I commend Prime Minister Harper and the federal government for their intelligent stance on medical marijuana.
I understand there are some very rare cases where marijuana is the best or only remedy for an individual's chronic pain and, as such, it should be available for use as a medicine. However, for the most part, the current arrangement is nothing less than an abusive system that allows potheads to grow cheap dope.
We are not so naive to believe that some of this is not being shared or sold for recreational use. If it is a medicine, then it should be regulated the same as other pharmaceuticals and should only be available by prescription and purchased at appropriate government-regulated dispensers.
We don't allow citizens to produce other painkillers ad-hoc in their basements, so why this?
Furthermore, with all kinds of homes growing pot, it is a fire hazard.
As a realtor, myself and others come across the damage done by grow-ops quite often in the form of structural, electrical and mold issues in homes.
Because it was a legal grow-op, the seller may not have disclosed it because they were never busted. Busted or not, the damage is done and now unsuspecting buyers are left to suffer the consequences.
Children can develop sickness because of hidden mold.
I applaud Harper and MP Ron Cannan for doing what they were elected to do and giving Health Canada the ability to regulate this medicine as it should be.
All of us will benefit from this legislation, and we can then service those who may need this drug the same as all other citizens receive their medication.
The rest of us can sleep better at night knowing that some pothead next door is not going to burn the whole neighbourhood down.