In 2016, The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced forthcoming legislation pertaining to cannabis while at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem;
Industrial hemp is regulated by Health Canada and is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant;
The Cannabis sativa plant was first grown and harvested in, what is now Canada, by European settlers in 1605;
Current Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) impose limitations to whole plant harvesting and processing;
The CBD cannabinoid is a byproduct of the Cannabis sativa plant and is considered nonpsychoactive;
Recent uses of the CBD cannabinoid have increased to treat medical conditions such as anxiety and seizures; and
The CBD cannabinoid is unable to be extracted from Industrial hemp due to Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) limitations.
We, the undersigned, Concerned citizens of Canada and Medical Cannabis Patients, call upon the Government of Canada to :
(a) Reclassify Cannabis Sativa within the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (S.C. 1996, c. 19) from SCHEDULE II;
(b) Remove the restriction towards harvesting and activities with whole industrial hemp plants, including sprouts, or the leaves, flowers or bracts of those plants within the Industrial Hemp Regulations (SOR/98-156);
(c) To permit, with appropriate license and condition, the extraction and use of the CBD cannabinoid from industrial hemp for medical purposes;
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