Different countries have been struggling to Legalize Recreational Marijuana which has been pushed by thousands of advocates since early 2000. After Colorado and Washington States allowed the use for both Medical and Recreational purposes, the Uruguayan nation immediately joined these states in legalizing every Marijuana strain. After some years, Canada has joined them.
With this growing bigger rooms for Marijuana Industry, one must know the great difference of Medical Marijuana in the Recreational strains and how does their government implement regulations for the safe usage of these two major classifications of Marijuana.
Medical VS Recreational Weed Brief History
Before going through with their components, one must be aware that up to this time, Uruguay and Canada are the only official countries of the modern world to allow both Medical and Recreational Marijuana items and seeds which definitely helped their economies to grow faster and experience the benefits of allowing these products to be used by their citizens.
It is expected that other countries will follow their bold moves in the next decade.
The use of Marijuana items in the field of medicine is not a new thing with our world. In Canada for example, their government allowed the practice since 2001, to enhance its efforts of bringing a better healthcare system to all of its medically suffering citizens.
1. Age limits
Before anything else, let’s be clear with the Age Limits per states or provinces.
In Canada, most of their provinces allow people to start using Medical Cannabis at the age of 19. However, there are conservative provinces that tighten the Age Limit to 21.
In the United States, if you are 18, you can immediately apply for your MMJ card and enjoy the benefits of Medical Cannabis in the states where the Medical Cannabis are legal.
2. First to be legitimized
Medical Cannabis is the primer of legalizing Marijuana in modern times. Canada has legalized its usage in 2001, while in the United States, California has been the earliest to allow Medical Cannabis use dating back in 1996.
Surprisingly, Uruguay has not officially decriminalized the use of Medical Cannabis even during the earliest times. However, in 1974, a law has been adopted by the state that allows judges to determine if the people charged with possession of Cannabis are using the strains for commercial or personal use.
Meanwhile, Medical Cannabis is prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from different types of pain and emotional stresses. With this practice, the patients receive professional recommendations and assistance to treat their illnesses with caution.
Upon getting prescriptions from their doctors, the patients may order their needed items online or in different accredited and licensed shops. There are no middle suppliers involved and the cost of their products are affordable and cheaper, compared to Recreational Strains.
3. Lower Prices
In terms of pricing, Medical Cannabis products have lower prices than those intended for recreational use. Canadian Limited Partnerships (LP) have set their discounts for 10-30% lower than the market price of these medicines. Meanwhile, in the United States, their prices vary on each state and this is due to their Excise Taxes which differ in every state. Oregon has the cheapest price of Medical Marijuana in terms of what is being sold in seed banks.
4. Insured and Rebatable
Another good thing with Medical Cannabis is that these strains are protected with insurance policies by the companies. Patients may claim this as part of their Medical Expense.
In Canada, the medical strains are tax-deductible, and this encouraged the people to keep their receipts and convert it into rebates when computing for their taxes.
5. More Lenient Regulations for Medical Patients
Aside from accessing lower prices, Canadian patients can store medicines up to 150 grams- relatively higher than the average prescription. This is to give way for storing their items especially when emergency cases arise.
The case with the United States may vary because of the existing state laws which repeal their Federal Law. However, on the average, Americans are allowed to store up to 1 ounce, without being reprimanded by the law enforcers. However, one must be mindful that even a Medical Cannabis in the United States can still be subject for criminal liability if the user will transport the strains in another state where both medical and recreational strains are still illegal.
6. Consumption and Production
In terms of consumption, Americans and Canadians can take their medicines everywhere, even in public, provided that they will follow regulations for smoke-free places in their communities.
Lastly, Medical Companies assure patients to have a steady supply of Medical Cannabis, especially during times of natural calamities and artificial disasters.
On the other hand, recreational use was overwhelmingly supported by the public due to its more tolerant and lenient regulations.
1. No more strict regulations!
People may consume Cannabis seeds and strains for their self-satisfaction, putting medical use aside. The retailers and not qualified to give medications and because of this, no technical and legal prescription is given to their buyers, including medical screening or check-ups.
Upon enacting last October, Canadians can buy their recreational substances online and with local shops. However, they have to expect that Recreational Cannabis cost more expensive than the Medical ones. This is because of deregulation and capitalized nature of selling to the public.
The primary rule that should be first followed before anything else, is that you have to reach the age of 18 in Uruguay, the United States, and the Netherlands to gain access with recreational Marijuana. In Canada, the same rule applies with the Medical Cannabis-you have to be 19 or older before allowed to use.
2. No clear government ruling
Due to commercialization, the government did not impose any mandatory discounts to the users. In Canada, their government has no policies for insurance coverage and is not eligible for having so. Apart from lacking insurance policies, Recreational Marijuana items are not tax-deductible.
Because of overwhelming reception from the public, Recreational Cannabis are not secured with their supply. The challenge of keeping the supply higher than its demands will remain imminent after everything will be under control of the retailers and even the government.
3. Limit in Possession
Canadian Provinces limit the public possession of Recreational Cannabis to every person with up to 30 grams. If a person finds to own higher than the regulated amount, this may lead that person to face a stiff fine and or life imprisonment.
In the Netherlands, each user can bring up to 5 grams without being reprimanded. However, if the users attempted to bring their own Marijuana items out of their cities, the policemen may confiscate it at different checkpoints.
In Uruguay, the government has limited its residents to use up to 40 grams, provided that they will buy from the accredited pharmacies, and not with the other groups that sell the same product. Apart from it, Uruguayans can create groups of 15 to 45 members and are allowed to plant 99 Marijuana plants per year.
Lastly, they can consume their items publicly, the same as with people using Medical Cannabis. However, they must follow the smoke-free regulations of their local communities. In Amsterdam, the users are allowed to use Cannabis in designated Coffeeshops located in their Marijuana District.
Canadians and Americans share almost the same regulations, such as no public smoking and restriction of use before or near the presence of minors, to avoid influencing them in early exposure with Cannabis.
In Uruguay, foreigners are not allowed to smoke Cannabis and move their strains to other neighboring or distant countries. They can smoke but within the designated places only, especially in their Smoking Clubs.
The Future of Cannabis Seeds
With these types of public consumption, the Marijuana Industry will surely grow in many countries for the next few decades. Sustainability is the key, just like any other huge and powerful industries existing in the Global Market.
However, this industry may still be handicapped with different and repealing laws, affecting the sales of the items, most especially Cannabis Seeds, the Heart of Marijuana Industry.
Too much regulation in provincial levels may lead to Economic setback. If biased and favored Medical use more than the recreational, limited people will enjoy the benefits, their welfare will be at stake and their right to happiness is surely deprived.
On the other hand, if the seeds will be favorably sold to patients, it may lead to a more responsible, cautious and peaceful environment of Cannabis consumption, just like what is happening in Canada. With its longer existence compared to Recreational use, the patients may have better knowledge and better growers, than those who have small-scale to acre-sized gardens and farms.
Either of the two, the Cannabis Industry has historically sealed its importance and potential in the Global Market. With optimism, determination and effective administration, Medical and Recreational Cannabis will develop sustainable and innovative setting in the lives of many people, including the foreign supporters actively participating across the globe.