12 provincial departments working on Ontario’s weed strategy. There are bureaucrats from a dozen provincial departments working on a cannabis strategy that will examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana. While medical marijuana is legal for those who have a prescription from a doctor, the storefront “dispensaries” sprouting up across Toronto are illegal and have been the targets of recent police raids.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government prepares to change federal laws next year, officials at Queen’s Park are looking at everything from the effects on health and road safety to justice issues and fiscal implications.
Premier Kathleen Wynne emphasized Thursday that regulating the drug and limiting access for children and teenagers is a key concern no matter what the forthcoming federal legislation looks like. “I want there to be a controlling protocol in place. I think it is important in the same way that in Ontario we have controls on alcohol,” Wynne told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.
“It’s true that within our government we are looking at — once the federal framework is in place — what would we be prepared to do as a province in terms of regulating marijuana.”The premier said she has touted the Liquor Control Board of Ontario as a mechanism to deliver recreational marijuana because the 650-store government booze monopoly has experience in this area.“I only put the LCBO forward as a possibility because it already exists, because we understand how it could regulate the substance,” she said.“But if there’s a better suggestion, we’re open to that.”
Marijuana Oil & Cancer...A Feel Good Story
Stan and Barb Rutner are no strangers to cancer. The married couple, both in their 70s, have run into it before. Barb battled bouts with breast cancer—twice. And about 20 years ago, Stan, a retired dentist with a thriving mini storage business, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "I just thought I had a cold, flu, type thing. That was it . . . I wasn't thinking cancer at all," Stan recalls.
Fortunately, after treating the lymphoma for about six months, it—like Barb's successful battles with breast cancer—became a thing of the past. By 1989, it was a closed chapter. But in 2011, it came back.
Like before, it struck Stan in the lungs first. Manifesting as a persistent cough, a doctor later revealed cancerous nodes in the lungs that were the real culprits. "Yeah, [my doctor] was really diplomatic. He says, 'You're in deep shit.' Or words to that effect," Stan recalls. "Yeah, he didn't sugar coat it at all," Barb adds. As if that wasn't enough, doctors later discovered that the cancer had metastasized to his brain.
Like before, the Rutners were able to successfully battle—and beat—Stan's cancer. But this time, after going through chemotherapy and radiation, they wanted to find a natural medicine that would improve Stan's quality of life and maybe even prolong it. Medical cannabis did all that and more, surpassing anything they could have hoped for. CULTURE spoke with Stan, Barb, their daughter Corinne and her husband John about this intense and life changing experience with cannabis.