Canada’s medical marijuana fiasco came into sharp relief on Thursday when police in Toronto raided 45 illegal pot dispensaries and seized hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and its related products. Activists were outraged, the police were both apologetic and unapologetic, and, as always, the public was confused.
The situation is a mess. It is now looking as though the Liberal government should have anticipated Canada’s chronic confusion when it announced last month that it would wait an entire year before introducing long-promised legislation to legalize marijuana.
The current law is straightforward. It is illegal to sell marijuana for recreational purposes, but legal to do so for medicinal purposes. Only patients with prescriptions can get the medicinal stuff, and it has to be supplied by a small number of authorized companies that deliver the product by mail or courier.
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