Canada is the second country in the world to legalise medical and recreational marijuana. Canada is the first G-7 country to legalise marijuana nation-wide. Canada has been selling Medical Marijuana since 2001, Since then 330,000 Canadians and cancer patients have registered to receive it from licensed producers and manufacturers. While stores throughout the nation was excited with the biggest public policy change in decades, Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the change by stating that Drug dealers were selling and making money off of it illegally and dangerously – and now people can access it safely. Such a big step has already begun to alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric. Jubilant Canadians were waiting for hours in line at State approved joints.
“I have never felt so proud to be Canadian,” said Marco Beaulieu, 29, a janitor, as he waited with friends outside a government cannabis retailer. “Canada is once again a progressive global leader. We have gay rights, feminism, abortion rights, and now we can smoke pot without worrying police are going to arrest us.”
“Legalization of cannabis is the largest public policy shift this country has experienced in the past five decades,” said Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s minister of public safety.
“It’s an octopus with many tentacles, and there are many unknowns,” he added. “I don’t think that when the federal government decided to legalize marijuana it thought through all of the implications.”
Jean-Sébastien Fallu, an associate professor of applied psychology and a specialist in addiction at Université de Montréal, said he particularly worried about the effects on young people.
“We don’t want young people to feel stigmatized, for example, if they don’t use cannabis,” Professor Fallu said.
Some medical practitioners state that legalising marijuana be an “uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians.”
“Cannabis is not a benign substance,” Dr. Le Foll said. “There is a clear risk of addiction, and it can produce significant mental health issues if used by the wrong kind of people.”
He added, “It took decades for the public to understand the risks of cigarettes, and the legalization of cannabis has taken place only over a few years.”
And on that note, Cannabis users are eligible to donate blood according to Canadian Blood Services, Though marijuana users can donate blood 12 hours after consumption, most often marijuana can be detected in the blood several days after consumption but clinics require you to be sober for at least 12 hours mostly because the active ingredient THC that enters the brain is metabolized by the body converting THC to THC-COOH, so until the body has done that the clinic wont accept blood for donation.
The core of the issue is that unless you tell the nurse during your questionnaire that you are a Cannabis user they wont know you are one, and only if you mention they will screen your donation in Canadian Blood Services and or at American Red Cross. With the rise in Cannabis users shouldn’t donor centers spend time to check and see if the donor is fit to donate blood, rather than just asking a questionnaire?