Is Medical Marijuana legal?
Yes. In 2001, Canada legalized the use of medical marijuana. Until recently, those with Health Canada approval were allowed to grow marijuana for their personal use, designate someone to grow it for them, or obtain medical marijuana directly from Health Canada.
As of April 1, 2014, the new medical marijuana legislation took effect in which Health Canada issued new regulations (the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, or MMPR) to replace government supply and homegrown medical marijuana with highly secure and strictly regulated operations to licensed applicants. The new medical marijuana legislation took effect as of April 1, 2014.
If I want to use Medical Marijuana, is smoking my only option?
No. There are various way in which a patient can benefit from medical marijuana. While some patients choose to smoke, other patients use a vaporizer, steep it in tea or use it as an ingredient in food recipes.
Vaporizers are a relatively newer technology that is similar to smoking the dry herbs, but without any of the negative effects of actually burning the plant matter. The marijuana gets heated up and active medicinal ingredients get released in a vapour form. ‘Vaporizing’ is generally more efficient and conservative.