Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme (Canada) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana has not been approved as a therapeutic product in Canada or anywhere else in the world. The safety and usefulness of marijuana for medical uses has not been clearly and scientifically established. Canada does however, have a program that allows seriously ill persons residing in Canada to possess marihuana for their own medical use. Under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), people can be authorized to possess a specific amount of marihuana and can be licensed to grow their own marihuana or designate someone else to grow it for them.The MMAR require a person to have the support of a medical practitioner when applying for an authorization to possess marijuana for medical purposes.

A person may be allowed to possess dried marijuana to alleviate symptoms associated with medical conditions, such as:

  • nausea and vomiting in patients being treated for cancer
  • severe pain, anorexia and weight loss in patients with cancer, AIDS
  • pain and muscle spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries
  • epileptic seizures
  • severe chronic pain All other possession and production of marijuana by individuals is illegal.”

“Cannabis (Marijuana, hash, hash oil and hemp),” Health Canada website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme regulates controlled substances and promotes initiatives that reduce or prevent the harm associated with these substances and alcohol. The Programme also provides expert advice and drug analysis services to law enforcement agencies across the country.”

“Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme,” Health Canada website (accessed Oct. 15, 2009)

Mission:

The Canadian Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme is a programme within Health Canada’s Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, whose mission is:

“Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECSB) mission is to help Canadians to maintain and improve their health by promoting healthy and safe living, working and recreational environments and by reducing the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, environmental contaminants, and unsafe consumer and industrial products.”

“Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch,” Health Canada website (accessed Oct. 15, 2009)

Other:
Canadian government agency
Quoted in:
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