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Marijuana edibles might be regulated, says City of Vancouver

06/12/2015 01:35 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 05:59 EDT
The City of Vancouver might reconsider its ban of marijuana edibles after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling, which found that medical marijuana is legal in all forms including edibles.

Under the city's proposed regulation for marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana edibles are strictly prohibited. 

Councillor George Affleck says the court's decision is interesting and has been brought up by some speakers at the city's public hearings into regulation of marijuana dispensaries. 

"At this point nothing has been changed," he says. "We're discussing the report we have in front of us and that does not allow edibles in dispensaries moving forward."

He did express some concerns. 

In April, several high school students in North Vancouver became sick from eating pot-infused dessert squares. Two Grade 10 students in particular became dizzy, had heart palpitations and vomited, and one of them had to be taken to hospital.

David Malmo-Levine, who owns Stressed and Depressed Association in Vancouver, says he applauds the Supreme Court's decision and hopes councillors will keep an open mind. 

"I think edibles serve a really important role for people who don't like to smoke for people, who like a long onset of effects, for people who can't smoke on the job ... but still need their medicine."
 

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