Two Halifax researchers are urging the federal government to keep medicinal and recreational marijuana streams separate once the plant is legalized in Canada.
The op-ed, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was co-authored by Dr. Melanie Kelly, a professor of pharmacology and ophthalmology at Dalhousie University, and Elizabeth Cairns, a PhD candidate studying pharmacology and neuroscience.
Cairns and Kelly support a recommendation, initially proposed by the Liberal government’s task force on cannabis legalization and regulation, to keep the two so-called “streams” — medicinal and recreational — separate.
“[Patients] are potentially looking for a totally different product and there’s no guarantee with a market that’s recreationally driven that that product will be maintained and sold,” said Cairns.
CMA recommends 1 stream
Unlike the task force, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recommends just one stream once marijuana is legalized, arguing that more research must be conducted on cannabis before it should be approved for widespread medical use.
“We accept that [people] say they have benefited from using cannabis, but there’s no or very little research behind that,” said