Medical marijuana registry in Quebec called world's first

Medical marijuana users in Quebec can now help shed light on the drug's long-term safety and effectiveness through a new registry at McGill University in Montreal. 

McGill says its medical marijuana registry, which launched on Monday, is the first research database of its kind in the world. 

The registry meets a requirement of Quebec's college of physicians, which considers cannabis an experimental therapy. Under provincial regulation, cannabis can only be prescribed as part of a formal study.

Health Canada estimates over 40,000 Canadians legally consume cannabis to relieve symptoms from diseases including multiple sclerosis, HIV, cancer or epilepsy.

While cannabis has been studied for years as a recreational substance, little is known about its medical use, said Dr. Mark Ware, director of clinical research at McGill's pain management unit.

"I got frankly tired of giving talks and presentations about the potential medical use of cannabis and always having questions for which I did not have...

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