It’s been a little over five years since Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Since then, hundreds of businesses and thousands of stores have sprung up across the country. There have been no changes in the law in those five years, but one cannabis advocacy group is hoping to change that.
“After having a conversation with one of the lawmakers, I realized this was something we could ask for and something we could get sooner,” said Jennawae Cavion, executive director of the National Organization for reform of marijuana laws.
NORML, short for, is circulating a petition asking the Canadian government to increase the amount of THC allowed in cannabis edibles and beverages to 100 milligrams per package, up from 10 mg previously. The group says that for an experienced user, 10 milligrams would be equivalent to a light beer. This means you will need to consume more gummies, chocolates, or sugar-filled drinks to get the desired effect.
“Ten milligrams is a great starting point for dosing, and I think as long as we can have multiple servings per package, that’s the ideal way to look at it, and it’s also the way most other jurisdictions have considered it,” Cavion said.
NORML also argues that increasing THC limits would deter users from turning to the unregulated market, known for more potent products.
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He adds that a change could also lead to unregulated producers jumping ship and producing in the legal market.
The cannabis users we spoke with are hopeful that a change in legislation will come.
“A lot of people, especially if they’re going to use it for medical purposes, need a little bit more. And in terms of profitability, I think it would make sense to increase it,” Jed Milner said.
“The portions are quite small, requiring you to consume high levels of sugar and eat two or three cookies before bed or something like that. It’s a little ridiculous,” Darcy Mann said.
The petition has around 2,000 signatures, enough to be read in the House of Commons and is expected to take place this spring.
Cannabis advocates hope by then to collect many more signatures and that the petition will convince the government to reexamine the rules regarding dosages.
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