So hi. My name is John. Thank you for taking the time to interview me today.
I'm asked the question. The Cannabis act came into action on October 17 2018. This is federally passed and then expected that provincial and Municipal governments to manage the downstream effects. Were there any concerns with how this was handled?
So I think right off the bat there are a lot of issues to discuss here cannabis is a psychoactive drug. It changes how you behave how you think and so there are many medical implications to legalizing this drug and then allowing people to take it and purchase it legally.
So for instance when you take cannabis
It can be very dangerous. If you are to operate a motor vehicle or some sort of other kind of equipment. And so when this drug is allowed when it's passed then there are many potential Downstream effects. So at the federal level even though it's legalized the municipal and provincial governments have to kind of manage these effects. So now they have to deal potentially with the Fallout of legalizing cannabis.
So this includes both the negative and positive side effects. So some positive things might be that now because it's legalized there's additional tax revenue that you can get from the legal sale of cannabis some negative effects though our how do you manage and how do you implement ensuring that you're not selling cannabis to minors to people who it may really negatively affect in terms of cognitive development.
And also ensuring that from a public health standpoint, how do you ensure that? This drug is not doing more harm than it does as well. So although cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes to manage pain and other kind of treatments. There are also potentially many cases for abuse where you use too much cannabis and this can affect your social relationships and your job performance and stuff like that.
So ultimately this kind of passing from the top where they say it's legal but then asking the provincial and Municipal governments to deal with the downstream effects that can be very challenging. Especially when you consider that there are different types of cities different types of communities that all have their own kind of budgets as well as existing problems.
So for instance Toronto where I'm from what have a very different kind of Downstream response and downstream impact then say a caliphate or Red Deer Alberta. And these these things are intertwined with existing issues existing strengths. So for instance when you have that public health infrastructure that can deal with other more serious drug overdoses such as Fenton.
Or opioids then potentially you have that infrastructure in place to handle this kind of cannabis legalization as opposed to a remote area where they've never had, you know, kind of access to other kind of drug equipment or dispensaries.
Okay. So ultimately when we consider the downstream effects, we want to just consider how this can affect the patient the most and so I think
Young there are pros and cons to this issue. When we consider that every municipality is different then each of them can handle it themselves. But when we consider that it can be very confusing if you are someone in a local government and you're not sure you know what exactly the rule is from, you know, this County to the next County or this city to the next city. It can be a little bit confusing for the ultimate.
a patient who's receiving this cannabis
So ultimately I think there have been some issues with this kind of passing off the buck to the provincial and Municipal governments to handle the cost and the downstream effects of getting the Cannabis out. But there's also some positives where each municipality and local area can customize their own response to how this drug has been legalized.