Medical marijuana users in Canada can now consume their cannabis in any form they'd like, thanks to a decision announced by the country's supreme court on Thursday. That means medical edibles are going Canadian, eh.
The unanimous ruling nullifies the section of the medical marijuana law that said it was only the legal in its dried form. Because, per the ruling, that part of the law is dumb (and unconstitutional):
The prohibition of non-dried forms of medical marijuana limits liberty and security of the person in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.
Plus, smoking dried marijuana could pose the health risks associated with smoking anything:
The trial judge concluded that for some patients, alternate forms of administration using cannabis derivatives are more effective than inhaling marihuana. He also concluded that the prohibition forces people with a legitimate, legally recognized need to use marihuana to accept the risk of harm to health that may arise from chronic smoking of marihuana.
(Note: we don't know why the ruling switches from marijuana to marihuana…)
The ruling stems from a 2009 case, in which one-time head baker of the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada Owen Smith was charged for drug possession after police discovered hundreds of weed cookies and other edibles in his home.
Thursday's decision is effective immediately.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.