A big misconception out there among non-cannabis consumers is that the only way that cannabis can be ingested is in smoke form from smoking flower out of a bong or pipe or joint. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Cannabis can be turned into all kinds of things these days, from an endless variety of edibles, to concentrates that can be used in pens, to tinctures and beyond. Different patients have different ailments, and different methods of ingestion are better for some ailments more than others. That's why the Canadian medical marijuana ban on anything that wasn't dried flower seemed so illogical. But fortunately, that ban was shot down late last week by the Supreme Court of Canada. Per CBC:
Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana --- and not just smoke it --- as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.
The unanimous ruling against the federal government expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the "dried" form.
The country's highest court found the current restriction to dried marijuana violates the right to liberty and security "in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice."
Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared "null and void" --- Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of cannabis, will no longer be in effect.
I wish the United States Supreme Court was as sensible as Canada's. The United States would have somehow found a way to rule that all forms of medical marijuana are illegal, and who knows what else. This is a very big win for the patients of Canada. I would imagine this is going to create a lot of new businesses geared towards non-dried flower forms of medical marijuana, especially concentrates and medibles, and will help countless people in the process.