5 Differences Between Canadian and American MMJ Programs

5 Differences Between Canadian And American Mmj Programs

As Canadaprepares to legalize cannabis countrywide, many have wondered how its medical marijuana program compares to the United States’. Here are five key similarities and differences between each country’s medicinal cannabis guidelines.

RELATED STORYCanada to Legalize Marijuana. Here’s What You Need to Know Click to enlarge. (Amy Phung/Leafly) Federal vs. State Regulation The biggest notable difference between the Canadian and American medical marijuana systems is that Canada’s program is federally regulated, while America relies on separate state programs that vary significantly. Cannabis in the United States is prohibited at a federal level, which means each state must set up its own programindividually, establishing possession limits, restrictions on cultivation, and nonstandard rules. Canada, conversely, federally legalized medical cannabis in 2000, and the program has since undergone multiple incarnations. The Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR) was first established...

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