Two Halifax researchers are urging the federal government to keep medicinal and recreational marijuana streams separate once the plant is legalized in Canada.
The op-ed, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was co-authored by Dr. Melanie Kelly, a professor of pharmacology and ophthalmology at Dalhousie University, and Elizabeth Cairns, a PhD candidate studying pharmacology and neuroscience.
Cairns and Kelly support a recommendation, initially proposed by the Liberal government’s task force on cannabis legalization and regulation, to keep the two so-called “streams” — medicinal and recreational — separate.
“[Patients] are potentially looking for a totally different product and there’s no guarantee with a market that’s recreationally driven that that product will be maintained and sold,” said Cairns.
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CMA recommends 1 stream
Unlike the task force, the Canadian