By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

According to CBC News, Jason Mercredi, the executive director of AIDS Saskatoon, stated that many of his clientele uses cannabis in order to combat the more harmful problem of addiction to opiates.

Mercredi believes that the use of cannabis regarding opioids amounts to a harm reduction measure. His concern is the potential increased inaccessibility for people with a ban on cannabis use on property.

The reportage states that there is the potential for harm reduction with opioids ongoing. There may even be the potential for the decrease in the use of opioids through the use of cannabis as a first resort.

“It’s a form of harm reduction and it’s about to be a legal form of harm reduction, except for people who are in poverty and are renting,” said Mercredi, “It makes it quite difficult to cope with their conditions if they can’t use in public or at home. There’s going to be no smoking bars or anything like that.”

Mainstreet Equity owns several hundred rental units in Saskatoon. It announced plans to work on the ban of all smoking on balconies and in the rental units. This will include those who are in need and use medical cannabis.

Mercredi stated, “The number of apartments doing the bans make it fairly hard for people who are living in poverty to use, which is quite concerning… It’s only a matter of time before it goes to the courts.”

Nercredi noted that his clientele use cannabis for one of two reasons. One of those is pain management; the other is to deal with trauma. Those without a prescription will continue to stick to vaping.

One researcher at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, Dr. MJ Milloy, explained, “The clinical trial evidence which physicians rely on to make clinical decisions, that’s not there… It seems like a no-brainer to have it so people can use in their homes.”

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Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

He published in American Enterprise InstituteAnnaborgiaConatus NewsEarth Skin & EdenFresh Start Recovery CentreGordon Neighbourhood HouseHuffington PostIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based JournalJolly DragonsKwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology DepartmentLa Petite MortLearning Analytics Research GroupLifespan Cognition Psychology LabLost in SamaraMarijuana Party of CanadaMomMandyNoesis: The Journal of the Mega SocietyPiece of MindProduction ModeSynapseTeenFinancialThe PeakThe UbysseyThe Voice MagazineTransformative DialoguesTreasure Box KidsTrusted Clothes.

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