TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - While the debate around legalizing marijuana for recreational or general use remains a hot issue in Canada, with over 500,000 Canadians estimated to be using marijuana for medical purposes, a court injunction permits those who were previously authorized to grow medical marijuana to keep doing so as approved suppliers.
Since April 2014 you can only obtain medical marijuana with the support of your physician and from commercial, licensed producers.
Currently, there are only 13 of these producers operating in Canada, yet over 1000 other firms have applied for licenses.
The debate on medical marijuana production and use is simmering with strong emotion, conviction and opposing opinions.
A scan of the social conversation related to #MedicalMarijuana will highlight the extent of the debate. Because this issue is also highly debated in the United States, add #Canada to your search to follow Canadian-specific opinions, news, and links to information.
Those on the skeptical side raise questions about the quality of data to support its use for medical purposes, and whether doctors have access to enough information to make a proper referral for patients.
Even as Health Canada is in the midst of tightening application rules, some people question if the regulations are strict enough.
On the other hand, there are many advocates adding their voice to the #MedicalMarijuana conversation citing the natural, therapeutic and healing properties of marijuana and its ability to alleviate painful health symptoms.
Regardless of your opinion on the medical marijuana industry, it's a fascinating conversation to follow on Twitter as entrepreneurs work to establish themselves as medical marijuana producers, doctors and health associations raise questions and work to inform Canadians, and citizens voice their support or opposition.
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