Canada Swamped With Requests To Study Cannabis: Can't Keep Up

Last October 2018, Canada effectively made history by finally lifting the federal veil on cannabis and making the selling, growing and recreational use of it fully legal in the entire country. This makes it the largest nation to ever do so and the second G7 nation to take what is called as the “green leap.”

Along with the cheers from people clamoring for years that cannabis isn’t harmful however, came a slew of unsurprising problems. These included the supply for cannabis not being able to meet the ever-growing demand and Canada itself finding difficulty in adjusting the law on its many different provinces, all of which had their own prior regulations.

And while it was able to bypass most of those as time went by, the newest challenge for the booming industry now comes in the form of a glut of license applications for cannabis research that the government is scrambling to meet. According to them, there are currently around 251 applicants in queue that most of them have been waiting for months on end to get a chance to study the plant’s basic biology and many medicinal properties and potential. This has prompted criticisms from people, especially towards Health Canada, since it's the one in charge of handling the permits for the clients.

Nevertheless, the agency has assured that it’s committed to the projects and it’s currently looking for more ways to speed up the entire process for everyone. In a statement made by its own spokesperson, it revealed that it already boosted its number of employees to 140 to meet the demand and be able to work with all types of cannabis license applications.

“We expect the weekly number to grow in coming weeks,” said the Health Canada spokesperson. At the moment, its goal is to be able to reach a 42-day turnaround time for research licenses for single projects and a 180-day response time for licenses that would require multiple research protocols.

Despite this, the agency has still gathered criticism, particularly from those who think it’s unfair to wait for so long to do research on a plant that “a 19-year old can now smoke in his dorm room.”

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