the plant legally, the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in a decision that finally considers the livelihood of patients over corporate profits.
Medical cannabis patients will now be able to consume cannabis is all of it’s forms, not only inhale it. That includes products like RSHO, dabs, and edibles.
Cannabis oil is now permitted instead of only “dried” marijuana, meaning people can bake it into food products.
The case began in 2009 when a baker from the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada was charged with trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Former head baker of the club Owen Smith was caught baking 200 pot cookies, CBC reports.
A British Columbia judge acquitted Mr Smith and gave Canada’s government a year to change laws around extracting cannabis. The case then wound up in the Canadian Supreme Court.
Restricting people to dried cannabis for medicinal reasons has been declared “null and void” by the court.
Now, Canadians who qualify to use medical cannabis can have products like cannabis-infused cookies and tea.
Medical cannabis is used for medical ailments such as Crohn’s disease, seizures, HIV, and nausea. In Canada, physicians are able decide who is eligible to use it.
The court ruled that prohibiting possession of non-dried forms of cannabis is “contrary to the principles of fundamental justice because they are arbitrary; the effects of the prohibition contradict the objective of protecting health and safety”.
*At the time of this writing, we do not yet have solid guidance on whether we will be able to ship CBD rich hemp oil products to Canada without issue. As we learn more about this decision, we will update this text.