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Canada’s Highest Court Widen’s Scope of Cannabis Products That Can Be Legally Used

12 Jun Canada’s Highest Court Widen’s Scope of Cannabis Products That Can Be Legally Used

Medical marijuana use in Canada was effectively redefined Thursday by the country’s highest court to include a wider scope of applications for the natural medication. Those who are legally permitted to use marijuana for medicinal purposes are now allowed to bake the plant into food, otherwise known as edibles, as well as other forms of ingesting, the (Toronto) Globe and Mail reported.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling, which was unanimous, widened the scope of medical marijuana use because of health concerns over smoking, which had previously been the only way patients were legally permitted to consume pot.

“The evidence amply supports the trial judge’s conclusions that inhaling marijuana can present health risks and that it is less effective for some conditions than administration of cannabis derivatives,” the court ruled, according to the Globe and Mail. In addition to edibles, such as cookies and brownies, and smoking, patients will now be allowed to explore other applications, such as lozenges and marijuana-infused oils. [Read more at the International Business Times]

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