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The federal government had said legalization of medical marijuana would be done this spring but it is uncertain when this bill would become a law, media reports said.
In the mean time after police had shut down unregulated pot dispensaries in Canada’s biggest cities, many of these dispensaries had started to seek prescriptions from doctors at clinics to obtain drugs legally to enable their easy registration with Health Canada.
After Justin Trudeau became prime minister and his promise to legalize the drug the number of Canadians registered to use medical marijuana had risen from 30,000 to nearly 130,000, data received from CTVNews said.
Health Canada figures revealed that there was an increase in number from 30,357 people who legally received the drug before 2015 election to 129,876 by December 2016.
“I think it's really gaining momentum. We're seeing the same thing. We're seeing growth in the industry of 10 to 15 per cent per month," said Derek Ogden, CEO of National Access Cannabis, CTVNews reports said.
The medical pot industry attributed increase in number of persons to get prescription for drugs to the dissemination of useful information about the benefits of marijuana to physicians and patients.
“This is getting much more known to people and much more respected," said Colette Rivet of the Canadian Cannabis Association, CTVNews reports said.
Development of technology was another factor as some of the doctors in these clinics communicated with their patients via Skype video conferencing and had never met them in person.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
(Image of medical marijuana: Wikipedia)