[CANADA – June 29, 2015] For years illegal marijuana has been transported to the United States from Canada. This leaves many to wonder could legal, made in Canada marijuana, become a global export. New rules were introduced on April 1, 2014 that laid the groundwork for what many supporters feel may be the start to legalization of the substance in Canada. Under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), Health Canada no longer provides marijuana to those with authorized medical needs. Instead licensed commercial producers provide for those with medical needs.
In Canada, the general public funds the marijuana industry as there are publically traded marijuana companies in Canada. Also, banks are financing the marijuana business. Though the United States state voters approved the personal use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, some believe that widespread legalization is not in the near future. Some wonder if Canada’s business will allow us to cultivate business practices and techniques, allowing export to the United States once both countries legalize marijuana. There are some differences in the U.S. system and the Canadian system. They are opposite in many ways. Canada has a stable federal system that affords many more advantages than the U.S. In the U.S. laws are dramatically different from state to state and the government is far more stringent. In regards to the quality assurance, Canadian quality assurance regulations are more stringent than that of the U.S.
Though it may be a reality in the future, marijuana made in Canada and exported to the U.S. may one day be a reality. Though Canadians are more progressive in their regulations, there is a long list of applicants that invest significant amounts of money for cultivation licenses that have been blocked by the bureaucratic procedure. In the end, many supports believe that the voice of the medical community will hold a strong arm, paving the way to legalization in America.