19.3.11 MEDICAL CANNABIS

WHEREAS Cannabis/marijuana is now legal in Canada;

WHEREAS There are many anecdotes of the medical benefits of taking cannabis, such as relieving pain or preventing seizures, though no documented research seems to exist on the types of illnesses or suffering it alleviates or the correct dosage to be taken or in what form (oil/edibles?);

WHEREAS Medical professionals seem to know no more about cannabis and recommended dosages than the average senior, who might in fact benefit from taking cannabis;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to encourage more independent research, not cannabis companies who stand to make a profit, and to provide the medical profession more information so that they can properly prescribe cannabis to their patients if they believe it will be helpful – just as they prescribe other drugs.

Submitted by: British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization