As an Ontario father fights for access to marijuana oils to treat his daughter’s epilepsy, a medical marijuana activist says Vancouver’s dispensary boom is rooted in the same issues.
There are an estimated 80 dispensaries in Vancouver – a legally murky industry sitting between new federal rules and the court system’s willingness to prosecute.
Sensible BC’s Dana Larsen says that boom is partly rooted in patients who don’t want to smoke their medical pot.
“There aren’t really any options other than to come to a dispensary. You’re not even allowed to make your own extracts out of legal cannabis that you buy from these licensed producers. If you make a tea or a tincture or something out of it, you’re actually breaking the law.”
Larsen says many patients find oils and tinctures more effective — or more socially acceptable to use.
“We have capsules and tinctures and sprays and drops. We even have cannabis based creams you can use on your skin for rashes and eczema and pain. And many of these things have less psycho-activity and more medicinal power, but they’re prohibited by the federal government.”
Currently only whole buds from licensed producers are legal.