• An ongoing culture shift is unfolding across Canada, and it involves the future of medical marijuana. Legislative and regulatory efforts are underway to make medical cannabis fully legal at the provincial and national levels, but there are still various wrinkles to iron out.

    According to statistics recently released by Health Canada, the number of patients who have legally signed up to purchase medical marijuana from licensed growers tripled from 2015 to 2016, but at least one doctor has been reprimanded for charging unreasonable fees to obtain permissions.

    A CBC report published in mid-December named a Winnipeg physician who charged up to $300 to issue the paperwork necessary for patients to purchase cannabis for therapeutic purposes. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba reprimanded the doctor, who was reportedly working with a dispensary that was interested in making huge profits from the burgeoning medical marijuana industry of Canada. Canadian Veteran Get Less Cannabis Veterans Affairs Canada recently praised new federal regulations that reduced the amount of marijuana that former members of the military can legally obtain from dispensaries. New rules limit the daily amount of cannabis to three grams per veteran per day. Under the previous rules, veterans were entitled to 10 daily grams. The Minister of Veterans Affairs explained that the reduced amount will bring financial relief to the strained public health system. Legalisation on the Canadian Horizon Shortages are part of an economic side effect that is expected to occur when marijuana is legalised in Canada. Analysts who have reviewed the current legal proposals are concerned that the burden of licensing and regulation will drive up the price cost of growing the herb, a situation that will directly affect consumers. In the future, legal supplies of marijuana could fall below demand levels and create shortages. This may lead into drug dealers stepping up to take advantage of the market, which some estimates suggesting a market cap of $22 billion per year. At this time, legal sales of marijuana could begin as early as 2018 in certain provinces. This is expected to become a lucrative market that will boost tourism and other side markets. For the time being, Canadians are urging lawmakers to pay more attention to the medical uses of marijuana instead of being swayed by the sheer dollar figures that the recreational market would bring. Physicians are not waiting around; a recent medical congress held at the University of Toronto and sponsored by the College of Family Physicians was the first one imparted for the purpose of providing continuing medical education.
  • medical-student-loans-300x200 Many aspiring doctors will make the decision to attend Caribbean medical schools to work toward their degree. While some of these students may attend a Caribbean medical university on their home island, many others are students who live far from the island. Some may reside on another island, but many live on the mainland. In fact, many may not even live in a coastal location on the mainland, and there may be quite an adjustment for these students as they begin  their medical degree program. These tips can help you to adjust more easily to the island life you may not currently be accustomed to.   Choose Your School With Care As you explore medical school requirements at different colleges, you may also research the customs, culture and lifestyle on various islands. For example, if you are an American, attending Caribbean medical schools in U.S. territories may be more comfortable for you because you do not have contend with adjusting to such a different culture change, and you also do not have to deal with a language barrier. British colonies may also be easier for American students to adjust to.   Make Friends Quickly After you arrive at the island and prepare to start attending classes at a Caribbean medical university, you should make an effort to make friends as soon as possible. Without friends, many people are less interested in exploring their new surroundings and getting acclimated. When you have friends, and especially when those friends are also new to the area, you may feel more confident exploring the area.   Work in the Area Another great idea is to get a job in the local area while attending Caribbean medical school. Your college may be a great resource for you to use to find a job. When you work in the area, you may interact with locals more frequently, and you may find yourself getting acclimated to the culture more easily.   Ask Family to Visit You Some college students who attend school on an island may grow homesick. While this is common any time you attend school far from home, it can be more difficult and costly to return home for visits when you live on an island. You may return home for a visit several times over the next few years, but you also may invite friends and family to visit you annually or more frequently. Getting adjusted to island life seems like it would be a pleasant enough process. After all, you will be living in a tropical paradise surrounded by friendly island people. However, some college students will still struggle in this area. As you walk through your first few weeks on the island, keep these tips in mind to facilitate the acclimation process. Image Credit: www.simpletuition.com