August 2011 CAMCD Update

August 2011 CAMCD Update
August 20, 2011 Dieter MacPherson

In this update:

1) Welcome!
2) Dispensaries are Indispensable! National Endorsement Campaign
3) Health Canada’s Proposed Changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP)
4) Funding CAMCD’s Campaigns

1) Welcome!

Welcome to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries supporter email list. You have requested to be added to this list to receive monthly updates from CAMCD. We thank you for your continued support. If you ever wish to be removed from this list, please send an email with the subject “Unsubscribe” to “info@camcd.ca”.

2) Dispensaries are Indispensable! National Endorsement Campaign

In response to Health Canada’s proposed changes to the MMAR, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is engaged in a National Endorsement Campaign in collaboration with dispensaries across Canada. The purpose of this campaign is to have the valuable services provided by dispensaries endorsed by patients across Canada. We need to make it clear that it’s time for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to be recognized within the legal framework for accessing this important medicine!

For more information and to sign the endorsement, please click here: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2011/07/dispensaries-are-indispensable-join-the-national-endorsement-campaign/

3) Health Canada Proposed Changes to the MMAP

CAMCD’s response to Health Canada’s proposed changes to the MMAR got great coverage in the media! We successfully put both dispensary and patient concerns front and centre, including Mr. Greenblatt’s question to the Hon. Min. of Health, Leona Aglukkaq on CBC’s Power and Politics, regarding why the PPL model was being eliminated.

We believe that our ability to have a rapid response, national representation, and generate a cohesive message that benefits the medical cannabis sector as a whole is a testament to the need for a national membership-based medical cannabis dispensary association. When we work on and fund projects together, we can have a much larger impact than we can have on our own.

Our full submission to Health Canada regarding the proposed amendments to the MMAP is published here: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/publications/

Our press release issued following the first roundtable meeting with dispensaries concerning the proposed amendments to the MMAP is available here: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2011/08/cannabis-dispensaries-meet-with-health-canada-officials-on-marihuana-medical-access-program/

4) Funding CAMCD’s Campaigns

In addition to the “Dispensaries are Indispensable” Campaing, CAMCD is currently focused on 3 ongoing campaigns: Certification, Integration, and Legislation.

We are off to a great start, and there is still much work to be done. This takes time and energy: CAMCD’s directors and advisory board have been putting in lots of their time and energy to these efforts and we are looking forward to hiring some qualified staff to help out. It also takes financial support: the directors of CAMCD and the dispensaries they are affiliated with have contributed generously to these endeavors, as have other supporting dispensaries, individuals and organizations.

This is a historic time in the legitimization of medical cannabis in Canada and it’s crucial that we make the most of any opportunities as they arise.

Currently we need to raise funds towards:

Running the “Dispensaries are Indispensable!” campaign and expanding it to health care organizations and doctors
Developing the Standards document and Certification process
Continuing to retain our lobbyists in Ottawa to support our advocacy efforts in the interests of dispensaries and patients
Engaging in government relations – which will incur some travel and related expenses
Syndicating press releases to ensure wide coverage
Continuing to work on CAMCD.ca- our website (thanks to the generous support of Cannamedia)

We greatly appreciate any funding that our supporters can provide. Your donation can make a large impact on improving medical cannabis access for patients in Canada.

To make a donation, please either contact us (http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/contact/) or donate via PayPal.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Sincerely,

the volunteers at CAMCD

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