The organization representing around 12-thousand doctors in this province isn’t impressed with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on marijuana edibles.
The Court ruled that medical marijuana can be consumed in a range of edible products.
President of the Doctors of BC, Dr. Charles Webb, says doctors are still uncomfortable being put in a position where they are the gate-keepers of medical marijuana, and this ruling doesn’t help.
He doesn’t think it will have an impact on how doctors in BC prescribe pot.
“I don’t think it’s going to make any difference in that physicians are uncomfortable prescribing something which we haven’t seen proper clinical trials that would indicate how much good or harm marijuana in any form might provide.”
Dr. Webb says Health Canada needs to conduct clinical research to measure dosage, long-term effects, and the method of administration.
“The ruling doesn’t help doctors provide quality care, what we really would have liked to have seen, together without CMA colleagues, is Health Canada doing evaluations on medical marijuana as a treatment for conditions, when it should be used, when it shouldn’t be, the dosage and long-term effects, and the methods of administration.”
Health Minister Rona said she’s “outraged” by the decision, and decisions about what is, or isn’t, an approved drug should be left to medical experts.
Meanwhile, the BC lawyer who won the landmark case on marijuana edibles says Canada’s Health Minister is “woefully ignorant” when it comes to medical marijuana.
Kirk Tousaw says it’s not outrageous the Supreme Court of Canada declared legislation banning edibles contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“The outrage is that the minister of health in this country is simply woefully ignorant about medicinal cannabis, she doesn’t believe cannabis is a medicine, and yet she is in charge or Canada’s medicinal cannabis regime, that, to me, seems to be a fundamental disconnect.”