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How the United States Stacks Up to Canada
Posted by: ikayla2019
Date: July 04, 2019 09:12PM
Some will want to compare reciprocity to our neighbors to the north in Canada. That, however, is not a fair assessment. With Canada legalizing adult use laws, its stance on cannabis is much different than the U.S. For example, in Canada, any adult can legally transport up to 30 grams of cannabis when traveling within the country. A person trying to do the same with cannabis coming into Canada will be met with a legal situation once they meet up with Canadian customs, or likely sooner as they attempt to pass through security at their home airport.

While U.S. patients aren’t able to benefit much from Canada’s laws (you can still purchase cannabis recreationally though if you’re of age), the country’s reciprocity laws have allowed for American companies to get further involved in the business. One example is Evolab, a Colorado marijuana extraction company. In a May 2018 blog post, they explained why doing business with Canada has its benefits, including reciprocity. "It certainly expands our breadth and reach of products. The cool part about working with Canada is those #@@#@!! [other] #@@#@!! countries have reciprocity, meaning you can ship THC or cannabis products to other countries," explained Nicole Smith, CEO of Evolab and CBx Sciences. "We don't have that opportunity here in the States." water pipe sale

Can International Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Happen?

Unless laws change in prominent countries soon, then the likelihood of international medical cannabis reciprocity is almost assuredly just a hope at this time. Almost every country in the world continues to prohibit cannabis in some form or another. Even in nations like the U.S. where it has relaxed its regulations. As such, a patient or adult consumer should not hold out hope that they will be able to bring a couple of grams of Do-Si-Dos on a transcontinental flight anytime soon. The same goes for patients hoping to bring their oil across the ocean, even if it is intended for a sick child. cheapest bong sale

That said, legalization rumblings have become more common in recent years and months. The U.S. is far from the only nation discussing the topic, and could even find itself being lapped by other nations progressing cannabis reform. Newsweek closed 2018 off by highlighting a number of countries across the globe that could see legalization efforts pick up in 2019. In Europe, it highlights France, Italy and Luxembourg, while Lebanon and the U.S. were also in the discussion. Meanwhile, several South American nations continue to advance the issue as some African countries are now doing the same.

So, while talk of international reciprocity is likely a longshot for now, we could see sweeping adult-use legalization progress at some point. Though gradual global legalization may stall this process, there is no harm in hoping for it to come to fruition. Some believe that legalization could even wipe out the need for medical reciprocity as patients of legal age could simply buy their medicine recreationally as adults in other countries. While true in some cases, certain states and regions offer medical patients additional benefits including tax breaks, more potent items and the ability to purchase and @#$%& more at any time. On a global scale, these benefits may fade away and negate the need for a global reciprocity market. Ultimately, we will have to wait and see to find this information out.

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