“Based on consultations with a broad range of stakeholders, the Government of Canada is concerned that the current Marihuana Medical Access Program is far too open to abuse.
While courts have ordered that there must be reasonable access to marihuana for medical purposes for patients that are seriously ill, this must be done in a controlled fashion in order to protect public safety.
The proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations balance the needs of patients with public health, security and safety concerns. These changes will strengthen the safety of Canadian communities, while making sure patients can access what they need to treat serious illnesses.”
They banned the patients from the ‘consultations’ they did with all the Dispensaries and growers. So, they have no interest in what is best for the patients. The whole MMAR is supposed to be FOR PATIENTS, and in fact, it is not. Difficulty in finding a compassionate Dr. that will sign is rampant all across Canada. Now that the CMA has decried for Dr’s NOT to sign, that they are unhappy that the gov’t has still not done any research in 12 yrs of the program’s existence, they are boycotting it even worse. Many existing patients are having trouble getting their annual renewals signed.
But most importantly, they are trying to eliminate personal grows. Alison Myrden’s prescription is for over 100g/day. So, if she is to now pay $9/g, that is $900/day x 365 = $328,500.00/yr!!! How is she to afford this on $12,00/yr income? These new changes are UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I hope this is what makes Cannabis legal for all. Taking away the possibility of affording their medicine….will be challenged in court!
The suggested retail price as estimated by Health Canada should be taken with a grain of sand. In its entire history the government has never been able to do anything efficiently. The price will be most likely based on whatever the market can bear. Anything exceeding $5.00 per gram will be the result of inefficiency or greed, or both.
Just saying something is unconstitutional, even all in capitals letters, does not make it so. It was the courts that told the government to come up with a new system, which is what they did. There are valid arguments against allowing people to grow large numbers of plants in their homes. If there is a legitimate supply available, it is unlikely that the courts will find this prohibition unsaved. Designated growers can apply to become Licensed Producers. They just can’t grow in their homes.
The MMPR will in fact provide patients with tested medicine. This is a lot better than getting medicine of dubious origin. Knowing the cannabinoid content of the medicine will make it easier for doctors and pharmacists to feel comfortable prescribing it.
Under provincial law, a dispensary is a pharmacy. Dispensaries can exsit providing they meet the provincial regulations governing pharmacies.
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