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The history of legal marijuana in Canada

Canada was one of the first countries in the world to prohibit the possession of cannabis. Today the Federal Government of Canada is leading the way toward sensible marijuana policy by officially recognizing the medical benefits of Marijuana. Health Canada now issues legal exemptions that allow for cultivation, possession and consumption by persons living with a condition that is known to be treatable with marijuana. These include multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cancer, AIDS/HIV infection, severe arthritis and epilepsy.



1923 -  At a meeting of the parliamentary committee charged with reviewing Canada's Opium and Narcotic Drug Act, Minister of Health Henri-Severin Beland announced that Cannabis Sativa was now going to be included on the list of banned drugs. Marijuana as a narcotic was almost unknown in Canada at the time. Parliamentarians were never involved in any discussion leading up to this decision and were not provided with any evidence that marijuana caused any physical, psychological or social harm. 


1937 - The first person is charged with cannabis possession. Between 1937 and 1969, 3122 persons were charged with possession of cannabis. Between 1970 and 2000, approximately 1.3 million charges were laid for cannabis possession.



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Benefits of Hemp

HEMP is one of the most
useful plants on Earth.

For thousands of years, humans have used parts of the hemp plant for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil. Today, modern processing technologies have made it possible to create alternatives to gasoline, plastic, and other petroleum products that can help the human race lessen its reliance on polluting and expensive fossil fuels.

The hemp plant is a renewable resource that can be produced domestically. It grows quickly, naturally resists plant diseases, requires little weeding, thrives in most climates, and enriches the soil it grows in.

Here are some of its most important applications:

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Body Care
  • Paper
  • Fabric, Textiles and Rope
  • Fuel 
  • Plastic Alternatives
  • Building Materials

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Medical Benefits of Marijuana

“From 1842-1900 cannabis made up half of all medicine sold (in the United States). From 1850-1937, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for more than 100 separate illnesses or diseases.”  *

* Source:   Herer, Jack,  Emperor Wears No Clothes, 11th edition, 1998

Today the government of Canada recognizes the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of marijuana. Health Canada issues legal exemptions that  allow for cultivation,  possession and consumption by persons living with a condition that is known to be treatable with marijuana. These include multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury,  cancer,  AIDS/HIV infection,  severe arthritis and epilepsy.

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Credible sources of accurate information are readily available. If you have an opinion,  or would like to form one,  please be sure you are up to date with current scientific research.

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