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Lore:Current (Western) Use Marijuana:
Although marijuana is illegal in Canada, the Narcotic Control Regulations was amended to allow for its use (on compassionate grounds) by people suffering serious and/or chronic ailments. Its use is strictly regulated by the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, which dictate the manner in which it can be acquired and what ailments are valid reasons for using it.
Other people caught in possesion of marijuana are subject to charges of possession, fines and even jail terms. More information about the regulations can be found at Health Canada's site: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/marijuana.html.
There is a list of allowed cultivars of Cannabis which can be grown legally in Canada. These strains allowed are lower in THC (plants and plant parts may not contain more than 0.3%) than the ones grown for use as marijuana, but even so, possession of plant parts other than the stalks and "non-viable grains" is still considered grounds for a possession charge. Growers must hold a valid annual license, and all equipment used in the cultivation must be cleaned thoroughly, or the owner may be charged with possesion for stray leaves and/or oil.
Fabrics commonly produced from hemp fibres include: felt, carpet padding, wearable textiles, pet bedding, and rope. The fibre is resilient and withstands great wear and tear. Hemp seed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, both polyunsaturated fats that are essential fatty acids but cannot be manufactured in our bodies. Additionally, the oil can be used in the manufacture of creams and lotions, and the meal byproduct of the oil-manufacturing process is usable as a food item. Very little of a hemp plant is wasted.
More information about the commercial production of hemp can be found at Health Canada's website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/ocs/hemp/hemp_producers.htm. Culinary Hemp seed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, both polyunsaturated fats that are essential fatty acids but cannot be manufactured in our bodies.
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