When a jurisdiction transitions from medicinal-use-only to full cannabis legalization, it impacts older adults in different ways. In California, for example, full legalization has blurred the distinction between medicinal and adult use, as seniors frequently bypass the medical registration route entirely, and simply purchase their medicine in the state’s full service dispensaries. In the case of Canada, however, which went fully legal one year ago, the change has been both substantive and substantial.
Dr. Jess Goodman, a veteran physician and cannabis specialist, and his colleague, Nurse Practitioner Alanna Coleman, work extensively with older adults out of their Toronto practice. I spoke with them about how legalization has transformed their experience caring for the older population with medical cannabis.
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